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Rebuttal to Matt Slick's "Interesting quotes about women from the Qur'an" article

By

Bassam Zawadi

 

 

Introduction

This article is in response to Matt Slick's article http://www.carm.org/islam/Koran_women.htm

The answers mostly are not of my own. I just provide them.

 

Matt Slick said:

My Response:

Matt Slick put the wrong reference, it is verse 228. Now the 'degree' here needs to be understood properly. It does not indicated any superiority in any way. 

2.228:
C254. Islam tries to maintain the married state as far as possible, especially where children are concerned, but it is against the restriction of the liberty of men and women in such vitally important matters as love and family life. It will check hasty action as far as possible and leave the door to reconciliation open at many stages. Even after divorce a suggestion of reconciliation is made, subject to certain precautions (mentioned in the following verses) against thoughtless action. A period of waiting (iddat) for three monthly courses is prescribed, in order to see if the marriage conditionally dissolved is likely to result in issue. But this is not necessary where the divorced woman is a virgin: Q. xxxiii. 49. It is definitely declared that women and men shall have similar rights against each other.

C255. The difference in economic position between the sexes makes the man's rights and liabilities a little greater than the woman's Q. iv. 34 refers to the duty of the man to maintain the woman, and to a certain difference in nature between the sexes. Subject to this, the sexes are on terms of equality in law, and in certain matters the weaker sex is entitled to special protection.

Yusuf Ali's Commentary from QuranTrans

I also recommend reading the following articles.

http://twf.org/Library/WomenICJ.html#divorce

http://www.jamaat.org/islam/WomanDivorce.html

 

Matt Slick said:

Muslim men may marry up to four women, but no such provision is made for Muslim women.

  1. "If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice," (4:3).

My Response:

http://www.drzakirnaik.com/pages/qanda/2.php

http://www.bismikaallahuma.org/Questions/cq-i.pdf look at number 43

 

Matt Slick said:

A man's inheritance should be a portion of two females

  1. Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children's (Inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females: if only daughters, two or more, their share is two-thirds of the inheritance; if only one, her share is a half," (4:11).

My Response:

http://www.drzakirnaik.com/pages/qanda/14.php

Matt Slick said:

It is okay to beat wives 

  1. "Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all)," (4:34).

My Response:

Unlike the bible, the Quran gives solutions on how to stop divorce. Unlike the high divorce rates in amongst Christians http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40E16FA3C5B0C778DDDA80994DC404482 that don’t have solutions on how not to reach to divorce, us Muslims have solutions.

Notice the pattern, first admonish then leave them in bed then the beating. These all signify emotional punishments. Secondly, Islamic critics might be stubborn and want to take the literal word daraba as in beating physically. But lets not forget why God has sent Prophet Muhammad (Surah 16, verse 44) and Prophet Muhammad has made it clear what is meant by the word daraba in the verse.

Matt Slick said:

My Response:

I just wanted to make a brief point regarding paradise in Islam.

 

I usually see people (Christians especially) criticizing the paradise according to Islam for mainly two reasons

 

1: There is nothing spiritual about it

2: Fornication and adultery is allowed there

 

 

1) Spirituality in Islamic Paradise

 

It is true that most of the descriptions of paradise in Islam may seem physical but we also do have spiritual pleasures.

 

Allah has promised the men and women of the believers Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, forever, and fine dwellings in the Gardens of Eden. And Allah's good pleasure is even greater. That is the great victory. (Sura 9, 72)

We would be in the pleasure of God. That isn’t spirituality?

Taken from http://www.harunyahya.com/paradise05.php

The most striking expression of what believers feel when they win Allah's good pleasure is that He will manifest Himself to them in a way that they can see Him. This is impossible in the world because, as the Qur'an says: "Eyesight cannot perceive Him" (Sura 6, 10) But according to the Qur'an, in the next life and in a certain way Allah will manifest Himself to His believing servants. Only Allah knows how this will happen. But we are informed in the Qur'an that the believers' "faces that Day will be radiant, gazing at their Lord" (Sura 75, 22-23) and "'Peace!' A word from a Merciful Lord" (Sura 36, 58) will be heard. Believers will be "on seats of honor in the presence of an All-Powerful King" (Sura 54, 55).

In other words, the greatest possible blessing that believers can have is the deep sense of Allah's mercy and will. By winning His good pleasure, they experience a joy and a happiness that cannot be compared with any material blessing.

Actually, it is Allah's will that gives value to Paradise's other blessings. The same blessings may exist on Earth to a certain extent, but they have no meaning for believers as long as they surpass the limits Allah established.

CONVERSATIONS IN PARADISE

They will say: "Praise be to Allah, Who has removed all sadness from us. Truly our Lord is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Thankful: He Who has lodged us, out of His favor, in the Abode of Permanence, where no weariness or fatigue affects us." (Sura 35, 34-35)

The Qur'an contains detailed accounts of conversations among believers, to whom Allah has given an exalted position in Paradise. These conversations are important, because they provide a good example for believers in this life. The verses: "They will hear no idle talk in it, nor any call to sin. All that is said is: 'Peace! Peace!''' (Sura 56, 25-26) show the importance of avoiding empty talk. Elsewhere, the same point is expressed as:

They will hear no idle talk nor any lying there, as a recompensation from your Lord, a commensurate gift. (Sura 78, 35-36)

Isn’t all this spiritual pleasures?!!!

As a matter of fact the paradise according to Islam is more superior than the paradise according to the bible. Because the paradise according to the bible is only a spiritual paradise in contrast to the paradise according to Islam which is both carnal and spiritual. Human beings have both physical and spiritual needs. Therefore, the paradise according to the bible is only 50% and the paradise according to Islam is 100%, therefore making it more superior!!

For more details just read the book by Harun Yahya available at http://www.harunyahya.com/paradise01.php

2) Is there fornication and adultery in the Islamic Paradise????????

And those who believe and do good works. WE shall make them enter Gardens through which streams flow, to abide therein for ever; therein shall they have pure spouses, and WE shall admit them to a place of plenteous shade. (4:157)

The word here is AZWAAJ.  In Arabic, it means spouse. I know there are plenty of Arab Islamic haters out there and you know Arabic, so you know what I am talking about

Notice, the key word, SPOUSES. The houris will be our spouses. If a man has sex with his wife, is that fornication?? No, of course not, she is his spouse.

So I ask you, if a man can legitimately have sex with his spouse here on earth, they why can’t a man legitimately have sex with his spouse in paradise?

What is bothering you? Is it because there are 72 houris? Then why does it not bother you that Solomon, a man so holy who actually wrote one of the books of the Old Testament had a 1000 women?

Don’t be a hypocrite! Islam is so perfect that you get this desperate to attack it.

Read this article, it is interesting http://www.drzakirnaik.com/pages/qanda/29.php

 

 

 

 

 

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