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What Qur'an Says About Women?
Compiled by Dr.Masood Tariq

Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: Women and sons;
Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence);
and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this
world's life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (To return to).

And in no wise covet those things in which Allah Hath bestowed His gifts More
freely on some of you than on others: To men is allotted what they earn, and
to women what they earn: But ask Allah of His bounty. For Allah hath full
knowledge of all things. [4:32]

>From what is left by parents and those nearest related there is a share for
men and a share for women, whether the property be small or large,-a
determinate share. [4:7]

Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children's (Inheritance): to the
male, a portion equal to that of two females; if only daughters, two or more,
their share is two-thirds of the inheritance; if only one, her share is a half.
For parents, a sixth share of the inheritance to each, if the deceased left
children; if no children, and the parents are the (only) heirs, the mother has a
third; if the deceased left brothers (or sisters) the mother has a sixth. The
distribution in all cases (is) after the payment of legacies and debts. Ye
know not whether your parents or your children are nearest to you in benefit.
These are settled portions ordained by Allah; and Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

They ask thee for a legal decision. Say: Allah directs (thus) about those who
leave no descendants or ascendants as heirs. If it is a man that dies,
leaving a sister but no child, she shall have half the inheritance: If (such a
deceased was) a woman, who left no child, Her brother takes her inheritance: If
there are two sisters, they shall have two-thirds of the inheritance (between
them): if there are brothers and sisters, (they share), the male having twice the
share of the female. Thus doth Allah make clear to you (His law), lest ye
err. And Allah hath knowledge of all things.  [4:176]

Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the
one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their
means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the
husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose
part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next),
refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to
obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High,
great (above you all). [4:34]

If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, Take the evidence of four
(Reliable) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine
them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some (other)
way. [4:15]

O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they
should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most
convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah
is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful. [33:59]

O Consorts of the Prophet! Ye are not like any of the (other) women: if ye do
fear ((Allah)), be not too complacent of speech, lest one in whose heart is a
disease should be moved with desire: but speak ye a speech (that is) just.

There is no blame (on these ladies if they appear) before their fathers or
their sons, their brothers, or their brother's sons, or their sisters' sons, or
their women, or the (slaves) whom their right hands possess. And, (ladies),
fear Allah. for Allah is Witness to all things. [33:55]

O Consorts of the Prophet! If any of you were guilty of evident unseemly
conduct, the Punishment would be doubled to her, and that is easy for Allah.
[33:30] But any of you that is devout in the service of God and His Apostle, and
works righteousness,- to her shall We grant her reward twice: and We have
prepared for her a generous Sustenance. [33:30]

Such elderly women as are past the prospect of marriage,- there is no blame
on them if they lay aside their (outer) garments, provided they make not a
wanton display of their beauty: but it is best for them to be modest: and Allah is
One Who sees and knows all things. [24:60]

And marry not women whom your fathers married,- except what is past: It was
shameful and odious,- an abominable custom indeed. [4:22]

O Prophet! When ye do divorce women, divorce them at their prescribed
periods, and count (accurately), their prescribed periods: And fear Allah your Lord:
and turn them not out of their houses, nor shall they (themselves) leave,
except in case they are guilty of some open lewdness, those are limits set by
Allah. and any who transgresses the limits of Allah, does verily wrong his (own)
soul: thou knowest not if perchance Allah will bring about thereafter some new
situation. [65:1]

O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single
person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like
seeds) countless men and women;- reverence Allah, through whom ye demand your
mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (That bore you): for Allah ever watches
over you. [4:1]

O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor
should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may Take away part of the dower ye
have given them,-except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the
contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a
dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and Allah brings about through
it a great deal of good. [4:19]

If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry
women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be
able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your
right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing
injustice. [4:3]

Ye are never able to be fair and just as between women, even if it is your
ardent desire: But turn not away (from a woman) altogether, so as to leave her
(as it were) hanging (in the air). If ye come to a friendly understanding, and
practise self- restraint, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. [4:129]

They ask thy instruction concerning the women say: Allah doth instruct you
about them: And (remember) what hath been rehearsed unto you in the Book,
concerning the orphans of women to whom ye give not the portions prescribed, and yet
whom ye desire to marry, as also concerning the children who are weak and
oppressed: that ye stand firm for justice to orphans. There is not a good deed
which ye do, but Allah is well-acquainted therewith. [4:127]

Would ye really approach men in your lusts rather than women? Nay, ye are a
people (grossly) ignorant! [27:55]

"For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women : ye are indeed a
people transgressing beyond bounds." [7:81]

Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye
will; but do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah. And know
that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these) good tidings to
those who believe. [2:223]

There is no blame on you if ye make an offer of betrothal or hold it in your
hearts. Allah knows that ye cherish them in your hearts: But do not make a
secret contract with them except in terms Honourable, nor resolve on the tie of
marriage till the term prescribed is fulfilled. And know that Allah Knoweth
what is in your hearts, and take heed of Him; and know that Allah is
Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing. [2:235]

And give the women (on marriage) their dower as a free gift; but if they, of
their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, Take it and enjoy it
with right good cheer. [4:4]

There is no blame on you if ye divorce women before consummation or the
fixation of their dower; but bestow on them (A suitable gift), the wealthy
according to his means, and the poor according to his means;- A gift of a reasonable
amount is due from those who wish to do the right thing. [2:236]

It is not lawful for thee (to marry more) women after this, nor to change
them for (other) wives, even though their beauty attract thee, except any thy
right hand should possess (as handmaidens): and Allah doth watch over all things.

Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right
hands possess: Thus hath Allah ordained (Prohibitions) against you: Except for
these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts
from your property,- desiring chastity, not lust, seeing that ye derive benefit
from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a
dower is prescribed, agree Mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and
Allah is All-knowing, All-wise. [4:24]

When ye divorce women, and they fulfil the term of their ('Iddat), either
take them back on equitable terms or set them free on equitable terms; but do not
take them back to injure them, (or) to take undue advantage; if any one does
that; He wrongs his own soul. Do not treat Allah's Signs as a jest, but
solemnly rehearse Allah's favours on you, and the fact that He sent down to you the
Book and Wisdom, for your instruction. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is
well acquainted with all things. [2:231]

When ye divorce women, and they fulfil the term of their ('Iddat), do not
prevent them from marrying their (former) husbands, if they mutually agree on
equitable terms. This instruction is for all amongst you, who believe in Allah
and the Last Day. That is (the course Making for) most virtue and purity amongst
you and Allah knows, and ye know not. [2:232]

Such of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the
prescribed period, if ye have any doubts, is three months, and for those who
have no courses (it is the same): for those who carry (life within their wombs),
their period is until they deliver their burdens: and for those who fear
Allah, He will make their path easy. [65:4]

They ask thee concerning women's courses. Say: They are a hurt and a
pollution: So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until
they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, ye may approach them in
any manner, time, or place ordained for you by Allah. For Allah loves those
who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and
clean. [2:222]

If any men among you divorce their wives by Zihar (calling them mothers),
they cannot be their mothers: None can be their mothers except those who gave
them birth. And in fact they use words (both) iniquitous and false: but truly
Allah is one that blots out (sins), and forgives (again and again). [58:2]

But those who divorce their wives by Zihar, then wish to go back on the words
they uttered,- (It is ordained that such a one) should free a slave before
they touch each other: Thus are ye admonished to perform: and Allah is
well-acquainted with (all) that ye do. [58:3]

For those who take an oath for abstention from their wives, a waiting for
four months is ordained; if then they return, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most
Merciful. [2:226]

O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that
the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others:
It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be
sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames:
Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed:
And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong. [49:11]

Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee-
chosen thee above the women of all nations. [3:42]

And remember, We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: They set you hard
tasks and punishments, slaughtered your sons and let your women-folk live;
therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord. [2:49]

Truly Pharaoh elated himself in the land and broke up its people into
sections, depressing a small group among them: their sons he slew, but he kept alive
their females: for he was indeed a maker of mischief. [28:4]

Remember! Moses said to his people: "Call to mind the favour of Allah to you
when He delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: they set you hard tasks and
punishments, slaughtered your sons, and let your women-folk live: therein was
a tremendous trial from your Lord." [14:6]

Said the chiefs of Pharaoh's people: "Wilt thou leave Moses and his people,
to spread mischief in the land, and to abandon thee and thy gods?" He said:
"Their male children will we slay; (only) their females will we save alive; and
we have over them (power) irresistible." [7:127]

And remember We rescued you from Pharaoh's people, who afflicted you with the
worst of penalties, who slew your male children and saved alive your females:
in that was a momentous trial from your Lord. [7:141]

Now, when he came to them in Truth, from Us, they said, "Slay the sons of
those who believe with him, and keep alive their females," but the plots of
Unbelievers (end) in nothing but errors (and delusions)!... [40:25]

And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being
weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is:
"Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for
us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will
help!" [4:75]

Except those who are (really) weak and oppressed - men, women, and children -
who have no means in their power, nor (a guide-post) to their way. [4:98]

If any one disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full) knowledge Hath
come to thee, say: "Come! let us gather together,- our sons and your sons,
our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves: Then let us earnestly pray,
and invoke the curse of Allah on those who lie!" [3:61]





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