Category Archives: Women in Islam

Sister Lucia

Asalaamu alaykum

Today I went to visit sister Lucia in Brixton. You may have seen the video of her reversion. She is terminally I’ll and with a few weeks to live decided to take her shahadah Allahu akbar.

The house was very peaceful and warm. There were around 7 sisters who were there to visit her today. The sisterhood could be felt MashaAllah. Her room was filled with Islamic literature, Quran, dawah booklets, flowers. All gifts from sisters.

She is very tired but also determined alert and aware. She said little bit what she did say touched the hearts of all there. She spoke of Islam being love and her thankfulness in embracing islam and her love for her muslim husband who had been so patient with her all these years. A sister offered to cook and she said she liked her husbands cooking Alhamdulillah.

You could see her attachment to Quran. She held it looked after it read the English translation. When we prayed salaah and recited there was joy in her face. She went to sleep to recitation if Abu Bakr Shatri surah Yasmin as we were leaving.

Her and her husband are in need of help. Practical help to give him a break. Someone who could come in and help with household chores and caring.

Also we are collecting for a charity fund which will be given in her name.

Don’t let hassanat pass you by.
Don’t forget that which is certain.
Our death and our judgement.

May Allah make it easy for her and her family.
May Allah strengthen the ummah and the ties of sister hood.

“The believer to the believer is like a solid building, one part supporting the other” Bukhari 481 Muslim 2585

Let us support each other.

Niqaab veil debate Channel 4

http://bcove.me/4dtdax2u

 

Asalaamu alaykum

 

Fatima Barakutullah is not a nobody, if she says something silly on TV, there are thousands of us who will know, for me this is the first time I have seen her in niqab!

Is niqab something that has been imported? Is it due to “Wahabism” and the influence of wahabi oil money? Does it matter? If it is choice does it matter who influenced the choices.

Yasmin saying the meaning is women are dangerous and must be covered for sake of society? Women don’t want to incite passions against men.

The woman who used to wear niqab, trying to teach Fatima Barakutallah about theology! SubhanAllah she is the daughter of a scholar and has studied more then we can hope to in our lives!

She wore niqab for 3 years and was a nobody! Well Fatima Barakutllah is not a nobody! lol, the sisters who run Newham Dawah Team are not nobodies! They interact quite fine.

“We do not connect with the outer, we connect with the inner”. The majority of the communication I do in the day is done without seeing peoples faces!

As a Muslim you should know that you have a responsibility to wider society! Well man niqabis I know are involved, the ones on the panel are involved!

Yasmin says niqabis are betraying Islamic culture? Women fought and were burnt to remove veil? So others cannot wear it? Freedom to take it off, but not to put it on?

 

Don’t forget your sisters

hearts
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.
‘Don’t forget your sisters,’
she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass.
‘They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.’ ‘Remember that ‘sisters’ means ALL the women… your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. ‘You’ll need other women. Women always do.’
What a funny piece of advice!’ the young woman thought. Haven’t I just gotten married? Haven’t I just joined the couple-world? I’m now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!’
But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters and made more women friends each year.. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.
After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I’ve learned: THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates.
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don’t do what they’re supposed to do.
Hearts break.
Parents die.
Colleagues forget favors.
Careers end.
BUT……… Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley’s end.
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you….Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family: all bless our life!
The world wouldn’t be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still.

Saverah Fashion Weekend at GPU

Saverah Fashion Weekend 13Saverah Islamic Fashion Weekend

In collaboration with

The Global Peace & Unity Event | Excel London

23rd & 24th November 2013, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

LONDON – Saverah Events and its official partner The Global Peace and Unity Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Saverah Fashion Weekend 2013 on the 23rd and 24th November at Excel London.

The award winning Excel centre in London will witness two days of fashion extravaganza where 20-25 Islamic designers and fashion houses from UK and abroad will showcase their creativity to the UK audience.

SFW aims to provide a platform to showcase modest collections from some of the very best Islamic designers along with new talent who dare to challenge conventional thinking and demonstrate how modesty can be fabulously stylish.

Saverah Fashion Weekend is an eagerly awaited event presenting the latest collections of exceptional up and coming designers. In addition to being a unique opportunity for talented fashion designers, the event promises to attract the participation of some of the most creative makeup artists, trend setting hijab stylists and cosmetic companies.

Designers or their representatives will be available to take orders on the spot and answer any questions to the press and media.

This fashion show is organised by Saverah Events in collaboration with GPU foundation.  Saverah Events continue to grow progressively each year presenting Women empowerment events along with Fashion Shows.

Saverah Fashion Weekend 2013 in collaboration with the Global Peace & Unity event will take place at Excel London on the 23rd and 24th November 2013 from 1200-2000 hrs.

 

For press passes please email us on events@saverah.com

Tickets are for only £20.00 per person and include entrance to the Global Peace & Unity Event on the 23rd and 24th November and 1 fashion show. Tickets can be booked by visiting www.saverahfashionweekend.co.uk

For enquiries email us on events@saverah.com or call us on 0203 384 6839

 

A glimpse in the mirror

Today as i was preparing to pray, I glimpsed in the mirror as I was putting on my hijab. In that instance I saw a transformation in the image of the reflection before me. The girl in the mirror changed from one who looked chaotic, curls everywhere, ready to party, one that you could easily imagine committing sins, She changed in to a woman who radiated elegance and serenity, who looked respectful, pious, calm, secure. Sorted.

This shocked me. It made me think. How does the world perceive me? Are people’s perceptions of me and my own understanding of myself so far removed? How does the hijab effect me? How does the way that others treat me effect me?

I think of myself differently in the house from outside the house, that much is true. Inside the house I think of myself as that confused, struggling girl. My thoughts are chaotic and all consuming. My emotions run riot within my head. My heart desires what it shouldn’t.

Outside the house I am calm, I am well mannered, I am a peace maker, I try to enjoin others to good. People respect me and are kind to me, and tell me I inspire them. Outsiders could never imagine me thinking the thoughts that flutter within my mind.

But what would they think if they saw the girl in the mirror? Am I a hypocrite? Or am I covering the sins Allah has covered for me?

 If you draw closer to Me by a forearm’s length, I will draw closer to you by an arm’s length. And if you come to Me walking, I will come to you running [Hadith Qudsi]

 Maybe hijab is part of this. When you wear it it changes peoples perceptions of you, and therefore your perceptions of yourself. It inspires you to live up to its ideals, to behave while wearing it. It inspires you to be a better person. Hijab becomes part of your identity, so that the woman wearing the hijab, the elegant one, with nour radiating from her face, that is who you become. InshaAllah

It seems that my hijab creates that barrier between me and haram, makes it hard for me to commit haram alhamdulillah, makes me think twice, and others think twice before inviting me to haram.

And the chaotic girl? She is still there, just beneath the surface, she may always be there. She is a part of me that I cannot deny but need to learn to live with. Learn to be at peace with. She is my history, my inclinations, my learnt behaviours in defining times of my life. She is the embodiment of my nafs. Maybe it was the daydreams that wouldn’t get out of my head, or the glint in her eye at the moment I looked in to the mirror that made me see her. She is my constant companion.

She is my test.

 ‘The best of you are those of you who fall into trials and then repent.”

Ya Allah, make me of those who sincerely repent.

Misconceptions on Hijab

Taken from I am A Muslimah Circles 5/6/13

Criticisms of Hijab

If you asked a non Muslim what is their first perception when you say

Muslim man

Muslim women

What do you think their answers would be?

It is likely there would be negative connotations. Maybe their answers would be terrorist and oppressed. Why?? Because of the misconceptions propagated by the media.

They don’t know us.

When people train dogs, if every time they put food down they ring a bell, soon the dog will associate food with the bell. When you ring the bell, they will prepare for food even if the food cannot be seen. This is what the media has done; everytime they mention Muslim, they show a negative story. So now when the word Muslim is mentioned, people expect something negative to occur, even when it hasn’t.

Let’s look at some of the misconceptions surrounding Islam

hijab is cultural and not from Islam

And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to …..24.31

Ya ayyuha annabiyyuqul li-azwajika wabanatika wanisa-ialmu/mineena yudneena AAalayhinna min jalabeebihinna thalikaadna an yuAArafna fala yu/thayna wakanaAllahu ghafooran raheema

O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.

The word used as outer garment is jalabib (plural of jilbab), this was used to refer to a garment which covers the body completely. We all know what a jilbaab is. The Quran clearly states that the beleiving women should wear jilbaab. So how can it be argued that it is not written in the Quran to cover? This comes from people interpreting the Quran from English translations, and prefering their own conclusions to those of trusted scholars, and also ignoring cultural terminology.

If I go to a non muslim’s house and ask for a scarf, I will recieve something different then if I go to a Muslims house to ask for a scarf. This shows how English terminology can be interpreted differently according to cultural context, and is demonstrative of how misunderstandings in the words “cloak” “outergarment” and “veil” as used in the Quran can occur.

 Hijab makes women invisible

–  no effect on women’s social interaction.

– The rights of each Muslim woman to get proper education and enjoy equal right with other women and men is not denied although they are required to wear veil and cover themselves according to Islamic requirement.

– A muslim woman started one of university wearing veil, Fatima Al-Fihri- Founder of the Oldest University in the World, University of Al-Karaouine tunisia

– Muslim women went to battle defending the prophet SAW in hijab

– Saffiyah bint Abdul Muttalib, rode out to battle wearing hijab to admonish men

 Hijab disrespectful to women

Hijab means we are “To Be Judged for Our Worth, Not Our Appearance”

Women are no longer valued for something material, such as her good looks or the shape of her body. She compels others to judge her for her intelligence, kindness, honesty and personality. Therefore, people judge her for who she actually is.

The Islamic tradition of hijab frees women from being perceived primarily as sexual objects.

Women are taught from early childhood that their worth is proportional to their attractiveness, this can be seen through women’s mags, fashion industry and make up.

The hijab liberates a Muslim woman from this  oppression. She need not concern herself with her hair or makeup before she goes out.

It is simply a woman’s assertion that judgment of her physical person is to play no role whatsoever in social interaction.demand self-respect from the public, as we do not allow ourselves to be judged based on our beauty (or the lack thereof).

Since a Muslim woman is invisible behind her veil, she can be appreciated only for her intellectual qualities. Thus the importance of her physical appearance becomes subordinate to her intelligence and personality.

Men force women

The fashion industry is run by men!

Women dress up in a way that pleasing to men!

Who is in control of women?

Men should be able to control themselves.

Men are also ordered to lower gaze.

Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and protect their private parts. This is more purer for them. Indeed Allah is Well-Aware of what they do.” (Surah Nur: 30)

and

And those who guard their private parts save from their wives and those whom their right-hands own – so there is no blame upon them. Then whoever seeks beyond that (which is lawful), they are the transgressors.” (Surah Al Mu’minoon : Verse 5 & 6)

These commandments are backed up with punishments that deter sexual assaults on women.

Allah enjoined hijab on the Muslim women to protect them from harm.

Today, More than ever before, sex crimes are rampant and “liberated women” in the so-called civilized and modern societies face increasingly higher chances of being raped and sexually molested.

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Government, it was found that in America, a rape is committed every six minutes.

God knows His creation and knows that when women make a dazzling display of themselves with immodest clothes, perfumed bodies and made-up faces, it serves to increase the sexual deviance of the overall society.

Societies that view women as sexual objects have a horrendous rate of violence toward women. In the United States, one out of every four women will be sexually assaulted at some time in her life.

Women in our society live with the awareness that they must always be cautious of dark alleys and fearful of strangers.

This is true oppression, a type that stems directly from the perception of women as sexual objects.

Islam concerned with whole society not individuals freedom. Therefore benefit to society of women covering more important then individuals rights to show beauty. The ideals of freedom and individualism in our societies go against this which has led to the states we are in now.

Discriminatory as men dont have to wear

We separate men and women in different public bathrooms,

Public nudity laws and social norms diff for men and women,

There are different private parts for men and women in the west, in Islam private parts are still different just are more for both.

Who has the power to determine what decent and modest clothing is? Muslims assign this right to God alone as we said last week.

This is the essence of “Islam.” “Islam” means “The submission to the will of God.” What God commands, a Muslim does. They do not demand that God justify his commands before they accept them. Once they have verified that a command is indeed from God then they abide by it without hesitation.

We can indeed find this lesson in the story of Adam. In the Islamic version of the story of Adam (slightly different than that of Judaism/Christianity), Adam and Eve were created by God, educated, clothed, and then allowed to inhabit heaven. They were told by God that they could have anything their hearts desired except they must not eat from the tree. Out of envy, the devil encouraged them to eat from the tree and told them that its fruit would make them angles or immortal. They ate from the tree and immediately, their bodies were revealed to one another, so they took to scooping up the leaves off the trees in order to cover themselves. This is when Allah sent them down to earth.  What mankind learned from this lesson is that just because a person does not know the wisdom behind a command of God, and others tell him to disobey it, then if they do not abide by it, by the time the reason for the command is made apparent to them it may be too late.

Our ancestors, our predecessors are the mothers of the believers. SubhanAllah

Rights the women are given in Islam to protect them, they include rights to property, life, daughters no longer buried, maintenance, inheritance, education, freedom in marriage!

White female reverts vs Black female reverts?

“The consistent themes flowing through the report is the need for increased levels of support for the convert community – and the converts’ own potential to be a powerful and transformative influence on both the heritage Muslim community and wider British society.
“Another of the recurring themes was the overwhelmingly negative portrayal of Muslims and Islam in the UK media and what role the convert community might have to play in helping to redress the balance.

This report seeks to dispel misapprehensions and misrepresentations of female converts to Islam.”

A key revelation of the study was the heavily disproportionate attention, bordering on obsession in some cases, given to white, female converts to Islam by both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities alike.

This is often to the detriment of African-Caribbean converts, thought to be the largest ethnic group of converts to Islam, who are often ignored and left feeling isolated by both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities.


In depth study in to female conversion to Islam in the UK,

more info here http://www.cis.cam.ac.uk/reports/post/203-narratives-of-conversion-to-islam-in-britain-female-perspectives

Inspirational women

Inspirational women

Who inspires me?

There are many sisters who inspire me.

They are not movie stars, or acadmics,

they are not famous or acclaimed.

They are ordinary women living their every day lives.

They see nothing special or praiseworthy in their achievements.

But the things they do, the strength they have, is something that inspires me.

Their selflessness and dedication, their desire to please Allah.

They are the woman who take care of their elderly inlaws, for no praise, despite being constantly admonished.

They do it for the sake of Allah not the sake of people.

Even when the whole family blames them for accidents and illness despite the fact they were not there for the parent only she was..

These sisters do not say “no more” they carry on steadfast in their duties.

SubhanAllah I couldn’t do it.

There is the sister who despite being abused by her mother in law still massages her and goes to her in the night to ease her pain.

And now her mother in law has thrown her out and her husband stands by doing nothing, but even when seeking help and removing herself from oppression she will not backbite her mother in law, and makes excuses;

“It is her pain, her illness, she is old….”

There is the sister whose husband was removed from her side while she was pregnant, whose house was constantly searched,

yet she travelled with her two kids every week to her husbands new city and help him start dawah in that place.

There is the sister who manages her house, her children, looking after her mother in law and helps her husband run a charity for Orphans.

There is the sister who stuck by her husband in the bad times, despite what people said, and now has raised five beautiful children. She said she trusted Allah, she knew it was her test.

There is the sister who sold ice at the side of the road, in the heat, with her kids, who worked in a shop while pregnant and gave birth in the store room,

the many sisters we pass every day who have fled war, and lived with their children in refugee camps.

The sister whose brother has died, and years later her mum still cries every day, she makes sure she is always available for her mum, even while looking after her kids, her husband and her home.

These are sisters you wouldn’t know, you would pass them in the street, they don’t look particularly pious, or exceptional, or hardworking,

they are normal women living their every day lives,

but to me they are inspirational.

Inshallah I can learn from them.

May Allah grant me the strength, sabr and imaan of these sisters.

Healing a community

sisters magazine march 2013

When reading this months feature in sisters magazine on Domestic violence and the charities that are trying to work within our communities to combat this, I couldn’t help but reflecting on my own experiences.

Domestic violence is something prevalent in the community I live in. Most recently. on wednesday as sister cam to me asking for help. She was visible worried and distressed. She was also talking to the family support worker at the local children’s centre. After I spoke to her I sent this email to National Zakat FOundation,

Asalaamu alaykum sisters

I hope you and family are in best of health and iman.
A sister came to me today to ask for help, she is in bad situation. She is currently living with her mother in law brother in law husband and kids, and her mum has recently moved in as she had nowhere to live. The mother in law has always been abusive towards her. Her brother in law is a heroin addict and is constantly angry, stealing money, stealing things from the house and selling it. Her husband smokes weed all night and sleeps all day. Her mother in law has told her that she has 2 weeks to leave the house. Her husband said leave, and didnt help her. She has been to council who say they cannot house her go to estate agents. However she hasnt got any deposit and hasnt got access to her own bank account and child benefit.
I was wondering if there is anyway you could help. The sisters name is
Also the family support worker from the childrens centre is constantly facing situations of Muslim women in need of help and support. SHe is not an expert in social work or anything like that, and was requesting a contact number which she could refer people to in cases of need. Is it possible you have a contact that I could give her inshallah?

jazakallah khayr
Naila

alhamdulillah, a brother from National Zakat foundation contacted her the same day.

As a member of the community I do not know how to support these women, I cannot provide for them. I cannot advise their husbands. And for some reason our husbands are reluctant to get involved. Where are the men? Are men only the protectors and maintainers of their own women? and of course when it comes to those women in Palestine, and Syria and Bangladesh then people use the rhetoric “they are raping our sisters and mothers”. But next door your sister is also being raped, in her own home, by the man who is supposed to be her maintainer and protector. You don’t know. If you do know then you feel powerless to stop it. Why is this? where are the men?

Alhamdulillah for the men of NZF who are strong enough to get involved.

As a member of the community I am grateful for NZF and Nour DV, I know that when these women come to me, I have somewhere I can get them the help they need, somewhere who will understand and respect their Islam.

We all give charity abroad, so many people say there are no poor people in our country. But this is not true. There are those who need our help. Our neighbours have rights over us.

May Allah strengthen the Ummah.

Belittling women 2

The Deficiency in Intelligence and Religion

Another objection in the Hadith is regarding women being deficient in intelligence and religion. The concerned part of the Hadith is reproduced below:

“(Rasulullah ﷺ said), ‘I have not seen anyone more deficient in intellect or deen. Yet the mind of even a resolute man might be swept away by one of you.’ They said, ‘In what way is our deen and intellect deficient, Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘Is not the testimony of a woman worth only half that of a man?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is how your intellect is deficient. Is it not so that when a woman is menstruating, she neither prays nor fasts?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is how her deen is deficient.’” – (Bukhari; Book of Menstruation, Chapter of Menstruating Women Abstaining from Fast)

The statement in the Hadith regarding the deficiencies are general and do not incorporate everyone. It is nothing but a fact that a menstruating woman cannot offer Salah. So if a man and woman live for the same amount of time in the world, the total number of Salah offered by the man will be more because every month there will be a few days during which the woman will not be able to pray. But this is a general rule because there are many men who neither offer Salah nor fast. So obviously compared to them the Salah of a woman who is consistent will be more. Being deficient is not necessarily something bad and only that deficiency is bad for which one receives a sin e.g. if one leaves Salah on purpose. Further, even in this ‘deficiency’ there may be reward for her.

Allamah Badruddin Abu Muhammad Mahmood bin Ahmad al-‘Ayni in ‘Umdatul Qari Sharh Sahih Bukhari (Darul Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, Beirut, Lebanon; 2001, vol. pg 403

و قال النووي و نقص الدين قد يكون على وجه يأثم به, كمن ترك الصلاة بلا عذر, و قد يكون على وجه لا يأتم له, كمن ترك الجمعة بعذر, و قد يكون على وجه هو مكلف به كترك الحائض الصلاة و الصوم. فإن قيل: فإذا كانت معذورة, فهل تثاب على ترك الصلاة في زمن الحيض؟ و إن كانت لا تقضيها كما يثاب المريض، و يكتب له في مرضه مثل النوافل الصلوات التي كان يفعلها في صحته. و الجواب الظاهر هذا الحديث انها لا تثاب, و الفرق أن المريض كان يفعلها بنية الدوام عليها مع اهليته لها, و الحائض ليست كذلك, بل نيتها ترك الصلاة في زمن الحيض , و كيف لا و هي حرام عليها؟ قلت ينبغي أن يثاب علي ترك الحرام

“Imam Nawawi رحمة اللہ علیه said, Lack of one’s deen may be in a way where one commits a sin, such as the one who leaves Salah without any excuse, or it may be in a way for which one does not sin, such as the one who leaves Friday Prayer for a valid excuse, or it may also be in a way one is required to leave such as the menstruating woman leaving Salah and Fast. If one asks, ‘If she has an excuse for leaving Salah during menstruation, does she get rewarded even if she does not do Qadha just like the sick person who gets the reward for the Nawafil he used to pray while being healthy?’ And the apparent answer is that she does not get rewarded, and the difference between her and a sick person is that the sick person used to pray with the intention of praying with consistency and the knowledge that he will be able to do so, while the woman has the intention of not praying while having the period. And how can she pray when praying (during menstruation) is Haram on her? I say, ‘One should get rewarded for leaving the Haram.’”

As far as the witness issue and thus deficiency in intelligence is concerned, the ruling of two women witnesses is also found in the Qur’an in Surah Baqarah. It should be made clear that not in all matters is the witness of two women required. Such an issue on which there is Ijma’ where two women are required is the issue of financial transactions. This has been explained by Ibn Qudaamah in al-Mughni (Darul Fikr, Beirut, Lebanon; 1985, vol.10 pg 155-161) where he has also stated:

قال القاضي: و الذي تقبل فيه شهادتهن منفردات خمسة اشياء: الولادة, و الإستسهال, و الرضاع, و العيوب تحت الثياب كالرتق و القرن و البكارة و الثيابة و البرص, و إنقضاء العدة

“Qadhi said: And that in which the witness of only women of accepted is Birth, Crying of the Child at birth, Rida’, ‘Uyub under the clothes such as Ratq and Qarn, whether she is a virgin or not, Baras and the end of Iddah.”

Thus it is seen that there are many such cases where man has no knowledge and the witness of a woman is accepted. As far as the issue of financial dealing is concerned, some have explained that it has to do with the weakness of the memory of woman in mathematical issues. Some neuro-psychiatrists have also expressed this but it should be know that one should not be in favor of trying to justify or express the wisdom of the laws of Shari’ah with the help of science. This is because science is not absolute but the Wisdom of Allah is Absolute. It should however be noted that this deficiency that the Hadith talks about is general and not all encompassing.

Mufti ‘Aashiq Ilahi رحمة اللہ علیه writes in Anwarul Bayan (Darul Ishaat, Karachi, Pakistan; 2005, vol.1 pg 341):

“This applies to general circumstances since there are many exceptions where women may possess stronger memories, are more intelligent or better able to express themselves than men.”

Moreover, the Qur’an says in Surah Nur (24) verse 6-9:
وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَاجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُمْ شُهَدَاء إِلَّا أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَادَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الصَّادِقِينَ
وَالْخَامِسَةُ أَنَّ لَعْنَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْكَاذِبِينَ وَيَدْرَأُ
عَنْهَا الْعَذَابَ أَنْ تَشْهَدَ أَرْبَعَ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الْكَاذِبِينَ
وَالْخَامِسَةَ أَنَّ غَضَبَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهَا إِن كَانَ مِنَ الصَّادِقِينَ
Those who accuse their wives (of adultery) while they have no witnesses except their own selves, then the evidence of one of them would be to swear four oaths by Allah that he is truthful,
and the fifth (oath) that Allah‘s curse be on him if he is one of the liars.
And it will remove the punishment from the woman if she swears four oaths by Allah that he (the accuser husband) is certainly one of the liars,
and the fifth (oath) that Allah‘s wrath be on her if he is one of the truthful.

In this example it is seen that a woman’s witness by Li’aan is enough to be accepted over the husband’s oath. Mufti Shafi’ Usmani رحمة اللہ علیه in Ma’ariful Qur’an (Maktaba e Darul ‘Uloom, Karachi, Pakistan; 2007, vol.6 pg 363) writes:

The suggestion that the woman is half a person, because of the requirement for two women as witness in some issues, is very incorrect. Firstly if woman was something inferior or degraded in Islam then there would not have been an issue where only a woman’s witness would suffice and as seen in the case above, given preference over the man’s witness. And if a woman is said to be half because of certain cases of witness, then where man’s witness is not counted, Islam did not even give that status of half a person to man. Additionally it can also be argued that normally two men are required to complete the requirement of witness in an issue but in the case of adultery the requirement is of four men. Then one should also say that man is half a person as well. Hence such arguments are baseless and do not have any ground to stand upon.

By not making ‘equal’ the witness of one woman to one man in certain cases, there is yet wisdom of Allah. It is not easy to go through the process of being a witness, becoming an enemy of the person against whom one is becoming a witness and at times even travel from one city to another to give the shahadah. These are all stressful and difficult matters and Allah has relieved the woman from such difficulties otherwise it would have been obligatory for the woman to go through all such hurdles to give testimony as Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Baqarah (2) verse 283:
…وَلاَ تَكْتُمُواْ الشَّهَادَةَ وَمَن يَكْتُمْهَا فَإِنَّهُ آثِمٌ قَلْبُهُ…
“…Do not conceal testimony. Whoever conceals it, his heart is surely, sinful…”

In another Hadith, in Muwatta Imam Malik as well as in Sahih Muslim, it is stated:

حدثنا يحيى عن مالك عن عبد الله بن أبي بكر بن محمد بن عمرو بن حزم عن أبيه عن عبد الله بن عمرو بن عثمان عن أبي عمرة الأنصاري عن زيد بن خالد الجهني أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ألا أخبركم بخير الشهداء الذي يأتي بشهادته قبل أن يسألها أو يخبر بشهادته قبل أن يسألها۔ موطأ مالك، كِتَاب الْأَقْضِيَةِ، بَاب مَا جَاءَ فِي الشَّهَادَاتِ

Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Shall I not tell you who is the best of witnesses? The one who brings his testimony before he is asked for it, or tells his testimony before he is asked for it.” – (Muwatta Imam Malik; Book of Judgments, Chapter of Testimonies)

Another Hadith narrated by Abu Musa al-Ash’ari says,

قال رسول اللہ ﷺ من کتم شھادة اذا دعی الیھا کان کمن شھد بالزور۔ جمع الفوائد بحواله طبرانی صفه ۲٦ جلد ١

Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Whosoever is called to give witness and then he conceals it, it is as if he has given false witness.” – (Jama’ul Fawa’id with reference to Tabrani, vol.1 pg 26)

It is but for their ease and comfort that the responsibility of certain things are not put on their shoulders unless there is a necessity. Where the burden and responsibility is put on the shoulders of one man, there it has been divided among two women.

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