Are men superior to women? What are the reasons for it?

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Are men superior to women? What are the reasons for it?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

When we dealt with the issue "Islam and Women" at the beginning, we actually showed the points about which women are equal to men. We should say here first that there is no verse or hadith in Islam showing that men are absolutely superior to women.

"... And is not the male like the female..." (Aal-i Imran, 3/36)

The verse above does not mean that men are superior.

"Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means...." (an-Nisa, 4/34)

The verse above does not indicate absolute superiority either. The phrase "because He made men superior to women..." is not used in the verse. That is, superiority is relative. The ability to manage was given to men. Women can be superior in another issue. If the woman did not have a heart full of compassion, the man would bring up his child like a robot. Women are superior in this issue. Besides, Allah states the following without discriminating between men and women: 

"... Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you..." (al-Hujurat, 49/13)

That is, women are equal to men as humans. Both of them were created from a single "nafs" (soul/person). (an-Nisa, 4/1) Their origin is the same. One of them was not created from a substance of high quality and the other of low quality.

If a woman does a bad deed, she obtains a sin and if she does a good deed, she obtains a thawab. If she says a prayer, Allah "answers" her. That is, women are not different from men in terms of going to Paradise or Hell. If she manages to do something in the world, she gains a profit; if she commits a crime, she is punished. If she has a shop, she does not have less profit because of being a woman; her salary or wages are not low because she is a woman. Contrarily, women are punished less severely than men regarding certain crimes.

Women are not behind but forward in some situations in terms of prestige and respect among people.

When a Companion asked, "Who is more entitled to be treated with the best way by me?", the Prophet (pbuh) said,"Your mother." The man asked twice more,"Who is next?" The Prophet answered twice,"Your mother." When the man asked for the fourth time,he said,"Your father." (Bukhari, Adab 2; Muslim, Birr 1)

I do not know what is the origin of the following statement but it is certain that it originates from a religious thought: "If one's father calls a person who is performing a prayer, his prayer is not invalidated but if his mother calls, his prayer is invalidated and it is necessary to answer her."

That is, there is no difference between women and men in terms of creation, being a slave of Allah, worshipping, praying, crime and punishment, that is, in servitude, respect and prestige, in brief, in being humans.

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