Hazrat Hakeem ul Ummat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullah alaihe) says it is wrong to reject the intercession of Allah Ta’ala, when He is, commanding to treat a wife well. She is weak and far from her parents, she is at our mercy. After giving birth to a few children she becomes weak and the husband takes out all his anger on her because she did not do some work of his. Alas! Why have you thought her to be like your maid (servant), how about you doing it yourself for a change. You were not given a wife to work for you. If she does any work for you, it is through her kindness. So Allah Ta’ala is interceding for His bondswoman, that treat your wife well, whether she be young or old, even if her teeth have fallen and her face has wrinkled. Not that when she was young and beautiful you did everything for her and now that she has grown old you treat her terribly. This in not correct. Think of this old lady who has grown old with you. When she was young and pretty you loved her, now that she is old, love her thinking it to be the command of Allah Ta’ala, and be kind to her for the same. If she has a headache, bring medicine for her and be merciful towards her.
Q 6. Some Muslim women and young girls take up residence in non-Muslim countries either to pursue a career in modern education or to earn their living. Sometime, they would live alone and at others, they might share a home with non-Muslim women. What is the Islamic view on Muslim women living alone or sharing a residence with non-Muslim women? Is it permissible under the Islamic religious law?
A. 6: As stated in our answer to Question No. 5 appearing above, a Muslim woman is not permitted to travel alone without a Mahram to non-Muslim countries whether it be for employment or education. Similarly, it is also impermissible to stay there. But, if a woman had travelled to some non-Muslim country with her Mahram and had taken up residence there as a citizen but later on either the Mahram of this woman died there or for some reason that Mahram traveled away from there to some other place and that woman was left all alone. In this situation, there is no problem if this woman were to stay there alone of course, subject to the condition that she abides by the legal hijab requirement while living there.
Q 5. Many Muslim women travel to distant countries for education or employment. They neither have a legal Mahram with them nor do they have female acquaintance on the trip. What is the ruling of the Shari‘ah under this situation? Is it permissible for them to travel alone?
Q 3. Muslim women living in Western countries have to shake hands with male strangers who sometimes visit their offices or schools. Similarly, there are occasions when Muslim men get into a no go situation when they have to shake hands with female strangers. In the event of a refusal to do so, the likelihood of harm coming from them is not that remote. Does the Shari‘ah of Islam permit a handshake in this situation?
A 3. Women shaking hands with male strangers and men shaking hands with female strangers is not permissible under any circumstances. This position is fully supported by clear statements in the noble Ahadith and all jurists concur on this being impermissible.
Do Muslim Women Have Rights?
Anyone whose sole source of knowledge about Islam has been the Western media, “knows” that Islam “oppresses” women. The hijab or veil, is the symbol of such “oppression.” To “liberate” Muslim women from such “oppression” has been the cherished goal of media pundits, Western “experts” on Islam, and the feminists.
Childbirth is a momentous occasion in the Muslim home. Allah Ta’ala has ordained woman as the repository of life. She is the sacred receptacle for a sacred Amaanat (Trust) which Allah Ta’ala sends to earth via her medium. She undergoes much travail in the course of bearing and delivering this Amaanat – her child. Thus the Qur’an Majeed says:
“His mother bore him with much difficulty and delivered him with much difficulty.”
The one and only purpose for which Allah has created us and sent us here for a temporary stay on earth is for His Ibaadat. The Quran states: “I have not created jinn and man, but that they render Ibaadat to Me”.