The Precious Status of Women in Islam

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Islam teaches us that Allah has given women a precious status.

We read in a hadith that that when the Prophet (SAW) finished praying, he would stay in his place and leave only after the women had left. Umm Salamah reported:

“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would end prayer with salutations of peace and remain in his place for a while. The Prophet would end prayer and the women would depart to enter their homes before he would depart.” (Sahih Bukhari)

In another hadith we learn that when a man came to the Prophet (SAW) enquiring about good deeds that he could do in order to repent, the Prophet (SAW) first asked if the man’s mother was with him. When he found that she was not, the Prophet (SAW) told the man to take care of his mother’s sister. This shows us the status of women in Islam and the great reward for being considerate towards women. We read:

Ibn Umar reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have committed a great sin. Is there any repentance for me?” The Prophet said, “Is your mother with you?” The man said no. The Prophet said, “Is your mother’s sister with you?” The man said yes. The Prophet said, “Be good to her.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (SAW) said that the foetus of a woman who has endured miscarriage will carry it’s mother to Jannah if the mother was seeking its reward. When we reflect on this, it makes us remember the reality of this life and that indeed the hardships and trials of this world give us a chance for to earn great rewards in the Aakhirah. We read:

Mu’adh ibn Jabal reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “By the one in whose hand is my soul, the miscarried foetus will carry his mother by his umbilical cord into Paradise, if she was seeking its reward.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

We also learn that when an expectant mother passes away during labour, she is counted as a martyr. This is such an incredible honour given by our Lord to women who endure this. We read:

Jabir ibn ‘Atik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are seven martyrs besides one who is killed in the way of Allah: the victim of plague is a martyr, the one who drowns is a martyr, the one who dies of chest pain is a martyr, the one who dies of stomach infection is a martyr, the one who burns to death is a martyr, the one who is crushed under something is a martyr, and the pregnant woman who dies giving labour is a martyr.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

We read in a hadith that the Prophet (SAW) said that there should be a door of the mosque for women. Ibn Umar reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘It would be better if you had left this door to the mosque for women.’ Nafi’ said, ‘Ibn Umar never again entered through it until the day he died.’” (Sunan Abi Dawud)