#10 Muslim Womens rights
Contrary to Islamophobia’s false accusations that a Muslim woman is a humiliated and subjugated person, Islam has granted Muslim women several privileges. Unfortunately, many Muslim women in our nation are unaware of their Sharia rights or have resigned themselves to routine violations, justifying it as “jihad for the purpose of pleasing her husband,” “selfless devotion on the path of the family,” and so on. Here are ten privileges granted to Muslim women by Islam.
1. Right to Content.
The husband is required to give his wife food, clothes, and accommodation on a par with what she received from her parents or herself if she was financially independent. He must also purchase medicine for her and pay for her medical expenditures if she becomes sick. The Shariah foundation for divorce at the wife’s request is a lack of substance.
2. The right to a wedding present (Mahr)
A Muslim wife has the right to a marital gift (mahr) and the freedom to dispose of it freely. The Holy Quran guaranteed a woman the right to a wedding present (mahr). In certain areas, parents attempt to claim the mahr for themselves, but Sharia law states that it is the property of the bride and no one has the right to claim it. Even if the husband dies, the woman is obligated to get her mahr. This is one of Islam’s most significant rights granted to Muslim women.
3. The right to choose a Husband
Sharia marriage is only possible with the permission of both parties; if the bride is pressured to marry, such a marriage has no legal effect under Islamic law. A virgin must acquire permission from her father or another guardian (wali); a married lady is exempt from this need.
4. The right to draw up a marriage contract.
In this contract, the bride can stipulate her own terms that do not contravene Sharia law (the groom also has a similar right). She may, for example, negotiate her right to work or her unwillingness to leave her community. In this instance, the man is no longer permitted to break these terms. However, the bride cannot impose stipulations that violate a man’s sharia rights, such as prohibiting him from having a second wife (although in many Muslim countries such a law exists de facto).
5. The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
There are several hadiths on this subject. “On the [Day of Last Judgment], the Great Creator will direct the keeper of hell to inflict seventy scorching slaps from the flames of hell to the one who slaps his wife.” “Providing services to your wife is atonement for significant crimes and will appease the Lord’s anger.”
6. Right to spousal attention
We frequently hear that a Muslim woman has no right to reject intimacy to her husband. However, the woman has the same right to have sex as the husband. Furthermore, as revealed in several hadiths, the woman has the right to feel pleasure. If her spouse refuses to share her bed for more than four months, she has the right to divorce. And if he has been missing for more than a certain amount of time (defined variously by different madhhabs), the wife has the right to file for divorce in an Islamic court.
7. The right to refuse to do homework.
Caring for a husband, making food for him, and keeping the house clean and neat are meritorious (mustahab) activities for which a woman is entitled to recompense, according to Islamic ethics (ahlak). However, according to Sharia, this is not one of her responsibilities (wajibat). And if a woman finds housekeeping to be an onerous burden, she has the freedom to refuse to perform it. In this circumstance, the spouse is required to hire a housekeeper or, if funds do not permit, to cook and clean himself.
8. The right to see family.
The husband cannot restrict his wife from communicating with close relatives, including her mother, father, children from a previous marriage, and siblings.
9. In a polygamous marriage, the right to be the second, third, or fourth wife.
Polygamy is not solely a male luxury. The Islamic rule on polygamous marriage allows a woman to become a full-fledged wife of a married man rather than a mistress. Existing wives may not impede on her right. In a polygamous marriage, wives have the right to justice for their husbands, as well as equality in maintenance, nightly distribution, attention, and presents.
10. The right to dispose of your earnings.
If a Muslim woman works, her pay is hers alone and is not deducted from the family budget. Her husband and children have no legal right to her. No matter how much money a woman gets, her husband is still obligated to support her.