Today many people tend to believe that Islam tolerates or even welcomes brutal attitude to women. Indeed, in many countries and families there are certain negative trends which favour such opinion to strike root. It should be mentioned however that such behaviour of some Muslims does not mean whole Islam is so, and it is surely not the way Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) established in his times.
Here it is appropriate to refer to the words once said by the Prophet (peace be upon him):
Paradise is under the feet of mothers.
Doesn’t this evidence respect to the generative, life-giving feminine principle? Surah An-Nisa [4:19-21, 26] of the Holy Quran says:
O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them – perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good.
But if you want to replace one wife with another and you have given one of them a great amount [in gifts], do not take [back] from it anything. Would you take it in injustice and manifest sin? And how could you take it while you have gone in unto each other and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?
Allah wants to make clear to you [the lawful from the unlawful] and guide you to the [good] practices of those before you and to accept your repentance. And Allah is Knowing and Wise.
The same Surah [4:128-130]furthersays that good attitude to women is pleasing to the Almighty:
And if a woman fears from her husband contempt or evasion, there is no sin upon them if they make terms of settlement between them – and settlement is best. And present in [human] souls is stinginess. But if you do good and fear Allah – then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.
And you will never be able to be equal [in feeling] between wives, even if you should strive [to do so]. So do not incline completely [toward one] and leave another hanging. And if you amend [your affairs] and fear Allah – then indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.
But if they separate [by divorce], Allah will enrich each [of them] from His abundance. And ever is Allah Encompassing and Wise.
The Quran contains numerous ayat with similar meaning, but there are also interesting words said by Igor Danilov (Imam Mahdi) in the Unity program: