‘Best among you are those best to their families’

By ARAB NEWS

The Hadith: “The best among you are those best to their families (wife and children), and I am the best of you to my family,” underlines the importance of kind treatment toward women.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) elevated women to a dignified level unheard of in the world nearly 1.5 millennium ago. The Prophet wiped off all stigma attached to women by virtue of her gender and willed in his last sermon that women be treated with respect and kindness.

That was the Muslim society in its pristine form. The yawning gap between the time of the Prophet and the present time is sadly reflected in a report on the status of women in the present world prepared by the World Economic Forum in 2008. The report showed that mainly Muslim countries took the last positions in a list of 130 countries in terms of humanitarian treatment of women. While Yemen and Chad had the dubious distinction of coming at the end of the list, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan took positions right before them.

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