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).
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.