Du’a: Pray for the victory of Islamic ummah in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, Egypt and Syria.Pray that Islam may rise in Palestine and evict the Oppressors.Pray for our masjid’s success and unity of the Muslims of America on Qur’an and hadith.Pray for good spouses and pious children.Pray for al-Jannah and defeat of the devil within us.Ameen!end Khutbah
SMILING IS A SUNNAH! Eid Mubarak to all the readers, thank you for your thoughtful comments and suggestions, May Allah accept your fasts and mine, May He accept your duas and mine and May he always allow us to see the path of our Prophet and give us the love and discipline to follow him pbuh.
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Asmå’ bint Zayd Al Khattab al-Adawiyya: The daughter of the elder brother of Umar ibn Khattab. She transmitted hadith.
Abu Dawud reports her hadith.
It is said that she was one of the Tabi’un although Ibn Hibban and Ibn Manda considered her to be one of the Companions. (Died 105/723)
Prophet Muhammad pbuh, instituted the death penalty for the RAPIST. Sadly enough Muslims of our times are so far from Islam that they have not implemented this Hadith.
To read the complete Hadith on this CLICK HERE……
If superiority is given to anyone in Islam, it is given to women who are mothers. The prophet, pbuh, put the mother 3 times above the father. The Qur’an puts the mother second only to Allah. The Prophet, pbuh, in Hadith guarantees Paradise to those who bring up their daughters well. He told men that the best among them are those who are best to their wives
. * We must understand RAPE, the ultimate crime against a woman, to be able to understand the world we live in. Most sociologists, psychologists and criminologists agree that rape has little to do with sex and is mostly related to the projection of male power against a helpless victim. It is the ultimate form of terrorism.
* The problem we are facing in uniting activist groups is that those who are politically organized do not focus on the rights of women [or rarely do], and those who support women’s rights do not oppose, actively, war and political oppression.
* From the life of Muhammad, pbuh, we learn that there is a natural link between human rights and women’s rights. Westernized women in Muslim societies are often linked to dictators and oppressors who are backed by western powers and hence are ineffective
Excerpt from a presentation by the author at:
Women’s History Conference in Atlanta
Muslim Women’s Leadership Summit: Sis. Hadayai Majeed Presiding
How to understand the Qur’an: Issues of Women’s Rights.
Question from Adam Seedat, South Africa:
How do you reconcile your view on the wife’s obediance to verse 4:34 which deals with the light beating of the wife?
[Reply by Br. Kaukab Siddique, PhD]
Some Muslims in our times have delinked the Qur’an from the Hadith which enshrines the life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
When these misled Muslims take the Qur’an, they take it one verse at a time and try to make the claim that in itself each verse is ultimate in meaning. Thus when they are faced with chapter 4 verse 34 of the Qur’an, we find Muslims taking these postures:
1. Some say the verse makes men the “rulers” of women.
2. They add that women must obey their husbands (be “qanitat.”)
3. They claim that if women display “nushuz” (rebellion) against the husband, then the husband can carry out a three stage withdrawal from the wife, resulting in him beating her (lightly) for her rebellion.
4. The commentary of this group gives the impression that women are the slaves of men.
These are the ‘modernist’ apologists who are reacting to the West’s attack on the Qur’an. They make weird efforts to twist the meaning of the verse to avoid its obvious meaning.
The Pervaizi sectarian types use the dictionary. They find that, Arabic being a versatile language, the word used for ‘beating’ can also mean having sex. So they grab hold of this straw to, in their thinking, save Islam from barbarism which Western writers accuse it of. For them 4:34 does not imply inequality at all.
[Some writers, who are not Pervaizi but also want to have “Qur’an alone,” like Amina Wadud, have worked hard on 4:34 to make it say what it obviously does not.]
The problem with the writings of this group is that it creates a “Qur’an” made in their own image according to which there is no issue of application or context. For them, there is no difference between war torn Afghanistan and an ‘Islamic’ conference in a Hilton Hotel.
In my book THE STRUGGLE OF MUSLIM WOMEN, I have demonstrated the original, Islamic method of understanding the Qur’an, which is through the Hadith.
THE QURAN WAS REVEALED IN PROGRESSION
My viewpoint is that the Qur’an was a PROGRESSIVE REVELATION. “Progressive” here means that it went from stage to stage.
The HADITH indicates and provides SOCIAL CONTEXT without which the Qur’an cannot be understood. I note in my book, for instance, that according to HADITH, 4:34 was revealed in the early period of Madina (Sahih of Bukhari, kitab al-Fadail).
That was a time when the Muslim community was not fully formulated and people coming into Islam, especially women, had to be disciplined to understand that they could no longer keep in touch with men they knew beforehand.
Sexual promiscuity was common in pre-Islamic Arab society. Also, on marriage, men would not take proper economic care of the wife. Hence the emphasis on this verse on men being “maintainers and providers” [qawwamun].
I also showed that the word NUSHUZ in 4:34 is not about the willfulness or rebellion of the wife but, as indicated by Hadith, sexual misconduct. It’s the kind of loose sexual behavior which can undermine a marriage.
As the Qur’an was revealed progressively, Sura 24 verses 6-10, do not indicate any right to physically discipline the wife. In fact these verses indicate that even where the husband is alleging adultery, he cannot do anything other than to take an oath.
The Hadith makes it clear to us that the Prophet (pbuh) forbade men to hit their wives. His SUNNAH, which is the model for all Muslims, shows, according to ‘Ayesha (r.a.), that he never raised his hand against any woman.
From Hadith, we know that the last verses on male-female relationships were 9:70-71 .
These verses state very clearly that BELIEVING MEN AND WOMEN are EACH OTHER’S GUARDIANS and PROTECTORS. [These verses do not say that men are guardians and protectors of the women.] Obviously, by the time Sura Tauba (chapter 9) was revealed, the Islamic community led by the Prophet (pbuh) had reached its perfection, which of course we know from Hadith.
Those who have a static view of the Qur’an tie themselves into knots by applying the “Qur’an only” method to 4:34 (of course in the process adding the Arabic dictionary while leaving out the Hadith).
Ai’sha bint Abdullah at-Tabari was a Hadith scholar and historian. She transmitted from her grandfather and uncle with an ijaza.
She wrote a book about the History of at-Tabari
(She died after 776/1375)
Excerpted from: MUSLIM WOMEN: A Biographical Dictionary by Aisha Bewley