"You can be the Happiest Woman in the World"- by Dr. Aid al-Qarni
Chapter 14 part one: You are a Muslim woman, neither eastern nor western:
Do not be deceived by the West and its ideas and fashions. All of that is a trick to try to tempt us away from our religion gradually in order to take our wealth. Islam and its family system is what suits women, because women, by their nature, like to stay at home. Perhaps you are asking why? Because Allah, the Exalted, created men stronger than women, with more endurance, reason and physical strength. And He created women more emotional, with strong feelings; women do not possess the same physical strength as men. To some extent, women are moody in comparison to men. Hence, their home is the place of tranquility for them. The woman who loves her husband and children will not leave her house for no reason or mix with men at all. Ninety-nine per cent of females in the West did not reach the state of decline until they had sold themselves and had no fear of God in their hearts. Women's going out to work in the west at this large scale caused men to play the role of women, so, they stay at home washing dishes, looking after children and drinking alcohol. I know that Islam does not object to a man helping his wife at home, indeed this is encouraged, but not to such an extent that their roles are swapped.
Xenia's Note: Men and women have different strengths.They are equal but also different, have different roles and they compliment each other.Islam gave women rights that they never had in the pre-Islamic days. Women can work if they choose to do so, they can inherit, they can get an education, they have a choice over whom they will marry etc. They have the choice. In the West we as women have been led to believe that unless we work we are insignificant and the role of the housewife and mother is of no account. As a mother of 4 ,I found the role of that of the mother, the most challenging but also the most satisfying.
In The Holy Qur'an, Allah swt honours the Mother of Jesus (as)., and a whole surah is dedicated to her-a woman. Allah says the meaning on which is: