Saturday, 3 May 2014

The Status of Muslim Women

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)

Being a Muslim wife, looking after one’s husband, cooking for him, beautifying oneself for him alone, is looked upon by the West as orthodox, rigid and a custom of the Camel age. Yet the Western world, with its usual paradoxes and absurdities, considers it ‘PROGRESS’ and ‘LIBERATION’ that an air hostess serves four hundred passengers with a smile.

The culmination of her ‘promotion’ in the employment sector is that whilst having to slog and work, she has to also contend with insults, criticism, and verbal and physical harassment. The same mistreatment is received by many manageresses of businesses and women employed in other sectors - all in the name of freedom.

The Western world paints a very deceptive picture of freedom and equality. It only invites women to ill-treatment and abuse, if not exploitation and slavery. All the clamour for freedom, but what kind of freedom?  Is this freedom?

Islam, on the other hand, has placed a woman on a pedestal, crowning her with respect and honour, as the queen of her husband’s home. 

Working in desperation and need, due to adverse social circumstances, is an exception to the rule. As far as possible, a woman should work from home and safeguard her modesty. Home Industry is a thriving business.