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Rebuttal to Matt Slick's "Interesting quotes about women from the Qur'an" article
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:
Men have more rights regarding divorce than do women
Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise," (2:28)
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.
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
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Matt Slick said:
Muslim men may marry up to four women, but no such provision is made for Muslim women.
"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).
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
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).
Matt Slick said:
It is okay to beat wives
"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).
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 dont 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:
In Paradise, voluptuous women await men for sensual gratification
"In them will be (Maidens), chaste, restraining their glances, whom no man or Jinn before them has touched," (55:56).
"We have created (their Companions) of special creation. And made them virgin - pure (and undefiled), - Beloved (by nature), equal in age,- For the Companions of the Right Hand," (56:35-38)
"Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfillment of (the heart's) desires; Gardens enclosed, and grapevines, And voluptuous women of equal age," (78:31-33).
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
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 isnt spirituality?
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)
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)
Isnt all this
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
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)
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 cant 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?
Dont be a
hypocrite! Islam is so perfect that you get this desperate to attack it.
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