Narrated Abdullah bin 'Umar (RA): Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said, "Evil omen is in the women, the house and the horse." (Bukhari, Hadith 4703)
Same has been narrated through some other companions as well including Sayyidina Abu Huraira (RA) in Mu'jam Tabarani al-Awst Hadith 7710.
Truth about these narrations:
But the fact remains that these pious companions only heard a part of Holy Prophet's (pbuh) saying. This is clarified through some other narrations. Read below:
Abu Hassan narrated: Two men from Banu Aamir came to Sayyidah Aisha and told her that Sayyidina Abu Huraira narrates that the Prophet (pbuh) said; 'Bad omen is in a house, a woman and a horse.' She was enraged, full of anger and said; 'By the One Who Revealed Quran on Muhammad, Allah's Messenger (pbuh) did not say that, what he actually said was that in the days of ignorance people used to take bad omen in these things.'
(Musnad Ahmad Hadith 24841. Shu'aib 'Arna'ut said the Hadith is Sahih on the conditions of Sahih Muslim. Albani also authenticated it in Sahiha H.993)
It was mentioned before Aisha that Abu Huraira narrates that Allah's Messenger (saaw) said; 'Bad omen is in three things; house, woman and horse.' So Aisha said; "Abu Huraira does not remember it for he entered and Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said; 'May Allah destroy the Jews as they say bad omen is in three things; in a house, a woman and a horse.' So he heard the last part of the saying and did not hear the first part."
(Musnad Tiyalsi Hadith 1630. Albani classified it as Hasan in Silsala Sahiha 3/67).
So we can see that it was not the Holy Prophet (pbuh) who declared women to have bad omen, infact he only mentioned that people in ignorance thought this way, he rather rebuked Jews for such an idea. It was only that some of the Companions heard a part of his saying and a confusion emerged which was cleared by the emphatic words of Sayyidah Aisha (ra), the Mother of the Believers.
Infact this is what Islam has to say about the issue in general and women in particular;
Makhmar bin Muawiyah said: I heard Allah's Messenger (pbuh) say: "Do not believe in omens, and good fortune is to be found in three things: A woman, a horse and a house."
(Sunan Ibn Majah Hadith 1993. Albani classified it as Sahih)
Caution: Above Hadith from Bukhari no way casts a doubt on the authority of the collection or Authority of Hadith in general. It only highlights the importance of extensive and profound knowledge of Hadith before making any conclusions. Jumping to conclusions after just a fragmentary reading is indeed deplorable.
LET ME TURN THE TABLES!
Mostly Christian Missionaries raise this issue, so lets help them recall what their 'Holy' BIble speaks of women.
"And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof." (Bible, Zecharariah 5:7-8)
So once again we find the the cunning missionaries exposed!
INDEED ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST!!!
...by Waqar Akbar Cheema