Islam is a strict religion. But do not forget that its founder, the Prophet Muhammad, lived at a time when slavery, drunkenness and promiscuous sexual relations flourished, which led to the degeneration of the Arab tribes.
So, the strict rules of Islam became a pillar for a society of a new type, which to this day strictly observes its laws.
These are the main traditions of the relationship between a man and a woman in Islam.
1. A man and a woman cannot communicate freely!
Meetings and conversations of heterosexual company for the sake of pleasure are prohibited.
Communication between a man and a woman is possible only if it pursues important and legitimate goals, that is, it occurs within the framework of a work, professional or educational need.
A sympathy has arisen between the young man and the girl, which can develop into something more? Okay, but let their meetings take place under the supervision of their elders, so that everything is decent, modest, without flirting and, therefore, without unnecessary temptations.
What did Muhammad say about this?
“One who believes in Allah should not be alone with a woman except in the presence of her mahram. [мужчина из числа ближайших родственников женщины. — Примеч. ред.]for satan will be the third“.
2. A woman must ascend to the marriage bed as a virgin
Islam mandates a man to be extremely delicate with his virgin wife, taking care of her psychological and physical well-being.
This rather harsh law has only one relaxation: a Muslim can marry a woman (and more than one) who was previously married. It is known that Muhammad himself did this when he married widows to give them protection and patronage.
3. Modesty, humility, and again humility
Islam initially tried to curb the powerful energy of sexuality, which is able to subdue a person and control his life. It is believed that sexual attraction, not limited by strict laws, will certainly go beyond what is permissible and wreak havoc in the community.
Hence, there are different departments for men and women in public transport, colleges, schools, mosques, hospitals, and even in homes.
Houses, by the way, are often built in such a way that a male visitor never intersects with women living in their own half – and vice versa.
4. A Muslim woman should dress extremely restrained and strict.
In some countries of the East, this is the niqab and abaya, hiding both the figure and the face; somewhere a woman is limited to a hijab and a dress with long sleeves and a hem. The bottom line is: in front of strangers, on the street, a Muslim woman should be dressed so as not to arouse sexual desire in men. By this, she shows that she should be appreciated for her character, good deeds and to see in her a person, and not a sexual object.
A respectable Muslim woman, dressed femininely and modestly, deserves every respect.
At the same time, Islam encourages a woman to decorate herself when she is at home, because her beauty is for her husband! She can also do this in the company of other Muslim women. Expensive jewelry (which her husband regularly gives her), exquisite outfits, cosmetics – all this is readily worn at home.
So, the status of a woman in Islam is determined not by her external attractiveness and active participation in the affairs of society on an equal basis with a man, but by piety, personal qualities and the desire to preserve her sexuality and charm for the only one with whom she is married.