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Women not to be harmed

The book al-Kafi of Kuleini relates in the hadith of Malik ibn A'yun, from Amir-ul-Mu'mineen (A) that he said:

'Do not mutilate the dead, and if you reach the caravan of the people then do not tear any veils. Do not enter any houses and do not take anything of their belongings except that which you find in their military camp. Do not harm any women even if they insult your honour or curse your leaders and notables for they are weaker in physical strength, numbers and intellect. We have been ordered not to harm them even if they are Polytheists and if a man was to harm a woman he will be rebuked for it and he will suffer the consequences."

Author's note: In the beginning of the Book of Marriage in Sharh al- 'Urwah we have dealt with Imam 'Ali's saying that women are lacking in intellect, share of wealth and faith.

Adapted from the book: "War, Peace & Non-Violence" by: "Sayyid Muhammad Sadiq Shirazi"

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