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Submitted by The Scholar (United States), Nov 15, 2005 at 00:16


Hind Bint Otba never led a war against anybody, as a matter of fact, in the history of Arabic tribes prior to Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) I have never heard of an incident where women lead wars. In general, women were highly oppressed. The confusion might arise from the fact that she was married to one of Quraish's leaders (Abou Sufyan). Do you actually believe that tribal women in that period had any rights? I advise you to revise your references!

When Islam freed women, he did this by giving them political and financial freedom. In Islam women were allowed to express their opinions, and they participated and had a say in a number of Prophet Mohamed's treaties. For example, the Prophet asked for women to be represented in the delegation that came from Medina to invite him to move there. In Islam women have the right to inherit, control their own fortunes and they are not responsible for any spending on the household (men have to fully cater for all the needs of the household even if their wives are richer than they are). Islam also bans women from changing their names and taking that of the husbands.

Aysha carried hundreds of Prophet Mohamed's teachings (Hadith) and moved them to the following generations, and I view this as her greatest achievement.

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