By SHAH KHALID
As I returned from University, I saw a woman on the roadside who was talking with someone. When I came close to them, the women broke down and the man began consoling her. The women in her muzzled voice spoke some words which entered my soul. She disclosed her inner feelings that I overheard “I have four daughters, which is why, neither I nor my daughters are respected. They didn’t provide us proper care and treatment. They pressurise us. They don’t give us patent hearing any time. If I and my daughters will say something, our voices are over tuned by their voices,”
While hearing these words, somehow I controlled my tears. On my return from University, the episode was giving me a flash back and only one question was repeatedly coming to me: How long we have to see this discrimination with eve folk?
In order to understand women’s rights, one needs to read the last sermon of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in its historical context. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) reminded people of the rights women possess. He(PBUH) reminded that women are equal partners and helpers and not subservient to men.
He said, “Fear God concerning women! Verily you have taken them on the security of God, and your intercourse has been made lawful with his permission. It is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers”,
The Quran dedicates numerous verses to Muslim women, their role, duties and rights. A woman needs to be honoured, respected and loved. The secret of happiness in all the happy couples is their flexibility to adjust to each other’s sweet and sour nuances. Righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in the husband’s absence what Allah would have them guard. Indeed, ALLAH is ever exalted and grand. If you fear a breach, then appoint an arbiter from his folks and an arbiter from your folks; if they desire reconciliation God will affect between them; indeed God is All-knowing All-aware (Al-Quran, An-Nisa, 34-35)
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “The one who brought up two girls till they attained their maturity, will appear along with me on the Resurrection Day. While saying this the Holy Prophet (PUBH) jointed and raised his fingers. (Muslim Shareef).
“The one who brought up three daughters, or sisters, taught then good manners and treated them with kindness until they became self-sufficient. Allah will make Paradise obligatory for him. A man asked: what about two, O Messenger of Allah? The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) replied: the same for two.” Ibn `Abbas, the reporter of the Hadith, says: “Had the people at that time asked in respect of one daughter, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would have also given the same reply about her.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said to Suraqah-bin Ju’sham: “Should I tell you what is the greatest charity (or said: one of the greatest charities)? He said: Kindly do tell, O Messenger of Allah. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: Your daughter who after being divorced or widowed returns to you and should have no other bread-winner.” (Ibn Majah, Bukhari Al-Adab al-Mufrad).
These are the teachings which completely changed the viewpoint of the people about girls not only in Arabia, but among all the nations of the world, which later became blessed with Islam.
A woman in every capacity is a beautiful gift send by Allah (SWT) to humankind. It is up to both to adore mutual respect, love, and affection which make life sweet. Let us wake up from deep slumber of inhumanity with eve folk and follow the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The author is a Srinagar based freelance Journalist and a member of the J&K RTI Foundation. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org