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Deception?

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in response to reader comment: Nice try, Jim

Submitted by Nabil Ahmad (United States), Sep 1, 2009 at 13:11

Jim:

Now why would I use deception against you to argue my point? Deception is to be used only when open warfare has broken out...that's just common sense. But I am not fighting against you...I am defending my views on MY beliefs. To defend my views with lies doesn't make any sense to me. What the hell do you take me for? What universe do you live in? You sure are one hell of an ignoramus.

Nice try, with more selective quotes from the Qur'an. You didn't even have the guts to quote 2:228 in its entirety:

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.

In Islam, men and women are equal. Look at the following verse (Qur'an 33:35):

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.

Men and women are equal but not identical. They are the two halves of mankind. Look at Qur'an 49:13:

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).

I could go on and on.

Men and women have different roles in society and in the family, and the restrictions and duties are not meant to be a burden to anyone. Men are primarily charged with supporting their respective families; a woman is not required to work outside the home although she can. A husband must share his earnings with his family and support them at the same time; a woman is not required to share any of her wealth with her husband. Men are obligated to attend Friday prayers; women are not. Women bear children, men do not. When a war takes place, the male/female ratio becomes unbalanced; many women may become widowed or may not be able to find available men to marry and support them financially. The purpose of polygamy was not to permit men to have sexual orgies with multiple women but to allow women to have a way out in extreme situations.

When all things are considered, it all balances out and men and women are still equal in the eyes of God according to the Qur'an. And if you still don't think so, I have nothing more to say on this subject to you.

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