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Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family. Brothers and Sisters, Muslims whose relationship with Allah Azza Wa Jall is one of responsibilities and duties and one of tasks and obligations.... We are in the coming 10 days approaching the month of Ramadhan. A month in which we solidify our will power and we remember those who are powerless. Hunger, thirst and deprivation are in a sense a matter of diminishing physical power and in Ramadhan we celebrate the power of determination over physical and material power. Being that one of the issues that has not been approached from this angle is the issue of women in Islam, we think it is befitting to begin the month of Ramdhan and to go through that month as much as possible trying to make sense out of where the position of women is pertaining to traditions; many of them having nothing to do with the Qur’an or the prophet; many of them attributed to the Qur’an and the prophet without any justification or basis- and on the other hand the position of women as a reaction to that in (what is called) modern or westernized society and how that has become to influence our own lives and our own behaviours. We want to begin this with a general overview or approach. Some of you may be aware that women seem to be (the word that is usually used is) discriminated against or oppressed within Muslim society itself or whatever is left of an Islamic society. This discrimination or violation of the status of women has even been expressed very eloquently by those who stand for it. One of these speakers said- now listen brothers and sisters, this indicates to you and me and every listener, the bottling up or suffocating of a woman’s life- “Blessed are the days when a woman was born out of her mother’s womb into her parents home to remain there and only to part from there to the home of her husband to remain there and only to part from her husband’s home to the grave.” This is a silly and a suspicious mentality that expresses these words and these types of ideas. We even find in our Islamic historical and “scholarly” literature a quote from the Prophet in which his daughter was asked presumably by her father, “What is the best description of a woman?” Listen to the reactionary, uninformed, and what passes as a hadith statement we have. It is recorded that Fatimah, the daughter of Allah’s prophet, said, that she should not see anyone and no one should see her. Then, upon saying that we are told, in this type of literature that the Prophet hugged her and he said, an offspring that regenerates itself, meaning this expresses his view on the matter. Brothers and sister- with Allah’s assistance we will be covering this territory in khutbahs to come, but let us first of all say that anyone who follows the meanings of the Qur’an doesn’t find any discrimination or any oppression from men towards women. We challenge anyone to quote for us any ayah in the Qur’an that will indicate
that there is a second status or a lower position for women in society vis-à-vis men, and we don’t want any quotes to be made out of context, we want them to be placed where they belong. We say first and foremost, that we take innocent pride in the fact that we don’t have the Judeo-Christian taint of placing the onus of the first sin of man upon a woman. In this narrative it was Eve who tempted Adam to have of the forbidden fruit in paradise for which we all came tumbling down to Earth. We begin with a fresh, rational and an equal start between men and women, the masculine and the feminine, in life. The ayah of the Qur’an says, Adam disobeyed His sustainer, consequently he went in the wrong direction but then Allah offered amnesty to him and showed him the correct direction (Surah Ta’ha verse 121) Where is it here that anyone can sense there is an undue burden that is placed on a woman when the ayah is speaking about Adam? We seek not also to take this to an extreme in which we may think that we have some feminists who are going to place the onus and the sin on man in exclusion to women. Both of these approaches are not found in our reliable source of information. Another ayah in the Qur’an says concerning Adam and Hawa, Adam and Eve, Both of you eat whatever you find in it (meaning in paradise) with a full appetite but do not (Surah Al-A’raf verse 19) In English it may not appear because of the failure of the language but in the Qur’anic Arabic it is clear that Allah is speaking to two, the man and the woman, the male and the female, the masculine and the feminine. See how many times? At least four times in this ayah, there is reference to two or to both of them. We don’t have this psychological inferiority that bounces around from society to society and from century to century, inflicting the ignorant and the bias with false information pertaining to the position of women as we honour that position as a function of our submission and obedience to Allah. Let us say also that there is a human nature. We are speaking about a God-given nature that is distributed equally between male and female, to complement each other and the Qur’an has been observant of this as a matter of justice. In an ayah in Surah An-Nisa, Allah If a woman is found to have committed the sin of adultery, then what is required is the testimony of four witnesses (Surah An-Nisa verse 15) As far as men are concerned, the act of adultery becomes one that can be hidden but a woman, especially in places and times in which there are no (what is called) birth control mechanisms, no pill and no surgery, when adultery is committed, the crime shows because the woman is now pregnant and the man can disappear back into society. But what do you do when this is the case? What is required in this case is the testimony of four reliable witnesses in a court of law (Surah An-Nisa verse 15). What happens here? The evidence is established- the woman is pregnant, but if there are no witnesses, the legal procedure cannot go forward. In order for the legal procedure to go forward there has to be four witnesses and if that does happen then she is
required to stay at home. Now, you tell us why this is not well known among the Muslim public. Of course this is a Mansukh ayah; the penalty for adultery is eventually established, but before that ultimate penalty was established, she was required to, what we say today, be under house arrest or to stay at home. She can’t go out into society any longer until one of two things happens: until she expires due to death or until Allah causes a way out for her. There has been much argument pertaining to what is called Al-Nasikh ayahs that have been updated and AlMansukh, ayahs that have exhausted there purpose or outdated ayaat. This may sound a little strange to the novice, the uninitiated and to people not familiar with the growth and development of Islamic society. This is an area in which women, because of their nature, were not considered equal with the way men are to be treated and that is because we said there’s a degree of difference between men and women and that degree was meant for each to complement the other, not to oppress or react to the other- behaviours that are preponderant in our societies. The ayaat don’t permit oppression and reaction. The Prophet of Allah in a hadith says, women are the twins of men, or the twin equals of men. An ayah in the Qur’an says, some of you are the extraction and the complements of others (Surah An-Nisa verse 25) This is a reference to men and women. So where do we have these non-sensical developments that have set in like concrete in our societies coming from? Where do we have someone coming and telling us ‘No, the face and the hands of a woman are a Awrah, a private part coming from? It has been established that during the time of Allah’s Prophet, women used to show their face and their hands. So where did all of this come from? Why do we now have what is called an Islamic justification for it? (Let us say this a little more slowly and at a lesser pitch), we, meaning the Muslims, don’t have a normal relationship between men and women. It’s not normal because some of us are consumed with inaccurate information to which we give an Islamic gloss and some of us are anxious to run away from this type of traditional Islamic understanding to another extreme in which we want women to undress, to forget about the Hijab, and what Allah and His Prophet say. These two currents that now devour our human relations have made us in our inter-gender relationships, abnormal and dysfunctional. We even have masajid around the world, in which women are discouraged or forbidden from entering the masjid. Where did this come from? Once again it comes from uninformed opinions. We don’t find any basis for this in the Qur’an or in the Sunnah. To the contrary, there’s a hadith that says, don’t withhold women subjects of Allah from going to the masajid, to the mosques of Allah. A plain hadith on the authority of Muslim which is one of the highest if not the highest authorities of hadith but then why do we have the attitude among us that tells the woman, ‘you don’t have to go to the masjid?’ In the time of Allah’s Prophet, women who were within their monthly cycle or period used to attend the masjid. They used to go to the masjid continuously and no one would tell them you can’t be here. They would go to Salatul Eid and participate in every function of Salatul Eid with the exception of the salat. So why do we now have this attitude of discriminating against our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters by telling them- (this is what they say in their homes and one-on-one communication) ‘it’s better for you to pray at
Show us where Allah and His Prophet tell us we cannot speak about these issues. 1billion Muslim women. relate them to each other and trace our problem to where it begins to where it has to end.this is where they are. This is one area that has to do with power. capitalism. the career. Well if this was the case we would think that part of the 23-year history of the Prophet in Makkah and in Al-Medinah covered this area. “Ok if you want to go to the masjid. at least half of us have been paralyzed.why? There is no Qur’anic or Sunnatic basis for not speaking about these issues. But they can’t. when they no longer have the mental ammunition they go to the military ammunition. our model behavior? What happened? Why can’t we act normal? That’s all that is required. in a lifelong incarceration just because we have a segment of youth who cannot get married?! And why can’t they get married? Because they don’t have the wherewithal. Many of our brothers are living in denial of their sexual orientation and needs. we have no problems with that but don’t go to the masjid at night. We can detect our weakness in our divisions. and monopoly. We become corrosive internally. we ask once again. You see. direct in its meaning. The ‘enlightened ones. But they don’t want us to open up these issues in the Masjid. They . Qaanitaat. We’re going to cover this with more detail if Allah helps us in the Jumu’ahs to come. It’s a simple thing.’ say. sisters. you’re speaking about politics. corporations. Go to Al-Dhuhr and Al-Asr. We find that the solution to get rid of this sexual inhibition or repression is marriage.” Where did this come from.” but they tell Muslimat. But why is it that some of us are unable to do this.this is where we are. wives and daughters from going to the masjid and being part of an Islamic assembly. A quick answer to this is that we are an inhibited society. They say. Isn’t that the time that we refer to saying this is our Sunna.” These are the problems that come back to haunt you in your social lives when we can’t speak and think about them. wars. Look at what is happening to us. you get married and you move on to the higher responsibilities. Haafidhaat. We begin to think about these problems. all of you and do not be divided (Surah Ahl-Imran verse 103) We sense that in this attitude that prohibits and bars our mothers. Muminaat. and Jama’ah is in violation of this ayah which is clear. “O brother. Thayyibaatin wa Abkarah.home than it is to pray at the masjid’? Would you think this is a strike at Islamic unity when we say And hold firm to the rope of Allah. The problem is there.what do you want to do? Put half of them. you can’t go to the night salat. “ok you can go to the masjid. gainful employment and whatever it takes to get married. Don’t speak about economic and financial issues in the Masjid. when Muslimaat used to go to the masjid at Al-Fajr and Al-Isha in the time of Allah’s Prophet. One of these serious divisions is half of our numbers. is to keep men away from women. Don’t speak about these issues.Al-Fajr and AlIsha. It’s like there is a struggle going on in them and part of this struggle they or their religious elders calculate. the finances. Jumu’ah. then we should’ve found an echo to what is happening today in those years.acting normally and have our Muslim sisters know that we honour their dignity and humanity. So. We’re looking at nearly 2 billion people in the world. this is where it all ties in. but we don’t find it. If there was going to be a problem.
so they go to technology and think they have all the muscles there with their military technology to use against us before we can wake up and begin identifying these problems. O you. That’s what the words say. Then. This is a special case that is not to be generalized like we have today. And then Allah says. And then it says. consult with them but after consulting with them . They came with these concerns to Allah’s Prophet. a man. women or wives of the Prophet. “If your information is coming from the Prophet’s household. then I have nothing else to say. that women were conscious of their status in society. Another small example of misinformation. If a woman has her hair tied in a ponytail or whatever they are called. they take this sentence and generalize it. (we don’t want to mention names brothers because when we mention names some people who listen to these khutbahs begin to draw on their stereotypical and biased emotions. they have a right to annul the marriage.” And he said. women have to stay at home. And there was no one saying to them. they took this information to him and said what are you saying? He said. We want to avoid that and speak to your minds) that when women wash their head.” This is what happens when they take a sentence out of context because this sentence is speaking to the wives of Allah’s Prophet. I used to perform my wudhu from the same container as Allah’s Prophet and I just used to run water over my head and that was it. We will find. they couldn’t come up with something as effective as this. yes.” It was a woman in the Prophet’s family who put an end to a version of things that was not correct. either its traditions or what is called westernization.“Look.the ayah says so. Dare you not step out in the real world.(Surah Al-Ahzaab verse 32-33) You could put it this way. you are not like other women. Then. Some of the instances of women… One of the women in the household of Allah’s Prophet. It’s just misinformation.” So this person was trailed with this information. They quote a hadith. you women are ordered to stay at home. with Allah’s help.there’s an ayah in the Qur’an which says. the right to abandon that relationship if there is a basis to do so. the right to choose their own soul mates. “That’s not true. for one reason or the other. They came to the Prophet to ask for advice on selecting their own husbands. pertaining to women.we have lost many of this potential. therefore remain at home. “Well I heard another person attribute this to the Prophet. They say there’s a hadith from the Prophet that says.” Even if our enemies wanted to scheme and plot something that would paralyze half the Muslims. Then you can go on to the absurd. one of the women in the family of the Prophet said. you women stay or settle within your own homes.don’t have any muscles in their brains and in their heart. They participated in social activities. in decision-making and in all activities in life that is compatible with their nature. In other words. heard someone. have to undo their hair to make wudhu. Half of the Muslims now. “What are you doing? You belong at home. We don’t want to say there’s a deliberate act of lying. saying. she has to undo it for her wudhu to be valid.
should feel that there may be some larger plan because of that statement. we may have some evil minds who are thinking about inflicting physical and deadly harm on this Pope. As a consequence to this. some of it false. (beware of a committed Muslim’s insight because when he sees things.an understanding that is extracted from the words of Allah and His Prophet. and recently these cartoons or caricatures in Denmark and the European press and now with this type of statement it would seem or appear for a thinking mind. In the meantime. that this statement was meant to feed into the military frenzy against Muslims and maybe. and they want to understand the Qur’an in light of the hadith. We understand the hadith in light of the Qur’an. in which he quotes an emperor back 600 and some odd years ago as having said that Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) did not bring anything new.. to this world. Brothers and sister. Who would love to see something like that? The Zionists in Tel Aviv. Can you believe something like this still exists and in some circles passes as bona fide Islamic information and knowledge?! The ayah in the Qur’an. you suspend the hadith and follow the meanings of the ayah.do the opposite of what they tell you to do. (we’re paraphrasing of course). but because they want to plunge the Muslims and the Christians into a clash of catastrophic proportions. when there was an attempt on the previous Pope by a Turk. the Crusades. there have been Muslims around the world who responded. committed Muslims. to look at this issue through a Qur’anic and Sunnatic mind. there has to be a consultation between husband and wife and there has to be satisfaction on what has to be done by both of them. We don’t know the nature of how speeches are prepared for the Pope but we can sense that there is now a dirty hand that is trying to execute a filthy plot and then blame the Muslims so they can go on and on in their propaganda and in their wars doing what . So is it far away from reason? Turkey is one of the accessible Muslim countries for the CIA. asking him to either apologize for what he said or to explain it in a way that is not defamatory to the Muslims. When this was in the making. Not like some of these people around. MI6. the Inquisitions. or any of the intelligence services working in their orbit to have a pontiff killed in Muslim lands to bring back ancient animosities and dig up the history of the past. This is a very injurious. we had not heard any statement to that effect. and that larger plan in light of what has happened in the past. Germany. We will see and we will try as Allah gives us the knowledge and ability. Mossad. beginning with the Salman Rushdie assault on the Muslims. the Muslims living the conditions that they are living. when it speaks about the dissolution or the undoing of the marriage. nor from the Vatican itself. who bring all of this hadith literature. inaccurate statement.. he does so with the light of Allah). It’s the other way around brothers and sisters. You can recall around 25 years ago. neither from the person who made the statement. the Conquistadores. knowing that this Pope is going to go to a Muslim country. not because they are zealous about the Prophet or Islam. some of it true. When a hadith is in contradiction to an ayah. Astaghfirullah al Adhim wa Atubu Illayh. it is evil and inhumane. An issue that has been making waves had been a statement by the Pope visiting his home country. and if there is something new he brought.
This is not the character of a committed Muslim. “Muslim women cannot come to the Haram. Iraq.”. . courting women around the Haram etc.” The solution to it is to open Makkah. the Hajj and the Umrah to the months and the years that was meant for Hajj and Umrah and not to squeeze them in like sardines. Afghanistan.they have been doing in Lebanon. How do you get away with that? Do we want them to get away with that? We don’t know where this issue is going to be decided or when but just by seriously considering telling Muslim women who have been going to the Haram ever since the days of Allah’s Prophet. This is one issue that we have to keep our Qur’anically open minds on and not let it pass away and then when the crime is committed go into reactions. This fits in very good with the schematic polarization with the Muslims. Some of these things may be happening but the solution to it is not to say. Palestine. And just very briefly as an extension to the status of women. and they will make excuses. you may not know that in the recent past. It’s not a simple issue where they will say we don’t want Muslimaat to come around the Ka’ba. It’s not that simple. and in other places. there was serious consideration by the government in Saudi Arabia to forbid Muslim women from going to the Haram. They will have some justifications like harrassment. You squeeze Muslims around the Haram like sardines and there’s bound to be moral violations there and the answer to that is not to tell Muslim women “you cannot come to the Haram anymore” such as is their thoughts. “O now you are not permitted inside the Haram. for it.
WOMENS STATUS. Brothers and Sisters. we say and we will continue w to say to them that from the Qur’an. Alhumdulillah. We hear much when it comes to mentioning Islam. Muslims whose relationship with Allah Azza Wa Jall is one of responsibilities and duties and one of tasks and obligations. trying our best to dispel the ignorance and reaction that have taken hold in our selves and our societies. With Allah’s assistance. from Allah and from the source of who we are.. Allah says Oh people! Take into consideration Allah’s corrective measures against you… (Surah AnNisa’ verse 1) This is the gist of the meaning of Ittaqullah. that they are wrong. anti-women. Notice that with all the fabrications and accusations that are thrown against committed Muslims. and a forward-moving social and psychological break with both the traditions that we are speaking about and the reactions to them. vibrant. then we can begin a strong. his Noble Companions and Family. there’s a lot that fills the airwaves about how the Islamic religion. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam). pertaining to the power of your Sustainer. if we can refer ourselves back to Him and relive the guidance and the meanings that are untainted and are not up for a traditional monopoly nor a reaction that has its basis in Western thought and behaviour. We have been living for generations in a psychological duality and a social duality. with Allah’s help. families. We shall continue. the Qur’an and the Prophet are said to be anti-feminine. and even in the husband and wife relationship. we can refer ourselves to Him. In our time there has been something like a less than intense encounter between these two attitudes or social trends. they don’t refer to the Qur’an. (to be more precise). confidant. anti-the gentler sex. Jum’ah is a time when Muslims are to be reminded of . This polarization was more evident in previous generations. One side is living in unjustified traditions and another side is living in an artificial modernity. In the first ayah that indicates the equality or the same source of life for both men and women. They say that Islam is unfair to women and that Muslim men abuse women in their societies. If in this moment with Allah. pertaining to the issue of women. they are fabricating this issue and they are accusing us of something that does not belong to our Islamic conviction nor to our Islamic character. In doing this we refer to Allah and the Qur’an. In a moment with Allah. When you are in the midst of lively activities or when you are doing whatever you are doing in the course of the day. Be vigilant pertaining to your Sustainer.PART 2 Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem... but we shall. always factor in Allah’s power in what you are doing. Muslim scholars.
be conscious of Allah’s power when it comes to orphans or oh so-and-so. The word taqwa was used when there’s a discrepancy of power. it’s not from the words of Allah as we begin to cover this subject. one genetic material that has become life or one human essence (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 1) These are some of the meanings of Nafs. So what He is saying is from one Nafs. Where does this come from? And out of them He has spread into being many men and women (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 1) So at the source of life.orphans don’t have power and wives are perceived (without the stereotypical of the traditional parts of that perception). so this doesn’t give any justification for sexual oppression or sexual exclusion. its spouse (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 1) We still can’t find any notion here of a male or a female superiority or inferiority. by using the word taqwa in the khutbah. one Self. is due and warranted. it would be somewhat time consuming so we’re going to go to the translation of the point that we want to emphasize. its mate.we are male and female. or it can be indirect by leading you to the conclusion that you should always be aware of Allah’s power presence. then we get more out of its meaning when Allah is using this word to remind us.we know who we are as far as gender is concerned. After this long “introduction” in which human beings who are committed to Allah. he would say. community or social order that there is a sense of male superiority (because this is the problem of history and our time. This has dropped from usage even in the language. So if it doesn’t exist here in our mental contact with Allah. It doesn’t exist. there is this male superiority) where does it find its origins? From where does it draw its notion? Obviously it’s not from the ayat of the Qur’an. … who has created you from one Nafs. Allah says that He created us. In past generations and centuries. This reminder of taqwa can be frank and blunt. In this ayah. we cannot detect any tension between the masculine and the feminine. when we take a look at this beginning through the words of Allah. when a person would use the word taqwa. So the word taqwa. there is no indication of who came 1st. its complementary half. (Allah wants us to consider genesis itself. be conscious of Allah’s power when it comes to your spouse. Was it Man or was it Woman?.taqwa. are less in power (physically speaking) than men are. and there’s no notion of someone coming 1 st. “Oh so-and-so. If you find in an Islamic family. And He created out of this one Nafs its counter sex. In this ayah. the beginning of life). its double. to interject the power of Allah in the conscious of man. We don’t know where this is coming from. work our mind on His creation and we follow His prophets and messengers in an active sense. how come it exists in real life? Where does this come from? Then Allah says in somewhat of a lengthy discourse or ayaat… Of course if we go to the translation of these ayaat. Allah says (when we are on this course) . In some schools of thought taqwa is a pillar of the khutbah. If we can regenerate this understanding.
semantic and theoretic. place your emotions away. ie. When we speak these words and express these ideas. We concur that women had been mistreated before Allah’s Qur’an and before Allah’s Basheer and Natheer. and this has nothing to do with Muslim men if these men are committed to Allah. while they are committed to Allah. There are ayaat in the Qur’an that speak about the condition of the oppression of women. be it a male or a female.creation is Allahs.an area we have no access to. One of the ayat says. when He says as the Creator we come from each other. with a few exceptions. to work or to do things.“Ok you want to take a woman out and let her work. Allah says. There are some Muslim women who don’t have enough Islamic information and think the Qur’an does not stand up for their rights. social trends or what may be called in some cultures social values. Anyone who attempts to go into the details of creation becomes demagogic. these ayaat are not spoken in the context of Jahili societies. societies that refer to a knowledge that is disconnected from Allah or a society that is constructed on the basis of parting with Allah.” But. He says. well look at the society that she is in. we understand men and women to be complements of each other and equal to each other. So once again.nothing with evidence or concrete proof except for the evidence that comes to us from Allah because He’s the Creator and knows what goes on in that realm. the final Prophet. we come back and we ask ourselves where is this coming from? Where do we get all of this discrimination between a man and a woman? In our understanding of the Holy Tanzeel. a type of depression because of that (Surah An-Nahl verse 58) . and this should take the wind out of the feminine sail. that is another way of synchronizing the male and the female. his face would turn black and he goes into a psychological mode. Whoever does what is good. So.(Surah Ahl Imran verse 195) In the world of creation. so they go looking with non-Islamic and antiIslamic researchers and social scientists for cases to build against Muslim men. He says this equally applying it to a man as He is equally applying it to a woman.He responds or has answered to them … (Surah Ahl Imran verse 195) Saying what? Allah is saying … He will not make lost any effort or any labour. These exceptions are due to the way Allah created us and they do not violate the compatibility and complementary and equal status of men and women. And if someone was told the news that you have a girl that has been born to you meaning your wife has given birth to a girl. some of you are from others. we do so in a society that is moulded by the Will of Allah. Brothers and sisters who are listening with your minds. they are the ones who are going to enter Jannah (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 124) When Allah uses the word Ameela. so how come we get this notion of excluding some women from work? We can listen and hear the response. coming from a male or a female.it uniquely belongs to Him. So what does Allah say concerning practices.
they do not offer the strength and the wealth that a boy may offer. And then. what becomes a practice of this thought? Look for girls among others.well we should get rid of our girls because the economic conditions are tough. ‘what was my crime? Why was I killed?’ (Surah AtTakwir verse 8-9) This is in reference to killing children at the younger age of development. What does he do now? Now he’s thinking (Surah An-Nahl verse 59) These are the internal thoughts of these types of people. minorities. they begin to think. killing them is a gargantuan mistake (Surah Al-Isra’ verse 31) Another ayah says. Allah says… There was a time in which parents would think about killing their newborns and most of this would be done towards a baby girl. And when a victim of infanticide asks. Allah is saying. and obviously at the centre of this are that component of society that is called females. so they think about getting rid of them through killing them. We’re not talking about one individual in history. and the less productive are the dispossessed. What was that bad news? A girl was born to him.What does he do? He is running away from society. if this thought runs through our mind in primitive societies as well as in modern societies. he doesn’t want to see anyone. their murder. Do not kill your children because of scarce economic conditions. we’re talking about a social attitude. economic conditions that are threatening (Surah Al-Isra’ verse 31) The fact of the matter is there is this rationalization in primitive societies as well as in modern societies that it becomes justifiable due to economic conditions to get rid of the less productive members of society. he doesn’t want anyone to see him (Surah An-Nahl verse 59) Why is he running away from society? Because of the bad news that he got. We will provide for them and you. What am I going to do? Am I going to bury her? Should I bury her? (Surah An-Nahl verse 58) The fact of having a girl invokes these types of thoughts. etc… But one of them is. When we take the practice. the disenfranchised. gypsies. in practice and in history. killing infants. orphans. Could it be extended also to killing foetuses? This depends on how much we are able to think about the . What’s wrong with these types of people if they have a girl that is born to them. because society says girls are a burden on the family. the overpowered.
Do you think when they say things like this and it becomes social values. not these mechanical types You are not on legal grounds to inherit women or to set women up to inherit them (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 19) A practice that they were able to do. comes and improvises its own laws. They don’t want her share of the inheritance to be distributed among another person who may be a stranger who becomes her new husband. Allah is getting at the roots of this discrimination that will take away from the ammunition of this mental argument that they have. it could be a husband or a wife but in this ayah. the deceased husband’s family tells the woman you cannot get married. and then his family. There’s no checks and balances on the flow or the movement of riches and property. it has a qualifier. whatever their argument may be for it. you’re staying here at home. is only for our men and it is haraam on our spouses (Surah Al-An’aam verse 139) Here it is being qualified by the word Rijaalina because Azwaaj without a qualifier is a spouse. Then Allah takes Muslims and Muslim women away from a practice that does not give her her inherited rights. What is another ayah that is used and repeated in the Qur’an for us to understand what refers to these types of unwarranted. This is one of the semi-short if not a short surah in the Qur’an in which Allah is expressing an oath. you can do without it.meanings of this ayah and what are the motivations for it? There is another practice of ignorant societies. Our men are going to go and fight and they need this scarce meat and women. a society that has science but does not have Allah. Ignorance here is any society or is applicable to any society that is formulated away from the knowledge that comes from Allah. This is not tolerated or acceptable. Allah in many ayat in the Qur’an brings out the character of women beside the character of men. We can’t be exhaustive. You can do whatever you want as far as this is concerned. Why would they do and say that? Because they want to inherit her. they don’t have an argument for it? Of course they do. How do people inherit possessions. cows or goats or whatever). anti-divine behaviours? They say that whatever that is in the bellies of cattle. This is an example of how man’s supervised social values place women in a victim’s position. Allah is speaking to responsible Muslims. property. Inheritance is an issue. One of these instances was there in human history. You can have the most technologically advanced society in the world that is disconnected from the guidance of Allah and it becomes a society of ignorance. (it could be a cattle of camels. and wealth? How does that go? Is that left up to you and me? A Jahili society. An example of that is a wife becomes a widow. to clarify this issue. these are going to be a series of khutbahs. Where does this come from? The Qur’an is assailing and attacking this type of dietary or nutritional discrimination. . her husband dies either a natural cause or any other cause. Insha-Allah.
who are Allah’s prophets. betrayed their husbands (Surah At-Tahreem verse 11) Now I want you to think a little more about this. And it is not a choice of a committed Muslim or a committed Muslimah. So the ayat were there. it is binding on both a Mu’min and a Mu’minah.not excluding her from the consequences of what she was doing. they have no choice but to follow forthwith (Surah AlAhzaab verse 36) So that means when Allah and His prophet decree something. We don’t know if Nuh and Lut (alaihima as-salaam) divorced their wives. when Allah and His Messenger decree an issue. also. kaafir wives who betrayed them. And by the daylight and what it exposes with its brightness. And by He who created male and female. “You enter the fire with those who are going into it (Surah At-Tahreem verse 11) . Time collapses here. They were treasonous to their own husbands/prophets. because He is looking at the crime and because the crime has consumed both husband and wife. it is also an emphasizer. Allah has brought us the example of two women who belonged to two virtuous men of ours. Then. there is the ayah in which Allah says. is involved. And these two wives. and this is an ayah we try many times to repeat in the beginning of the khutbah.By the night and what it engulfs in its darkness. Then Allah says. then it is necessary to mention the other part of this crime in which the wife of Abi Lahab. the same type of equality that is given for doing what is good and avoiding what is bad is also the same type of equality that details the crime when it is perpetuated by man and woman equally so. we are in Al-Akhirah. the wife of Nuh and the wife of Lut. and these husbands had what we call in today’s terminology. These are two prophets of Allah and the ayah is telling us that the betrayal of their husbands. of the female character in life and its pursuits. but how many of you have taken a closer look at this surah from a gender point of view? Wouldn’t it have been enough to condemn Aba Lahab? Ok. equally so.but Allah. There are no exclusions here. and it was said to them. Indeed your striving in life takes on different proportions. They say what type of freedom do Muslims honour? What more honour do you want than for prophets’ maintaining their spousal responsible relationships with the closest person in the world to them. was tantamount to kufr. Who’s closer to husband than wife? Who’s closer to wife than husband? This is the closest relationship that we have in society. This is another ayah in which there is equality. The question is how did we make these exclusions? In a short surah that I hope everyone has memorized Allah says… I’m sure you probably read this surah many times in your salat or you probably listen to it being read many times in and out of salat. directions and pursuits (Surah Al-Layl verse 1-4) So this not only is it an emphasizer of the male character in life and its pursuits.
And then a final note. And it is of Allah’s power illustration that He has created from yourselves counterparts (Surah Ar-Rum verse 21) Notice here there is no mention of man and woman. The Pharaoh of this superpower has done so much that it would overshadow whatever virtues his wife may have.” (Surah At-Tahreem verse 12) If there was a type of imbalance in the relationship between man and woman. we are speaking about Allah who registers this feminine position that comes from a woman. saying that they find comfort and they settle down in women and there is no tipping it in the opposite direction and saying it is women who would settle down and find comfort in their mates. we don’t want the social trends that we have around us to influence our understanding or our misunderstanding of what Allah has to say to us. It is equally so. But we are not speaking about historians who are writing the facts of time. so people can appreciate virtue from wherever it comes. “Oh Allah. The wife of the Pharaoh who said. but without the social fabric of the time. why is Allah bringing this to us above all written history. (this is everlasting history because this is an everlasting fact). We don’t know when Muslims are going to be able to communicate and understand what Allah is saying to them.On the other hand. Why is He quoting this. There is no tipping the balance for man. In other words. . build for me a residence where You are and save me from the Pharaoh and what he is doing and save me from an oppressive society. Allah gives the example of a woman who stands out for what she said and what she did. not through the social fabric of their time. It is equally applicable. It’s just like picking out today the wife of the occupant of the number one superpower in the world. An ayah in the Qur’an says. He has created for you from your own selves spouses. for us? It’s enough what the Pharaoh did that would eclipse any mention of his wife. and it was meant to equalize the relationship on both sides. mates so that you may settle within them in comfort (Surah Ar-Rum verse 21) This is equally understandable by male and female. the wife of the Pharaoh. vis-à-vis the other.
among us... the Initiator and the Fashioner of our lives and our interactive behavior in this life. they have rights that are parallel to their responsibilities (Surah AlBaqarah verse 228) If we were to look at life as a bundle of rights on one side and a bundle of responsibilities on the other side. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam). .our mothers. Brothers and Sisters. (in other words). there is a balance of rights and responsibilities between husband and wife. We will continue to try to place in front of our eyes and in the presence of our mind this information that has come to us from Allah so that we may have enough will power and courage to admit to the rights and to the right position and status of women.if Allah is telling us this. (meaning women). We invite those who are in a shell of uniformed tradition. And sometimes we run into a behavior that is illogical in as far as trying to bend and twist and mal-form Islam to fit what are supposed to be the standards and values of modernity. those who are exposed to the deviations of modernity and Westernization and ourselves to the table spread of Allah. First. Many times we run into strict and sometimes illogical behavior that camouflages itself in Islam. And they. One of the important segments of mankind that has been deemed powerless are our women. between male and female. and we look at the rights and the responsibilities of the world around. It is apt to take a closer look at the status of women through the enlightening information that has come to us from the Creator. as a continuation of the previous khutbahs.PART 3 Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. it is wrong to give women more rights than their responsibilities and it is equally wrong to place more responsibilities on them than they have rights. Alhumdulillah. Allah says (this ayah as well as others should be in our minds every time they take target and try to shoot down the values and standards of Allah and His Prophet) regarding the equilibrium of rights and responsibilities pertaining to women. our sisters and our daughters. his Noble Companions and Family. Muslims whose relationship with Allah Azza Wa Jall is one of responsibilities and duties and one of tasks and obligations.. have that which is equivalent to what is in imposed on them. how come we see an imbalance? Why is it in the majority of cases we find that women have a disproportionate amount or responsibilities and a diminishing amount of rights? This violates this ayah.WOMENS STATUS.
The same thing for the third.they have no disciplined and principled answer.it’s not just anyone. They want to draw us into their definition of thingsthis is where a confident Muslim mind and psychology is needed. and the ayaat go on but the gist of it is here. a provision or a procedure is opened up. ‘how come Muslim men are permitted to marry more than one wife?’ Almost always this issue is brought up and they throw it in our face and those of us who have no knowledge of Allah and His Prophet and no thinking relationship with the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The first one is the usage of the word Tuqseetu and then the word Ta’deelu. Allah says. We say to them that Allah has regulated this issue of multiple equal marriages. The approach here is a social one.a third equivalent and at a same par marriage without any internal objection because when you marry your first wife. widows. Allah says.just like right now the license is among the general Muslim public who have been alienated from the Qur’an and its meanings and also from the necessities and the needs of society. the first one cannot object to it. it has its widows and it has its orphans. with all that went into it of emotions. here. This is not an issue of polygamy.Fankihu maa Taaba Lakum min al-Nisaai Ukhraa wa Thalitha wa Rabi’a. People who are ignorant or malicious to Islam say. If she objects it is not going to be. then a law.There is another issue that is almost always triggered when someone is speaking about social Islam. Then. (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 3) There are a couple of indirect meanings that are included in this ayah. Here when you marry the second wife. it’s not going to be Ruba. Al-Nisa’. They don’t understand it from this area and they don’t understand it from that. Mathna. So here. stand exposed. meaning your second marriage. In the un-practicing Muslim mind. If you as a society fear that you are not going to be able to be fair to orphans… (Surah AnNisa’ verse 3) This Islamic society that we are trying to build is like every society on Earth. these are roughly the same meaning and they are roughly the same meaning but they are fine-tuned and . Mathna. which makes women. women has a qualifier and that is the orphans. and if one. there was not another wife to object to it.at this time when there is a social fear of this. willingness and without objections. it is not going to be Thulath. Then you marry what pleases you of women…(Surah An-Nisa’ verse 3) The wording of this ayah is not you marry a second wife or a third wife. then you remain with one. two or three object. …if you fear you are not going to do justice to the combination of women together. There’s a deliberate sense of equality and fairness. So Allah is telling us that if we as a society are fearful that we’re not going to be able to offer the orphans what is entitled to every other child who has a father and a mother… (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 3) An orphan doesn’t have a father. and if one or two object. You don’t go and pick anyone you want to marry.
Another issue that is brought to our attention concerning women is the issue of Talaaq. Tuqseetu. Ta’deelu. It’s not up to some whimsical husband to come and annul a marriage.now both sides have arrived at the defining moment at that time after these emotions have been probed through this time period in their depth. (as it were) (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 229) . You will not be able to be able to do justice to women. which is what they do. This Talaaq has to withstand these three cycles and not only once but twice. (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 229) Now after this if there is still the emotional thrust and the passionate detachment from each other then Allah says. (whether they are three full cycles of a woman’s monthly cycle or whether they are three months without going into these nitty-gritty details which amount to a couple of days difference). when they are married the right of the dissolving of the marriage to be regulated. There is a three-cycle period. Divorce is a two-step process. a concept not known to those who are not privileged with Allah and His Prophet. He was speaking about social justice and when He spoke about. He was speaking about personal justice. divorce. We look around in our world and we should be proud that Allah has regulated divorce. Allah says. So if we can from now on pay a little more attention to these words in the Qur’an. when a Talaaq is intended. Then there’s another ayah that says.this is where we fall short. It has to stand the test of time. Our values and our standards eclipse the values and standards of a tormented social fabric around us. (Surah AnNisa’ verse 3) So this is also a precaution for those who may want to contribute to social justice to think twice before they violate personal justice. do we think out these meanings so that we can confidently plough through this field? Regrettably not many of us can do that. we. That is why there is the issue of Idda involved. upon which a society is constructed and consolidated is frail and coming apart. you can resume a merit or each can go their merry way. even if you try your best. A woman has been dignified by having an Idda. (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 229) It occurs twice which means if this relationship of husband and wife. it’s not done so abruptly and recklessly. Instead of us going on the offensive and taking a look at the way they behave in putting together a family or tearing a family apart.that’s why the ayah says. (the short-comers) take a look at our own regulation of this and we cannot stand up with confidence and say Allah has given women in the household. It has to be proven. But when we are dumped with this issue. Divorce is a two-step process. When Allah used the word.
a wife. how is that done? Is it done in a dictatorial fashion? We want to know what laws we have on the book today that are equivalent to or parallel with such moral and legal learnings and teachings that we have in front of us here when we are dealing with an infant that can’t speak for itself. Does a divorced woman have any rights? Is she left to a material society? Is she left to paternalistic tribalism? Or does Allah speak to this area once we have a Mutallaqah. what if there’s a baby. why do we have some of us feel as if we are the weaker side of social concepts in this world? It’s because it’s an indicator that we ourselves are at a distance from what Allah is telling us. (the Qur’anic word is) muscle them out of reattaching themselves to their husbands. I will leave it at that. How does Allah speak to this issue? Or even in the case of a widow who has become a widow not by way of divorce but .Bil Ma’ruf (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 233) You can’t also tell a father you are expected to spend such-and-such money when that is not within his means.we’re not dealing with the scholars.the issue of a woman. for this divorced wife. (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 229) Meaning a divorced wife has all the right in the world to return to her divorcee if that’s what she wants to do. a divorced wife or a widow. 9 months. an infant who is being breastfed? Are there any rights involved here? Allah says. Mothers are to breastfeed their suckling babies two yearly cycles. whatever the case may be. She’s in her own world alone and he’s in his. do you find any satisfying answer for this? Allah has an answer and says. fair. a Muslimah looking good.and this is a little sensitive for some Muslims. (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 233) Then we come to. for those who want to complete the breastfeeding period. If they want to discontinue breastfeeding. that decision is made as a matter of both husband and wife. What does Allah say. What happens if we have some Muslim woman. If you had your wives divorced you cannot. the fine print and the fine tuning). 12 months. (remember we’re referring here to Allah’s words. dig into the laws and the morals in society around. his responsibility is to provide and to clothe in a manner that is relative. I know this is sensitive to some brothers and sisters who are going to hear this. How is that to be determined? By the mother? By the father? And the answer. What if there’s a decision to be made about when? For those who don’t want to go through the two full yearly cycles of breast feeding and they want to cut it short. Now.When we read or understand something like this. even attractive. And for the man who has begotten this baby. pertinent and fair. father and mother’s agreement and satisfaction. presentable. who’s divorced? Her husband and she have gone through the process and now it’s finalized. 15 months.
Once these widowed wives pass that time period. What is this ayah saying? Those of you who pass on. What happens from time to time in society is we have some husbands who are suspicious about their wives.the moderate attraction that will secure for them a husband. ‘Look women can dress…’ and then they’ll present their own views on this. they maintain a suspended time period of four months and ten days. They don’t have evidence or witnesses. exaggerated or phony because Allah says. if they can do that. They’ll try to legitimize the undoing of the Hijab and undoing the modesty of Muslimaat. this is the time period in which they cannot marry. repeats four times that he is telling a lie and the fifth testimony is . All of these are qualifiers of a woman Bil Ma’ruf.they just have a very strong suspicion. (around 130 days). the wife herself bears testimony. they carry no misdemeanor or felony if these widowed wives were to present themselves with a picture or an image or a feature that is attractive. the wife? Is she going to be railroaded in court? Listen to this ayah and how the strength of a husband’s testimony against his very wife is matched by the strength of the counter testimony of his wife against him. Allah has given them the right to do that. Bil Ma’ruf. Because sometimes when we try to get rid of the unthinking minds sometimes we run into minds that have diarrhea. there’s informed public opinion. what is the position of a woman. And the fifth testimony is that Allah’s curse and damnation is on him if he is telling a lie. in an accident. who’ve been given their full measure of life and Allah has taken their soul. How is she going to socially present herself? Listen to that. and they leave behind spouses. but they can’t prove a thing. Here’s the part that somehow escapes our man-centered Islam. These are Allah’s words. whatever the case may be. they can bring this matter to court and accuse their wives in court of infidelity or fornication. Mu’minaat. she will be spared the punishment and the torment of such an accusation if she. Allah says. She now is alone. It’s their right to be attractive but not attractive to lead to sin. This is an ayah that should be reverberating in our public mind. Hafidhaat. But it shouldn’t be outlandish. Muhsanaat. then what is required here is for him to pronounce his accusatory in the form of a testimony four times that he is telling the truth. Bil Ma’ruf.her husband died.especially the cobweb type of Muslims who can’t think. (Surah An-Nur verse 6-7) What happens here? There’s a judge. their wives. (so to speak). If that suspicion is so strong in them. and they have no witnesses and no proof for what they are saying except their own selves. (Surah AlBaqarah verse 234) I’ll repeat this last sentence in the ayah because it is extremely important in bringing down the concrete or the cemented minds that some of us have. Ok. And those husbands who accuse their wives. They want to take this and say. on the warfront. Our women should not be excluded from society and they should not be un-presentable.
“what were you in when you were in this world? What was your condition?” They said we were oppressed in this world. And then we have the issue of inheritance. in our holy reference is no. you’re going to lose sight of this equality. a male has the proportion that belongs to two females (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 11) In other words if we are going to look at the total inheritance in thirds. the boy gets two thirds and the girl gets one third and this proportion or percentage is the general rule and it applies to any number of children. there’s one boy and one girl. male or female. looking for political refuge? Yes. but if you don’t want to complement each other.’ First of all. they were asked. Men have a share of what is going to become an estate or an inheritance and so do women. you tell them where did you get that from. Are women.that Allah’s curse and damnation is on her if he is telling the truth. ‘If you Muslims believe everyone is equal. We don’t believe their equality is going to come from one of them becoming the other or both of them losing their distinction and becoming something else. Women participated in the Hijrah. Insha-Allah we’ll come to these issues in the future. The information we have in the Qur’an. there’s no doubt about it. ‘then why do you apportion twice as much for a boy. our mothers. And then the ayah says.’ and we do. drawing on practical events in the time of Allah’s Prophet. ‘Well you Muslims give men twice what women get when it comes to inheriting some deceased person. but we don’t believe that a male and a female are equal in a sense that a male is a female and a female is a male. And the problem that irritates many people isabsent the complementary nature between male and female. They come and ask. this is another accusation they throw against Muslims. this is an ayah. We believe they are equal while they compliment each other. Do you follow? Those who have been brought to the time of expiration while they were doing injustice or mistreating themselves in this life. our daughters. their words are equal to each other in a court of law. going into political asylum. This is an overview from the Qur’an about these issues. (to make it simple). (Surah An-Nur verse 89) For those who come and say that in an Islamic society a man’s word is above a woman’s word. everyone’s asking “where’s equality?” If you complement each other you will discover where equality is. as complicated its understanding becomes because we believe in equality of male and female and whichever position in the family that they are in. for a brother than you do for his sister?’ As simple as the answer is to that. Was . (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 7) But the problem comes when they come and tell us (and this is also true) that men get two shares and women get one share. our sisters. the principle of inheritance is there. But this is a general rule. (with the same wording).
this has a history. the book of Allah . Allah says. you test them through a Hijra. Today’s way of conventional Muslim thinking says ‘no. in Surat ul-Buruj. if committed Muslim women come to you. Allah says. you test their Imaan by giving them the privilege of the Hijra. well Allah’s land is immeasurable. as the ayah tells us. That’s why the exception is mentioned in the ayah. no sister. no we exempt our sisters from that. The masculine type of Muslim men want to be exempted from Al Amr bil Ma’ruf wal Nahi ‘an il-Munkar.’ Now where do you get that from? No one’s exempt from this Hijra when it is due. In a relatively short surah. They were trying to use that as an excuse because the answer to them was.not Allah’s land as wide enough for you to seek political. so that going to the source material. We always use the words. except if you are truly Mustad’af. committed Muslims. the torture was immense but it wasn’t exclusive. O you who are committed to Allah. And what is the ayah saying? Committed Muslim men and women are supporters and allies of each other as they do… (Surah At-Taubah verse 71) As they do what? Yamuroona bil Ma’rul wa Yanhawna ‘an il-Munkar. they are trying to use that as an excuse. This is a responsibility now that not even men want to be involved in.it is not just for men. Al Amr bil Ma’ruf wal Nahi ‘an il-Munkar. And as I said we will come to these details later. economic or social refuge or asylum somewhere else? (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 97) So they had no excuse.no brother. Why? Because Mu’minoon and Mu’minaat were involved. One of the most testing responsibilities in life is Al Amr bil Ma’ruf” and “al Nahi ‘an il-Munkar. we will keep on pursuing this issue of women and men. no child except if they are truly Mustad’af. there’s one of the short surahs that indicates that women were exposed to torture because of their involvement in Al Amr bil Ma’ruf wal Nahi ‘an il-Munkar. hopefully this is in your memory. woman.if you’re a man. or child (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 98) Those women who are not Mustad’af have to feel the duty and responsibility of a Hijra when it is due. These people who are feigning the lack of power. So we find in this context when committed Muslims were brought to torture chambers. With Allah’s supervision and with the words and the knowledge that come with Him. If you’re a Mustad’af here. Brothers and sisters. As we try to bring these meanings closer to your memory. you can go somewhere else. This means that the task of Al Amr bil Ma’ruf and al Nahi ‘an il-Munkar needs both men and women in a relationship of Wilaaya. (Surah Al-Mumtahanah verse 10) Fantahinuhunna.
and the Messenger of Allah, we will not feel reactive, inferior or guilty when it comes to these issues that are thrown at us as if the people throwing these issues at us are doing justice in their own lives. We can turn this the other way around but we have to be grounded in the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger.
Brothers and sisters, Committed Muslims… Sometime back, they had a segment on one of the satellite TV programs Al-Jazeera in which they featured the Islamic center here in Washington D.C. Towards the end of this one-hour program called “Min Washinton,” “From Washington,” they spoke very briefly about the Jum’ah that has been here in the street for over 23 and ½ years, but the way it was presented in the end was unfair to the matter and to the subject. The program ended by the imposed official, the Imam in the Center saying that we are welcome to go and to pray in the Center. This of course is to an audience of tens of millions of people. The whole truth was not expressed. It’s partially true that we are free to go to the Center and pray but is it true that we are free to go and speak to each other in the Center? That’s what they told us we are free not to do. Besides, they have a Baha’i Savaki who’s in charge of their security in their center. And the interior minister of their country said “we are the only Salafi state in the world. Ok you say you have a Salafi state that you are proud of and you have a non-Muslim who’s in charge of your security there and at the same time you force Muslims to pray in the street and then you tell millions of Muslims that these Muslims are free to come and pray in the Masjid. This is how they lie. We are not shy from expressing the truth of this matter. We are open to speaking about it without any censorship. In the program that was aired last week, they even censored some of the answers we gave which were very short; they censored an already short answer.
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Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa Sallam), his Noble Companions and Family. Brothers and Sisters, Muslims of a conscience; a thinking mind and Muslims who are in the service of Allah Azza Wa Jall.... With Allahs aid, and in His company, we will continue to dedicate these khutbahs for a subject and a behaviour that is defined by Allah and displayed by His Prophet who is a model and example for all of us. Let us be frank with ourselves and admit that there is not a measure of justice that accompanies the status of women in our communities, families and societies. The reason for that, once again, is that we have distanced ourselves from Allah and His Prophet. Yet another indicator, as we looked at other indicators before, we can add this one as an additional one of how we have become alienated from Allah and His Prophet .To try to fill in the vacancies, we began and we continue with Allahs words from which we learn and more to the point from which we behave. We have a general Muslim attitude, (we say Muslim here with reservations), that is confused when it comes to the normal behaviour of women in society. Once again, we extract from the book of Allah a “snapshot” of a social condition that is defined by the following ayah, O prophet! If committed Muslimaat come to you to pledge allegiance to you, provided they do not commit any act of shirk or they do not violate the unity and indivisibility of Allah; they do not steal and they do not fornicate and they do not kill their children and they do not commit a salacious act between their arms or their legs (Surah Al-Mumtahanah verse 12) OK, They come to you O prophet- this is what this ayah is saying and they want to pledge allegiance with you and they steer clear of all the cardinal sins then you do what? The order from Allah to His prophet is to exchange this bai’ah with them. (Surah Al-Mumtahanah verse 12) How was this done? How did this pledge of this allegiance physically take place? Women in their whole character and their whole beings came to Allahs prophet and said to him that we pledge allegiance to you. Then, here is an area in which we have conflicting information in our reliable books. One version says that “the prophet actually shook hands with these women” and the other one said “No! He did not physically shake hands with them. Either it was placed in a pot of water or it was done over a cloth.” Meaning the hand contact was not physically there. We don’t want to create an argument out of how this may have occurred physically. What we want to do is we want to have women regain a position in which they can pledge allegiance or vote for or
agree to who the leader is going to be. Remember, this ayah is in front of us and we have Muslim societies 1,400 years later telling women “No! you cannot vote and you cannot participate in deciding who the leader in society be.” This ayah slaps that attitude in the face. There is a world of a difference between those who want Muslim women excluded from civic rights and responsibilities and the meanings of this ayah. Why do we have Muslims reading the Qur’an and then why do we have a behaviour of injustice emanating from these readers of the Qur’an. We cannot say except that tradition and customs themselves have become the religion. Islam is not the mode of behaviour when we have a violation of Allah’s words in the social fabric of our lives. Then, women are also included as a reason for warfare. When Muslims go to war, at some junctures in time and history, an unavoidable responsibility Allah teaches us that one reason for that is and these are His words once again from His own book Why do u not wage war for the cause of Allah and for those who lack power, who are powerless (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 75) OK, who are these who are powerless? The words of the Qur’an, these powerless include men, women and children. If women, on the same par with men and children when they are powerless and oppressed can become issue for launching war, why do we have a type of physiological war against them when we ourselves are guilty of excluding them from the position that Allah has put them in? Once again, it boggles the mind to read what Allah is saying and we ourselves are doing. We all, (hopefully, probably), heard of mubaahalah, an instance in Islamic history when Christian clergymen came to Allah’s Prophet. What occurred between the two sides was a very cordial meeting. One side was not telling the other side you are inhuman or evil. The prophet received them in his own Masjid in Al-Medinah. Some reports say that there was about 60 of them and they spent days literally living in the prophet’s Masjid. As the discussions went back and forth the issue reached the divinity of Jesus. On this issue there was no agreement and when this issue turned into a polarizing one, we have these ayaat that we read in this context. Now, let us try to put this in context or to give this it’s range of meaning. Imagine, today, if there was on the highest level, discussions between those who represent Muslims and those who represent Christians and these discussions were fairly proceeding in a friendly manner and then they ran into this obstacle of understanding or defining who Isa (alaihi salaam) was. The initiative from the Islamic side, from the prophet himself was, on orders from Allah- OK, let us invoke a prayer of condemnation to be binding on those who are lying among us. If we are in today’s social fabric or behaviour- Muslims, you can see and count for yourselves how many Islamic delegations have met with Christian delegations. In these interfaith or ecumenical meetings or sessions when the discussion became stonewalled, would you think that it would be the attitude of those who represent the Muslims today to say we want to bring our children, our siblings, our women and ourselves into this polarized positions? We haven’t had that
OK. If she was not equal then the penalty would be lesser then that of men. this frank expression of Allah in which He is equalizing or putting on an equal par the penalty of a man and a woman for committing the same crime. this is true interfaith communication. The longest ayah in the Qur’an.occur. then you bring two witnesses to court. severe their hands (Surah Al-Ma’idah verse 38) There is no lesser penalty for someone. but if you can’t find two men witnesses then you find one man and what substitutes for the other man is two .the 1 st thing we have to acknowledge in this ayah is that Allah has placed women in the same category as men when it comes to being witnesses. the usual objection is “OK. Why? Because there is a religion of customs and conventions that have placed our women with our participation as men in an inferior position or in a position in which they are excluded from being involved in these types of activities. The prophet himself and the Muslims around him were able to develop a discussion.you whip each one of them one hundred lashes (Surah AnNur verse 2) Here. we run into the question that many adversaries sling against Muslims. in the civil sense of the word. to the real issue of disparity between Muslims and Christians and in doing so. Why? Because to begin with. We simply do not have the Islamic social confidence that can display this social behaviour. they may participate in giving their testimony in a court of law.where have you seen this involvement in these types of encounters? It’s as if no one is reading these ayaat.ie. In this erroneous attitude among we the Muslims of hiding our women and trying to relieve them of many God given responsibilities. Here is where we need to underline wa nisa' ana wa nisa akum. But here. a man and a woman are equal when it comes to the penalties of law? Allah says an adulteress and an adulterer. It seems like all of these types of discussions are the exclusive responsibility of men to the exclusion of women. there is no lesser penalty for a woman. then why is it that. you say you need two witnesses. she’s an equal participant in social and civil life. Then Allah has a woman qualified as a witness.you ask yourself and answer yourself. you have “a court of law” and you are saying that in this “court of law” you want to have two witnesses for a financial transaction. on instructions from Allah he had all the people who were dear to him involved in this discussion in what is called mubahalah in this ayah. Here. The same thing is equally applied to both sexes when Allah a thief. once again. This contrasts with the type of soft touch approach that conventional society treats women with. Who are these people right now. (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 282) this is the part in the ayah that we are concerned with at this moment. man and woman. This is not what Allah is teaching us if we try to understand this ayah and if we try to place it in the really world of today. they are not to be excluded because they are women.this has to do with debt that has a time reference. This is not to speak about the inability of the Muslims to carry the discussion on to the point in which there is a stonewalling attitude.
We have to understand these in context. Surat Yusuf. This ayah has to be understood in context the same way with fasting Ramadhan.witnesses that satisfy the testimonial requirements. this min man tardawna min ashshuhadaa’ may also mean more then two men. that has a number ayaat. in which this attraction is highlighted.no they’re not. If we were to reverse this around. not because that’s imposed on society but because of the complimentary role that we spoke about between men and women. Allah does not desire to strain you (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 185) We understand this in the context of fasting Ramadhan the same way should understand you bring two witnesses. the objection stops here. Allah says in this ayah Allah desires your comfort. we can accept the testimony of one woman but we would need two men in that area. Because in the usual responsibilities of life. The ayah that we repeat in the month of Ramadhan. but this is setting the minimum. not any man is automatically accepted to be a witness in this “court of law” for this issue.shaheedain min rijaalikum. There are ayaat in the Qur’an that tell us that this matter of attraction is equally shared by each side. Allah desires what you can do within your ability and not what can be done straining your ability (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 185) We can’t take this ayah out of this context and when a time of war comes say I’m not going to war because this is going to strain me to death and Allah says Allah desires your comfort. in the same traditional mind we have among us. but if you can’t find two men witnesses then you find one man and what substitutes for the other man is two women witnesses (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 282) It is only for the reason in which in the in-experience of one of the women may need the experience of the other to fortify the testimony.this is in reference to Yusuf (alaihi salaam) when he was in the mansion of the master. . but there is a sexual area between either genders and to some people it seems like one sex is more attractive to the other. Without going far off on this tangent a besides affairs that are not familiar to one of the genders you need another in that case. One of the surahs. but. some would say these ayaat are (astaghfiullah) too explicit.there has to qualifications that are met. Now. economic or financial transactions are in most of the cases the responsibility of men. which means you can dismiss a man witness. Allah has calculated that we give this khutbah on a rainy day and because of the weather conditions it is not advisable to extend this with more words.women witnesses. It’s not because men is less then a woman and vice versa in the case of financial transactions it’s not because a woman is less then a man. The 1st ayah. ie. (understanding the ayah of debt). Allah does not desire to strain you.let’s say in matters of giving birth where men would lack the experience or the familiarity that women have and we needed a man witness in matters of giving birth then we can. it doesn’t follow the ayah which says min man tardawna min ash-shuhadaa’. Then.
but what was his du’a when he left them there? Did he want his wife excluded? No the words of the Qur’an O Allah render peoples heart to be attracted to them. we would think that if Muslims were giving this ayaat a thought. This is Abul Ambiya’. as we read the Qur’an. but attracted in the social sense. There was no Zam-zam. then why is Allah telling us that it may also be the women’s. the wife of Ibrahim (alaihi salaam) When Ibrahim left his wife and his son. where there are men and his wife was there in full attention and she laughed (Surah Hud verse 71) . Also. have they come into contact direct contact with men? Today. there was no water. just sand. the patriarch of prophets and he is making a du’a that society and people be attracted to his wife and his son. his other wife Sarah (alaiha salaam) the ayah in the Qur’an says… you know when the angels came to Ibrahim where was his wife? We know he was in the company of men or angels who looked like men but where was his wife? Was she hiding behind fortified doors in the back somewhere or peeping from behind curtains? The ayahs say in this context. Hajar and Isma’eel in what. Then when the sexual moment of truth was about to unfold the ayah says and she was on the verge of the sexual act of sexually involving him and he was on the verge of sexually involving her (Surah Yusuf verse 24) So. Have women played a social role? Have women. He left them there.The wife of that residence tried to negotiate him into a sexual affair or tempt him into an illicit relationship (Surah Yusuf verse 23) If the sexual initiative is only or solely a mans. there was nothing. a barren an arid a desolate part of the world (Surah Ibrahim verse 37) There was nothing. hide them behind the curtains and place many barriers between them and contact with society including men in that society. The 1st instance that we have in this we know a woman came into contact with society and men was Hajar (alaiha salaam). they would find the contradiction between their traditional understanding of sex and the way Allah is representing the issue of sex here. meaning the women may take the sexual initiative as we are taught here in this instance. the same social sense right now that we have thrown many of the barriers of discrimination into. Then we have to take a look at the social role of women. Then.not attracted in the sexual sense. (was to become Makkah later on). in these intimate moments of attraction and temptation we have an equal gravity by both man and woman. his wife and his son (Surah Ibrahim verse 38) That’s not the character and feature of many of todays Muslims. there are some Muslim men who want to put women behind closed doors.
a final remark this is speaking about the household of Ibrahim. I’m old and so is my husband. spoke and expressed herself. the men said… When we read Allah’s words and when we understand what He is telling us. . If you read what Allah’s saying. Then. who were looking like men. “Am I going to have a child. No one was telling her you can’t talk or you can’t say what’s in your heart and on your mind.Some of the stiff attitudes and the rigid traditions that we have… a woman laughing in the presence of men?! This is an ayah. an old lady. the social discussion continues. They. She expressed herself. it strikes us as incompatible with the way we have conditioned ourselves for hundreds of years to exclude women from these positions in life. He is not limiting this. Allah is not condemning her for laughing the presence of her husband and the others who were with him. and then we gave her the good news of having a child a baby called Ishaaq and following Ishaaq was to be Ya’qub (Surah Hud verse 71) When these. gave her this news of her. men and women. this is very strange (Surah Hud verse 72) Does the ayah close here? No. All of these was with the decency and the decorum that came with the personalities that belonged to Allah. going to have a child she said how am I going to have a child (Surah verse 72) Meaning not only was she a listener but she interacted. from which Allah’s final prophet Muhammed has come and we have some brothers and some sisters who want the word Ahl Al-Bayt to be limited. He’s extending this historically and socially. There’s no condemnation of this behaviour in the Qur’an. you all read this ayah. Ahl Al-Bayt in the Qur’an is speaking about Ibrahim and his intimates and his offspring.” This is a social behaviour speaking in front of people.
was interactive with the men who were in her household. (we may remind you that the word taqwa) is used in its original context to stimulate the presence of Allah’s power in our life. a thinking mind and Muslims who are in the service of Allah Azza Wa Jall. we are trying to go back to the source. the first one is characterized by our culture or the cumulative affect of traditions that a have no basis in what Allah or His Prophet said and the other one is the break away and runaway attitude of those who think that modernity and westernization has answers to women’s issues and therefore we should according to them adopt the western lifestyle a lifestyle that we see around us so obviously. If we can refer ourselves to Allah and His words and the Prophet and his words. his Noble Companions and Family. Brothers and Sisters. high walls and opaque areas. Taqwa. When we have power we tend to abuse this power on those who are weaker then us and because. Interactive. on the power structure. We said in the previous khutbahs that we find in the Qur’an that women were participants in social life..(Surah Ibrahim verse 37) He didn’t say “Oh no have them excluded in that desolated area”. we’ve been speaking about the issue of women and we have been strictly focusing on the words and the aayat of Allah as they pertain to this delicate issue. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa Sallam). In the past weeks. With Allah’s provisions. women are physically weaker then men there is a tendency to abuse them. Alhumdulillah. then we will spare our personal selves. Then. Muslims of a conscience. the other wife of Ibrahim. this important element in our constitution and in our substantive being puts a damper on this proclivity that wants to demonstrate power to those who have lesser power. So.WOMENS STATUS (PART 5) Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. They were not taken out of society and thrown behind closed doors. We mentioned when Hajar and Isma’il (alaihima as-salaam) were left in the forsaken area in Arabia how Ibrahim (alaihi salaam) said Oh Allah cause the hearts of people to be attracted to them. dedicating these days of taqwa. our families and our society the rambunctious and turbulent behaviour and attitude that either one of these two trends represent. he did not make du’a to say “Oh Allah have them away from peoples eyes.meaning what? Meaning she was speaking to ... in another time period we saw that Sarah (alaiha as-salaam). the unfounded traditions along with the zigzagging western lifestyle. which is an indicator that there was no reservation in his understanding of Allah and scripture to have his wife which he trusted and left with his only son to come in contact with people and to have people come in contact with her.” That’s his wife he said Oh Allah cause the hearts of people to be attracted to them.about which there is no doubt. to try to relieve ourselves of basically two deviations.the book of Allah and the meanings there-in.
Now. Now. “We will not draw water until this crowd clears the area. Musa.”(Surah AlQassas verse 23) Meaning until they draw their own water and leave at that time we can go and extract this water for ourselves. The ayah says in this crowd of men and people who were drawing water.” And. We take from the life of the Prophet Musa (alaihi salaam) a segment that will teach us how we should behave. he’d avoid them. So they answered him. we come to another Prophet at another time period. stay away from them. but listen to what happens here and take an observing and closer look at Musa’s behaviour. While he was on his journey away from persecution he arrived at a source of water in Madyan.them and they were speaking to her. he just arrived from a far away land. the ayah says Musa goes to these two women and he says “what is it with you or what do you want” (Surah Al-Qassas verse 23) As if he is trying to help them. They wouldn’t have had to have said this but they said this because communication was normal. Musa found two women (Surah Al-Qassas verse 23) Ok. As he arrived to this source of water. So what did he do? You would think in today’s mentality and men’s attitude towards women. he’s a stranger. this is a communication between Musa and these two women and they are speaking freely. Now. It was not this issue that Musa is a man and these are two women therefore keep your words to the minimum. These two women added something that basically maybe in today’s attitude should not have been said. Both of them said.we went through that detail. The ayah says… The meaning of this discourse of aayat… We know Musa was wanted by the pharaohonic authority or the super-power government of the time and he was on the run. up until here this is a normal and natural occurrence. The Qur’an picked this particular moment in human history to have our minds focused on the developments between Musa as a man and these two women. So. Todays mentality is “Oh these are women. a land north or north east of Egypt. he doesn’t even know who these people are. he found a crowd of people who were drawing water (Surah Al-Qassas verse 23). we meaning both sexes or both genders. a well. They told him and our father is an elderly senior (Surah Al-Qassas verse 23) So what happens here? So. himself went and drew water for them (Surah Al-Qassas verse 24) .
in the English language. There was no physiological barrier here saying “Oh these are women and I’m a man and I can’t go speak to them and I can’t go help them out.we learn that one of them comes back to speak to Musa. robust significance.” No. this is like a privilege statement which means. then Allah would not have picked this particular instance in history to have us recite as His holy words until the end of life and time.it was a trendsetter. She said my father is inviting you to compensate you for you your help to us (Surah AlQassas verse 25) These two women are not Prophets. the Queen of Sheba.if it was just that.we do not behave normally. this is in the overall character of the Muslim men and women. an act of assistance of a generosity of this person.” If this was just one of those generous acts of a human being. a Prophet of Allah the son of Dawud (alaih salaam) another Prophet of Allah. of course. Of course.someone can’t come and say “Well this is one of those Prophetic moments in which he did the human thing. We know that there was communication between Sulayman and Bilqees. Some historical narratives tell . OK. I am impoverished to give back to you what you have given to me (Surah Al-Qassas verse 24) That is in reference to his vitality. now we part with this occasion and we go to the time of Sulayman (alaih salaam).He did what he could do for them. but to teach us that women may have the initiative in talking to men. the Queen of Sheba came to Sulayman.being able to help these two women in their task. behave today. so there may have not been any necessity to mention this follow up. The next thing we know from reading these ayaat is after a while one of those two women comes to him walking with the shyness of a women.Musa was a human being and this was. Muslim men and women to act normally towards ourselves. Then she said but my father wants you to come so that he can repay you for the good you did to us (Surah Al-Qassas verse 25) Obviously. then Musa went to the shade (Surah Al-Qassas verse 24) Obviously it must have been a hot day he went to relax in the shade. if we read and understand this ayah there is a discrepancy between the way Musa behaves and the way we. he helped them out.Allah’s saying to Musa I have custom made you for myself. Allah says about the character of Musa. Oh my Sustainer. Muslim men. Musa was behaving normally. and one of them came to him walking in a shy manner. this lesson is a trendsetter for we. (Surah Ta-ha verse 41) So there’s no flaw in character here. he spoke to those two women. his strength and his energy. After this communication. And it doesn’t end here.so there is significance in this.
Allah did not tell us that anyone. But this lady. now she was looking at something very elaborate way beyond the technology that she had and was used to. the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula to Al-Quds.the problem is not in the words . Today’s mentality of some men. when you’re thinking about this ayah you are thinking about women’s legs. almost.” Why? What’s going to happen if you are going to think of these ayaat? What will happen? We are going to have a problem if we have Muslims who are sexually repressed. they would have said “Astaghfirullah” or they would have looked the other way or they would have just gone and left. those who are in the traditional mode and smothered in customs that have no basis in the Qur’an or the Sunnah say “Why is this ayah in the Qur’an?” They wouldn’t say it with their tongue. and to them this becomes almost a step towards pornography. She comes and she arrives.they wouldn’t express it like that. especially during those times. Bilqees was not behind a wall or a curtain. so when she was about to step into this area of the court. but. is this your throne? Does this seem to be like your throne? She said as if it is it as if it’s my throne (Surah An-Naml verse 42) And then. Her throne was with Sulayman and she arrives. she was told enter this court (Surah An-Naml verse 44) She was told enter this court. We want to pick up the interface or the behavioural conduct of Bilqees and Sulayman because this will give us an image of how men and women behaviour are in their normal deportment. When the Qur’an speaks here and when it was speaking about the encounter of the first lady of Egypt. what do you do? You pull it up and that’s what she did until her legs were uncovered and were showing.just like when you are going to go into water.but their attitude their non-verbal communications and expressions would be “we shouldn’t even be thinking about this ayah because look. she thought it was water so what did she do? The ayah of the Qur’an says she bared or uncovered her legs (Surah An-Naml verse 44) If some of these Muslims today were there. she was in front of Sulayman as far as we know and Sulayman was in front of her. The ayah in the Qur’an says When Bilqees came she was told “is this is your throne?”(Surah An-Naml verse 42) She said (now this is a normal conversation. No-one did any of that. We know. at that time when she wanted to tempt Yusuf (alaihi salaam) to have sex with her the same attitude says “Oh wait a minute. let us not think of these ayaat. Sulayman or any of the Muslims who were with him did any such thing. That’s quite a journey. what do you do? If you are wearing a dress. that Sulayman had brought the throne of Bilqees faster then the blinking of the eye. Palestine today. we are supposed to have normal functional Muslims. at least some of us know.us that that journey was from Yemen. a man is talking to a woman and a woman is talking to a man) she was asked that question. what did she do? She exposed her legs.” NO.
It begins by saying……. The 1st one is to be conservative in our looks. So. In fact Allah has listened to her. Allah and His Prophet were not dismissive about this.of the Qur’an the problem is in the social behaviour that we adopted that is alien to the Qur'an. Allah takes this encounter and makes this issue an ayah and a Surah. Remember. all of these staggering incidents throughout time. This Surah is called Surah Al-Mujaadilah. a Muslim man and a Muslim woman. the first lady closed the doors and she said to Yusuf “I’m yours” (Surah Yusuf verse 23) The ayah in the Qur’an says this. our communion with Allah. the book that formulates our thoughts and our emotions.we didn’t speak about Maryam ibnati Imran. we have to compare what Allah did in specifying this issue of a woman who is coming to Allah’s Prophet and complaining about her husband. to today’s mind. In other words.but something is wrong in our minds and internal thoughts that we cannot read these ayaat calmly. she thought that this was deep water she was going to go into and she exposed here legs. Once again. Now. The Qur’an. When there is this normal behaviour it is done with an air of respect and with the average and the moderate communication that goes on between human beings just like when a man speaks to a man and when a woman ..what is this ayah saying? It says. from the time of Ibrahim to the time of Musa to the time of Elsa (alaihi salaam). we don’t puncture our eyes with our vision towards each other. who is disputing with you about her husband and Allah has listened to her complaints and Allah is listening to this discussion that is taking place. You see. this was very serious and therefore we have it in an ayah which means if you are praying you can read Surat Al-Fatiha and then after that. whereas todays attitude is “if there is going to be a wife complaining about her husband oh that’s just one of those wives who likes to complain or something along those lines”. read this ayah.Bilqees came and. ever listening ever watching (Surah AlMujadilah verse 1) Who would think just a regular woman in the Arabian society is going to become the full subject and the central character in a Surah of the Qur’an. all of these are ayaat. When we look at each other. is a discussant women. this is what happened during Sulayman’s time. no-one is bringing “such and such a scholar says or some opinion from whatever source” this is Allah’s book. for Allah is ever hearing. There is an ayah and a Surah in the Qur’an that is women’s specific.this is what ayaat are telling us and the ayaat are meant for us to think about not to fantasies about. and there is a Surah about Maryam and there are many ayaat in Surat Ahl Imran about Maryam and in the time of the last Prophet we have some principles and some values that are part and parcel of the character of those both the Muslim man and the Muslim woman. with composure. reading this ayah in Surah Yusuf. then all of a sudden.it’s part of our salaah. thought and understand the normal human behaviour between man and women. the attitude becomes dismissive against a wife who is complaining about her husband. AlMujaadilah. We move from that time period to the time period of Allah’s Prophet. to the woman.
there’s another issue here and that’s the issue of. Now. Likewise. the attractive parts of their body. you have women who should be moving or walking with honour and integrity not walking as if they are hunting for men or trying to solicit the attention and the involvement of men. But not doing that doesn’t mean we’re going to take them out of society and tell them you can’t speak or talk to men. except for what is naturally exposed (so to speak) (Surah An-Nur verse 31) The majority of Islamic informed opinion about this.speaks to a woman there’s no incursion into their own personal realm. the eyes communicate extensively and in this case there shouldn’t be beyond the normal communication that goes on an extra communication by the eyes or even by the sexual emotions inside. Let’s be careful in what we are doing and understanding.that’s the exception. you’ve heard it and you will hear it again. Then.that’s not a principle. Allah says . equally so. the ayah says And (Oh Prophet) say to the committed Muslim women (the same words). The ayah says women should not be walking in a way using their (we’re translating this with some license) using their legs to attract the attention of men (Surah An-Nur verse 31) So that they draw attention to their charms and beauty they conceal. is the face and the hands.they can’t do that. throughout the hundreds and thousand years that we are speaking about. All of this has to be under control. When we speak about normal man to woman behaviour or woman to man behaviour we speak about it in this context with these principles and values. they also should behave when interacting with men with defocusing their vision (Surah An-Nur verse 31) Because the eyes can say a lot.we’re not animals. Say (Oh Prophet) to the committed Muslim men to un-focus their vision when they are communicating with a woman (Surah An-Nur verse 30) Un-focus this vision means you don’t invade a woman’s privacy with your eyes and to maintain under their control their sexual inclinations. a value and a characteristic of a Muslim woman. This is outlined in the ayah. The ayah says and they shall not expose their zeenah. The rest of the ayah says the way women used to cover their heads in pre-Islamic and pre-Qur’anic times wasthe cloth that used to cover their heads whatever was extra of it used to be placed behind on their back thus exposing a pocket of flesh in the neck area (and in relation to others in the breast area) so the ayah says let this cover that is this covering the head whatever is of excess let it be placed in this pocket of the neck and the breast (Surah An-Nur verse 31) Then. how much is a Muslim woman allowed to expose of herself.
in which in one of them. The thieves inside the Islamic Centre. Brothers and sisters committed Muslims…. as a man. Then. that doesn’t mean that women are men and it doesn’t mean that the men are women. dignified sense of human behaviour we are equal in the responsibilities and tasks. We will come to the Prophet’s ahadith that will fill in some of the areas that we covered. one of the major newspapers came up with an article about this Islamic Centre. Don’t think that if we are allocating a certain series of khutbahs to a sensitive and misunderstood topic as this. This is an issue that has to do with power and power is the element that is used against us.and the article says that the Saudi administration of the Masjid ordered an audit of this place and they found out that there was $US300.000 that this baha’i savaki who has been protecting the salafi saudis for all of these years has been sealing from his masters. wife or daughter. We have two ranks of thieves inside that centre.because some women have a tendency to try to entrap men by the words that they use or by the way they use their words. They tell us that the baha’i savaki agent that has been inside that Masjid for all of these years.the Saudi rank that is stealing billions upon billions of dollars from the resources of the Ummah and then the petty rank of a baha’i savaki who is . you as a brother. Brothers and sisters.he probably came over here when many of the Musalleen were Iranians. who don’t have any power. recently. have your mother. We have been looking at women through these ayaat in the Qur’an and from looking at them we realise that women are the full social human beings that men are. we will have managed to fulfil the taqwa we are here to observe.“don’t do that”. also concerning the same news item ie. When we can not only understand this. The Washington Post ran an article and then buries it on the last page of Section B. have been ayaat. and Allah is telling them. We can’t do so when.we are complimentary and remain equal. sister. that somehow we are lowering our standards. We can’t lose the characteristics of each by trying to say we want to equalize them. brothers and sisters. In the social.now many of them are gone but he still remains inside the Masjid.we can’t do that. The Washington Times had on the front page an article about this Masjid and Islamic Centre which we have been excluded from for going on 24 years.no. We have to empower ourselves. but make it a behaviour in the full sense of the word.women you yourselves should not devalue your communication (Surah Al-Ahzaab verse 32) In other words when you speak be serious about what you say. he says in truth women are the counter parts or the other half or the reflection of men. But. The ayah says to women do not devalue your speech in doing so you will entice some men whose hearts are diseased and when you speak you speak with the measure and the standard of ma’ruf (Surah AlAhzaab verse 32) All of these.how can you feel that you are in power? We can’t feel so unless all of us are re-invigorated with these essential meanings that come to us courtesy of Allah and with the fulfilment of the Prophet.
We don’t know exactly what they are up to. crooks and criminals inside this Centre and this has been going on and on and on. we are in a larger court and Allah is our judge and their judge.as if none of this exists. Then they throw in a news item. but we do know that their plans and their strategies are going to fail.fall out with their own selves. Imagine. These thieves are the ones running this Centre and we have Muslims who go and pray comfortably with the administration of thieves. . is going to be appointed.being here for coming on 24 years and they are playing deaf. by the way. dumb and blind. They can go to court. both of them The Washington Post and The Washington Times conveniently excluded from their talk about this Centre the crime of forcing Muslims out of this Centre for all of these years.stealing from the thieves who are stealing from the Ummah. according to the article itself.we don’t know how much they know. Anyway they throw in a piece saying that it turns out the Saudi administrator of this Centre who gives the khutbah most of the times. the Saudi ambassador to South Africa. his name is Abdullah Khuj. We will continue with Allah’s help and His aid and let them.as criminals are in their nature. those who are hiding come out of their hiding positions and those who are watching from a distance take notice of what is happening. Let them expose themselves and let the rest of the Muslims.as if they know nothing about it.
reviewing the precedent of Allah’s prophet and scrutinizing the information that is coming to us from Allah and His messenger and they still remain not to be concerned with any of that. We continue and we try to proceed from where we left. We have lagged behind and have inflicted our own families and societies with particular traditions and a culture and also brought upon ourselves alien ideas and strange behaviour and because of this. Muslims of a conscience. A Muslim women. Brothers and sisters. As we reiterate... Alhumdulillah. They weren’t concerned with looking at the text of the Qur’an. we speak about this subject because we ourselves are smothered with the ignorance of it.Committed Muslims. It is sometimes very difficult to realise that some of the issues that we are trying to clarify may have us feel like in a position of defence or in a mode of catching up. smoking cigarettes and puffing away as they are trying to combat their perception of women who are caged in traditions and according to them caged in Islam.. Sometimes..you are aware that there is a streak of what is called feminism that dwells in the world around us and that is beginning to penetrate into our own world. a thinking mind and Muslims who are in the service of Allah Azza Wa Jall. itself. so they set out on a liberation course as they tell us. these are passing thoughts that come to mind when we are speaking about an issue I don’t think we should be talking about. Now. and if she truly is a Muslimah. What they are interested in is to try and prove that they are in a struggle with man. if we are steeped in Allah and His Prophet where did this alien attitude come from.. his Noble Companions and Family. This has become their obsession.some of us (as we said) may not be as old enough as to recall the imagery of those first feminists among the Muslims of the past century when they used to present their lectures and their ideas and their bodies were exposed. When do we encounter (just to give you a sample) of how this contorted mind works. we ask ourselves.females in the mode of warfare with males. We have begun in the past couple of months a discourse on the status of women. arms and breasts exposed.WOMENS STATUS (PART 6) Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. Many of us may not be aware of the feminists that began this break away attitude from Islam all together. where did it come from? We may begin to identify some motivations or incentives for this type of behaviour. Brothers and Sisters. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa Sallam). react in this type of manner or devise a superficial course of liberation that will lead nowhere as we see in societies that are not Islamic. we found ourselves compelled to clarify some of these issues. she need not feel these types of feelings.their thighs. .this feminism.
they know and they read the Qur’an and some of what is being said there.Some of these Arabic speaking feminists came and looked at the Qur’an. There’s something there and the something there is that originally this behaviour was a reaction in a non-Islamic environment.eating of the prohibited tree or fruit. We are supposed to know that both of them are participants in the mistake that they did. They began their deliberations and their discourse and it began to accumulate into books and volumes and even libraries on feminism and women’s liberation. They began telling us that al-haya. you. These feminists and pro-women liberation movements come with their philosophy and they want to make us try to feel that this should not be a feature of a women’s personality. if they were thinking objectively and if they were not on a course that justifies prematurely their own biases.even though this type of behaviour is going off the deep edge. This type of language has inundated all around. Adam also solicited the reward of Allah and that doesn’t mean that also Hawa solicited the same amnesty from Allah.one doesn’t exclude the other. revolutionary and sacrificing as is humanly possible. The ayah thus Adam disobeyed His Sustainer and went wayward. that doesn’t mean that we say someone is passive. but this is what happens when we have prejudice minds and attitudes. it is not speaking about Hawa (alaiha salaam). being coy or bashful… there is a hadith that says this haya is a branch or an extension or a derivative of imaan. subsequently Allah forgave him and guided him (Surah Ta-ha verse 121) You see.” But when we say someone is hayee’ or he has hayaa’.it doesn’t mean that. the ayah did not say faasa Adam wa asat Hawwau Rabbaha.they already worked out how to interpret these meanings in their own way without being objective about it. any man or woman can be in possession of hayaa and be as active. but they can be prejudice and they can be selective when they do such types of things. indifferent or inferior. There has to be something that has motivated this type of behaviour.so they looked and they said wait a minute here look at this Qur’an it says in reference to Adam (alaihi salaam) that Allah has forgiven Adam. both of them participated in the consumption of that prohibited element (Surah Ta-ha verse 121) So they tell us “then why is Allah speaking about amnesty to Adam and not about the same amnesty to Eve?” This is how their minds begin to operate. but once again we encounter a mindset that wants to interpret things not according to objectivity and understanding what Allah and His Apostle have to say on issues but taking the words and then remoulding them around these types of feminists distorted version and vision of things. Well. We have to ask ourselves from week to week and from experience to experience “what makes women perceive of themselves in a belligerent position towards men?” This doesn’t come from nowhere. they tell us “look at the ayah. shyness. the premise is Adam initiated the act of disobedience and that didn’t exclude Hawa. They have a fore thought. it is speaking about Adam. We tell them “this is a feature of a man’s and a woman’s personality equally. I. to be more .
they say that doesn’t belong to an average and a healthy human character.they don’t care about that. very high as it were on the religious hierarchy they turnout to be what? Paedophiles or they turn out to be what? Gay homosexuals or they turnout to be what? Perverts in every sense of the word. both these come from the same material or source and are equally split from each other to come back into life to equally compliment each other. like we have in the world around us today and we have sexual chaos that is brewing behind the scene. began to have problems with each other and these problems began to grow and were fed by centuries of inequality and exclusion until a reaction blew up in their own history. Why? Because they no longer have . Today.” That’s what they tell us. meaning in an Islamic society. This definitely does not give fuel to the type of verbiage and language that wants to polarize society between male and female. They. We covered ayaat in the Qur’an that speak about the normal and complementary relationship between husband and wife. We do find that we.they don’t have any problems with that.precise in the Euro. if we take the military industrial complex and the narcotic business (if we call it that). We don’t find any of that root coming from the Qur’an or the prophet. Allahs Prophet said. So we have families that are coming apart and no longer a husband and a wife being able to maintain their normal relationships with themselves. in the relations of men with women have our mistakes. In defining the relationship between man and woman. but how about us? Did we take this polarisation to that type of extreme that they suffered from? We can’t find it.but these mistakes do not justify the type of literature and mindset that today is responsible for prostitution being (according to some counts) the 3rd most generating industry of profits. we have a pandemic of sexual corruption and disintegration in human societies and this attitude of women warfare against men has no basis in the Qur’an or Sunnah.this is a relationship in which both sides help each other out. You take it from there… We begin to realise that they don’t feel comfortable with family relationships. visa-vis any children may come out that consensual adult combination of living in one bedroom without the sanctity of marriage. but they are very much pleased with youth at an early age fornicating and committing adultery. When you take away this haya’ then what do you do? You say “Oh we are against couples getting married at an early age.there’s no doubt about this. so take away marriage. the wording of this. man and woman and the masculine and the feminine.at the level of genesis. they don’t like that. men and women in those types of societies. From time to time we discover that a certain clergyman. they fit together neatly and perfectly but what do we have now? What is the attitude that is trying to circulate among us now. we don’t want to give their ranks or their status’ in society.American or the Judeo-Christian environment. when prophet of Allah used the word shakaik which is the plural of shaki and shakka means split so he is saying women are the split proportion of men meaning at the genetic level. These are the only two that supersede prostitution as far as making money in the world. when they take away al-haya? They begin with that. So what do you want? They want a consensual live-inpartnership between male and female.this definition of marriage itself. so that whenever a person wants to leave may leave and whenever a person wants to stay may stay and they don’t care what the consequences of that is.
rent him. bring him and pay him for what he does. (we don’t use the word feminine like the way these other people in todays world use it with the agenda that they have) or feminine figure in the life of Musa was the one who in her own way initiated the marriage process with him. He begins with speaking about how He inspired the mother of Musa if you fear concerning your baby then place him on that water. we will cause him. This is another lady in the life of Musa. how does He begin speaking about Musa? He begins by speaking about Musas mother. she said concerning Musa this baby is a soothing element in our life he may be of great benefit to us (Surah Al-Qassas verse 9) Another feminine.you cannot have a better person in that position then one who is reliable strong dependable and reliable.a normal relationship with themselves. This is where we have to bring them back into the fold. let us return to them. if we wanted to translate this word literally) Oh father. Can . they lost their normal relationship with Allah.this is a challenge for everyone of youyou go back to this textual source and try to find whether there was some type of misunderstanding along masculine-feminine lines and if there was some type of friction between Musa the man and these women that are mentioned in the Qur’an. but with more thought. When we review. speaks about Musa (alaihi salaam).his mother. lets take an ayah. meaning Musa (Surah Al-Qassas verse 26) In other words. (Surah Al-Qassas verse 26) Ista’jeer. When Allah wants us to begin to think about Musa.we’ve spoken about some of these ayaat before. (this was Allah’s inspiration to Musa’s mother) to return to you because in fact he is one who is going to be dispatched with a responsibility and a message from Us meaning from Allah and by Allah (Surah Al-Qassas verse 7) Later. their Maker and their Creator. here is a moment for reviewing an ayah. We don’t know and we cannot sense. Why? Because. their counterparts. the ayah says the fuad of Musa’s mother. that deep water. upon having her baby son taken away from her. the Pharaohs wife and then his wife. (now. at the beginning of Surah Al-Qassas. She said to her father when Musa was running away from the super power of the time. When Allah. the wife of the most powerful person in that country and in the world and between him and his wife.his mother. became empty (Surah Al-Qassas verse 10) The repository of feelings in a mother was vacated. It is our responsibility to set the pace and show the course of movement and action in this regard. and then another woman in the life of Musa and that is the Pharaoh’s wife. the members of their own families and congregations. to begin with.
000 Muslims.this was the extent of it.out of that. but we extract this from history books. Where did this all come from? A woman goes up to Allahs prophet and tells him (of course. From those 8. lets not be very stubborn about this. we have the latitude to give and take a few thousand. Now.this is a khutbah and our pitch of voice may go up) but she goes up to him and she speaks to him and says of course we’re para-phrasing) men have gotten the good part of you Oh messenger of Allah. no one was yelling. She was defending the prophet when men were running away.a struggle and a leadership that resulted in around 124. we. There’s no discrimination here.now.out of 124. develop and mature. We are not talking about millions and we are not talking about what we look at today as a super power structure. because there wasn’t and this is the case as it goes on in the lives of all the prophets and in the life in the final prophet. meaning women. could you point to one eighth of the steering committee of that radical transformation of society as being women? We dare say with confidence there isn’t one eighth.because it is alien to the understanding of Allah. She received or her body sustained 13 wounds defending the prophet. when Allah and the Qur’an say mobilise whether you are light or whether you are burdened (Surah At-Taubah verse 41) That meant everyone. That didn’t create a problem in society about men and women. what is the number of the women who were in this cream of the crop of this committed Islamic social order? We had around 1. No-one came and said “Oh what is all this about?! Women coming into the Masjid to speak to Allah’s prophet?!” . That is a significant number.000.000 or 125. even with the type of revolutions that took place around us.anyone detect if there is any tension or friction in this relationship? Absolutely not.400 years to grow.000. barely have any interaction with you. we still haven’t being able to bring into the real activities of life one eighth of the decision making the participants who were participating in all the activities of life. we know that it is very difficult to say with precision the following. there was a woman whose name was Umm Ammara.it is said that at the time that Allah’s final prophet passed on.000 women. we had around 8. there was around a 124. In the battle of Uhud. these are called in the books of those times and by historians and scholars as-safwa. The prophet would say I would look right and left. we don’t find that. even though we had a 1. one out of eight. There was no exclusions here.000. So he allocated a day a week to speak to women in his Masjid. the cream of the crop was about 8.000 Muslims at that time. every able bodied individual is expected to participate. because if you take a look as the radical and the substantial social changes and movements in history up until now. No one was telling her “you can’t participate in the battles”.we are talking about a life time of 23years of jihad and sacrifice. forward and backwards and I would see Umm Ammara all around. That’s one eighth of the best and the brightest as it were.000.
There is the issue of a war that is contemplated against Muslims in AlArdh Al-Muqaddasa and Al-Ardh Al-Mubaraka namely in Palestine and it’s surrounding areas. The ayah is in the response to this type of an enquiry from a women who approaches the Prophet of Allah who listens to her then have heavens reply. We want to clear this just. when Allah says Ya ayyuhalladhina Aamanu.Another woman comes to Allah’s prophet and says wait a minute here I am listening to these ayaat… Compare this with the type of reactive feminists in our time. We have to go back and reconstruct. we want to try to clear the issue of feminism so that no one can come and haunt us and hunt us with this kind of issue. We are going through hard times. . Do you think we are comfortable delaying our Qur’anically understood analysis of these events and speaking about how we should correct our thoughts pertaining to our mothers. even though it is said that way it is inclusive of you. Do you think we are comfortable here when we know that there are war plans for that sensitive geographical and historical area of ours and we have to speak about a social issue like women? There is a war that is in the making against independent Muslims who do not take their orders from imperialists or Zionists. sisters. So. it is not Ya Ayyatuhallawaati Aamanna. women.Committed Muslims… Obviously we would prefer to speak. We are surprised to have people think that we have that problem that can be traced all the way back to Allah and His prophet.using the linguistic construct referring to a male. at least. (Surah Al-Ahzaab verse 35). So when Allah is speaking about any mu’meen or any mu’meenah any Muslim or any khashee’ or any qaanit or any mutasadiq. It is said that an ayah was revealed to try to drill in the point that whenever these words that refer to men in the Qur’an are used are used also to include women. We don’t have that problem. in our minds the proper. this is Oh you men who are committed. We are just at the beginning of changing the course of history and correcting the international deviation that has been with us for hundreds of years. like we tried to clear the issue of sectarianism. There are earth shaking events that we can speak about with a Qur’anic mind and with a prophetic understanding. about the immediate issues that need our attention. Allah’s telling anyone who harbour any kind of question like that.she comes and says to Allah’s prophet I hear all of these ayaat and the overwhelming majority of them are speaking about men. that it is also inclusive of females. the courteous and the befitting relationship between men and women so that we can get on with these challenges that are cropping up around us. wives and our daughters? We are forced to do this because there is a pre-ponderence of ignorance amongst us. in these khutbahs.astafirullah Brothers and sisters.
For sure Firaun and Haamaan and their troops were in the wrong (Surah Al-Qassas verse 8) And Firaun says to Musa (alaihi salaam) Ya Musa you’re a liar (Surah Al-Ghaafir verse 37) Almost any type of offensive behaviour that comes from this man is condemned in certain words.we have an incorrect attitude towards ourselves. Sometimes it doesn’t occur to us to think in the way that Allah presented some of these issues to us but we never cared to look at them as far as a man and a woman are concerned. The Qur’an has many ayaat that break down and bring down the features of the male ruler. What was he doing? He was virtually going around killing whomever he wants and sparing the lives of whomever he wants. it does seem to us like someone is taking this person to task because he’s a man. One ayah that may substitute for many ayaat tell us the arrogant. Behold he was one of these mufsideen.WOMENS STATUS. With Allahs presence and with His power. We know. that ruler is a man the Firaun in Egypt himself. killing their sons and keeping their women alive. that we do have a ruler in history who has been thoroughly condemned by the Qur’an. which is in need of a long overdue correction. decomposition... the person who is responsible for decay. his Noble Companions and Family. It is a reactionary attitude that looks and tries to evaluate a person’s behaviour because of a person’s sex. From what we know. we shall move ahead shedding some light on the ambiguous areas and on the traditional practices that more or less define our behaviour towards ourselves. especially. Muslims whose relationship with Allah Azza Wa Jall is one of responsibilities and duties and one of tasks and obligations. On the hand we have the Qur’an that speaks to us about another ruler and this ruler was a female. Alhumdulillah. Let us face it.PART 7 Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. in certain ayaat and in the certain Qur’an.. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam). (at least most of us know). hoardy and contemptible position that Firaun was in. Let us take a sample of words about this . chaos and mischief making in the social order of the world (Surah Al-Qassas verse 4) If we want to make up for lost time in the relationship between men and women. Brothers and Sisters. Obviously. We may be repeating this but we have a lot to be desired when it comes to the way we behave towards ourselves. every word about her is almost the opposite of those words projecting Firaun. brothers towards sisters.
” (Surah An-Naml verse 29) In other words she is not making decisions behind closed doors. the influential body of her society. not hostile and not showing us the power that you may have but in a mood that is conciliatory with Allah. but how do they behave in their capacities as the ultimate decision makers in their own societies and in their own times? The condemnation of Firaun. this is a woman and Allah has chosen from the course of history the correct attitude of the ruler even if that is coming from a woman. Al-mala’. this queen that is mentioned in these ayaat was not mentioned a Muslimah. the Merciful (Surah An-Naml verse 29-30) And. here is what the Qur’an says about this female ruler. not like the Pharaoh. I have received a correspondence from Suleiman (alaih salaam) and this correspondence is in the name of Allah. is a cascade of negative descriptions in the Qur’an. yet. Bilqees. She says to them I never made a decision without your presence or participation in it or without your observation of it (Surah An-Naml verse 32) Remember. we are not chauvinistic men and we are not feministic reactionaries. I am in need of a fatwa. underline and reiterate that we don’t say these words to play into the hands of the type of feminism that circulates in the world today. The Pharaoh had an inner circle (like we know). Once again. concerning this affair of mine. What am I going to do? In other words. We are not reacting. She’s up-front with her people. an enlightened or an informed decision. “I have received correspondence. you participate and you let me know what your thoughts are on this matter. this correspondence from Suleiman to this society to this other society in the southern part of Arabia says Do not come to me with a superior approach but come to me in a submissive state to Allah (Surah An-Naml verse 32) This letter that Suleiman wrote to the queen of Saba’ is expressive and is a detail of how Muslims in the positions of power behave.female ruler.come to us in normal way. We have to emphasize. he tried to become a Muslim when he was drowning. What did they say? The political feedback that she received was. What does the Qur’an. In other words he is saying we don’t expect you to come to show us your power or force. . How does Allah describe a female ruler? Firaun was not a Muslim ruler. What did she do? Did she go behind closed doors? No.not belligerent. Both of these extremes do not have any place in our book or in our behaviour. she is speaking to a public decision making body of people. that is yielding to the power of Allah and that recognises the dominance of Allah. the man. (literally speaking). she says.so both of these rulers were not Muslims. give me a fatwa. the Mercy giver. Allah’s words say about this other non Muslim ruler? She is speaking to her public decision makers.
Sometimes. So. at least as in as far as her administration. the female ruler. telling you how we feel about this give and take between you and Suleiman.when you read Allah’s sacred scripture read what He has to say about Firaun.they try and make a point against monarchies. and read what He has to say about Bilqees or the queen of Sheba. then why is this in the Qur’an and why is it brought to our attention? We can take that as a cue and accompany our thoughts to the time of Allah’s prophet and realise that when the prophet of Allah was ordered to go public to the people he was closest to. especially the men in Muslim societies towards the women. if you want to take on this other ruler who is corresponding with you we are alert and ready. advisers and her public is saying to her. many times don’t understand that they are quoting a woman. this looks like. we say to you when it comes to the military. the army or fighting power. The way we behave. what did she finally do? I am going to send them a gift (Surah An-Naml verse 35) Bilqees says to all these people who were militarily ready “I am going to send them a present and then I’ll see how they are going to answer this present that I am sending. what does she say? When kings forcefully enter another society or social order they corrupt it and they bring down the noble people of that society and humiliate them and that has always been their course of action (Surah An-Naml verse 34) This is a deep understanding of history and it is a sensitive and fair understanding of people who are in possession of awesome power. the ayah in the Qur’an says to Allah’s prophet . they were gearing up for a type of confrontation with Suleiman and then what does she say after she reads very closely what Suleiman wrote to her and listens closely to what her consultants. Allah quotes a woman and we quote Allah who quotes that woman. The bad reputation of Firaun is scattered throughout many surahs in the Qur’an. Meaning. The point that we are trying to bring home is we have a comparison.they repeat this ayah not the one before it or after.These public advisers of hers said we are a society of force and we are society of awesome power (Surah An-Naml verse 33) Now. kings and hereditary rulers and the listeners. but then. the man ruler.if somehow she was out of place and she didn’t belonged where she was. you make the decision and then you issue the order (Surah An-Naml verse 33) Now. after that the decision is yours. this ayah or statement is repeated by scholars and people in the talking professions. The good reputation of Bilqees is in Surat An-Naml. but somehow we don’t absorb the total facts that are relevant to this issue. what is it there that we have that tells us that Bilqees was out of place in saying what she said and in doing what she did. If you were to take today’s average working Muslim mind and you tell them look at Allah and how he speaks very favourably of a woman ruler. we have it.
or we are going into the un-known.and give words of cautionary advice to those who are your close relatives (Surah AshShuara’ verse 214) So. none of it will benefit you when it comes to Allah. he stands up and he says O you. you stay at home. some of us will say “we have to keep our women away from these challenges. he goes home and he speaks to his wife. and he tells of what happened and she becomes the 1st to commit to Allah. the offspring of my great grandfather (so and so). They didn’t tell their womanhood “OK. So. if we have the same pressure coming to bear on us.when this wahy. they can’t come out and participate in the social responsibilities of Islam. when we think. We don’t know of any case in which a Muslim male that knew that Quraish was on a course of economic warfare against the Muslims in Makkah told their women. a woman? Which means these Muslims didn’t have the attitude “let’s close our women up in secluded rooms or let’s hide them in our homes.” That wasn’t the case. and Fatima. this is going to be a very long journey. Sumayah bint Khabaat (radi Allahu anha). A woman becomes the 1st after the prophet to adhere to Allah. O you. sisters or their daughters “no.” It never occurred. When the Muslims were forced under the social. so keep our women out or stay back home.had its men and women there. We go on. We don’t have a scant sentence to that effect in the books of history and seerah.the best that we can think and if we try to go back to the early years of the prophet’s life. this history making event occurred and the prophet listened to Allahs words for the 1st time. its our right. wives. We are told that there were about 83 men and between 15 and 20 women. of the 1st to give her life for the cause and on a direction to Allah? Wasn’t it Sumayah.Allah says don’t consider those who have been killed on or for a cause of Allah dead. Meaning you have to look out for yourselves. the descendants of my great grandfather (so and so).that was an Islamic family. how come today. his daughter. if not the 1st one. we don’t know what the consequences are going to be.” When the Muslims were confined in Shi’b Abi Taalib for three years the family. What is this? We can’t figure out why we have minds today who try to exclude women altogether when we have these types of examples. No one was saying “Oh no. my worldly possessions and my worldly wealth will not benefit any of you in the least.their mothers. his aunt. the mother of Ammaar (radi Allahu anhu). Khadijah (radi Allahu anha). Then he says (several meanings come to our mind when we recall these sentences of the prophet) but what we are concerned with is why mention Safiya.” They used to chew on leather because of the hunger. who was. they are alive (Surah Ahl-Imran verse 169) Now. (radi Allahu anhuma) unless he is trying to make a point and drive home the fact that womanhood in society has to be given full recognition and has to be addressed. political and psychological pressure that came to bare on them in Makkah they went on two waves of Al-hijrah to Africa. . we know what they are going to do to us we know that we are going to go through an extended period of severe hunger. you stay at home we’ll go and bare the consequences”.their own women were out there with them.
on one occasion. The Prophet was telling them frankly and candidly what to do. that includes men and women” and she went to the Masjid to listen to what the Prophet said. something is wrong with todays mentality among the Muslims that want to exclude women from their social responsibilities. just do it. if there was going to be some type of negotiations with an enemy or another force around.you’re a women. If there was a discussion for a military issue.” The Masjid at that time was not something just for a few minutes of worship. even when people wanted to meet.” She was in her own room and someone was helping her look beautiful. If there was something like “Oh.this is gone now and if it is back. slaughtering of an animal. it was in the Masjid. you don’t have to go. at the time of Al-Hudaybiyah. every one of them did what he had originally told them to do. his family and his relatives knew about this. He didn’t speak to them and he did what he told them to do. Umm Salamah and he tells her what was going on. young men and women. Her assistant said “He’s only calling for the people. the little un-noticed detail in history is that the Prophets wife had an input into the social behaviour of the committed Muslims who were reluctant to do what Allahs Prophet. just shave your head. they didn’t feel like doing what Allahs Prophet was telling them to do. but because they felt so humiliated. it is not back in the right manner. Aaishah. On another occasion. it would be deliberated in the Masjid.“You are discouraged from coming to the Masjid. Asma’ (radi Allahu anhunna) knew about it. they’d go to the Masjid so that they could get married. Fatimah. Brothers and sisters. Umm Salamah heard the Prophet in the Masjid saying “Ayyuhan Naas. she heard him in the Masjid say “O People”. and. she told her assistant I want to go and attend to what the Prophet has to say. when he says “O People”. the Prophets wife. where there is physical activity. How come we have an attitude in todays world where women are told by “scholars of Islam”. their leader told them to do.When the Prophet of Allah was forced to leave Makkah for Al-Medinah because they wanted to kill him. someone was helping her comb her hair and do whatever women do to make them look appealing to their husbands and all of a sudden.” She said “No. it was a hub for the activities of the Muslims. had his wife . They wouldn’t do it. and you want them to perform a nahr. When the Prophet agreed to the stipulations of Al-Hudaybiyah. this was a time of non-belligerency between the Mushriks of Makkah and the Muslims of Al-Medinah. He returns to his wife. You want them to shave their heads. says to him why don’t you.if a man and a lady wanted to get married.it’s just like a president or a leader of a certain country who wants to leave his domicile and go somewhere else. Umm Salamah (radi Allahu anha).don’t speak to them at all. she hear the Prophet say “Ayyuhan Naas” because the Prophets room was next to the Masjid. Thereafter. The Prophet.this is considered like top secret information. the Masjid was like a gym at times.who knew about this? The women of Allahs Prophet.” then why did they know about it and why were they actively facilitating his exodus from Makkah to Al-Medinah. we can’t trust women with information. but in this case. the Prophet did exactly that.just go and do what has to be done. She. his wife. the Muslims felt offended and the Prophet came up to them and said that they should shave their heads and sacrifice an animal.
there’s no limitation to this Surah An-Nisa’ verse 20) There’s no limitation to this. 30 or 40 years ago you looked at the Muslim world and populations and you could comfortably say half of them are inactive. Now.So. there is more to come.” We know that the ignorance. and where was this done? In the Masjid. in front of everyone. these were like African athletes who were performing their own physical or martial arts (as we would say). but reason that they are in political free-fall is because the majority of us are in . When Umar (radi Allahu anhu) said that the dowry that a man gives to his wife upon marriage. committed Muslims… We have an organised and a coordinated attempt to paralyse half of our society. He stood to be corrected.that they have sponsored with their academic programmes.but circumstances sometimes force members of our society to do things that normally we would not do.we are not advocating this as the first step of having our women be honoured in their full civil character.look at Al-Ahbaash. Our women folk. stagnant and virtually non-existent and then all over sudden today individuals from that same half of the Muslim women of the worlds are participating in military responsibilities.waqqafun inda hududillah and waqqafun inda awaamirillah. This becomes scary and it terrifies those who have been keeping a close watch and monitoring the movements of the Muslims. as-sadaaq or al-mahr. This is what we should observe without reactions. Nothing disturbs the enemy. without being apologetic. everything will be a delight to the enemies of Allah if half of the Muslims were paralysed.” He was like all those who were in the footsteps of Allah’s prophet. they’re scared. they don’t want to connect what is happening here with what is happening there. without feeling inferior or bouncing around between masculine verses feminine positions. she was objecting to this in the Masjid. our nisa’ are half of our society and where are they? Then. should not exceed 400 dirhams. some of you are forced out of office and some of you are voted out. It wasn’t like someone was being embarrassed. He didn’t take that as “coming from a woman. You do not have to be scared if you are not doing anything wrong. all over sudden when some of them step out into the real world and they may carry explosives on their bodies. that should embarrass him or bring him down. a tonnage of money or silver and gold. We say to them “this is only the beginning. this is big. What did the ruler say? He wasn’t an arrogant ruler to say “Well. rather.these are the distant reactions. This was and should continue to be the active role of Muslimaat in the world around us. a demeaning niqaab and to the inability of women to share and partake in all the rewards that are available to men. a lady stands up and says “but that is not right” and she quoted the ayah Even if you were to give the bride to be a qintaar.have tied half of us down to secluded quarters. What are you afraid of? Some of you are resigning. Remember we are doing this in our back-yards (so to speak) not in your backyards. Brothers and sisters.” What did he say? He said most or all the people know more than Umar (radi Allahu anhu). silence her or take her out of the Masjid. You see.
men and women. The process has already began we hope our words that describe our today will become distant history tomorrow and Allah will expedite the resumption of our full potential. .a military mode to do what has to be done. discrimination and this apartheid in this Ummah.without this segregation.
with open and functioning minds. they don’t exist. We speak values about brotherhood. Even though her name was mentioned previously.we speak values about these meanings. as if for petty and sometimes even ridiculous sectarian divisions. when we are interacting with each other. We took a look at some of the pages of the seerah of Allahs Prophet and saw how women were treated at that time.PART 8 Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. especially during the ground breaking years of Allahs Prophet. and continue to feel. his Noble Companions and Family. Our behaviour and interaction with them makes them feel as if they are lesser then we are.WOMENS STATUS. Alhumdulillah. We had women at that time. As you have been (as the expression has it) tuned in for the past almost a dozen khutbahs or so. it’s as if in our minds. but in our mind. but why is it that after we do our are speaking at the Mimbars and in the Masaajid. There’s something wrong in that. these are our mothers. May Allah bless those who show us the shortcomings or fallacies of our ownselves. For this purpose we will continue to help ourselves see where we are lacking or there is room for improvement.our relationships with each other is in reference to men and women.it doesn’t . wives and our daughters. mercy. Muslims whose relationship with Allah Azza Wa Jall is one of responsibilities and duties and one of tasks and obligations. May Allah bless a person who shows me the deficiencies of myself. equality and justice. that they are of a lesser kind or an inferior type. There’s something wrong with that. we will take a further look and notice in this area. Brothers and Sisters.. sisters. we have been diligently trying our best to show that we need to improve on our relationships with each other. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam). because there is an attitude that is overwhelming and very significant in its manifestations that make our own women -these are not distant people these are close. Now. We’ll give you an example to show you or illustrate what is meant here.and there is a structured set of information. we want to say that it is a negative remark on ourselves when we don’t have a history that presents us with men and women. but if you mention some ones name once or twice. there’s a flaw in our social self when our women-folk begin to feel. When we are supposed to be together in our rights and responsibilities. even the minds of the big wigs. we still are compounded with what appears to be in some cases a complex.. we only have in our minds three of four women in the time of Allahs Prophet and the thousands of other women who existed and were active and struggling participants in the making of this critical period of our formative years. To begin with.. to see how these ayaat will remedy this issue. when we say our own women. (This myself extends to meaning ourselves). with the same spirit and pursuit. Something is wrong and it needs to be addressed and therefore we went to Allahs book and took a close look at some of the ayaat. sharing and caring and holding or moving together at the same pace with a sense of understanding and cooperation.
it is inclusive of them.”. Indeed. Now if someone asks you “Who’s this figure? Who’s this lady?” You can scratch your head?! Some of you who may have a library or excess to some sources can dig up the pages and you’ll probably find her. Once again. even though technically speaking refers to the masculine. at a time of oppression and all the social. Allah was pleased with the committed who pledged allegiance to you under the tree.that doesn’t factor in. Nasiba Al-Ansariyah is included in these ayaat. There’s a person by the name of Umm Imarah. Then. it’s been so intensive that some people begin to entertain doubts about the wording of Allahs book. the Muslims.that’s her name. To begin with. These struggling Islamic women are not around to be noticed. so how come we can remember the name of many men and we can’t remember the names of the women who were standing and participating with men at these critical moments and sensitive times? What does that indicate about us? What does that say about our own selves? This Umm Ammarah. because the conditioning has been so long. If there is no answer or if you don’t have the vaguest idea of who she is. If Allah says . Brothers and sisters. but who was this female figure. He knew what was in their hearts and bestowed on them tranquillity and rewarded them with a near victory (Surah Al-Fath verse 18) Verily those who pledged allegiance to you are pledging allegiance to Allah.in the 1st bai’ah and the 2nd bai’ah. Before we get to the detail at the battle of Uhud. she gave a bai’ah when the Muslims were in Makkah. normal Muslim mind out there. this Muslimah who was at the time and in the company of Allahs Prophet? Who is she. this bai’ah that we are speaking about. are when it comes to our ownselves. The hand of Allah is above their hands (Surah Al-Fath verse 10) These are ayaat tutla. we have to remind ourselves. We notice her at the battle of Uhud. because we have a problem with the western secular and materialist mind-set that says “if you are not mentioning women you are excluding them. in which committed Muslims come to Allahs Prophet and pledge allegiance to do what has to be done. forever. political and economic pressure came to bear on the few Muslims who were in Makkah. She also gave the bai’ah to Allahs Prophet in what may be called “the general assembly of Muslims” that anchored an Islamic state in Al-Medinah.ayaat that are going to be sequenced into human life. but it is not exclusive of women.we ask the average. regardless of the currents or the circumstances.they will do what has to be done. and these ayaat are inclusive of men and women. and recently. Notice how in these ayaat there’s no reference to the female gender.matter. this indicates how we (ourselves) cannot honour our ownselves. Practically no-one has heard of her. but the fact of history and our current mental condition and consciousness is that she’s no where around.but Al-Mu’mieen and Alladhina Aamanu in the Qur’an. This should not be a person who doesn’t share a part of our memory. we see her once again.this is to illustrate how juvenile we. Nasiba Al-Ansariyah (radi Allahu anha). She was one of them who gave her bai’ah to Allah and His Prophet during that time of hardships and challenges.
the trench.instead of that arrow or whatever instrument of death it was going to hit the Prophet. There’s another Muslimah.there were other women who were in the middle of this battle. On one occasion. We see Umm Imarah in the battle of Uhud. a lady. So.defends Allahs Prophet.you can go and look up the names of women who participated in warfare and discover for yourselves.she was all of that. If she didn’t take that hit. so we’ll leave that out and maybe. maybe in the calmness of a non-sectarian setting. it doesn’t say Ya Ayyatuhal Lawaati Aamanna. She was in the middle of the life and death war and warfare. rather.they did not want to face this enemy and fight and potentially kill and be killed. you can have this as an assignment.Alladhina Aamanu. What is she doing when men were running away? There were men who were running away from the Prophet. a wife. we are talking about atmospherics of war. She was bleeding when she was hit in her shoulder protecting Allahs Prophet. a mother. it means that He is speaking to men and women together. how these women were there to equally participate with men when these occasions and responsibilities necessitated it. it’s not going to bring up a sectarian issue. The Prophet of Allahs says I could not look right or left except that I would see Umm Imarah defending me. grammatical and linguistic use of the word.(well.men did not want to do that.O you who are Committed to Allah.remember. the feminine. Our relationship with Allah is that we mould and condition ourselves to Him. her real name was Al-Fuhaysah bint Malihaan.Lawaati pertains to women. Her husband. If we mention her name. She was not somewhere away from the danger zone. his name was Abu Talha Al-Ansari.meaning that she was not in the rear of the Islamic forces. was one of them. it indicates that we have a problem and Allah wants to second Himself to our problem-that’s not the way our relationship to Allah is. we don’t know how seriously Allahs Prophet would have been wounded. this Muslimah. who wanted to take aim and kill Allahs Prophet and this women.he saw her with a knife . that does not mean that He excludes women. there’s no one around who can remember her from these pages of glorious history. so if He chooses Ya Alladhina Aamanu and by the virtue of the technical. during the time of Al-Khandaq. this Muslimah. was the one who took the hit and was wounded in her shoulder and she had her husband and her two sons who were there with her. a women. fasting has been prescribed for you (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 183) The wording of this ayah. it refers to men. but there were women who wanted to do that. it hit her. a sister. She wasn’t alone at this battle of Uhud. her name is Umm Salim (radi Allahu anha). every time you speak. The problem is that if we begin to mention some of these names is that we have a sectarian mind and some of you are going to try and process these names through sectarian thinking. She also was there. suffice it to know that she was a committed Muslimah who was participating in these ghazawaat. you can’t repeat these two. But. they refer to her as Umm Salim).she took the hit. military expeditions by Allahs Prophet. that last all-out attempt by the Mushrikin of Arabia to finish off the Committed Muslims. This is yet another area that is not developed in our minds and Umm Imarah. Yet. There was an enemy of Allah by the name of Umay’ah. because if you do. pertains to the men or masculine.
She participated in seven military expeditions. Take that home to those who want to exclude half of our existence from all of our responsibilities. if we use the names of the closest people to Allahs Prophet. saying “Look. If any of the people who are listening or if any of you in the future listen to these words and find out that there is reliable information that says that a Muslimah needs the licence or the permission of her husband to repel an enemy who is attacking an Islamic society or an Islamic state with a mortal threat. when we need to revive our commitment and involvement. on the initiation of a Muslimah. During six of these times. Al-Masjid An-Nabawi.unfortunately it doesn’t come out enough in the language and the discourse of todays Muslims. she went to a military war-front and her husband was not with her. Unfortunately.of his approval to what she said. How did Allahs Prophet in those conditions and circumstances respond to that? The books. We can’t find it there. goes and complains to Allahs Prophet. that served as a clinic for wounded Muslims. or a place in the Masjid of the Prophet. she was with her husband but one of these times.the Prophet showed all expressions -through smiling and a form of laughter. So.” It didn’t occur. if we say that name. a siege of an Islamic society and state and the final and all out attempt of the Mushriks and the kafirs of Arabia to finish off the leadership of Allahs Prophet in Al-Medinahin these conditions and circumstances she says I am carrying this weapon so that if I see a Mushrik. I will slash open his abdomen– a women saying these words. Aren’t these moments to be honoured? Aren’t these women of responsibilities and the higher duties that had to be done? There was no one questioning them “Why are you doing this? You are a women and you don’t belong in these positions? ” We don’t see anyone uttering this. that doesn’t mean anything that should divide us.we don’t have it. The only thing we realise when reading this history is that the Muslims who were forced to leave Makkah and go to Al- .take that to them. The words in the books of seerah says in reference to Allah’s prophet when she told him. then bring us that information. I’ll slash open his belly or his abdomen. What’s was this all about? So he. her husband. What was the Prophets response to all of this? Did he say “O my God! This women is too much or this duty is a mans duty. There’s another Muslimah by the name of Rafidah Al-Aslamiyah (radi Allahu anha) that also. this women is going to the war front and her husband is not with her. that can be a matter of joining or uniting us together.you can refer to them.Why are you carrying a knife? She said so that if I encounter a Mushrik.remember we are talking about Al-Khandaq. He says my wife is carrying this big knife with her. especially at this time. a female Muslim and not a Muslim man. her name is Umm Aatiyah Al-Ansariyah (radi Allahu anha) -another women who was contemporary to Allahs Prophet.or a dagger. why don’t you give this instrument of war or this killing tool to your husband or brother or another man in your family and let him do that job?” No. There was no one who came and made a big issue of this. but when we use neutral names that you are not familiar with. Rafidah Al-Aslamiyah was the 1st to set up a tent. some of you will think that we are trying to score against others. khanjar. the Prophet of Allah calls her and asks her a simple question. There’s another Muslimah.
I fear that if I frequently go there. which there is no argument about. we have a very wide area that we are looking at.these are on the face of it very religious and very pious types of Muslims. we’re not talking about a man and a woman going to a bedroom together. We have the very (we want to use the word orthodox and we also don’t want to use the word orthodox. how did it happen that we came and placed women outside of their social context. They were there. If we mean by sadd ad-dharaai’ that we are going to pre-empt a sin by avoiding what leads to it.this is one side. They were going to the war-front. On the other side. but those who have made a religion out of customs and traditions and those who have abandoned Islam because of those customs and traditions that have become religion. the obstruction of pretexts or rationalism.means that any method or means that will lead to the violation of the Qur’an and the Sunnah is in and of itself prohibited. Both of these positions are wrong. but we have both of them around us. but that’s what they did and that’s what was done . the scholarly reworking of the Qur’an and the Sunnah called sadd ad-dharaai’. This didn’t exist in the time of Allahs Prophet. But this is not social life. You see. So.no one is arguing the concept. because this is where most of the problems that we have inherited. Both of these are wrong. What do you mean by excluding them from life? Meaning they can’t interact or mix with men in the social context of life. and in another extended hadith. but if a woman is participating in the social responsibilities of our communities. Brothers and sisters. I am going to fall into sin.we sort of privatised women. we want you to listen closely. but let’s use it) orthodox Muslims who represent one side of the issue who have taken traditions and customs and placed them on a par with principles and Islamic values. and much of the reactions.the hadith is applicable there. side by side with men. societies and states. To make it simple for the average Muslim. Women were going to every salaah in the masjid. If I refuse to go to a red district area in town. with their Islamic principles and attire. then how is this hadith interjected into this context? It doesn’t belong there. That’s the only type of discriminatory remark that we come across when we go back into the details of this history of ours. We don’t try to use the word religion. How did this happen? How did we privatise women? It all begins with the hadith in which the Prophet says there cannot be a women who is alone with a man. then it comes from the concept of sadd addharaai’ that I don’t go there. the extremist positions and the perloqial approaches come because of this concept of sadd ad-dharaai’ which means literally. we hope you have enough information so that you can fill in the area. we have the seculars who looked at these customs and traditions and then they ran away from Islam altogether. the double attitude that we have come from. something that is haram because of the concept of sadd ad-dharaai’. a lot of very sincere Muslims. We can understand that.Medinah realised that the women of Al-Medinah were more assertive than the women of Makkah. where there are pubs and prostitution.these types will come and tell you that excluding women from life is permissible. we don’t want to use certain words that refer to them. then we accept that. except that Shaytaan becomes their 3rd. Men and women were mixing with each other. we have something in Islamic fiqh. but we can’t make whatever is halal. Yet. this concept of sadd ad-dharaai’.of course. But here.
What does this tell us? Is there neglect in Islamic societies towards women? Are women 2nd and 3rd class citizens? That no one cares for women in an Islamic social order? None of that. So. you don’t have to do more than that. we can bring this concept of sadd ad-dharaai’ and say it’s prohibited for you to eat. You want to try to remedy one problem and you create a problem that is worse than the problem that you’re trying to solve.throughout all of these years. among the people. One of these successors to Allahs Prophet heard a women saying poetry at night. one of his successors. defamations and calumny coming at us from all directions. After that. His Prophet and the Committed Muslims.these wars that are going on right now have brought up the sectarian issue to such an extent that if you say the name of one of the successors of Allahs Prophet. you have two or three meals.four. because there is a sectarian sensitivity out there. once again. Committed Muslims.he’s a man and he’s consulting women. Now. there was an Islamic law or legislature that went into effect to do justice to wives because their husbands. adultery. Brothers and Sisters. listening to what and how his own constituency is living during the night. adversaries latch onto to try to say… just listen. So he asks. In this charged atmosphere. maybe six months. They care not to listen to what we have to say. right now. he finds out that her husband has gone out on a military expedition that has lasted for months now.we say this. we don’t want marriage anymore?! That’s not the solution.instead of having one meal. he was there. a wife tolerate the absence of her husband in the sexual and emotional meaning of the word? He was told a few months. So.accusations. are at the war fronts when their wives were not with them. five.it’s going to cause you health problems. We don’t want to look at the personalities as much as we want to look at the behaviour itself. in some cases. love and affection of her husband. to what the public airwaves carry everyday against Allah. The ayah in the Qur’an says We will expose you as a matter of testing you to evil and to good (Surah Al-Ambiya’ verse 35) This is the nature of life. we have one of these issues.” But you can’t extend this concept of sadd ad-dharaai’ to exclude a fitnah from the nature of life itself. and . some men and women are guilty of zina.he’s asking how long can a woman. What do you come and say. you are going to be accused of taking sides in an internal Islamic affair. he wasn’t excluded and isolated. He hears this one women saying poetry of how she longs for the arms.you’ll die. So.because there is zina. this indicates to us that this successor to Allahs Prophet was in the street. there are. The solution is in trying to put these issues in perspective.you can deduce or detect in this information that comes to us fresh from Allah and His Prophet. There is zina in life. They said “we fear a fitnah. After Allahs Prophet passed away. because do you know that when you eat in an exaggerated manner. It’s like saying we are going to extend this concept of sadd ad-dharaai’ to say that you cannot eat anymore. he begins to dig for the reason as to why is a Muslim women saying this. four or five issues that our detractors. This can be said about the relationship between men and women.
They take this ayah and say look at the discrimination in Islam. Brothers and sisters.whether it’s a brother. There’s favour for men over women. We don’t know where each or anyone of you have been in the past 20 or 30 years. We never cared to think about the meanings of the words of the Qur’an. Allah didn’t say yusikumullahu fi warathatikum. trying to please them all. I’m just going to take one exemption to this rule. Committed Muslims… The bad press.a man dies and he has one daughter and a father who are going to inherit him. but this is not the general and all-out applicable rule. Let’s take one instance. The ayah says Allah advises you concerning your children (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 11) When it comes to a son and a daughter. in which not all the time a male gets twice what the female gets. the vicious propaganda and the unrelenting rumours against us are not going to dissipate. As far as their chickenry. The ayah does not say that as the rule in Islam. all men get twice of what all women get. mother or father. and there are several other exemptions to it. shenanigans and elaborate schemes.we’ll try to dissipate some of them in these coming khutbahs. and because we are not up as engulfed in the meanings of the ayaat as we should be. they say “look at this ayah in the Qur’an Allah advises you pertaining to your children: for a male.we never took a look at the whole picture. and on and on. a man gets more than a woman. compounded with their animosity that has us face what we are facing today. We are only concerned in pleasing Allah. we are responsible and we answer only to Allah. Only people who are in a dream world are going to think that those who are cranking out these wild accusations against us are going to cease what they are doing just because we are going to exert all that we can to show them how civilised we are.He says fi awlaadikum.Allah is above all of that.running from one corner to the next. but we have been living the details of these past 20 and 30 years and there doesn’t seem to be even a scintilla of goodwill that is projected by them towards . who are they for us to consider to show them anything? If we are proper Muslims. It’s our ignorance. there is twice the share of a female (Surah An-Nisa’ verse 11)” That’s what the ayah says. To begin with. The daughter gets half of his inheritance and the other half is distributed among the rest of those who qualify for inheriting. discourse or picture. of course. How can you come and say in this instance that a man gets more than a woman does when it comes to the laws of inheritance in Islam. even though we are approaching the time of Hajj and it is necessary for us to involve ourselves in the ayaat and the ahadith pertaining to the Hajj. the government and their financial establishments. We don’t get involved in triangulating between the media. But this is our problem. they don’t take the whole lesson. The daughter gets more than the father gets. They don’t take a look at the overall picture.” They take an ayah from the Qur’an. but one if these issues that always comes our way is “look at the discrimination in Islam. the son gets twice of what a daughter gets at the time of inheritance.
How many times have we heard.it’s almost sickening to listen to their numerous usage of the word democracy and elections and from where. interior. because they want a dictatorial. justice and the white house and congress.independent. imposed administration in this masjid.for almost 24 years. Look at this. self–respecting and Muslims of self-determination in the world. A gargantuan statement that spews out of their mouths. Look.it’s only a few miles from their departments of state.you can see for yourself.where is democracy? Are they speaking the truth? Are they speaking for justice? Any Muslim who wants to open their eyes and ears can see the truth looking them squarely in their eyes and faces. in all of the world? Emanating from Washington DC. but they say nothing but false words and lies (Surah Al-Kahf verse 5) How much longer is it going to take for us to correct our internal behaviour and how much longer is it going to take for them to see their erroneous ways? .this is supposed to be the capital of democracy in the world.
Alhumdulillah. and there shall be no-one to resist registering this if he qualifies to do so once he is ordered by Allah (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 282) . in this khutbah. stipulating a certain time period… (Surah AlBaqarah verse 282) The debt would be a year. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam). which have come to disturb our normal Islamic interactions.WOMENS STATUS. the propaganda of our detractors wants us to believe that this statement pertains to court witnesses. This is stated very clearly in the ayah If there is a debt transaction among you.. and there shall be a person who shall register this debt transaction with the standards of justice. his Noble Companions and Family. several months or whatever the time period is. The ayah is zeroing in on a financial transaction in which one person is borrowing money.we’re not going to quote the whole ayah..this is not what the ayah is saying.. With reliance upon Allah. on whatever terms. we will revisit an ayah that has been abused and misunderstood to try to clear the air on how some trouble makers want the general public and the particular Muslims along with them to think that there is a discrimination between a man and a woman in Islam. it is used for the purpose of making the point that it takes two testimonies of a woman in one setting to equal the testimony of one man. 1st of all. The ayah has nothing to do with a court of law. When this ayah is used by some conventional Muslims and by some criminal enemies. then the order from Allah is … to put it in writing. the ayah of debt. we are returning to it. Brothers and Sisters. We hope that we can clear this subject of the misunderstandings and the traditions that define the relationships between man and women.it doesn’t. it is sometimes difficult to speak about a subject matter when there are other pressing life and death developments that are knocking on our attention and unfolding in front of our eyes.PART 9 Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. from another person. There’s an ayah that we spoke about previously and right now. With a heavy heart and with the facts and bloodshed that surrounds the Islamic condition in our day and time. husband and wife. This ayah has been quoted many times to try to have Muslims think that a women is half of a man. ayatud dayn in which Allah says. you can refer to it in the comfort of your own time. It is the longest ayah in the Qur’an towards the end of Surah Al-Baqarah. Muslims whose relationship with Allah Azza Wa Jall is one of responsibilities and duties and one of tasks and obligations.
It’s because of unfamiliarity and not because they don’t qualify. But when we speak about this. In the particulars of real life. An ayah in the Qur’an says For those husbands or married men who accuse (the word in the ayah is target) their other half. it is not upon us or it does not behove us to commit this type of error. Let’s see. in the nature of life. when this financial transaction is taking place. one of the procedures for it is to have witnesses. in this case. Here is where Allah says In this case. then this would have been reversed. and they have no witnesses. the ayah says You call upon two women (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 282) This doesn’t mean that one women is half of a man or that it takes two women to equal a man.let’s take an ayah in that context. this term is called al-li’aan in Islamic vocabulary.let’s take an ayah that deals with being present in front of an Islamic judge and in an Islamic court of law. spouses or completing couple (Surah An-Nur verse 6) Here’s where we have a court issue or where we go to court. it was the primary responsibility of women to bare the financial burden and men were relieved primarily of that responsibility. if we go to court Islamically. But. you call upon two women. but it doesn’t mean that women are excluded from this. it has nothing to do with a court of law. The primary responsibility is that of a man. but because in the nature of regulating a cooperative and coordinated life between the sexes and because the proportions of responsibility in the financial segment of life are allocated more to men than they are to women. When it comes to a court of law. Because that is the case. If. then as a safety procedure.that’s when the flaw begins. it is more apt that men are involved in these types of financial transactions because one of the definitions of an Islamic life is that it is the primary responsibilities of the man to shoulder the financial transactions of family life. so if you can’t.the ayah would have said fastashidu shahidayni min nisaa’ikum. This is for the purpose of trying to omit the possibility of those who are not versed on these financial details to commit an error. social life or the larger scope of international financial transactions. there’s no witnesses. They may feel strongly and confidently about what they are saying.is there going to be any discrepancies or discrimination? These men who go to court and they are accusing their wives of betraying the marital relationship. but it is all their internal thoughts. so what are they expected to do in court according to this ayah in the book of . It would mean something like that for people who are taking these ayaat out of context or are withdrawing these ayaat from the realities of life or are dislocating these ayaat from the Islamic definition of relationship and responsibility between men and women in life. fa in lam takun imra’atayni fa imra’atun wa rajulaan.men and women.So. there may be conditions in which you cannot find two men who are qualified to understand this financial transaction. you call for two witnesses from among your men (Surah Al-Baqarah verse 282) Here is where we have to place the ayah in context and in the particulars of real life.
no one is saying to women that “you have to bring another person. Sumayyah (radi Allahu anha). We’re going to quote this hadith for you. we have honoured our pioneering sisters. that year was called Aam Al-Huzn. They attribute these things to what have become local cultures that try to take things. I have not seen (here is the word Naqisaatin Aqlin . the year of sorrow. (we’re going to translate this hadith for you): the Prophet of Allah went out to either Salaat Al-Fitr on Eid Al-Fitr or Salaat Al-Adha on Eid Al-Adha. in Surah An-Nur? What do they do? They testify in front of the qualified Islamic individual or individuals. He went out to the Musallah.when the Prophets wife. verbatim. or your testimony is half of a man or your husbands. the ayah says She will relieve herself of the penalty of such an accusation if she herself bears witness four times that he is a liar or is not saying the truth and the 5th testimony is that Allahs wrath be incurred upon her if he is telling the truth (Surah An-Nur verse 8-9) So here we are. which means that this is not one of the ahadith that you can dismiss very easily. that his accusation of his wife is the truth and the 5th testimony is that may Allah bring down His damnation on him if he is a liar (Surah An-Nur verse 6-7) Then. whether they are ayaat or ahadith our of context. We come to what is truly an issue to be dealt with. as a testimony. daughter. Khadijah (radi Allahu anha wa salaamullahu alaiha) passed away.brothers and sisters. They state four times. There is a statement that is taken from one of the ahadith of Allahs Prophet that is mentioned in As-Sihaah. the congregational area for the mass Muslim prayer and he passed by women and he said (obviously to them) “You womenfolk.Allah. when it comes to men and women. How does this come out? What does this hadith say? Believe us. mother.your sister. Ahmed. word by word. We’re going to quote this hadith for you because this is probably the one hadith that either cultural traditionalists or secular materialists use to try to make the point that there is within Islam an in-built discrimination between the sexes. Listen to this hadith because much of the imagery about Islam. the 1st martyr in Islam is honoured by the living memories of involved Muslims. or we can’t believe you. Why? Because there is some inequality that they feel which is not attributed to the book of Allah and it cannot be attributed to the Messenger of Allah. relates back to this hadith. It’s one of the hadiths that runs into a type of incongruity with the Qur’an or you can’t fit it into the meanings of the Qur’an.if you listen to this hadith. another women or member of the family structurewith you to build up your testimony. How come. it may be mentioned in Muslim and all of these rest of these very authentic books of hadith. we have this notion that hearkens back to this hadith which says the following.none of that. Why do we have this confusion? People take this issue and now we have international conferences and womens conferences. you will understand some of the difficulties that we are running into. Remember. This hadith of the Prophet says that women are Naqisaatin Aqlin wa deen. it is mentioned in Sahih al-Bukhari. a man and a women in court.
This hadith. This should be a general rule. wives. then we have a question mark about the words of the hadith and about the understanding of the hadith.so there is a matter of uncertainty at the beginning of the hadith.wa deen and here is where the translation becomes tricky.whether they are scholars or laymen.inferior when it comes to our mind and deen? This is the type of translation that circulates. And they ask him. then this is proof of your mind being incomplete. that does not fit into the ayaat of the Qur’an. sisters. Indeed. They said Yes. Then he says Is it not that the testimony of a women is equal to half of that of a man. we have to look at the ayaat of the Qur’an and how they dealt with the issue of gender or the relationship between man and women in society or husband and wife in family. we can rely upon the over-whelming majority of hadiths in these reliable books. and it doesn’t matter what book you are referring to when you refer to a book of hadith. because it can go in both directions. O Prophet of Allah. but when we come across a hadith like this. Then the Prophet says Isn’t it when women have their menstrual period that they do not pray and they do not fast? They said Yes.is that the day of Eid is a day of joy and a time of happiness in which the spirits are buoyed and lifted. then we marginalise that hadith. The only book that is 100% reliable is the book of Allah and the testimony to that fact is in the words of Allah. We see that Allah honours our mothers. We have caused this book of consciousness to be revealed and certainly We will preserve it (Surah Al-Hijr verse 9) But there’s nothing that says that Sahih Al-Bukhari or Sahih Muslim is preserving the hadiths of the Prophet as they were stated. The person or persons who are narrating this hadith are not sure whether it was during Al-Fitr or Salaatul Adha.that’s number one. but the translation that is used is). He said. daughters and womenfolk and then we come and see that there’s an understanding of this hadith that brings them down from that Qur’anic standard of esteem and honour. He said that indicates how you are incomplete when it comes to your deen. the hadith said that the Prophet went out “either Salaat Al-Fitr or Salaatul Adha”.the consensus of Muslims. as it is understood and quoted to bring down the character of women in Islam takes this happiness and joy from these women at a time when the Prophet of Allah was telling women in many other hadiths that are narrated to come to the Eid and enjoy the time of the Eid and feel happy and don’t be disappointed and don’t be grieved and sad but when women listen to this hadith. what is it that you mean by saying Naqisaatin Aqlin wa deen. it is making . I have not seen incomplete human beings pertaining to their mind and deen as I have seen in you or in the individual of you. This is a challenge that no Muslim has taken this responsibility upon himself to come and filter in an enlightened way the body of hadiths that we have. Number two. Oh Prophet of Allah. because there’s no ayah in the book of Allah and no word from His Prophet that says that any of these books of hadith that we refer to are 100% reliable. Yes. We’re going to take a look at this hadith a little closer with the time frame that we have. There should be a general rule that if there is any hadith in any book. 1st of all. This is a hadith that many Muslims want to accept as an authentic hadith on par with the ayaat of the Qur’an.
. understood and traditionalised. Allah says to His beloved Prophet And for sure. This means that you are temporarily imperfect and you can make up for it later on and at the end of the day. sisters and wives complain that they feel excluded.No. then it would be that you are at times imperfect when it comes to matters requiring thought or religious obligations. there is a question mark pertaining to the understanding of this hadith. It is not bringing joy to their hearts. men and women are there to complement. but Allahs Prophet doesn’t have a conflict in his personality.them feel sad. And Allah responded to them– Certainly I will not cause any of your efforts or labours. for you are from each other (Surah AhlImran verse 195) This is the complementary relationship that we have. what is there that is more demanding on man and women and husband and wife than Al-Amr bil Ma’ruf and An-Nahi anil Munkar? When it comes to these common responsibilities. whether you are male or female to go in vain. mothers and daughters. how come we have the kind of world in which our wives. So. inferior or insufficient? If there is any credibility to translating these words Naqisaatin Aqlin wa deen. This is the accurate understanding of how man and women should behave in families and in societies. There are exemptions. you are of a great moral character (Surah Al-Qalam verse 4) But. supplement and reinforce each other. they are co-operating with each other. but not in the area of being deficient or not to mean that you are inferior like in some local cultures or some century long traditions have it. sisters. they enjoin Al-Ma’ruf and forbid Al-Munkar … (Surah At-Taubah verse 71) As far as lifes responsibilities. men and women.there’s a conflict here. This will bring us to the matter of women in general in the Qur’an. are allies of one another. it doesn’t seem like he is a moral character when he is on his way to the Musallah and he is saying these types of things to women. according to the way that this hadith is worded. Allah says The believers. But. Allah vouches for him.
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