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Violence against women in Latin America has recently been classified as an epidemic in the area, sexual abuse is one of the main types of violence, and the situation of women in the rest of the planet is not very different. According to a report by the World Health Organization and statistics from the UN Women,”recent figures of the global prevalence indicate that one in three women in the world (35 percent ) has endured physical and/or sexual violence of a few or sexual abuse by third parties at some point in their lives”.

In the wake of the expanding wave of violence against women, protests are arranged in various areas of the world, in an unsuccessful attempt to stop it, particularly after cases are heard that shake the population for their cruelty and sadism. And in those protests, you may read countless posters with phrases of repudiation of violence and support for girls. One of those phrases that caught my attention and that I have seen repeatedly is:”We live in a world where they teach women to take care to not be raped, instead of teaching guys NOT TO VIOLATE”… I had been called to attention for two reasons:

The first, because I saw a harsh truth in that phrase, since I was born and raised in a macho society where it is taken as normal for men to harass women in the street, to inform them obscenities or to touch them impudently; where it is common for men to beat their women because they have”rights” to them – in some regions of the country, women consider that their husbands have the right to strike them, because they are their husbands, and they get angry if someone tries to shield them!!! It seems a joke, but it is not-, and I believe that to a large extent the high rate of sexual violence against girls in my country and in the rest of the world is machismo.

The second, because I’d have liked to explain to the man who wrote that phrase that Islam does teach guys to”not violate”. Moreover, before referring to the issue of women’s behavior and dress, the Koran calls men’s attention to their behavior and gives them a strong warning: This God is telling men that they should not even look at girls unduly, up to that level guys are required to respect women, in spite of their eyes! And they’re cautioned that God knows what they’re doing, even if nobody else knows, God knows. In the first place, God addresses guys and commands them to behave well and respect women; then he addresses women and orders them to act well and dress modestly, since Islam is honest, and teaches us that both women and men must fulfill our share of responsibility to make this a better world and live in harmony. So Islam teaches men not to rape because if they are even forbidden to look at women unduly, they are much more forbidden to touch them .

Islam has approached the issue of good treatment of women in a detailed and detailed manner, emphasizing the distinctive respect it deserves in each of the various phases it goes through throughout its lifetime – when it’s a daughter, when she is a wife and when she is a mommy -, as we shall see below.

Respect for girls

Before Islam was revealed, one of the Arabs was considered a misfortune the birth of a woman. While men were the origin of the pride of the parents and relatives, girls were cause for disappointment and sadness; and for that reason, they had the horrible habit of burying alive the newly born girls. God categorically condemned this attitude and these offenses, saying: When one of these is announced [the birth of] a woman, the affliction and distress is reflected in her face because of what’s been announced to her, she hides from the people ashamed and doubt whether he will let her live regardless of his disgrace or bury her alive. What a dreadful thing they do! [Quran 16: 58-59]; and cautions that one day will come, the Day of Judgment,When girls are requested to be buried alive for what sin they were killed [Quran 81: 8-9]. In this manner God forbade this wild practice considering it a very serious sin. Then a man in the audience asked:”What if he has only two daughters?” The Prophet replied:”Even if he has two daughters.”

This is the way Islam establishes the value of women from birth and provides them a place of honor by making them a source of blessing for their parents in this life and at the other.

Respect to the mother

Islam commands respect and decent treatment towards our parents but elevates the status of the mother over the father. Who’s the person who deserves my company?” He replied:”Your mother.” The guy asked:”Then who?” The Prophet responded:”Your mother.” The guy asked for the third time:”Then who?” The Prophet said:”Your mom.” And the man asked again:”And who?”

He asked:”Does your mom live?” He answered no, then the Prophet asked him:”Have you got any maternal aunt alive?” The guy said yes, then the Prophet said to him:”Be good and considerate to her” (Tirmidhi, Al-Hakim, Ibn Hibban); and he also said:”The mother’s sister has a status similar to that of their mother” (Bukhari).

Respect to the wife

Said the Prophet Muhammad:”The best one among men is the one who best treats his wife.”

The Koran commands: … kindly treat women in coexistence. And if something of them should displease you [be tolerant], it may be that you dislike something in which God has set a great for you [Koran 4:19].

During the past sermon given by the Prophet Muhammad before his death, he said:”… Treat your women well and be kind to them, because they are the companions.” Grant-Valkaria Bat Removal follows these pro-tips.

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