Woman in Islam

In the Islamic society the woman has an honored position and, beside her legal and civil rights, enjoys special respect, love, affection and the gentle feelings which she deserves most. Is she not the compassionate mother, the beloved wife and the affectionate daughter? The best expression of this reality is provided by the following verses from the Glorious Qur’an.»
« And of His signs is this: He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find rest in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect. » Holy Qur’an (30: 21) « …And treat them (women) kindly… » Holy Qur’an (4: 19) « …And they (women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them in a just manner… » Holy Qur’an (2: 228) « When you have divorced women, and they have reached their prescribed term, then either retain them in honour or release them in kindness… » Holy Qur’an (2: 231) The Traditions of the Prophet, like the Qur’an, also lay emphasis on the honor and status of the woman and grants her a respectable place in society. When a Tradition speaks of a woman and her social position, it surrounds her with a frame of love, endearment and affection, especially when it speaks of the mother, the wife and the daughter. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), addressing the Muslims on the occasion of the farewell Pilgrimage warned them against the values which he feared would be neglected after him, and referred to woman as one of the important issues about whom he said: « Observe your duty to Allah in respect to the women, and recommend them to be well treated. »
Therefore, Islam speaks respectfully of woman- the mother, the wife, the daughter, the sister, endears her and takes care of her, stressing her being worthy of affection, mercy and generosity. It recommends woman before recommending man. It regards the love of woman as a sign of faith.

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