5 Examples Prophet Muhammad was a Feminist

Artist: John Singer Sargent

  1. He called for the end of female infanticide which was common in 7th century Arabia

    Arab society in pre-Islamic times – which is also called the jahiliyyah (the times of ignorance) - was marked with chaos and tribalism. The strong exploited the weak, and it was common for infant girls to be buried alive, as females were regarded as inferior to males. Arabians at this time also regarded baby girls as a sign of dishonour. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) sought to eradicate the practice of female infanticide.

    Allah (SWT) revealed to him the following when he became a prophet:

    “When news is brought to one of them, of [the birth of] a female [child], his face darkens, and he is filled with inward grief! With shame does he hide himself from his people, because of the bad news he has received! Shall he keep this [child] despite the contempt [which he feels for it] or shall he bury it in the dust? Oh, evil is indeed whatever they decide!" - The Quran (16:58-59)

  2. He married businesswoman Khadija bint Khuwaylid and sought comfort in her 

    You may have heard of their love story before: Prophet Muhammad married Khadija bint Khuwaylid, a forty-year-old wealthy businesswoman. He did not feel threatened by her wealth or by the fact that she was much older than him, who was in the twenties at the time.

    He found solace and comfort in the strength and kindness of Khadija. In fact, when the angel Gabriel revealed himself to Muhammad in the cave of Hira where he was meditating, he was so shocked that he ran home to Khadija, who comforted him. She became the first woman to embrace Islam.

  3. He performed house chores 

    Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did not feel that he was above performing house chores and gladly did his share.

    Aisha bint Abī Bakr (his wife after the demise of Khadija) was asked, “What did the Prophet (pbuh) use to do in his house?”

    Her reply: “He did what one of you would do in his house. He mended sandals and patched garments and sewed.” In another hadith, she said, “Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) milked his goat.”

  4. He was a great family man

    Aisha bint Abī Bakr is also reported to have said: “The prophet used to keep himself busy serving his family (كَانَ يَكُونُ فِي مِهْنَةِ أَهْلِهِ) and when it was the time for prayer he would go for it.”

  5. He forbade violence against women and treated his wives and daughters with loving care

    According to history, Prophet Muhammad frequently advised Muslim men to treat their wives and daughters with love and respect, saying: "You have rights over your women, and your women have rights over you."

    He also said: "Heaven lies at the feet of mothers."

    He was also the father of four daughters - Fatimah, Ruqayyah, Zainab and Umm Kulthum – and was reported to have said that if their daughters spoke well of them on the Day of Judgment, men would enter paradise.



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