ISLAM PROTECTS THE WOMAN
The religion of Islam has made precise guidelines with which the woman will attain chastity, protection for her private part, and safety for her honor. Thus, Islam ordered her to wear the Hijaab and awakened her interest in remaining home. Also, it has discouraged her from improperly covering, unveiling her face, leaving the house perfumed, and prevented her from intermingling with men—along with others matters from theses great guidelines. The woman has not been ordered with all of this except as means of protecting her from degradation, evil, and corruption. It is used to adorn her with chastity and virtue; Islam measures her value to that of a valuable pearl and a precious gem that is guarded against any harm and wickedness.
The following is a summarized look at the most significant of these guidelines and etiquettes for the woman:
1. THE HIJAAB
The woman must conceal her entire body and beauty from foreign men.
Allah, The Most High, says: “ O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.‘‘ [ Surah Al Ahzab 33:59 ]
And Allah says : “ And when you ask (his wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen that is purer for your hearts and their hearts. And it is not (right) for you that you should annoy Allah’s Messenger, nor that you should ever marry his wives after him (his death). Verily! With Allah, that shall be an enormity.” [ Surah Al Ahzab 33:53 ]
2. SHE SHOULD NOT LEAVE OUT UNLESS IT IS FOR A NEED
Allah, The Most High, says: “ And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance.” [ Surah Al Ahzab 33:33 ]
And at-Tirmidhee reported in his saheeh that the Prophet, peace an blessings be upon him, said: “The woman is an Awrah, so when she goes out, Shaytaan seeks to tempt her.” [ Sunan at-Tirmidhi, 1173 ]
3. SHE SHOULD NOT SOFTEN HER SPEECH IF SHE IS TALKING WITH A PERSON FOR A NECESSITY
Allah, The Most High, says: “ Then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease ( of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery, etc.) should be moved with desire, but speak in a honorable manner.” [ Surah Al Ahzab 33:32 ]
4. SHE SHOULD NOT SIT WITH A NON-MAHRAM MAN IN SECLUSION
In saheeh al-Bukhaaree and Muslim on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “ No man should be alone with a lady except in the presence of her Mahram.” [ saheeh al-Bukhaaree and Muslim, 5233 and 1341 ]
5. SHE SHOULD NOT INTERMINGLE WITH MEN
It has been affirmed in the Hadeeth that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “ The best of the woman’s row is the last and the worst of their rows is the first.” [ Saheeh Muslim, 440 ]
This occurs in the masjid, so what is the case in other places. Intermingling has many dangers and harms that have been outlined before.
6. SHE SHOULD NOT TRAVEL UNLESS A MAHRAM ACCOMPANIES HER
In Saheeh Muslim, on the authority of Aboo Hurairah, that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “ It is not lawful for a woman to travel except with a Mahram of her’s.” [ Saheeh Muslim, 1338 ]
7. SHE SHOULD NOT PERFUME HER CLOTHES WHEN GOING OUT
Muslim reported in his saheeh from the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said : “ When one of you women goes to the masjd, she must not put on fragrance.” [ Saheeh Muslim, 443 ]
Imam Ahmad reported from the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Any woman who perfumes herself and heads out then passes by some people so that they can smell her fragrance; then she is an adulteress, and every eye commits adultery.” [ Musnad Imam Ahmad 4/414,418 ]
8. SHE SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO ATTRACT THE ATTENTION OF NON-MAHRAM MEN
Allah, The Most High, says: “ And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment.” [ Surah an-Noor 24:31 ]
9. SHE SHOULD LOWER LOWER HER GAZE FROM LOOKING AT NON-MAHRAM MEN
Allah, The Most High, says:“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexuals acts, etc.)” [ Surah an-Noor 24:31 ]
10. SHE SHOULD MAINTAIN OBEDIENCE AND WORSHIP TO HER LORD (ALLAH)
Allah, The Most High, says: “And perform as-Salah (Iqamatas-Salah), and give Zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah wishes only to remove ar-Rijs (evil deeds and sins, etc.) from you, O members of the family ( of the Prophet ), and to purify you with a thorough purification.” [ Surah Al Ahzab 33:33 ]
All of these guidelines, as well as others regarding the Muslim woman from what is mentioned in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, are considered to be a safety measure for her and a protector of her honor and dignity. And for this reason, the blessing and bounty of Allah that He bestowed upon the Muslim woman are tremendously great: He has prepared for her in the religion of Islam causes for happiness, protection of her virtue and chastity, establishment of her dignity, an a repellent for corruption and evil so that she can remain one of a pure soul, taintless character and an unconquerable state. And to also remain guarded against shamelessness and debasement, as well as what causes deviation, misguidance, and decadence.
Indeed, Islam honors the Muslim woman greatly and protects her in the most excellent fashion, as well as guarantee her an honorable life. Her slogan is the veil and chastity. Her garment is purity and integrity. Her banner is the spread of good etiquettes and the establishment of moral character. Her purpose is to protect honor and guard virtue. Thus, the Muslim woman will remain strong—with high status and with intact moral character as long as she is adherent to her religion maintains, her Lord’s commands, is obedient to her Prophet, peace an blessings be upon him, submits to Allah , and complies with His legislation and judgements with complete ease, trust and tranquility. With this, she will obtain happiness and comfort in this worldly life, and will receive great reward and abundant recompense on the Day of Resurrection.
In a hadeeth, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “ If the woman prays her five prayers, fasts her month (Ramadhaan), protects her private part, and obeys her husband, she will enter paradise from any gate she wishes.” [ Saheeh Ibn Hibaan, 4163 ]
Imam Ahmad reported the Hadeeth of ‘Abdur Rahman Ibn ‘Awf who said that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “If the woman prays her five prayers, fasts her month (Ramadhaan), protects her private part, and obeys her husband, it will be said to her, ‘Enter paradise from any gate you wish.’” [ Musnad Ahmad 1/191 ]
So congratulations to the Muslim woman for this honorable promise and great virtue granted to her as long as she lives her life adhering to this noble directive disregarding the heedlessness of the people from those who call to wickedness and trails:
“Allah wishes to accept, your repentance, but those who follow their lusts, wish that you (believers) should deviate tremendously away from the Right Path.” [ Surah an-Nisaa, 4:27 ]
It is truly distressing to see the malicious assaults, spiteful conspiracies and criminalistics plans that the Muslim woman is exposed to in these current times; all leading to the destruction of her decency, ripping apart her honor, demolishing her dignity, and burying her moral excellence, religion and faith.
Thus, connecting her to whores and immoral women, and all of this is though the destructive satellite channels, wasteful obscene magazines. Her busying herself with all types of see-through, provocative clothing and her heart inciting her to love imitating the non-Muslim women who walk the earth without any faith, morals or etiquettes that would restrain them.
Also, through her being dragged to abandon the legislation of Islam through her running after all of that; being dragged to wickedness and being distanced from the sources of decency and moral excellence. May Allah make it impossible for them to fulfill their wishes to ruin the Muslim woman.
Islam honors the woman ( p.91-101)
Book : Islam honors the woman
Author : Shaykh Abdur Razzaaq Bin Abdul Muhsin Al-Badr ( may Allah preserve him )
Credit for the translation to : Maktabatulirshad Publications, USA
Website : www.maktabatulirshad.com