“Behind every great man is a great woman.” This famous quote has been proven true. Many famous and successful men admit the only way they’re successful is because their women are behind them.
However, it seems this doesn’t apply to women in the Quran. The Quran makes women inferior. What does the Quran teach about women?
A Man Can Marry More than One Woman!
“… marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those your right hand possesses …” (Qs 4:3). Muhammad failed to abide by his own teaching! He had nine wives and gave preference to Aisha above his other wives. No man can treat all of his wives the same!
Husbands May Beat their Wives
The Quran allows physical abuse! “… Admonish women who disobey (God’s laws), do not sleep with them and beat them …” (Qs 4:34). One Hadith records, “Aisha said, ‘I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women'” (Bukhari 72:715). Muhammad’s own wife complained of the abuse that Muslim women suffer when compared with other women.
Women Are Less Intelligent
Qs 2:282 taught that a man’s testimony is equal to two women. This is because according to Islam, women are less intelligent than men. Narrated by Abu Said Al-Khaduri: “… I (Muhammad) have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you.’ … He said, ‘Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man? …’” (Al-Bukhari 301:1)
The Quran’s teachings do not agree with the teachings in God’s Holy Book. So what does the Injil teach about women?
Isa Al-Masih Didn’t Allow Polygamy
Isa taught that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman, becoming one flesh. No one can separate them. “… ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together” (Injil, Matthew 19:5-6).
Isa Al-Masih Restores Women’s Dignity
Isa cared about women’s dignity. One day, a woman was caught in adultery. Isa didn’t stone her as the Law of Moses commands. “‘… he [Isa] …said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’… Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’… ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin’” (Injil, John 8:7-11).
Isa Didn’t Treat Women as Second Class
One day, Isa was visiting His friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, in their home. Mary sat at Isa’s feet listening to him. “… Martha was distracted by all the preparations… She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘… Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her’” (Injil, Luke 10:40-42). Isa wanted Mary, a woman, to learn the same way as a man from him.
Isa offered equal status to women and men even though the Jewish law didn’t permit it. He did this because God loves all people equally, both men and women. He proved this when He gave Isa, His own Son as a holy sacrifice to save them. “But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved, …” (Injil, Romans 10:13). If you want to learn more about this salvation, please go to our Way of Salvation page.
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