Women’s Testimony in Islam


Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem,

Allah said:
وَاسْتَشْهِدُواْ شَهِيدَيْنِ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ

(And get two witnesses out of your own men) requiring witnesses to attend the dictation of contracts to further preserve the contents,

فَإِن لَّمْ يَكُونَا رَجُلَيْنِ فَرَجُلٌ وَامْرَأَتَانِ

And if there are not two men (available), then a man and two women) this requirement is only for contracts that directly or indirectly involve money.

Otherwise her testimony:

Surah 24:6-9
“As for those who accuse their wives but have no witnesses except themselves; let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies, (swearing) by Allah that he is of those who speak the truth; And yet a fifth, invoking the curse of Allah on him if he is of those who lie. And it shall avert the punishment from her if she bear witness before Allah four times that the thing he saith is indeed false, And a fifth (time) that the wrath of Allah be upon her if he speaketh truth.”

Surah 24:4
“And those who accuse honourable women but bring not four witnesses, scourge them (with) eighty stripes and never (afterward) accept their testimony – They indeed are evil-doers -“

According to Dr. Katherine M. Birkner, C.R.N.A, PhD:[1]
“There are five major categories of P.M.S.; some women may have symptoms of one or more.”

“P.M.S. – D – For depression the major symptoms of P.M.S. are depression, forgetfulness

She even goes on to prescribe medication for the severity of this forgetfulness:
“For memory and concentration use Huperzine two times a day.”

She goes on to cite, numerous sources to validate and lend credibility to her statements:
Rogers, Sherry A. Detoxify or Die. Sarasota, FL: Sand Key Company, Inc., 2002.
Sahley, Billie J. and Katherine M. Birkner. Heal with Amino Acids. San Antonio, TX: Pain & Stress
Publications, 2005.
Sheehy, Gail. New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time. New York, NY: Random House, 1995.

Thus, Islam, merely confirms what doctors are saying, scientists are saying. It’s not they women are not trustworthy or lack something, it is the way they are made and we want them to contribute, hence why they are included, but they do have their short comings and we must address them if we are to be realistic.

wa Allahu Alam.

[1] http://www.encognitive.com/files/How%20PMS%20Affects%20Your%20Brain.pdf

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