Anti-Women Sharia Laws and Hadises – 42 Examples

Hasan Mahmud

  • It is better for women to pray at home than at the mosque. It is offensive for an attractive or young woman to come to the mosque to pray, though it is not offensive for women who are not young or attractive since this is unlikely to cause temptation (Shafi’i Law f12.4).
  • Women can visit mosques but must not wear perfume (Sunaan Abu Dawud 2.0565).
  • Wives must shave their pubic hair if their husband returns home at night after a long journey (Sahi Bukhari 7.62.173).
  • A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife (Sunaan Abu Dawud 2142).
  • If a woman is to prostrate to another person (besides Allah) it will be her husband (Sunaan Abu Dawud 2135).
  • If a woman abandons her husband’s bed for the night, then the angels curse her until morning (Shahih Muslim 8.3366).
  • Regarding female circumcision, the Prophet said do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband. (Sunaan Abu Dawud 41.5251).
  • Female circumcision is obligatory (Shafi’I Law e4.3).
  • There is no maintenance allowance or lodging for the wife who has been given an irrevocable divorce (Shahih Muslim 3514 and 3530).
  • A divorced woman must marry another man and must have intercourse with him before she can remarry her former husband (Malik’s Muwatta 28.7.18).  
  • A woman can’t travel a day’s journey without her mahram (Shahih Muslim 7.3105).
  • Majority of women are in hell (Shahih Bukhari 1.6.301).
  • Women, slaves, and camels are the same; one must seek Allah's refuge from all these (Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2155).
  • A prayer is annulled by a passing woman, dog, and monkey (Shahih Bukhari 1.9.490).
  • Menstruation is a defect in women for they cannot fast and pray during their periods (Shahih Bukhari 3.31.172).
  • People ruled by a woman will never be successful (Shahih Bukhari 5.59.709).
  • Women should be beneath men on four things (Al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ Ulum al-Din, Vol. 2, 373).
  • A woman must keep her sexual organs ready for service at all times (Ibid 7, Vol. 1, 235).
  • Women are half devils (Ibid, Vol. 2, 367).
  • Never walk behind a woman. Said ibn Jubayr said, “Temptation came to David (peace be upon him) merely through a glance. Therefore, he told his son (Solomon) (peace be upon him): “O my son! Walk behind a lion or a black cobra, but never walk behind a woman” (Ibid, Vol. 2, 370).
  • A woman is like a rib; that is why she has the crookedness (Shahih Bukhari 7.62.113).
  • Women, houses and horses are evil omens (Shahih Bukhari 7.62.30).
  • Nothing is more harmful to men than women (Shahih Bukhari 7.62.33).
  • Devil advances and retires in the shape of a woman; so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife and have intercourse with her (Shahih Muslim 8.3240).
  • The house, the wife, and the horse are bad luck (Shahih Muslim 26.5523).
  • Women are more harmful to men than anything else (Shahih Muslim 36.6603).
  • Muhammad has no concern for a woman who cries loudly, shaves her hair, and tears her clothes in bereavement (Shahih Muslim 1.0187, 0188).
  • Because of Eve, women are unfaithful towards their husbands (Shahih Muslim 8.3471).
  • Can’t tell a wife secrets, amount of property, etc. no musical instruments for her.[1]
  • A woman should beg a man not to divorce her (Shahih Bukhari 7.62.134).
  • Marriage gives the man the right to enjoy a woman's private parts (Shahih Bukhari 7.62.81).
  • Wife can’t leave home (Shafi’i Law m10.4)
  • If a woman claims to be having her period but her husband does not believe her, it is lawful for him to have sexual intercourse with her (Shafi’i Law e.13.5).
  • The husband is not obliged (but rather is recommended) to pay for his wife’s cosmetics, doctors fees, the purchase of medicine for her, and similar expenses (Shafi’i Law m11.4)
  • Support of a divorced wife is for 3 months (Shafi’i Law 10)
  • No reason is required to divorce one’s wife or wives.[2]
  • It is recommended for a woman to wear a covering over her head (khimar), a full-length shift, and a heavy slip under it that doesn’t cling to the body. (Shafi’I Law f5.6)
  • Most scholars (except for some Hanafis, as at m2.8 below) have been recorded as holding that it is unlawful for women to leave the house with faces unveiled, whether or not there is likelihood of temptation. It is unlawful for women to be alone with a marriageable man (Shafi’i Law m2.3)
  • Some Jihadis had sex with the captive women in the presence of their husbands and some were reluctant to do so (Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2150).
  • One can have sexual intercourse with a captive woman after she is clear of her period and/or delivery. If she has a husband, then her marriage is abrogated after she becomes a captive (Shahih Muslim 8.3432).
  • Ali had sex with booty captive women (Shahih Bukhari 5.59.637).
  • Some Jihadis practiced coitus interruption with captive women (Shahih Bukhari 7.62.137).  

[1] T.P Hughes, A Dictionary of Islam 675 (1994).

[2] Many references including Dr. Abdur Rahman Doi, Sharia the Islamic Law - page173.