Put them back as Allah had put them back.. in Islam is no gender equality


Hadhrat Huzaifah (radhiyallahu anhu) narrated:

“I heard the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) say:

‘Put them (i.e. women) behind because Allah has has put them behind.” (Mishkaat).

Tafseer of this Hadith:  At-Teebi (rahmatullah alayh) said: ‘That is, Allah has relegated them  to the back with regard to mentioning them in laws and in rank. Therefore, do not place them ahead in talk, law and rank.” (Mirkaat)

Hadhrat Huzaifah (radhiyallahu anhu) also narrated: “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) say in his Khutbah: “Liquor is a combination of sins. Women are the traps of shaitaan. The love of the world is the root of every sin.”

In every sphere of life, Allah Ta’ala has assigned women the back stage in the realm of concealment. When she seeks to project and express herself, she becomes the “trap of shaitaan” for the fitnah of immorality. Narrating a Hadith in this regard, Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu) said: “Woman is aurah (an object of concealment). When she emerges (into the public), shaitaan  surreptitiously glances at her.” He lies in ambush for the woman prowling in the street and in the malls and in the haraam ‘eidgahs’ to transform her into his trap to spread immorality  – fitnah and fasaad –  on earth.

How did Allah Ta’ala relegate women to the back stage? How did Allah Ta’ala “put them behind”, i.e. behind men in every aspect?

  • Even if the male leading her in Salaat is her husband and the muqtadis are only her sons, she has to stand behind the saff (row) of her sons. If she stands in the same row or in front of the males in the saff, the Salaat of  all the muqtadis behind her and in the same row will be baatil.
  • If the Imaam  makes an error, even if  there is not a single ghair mahram in the jamaa’t, and even if the venue is the privacy of her home, she may not verbally exclaim: Subhaanallaah! as males are required to do. She has to lightly strike her right palm on the back of her left hand to draw attention to the error.
  • The testimony of two females is the equivalent of the testimony of one male. And, this is so even if she happens to be Hadhrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu anhu) and Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha).
  • Allah Ta’ala, according to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has created woman naaqisatil aql (intellectually deficient), and from the rib of Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam).
  • Allah Ta’ala has made the husband  her guardian and her ruler, and has assigned him a higher rank over her. The Qur’aan explicitly states this fact.
  • The Diyat (penalty –blood-money) of a woman is half the diyat of a man.
  • Whilst all the commands and laws of the Shariah apply to both men and women, these are addressed  to only the men. Besides a few verses, the overwhelming majority of aayaat mentions only males.
  • Women are not allowed to proclaim the Athaan nor the Iqaamat.
  • A woman may not emerge from the house without the permission of her husband.
  • Women have not been given the right to issue Talaaq.
  • The testimony of females in crimes of Hudood is not acceptable regardless of their piety, integrity and number.
  • A woman may not be appointed the qaadhi.
  • Women may not be appointed to positions of  leadership. “Never will prosper a nation who entrusts its affairs to a woman.”, said Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
  • A woman is not allowed to go on a journey without a male mahram.
  • Hajj is not compulsory on her if she has no male mahram.
  • Jumuah, Jamaat and Eid Salaat are not obligatory on women.
  • Allah Ta’ala had never appointed a woman to be a Nabi.

As much as the modernist women of the women’s lib. movement may abhor these facts, they are the Laws of Allah Ta’ala stated in the Qur’aan and Sunnah and we proclaim them loudly and clearly for all and sundry to hear and understand.

majlis ulema – south africa
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