It is wide view especially in west, US that Islam undermine the rights and image of woman and in Islam woman are as second class citizen.
This post discuss such stereotype and I will try to shed light.
First it should be clear that teaching of Religion Islam about woman is possibly be something different one than practical illustration or events that occurred in Islamic world . If some peoples from any Muslim country flogging some woman, it is not just consider the teaching of Islam. I mean stoning to death is a punishment that is truly teaching of Islam but Islam lay rules and severely stiff regulation for this punishment, too severely stiff regulation that practically such punishment occurred very scarcely.
How is it? The Holy Quran says about it: (The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication,- flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment.) (An-Nur 24: 2).
The punishment for married man and woman is very different from the punishment for unmarried man and woman. Flogging is punishment for unmarried woman and unmarried man while death penalty is punishment for married man and married woman. The testimony of FOUR WITNESSES who state under oath that they have witnessed the commission of the crime. Now practically it is very rare that four persons witness such crime when it is occurring while they state under oath that they have witness the commission of crime, if one out of four is in doubt about witness the punishment will not apply.
Scholars also says that the four witness must be trustworthy. It is not enough for four people to show up at court and give testimony. THE WITNESSES AND THEIR BACKGROUNDS HAVE TO BE CAREFULLY SCRUTINIZED BY THE COURTS TO DETERMINE THEIR TRUSTWORTHINESS AND HONESTY. They have to be able to demonstrate that they saw the crime. It is not easy to explain how one was able to witness such an act without being guilty of any wrongdoing oneself. The witnesses have to see actual sexual penetration. This is not an easy thing to explain.
If the CONDITION of four witnesses of determined trustworthiness is not fulfilled, each of those who accused the person of adultery is given 80 lashes with a whip as the punishment for bearing false witness.
Allah Almighty says: “And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not four witnesses (to support their allegations), flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors.” [Sûrah al-Nûr: 4]
The fuqaha? (may Allah have mercy on them) stated that the basic act of zina which carries the punishment is illegal sexual intercourse, whereby the two ?circumcised parts? [i.e. genitals] come together and there is penetration of the tip of the penis, because this is actual penetration (which carries the prescribed hadd or punishment).
Now it is crystal clear that how this punishment imply in such stiff rules and regulations.
Now if flogging or stoning punishment given in any Islamic countries, it must be noted that whether it fulfilled the rules and regulation of Islam? This punishment has more psychological effects that actually work and in whole Islamic history it is scarcely rare that such conditions met and consequently sexual immorality is suffocated and eradicated in Islamic society.
The painful consequences of sexual immorality that are wide spread in our societies are not necessary to explain in this post, we all familiar about these.
How woman is treated in most part of non Islamic societies? Alas the bitter realities are very painful. Sex trade of woman is very "flourishing" industry in India and other western, eastern countries where woman are treated like sex slaves. There are more than 10 millions woman in India that are indulge in sex trade. Even in metropolitan cities of India one can watch the woman in cages. Lets watch these videos
Little knowledge is dangerous thing, similarly non serious attitude toward our bleeding social issues is very harmful.
May Allah Almighty show us right path and forgive our sins.
Perhaps there are mistakes and errors in this post related to this important and sensitive topic. Your feedback about this post is highly worthily for me.