What does this Hadīth mean?
Narrated Abū Mūsā Ash‘arī: Allah’s
Messenger (sws) said: ‘Many amongst men attained perfection but amongst women
none attained perfection except Maryam (rta), the daughter of 'Imrān, and Āsīyah
(rta), the wife of Pharaoh. And the superiority of Ā’ishah (rta) to other women
is like the superiority of Tharīd (an Arab dish) to other meals.’ (Bukhārī:
Being a woman, I am concerned about the
words ‘many amongst men...but amongst women none …’ Why? Doesn’t the Qur’ān say
men and women are equal as human beings?