In the Shari’ah Law (That big scary law always on the news) but in reality is nothing more than rules & regulations God (The Creator of life) has made for mankind.
That means; they are not changeable, they are not man-made, they are not biased and they are most definitely fair.
However, regardless if you agree with Shari’ah Law or not, or you are educated on the matter or not I wanted to bring to your attention one single law for women.
If a man, slanders, or insults a woman for example he calls her a liar or a thief. But he has no proof, no witness and no reason he will be punished with 80 lashes.
This is to protect a woman’s dignity, modesty and honor. Women are protected by Allah subhana wa’tala. Just like men.. both genders are equal in the eyes of Allah. Responsibilities vary because both genders are made differently however the ultimate responsibility of Worshiping God is the same – both genders are capable yet responsible in different ways.
Given my privilege as a woman, I only degrade myself by trying to be something I’m not – and in all honesty – don’t want to be: a man.
As women, we will never reach true liberation until we stop trying to mimic men, and value the beauty in our own God-given distinctiveness. If given a choice between stoic justice and compassion, I choose compassion. And if given a choice between worldly leadership and heaven at my feet – I choose heaven.
— Yasmin Mogahed
A lot of non Muslims (and Muslims too) say, ‘everything is haram/forbidden.’
Some people assume that a Muslim’s life is a bunch of rules to restrict one’s life and make it more difficult. Which is fine, we are all entitled to an opinion however, I have an issue with the double standard being, follow the rules in terms of the law but not the rules of Allah.
If you asked any sane, logical person what is the intention of the law? Having illegal and legal things? It would be to secure the protection of the people and ensure justice for all.
But how Just is the law in your country?
The same rule applies in Islam when it comes to Haram/Halal. Whatever you do in life it isn’t going to affect Allah, He will remain flawless. It will only affect you.
If every single person obeyed Allah and done very well in terms of worship and deeds it would not change Allah. He would not benefit in any way. He is the First (Al Akhir) and the Last (Az Zahir).
For example, alcohol is haram. It’s not to make your life boring and restrictive but to protect you. However, the law of the land has made alcohol legal regardless of the consequences. There is not one non Muslim country where alcohol is illegal and only a handful of Muslim countries which have banned alcohol.
Alcohol is the root cause of several problems facing society. The statistics of soaring crime rates, increasing instances of mental illnesses and millions of broken homes throughout the world bear mute testimony to the destructive power of alcohol.
Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
Infact Western countries encourage moderate drinking which is described as no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men.
Islam is the only religion in the world which forbids alcohol.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “God’s curse falls on ten groups of people who deal with alcohol. The one who distills it, the one for whom it has been distilled, the one who drinks it, the one who transports it, the one to who it has been brought, the one whom serves it, the one who sells it, the one who utilizes money from it, the one who buys it and the one who buys it for someone else.”
[According to Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3, Book of Intoxicants, Chapter 30 Hadith No. 3380.]
Ask yourself which law would you trust more?
So, back to my point, Allah subhana wa’tala does not favour men over women nor women over men. I am not denying that some cultures and some “Muslim countries” do not follow Islam efficiently therefore there are oppressed women, prejudiced men and sometimes unfair treatment however, this is not Islam.
If you practice Islam right, no one can take that away from you.