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Men have the Right or the Responsibility?

by | Jun 13, 2021

This might be the most contested area towards Islam altogether: Men have authority over women.

Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard…

Surah An-Nisa (4 – 34)

Depending on how you see this; it can be taken as a right for men or a burden upon them. If you have a worldly view and see this as injustice, you are absolutely right. If you believe in a day of judgment, that all you do will be recompensed in a due manner, then you are understating the burden of this responsibility. I hate to do this, but I’m actually going to quote Spiderman by saying: “With great power comes great responsibility”. That is true in any sphere, from a world leader to the head of the household.

The fact that the man has the last say in most decisions does not make the woman any less important in the decision-making. The prophet Muhammad used to seek counsel from his wives, they used to give him advice and he would take it into consideration and most often even act on it. Ideas and intelligence are surely not limited to men. Believe me, men do a lot of dumb stuff, and it is often the women that bring back the pendulum… a lot of really dumb stuff!

The main problem is that we try to compare men to women; why do we have to do this? It is like comparing apples to oranges; you just don’t. Men and women are meant to be a couple, not adversaries, competitors, or opponents. They complete each other in marriage to form a household. Unfortunately, this sacred union is more and more scarce nowadays, where marriage has taken a back seat to be replaced with unions of convenience.

Just for the sake of argument; yes, a woman can do the same work as a man and even better!!! Now that we have put that to rest; you still see women trying to compare themselves to men… to be like men. They change their attitude, their style, their way of thinking to act like a man to seem credible in a position of authority in the workplace, in politics, in war…

All this is from the mindset that is transmitted to women, that men have more rights rather than men have more responsibilities. This may be true in western societies because of a lack of accountability in this world; but in Islam, men have the burden of responsibility and not privilege since it is Allah that will judge them in the hereafter on that field.

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)


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