This is a legitimate question. I am NOT starting this thread in order to debate or fight, so please don't misunderstand me. I also don't want any hyper-feminists or misogynists posting and ruining the thread, either.
The hadith "I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you (women)" really confuses me. I am not bragging, audhubillah, but I have always been the most intelligent person in my classes. Since I was young, I always got the highest scores, the 99% percentile in the school. In my country, women, on average, score higher than the men and also more women graduate from college.
Are there different types of intellect? Because if there is only one type, I'm really not seeing how females are dumber than males.
And what of the female scholars of Quran and Hadith? Should they be ignored after their years of research? I am really confused on this subject.
Something else. "Salat becomes null and void if a dog, a donkey, or a woman comes in front". I thought salah becomes invalid if anything passes in front of a praying muslim?