Throughout Islamic history women have proven their fundamental significance in the progress of Islamic societies. Women have a honourable place in Islam; as a mother, a daughter, a sister and as a wife. The religion of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) teaches us that women must be respected, given the right to education, treated with kindess and to be obeyed.
As the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said,
“I urge you to treat women well.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 331; Muslim, 1468.
Furthermore, Islam tell us that paradise lies beneath the mothers feet, through this a womans status grows within Islam as mothers. Women as wives, have rights over their husbands just as a husbands have rights over them. Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says,
“And they (women) have rights similar (to those of their husbands) over them to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them. And Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Wise”
Islam promotes equal rights of men and women in most rulings, in regards to worshipping Allah and in their Islamic beliefs, and in their rewards in paradise. Moreover, Islam is widely acknowledged for raising the status of women. Women have the right to give dawah, to prohibit evil and to give sound advice. Additionally, women have the right to own, sell and and inherit property. Nevertheless, it is evident that men and women are distinguishable in more ways than one. One must realise that Allah has created men and women, both for the sole reason of worshipping Him, however their roles in the worldy life are not the same. Men and women have a different physical and emotional makeup, men are generally stronger and women are generally more emotionally influenced. There's exceptions but rules aren't based on exceptions, a muslim has to be content with decree and the laws of Allah, whilst knowing that Allah is All-Wise and His Knowledge encompasses all things. One only has to look at the statistics of 'progressive soceities', their divorce rates, their alcohol and drug abuse, their sexual abuse, their lack of gheerah over their women, their lack of manhood, their suicide rates, their animalistic pursuit of hedonistic pleasures, they have become slaves to their own desires whereas we are honourable slaves of Allah. It doesn't take a genius to realise that the western way of life is not worth imitating.
In this section, we will have articles, lectures, books and fatawa that are specific to women insha'Allah.