Information Collected from the Book called "LIGHT OF LIFE"
Muslims often repeat the hadith that says: "Paradise is under the feet of mothers," in order to prove the high position women enjoy in Islam. It is very hard to tell whether this tradition is true or not (it has not been found in trustworthy writings). Yet, we have a number of Hadiths that occurred in the major acceptable books of hadith (al-Sihah) indicating that women are the smallest minority in paradise. `Aran Ibn Husain narrated that the prophet said, "I looked about in paradise and found that the poor constitute most of its dwellers, and I looked about in hell and saw that women constitute most of its dwellers."(1) Abu Huraira narrated: "We were at his place [Muhammad's] and the people either boasted or reminded one another. He said, 'Men in paradise are more than in hell.' "(2 ) A weak hadith tells us: "Out of 99 women, one is in paradise and the rest are in hell."(3) Muhammad explains why by saying: "I have seen you being the majority in hell because you curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands."(4) `Abdullah Ibn `Amr narrated: "O women! Give alms and ask pardon [from God] frequently, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of hell were you." "One of them asked, 'Why, Messenger of God, are we the majority of the dwellers of hell?' He replied, 'You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you.' "(5)Imara Ibn Huzaima narrated: "While we were with `Amr Ibn al-`As on a pilgrimage or an `Umra, he said, "While we were with the Messenger of God in this mountain path, he said, 'Look! Do you see anything?' We answered, 'We see ravens; one is white-footed with red legs and peak.' The Messenger of God said, `No woman will enter paradise unless she is like this raven in comparison to the rest of the ravens.' "(6) A rare hadith has it that Muhammad said, "A believing woman is the same among women as a white-footed raven among the ravens. Fire has been created for the senseless, and women are the most senseless of all."(7) Al-Imam al-Qurtubi is said to give the following to explain the allegation that women are a minority among the dwellers of paradise: "Women are the least [in number] among the dwellers of paradise due to their inclination to passion, the passing enjoyments of life, and indifference to the afterlife; which is all caused by the deficiency of their intelligence and gullibility."(8)
If we take into consideration the hadiths concerning the dwellers of paradise the proportion of men to women will change drastically since they state that the dwellers of paradise will inherit their wives and concubines! Abu Umama narrated: "The Messenger of God said, 'Everyone that God admits into paradise will be married to 72 wives; two of them are houris(9) and seventy of his inheritance of the [female] dwellers of hell. All of them will have libidinous sex organs and he will have an ever-erect penis.' "(10)
The sayings of Muhammad make it clear that the believer will be given special sexual power in paradise. Anas narrated: In paradise the believer will be given the power of such and such for intercourse. The Messenger of God was asked, "Will he be able to bear that?" He answered, "He will be given the power of a hundred [men]."(11) In Muhammad's imagination, the believer will not only be favoured with wives and concubines, but also "if he desires children they will be conceived for him, born, and grow teeth in one hour as he desires."(12) This point, however, is debatable. Some scholars hold that there will be intercourse in paradise but there will be no giving birth to children. Ishaq Ibn Ibrahim narrates: "If a believer desires a child in paradise, he will have it at once, but he won't desire so." Some attribute to Muhammad that he said, "The dwellers of paradise will have children there."(13)
Another hadith says, "Men will enter into paradise after a short conversation with God. They will go to their dwelling-places where their wives will welcome them. Their wives will ask them about the secret of their glamorous beauty which they did not possess before they left their dwelling-places. They will answer them, saying that they have sat down with their Lord, and therefore they have the right to it."(14) There are many other hadiths emphasising the continuity of marital life in paradise, or the enjoyment of the [male] believers with the male and female slaves. So if Muhammad claims, in spite of the stories he related concerning the large number of wives and concubines in paradise, that women are the least among the dwellers of paradise, the reason would be that their men perished in hell because they were enticed by them [the women]. Muhammad said, "But for the woman, man would have entered paradise,"(15) and also, "Obeying them is [the cause of] their destruction."(16)
"Women should not be like the moon which everyone can see uncovered; women should be like the sun which makes eyes bow down before they can see it"