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Often a wrong picture is promoted about Islam showing that it distinguishes between women and men, and that women in Islam are oppressed and deprived of their rights. I am not talking about these stereotypes ideologies today, they are often associated with wrong applications. The curriculum is not responsible for people's errors. You and your neighbor may buy the same device and own the same catalogue, but you may read the settings accurately and maintain the safety of the device and it works efficiently. while he neglected in reading it relying on an imagined intelligence, or read it in a wrong way and ends up destroying it and maybe leads to disasters. The fault in this case, is not with the device or in the catalogue, but rather it's the way this person handled it.

If some treat a woman as an ordinary follower who has neither opinion nor decision, or that she has no talents or potentials, or that she is lesser in value than the man, then he is responsible for the imbalance of his behaviors, and Islam is not responsible for that. But today I want you to contemplate with me a wonderful meaning so that you will realize how Islam took care of the stature of the woman even in the most precise behaviors, and keen on her status and even in the hints and feelings.

During the pre-Islamic era, people used to congratulate the bride and groom by supplicating for them saying "bir-Riffa wal-banin", that is to say, in harmony and the birth of male children. This is how they used to specify supplications 'to give birth to boys without girls, in accordance with the culture that raised the status of the male child above the female child, they rejoice for the birth of a male child and grief for the birth of a female child. ALLAH had denounced such cultures and described it as a bad thing/sinful act, ALLAH the highest says in the Qur'an:

{وَإِذَا بُشِّرَ أَحَدُهُمْ بِالأُنثَى ظَلَّ وَجْهُهُ مُسْوَدًّا وَهُوَ كَظِيم * يَتَوَارَى مِنَ الْقَوْمِ مِن سُوءِ مَا بُشِّرَ بِهِ أَيُمْسِكُهُ عَلَى هُونٍ أَمْ يَدُسُّهُ فِي التُّرَابِ أَلاَ سَاء مَا يَحْكُمُون}[النحل:58 - 59].

{And when one of them is informed of (the birth of) a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief. ( 59 )   He hides himself from the people because of the ill of which he has been informed. Should he keep it in humiliation or bury it in the ground? Unquestionably, evil is what they decide}.[An-Nahl: 58-59].

But the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) warned about these congratulations, even though they were very common to them, and even though it appears to be a supplication for goodness, but because there is a hint in it that reduces status the female.

When Aqeel ibn Abi Talib married a woman they said to him: "With harmony and male children."He said to them: Don't say that, but say as the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said:

]اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَهُمْ وَبَارِكْ عَلَيْهِمْ[. رواه ابن ماجه (3/345) وغيره.

[Oh Allah bless it for them and bestow your blessings upon them]. Narrated by (Ibn Majah 3/345) and others.

Now let us contemplate on two issues:

1 - The forbidding of specifying prayers for boys and replacing it with praying for blessings. You neither know the good nor do you know where the blessings will be. therefore the issue is referred and delegated to Allah alone.

2 - The keenness of Islam even in the most acute meanings and behaviors to uproot the backward pre-Islamic ideology, which favors boys over girls, even in supplication.

Someone might say that supplication is a good work, in fact, it is a form of worship as it is reported in a correct hadeeth, and that people can supplicate for anything they want.

But our response to him is that all supplications are good unless there is an act of aggression in it, and being that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) warned against this type of supplication, there is a clear indication that it has an aggression in it. This type of supplication spreads out a culture that will be inherited by the coming generations that the female child is a scourge and not a provision, and that goodness only comes from males. Even in recent days, despite the excellences and achievements women have made, some people are still living in pre-Islamic era behaviors. their faces become dark and life becomes tight for them when provided with girls, they still pray for each other with the same ignorant supplication that has been forbidden by the prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

May Allah the all knowing give us the understanding of our Deen Islam.


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