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Women in Christianity
Written by Abdullah Smith
Christianity has not solved the problem of rape, adultery, and fornication. The idea of salvation through faith has only made the situation worse for mankind, to defending war, bloodshed, and religious intolerance, and saying we are saved by using the pornographic Bible and Jesus as the ultimate excuse for their actions.
the Crusade commander Arnold Aimery, the
Papal Legate at the siege of
What do you think about this slogan of war that is occasionally expressed in the military environment--sometimes jokingly, sometimes seriously? Is it humorous or repulsive? Is it biblical or blasphemous? Interestingly, though it is heard today in conversations, read on bumper stickers and worn on T-shirts, it is not a new sentiment. In fact, it expresses the feelings of a churchman nearly a thousand years ago, who, when asked by a military commander on the battlefield for assistance in distinguishing between Christians and non-Christians replied, "Kill them all. God will know which are His." (http://www.leaderu.com/humanities/demy.html)
Prophet Muhammad is the best example to follow because he preached tolerance for other religions and throughout
According to Islamic History, the rivals of the Prophet used to keep their valuables safe with him, simply because he was trustworthy and honest, despite the fact they rejected his Message of Gods Oneness. Nevertheless, the religion of Abraham was restored in merely 23 years, and idol-worship was destroyed, delegations from all over came to embrace Islam at the hands of Prophet Muhammad. The status of women changed forever, she was elevated to the ranks of equality, and infanticide was abolished permanently.
contrast to what happened in
The Prophets orders regarding captives were strictly obeyed by his Companions. In one of the stories about a battle related to us by a captive, he says that he was staying with a Muslim family after being captured. Whenever they had their meals, they used to give him preference by offering him bread while they would eat only dates. (http://www.islamonline.net/english/introducingislam/Worship/Heart/article10.shtml)
Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said that Abu Bakr as-Siddiq was sending armies to ash-Sham. He went for a walk with Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan who was the commander of one of the battalions. It is claimed that Yazid said to Abu Bakr, "Will you ride or shall I get down?" Abu Bakrsaid, "I will not ride and you will not get down. I intend these steps of mine to be in the way of Allah."
Then Abu Bakr advised Yazid, "You will find a people who claim to have totally given themselves to Allah. Leave them to what they claim to have given themselves. You will find a people who have shaved the middle of their heads, strike what they have shaved with the sword.
"I advise you ten things Do not kill women or children or an aged, infirm person. Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees. Do not destroy an inhabited place. Do not slaughter sheep or camels except for food. Do not burn bees and do not scatter them. Do not steal from the booty, and do not be cowardly." (Maliks Muwatta, Book 021, Hadith Number 010)
Jesus is recorded to have said By their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:16) This description is the biblical criteria to distinguish a true Prophet from a false prophet, yet its not the most significant test to whole-heartedly accept, because the Prophets of the Old Testament were guilty of major sins and transgressions far beyond moral comprehension. Should we call them false prophets?
David, for example, is responsible for killing thousands of women and children, in countless battles described in the Bible, yet he was still a true Prophet.
Nevertheless, this description fits Muhammad like a glove, because
his Prophetic wisdom is substantially echoed in the Old Testament.
When the king of
"Do not kill them," he answered. "Would you kill men you have captured with your own
sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then
go back to their master." So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had
finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the
This mirrors exactly the attitude of Prophet Muhammad towards captives of war, he never treated his prisoners harshly, and he fed and clothed them like Elisha. Another good example is derived from the same chapter:
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked.
"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17)
The missionary convert to Islam, Gary Miller, shows Muhammad was a true Prophet because he displayed confidence like Elisha, the Prophet.
Another example of the confidence which Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) had in his own Prophethood and, consequently, in the divine protection of himself and his message, was when he left Makkah and hid in a cave with Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) during their emigration from Makkah to Madinah. The two clearly saw people coming to kill them, Abu Bakr was afraid. Certainly, if Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was a liar, a forger, and one who was trying to fool the people into believing that he was a prophet, one would have expected him to say in such a circumstance to his friend, Hey, Abu Bakr, see if you can find a back way out of this cave. Or, Squat down in that corner over there and keep quiet. Yet, in fact, what he said to Abu Bakr clearly illustrated his confidence. He told him, Relax! Allah is with us and Allah will save us! Now, if one knows that one is fooling the people, where does one get this kind of attitude? In fact, such a frame of mind is not characteristic of a liar or a forger at all. (http://www.islamonline.net/english/Quran/2005/06/article02.shtml)
The story of the Cave is described in the Holy Quran:
If ye help not (your leader), (it is no matter): for Allah did indeed help him, when the Unbelievers drove him out: he had no more than one companion; they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion, "Have no fear, for Allah is with us": then Allah sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the Unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: for Allah is Exalted in might, Wise. (Al-Quran 9:40)
Prophet Muhammad enjoyed the best character; he never participated in sinful acts like the Prophets of the Old Testament. The Holy Quran absolves the holy Prophets from these horrendous crimes. Even the Prophet Elisha was guilty of murder! (2 Kings 2:22-24)
Historically, Jews and Christians always lived peacefully under Muslim rule. The Muslim rulers never raped women, they never plundered villages, and thats why they were made statues by the Aztec Indians. They didnt make any statues of Cortez, because he enslaved them.
the Muslim population of
The Christian army raped thousands of Bosnian Muslim women during the war.
CRUSADES Butchered everyone including defenseless women and children or any one else that got in there way. Although it has taken many hundreds of years Crusaders have improved they now only kill some women and RAPE THE REST.
The twentieth century has seen "Ethnic Cleansing" replace the word Crusade; in 1996 one of the youngest recorded victim of rape in
was a baby of 4 Months old. Many women and children had two of there fingers severed by the Serbs so that the three remaining fingers would remind them of the Trinity. (A Guide to Missionary Tactics) Bosnia
The annals of Islamic History are filled with examples of virtue, and religious tolerance. But the Gospel of Matthew contains a passage which has been used to justify many atrocities:
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" (Matthew 27:24-25)
How many people have been massacred because of this verse?
The confusion wrought by Christianity, and its doctrine of Lawlessness is a License to sin. Again, Christianity is a license to sin. We have every good reason to believe that Christianity, in its framework, has the seeds of its own destruction.
The Bible disparages the status of woman, from Genesis to Revelations, they are mocked and humiliated.
Women are sex objects in the West, and Western Christianity promotes the freedom to dress how you feel like and eat what you feel like. God says they will never get away with causing social corruption. (Al-Quran 29:2)
Islam is the religion that prevents rape; it upholds the dignity and honor of women by commanding them to cover themselves. Women in Islam are not oppressed, but only the Christian women are oppressing themselves by dressing half-naked.
probably more emphasis on sex in
sometimes seems that all
(Quoted from Time Magazine Asia Edition, January 1964 in Purdah And The Status of Woman in Islam, Abdul Ala Mawdudi, p. 62)
In a city somewhere in this world, you walk along a street or streets to see nothing but bars, night clubs, houses of prostitution, and alcoholics. Is this Christianity? Is this religion? Where do these phenomena lead? Who are the victims? How many are the victims of this anything civilization, the civilization of night clubs, the civilization of alcohol? Where is this civilization taking man, this civilization of anything and everything? (Muhammad Ali Alkhuli, The Need For Islam, pp. 41, 42)
History bears ample testimony to the fact that the main cause of the downfall of any nation is its wasteful and luxurious living. The nations rise when their members live simple and hard life free from all kinds of ostentation but when they are given to luxuries the springs of creative energy dry in them and they fall down like a house of cards. The love for fashion especially among women plays an important part in the ruin of any society. The love for ostentation living in women makes them forgetful of their main duties and responsibilities as the guardians of the family and they are drawn to clubs in order to display their fashion and beauty to the people who become a source of attraction for them. This leads to corruption and ultimately corrodes the foundation of society. (Muhammad Imran, Ideal Women in Islam, p. 1)
First, let us consider the high rate of suicides in Christian countries compared to Muslim countries; these statistics show the result of Islams vitality and strength!
For the first time in history there is coming to maturity a generation of men and women who have no religion, and feel no need for one. They are content to ignore it. Also they are very unhappy, and the suicide rate is abnormally high
(C.E.M. Joad, The Present and Future of Religion, quoted by Sir Arnold Lunn, And Yet So New, London, 1958, p. 228).
In this uncompromising monotheism, with its simple, enthusiastic faith in the supreme rule of a transcendent being, lies the chief strength of Islam. Its adherents enjoy a consciousness of contentment and resignation unknown among followers of most creeds. Suicide is Rare in Muslim Lands
(Phillip K. Hitti, History of the Arabs, 1951, p .129)
One of the reasons why these suicides are occurring is because the woman is neglecting her sacred duties; families are being ripped apart from neglect, divorce, alcoholism, and drugs. Thanks to Islam, the Muslim world is comparatively clean, the divorce rate is low, and alcoholism is non existent.
We shall see how the Bible portrays woman, in comparison to the Holy Quran.
The Bible blames Eve for the Fall of Man, exonerating Adam from the transgression:
"Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."(Genesis 3:16)
Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. (James 4:9)
Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. (Ecclesiastes 7:3)
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (1Timothy 2:14)
To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in
with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you." (Genesis 3:16)
To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. (Genesis 3:17)
He named him Noah and said, "He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed." (Genesis 5:29)
The Bible contains stories of rape and incest, adultery and fornication, so read these popular examples:
attacked Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they
killed all the men. All five of the Midianite kings
Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba died in the
battle. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the
sword. Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite
women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as
plunder. They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites
had lived. After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and
animals, they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the
priest, and to the whole community of
Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the people went to meet
them outside the camp. But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who
had returned from the battle. "Why have you let all the women live?"
he demanded. "These are the very ones who followed Balaam's advice and caused
the people of
When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies. (Deuteronomy 20: 10-14)
the Lord: 'I will bring evil upon you out of your own house. I will take your
wives [plural] while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor. He
shall lie with your wives in broad daylight. You have done this deed in secret,
but I will bring it about in the presence of all
Then the cover of lead was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman! He said, "This is wickedness," and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed the lead cover down over its mouth. (Zechariah 5:7-8)
And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness (her menstrual period): and she returned unto her house." (2 Samuel 11:2-4)
"Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his
concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth
good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. But the men would not hearken
to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her,
and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring,
they let her go. Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door
of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light. And her lord rose up in the
morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and behold, the
woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the
threshold. And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man
took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. And when he was
come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her,
together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of
Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be
divided in your midst. And I will gather all the nations against
"And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins." (2 Chronicles 10:10)
Then the Babylonians came to her, to the bed of love, and
in their lust they defiled her. After she had been defiled by them, she turned away
from them in disgust. When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her
nakedness, I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her
sister. Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth,
when she was a prostitute in
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city. (Ezekiel 9:5-6)
Then they asked, "Which one of the tribes of
"This is what you are to do," they said. "Kill
every male and every woman who is not a virgin." They found among the
people living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with a man,
and they took them to the camp at Shiloh in
"Kill everyone of Jabesh Gilead, including women and children. (Verse 12, The Message Bible)
"When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace.
"If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you.
"However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.
"When the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall strike all the men in it with the edge of the sword.
"Only the women and the children and the animals and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourself; and you shall use the spoil of your enemies which the LORD your God has given you. (Deuteronomy 20:10-15)
"I will make void the counsel of
"I will also make this city a desolation and an object of hissing; everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its disasters.
I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their life will distress them." (Jeremiah 19:7-10)
"But if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and I myself will discipline you sevenfold for your sins. You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters. (Leviticus 26: 27-29)
Then he asked her, "What's the matter?" She answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we'll eat my son.' So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, 'Give up your son so we may eat him,' but she had hidden him." When the king heard the woman's words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and there, underneath, he had sackcloth on his body. (2 Kings 6:28-30)
So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son. (Verse 29, King James Version)
Should women eat their own babies, the very children they raised? (Lamentations 2:20, The Message)
The Biblical Law
The victim must marry the rapist
But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die. But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbor, and slayeth him, even so is this matter: For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her. If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days (Deuteronomy 22:25-29)
The widow is forced to marry her husbands brother!
If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside of the family to a stranger. Her husbands brother shall go into her, and take her as his wife. (Deuteronomy 25:5)
Female slaves treated as property!
you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live
among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including
those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property,
passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat
your slaves like this, but the people of
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. (Exodus 21:2-6)
"If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do. (Exodus 21:7)
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. (Leviticus 15:19)
"And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire." (Leviticus 21:19)
When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11)
If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity. (Deuteronomy 25:11-12)
"Say to the Israelites: 'A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding. (Leviticus 12:2, 5)
The New Testament
For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man, for man was not made for woman, but woman is from man, neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. (1 Corinthians 11:7)
The women should keep silence in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. If there is anything they desire to know let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. (1 Corinthians 14:34)
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (1Timothy 2:14)
ANGELS HAVE BREASTS!
And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. (Revelations 15:6)
JESUS IGNORES A GENTILE WOMAN!
For a [certain] woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him
that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast [it] unto the dogs.
And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. (Mark 7:25-28)
In fact, the difference between the Biblical and the Quranic attitude towards the female sex starts as soon as a female is born. For example the Bible states that the period of the mother's ritual impurity is twice as long if a girl is born than if a boy is (Leviticus 12:2-5). The Catholic Bible does state explicitly that "The birth of a daughter is a loss" (Sirach 22:3) In contrast to this shocking statement, boys receive special praise, "A man who educates his son will be the envy of his enemy." (Ecclesiasticus 30:3) A daughter is considered a painful burden, a potential source of shame to her father "Your daughter is headstrong? Keep a sharp look-out that she doesn't 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)
It was this very same idea of treating daughters as sources of shame that led the pagan Arabs, before the advent of Islam, to practice female infanticide. The Quran severely condemned this heinous practice "When news is brought to one of them of the birth of a female child, his face darkens and he is filled with inward grief. With shame does he hide himself from his people because of the bad news he has had! Shall he retain her on contempt or bury her in the dust? Ah! what an evil they decide on?"(16:59) It has to be mentioned that this sinister crime would have never stopped in Arabia if it were not to the power of the scathing terms the Quran used to condemn this practice (16:59, 43:17, 81:8-9). The Quran, moreover, makes no distinction between boys and girls. In contrast to the Bible, the Quran considers the birth of a female as a gift and a blessing from God, same as the birth of a male. The Quran even mentions the gift of the female birth first," To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He creates what he wills. He bestows female children to whomever he wills and bestows male children to whomever he wills"(42:49) (Women in Islam Versus Women in the Judeo-Christian Tradition, Br. Sherif Muhammad)
To cure the West of its moral ailments came Christianity. In the beginning it served the purpose well: it put an end to immoral customs, cleansed the various aspects of life of immodesty, made efforts to eradicate prostitution, retrieved corrupt women and dancing girls, and inculcated moral teachings on the people. But the concepts held by the Christian patriarchs of woman and conjugal relationship were not only opposed to human nature but unnatural to the extreme.
Their basic doctrine was that woman was the mother of sin and root cause of all evil. She was the primary cause of stimulating man towards sin and corruption and thus led him to Hell: all human ills and troubles emanated from her. The mere fact of her being a woman was enough to render her detestable. She should feel ashamed of her beauty and charms, for these served as means to Satanic temptations. She should, therefore, keep on atoning constantly for her inherent sins, because she was responsible for causing all human ills and misfortunes in the world. (Purdah and the Status of Woman in Islam, Abul Ala Mawdudi, p. 9)
What Does Christianity Really Say?
She is an inevitable evil, an eternal mischief, an attractive calamity, a domestic risk, a charming and decorated misfortune
(John Chrysostom (354?-407)
She opens the door to Satanic temptations: lead man to the forbidden tree, breaks the Law of God, and corrupts man
(Tertullian d. 220) (Source: Purdah and the Status of Woman in Islam, p. 9)
"Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman."
"Woman is a temple built over a sewer, the gateway to the devil. Woman, you are the devil's doorway. You led astray one whom the devil would not dare attack directly. It was your fault that the Son of God had to die; you should always go in mourning and rags."
"Adam was deceived by Eve, not Eve by Adam... it is right that he whom that woman induced to sin should assume the role of guide lest he fall again through feminine instability."
It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
Augustine (354-430) (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/augustine/confess.txt)
We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent: we are set free by the foolishness of God. Moreover, just as the former was called wisdom, but was in reality the folly of those who despised God, so the latter is called foolishness, but is true wisdom in those who overcome the devil. We used our immortality so badly as to incur the penalty of death: Christ used His mortality so well as to restore us to life. The disease was brought in through a woman's corrupted soul: the remedy came through a woman's virgin body.
Augustine (354-430) (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/augustine/doctrine.txt)
"Woman is slow in understanding and her unstable and naive mind renders her by way of natural weakness to the necessity of a strong hand in her husband. Her 'use' is two fold; [carnal] sex and motherhood."
Pope Gregory I (540-604)
"[Woman] was made only to assist with procreation."
Thomas Aquinas (1225-74)
"Woman was made for only one reason, to serve and obey man."
John Knox (1513-72
"Wife: Be content to be insignificant. What loss would it be to God or man had you never been born."
John Wesley (1703-91)
"A wife should submit herself to the leadership of her husband. Leadership in the church should always be male."
Southern Baptist Convention (2000)
Women have been persecuted by the Church throughout history; doesnt this prove that Christianity dishonors women? Yes it does.
Famous Quotations from scholars:
"Islam teaches the inherent sinlessness of man. It teaches that man and woman have come from the same essence, posses the same soul and have been equipped with equal capabilities for intellectual, spiritual and moral attainments."
(Sir Charles Edward Archibald Hamilton)
The Arabs had a very strong tradition that one who can smite with the spear and can wield the sword would inherit. But Islam came as the defender of the weaker sex and entitled women to share the inheritance of their parents. It gave women, centuries ago right of owning property, yet it was only 12 centuries later , in 1881, that England, supposed to be the cradle of democracy adopted this institution of Islam and the act was called "the married woman act", but centuries earlier, the Prophet of Islam had proclaimed that "Woman are twin halves of men. The rights of women are sacred. See that women maintained rights granted to them."
(Prof. K. S. Ramakrishna Rao, "Islam and Modern age", 1978. Mohammed The Prophet)
Islam decreed a right of which woman was deprived both before Islam and after it (even as late as this century), the right of independent ownership. According to Islamic Law, woman's right to her money, real estate, or other properties is fully acknowledged. This right undergoes no change whether she is single or married. She retains her full rights to buy, sell, mortgage or lease any or all her properties. It is nowhere suggested in the Law that a woman is a minor simply because she is a female. It is also noteworthy that such right applies to her properties before marriage as well as to whatever she acquires thereafter.
(The Status of Woman in Islam, Jamal Badawi)
true Islamic conception is a shrine of sanctity in contrast to Christianity where she is
regarded as a source of all evil. Under the teachings of Christianity if the first mother
brought eternal Hell, in Islam she has opened the door of
leadership of Muhammad, all such evils and abominations were put to an end.
"I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today."
(George Bernard Shaw)
The Quran teaches that men and women are equal (4:19, 3:195, 9:71, 33:35) because they are created by the same God, they are pronounced equal (48:25, 57:12, 85:10), and men have certain rights over women because they provide for the family, the New Testament teaches the wife must submit to the husband (Eph. 5:22, Col. 3:18)
The Holy Quran says
For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward. (Al-Quran 33:35)
O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may Take away part of the dower ye have given them,-except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and Allah brings about through it a great deal of good. (Al-Quran 4:19)
The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practise regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise. (9:71)
"Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through Thine apostles, and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: For Thou never breakest Thy promise." And their Lord hath accepted of them, and answered them: "Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female: Ye are members, one of another (3:194-195)
One Day shalt thou see the believing men and the believing women- how their Light runs forward before them and by their right hands: (their greeting will be): "Good News for you this Day! Gardens beneath which flow rivers! to dwell therein for aye! This is indeed the highest Achievement!" (57:12)
and among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. (30:21)
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah's trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right, then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. (The Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad)
Narrated Mu'awiyah al-Qushayri:
I went to the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) and asked him: "What do you say (command) about our wives?" He replied: "Give them food what you have for yourself, and clothe them by which you clothe yourself, and do not beat them, and do not revile them." (Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 11, Number 2139)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The most perfect Muslim in the matter of faith is one who has excellent behaviour; and the best among you are those who behave best towards their wives. (Tirmidhi)
Here are responses to the lies propagated against the Quran:
Women in Islam and the Bible.
Contradictions and Errors in the Bible.
Articles by Abdullah Smith.
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