How to Respect Women and Their Rights as a Muslim

Four Methods:Respecting Women and GirlsRespecting MothersRespecting Girlfriends and WivesRespecting Daughters

This is one of the most convincing things about Islam—The prophet Mohammad is known for ascribing women a right to own property, receive education, and hold a job. When asked by an adherent whom he should give his greatest respect to, Mohammad said, “your mother,” then “your mother,” then “your mother,” only then followed by “your father”.Islam commands kindness, respect and obedience to parents. Islam raises parents to a status greater than that found in any other religion or ideology.

Method 1
Respecting Women and Girls

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    Women and girls are treated as second-class citizens across the world. In old times (and still in some places today), parents feel ashamed to give birth to a girl. Girls deserve respect from society, and all good Muslims should provide them with a better future.
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    Treat women as people, with important thoughts and feelings. Ask for her opinions and feelings about things, and listen genuinely to her responses. Recognize that she is intelligent, and deserves an equal position when making decisions.
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    Don’t try to be the big guy in the eyes of your friends at her expense. Treat her with respect and protect her reputation and sense of safety. Never catcall her, or make sexual remarks about her in public.
    • Remember that people change as they grow, and they don’t forget how you have treated them.
    • Never forget that your reputation as a gentleman is part of your character. You build it as you grow. Make yourself proud.
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    In the Islam the woman has an honored position. She deserves equal legal and civil rights as men have, she deserves affection, respect & love . The women is a mother, a lovely wife & a princess of her father, a daughter.

Method 2
Respecting Mothers

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    A mother bears lot of pain, disturbance in health, and changes in her body. She helps take care of her baby and fulfills her responsibilities—being a good wife, mother, and daughter-in-law. She has spent many years raising you and teaching you, caring for the household, providing for the family, or both.
    • The Quran emphasizes the great struggles the mother goes through for her child, to highlight the need for one to reciprocate their parents sacrifice for them: "And We have enjoined on man to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and his weaning was over two years. Be thankful to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination."
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    Recognize that your mother endured around nine months of carrying you because of her love for you. A mother has to go through the problems of pregnancy and severe pains of delivery. The father doesn't suffer from any of these difficulties, that is why the Prophet (peace be upon him) has given more rights to the mother than anybody else. According to narration;
    • "And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning period is thirty months until, when he reaches maturity and reaches forty years, he says, "My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims."
    • "Do good to and serve your mother, then your mother, then your mother, then your father, then the near relatives and then those who come after them."
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    Honor your mother's wishes. If she asks for help washing dishes or cleaning the house, go help her. Offer to run errands, watch your siblings, and take care of other chores. This will give her more time to rest and focus on her biggest responsibilities.

Method 3
Respecting Girlfriends and Wives

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    Recognize the sacrifices she has made for the relationship. She has chosen to spend time with you, and with your children (if you have any). Thank her for any cooking, cleaning, and child care she does.
    • Housework is not only for women. Talk with your wife about how the chores should be divided so that neither one of you is overwhelmed.
    • If she chooses to stay at home, recognize that she puts a lot of effort into keeping the household running smoothly. If she works, then she is delivering money to the table.
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    Listen to your girlfriend or wife when it is time to make decisions that involve her. Her opinion matters. She will not disobey you if the two of you can figure out a decision that makes both of you happy.
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    Respect the boundaries of your wife or girlfriend. Don’t pressure her to do things she is hesitant about or not ready for. Set aside time to talk with her about what she is and isn't willing to do, and don't try to negotiate if she says she is not comfortable with something.
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    Find little ways to show her that you love her. Bring her lunch, rub her back, give her gifts, offer to handle the household while she does something to relax after a long day, or do whatever you find helps her feel appreciated.

Method 4
Respecting Daughters

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    Recognize that daughters are a gift.
    • "The person who is put to a test because of the birth of the daughters & then he treats them generously, they will become a means of rescue for him from hell".
    • "A person is very lucky whose first child is a daughter".
    • "The one who brought up two girls till they attained their maturity, will appear along with me on the Resurrection Day... saying this Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) jointed & raised his fingers"...
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    Raise your daughters with good values and strength. Teach them to respect all life, including their own, and stand up against evil. Help them grow into bright, capable women who will succeed in life.
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    Help your daughters get a good education. An educated daughter can understand the world, choose a good husband and/or job, and make a difference in the world. Send your daughter to a school where she will learn to be a leader. This is the easiest way to guarantee her happiness.
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    Prepare them for a job in the future. Ask your young children what sort of job they would like. (Doctor? Computer programmer? Lawyer? Writer?) Ask teenage daughters about their opinions on the news, the economy, and what they are studying in school. When they learn that their opinions are important, they will work harder and become more prepared for work someday.
    • Encourage your daughters' hobbies. Bring home pencils for a daughter who likes to draw, dolls for a daughter who likes to play house, and toy circuit boards for a daughter who likes engineering. Find library books about their favorite things.
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    Do not make her work more than your sons. If your daughters must wash dishes, make your sons wash them too, or have your sons clean the kitchen. Teach them that their gender does not mean they have to work while their brothers play.
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    Talk to them about marriage. How soon do they want to marry (if at all)? Do they have their eye on a particular man? What do they look for in a man, and what do they think will make them happy? Their husband will influence the rest of their lives, so it is important that they know what they want.
    • Some daughters may be homosexual or bisexual. Show them your love and acceptance.
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    Work for women's rights where you live. This will help your daughters live in a better world.

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