Indeed, the true religion of Islam with its sound directives and wise directions safeguards the Muslim woman, and protects her integrity and honor. Also, it promises to ensure her high rank and happiness while facilitating for her a pleasant life—one that is distant from areas of skepticism, fitan, evil and corruption. All of this is from Allah’s great mercy upon His servants as He sent down His legislation as a sincere advice to them, as a reform for their corruption, as a rectifier of their twistedness and as a guarantee for their happiness.
This great management that Islam has brought for the woman is considered a safety valve for her—rather, for the society as whole with its families—from the release of evil, fitan, and the descending of calamities and catastrophes upon them. And if they stray from Islam’s guidelines for the woman within society, destruction will be released upon them and evil and danger will come successively. History is the greatest testament to this since whoever reflects on the past with it’s extended length will find that the greatest cause for the downfall of civilizations, the dismount of societies, the gradual disappearance of morals, the spread of depravities, the corruption of values, and the outbreak of crimes is the woman improperly beautifying herself, unveiling her face, mingling with men, exaggerating in her beautification, intermingling, being alone with strange men (i.e. those who are unlawful for her to be alone with), and frequenting public forums while she is in a complete state of beautification, most radiant dress, and is well perfumed.
Ibn al-Qayyim (May Allah have mercy upon him) said,
“No doubt that enabling women to intermingle with men is the origin of every calamity and evil. It is amongst the greatest causes for the descent of widespread punishments just as it is amongst the causes of public corruption and exclusive crime. Men mingling with women is a cause for abundant acts of lewdness and fornication, and it is also among the causes of mass deaths and concurrent plagues. When the prostitutes mingled with Musa’s army and fornication became widespread amongst them, Allah sent down upon them a plague and seven thousand people died in one day. This story is well-known in the books of Tafseer. So amongst the greatest causes of massive deaths is the abundance of fornication which is created by enabling women to intermingle with men, and to walk amongst them improperly-covered and beautified. Had the rulers knew what lies in this of corruption for this world and the people, before considering its graveness in the religion, they would be the most severe in preventing it.”