this is regarding the status and role of women in islam
A CALL FROM THE MASJID UL HARAM TO THE MUSLIM WOMEN OF THE WORLD!
SHEIKH ABDUL RAHMAN AL SUDAIS.
All praise is due to Allah, May peace and blessing be upon Muhammed SAW and his house hold...
My Muslim sisters, you will never be able to reach the perfection that you desire, you wont be able to regain the lost glory of your past, or achieve your highest rank and position unless you follow the teachings of Islam and unless you stop at the boundaries and limits of the Sharia. This will make your heart love and appreciate the good qualities and will keep you away from bad and evil qualities.
SO STAY AT YOUR HOMES. By Allah you will be praised, you will please your household and make your home happy, you will perfect your hijab, you will perfect your chastity, relieve others and you will make yourself happy and comfortable.
Allah says "Oh Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters, and the owmen of the believers to draw their cloaks all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is ever oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." (Surah AL-Ahzab )
So with Islam you are a protected jewel, but without it you are a doll in the hands of the wrongdoers; a mere object of amusement and merchandise of trade in the hands of human wolves who will destroy your chastity, your honour and your dignity, and then throw you and disregard you as one does with a date fruit and its seed.
so whenever a woman abandons the teachings of Islam and neglects the proper islamic dress and takes easy the matter of hijab, exposing herself to men (by) walking among them and wearing perfume, her dignity and honour vanishes and her brightness disappears, and her modesty dwindles and she becomes a source of fitnah (temptation and trial) for others and the `evils` embrace her.
Therefore, oh Muslims woman, who cherishes and holds unto the honour of Islam (and is proud of the honour of Islam) and Oh Free, honourable chaste, and protected woman, you are the best successor of the best past generation of the Muslims. Hold fast unto the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammed :saa:
Beware of the hands of the wicked plotters and the jealous eyes, and people with bad character and evil souls, who want to lower you from the highness of your esteemed position and dignity, and lower you from your glory of higher rank, and take you out from the circle of your happiness.
And beware of the deception and defeat before the open war between hijab and sufoor (revealing beauty), and between chastity and liberalism.
The enemies of Islam among the jews and their followers are upset and sleepless over the fact that the Muslim woman is honourable, dignified and protected, so they put her under the spotlight, trap her in nets and shoot with their arrows. Moreover it is strange that some people from our skin and who speak our language follow them and spread their ideas and fulfill their aims and wage in intellectual and cultural war against our Muslims sisters, who are the moisture of our faces, through the alluring and decieving slogans and charming articles here and there.
Thus they falsely and decivelingly call to her freedom of the women and ask, and push, her to work, to coming out of her home. They spread rumors about Muslim women saying: "...The conservative Muslim society (the real one indeed, The Muslim society can only be conservative) is that which half of it does nothing and breathes only from one lung" and "how can a Muslim woman stay prisoner at home between four walls" and other misleading slogans.
They want freedom for the women, but in reality they want to free her from her character and ettiquete and to strip her from her principles, dignity and honour, and lead her into evil and corruption. They want her to be a fashion model and an item for sale to the naive and simple minded (assuthajj wal busataa).
Who is then left to the well being of homes, to the happiness of family, to raise and educate children?
How many young women get trapped and how much tragedy happens when the hijab is destroyed and the jilbab (outer garment) is taken off and the `wolves` (wicked men) devour the women? such is as a result of sufoor and mingling with men in jobs, schools, and market places.
Isnt it enough reminder what societies, who did not practice the teching of Islam, fell into in terms of indecency, evils and desappereance in values when they neglected and ignored the matter of the woman? As a result of that there are now repeated calls in these societies asking for the return of a woman to her protected fort; her home.
Would any man with the slightest bit of honour and manhood be content to see his wife become a `pasturage` of the eyes of wicked men and to become ` a serving on the dining table`? the current condition of some societies is a witness that when a woman goes out of her home, it is a sign of destruction, loss, corruption, and spread of mischief and indecnecy in society.
Therefore to all our Muslim Sister in the east and in the west of the Muslim world, I call upon you from this Holy and Pure land , Makkah, to hold fast to the Quran and to bite unto the sunnah of the Messenger :saa: with the front teeth and to follow the teachings of Islam and its ettiquete.
And to the women organisations all over the world, beware of the stupidity and bad results of the disobidience of the women to the guidance of Islam. Beware of being tempted by the flashing slogans and poisoned publicity agaisnt the character of the woman and her principles.
And to the responsible people for the Muslim child in her education and care, I call upon you to fear Allah SWT and to fulfill your duty towards her while taking care of her belief, eduacational and ethical aspects.
A clear limit and divider must be set against indecency, wicked movies and naked pictures that destroy honour and virtue and that develop dayathaa (absense of honor and manhood to the point where a man does not care about the females of his family in terms of wha other men may do with them) and indecency.
As to the guardians of women, fathers and husbands, i remind them of their qawaamah (protection and maintenance) of women according to what Allah SWT said: `Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has made one of them excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allah and to their husbands), and guard in their husbands absense what Allah orders them to guard. As to those women on whose part you will see ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful), but if they return to obedience seek not agianst them means (of annoyance) Surely Allah is ever Most High, Most Great. (Surah An-Nisa)
So they have to fear Allah and save themselves and their children from punishment of Allah by raising and educating them according to the teachings of Islam, and they should be warned from being loose and neglectfulin this matter. I call on their honour towards their women and their manhood in order to preserve the honour and to protect their mahram women, in addition to protecting their values, principles and characters.
So, O wise people, take a lesson, and be aware and dont be decived for the successful is one who is reminded through the mistakes of others, and know that the ummah has reached this sad state and crisis only after it was hit in its system of life and when it neglected the appropriate education and upbringing of its women. And remember that the trustworthy and the Trusted Prophet SAW said:
' i havent left behind me a fitnah more harmful to men than women (when they go astray from the guidance of Islam)' [Bukhari and Muslim.]