Prophet Muhammad and Women

Prophet Muhammad and women

Before the message of Islam was brought, women were subjects to extremely bad behaviours, offensive and even criminal. Infant female children were even buried alive:

“And when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief.” (Qur’an+, An Nahl:58).

Women were seen just as an instrument of pleasure and a source of cooruption and as such they were only used and despised; without any right, they were given and sold as objects.

Then came the Light of the Message of Allah’s Prophet* and therefore, finally, dignity for women.The woman, educated by the excellent example og Profeth Muhammad* became a model of virtue, purity and honor.

‘Paradise is under the mothers’ feet’ a famous saying of the Prophet, confirms the autority and nobility of every mother and sanctions her honorable name and position.

The status of mother itself got a different meaning, she earned respect and dignity, and a whole new set of rights ‘Let no believer beget malevolence towards his woman. If there’s something about her character you do not like, there are surely others that will please you’ is another prophetic saying (reported by Muslim).

The love of the Prophet* must not be considered lightly. He said: ‘Two are the things of this world that were made to be loved by me: women and parfumes. Then the salat became the light of my eyes. Both women and parfumes are here mentioned as instruments to help elevate the soul’s love for God, nothing less.

Indeed we know well that in none of the Prophet’s* marriages no craving or tendency for sexuality was ever seen. He never courted any woman. His firts wife Khadija was 15 years his elder, was a widow, had children of her own and she was the one who asked him to marry her. All other marriages were proposed to him by the will of God, some spouses were older than him, divorced or widowed, who were in particular circumstances and in need of help. His youngest wife Aisha, was the one who then had the important task of transmit the mojority of his sayings and teachings, and in the wisdom of every one of his marriages we must learn a lot.

To educate the woman is to valorize her honor, by emphasizing the fundamental duties as a daughter,then wife and mother, it’s the sign of the great respect that Islam gave her. Only by the excellent behaviours of mercy love and tenderness of the Prophet of Allah, can one truly learn to honor the woman as such, equal to man in front of God, but different in her sensitive and delicate nature, therefore worthy of particular protection and care.

Following the example of the first muslimas who learned by the Prophet himself, we know the muslim woman must be a strong, yet modest creature, so much so to be respected and honoured. Never to be humiliated or mocked, to have a solid general culture and a profound religious education, her great devotion and refired education are her protection from evil and mischief, but society must guarantee her respect and rights, even civil ones, as sanctioned by Islamic sources. This happened in the perfect medinese society when the top autority was the Messenger of Allah*, who protected them wether they worked or stayed at home and taught the men how to approach them with respect and kindness before justice and correctness.

Nowadays the woman is associated to objects to advertise and “sell”, used to get attention as a vehicle for sexual stimulation or desire for pleasure, not to mention every other disequality in existence making her inferior in any professional and social field in general.

The orophetic saying: ‘The best creature, the very useful one (for society) is the pure and virtuous woman’ reported by Muslim, puts on a pedestal ther practicing and virtuous femalenaturally above man; and this happened in fact 14 centuries ago, long before any modern ‘feminist struggle.

Undeniably Islam and the muslim woman who knows her rights and duties have no need of any emancipation, only of men who are as equally educated and who really know the prophetic sunnah, and put it into practice!!

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