As you just heard, whether Saudi or elsewhere, the woman had no status. She was considered a worthless item, without the right, only constraint to serve and please men.
Respect for Girls:
Just the birth of a daughter was synonymous with shame. Before the arrival of Islam, the Arabs were accustomed to bury alive their girls for fear of facing public humiliation. Their wives, although heavy heart, could not say anything.
The Qur’an refers to this horrible custom in Surah Nahl, chapter 16, V 59-60:
“And when one brings to one of them the news of the birth of a female child, his face darkens, because the internal grief he repressed.
He hides people because of the bad news he has received: Shall he keep her with dishonor or bury her in the dust? Verily evil is what they judge. ”
The Holy Founder of Islam radically rejected this horrible custom, honoring the arrival of a daughter at home and said:
“Whoever supports three daughters, educates, marie and properly treated will enter Paradise. ”
Muhammad (pbuh) had the habit of getting up to greet his daughter Fatima.
You should know that Islam makes no distinction between girls and boys in terms of rights and education, quite the contrary, in a hadith of Muslim, it is reported that: “The acquisition of knowledge is the duty of every Muslim, male or female. ”
Contrary to what he says, Islam declares that the consent of the girl is required to contract a valid marriage.
Respect for wives:
The Holy Founder has also established the respect of wives by declaring: “The best of you is he who treats his wife best.”
The wife’s favor to own property, to buy or sell what it wants without the permission of her husband. It can work if it wishes and its property is owned at it without having to account to her husband. Her husband can not take them from him, unless it does so of its own accord.
This permission was given for the first time in 1817 in Great Britain.
The best example is found in Islamic history is that of Hazrat Khadijah (ra), the first wife of the Holy Founder of Islam (pbuh).
The fifth Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may God help), said in his speech of July 26, 2008 addressed to the women members of the Ahmadiyya Community, on the occasion of the Annual Convention of the Great Britain :
“Islamic teachings are unambiguous. If women do not have the right to do certain tasks, it is not because they are incapable or that their rights are threatened, but only God Almighty divided tasks between men and women. Some roles are best suited to men and others to women. ”
So it says in Sura Al Nisa, Chapter 4 Verse 35:
“Men are the guardians of women, because Allah has made the one outweigh the other, and because they spend of their property. ”
It is clearly explained that men have a duty to provide for their families, and that only for this reason, it is granted the superiority of men by their responsibility.
A woman has the right of inheritance as human as stated in Surah Al Nisa Verse 8:
“For men there is a share in what parents and let them close relatives, and for women there is a share in what parents and let them close relatives, be it a large or small inheritance. ”
In verse 12 of Surah Al Nisa, inheritance shares are determined by Allah. God said, Allah commands you concerning your children that a boy will be provided by two girls … This attachment is from Allah. Surely Allah is Knowing, Wise. ”
Indeed, as God Himself said, that attachment is full of wisdom. This is the boy, and therefore the husband who will take charge of the expenses, the girl will retain his property for himself.
This right of inheritance was given to women in 1790 in France for the first time.
Another point to be noted is polygamy, often controversial subject. Polygamy is not only a benefit for men, but it’s a relief for women. This authorization was given by God in special situations after the war. And men are allowed or instructed to take up to four wives to ensure that women find themselves alone or with children without guardians. This permission is only given if the man believed to be fair to all, otherwise it is better to marry only.
Respect for the mother:
Islam notes the importance of respect for parents, especially the mother. It is reported that a man came to the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and asked him who he was wearing the most love and Muhammad (saw) replied to his mother. The latter asked his question again and received the same answer three times, then Muhammad (pbuh) replied his father.
In another tradition, it is reported that Paradise lies under the feet of the mother. By education and respect we can win paradise.
Muhammad (pbuh) said: “The world is a provision, and the best of provisions is a godly woman.”
Here’s how Islam has terminated all cruelty against women and raised their status in an exceptional manner over 14 centuries ago, when the so-called civilized societies could not grant these rights a few decades before.
It is essential to understand the true teachings, it is only based on authentic texts, or the Holy Qur’an and the life of the Holy Founder of Islam and not the unworthy behavior and totally extremist of some Muslims. Women in Islam are women having the same rights as men as much in worldly affairs in spirituality … They are free and not subject like we used to hear without us really wanted to understand.