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THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE KORAN AND THE BIBLE

Posted by ssbg on May 14, 2006

…My mother who brought me to the world after carrying me for nine months… …My sister who shared with me her childhood……My wife who shared with me her life, and brought my children into the world… 1. Marriage

The Koran allows a man to marry four women. “Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four” (Sure women 4:3). Three other women will enjoy your husband with you.

The Bible says, “Let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2). Jesus said, “Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, for this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh” (Matthew 19:4).

Four women were not enough for Muhammad, so he needed special permission from Allah to marry any number of women he wished. The revelation came as follows:

    O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou has paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the captives of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts, who migrated with thee; and any believing woman who gives herself to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her—this only for thee, and not for the believers [at large]; we know what we have appointed for them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands possess—in order that there should be no difficulty for thee. And Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful (Sure Al-Ahzab 33:50).

The Koran also authorises a husband to beat his wife. It says, “As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, and beat them” (Sure women 4:34).

    So if a husband divorces his wife (irrevocably), he cannot, after that, re-marry her until after she has married another husband and he has divorced her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite, provided they feel that they can keep the limits ordained by Allah. Such are the limits ordained by Allah, which He makes plain to those who understand. (Sure cow 2:230)

The Bible says, “Husbands, love, your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it . . .” (Ephesians 5:25), and “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them” (Colossians 3:19).

2. Value

The Koran teaches that God prefers a man to a woman. "Men are the managers of women, for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property" (Sure women 4:34).

The Bible teaches that “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female; for you all are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

The Koran teaches that the majority of the dwellers of hell are women:

    Once the Messenger of God went out to prayer. He passed by the women and said, "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you [women]." They asked, "Why is it so, Messenger of God?" He replied, "You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you." The women asked, "What is deficient in our intelligence and religion, Messenger of God?" He answered, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?" They replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in your intelligence. Isn't it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?" The women replied in the affirmative. "This is the deficiency in her religion." (CITATION?)

The Koran teaches that women receive half the inheritance of man. “Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children's (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females. These are settled portions ordained by Allah: and Allah is all knowing, all wise” (Sure women 4:11).

In the Koran, the witness of two women is equal to that of one man. “And get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” (Sure Cow 2:282).

In the gospels, the first person to receive grace from God was a woman. “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have favour with God” (Luke 1:30). The first person that Jesus met after He arose from the dead was a woman (John 20:14). And with this, He allowed her to be the first person to preach the good news of the resurrection. Jesus loved male and female alike, and even commanded the male to be willing to give himself for his wife and to love her as Christ has loved.

From: http://www.bible-koran.com/English/english.html

 

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6 Responses to “THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE KORAN AND THE BIBLE”

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  2. saada said

    1. The Bible convicts women as the original sinners (i.e. Eve picking from the forbidden tree) (Genesis 2:4-3:24)

    The Qur’an clarifies that it was both Adam and Eve at fault, equally. For example, in Sura’ al-Baqarah, Allaah says:

    2. The Bible says “the birth of a daughter is a loss”. (Ecclesiasticus 22:3)
    The Qur’an says both are an equal blessing (Qur’an 42:49)

    3. The Bible forbids women from speaking in church (I Corinthians 14:34-35)
    The Qur’an says women can argue with the Prophet (Qur’an 58:1)

    4. In the Bible, divorced Women are labeled as an adulteress, not men (Matthew 5:31-32)
    The Qur’an does not have Biblical double standards (Qur’an 30:21)

    5. In the Bible, widows and sisters do not inherit any property or wealth, only men do (Numbers 27:1-11)
    The Qur’an abolished this male greediness (Qur’an 4:22) and God protects all.

    6. The Bible allows multiple wives. (I Kings 11:3)
    In the Qur’an God limits the number to 4 only under certain situations (with the wife’s permission) and prefers that you marry only one wife (Qur’an 4:3). The Qur’an gives the woman the right to choose who to marry.

    NOTE: Nowhere in the Bible does it forbid polygamy, or says that the male must marry one woman. Single marriage is a Greco-Roman tradition – one of the many influences on the true teachings of Jesus. Jesus lived for 33 years among a nation that practiced polygamy and he never prohibited, nor even ever talked about it in his teachings.

    7. “If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives” (Deuteronomy 22:28-30)

    One must ask a simple question here, who is really punished, the man who raped the woman or the woman who was raped? According to the Bible, you have to spend the rest of your life with the man who raped you, and therefore had obviously low morals.

  3. saada said

    when you compare qoran with bible finsh the vese
    eg
    3:195 tells us :

    “Their Lord responded to them: “I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you MALE OR FEMALE, YOU ARE EQUAL TO ONE ANOTHER………”

    :124, as follows:

    “As for those who lead a righteous life, MALE OR FEMALE. while believing, t hey enter Paradise; without the slightest injustice”

    16.97
    ” Anyone who works righteousness, MALE OR FEMALE, while believing, we will surely grant them a happy life in this world, and we will surely pay them their full recompense for their righteous works.”

    [40:40] Whoever commits a sin is requited for just that, and whoever works righteousness – MALE OR FEMALE – while believing, these will enter Paradise wherein they receive provisions without any limits.
    and in bibel

    Your daughter is headstrong? Keep a sharp look-out that she does not make you the laughing stock of your enemies, the talk of the town, the object of common gossip, and put you to public shame” (Ecclesiasticus 42:11).

    Keep a headstrong daughter under firm control, or she will abuse any indulgence she receives. Keep a strict watch on her shameless eye, do not be surprised if she disgraces you” (Ecclesiasticus 26:10-11).

    in qoran

    16:58] When one of them gets a baby girl, his face becomes darkened with overwhelming grief.
    [16:59] Ashamed, he hides from the people, because of the bad news given to him. He even ponders: should he keep the baby grudgingly, or bury her in the dust. Miserable indeed is their judgment.

    [42:49] To GOD belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. He creates whatever He wills, granting daughters to whomever He wills, and granting sons to whomever He wills.

    in bibel

    “When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening. Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. Whoever touches her bed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whoever touches anything she sits on must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, he will be unclean till evening” (Lev. 15:19-23).

    “Our Rabbis taught:….if a menstruant woman passes between two (men), if it is at the beginning of her menses she will slay one of them, and if it is at the end of her menses she will cause strife between them” (bPes. 111a.)

    in bibel
    “How can a woman have anything; whatever is hers belongs to her husband? What is his is his and what is hers is also his…… Her earnings and what she may find in the streets are also his. The household articles, even the crumbs of bread on the table, are his. Should she invite a guest to her house and feed him, she would be stealing from her husband…” (San. 71a, Git. 62a)

    in qoran
    [4:4] You shall give the women their due dowries, equitably. If they willingly forfeit anything, then you may accept it; it is rightfully yours.

  4. saada said

    its comment about divorce comparing bible ti qoran

    in bibel

    “If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man, and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies, then her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled” (Deut. 24:1-4

    “The school of Shammai held that a man should not divorce his wife unless he has found her guilty of some sexual misconduct, while the school of Hillel say he may divorce her even if she has merely spoiled a dish for him. Rabbi Akiba says he may divorce her even if he simply finds another woman more beautiful than she” (Gittin 90a-b).

    “A bad wife brings humiliation, downcast looks, and a wounded heart. Slack of hand and weak of knee is the man whose wife fails to make him happy. Woman is the origin of sin, and it is through her that we all die. Do not leave a leaky cistern to drip or allow a bad wife to say what she likes. If she does not accept your control, divorce her and send her away” (Ecclesiasticus 25:25).

    in qoran

    [4:20] If you wish to marry another wife, in place of your present wife, and you had given any of them a great deal, you shall not take back anything you had given her. Would you take it fraudulently, maliciously, and sinfully?

    [2:229] Divorce may be retracted twice. The divorced woman shall be allowed to live in the same home amicably, or leave it amicably. It is not lawful for the husband to take back anything he had given her. However, the couple may fear that they may transgress GOD’s law. If there is fear that they may transgress GOD’s law, they commit no error if the wife willingly gives back whatever she chooses. These are GOD’s laws; do not transgress them. Those who transgress GOD’s laws are the unjust.

    [4:19] O you who believe, it is not lawful for you to inherit what the women leave behind, against their will. You shall not force them to give up anything you had given them, unless they commit a proven adultery. You shall treat them nicely. If you dislike them, you may dislike something wherein GOD has placed a lot of good.

    [4:34] The men are made responsible for the women,** and GOD has endowed them with certain qualities, and made them the bread earners. The righteous women will cheerfully accept this arrangement, since it is GOD’s commandment, and honor their husbands during their absence. If you experience rebellion from the women, you shall first talk to them, then (you may use negative incentives like) deserting them in bed, then you may (as a last alternative) beat them. If they obey you, you are not permitted to transgress against them. GOD is Most High, Supreme.
    Marriage Arbitration
    [4:35] If a couple fears separation, you shall appoint an arbitrator from his family and an arbitrator from her family; if they decide to reconcile, GOD will help them get together. GOD is Omniscient, Cognizant.

    [4:128] If a woman senses oppression or desertion from her husband, the couple shall try to reconcile their differences, for conciliation is best for them. Selfishness is a human trait, and if you do good and lead a righteous life, GOD is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

  5. saada said

    mother in qoran and bibel

    “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he can not be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

    “Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone to call him. A crowd was sitting around him and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.’ ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said,’ Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’ ” (Mark 3:31-35)

    As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.’ He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’ ” (Luke 11:27-28)

    in qoran

    [17:23] Your Lord has decreed that you shall not worship except Him, and your parents shall be honored. As long as one or both of them live, you shall never say to them, “Uff” (the slightest gesture of annoyance), nor shall you shout at them; you shall treat them amicably.

    [31:14] We enjoined the human being to honor his parents. His mother bore him, and the load got heavier and heavier. It takes two years (of intensive care) until weaning. You shall be appreciative of Me, and of your parents. To Me is the ultimate destiny.
    [17:24] And lower for them the wings of humility, and kindness, and say, “My Lord, have mercy on them, for they have raised me from infancy.”

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