Hinduism reeks of anomalies. This is a direct result of its polytheistic nature.
A Hindu is divided between his own natural feeling and the shenanigans of the thousands of gods he reads about and is taught by the scriptures of his religion. The Hindu scriptures contain myths upon myths that simply cannot be used by a normal person for guidance and enlightenment. Implementing the myths in the Hindu scriptures has left people distraught and depressed.
The description of women – as a class – in Hindu scriptures is, quite frankly, nauseating. The Hindu scriptures insult women in the most vulgar terms. Now, how does a common Hindu use texts like the ones below in order to live nicely with his mother, wife, sister, daughter and aunt?
Mahabharata 13.40 “Bhishma said, ‘It is even so as thou sayest, O thou of mighty arms. There is nothing untrue in all this that thou sayest, O thou of Kuru’s race, on the subject of women.
“In this connection I shall recite to thee the old history of how in days of yore the high-souled Vipula had succeeded in restraining women within the bounds laid down for them. I shall also tell thee, O king, how women were created by the Grandsire Brahman and the object for which they were created by Him.
“There is no creature more sinful, O son, than women. Woman is a blazing fire. She is the illusion, O king, which the Daitya Maya created. She is the sharp edge of the razor. She is poison. She is a snake. She is fire. She is, verily, all these united together.
“It has been heard by us that all persons of the human race are characterized by righteousness, and that they, in course of natural progress and improvement, attain to the status of deities. This circumstance alarmed the deities. They, therefore, O chastiser of foes, assembled together and repaired to the presence of the Grandsire. Informing Him of what was in their minds, they stood silent in his presence, with downcast eyes.
“The puissant Grand sire having ascertained what was in the hearts of the deities, created women, with the aid of an Atharvan rite. In a former creation, O son of Kunti, women were all virtuous. Those, however, that sprang from this creation by Brahman with the aid of an illusion became sinful. The grandsire bestowed upon them the desire of enjoyment, all kinds of carnal pleasure. Tempted by the desire of enjoyment, they began to pursue persons of the other sex. The puissant lord of the deities created Wrath as the companion of Lust. Persons of the male sex, yielding to the power of Lust and Wrath, sought the companionship of women. Women have no especial acts prescribed for them. Even this is the ordinance that was laid down. The Sruti declares that women are endued with senses the most powerful, that they have no scriptures to follow, and that they are living lies.”
In another Hindu scripture:
Srimad Bhagavatam 9.14. 36-38 “Urvasi said: My dear King, you are a man, a hero. Don’t be impatient and give up your life. Be sober and don’t allow the senses to overcome you like foxes. Don’t let the foxes eat you. In other words, you should not be controlled by your senses. Rather, you should know that the heart of a woman is like that of a fox. There is no use making friendship with women. Women as a class are merciless and cunning. They cannot tolerate even a slight offense. For their own pleasure they can do anything irreligious, and therefore they do not fear killing even a faithful husband or brother. Women are very easily seduced by men…”
Islam and Women
When we contrast this with the teachings of Islam, we find a complete different picture. In Islam we are taught that the creation of a female partner is from the signs of the greatness of Allah Ta’ala. Moreover, a man is encouraged to look after and care for his mother, wife, daughter, sister and aunt very clearly in the blessed teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Allah Ta’ala says in the Noble Qur’an:
‘And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.’
Abu Huraira radiyallahu ‘anhu reported that a person came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and said:
Who among the people is most deserving of fine treatment from me? He said: Your mother. He said: Then who (is the next one)? He said: your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you). He said: Then who (is the next one)? The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: your mother. He said: Then who? Thereupon he said: Then it is your father. [Sahih Muslim]
Abdullah Ibn Abbas radiyallahu ‘anhu reports that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “If anyone has a female child, and does not bury her alive, or slight her, or prefer his male children to her, Allah will enter him into Paradise. [Musnad Ahmad]
Abu Huraira radiyallahu ‘anhu narrated that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
“The most complete of the believers in faith, is the one with the best character. And the best of you are those who are best to their women.” [Tirmidhi]
Abu Sa’id Khudri radiyallahu ‘anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
“There is not one of you with three daughters or three sisters, or two daughters or two sisters, fearing Allah regarding them and treating them in the best manner, but that he will enter paradise.” [Musnad Ahmad]
Ibn ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anhu reports that a man came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and said:
“O Messenger of Allah, I have committed a grave sin; can I repent? He said: “Do you have a mother?” He said: No. He said: “Do you have a maternal aunt?” He said: Yes. He said: “Then treat her kindly.” [Tirmidhi]
The Noble Qur’an and Hadith do not contain any of the filthy and vile descriptions of women like in Hinduism. The difference is as clear as daylight. It is probably because of this status quo that women in the Muslim world do not face such a barrage of abuse and rape like in the Hindu world.