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Women’s Rights: How Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, ended mental enslavement of Women 

For centuries, women in various cultures were taught that when they menstruated, they were to be shunned and outcast. In some cultures, this idea of women’s inferiority owing to menstruation had religious sanction.

Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, taught that menstruation does not take away from women’s dignity, respect and equality in any way whatsoever. To end the old ideas, he taught that a woman could worship Allah in the same clothes in which she had menstruated as soon as the marks of menstruation had been washed off. This historic change in the thinking of women is reflected in a Hadith narrated by ‘Ayesha Siddiqa, the leader of Muslim women r.a. thus:

“Whenever anyone of us got her menses, she, on becoming clean, used to take hold of the blood spot and rub the blood off her garment, and pour water over it and wash that portion thoroughly and sprinkle water over the rest of the garment. After that she would pray in (with) it.”

[Sahih of Bukhari, Vol.1, Book 6, #305.]

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About Kaukab Siddique PhD

Professor of English, World Literature and Journalism at Lincoln University. Research specialization in Women and Islam

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