Assalamu Alaikum.

As I mentioned in class, this is a very common question which many Muslim and non-Muslim women ask.

So, why exactly are the women not mentioned in the Quran as the men are? Well, this question was asked over 1400 years ago and Allah has already answered it so here goes:

Abdur Rahman ibn Shaibah said: ‘I heard Umm Salamah, the wife of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) saying: “I said to the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam): ‘Why is it that we (i.e. the women) are not mentioned in the Quran as the men are?’ ” She said: ” Then one day without my realising it, he was calling from the minbar (pulpit).” She said: “And I was combing my hair, so I tied my hair back, then I went out to my chamber in my house and I started listening out and he was saying from the minbar: ‘O people! Verily, Allah says in His book:

“Verily, the Muslim men and women, the believing men and women, the men and the women who are obedient (to Allah), the men and women who are truthful, the men and the women who are patient, the men and the women who are humble (before their Lord Allah), the men and the women who give Sadaqaat (i.e. Zakaah, and alms, etc.), the men and the women who observe Saum (fast), the men and the women who guard their chastity (from illegal sexual acts) and the men and the women who remember Allah much, Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise).” [Surah Al-Ahzab (33):35]’ “

[Musnad Ahmad, Hadeeth No. 26603. Shaikh Shuaib Al-Arnaut said that its isnaad (chain) was ‘saheeh’. This hadeeth is also mentioned in Tafsir ibn Kathir and you can read the explanation of this ayah (verse) here.]

So what’s the answer? Simple. It doesn’t matter whether the men are mentioned more than the women. Do the good deeds and you get the same reward.

I’d advise anyone who is asked this question to always direct the questioner to this hadeeth. Allah’s answer to this question is sufficient for us.

By the way, the ayah right after this one is:

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.” [Surah Al-Ahzab (33):36]