: Are women deficient in their intellect

Maria al-Qibtiyya
06-10-2013, 05:55 AM
Messenger of Allh said: I have not seen any one of deficient intellect and deen who is more destructive to the intelligence of a cautious man than you women."

Due to a weak understanding, women are unable to express themselves clearly when debating." (Tafseer-e-Uthmani pg. 652)

Oh yeah that's the reason most of times I fail to understand Deeni issues :
What is my fault?

Any ways Alhamdulillahi 'ala kull-e-haal.

But want to understand Deen. May Allah help. Amen.

06-10-2013, 07:01 AM

Here is fatwa of our beloved "Sheikh `Abdul-`Aziz Ibn Baz " Rahemaho Allah.

The Prophet, peace be and blessings upon him, explained that womens mental deficiency is reflected in their weak memory (A woman is overloaded by being a mother or a babysitter or pregnant. All these carriers are around the clock, because of what she is, she is always likely to forget more than a man who is devoted to one career only) , the fact that makes Shari`ah stipulate that a womans testimony must be corroborated by another woman.#

As for the shortcoming in religion, this stems from the fact that when menstruating or having post- partum bleeding, women neither pray nor fast, and they do not have to make up for their prayers.#

As we know, women have no hand in the obstacles that disrupt their religious performances. This is something divine, which reflects Almighty Allahs overflowing mercy on them, for it will be extremely hard for a woman to be tasked with religious obligation while she is having menstruation or post-partum bleeding. Thats why she is exempted from fasting or praying, as a sign of mercy on her. Also, they do not make up their prayers. This is because if they were ordered to make up their prayers, it would be extremely hard for them, given that prayers are performed five times a day. Menses may last for a number of days, up to seven or eight or more. Post-partum bleeding lasts for forty days. Itd be definitely hard for women to be obliged to make up the prayers missed while responding to the demands of nature.#

So, in the light of the above-mentioned facts, the Hadith does not have any indication of looking down upon women or considering them as inferior, especially when we know that some women excel men in many matters.
Yes, no one can deny the fact that a woman may perform many good deeds and exceed many men in virtue, morality, etc. Islamic history abounds with examples of great women who have made great contribution to the progress of mankind. This is very clear to anyone who is well informed about the status of women during the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and the early generations.#
In addition, the Hadith in question does not disqualify women from being narrators of Hadiths, and there is nothing that prevents a woman from being one of Allahs pious servants, if she is steadfast in her religion even with her being excused from fasting or praying during menstruation or post-partum bleeding