Islam and Women
If you think Muhammad was tough on Muslim women then you should learn what he taught about non-Muslim women.
Muhammad said, "I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were women." They asked, "Why is it so, O Allah's Apostle?" He replied, "You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you." - Hadith, Sahih Bukhari: Vol. 1:28
That's right, Muhammad said women go to hell because they are spiteful bitches that are ungrateful to their husbands. He explains that if perfect husbands only make one mistake in their life then their wives forget the countless good things he's done because women are the stupidest things he's ever seen.
"And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women. - Quran (2:282)
Allah decrees it takes two women to make one good witness because one of them might remember correctly and persuade the other. These days there are many Muslim apologists trying to explain away the obvious and interpret Muhammad's teaching about women in a positive way. Good for them. I hope their interpretation of Islam becomes the accepted one but so far the common-sense view of these teachings have been accepted by Muslims for nearly 1200 years. Did Muhammad actually really know any women? I suppose if Allah demands a woman should go to hell for complaining about a husband then they really would be very, very stupid to do so.
Women are right up there with dogs and donkeys when it comes to messing up Muslim prayers though personally I don't see the connection:
"Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)." Bukhari (1:490)
Unfortunately Muslim rules about male-female relationships were created by Muhammad, an old man with a harem of wives whom he did not attract in the usual ways and so those rules are completely unnatural. Muhammad was an old man, sexually fearful because he could not satisfy the large number of his wives and slave-girls. He sees their sexual dissatisfaction as insatiability and demands they hide their appearance and imprison their bodies to protect himself from cuckoldry, that most humiliating state for a Muslim man. So young Muslim men cannot meet their sexual and emotional needs in the natural way of young people because the rules of female social life were created for and by an old man with a harem.
But Muhammad is a warlord and cannot appear to be impotent so he has to boast about his sexual powers to keep up appearances in front of the men.
… The apostle of Allah said, "Gabriel brought a kettle from which I ate and I was given the power of sexual intercourse to forty men."
…The apostle of Allah was given the power to equal to that of forty men and the people of paradise will be given the power equal to eighty men. - Ibn Sad's "Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir" volume 1, pages 438-39
As always the ladies have the last say though you have to read between the lines of Aisha's hadith reported after Muhammad died:
Magic was worked on Allah's Apostle so that he used to think that he had sexual relations with his wives while he actually had not - Bukhari Book 7 Volume 71 Hadith 660
Guillaume notes that one Muslim scholar says that the spell lasted for an entire year … at least
The Quran specifies the relationship between men and women:
Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great. Quran (4:34)
Muhammad was a vicious warlord who was able to control the refractory tribes of Arabia but even he couldn't control his own wives and yearned for better ones.
It may be, if he divorced you all, that Allah would give him in return wives much better than you, who are submissive, who are truly faithful, devout, repentant, who worship and are willing to travel and fast, whether previously married or not. - Quran (66:5)
There are different rules that apply to non-Muslim women. Allah clearly gives Muslim men the right to possess women captured during a time of war (jihad) with infidels [non-Muslims]. Allah reveals this to Muhammad in the Quran:
O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war - Quran (33: 50)
Egyptian Imam, Sheikh Abu-Ishaq Huwayni further explains how this applies to Muslim jihadists in today's world.
In every war there is a winner and a loser. If we win and invade … If we are the winners then it is only natural for us to impose the rules of Islam on the country we invaded. According to the rules of Islam, all the people in that country become booty and prisoners of war: the women, the men, the children, the money, the homes, the fields … All of these become the property of the Islamic State. What is the fate of the prisoners of war according to the shari'a? Since they consitute booty they should be divided among the mujahideen. According to the hadith, the law states that anyone who did not participate in the raid does not get a share of the booty. This is well known. If you didn't participate in the Jihad, you don't get to share the booty.
As soon as this system is in place, there has to be a slave market, where you can sell, slaves, slavegirls and children. Each of these "heads" comes with a price. Let's say I am entitled to five "heads." I don't need any of them but could use a little cash. Am I supposed to hang them just to get rid of them? No, you can sell them in the market. Well in order for me to be able to sell them there has to be a market. Then the haggling begins: How much would you pay for this one? And for that one? The buyer says: 300. I say: No, let's make it 314. Eventually, he buys them. He takes them and leaves.
Both the Sheik, Ms Suad and, no doubt, thousands of other Muslim clerics give clear and logical arguments. It's only that their theology is so disgusting.