For the past several years, women fighting for their rights and a special section of women has been recording their protests regards in various places in the name of freedom. Similar protests have taken place over the past few years on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8, March is part of the protest. We will not discuss this protest much, but we will definitely show you some facts, whether the women of the Islamic country are demanding what rights, while Islam is the biggest advocate of women’s rights.
Let us tell you today what place women have in Islam and other religions. The woman is the beauty of this universe, whether in the form of mother, sister, or wives. We will have an accurate idea of the rights that Islamic law has given to women when we get acquainted with the status of women in other religions and then compare them with the rights that Islam has given them. The first sight of the un-Islamic system and laws that are prevalent around the world regarding the sensitive gender.
Here we first take a brief look at Roman law.
In Romans law, the head of the family had the power over the rest of the family, whether he was a wife or a daughter-in-law, a son or a daughter or a grandson, to buy and sell, to inflict any kind of torture or even to kill, and to deprive the wife of inheritance. He also had the right to keep. The girls did not own property and were deprived of their father’s inheritance.
But if you compare all of them with Islam, you will see a clear difference in what Islam has given to women.
Under Greek law, a woman lived under the tutelage of her guardian before marriage and her husband after marriage. She had no right to dispose of her property or her life.
The father sold his daughter, and the future husband bought her. After that, her husband had full authority to keep her in his marriage or to hand her over to someone else.
The details are given by the Christians themselves, not the non-Christians, are enough to teach a lesson.
For example, Herbert Spencer, a Christian English philosopher, says, “In the eleventh and fifteenth centuries (some eight hundred years after the resurrection of Muhammad PBUH) wives were commonly sold in England. Christian religious courts have enacted a law giving the husband the right to lend his wife to another person for as long as he wants.
(The Mirror between Jurisprudence and Law p. 2)
And so, in the sixteenth century (1 AD), almost a thousand years after the Prophet’s PBUH revelation, the Scottish Parliament passed a law that a woman would not have the right to own anything, and most surprisingly the UK Parliament has also passed a law banning women from reading the Gospel. From all of this, you can guess at what time the so-called European NGOs that talk about women’s rights say so. It is up to you to decide.
In modern Judaism (which obviously has a challenging time), women did not have the right to inherit at all, whether it was a wife, a daughter, a mother, or a sister, although the eldest son received twice as much as the younger.
We first briefly mention what we find in Hinduism about women’s rights, etc., with reference to the Encyclopedia of Religion and Etnies.
There are eight types of marriages recognized in the Smriti (authoritative book of Hinduism), one of which is called “Asura”. This method was common among warriors and people of previous castes, in which women were bought. Similarly, a kind of name (of marriage) is “rakshish”, in which a woman was forcibly taken over. (Encyclopedia vol. 1, pp. 2-4)
In Hinduism, apart from marriage (Dawa), another contract was also recognized, which is called “navag”.
In this case, another person can marry a married woman for a short period of time. The children born in this way are considered to be the real husband’s. For details, see the collection of lectures by Swami Dayanand Saraswati.
What did Islam give to women?
Now, look at the status of women in Islam and what kind of concessions have been given to them in the Shariah laws.
Concerning women, Allaah says in the Qur’an: (Live well with women) and Muhammad PBUH says in the hadeeth (Follow my advice in treating women well). If there is any harm, forgive it, thinking that it has many virtues.
In a hadith, the Messenger of Allaah (PBUH) said:
“Perfect faith belongs to the person who excels in good morals and the best of you is the person who is good to his women.”
- Women’s expenses
The command to treat a woman well, to treat her with respect and even with kindness, is based on her gender sensitivity and concessions because there is a concession to something delicate.
In a Saheeh hadeeth, his delicacy has been acknowledged by calling him Qawarir (Abgina).
On this basis, he was saved from the hardships of earning a living. And its maintenance was entrusted to some man. On the father before marriage, in case of not having a father or not being able to bear his expenses, according to the principle of inheritance on grandfather, uncle, brothers, etc., on the husband after marriage, in the form of separation from the husband. Expenses are the responsibility of the husband, even after the ‘iddah in the presence of the infant, as long as the child continues to breastfeed, their expenses are the responsibility of the husband.
- Women’s preferences
When a woman becomes an adult, as a man, she is completely independent in terms of Shariah law regarding her life and property, marriage, financial transactions, etc. She owns all her property. Just like a man can spend wherever he wants and as much as he wants.
- Shari’ah privilege in a woman’s inheritance
No religion, country, or nation in the world has declared a woman to be entitled to inheritance, but Islam, just like a man, has made a woman deserving of inheritance and has not made any difference in gender, age and number (For example, the first child gets the inheritance or only the male gets it, the rest does not get it) because when all are equal in children in entitlement, why should there be any difference in the right received on that basis.
- Inheritance system of Islam
Due to this system, mothers, daughters, and wives cannot be deprived of development under any circumstances. In addition, in many cases, grandchildren, grandmothers, grandmothers, sisters (all three types of real, alati, akhyafi) and in some cases, paternal grandparents are also entitled to inherit. (Seraji: The Famous Book of Inheritance)
Lucky are the women who opened their eyes in a Muslim family and those women who later converted to Islam deserve more praise. It turned out that Islam is the only religion that is the protector of women and the true advocate of their rights. May Allah be our supporter and helper.