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Man as the Head of the Household

Auther : Islamweb.net
3944 2010/09/26 2023/03/22
some people believe that a woman in islam is regarded as inferior to man since allaah says (what means): {men have one degree above women.} [quran 2: 228]
in fact, to understand this quranic verse, you should see another one, related to the issue in question. it reveals the wisdom behind this concept.
allaah also says (what means): {men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because allaah has given the one more than the other and because men support them from their means.}[quran 4:34]
this verse implies that it is a man's duty to support his wife, and not the reverse, but this, in no way, makes him superior to her.
in fact, the rights and responsibilities of a woman are equal to those of a man but they are not necessarily identical. since men and women are not created identical, they have different physical and emotional qualities, jobs and privileges. this does not mean that women are inferior.

on the contrary, women are considered crucial members of society in islam since they are assigned the job of bringing up future generations. people today tend to look down at housewives but, in fact, raising children is one of the most important and difficult tasks. the way a mother brings up her child determines the way he will behave in the future. this duty, which requires patience, love, understanding and wisdom was significantly assigned to women in islam because her nature suits this job.
allaah the exalted, in his wisdom, has assigned a role for each member of the family so that there would be no arguments concerning who should do what. if a sailboat has two leaders, each will want to follow a path, leading ultimately to chaos and even a crash. in the same manner, how many times have your parents fought over some decision because each had their own point of view and wanted to apply it? this is precisely why it is preferable to have one leader for each household. however, this does not give the leader the right to be a dictator, or to neglect the role of his companion. this does not make him superior to other members of his family. it just gives him a larger duty.
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