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Submitted by The Scholar (United States), Nov 16, 2005 at 14:30

Lisa,

You claimed before that Hind Bint Otba led a war against the Muslims and that was a proof that women had the same rights before Islam. I then proved you wrong, and you did not inform us why you made this claim in the first place! You still insist though that women had more rights in Arabia before Islam! This is weird because as per the paper I am attaching the situation of women under various civilizations before Islam was detestable, so it is hardly possible that women in Arabia would be any better. ... You claimed that young girls were only buried alive in Arabia by the poor and this did not seem like a common practice. Well, Omar Ibn Elkhattab before he became a Muslim buried his daughter while still alive because he feared shame she might bring unto him when she grows up (Omar was certainly not a poor man, but considered to be a nobleman by their standards!)

If you look at some example of abuse of women in Islamic countries and then claim that this is consistent with Islam, then I will have to assume that the treatment of women in Christian African counties and in South America is also consistent with Christianity. Not to mention of course the sexual abuse of women in the US:
According to the following reference: http://endabuse.org/resources/facts/, "Nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives, according to a 1998 Commonwealth Fund survey.4

According to the following reference: http://www.now.org/issues/violence/stats.html, "SEXUAL ASSAULT . Every year approximately 132,000 women report that they have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and more than half of them knew their attackers. It's estimated that two to six times that many women are raped, but do not report it. Every year 1.2 million women are forcibly raped by their current or former male partners, some more than once"

Your assertion that women had more rights before Islam seems to be driven by three things: 1) Very few historic resources about life in Arabia before Islam, so this means that women must have had more rights, haha, 2) Khadiga Bint Khewayled being a successful business woman (this is absurd as saying that because there were English Queens, then women were equal to men in the Medieval), 3) A quotation from somebody I have never heard of!!

If you have ever read or watched pride and prejudice (By Jane Austin), please explain to us how come the male cousin seems to inherit the fortune of the father instead of the daughters!!

You claim that women under Christianity and Judaism had better rights than under Islam. Well, maybe after you read the verses I picket from the bible you can even claim that women had more rights than men!!! let me introduce the following section from a paper by Dr. Gamal Badawi about women in Islam first (I am attaching the whole paper the end):

"According to the English Common Law:
...all real property which a wife held at the time of a marriage became a possession of her husband. He was entitled to the rent from the land and to any profit which might be made from operating the estate during the joint life of the spouses. As time passed, the English courts devised means to forbid a husband's transferring real property without the consent of his wife, but he still retained the right to manage it and to receive the money which it produced. As to a wife's personal property, the husband's power was complete. He had the right to spend it as he saw fit.
Only by the late nineteenth Century did the situation start to improve. "By a series of acts starting with the Married women's Property Act in 1870, amended in 1882 and 1887, married women achieved the right to own property and to enter contracts on a par with spinsters, widows, and divorcees." As late as the Nineteenth Century an authority in ancient law, Sir Henry Maine, wrote: "No society which preserves any tincture of Christian institutions is likely to restore to married women the personal liberty conferred on them by the Middle Roman Law."
In his essay The Subjection of Women, John Stuart Mill wrote:
We are continually told that civilization and Christianity have restored to the woman her just rights. Meanwhile the wife is the actual bondservant of her husband; no less so, as far as the legal obligation goes, than slaves commonly so called.
Before moving on to the Qur'anic decrees concerning the status of woman, a few Biblical decrees may shed more light on the subject, thus providing a better basis for an impartial evaluation. In the Mosaic Law, the wife was betrothed. Explaining this concept, the Encyclopedia Biblica states: "To betroth a wife to oneself meant simply to acquire possession of her by payment of the purchase money; the betrothed is a girl for whom the purchase money has been paid." From the legal point of view, the consent of the girl was not necessary for the validation of her marriage. "The girl's consent is unnecessary and the need for it is nowhere suggested in the Law."
As to the right of divorce, we read in the Encyclopedia Biblica: "The woman being man's property, his right to divorce her follows as a matter of course." The right to divorce was held only by man. "In the Mosaic Law divorce was a privilege of the husband only .... "
The position of the Christian Church until recent centuries seems to have been influenced by both the Mosaic Law and by the streams of thought that were dominant in its contemporary cultures. In their book, Marriage East and West, David and Vera Mace wrote:
Let no one suppose, either, that our Christian heritage is free of such slighting judgments. It would be hard to find anywhere a collection of more degrading references to the female sex than the early Church Fathers provide. Lecky, the famous historian, speaks of (these fierce incentives which form so conspicuous and so grotesque a portion of the writing of the Fathers . . . woman was represented as the door of hell, as the mother of all human ills. She should be ashamed at the very thought that she is a woman. She should live in continual penance on account of the curses she has brought upon the world. She should be ashamed of her dress, for it is the memorial of her fall. She should be especially ashamed of her beauty, for it is the most potent instrument of the devil). One of the most scathing of these attacks on woman is that of Tertullian: Do you know that you are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil's gateway: you are the unsealer of that forbidden tree; you are the first deserters of the divine law; you are she who persuades him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God's image, man. On account of your desert - that is death - even the Sop of God had to die). Not only did the church affirm the inferior status of woman, it deprived her of legal rights she had previously enjoyed. "

Let me now introduce some of the sections I found in the bible that deal with women (after only 5 minutes of searching):
Ephesians 5:23 (New International Version)
23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
Corinthians 14:34-36 (New International Version)
34women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

If a woman is raped in town, then she should stoned with the rapist:

23 If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, 24 you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the girl because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man's wife. You must purge the evil from among you.
25 But if out in the country a man happens to meet a girl pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die. 26 Do nothing to the girl; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders his neighbor, 27 for the man found the girl out in the country, and though the betrothed girl screamed, there was no one to rescue her.
Genesis 3:16 (New International Version)
16 To the woman he said,
"I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
with pain you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you."
A woman is more unclean when she delivers a daughter:
Leviticus 12:4-6 (New International Version)
4 Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over. 5 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.
Deuteronomy 22 (New International Version)
20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl's virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father's house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father's house. You must purge the evil from among you.
Leviticus 21:13-15 (New International Version)
'The woman he marries must be a virgin. 14 He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people, 15 so he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy. [a] ' "


I guess after reading all this, one would easily reach the same conclusion you reached, or maybe even claim that women had more rights than men, right???

As usual, you are putting the Prophet's hadith and the Quranic verses out of context for the sole purpose of defaming him. I liked the example Omar Ibn Elkhattab and the women in Medina, the right interpretation in that because Medina is an agricultural society and thus women helped in the field, so they were stronger. In Mecca for example, men were merchants and women had no say in trade (except in a few examples like Khadiga). Historians have already gone through all these evidences and many of them seem to have interpreted these verses in a different sense. The authenticity of some of these quotations could not even be proven and so I will not go into them. It is always easy though to copy and paste things out of their proper context like the section about "marriage being like slavery", which the Prophet said when he was advising men to be gentle and just to women and he used this example to show men how they have their women with God's words and thus should be fair to them!!

But let me now introduce the following paper by Dr. Gamal Badawi that has made a pretty good comparison:

I INTRODUCTION
The status of women in society is neither a new issue nor is it a fully settled one.
The position of Islam on this issue has been among the subjects presented to the Western reader with the least objectivity.
This paper is intended to provide a brief and authentic exposition of what Islam stands for in this regard. The teachings of Islam are based essentially on the Qur'an (God's revelation) and Hadeeth (elaboration by Prophet Muhammad).
The Qur'an and the Hadeeth, properly and unbiasedly understood, provide the basic source of authentication for any position or view which is attributed to Islam.
The paper starts with a brief survey of the status of women in the pre-Islamic era. It then focuses on these major questions: What is the position of Islam regarding the status of woman in society? How similar or different is that position from "the spirit of the time," which was dominant when Islam was revealed? How would this compare with the "rights" which were finally gained by woman in recent decades?

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II. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
One major objective of this paper is to provide a fair evaluation of what Islam contributed (or failed to contribute) toward the restoration of woman's dignity and rights. In order to achieve this objective, it may be useful to review briefly how women were treated in general in previous civilizations and religions, especially those which preceded Islam (Pre-610 C.E.). Part of the information provided here, however, describes the status of woman as late as the nineteenth century, more than twelve centuries after Islam.

Women in Ancient Civilization
Describing the status of the Indian woman, Encyclopedia Britannica states:
In India, subjection was a cardinal principle. Day and night must women be held by their protectors in a state of dependence says Manu. The rule of inheritance was agnatic, that is descent traced through males to the exclusion of females.
In Hindu scriptures, the description of a good wife is as follows: "a woman whose mind, speech and body are kept in subjection, acquires high renown in this world, and, in the next, the same abode with her husband."
In Athens, women were not better off than either the Indian or the Roman women.
"Athenian women were always minors, subject to some male - to their father, to their brother, or to some of their male kin.
Her consent in marriage was not generally thought to be necessary and "she was obliged to submit to the wishes of her parents, and receive from them her husband and her lord, even though he were stranger to her."
A Roman wife was described by an historian as: "a babe, a minor, a ward, a person incapable of doing or acting anything according to her own individual taste, a person continually under the tutelage and guardianship of her husband."
In the Encyclopedia Britannica, we find a summary of the legal status of women in the Roman civilization:
In Roman Law a woman was even in historic times completely dependent. If married she and her property passed into the power of her husband . . . the wife was the purchased property of her husband, and like a slave acquired only for his benefit. A woman could not exercise any civil or public office . could not be a witness, surety, tutor, or curator; she could not adopt or be adopted, or make will or contract. Among the Scandinavian races women were:
under perpetual tutelage, whether married or unmarried. As late as the Code of Christian V, at the end of the 17th Century, it was enacted that if a woman married without the consent of her tutor he might have, if he wished, administration and usufruct of her goods during her life.
According to the English Common Law:
...all real property which a wife held at the time of a marriage became a possession of her husband. He was entitled to the rent from the land and to any profit which might be made from operating the estate during the joint life of the spouses. As time passed, the English courts devised means to forbid a husband's transferring real property without the consent of his wife, but he still retained the right to manage it and to receive the money which it produced. As to a wife's personal property, the husband's power was complete. He had the right to spend it as he saw fit.
Only by the late nineteenth Century did the situation start to improve. "By a series of acts starting with the Married women's Property Act in 1870, amended in 1882 and 1887, married women achieved the right to own property and to enter contracts on a par with spinsters, widows, and divorcees." As late as the Nineteenth Century an authority in ancient law, Sir Henry Maine, wrote: "No society which preserves any tincture of Christian institutions is likely to restore to married women the personal liberty conferred on them by the Middle Roman Law."
In his essay The Subjection of Women, John Stuart Mill wrote:
We are continually told that civilization and Christianity have restored to the woman her just rights. Meanwhile the wife is the actual bondservant of her husband; no less so, as far as the legal obligation goes, than slaves commonly so called.
Before moving on to the Qur'anic decrees concerning the status of woman, a few Biblical decrees may shed more light on the subject, thus providing a better basis for an impartial evaluation. In the Mosaic Law, the wife was betrothed. Explaining this concept, the Encyclopedia Biblica states: "To betroth a wife to oneself meant simply to acquire possession of her by payment of the purchase money; the betrothed is a girl for whom the purchase money has been paid." From the legal point of view, the consent of the girl was not necessary for the validation of her marriage. "The girl's consent is unnecessary and the need for it is nowhere suggested in the Law."
As to the right of divorce, we read in the Encyclopedia Biblica: "The woman being man's property, his right to divorce her follows as a matter of course." The right to divorce was held only by man. "In the Mosaic Law divorce was a privilege of the husband only .... "
The position of the Christian Church until recent centuries seems to have been influenced by both the Mosaic Law and by the streams of thought that were dominant in its contemporary cultures. In their book, Marriage East and West, David and Vera Mace wrote:
Let no one suppose, either, that our Christian heritage is free of such slighting judgments. It would be hard to find anywhere a collection of more degrading references to the female sex than the early Church Fathers provide. Lecky, the famous historian, speaks of (these fierce incentives which form so conspicuous and so grotesque a portion of the writing of the Fathers . . . woman was represented as the door of hell, as the mother of all human ills. She should be ashamed at the very thought that she is a woman. She should live in continual penance on account of the curses she has brought upon the world. She should be ashamed of her dress, for it is the memorial of her fall. She should be especially ashamed of her beauty, for it is the most potent instrument of the devil). One of the most scathing of these attacks on woman is that of Tertullian: Do you know that you are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil's gateway: you are the unsealer of that forbidden tree; you are the first deserters of the divine law; you are she who persuades him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God's image, man. On account of your desert - that is death - even the Sop of God had to die). Not only did the church affirm the inferior status of woman, it deprived her of legal rights she had previously enjoyed.

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III. WOMAN IN ISLAM
In the midst of the darkness that engulfed the world, the divine revelation echoed in the wide desert of Arabia with a fresh, noble, and universal message to humanity: "O Mankind, keep your duty to your Lord who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate (of same kind) and from them twain has spread a multitude of men and women" (Qur'an 4: 1).
A scholar who pondered about this verse states: "It is believed that there is no text, old or new, that deals with the humanity of the woman from all aspects with such amazing brevity, eloquence, depth, and originality as this divine decree."
Stressing this noble and natural conception, them Qur'an states:
He (God) it is who did create you from a single soul and therefrom did create his mate, that he might dwell with her (in love)...(Qur'an 7:189)
The Creator of heavens and earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves ...Qur'an 42:1 1
And Allah has given you mates of your own nature, and has given you from your mates, children and grandchildren, and has made provision of good things for you. Is it then in vanity that they believe and in the grace of God that they disbelieve? Qur'an 16:72
The rest of this paper outlines the position of Islam regarding the status of woman in society from its various aspects - spiritually, socially, economically and politically.

1. The Spiritual Aspect
The Qur'an provides clear-cut evidence that woman iscompletely equated with man in the sight of God interms of her rights and responsibilities. The Qur'an states:
"Every soul will be (held) in pledge for its deeds" (Qur'an 74:38). It also states:
...So their Lord accepted their prayers, (saying): I will not suffer to be lost the work of any of you whether male or female. You proceed one from another ...(Qur'an 3: 195).
Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily to him will We give a new life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to the their actions. (Qur'an 16:97, see also 4:124).
Woman according to the Qur'an is not blamed for Adam's first mistake. Both were jointly wrong in their disobedience to God, both repented, and both were forgiven. (Qur'an 2:36, 7:20 - 24). In one verse in fact (20:121), Adam specifically, was blamed.
In terms of religious obligations, such as the Daily Prayers, Fasting, Poor-due, and Pilgrimage, woman is no different from man. In some cases indeed, woman has certain advantages over man. For example, the woman is exempted from the daily prayers and from fasting during her menstrual periods and forty days after childbirth. She is also exempted from fasting during her pregnancy and when she is nursing her baby if there is any threat to her health or her baby's. If the missed fasting is obligatory (during the month of Ramadan), she can make up for the missed days whenever she can. She does not have to make up for the prayers missed for any of the above reasons. Although women can and did go into the mosque during the days of the prophet and thereafter attendance et the Friday congregational prayers is optional for them while it is mandatory for men (on Friday).
This is clearly a tender touch of the Islamic teachings for they are considerate of the fact that a woman may be nursing her baby or caring for him, and thus may be unable to go out to the mosque at the time of the prayers. They also take into account the physiological and psychological changes associated with her natural female functions.

2. The Social Aspect
a) As a child and an adolescent
Despite the social acceptance of female infanticide among some Arabian tribes, the Qur'an forbade this custom, and considered it a crime like any other murder.
"And when the female (infant) buried alive - is questioned, for what crime she was killed." (Qur'an 81:8-9).
Criticizing the attitudes of such parents who reject their female children, the Qur'an states:
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 (sufferance) and contempt, or bury her in the dust? Ah! What an evil (choice) they decide on? (Qur'an 16: 58-59).
Far from saving the girl's life so that she may later suffer injustice and inequality, Islam requires kind and just treatment for her. Among the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (P.) in this regard are the following:
Whosoever has a daughter and he does not bury her alive, does not insult her, and does not favor his son over her, God will enter him into Paradise. (Ibn Hanbal, No. 1957).
Whosoever supports two daughters till they mature, he and I will come in the day of judgment as this (and he pointed with his two fingers held together).
A similar Hadeeth deals in like manner with one who supports two sisters. (Ibn-Hanbal, No. 2104).
The right of females to seek knowledge is not different from that of males. Prophet Muhammad (P.) said:
"Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every Muslim". (AlBayhaqi). Muslim as used here including both males and females.
b) As a wife:
The Qur'an clearly indicates that marriage is sharing between the two halves of the society, and that its objectives, beside perpetuating human life, are emotional well-being and spiritual harmony. Its bases are love and mercy.
Among the most impressive verses in the Qur'an about marriage is the following.
"And among His signs is this: That He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find rest, peace of mind in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Lo, herein indeed are signs for people who reflect." (Qur'an 30:2 1).
According to Islamic Law, women cannot be forced to marry anyone without their consent.
Ibn Abbas reported that a girl came to the Messenger of God, Muhammad (P.), and she reported that her father had forced her to marry without her consent. The Messenger of God gave her the choice . . . (between accepting the marriage or invalidating it). (Ibn Hanbal No. 2469). In another version, the girl said: "Actually I accept this marriage but I wanted to let women know that parents have no right (to force a husband on them)" (Ibn Maja, No. 1873).
Besides all other provisions for her protection at the time of marriage, it was specifically decreed that woman has the full right to her Mahr, a marriage gift, which is presented to her by her husband and is included in the nuptial contract, and that such ownership does not transfer to her father or husband. The concept of Mahr in Islam is neither an actual or symbolic price for the woman, as was the case in certain cultures, but rather it is a gift symbolizing love and affection.
The rules for married life in Islam are clear and in harmony with upright human nature. In consideration of the physiological and psychological make-up of man and woman, both have equal rights and claims on one another, except for one responsibility, that of leadership. This is a matter which is natural in any collective life and which is consistent with the nature of man.
The Qur'an thus states:
"And they (women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them, and men are a degree above them." (Qur'an 2:228).
Such degree is Quiwama (maintenance and protection). This refers to that natural difference between the sexes which entitles the weaker sex to protection. It implies no superiority or advantage before the law. Yet, man's role of leadership in relation to his family does not mean the husband's dictatorship over his wife. Islam emphasizes the importance of taking counsel and mutual agreement in family decisions. The Qur'an gives us an example:
"...If they (husband wife) desire to wean the child by mutual consent and (after) consultation, there is no blame on them..." (Qur'an 2: 233).
Over and above her basic rights as a wife comes the right which is emphasized by the Qur'an and is strongly recommended by the Prophet (P); kind treatment and companionship.
The Qur'an states:
"...But consort with them in kindness, for if you hate them it may happen that you hate a thing wherein God has placed much good." (Qur'an 4: l9).

Prophet Muhammad. (P) said:
The best of you is the best to his family and I am the best among you to my family.
The most perfect believers are the best in conduct and best of you are those who are best to their wives. (Ibn-Hanbal, No. 7396)
Behold, many women came to Muhammad's wives complaining against their husbands (because they beat them) - - those (husbands) are not the best of you.
As the woman's right to decide about her marriage is recognized, so also her right to seek an end for an unsuccessful marriage is recognized. To provide for the stability of the family, however, and in order to protect it from hasty decisions under temporary emotional stress, certain steps and waiting periods should be observed by men and women seeking divorce. Considering the relatively more emotional nature of women, a good reason for asking for divorce should be brought before the judge. Like the man, however, the woman can divorce her husband with out resorting to the court, if the nuptial contract allows that.
More specifically, some aspects of Islamic Law concerning marriage and divorce are interesting and are worthy of separate treatment.
When the continuation of the marriage relationship is impossible for any reason, men are still taught to seek a gracious end for it.
The Qur'an states about such cases:
When you divorce women, and they reach their prescribed term, then retain them in kindness and retain them not for injury so that you transgress (the limits). (Qur'an 2:231). (See also Qur'an 2:229 and 33:49).

c) As a mother:
Islam considered kindness to parents next to the worship of God.
"And we have enjoined upon man (to be good) to his parents: His mother bears him in weakness upon weakness..." (Qur'an 31:14) (See also Qur'an 46:15, 29:8).
Moreover, the Qur'an has a special recommendation for the good treatment of mothers:
"Your Lord has decreed that you worship none save Him, and that you be kind to your parents. . ." (Qur'an 17:23).
A man came to Prophet Muhammad (P) asking:
O Messenger of God, who among the people is the most worthy of my good company? The Prophet (P) said, Your mother. The man said then who else: The Prophet (P) said, Your mother. The man asked, Then who else? Only then did the Prophet (P) say, Your father. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
A famous saying of The Prophet is "Paradise is at the feet of mothers." (In Al'Nisa'I, Ibn Majah, Ahmad).
"It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them."

3. The Economic Aspect
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.
With regard to the woman's right to seek employment it should be stated first that Islam regards her role in society as a mother and a wife as the most sacred and essential one. Neither maids nor baby-sitters can possibly take the mother's place as the educator of an upright, complex free, and carefully-reared children. Such a noble and vital role, which largely shapes the future of nations, cannot be regarded as "idleness".
However, there is no decree in Islam which forbids woman from seeking employment whenever there is a necessity for it, especially in positions which fit her nature and in which society needs her most. Examples of these professions are nursing, teaching (especially for children), and medicine. Moreover, there is no restriction on benefiting from woman's exceptional talent in any field. Even for the position of a judge, where there may be a tendency to doubt the woman's fitness for the post due to her more emotional nature, we find early Muslim scholars such as Abu-Hanifa and Al-Tabary holding there is nothing wrong with it. In addition, Islam restored to woman the right of inheritance, after she herself was an object of inheritance in some cultures. Her share is completely hers and no one can make any claim on it, including her father and her husband.
"Unto men (of the family) belongs a share of that which Parents and near kindred leave, and unto women a share of that which parents and near kindred leave, whether it be a little or much - a determinate share." ((Qur'an 4:7).
Her share in most cases is one-half the man's share, with no implication that she is worth half a man! It would seem grossly inconsistent after the overwhelming evidence of woman's equitable treatment in Islam, which was discussed in the preceding pages, to make such an inference. This variation in inheritance rights is only consistent with the variations in financial responsibilities of man and woman according to the Islamic Law. Man in Islam is fully responsible for the maintenance of his wife, his children, and in some cases of his needy relatives, especially the females. This responsibility is neither waived nor reduced because of his wife's wealth or because of her access to any personal income gained from work, rent, profit, or any other legal means.
Woman, on the other hand, is far more secure financially and is far less burdened with any claims on her possessions. Her possessions before marriage do not transfer to her husband and she even keeps her maiden name. She has no obligation to spend on her family out of such properties or out of her income after marriage. She is entitled to the "Mahr" which she takes from her husband at the time of marriage. If she is divorced, she may get an alimony from her ex-husband.
An examination of the inheritance law within the overall framework of the Islamic Law reveals not only justice but also an abundance of compassion for woman.

4. The Political Aspect
Any fair investigation of the teachings of Islam o~ into the history of the Islamic civilization will surely find a clear evidence of woman's equality with man in what we call today "political rights".
This includes the right of election as well as the nomination to political offices. It also includes woman's right to participate in public affairs. Both in the Qur'an and in Islamic history we find examples of women who participated in serious discussions and argued even with the Prophet (P) himself, (see Qur'an 58: 14 and 60: 10-12).
During the Caliphate of Omar Ibn al-Khattab, a woman argued with him in the mosque, proved her point, and caused him to declare in the presence of people: "A woman is right and Omar is wrong."

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2runymede report [269 words]AbigailAug 6, 2009 23:50159773
Don't get it [236 words]Russ DavisOct 4, 2008 14:51139536
1Truth-o-phobia [64 words]Muslim EnlightenerApr 14, 2009 08:05139536
2One Islam [77 words]PeterJun 11, 2008 09:35131748
6respect women [391 words]iremJun 2, 2008 20:23130922
amazing [17 words]The UnknownDec 21, 2008 08:07130922
3Irem: You may be able to fool the politically correct, but not an Islamic Apostate. [650 words]Gabriel AliDec 26, 2008 00:53130922
2Irem - reply [65 words]ballaJun 10, 2009 09:11130922
2Islam and women [58 words]spirit_of_scienceJun 17, 2009 14:33130922
14 cases [43 words]anonymousDec 17, 2009 07:07130922
3the eye will not see what the brain didn't know [154 words]imahAug 23, 2010 10:19130922
1Not All Moslem Women Are In Agreement With You [394 words]D.K.Milgrim-HeathSep 21, 2010 21:37130922
1WEDDING [136 words]JohanesDec 16, 2010 09:21130922
Abusive rights of inheritance [34 words]cl4ordOct 21, 2012 05:57130922
2The Spell of Islamophobia [1996 words]Mr. S D RodrianMar 15, 2008 07:32122703
Intentionally misleading others or it is lack of knowledge [524 words]fairMay 6, 2008 12:13122703
2just to be "fair" [2917 words]Mr. S D RodrianMay 11, 2008 16:50122703
2RE: Islamophobia. [9 words]Hayat.Jun 3, 2008 22:13122703
1Understand Peace [60 words]Jafar MohammedSep 24, 2008 04:53122703
2Islamistphobia Justified [242 words]steve jaubertSep 20, 2010 00:27122703
1Selective, aren't we, in order to make Islam seem moral [101 words]winocerosMay 3, 2011 00:23122703
4we should ask ? [163 words]Phil GreendNov 16, 2007 22:03113908
False Info. [148 words]adel aldalaliFeb 24, 2008 23:44113908
3Speaking of "False Info," your post is a perfect example [395 words]AmillennialistMar 15, 2008 08:37113908
The 'first' decade of Islamophobia [34 words]Chris AllenNov 7, 2007 18:43113359
3To counter the term islamophobia why can't the Infidels use Islamophrenia. [161 words]Shri DeviOct 4, 2007 02:03110290
Islamophrenia [6 words]AmillennialistMar 15, 2008 08:17110290
2better name [18 words]mariahNov 5, 2010 13:52110290
pure islam [106 words]usmanAug 20, 2007 08:14106557
3there is no afterlife [474 words]navinSep 21, 2007 06:43106557
Pure Islam and Peaceful Islam ; The photographs speaks for itself. [25 words]Shri DeviSep 22, 2007 07:01106557
afterlife....no afterthought [132 words]joSep 22, 2007 13:19106557
3eternal life...i wish it was true [562 words]navinSep 25, 2007 05:52106557
keep your beliefs and we will keep ours. [127 words]Hassan NoorOct 21, 2007 20:46106557
8hello from a kafir [1106 words]navinOct 23, 2007 08:13106557
1reply to Navin [115 words]ZAMIR AHMEDDec 3, 2007 00:14106557
5i used to think islam was the best until i found hinduism [537 words]navinDec 16, 2007 11:50106557
reply to Navin [124 words]ZAMIR AHMEDDec 27, 2007 02:35106557
life after death [103 words]ZAMIR AHMEDDec 29, 2007 01:03106557
2sorry brother zamir,i pass on your offer [726 words]navinDec 31, 2007 08:53106557
you are right brother Navin [208 words]ZAMIR AHMEDJan 1, 2008 01:07106557
Interesting ! [90 words]sidJan 9, 2008 12:29106557
4War, deceit, lies,kufr,killings, murders, punishment, virgins, hellfire, fighting, jihad, these are all from Allah. [355 words]Shri DeviJan 9, 2008 23:59106557
5Veerappan, the dacoit & Mohd the prophet in the same boat., Veerappan was less sinful than Mohd., [259 words]Shri DeviJan 14, 2008 06:00106557
Again...very convenient ! [1049 words]SidJan 14, 2008 12:11106557
4Islamophobia's reason is nothing but ISLAM ONLY... [2116 words]DeviJan 18, 2008 00:50106557
advice [36 words]mohammed ibrahimMay 5, 2008 08:57106557
pure Islam the "choice"? [80 words]peterJun 11, 2008 09:49106557
Why choose to believe one side only? [35 words]DahliaAug 14, 2008 00:33106557
Reply to Sid [75 words]premSep 10, 2008 04:24106557
1A laugh and a half [57 words]KairOct 10, 2008 08:07106557
Islam religion [73 words]Zamir AhmedOct 11, 2008 08:21106557
1Hello! [78 words]KafirOct 12, 2008 02:44106557
Islam religion [251 words]Zamir AhmedOct 14, 2008 08:05106557
1My dear brother Zamir [267 words]KafirOct 15, 2008 00:34106557
1Islam true success [210 words]Zamir AhmedOct 17, 2008 01:36106557
2My brother try open your eyes! [1023 words]KafirOct 19, 2008 10:01106557
1Sid (Pakistan), Jan 14, 2008 [100 words]studer2500Mar 6, 2009 02:44106557
the big bang [79 words]mohamedJun 3, 2009 09:02106557
your comments looks funny [38 words]BalaAug 24, 2009 08:49106557
Beauty, Innocence and Lots of Quizzes [78 words]The Tooth FairySep 6, 2009 08:51106557
recent attack in waziristan [118 words]sandhyalakshmiOct 18, 2009 12:25106557
Well said [6 words]ShubyDec 17, 2009 08:09106557
Verse 256 of Chapter 2 [37 words]A. AvernaJan 18, 2010 02:53106557
qoran is fake - proof [118 words]a true indian citizenFeb 26, 2010 04:38106557
review [46 words]finderSep 20, 2010 07:51106557
1poor sid [266 words]finderSep 20, 2010 08:42106557
Islamic teachings into human civilization revolution [280 words]JohanesDec 16, 2010 10:25106557
islam means peace [108 words]uzma aftabMar 22, 2012 11:52106557
Adding a new phobia [4 words]saeed ahmadJan 28, 2007 15:0174861
god [369 words]mfAug 9, 2007 20:0874861
3women in god's favourite costume: burqah [265 words]navinSep 21, 2007 07:0174861
Read Dr Ali Sina's site [26 words]studer2500Mar 6, 2009 04:5774861
white european muslims [32 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
joseph ullmanMar 14, 2006 12:2240101
1To AMK [1881 words]LisaDec 10, 2005 14:3929747
The Misunderstood and Misinterpreted Burqa for Muslim Women [276 words]Georges FernandezDec 8, 2005 14:5529665
I think I can explain why (I hope).... [434 words]Cath41Feb 22, 2006 03:0529665
How many do you know? [104 words]MiriamMay 24, 2006 08:5529665
I think you got it all wrong about the burqa [126 words]ElifJun 22, 2006 06:2129665
1To Miriam: Sex Slaves of Islam [271 words]Georges FernandezSep 4, 2006 15:2229665
1Does the veil protect Muslim women's honour? Or does it serve to "mark" them as docile victims for Muslim men intent on rape? [304 words]Georges FernandezSep 5, 2006 02:4129665
In The Hot Desert Both Men & Women Cover Their Faces [114 words]RebeccaSep 21, 2006 13:1229665
women are not sex slaves in islam [73 words]muskanMar 13, 2007 08:0729665
2my reply to miriam [343 words]navinSep 25, 2007 11:0729665
1look into your own backyards [70 words]NatachaNov 19, 2007 05:5829665
1india is where everything began [537 words]navinNov 21, 2007 04:3829665
1Islamic Genius, AMK [673 words]Vishnu GuptaDec 8, 2005 02:5929631
Amk is a genius [27 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 07:4229631
stupid law [167 words]forget pastJan 5, 2008 06:3829631
1Further to AMK, A Sincere Apology, and the Bhagvadgita [919 words]Rakshas 10 AnanDec 6, 2005 23:1129552
Rakshas [101 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 07:5029552
Rethink your case [174 words]big bossJan 4, 2008 14:0829552
4AMK, Hinduism is like the vast Ocean, Where Islam is a stagnant pond! [549 words]Rakshas 10 AnanDec 6, 2005 21:3229551
Where has the scholar gone to? [54 words]Daniel HassanDec 6, 2005 06:4929506
2To Lisa and a few others, my final comments! [1162 words]AMKDec 6, 2005 05:5629504
Vedic Land [79 words]ShivaOct 18, 2007 07:2529504
Reply to AMK & All Muslims: Open up your Eyes and see the Truth [307 words]beststarsignNov 6, 2007 22:3029504
1Two Sets of Muslims in the World [610 words]Rakshas 10 AnanDec 6, 2005 00:2529496
Report of Meeting on Islamophobia in Seville, Spain [963 words]Vishnu GuptaDec 5, 2005 23:3429491
1John: Ali Sina's prediction, can it happen? [430 words]AshDec 5, 2005 19:1129475
to ash [106 words]dilshadJun 26, 2007 02:4029475
Which planet is this Ali Sina from? [32 words]Badis AliAug 24, 2008 08:2829475
ditto with all religions [52 words]car313Dec 2, 2008 04:2329475
Which planet is this Ali Sina from? by Badis Ali [55 words]studer2500Mar 6, 2009 04:0829475
To John Bastile, Burton's post on Hindu genocide [58 words]Robert H.Dec 5, 2005 18:2029471
LAATON KE BHOOT [309 words]s.p. attriMay 17, 2008 01:2629471
MULLAHS GLORIFYING THE TERRORIST-IMPERIALISM OF ISLAM [246 words]s.p. attriMay 18, 2008 23:3729471
Jihad's evil fury [830 words]s.p. attriMay 20, 2008 23:4829471
2Response to Bastile's and Lisa, great posts [316 words]Ex-MuslimDec 5, 2005 18:0429466
A simple question ! [10 words]MuslimMay 24, 2007 08:1129466
2Ermmm... [4 words]KlewMay 24, 2007 20:1929466
1It is good to hear this kind of thing from an ex muslim [108 words]LIONELJul 12, 2007 04:0829466
1live like human [263 words]navinSep 24, 2007 07:0629466
ISLAM is great [80 words]MASHITAHDec 6, 2007 02:3029466
Islam [70 words]ZAMIR AHMEDDec 29, 2007 01:0829466
Don't be so optimistic John [353 words]LisaDec 5, 2005 15:2929451
Response to AMK', "There is no compulsion in religion" [150 words]KhanDec 5, 2005 13:5829436
1Islam [86 words]Rajat KapoorJul 31, 2007 22:1329436
To AMK: What do you think of Ahmed's post? [78 words]N.K.Dec 4, 2005 09:2429389
To Nk khan: what do you think of this [962 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 10:0929389
To John, Continuing the Thread [978 words]Rakshas 10 AnanDec 4, 2005 07:4729384
Reply to Rakshas 10 Anan [621 words]John BastileDec 3, 2005 10:5929351
RE: To John, Lisa, Kevin, Telis, others..... [1213 words]Kevin GrahamDec 3, 2005 08:0929346
Off the mark, AMK [234 words]Rakshah 10 AnanDec 3, 2005 01:1429340
To John, Lisa, Kevin, Telis, others..... [3711 words]AMKDec 2, 2005 21:0029335
To John Bastile: Touché! Well, Amost. To Kevin Graham: On 'Fads' and Fantasies [1161 words]Rakshas 10 AnanDec 2, 2005 14:4329321
7Chitpavan Bhramins [107 words]Sudhir DamleMay 18, 2007 14:0629321
DNA Test for Chitpavans [17 words]Devesh GadgilJan 27, 2009 14:5929321
A very smart answer [48 words]garciaApr 10, 2009 06:1129321
15regarding chitpavan brahmins origins from jews [510 words]hiranyakeshinApr 11, 2009 05:3929321
3chitpavan brahmins and jewish connection [185 words]hiranyakeshinApr 11, 2009 06:1629321
Quite possibly Kohanis were the priests of Thebes in the temple of Amen [73 words]Mahesh LavannisAug 28, 2009 14:5729321
A definite origin of the Chit Pawan Brahmins difficult find out. [31 words]G.N.Rao.Mar 22, 2012 10:3729321
Origin of Chittpawan brahmins [124 words]Shripad Kulkarni.May 26, 2017 02:1129321
69Muslim genocide of hindus in India (a must read) [555 words]R. BurtonDec 2, 2005 13:4829320
3India bloody conquest by Islam [1010 words]SandhyaNov 19, 2006 16:5129320
This utter nonsense ! [151 words]RajuSep 22, 2007 17:2129320
Are You White or Christian? [136 words]RajuSep 22, 2007 17:4729320
Islam in India [32 words]ZAMIR AHMEDDec 4, 2007 00:3229320
1reply to zamir ahmed [345 words]sandya madamDec 17, 2007 12:1729320
life after death [180 words]ZAMIR AHMEDJan 4, 2008 09:0029320
1Life/Death => afterlife? [181 words]B.williameJan 16, 2008 04:1429320
A Baseless Propaganda [116 words]Servant of AllahFeb 21, 2008 10:0329320
message for zamir ahmed [83 words]premSep 10, 2008 07:4929320
Abrahmite Religions' obsession with violence and murders [303 words]B N GURURAJJan 25, 2009 09:0729320
wrong [114 words]AMRNov 7, 2010 08:0629320
2Pakistanis [43 words]John HazratiNov 13, 2010 14:2629320
Islam Stands For Peace [89 words]mohd farooque kaziJan 14, 2011 07:2129320
What is the purpose of this! [186 words]An IndianNov 7, 2011 06:4729320
1centuries of torture [187 words]hinduNov 30, 2011 12:5129320
Propaganda [129 words]muslimMay 12, 2012 16:4329320
AMK and Scholar: Islam is the only true religion [643 words]AhmedDec 2, 2005 12:5829319
AMK and Scholar: Islam is the only true religion [154 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 07:0229319
To AMK, 100 million hindus killed by muslims [248 words]A.A.Dec 2, 2005 12:2629317
Re: Scholar's Islam and Lisa's accusations (you wish) [371 words]Atim BasseyDec 2, 2005 11:2129313
To AMK [3071 words]LisaDec 2, 2005 00:4129298
The intellectual mind [672 words]John BastileDec 1, 2005 23:5429294
AMK, Thank you for your declaration of non-violence [507 words]John BastileDec 1, 2005 23:1529292
Reply to AMK - You misunderstood me. [941 words]John BastileDec 1, 2005 20:4729290
Continued - Rights of women and slavery in Islam to Scholar, Randa and AMK [395 words]LisaDec 1, 2005 13:0629242
To Lisa, John, AA and others: My comments [2554 words]AMKDec 1, 2005 09:5929229
AMK: Islam spreading in America? [369 words]Kevin GrahamDec 1, 2005 07:0329222
? to all human beings [19 words]SAADAT ALIApr 24, 2007 05:1329222
Islamophobia? [309 words]ZAMIR AHMEDDec 2, 2007 02:3329222
whie muslims [53 words]truthJan 17, 2008 19:5329222
What ? [163 words]SeekerOfTruthJul 8, 2010 14:4529222
Islamophobia has a reason [327 words]telis elinikosDec 1, 2005 05:3329219
1Fire Worshipping Hindus Were Saved By The Light And Fire Of Truth And Inspiration, AMK [964 words]Rakshas 10 AnanDec 1, 2005 00:5529209
fire is not nice, Raksha [51 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 08:0629209
To AMK [45 words]LisaNov 30, 2005 23:0829203
To scholar: Again please don't put words in my mouth [296 words]LisaNov 30, 2005 23:0529202
domestic violence in the Quran [92 words]BOAZ_DavidSep 30, 2006 02:1529202
Scholar, don't put words in my mouth [86 words]LisaNov 30, 2005 22:5229200
I disagree [3 words]Zaccheriah ReverucciMar 14, 2007 06:2229191
Reply to AMK. Thank you for showing Islam as the true religion. Let's pass the 10 criteria test. [1667 words]John BastileNov 30, 2005 21:0329190
To Scholar: Old and new testament [659 words]LisaNov 30, 2005 20:0529188
4100 million hindus killed in India- AMK [232 words]A.ANov 30, 2005 16:0629176
The story of Indonessia in short [155 words]KafirOct 10, 2008 08:0329176
"Israel Should Be Wiped Off the Map." [155 words]BarbaraNov 30, 2005 15:5629175
Scholar, you are trying to pull wool over reader's eyes [75 words]HishamNov 30, 2005 12:2129153
Biblical Archaeology Proves That Bible Is Historic [65 words]AnneMNov 30, 2005 12:0229149
Al-Jihad, Al-Jihad, Al-Jihad! [905 words]Alain Jean-MairetNov 30, 2005 10:1429138
To Lisa and John and all the active opposing (of Islam) participants [447 words]AMKNov 30, 2005 08:5229132
Re:The Quran is a Miracle [44 words]Daniel HassanNov 30, 2005 02:5029116
conflict understanding [181 words]muhammed khatibFeb 20, 2006 23:0729116
To Daniel Hassan, Quran is a Miracle [181 words]AMKApr 20, 2006 07:5929116
Scholar my foot -2 [1677 words]Kevin GrahamNov 29, 2005 20:2129089
Allah was Mohammed's informer [105 words]Abdullah A.Nov 29, 2005 18:5329075
Response to Scholar [891 words]DennisNov 29, 2005 18:4029074
1To, Scholar, Pl. Do not quote abrogated ayas [1151 words]JonNov 29, 2005 18:3329072
Quran is not "miraculous." [178 words]Kevin GrahamNov 29, 2005 17:2829054
not surprising for me dear... [101 words]rizMay 24, 2006 09:1029054
Which Barbaric Verses? [311 words]The ScholarNov 29, 2005 15:3129017
1Crusaders and Islam (To Lisa and John) [582 words]The ScholarNov 29, 2005 15:2629016
The Quran as a mircale [128 words]The ScholarNov 29, 2005 14:4529010
1Conduct of argument [971 words]John BastileNov 29, 2005 05:0728968
Reply to Mr Scholar [56 words]Daniel HassanNov 29, 2005 02:2528964
The Trinity in Quran [642 words]The ScholarNov 29, 2005 01:4128963
1Bible and Quran [788 words]John BastileNov 28, 2005 22:1828953
What is this discussiom? [174 words]Tariq M KahnDec 6, 2006 20:1328950
sense of time is important for historians. [373 words]bharatMay 9, 2007 18:1728950
wrong [17 words]SafiyahJun 14, 2007 18:5628950
Islam and Lisa's accusations (you wish) [2878 words]The ScholarNov 28, 2005 22:0228949
Scholar's comments and answers [3317 words]LisaNov 30, 2005 21:1328949
what are you saying ??? [7 words]zed taiwanSep 21, 2007 02:2328949
Aisha and Saffya (the truth) [748 words]The ScholarNov 28, 2005 18:0928938
Scholar my foot [442 words]Kevin GrahamNov 28, 2005 20:2128938
About Aishah and Safiyah, [1699 words]John BastileNov 28, 2005 22:1228938
a confession [309 words]BOAZ_DavidSep 29, 2006 23:1128938
Bible and Quran (to John) ... [850 words]The ScholarNov 28, 2005 18:0528937
Please make a note. [1015 words]Kal-ELJun 6, 2006 03:1328937
2Prophet Mohhammed and Aisha [619 words]John BastileNov 28, 2005 03:3228906
No divine revelations for sexual crimes - Reply to Scholar [1115 words]John BastileNov 27, 2005 19:5328896
To Scholar who is ignoring my comments [513 words]LisaNov 26, 2005 19:3328876
Islam and Judaism [107 words]The ScholarNov 26, 2005 13:2328863
4Prophet Mohamed's Wife Aisha [348 words]The ScholarNov 26, 2005 13:0228862
coolness [9 words]aishaNov 26, 2007 14:1428862
Aisha said she was 6 and 9 when raped [43 words]GrantDec 11, 2007 13:2928862
Soooo.... [36 words]B.williameJan 16, 2008 04:3328862
Marriage norms in Christianity, Islam and Judaism [244 words]Muhammad AbdullahOct 2, 2008 14:4428862
Mohamed was in todays world [54 words]georgeNov 29, 2008 21:0328862
Muhamamd married Aisha [1920 words]Alikoya KKJul 25, 2011 08:0728862
1I admire Alikoya's sincerity in defending Ayesha's marriage to Muhammad [249 words]PrashantJul 26, 2011 00:1528862
Which is better? [172 words]Alikoya KKJul 28, 2011 12:4528862
Women in Islam (to John) [3247 words]The ScholarNov 26, 2005 12:4928861
In Islam, women and she-monkeys are stoned, not the men. [325 words]John BastileNov 26, 2005 11:4628860
TO Lisa Compare women status bet Christianity and Islam [105 words]Barbara RouserNov 25, 2005 23:5328848
Thank you, Scholar. More questions ... [1157 words]John BastileNov 24, 2005 21:3528820
To Scholar, answers and outstanding questions with regards to women statues [1057 words]LisaNov 24, 2005 01:0128787
Fairy-tale muslim named Aasia [906 words]John BastileNov 23, 2005 11:3528763
Aswers to Johns's Questions [751 words]The ScholarNov 23, 2005 02:3528747
Women in Islam (and other topics) mainly to Lisa [2472 words]The ScholarNov 23, 2005 01:4428745
Continued Women in Islam and Christianity- Scholar [1186 words]LisaNov 22, 2005 16:4028709
reply to most posts [394 words]AasiaNov 22, 2005 09:2828680
YOU ARE RIGHT ON [14 words]SadeAug 19, 2007 05:0228680
I hope [190 words]B.williameJan 16, 2008 04:4428680
To Randa and Scholar on Women [244 words]John BastileNov 22, 2005 08:5528679
1The Scholar Pastes Britannica on Hinduism, Like 'Pot and Kettle' Saying The Sun Is A Black Hole! [1121 words]Rakshas 10 AnanNov 22, 2005 06:0428677
To Lisa- Women in Islam again [522 words]The ScholarNov 21, 2005 13:4628650
1To Randa: women in Islam vs. Christianity [1356 words]LisaNov 18, 2005 17:0928599
reply to lisa and everyone [2920 words]randa aliNov 18, 2005 08:1528581
Re: Lisa, Why Christian Faith Treated Women Better [43 words]AnneMNov 17, 2005 17:2728548
women in light of bible [1180 words]ZarinMar 26, 2007 10:0628548
1To scholar, Compare women status bet Christianity and Islam [4626 words]LisaNov 17, 2005 16:5428547
French Riots and Islam [485 words]The ScholarNov 17, 2005 13:4528542
4Women in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism (to dear Lisa) [1427 words]The ScholarNov 17, 2005 12:1928537
Which is right? [240 words]PaulMar 28, 2006 19:3028537
Reply to scholar. [184 words]Daniel HassanNov 17, 2005 08:5728526
Women in Islam (to Lisa) [5927 words]The ScholarNov 16, 2005 14:3028488
2To Scholar, Women before islam [4678 words]LisaNov 15, 2005 15:3228425
If Islam does not uplift the status of women, then which religion can be perfect for up lifting the status of women? [170 words]AbdullahApr 10, 2008 10:4328425
2wrong!!!! [36 words]someoneDec 15, 2011 06:2328425
Mr Scholar please convince AlQueda, not us [406 words]N. KhanNov 15, 2005 13:1428409
For mr n. Khan [136 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 07:3128409
forget about 7th century [89 words]greatJan 4, 2008 14:1328409
1To Scholar: Please stick to your quran hadith and sira [228 words]EdwardNov 15, 2005 11:4528403
Reply to scholar [192 words]BillNov 15, 2005 03:0028391
Islamic Genocide Against Hindus [17 words]Vishnu GuptaNov 15, 2005 00:4828390
Quick Answer to Lisa [219 words]The ScholarNov 15, 2005 00:1628389
islam is what islam does [1399 words]EdNov 14, 2005 17:2628372
Islam is what it does [105 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 08:0228372
Islam see, islam do? Please respond rashid. [240 words]B.williameJan 16, 2008 04:2928372
Something puzzles me, maybe Randa or Scholar can answer [85 words]LisaNov 14, 2005 16:5428370
Whose History? What Scholarship? [235 words]Rakshas 10 AnanNov 14, 2005 11:0328361
Reply to the core of Islam [385 words]Alain Jean-MairetNov 14, 2005 10:1428360
Five questions non-Muslims would like answered [698 words]SophieNov 14, 2005 05:1228349
Islamophobia [206 words]Ewald KoningerNov 13, 2005 23:5028341
To Scholar and to Randa [2566 words]LisaNov 13, 2005 23:2028340
islam is the only solution to save mankind [543 words]randa aliNov 13, 2005 14:5028330
Islam vs Chritianity [29 words]Eugene TurnerNov 14, 2006 15:3628330
Isalm having many problems and one Fatal Fault [44 words]SMKA ZaidiFeb 6, 2007 08:4728330
Response to: SMKA Zaidi [394 words]EUGENE TURNERMar 1, 2007 10:1928330
Change yourself before it's too late [34 words]mahnoorSep 19, 2007 09:0128330
Our dear mahnoor [46 words]dhimmi no moreSep 19, 2007 17:2128330
not true? [191 words]BRDOct 11, 2007 10:2028330
lack of information [529 words]mohammedApr 21, 2008 09:2728330
Islam having many problems and one Fatal Fault [404 words]SMKA ZaidiApr 12, 2009 20:2828330
Islam and Tolerance (In response to Rakshas 10 Anan) [478 words]The ScholarNov 13, 2005 14:3328329
Re: Rakshas [37 words]AnneMNov 13, 2005 11:2728319
Reply to the Scholar [459 words]John BastileNov 13, 2005 08:3728315
Non Beleivers in Islam (response to Lisa) [770 words]The ScholarNov 12, 2005 23:0928297
PEACE ON EARTH FOR ALL MEN [57 words]flying eaglesAug 31, 2006 02:5628297
To Scholar [681 words]LisaNov 12, 2005 22:0028294
I love your religion Mortaryan [39 words]LisaNov 12, 2005 20:5728293
My new religion KAFIR'ism [212 words]MortaryanNov 12, 2005 16:1428285
To Lisa, Peace in Islam [289 words]Rakshas 10 AnanNov 12, 2005 03:0528265
Response to Edward and John (Islam is a Religion of Peace) [2040 words]The ScholarNov 12, 2005 01:2028262
Peace in Islam [79 words]LisaNov 11, 2005 21:4528258
Reply to Lisa's words "It is clear in ..." [22 words]MoidFeb 6, 2006 13:3328258
Reply to L. Azzy [456 words]John BastileNov 11, 2005 10:2728226
Reply to The Scholar [290 words]John BastileNov 11, 2005 10:0028223
Scolar should read "Legacy of Jihad" [26 words]John R.Nov 10, 2005 12:3728168
Is islam religion of peace?response to Scholar [2416 words]EdwardNov 10, 2005 12:2228163
dont judge us ? [34 words]AliSep 29, 2006 23:0928163
dont judge us ? by Ali [32 words]studer3500Mar 7, 2009 05:1328163
Islam is a religion of Peace [838 words]The ScholarNov 9, 2005 13:1828089
God, dear God. [439 words]L. AzzyNov 9, 2005 02:2028053
Who Is Afraid of Terrorislam? [721 words]Rakshas 10 AnanNov 9, 2005 00:0128047
Spades or Bloody Shovels [173 words]Rakshas 10 AnanNov 8, 2005 11:2027968
Islamaphobia [90 words]faqi HussainNov 7, 2005 11:0327885
not racist if thoughts are based on facts. [66 words]Phil GreendJun 3, 2007 21:5227885
Perfectors of victimization [211 words]MortaryanNov 7, 2005 00:5627871
My wife is a kaffir - mine is not "phobia" [71 words]Ed StankarNov 6, 2005 09:3127851
Ms Randa, you're another fairy-tale muslim making an innocent mistake. [648 words]John BastileNov 6, 2005 01:2927844
replay to faqi hussain [30 words]randa aliNov 5, 2005 13:2327823
Supplementary to Miss Ali [121 words]WalterNov 4, 2005 20:4927800
Response to Miss Randa Ali [304 words]WalterNov 4, 2005 16:5727788
Reply to Ms: Randa [346 words]faqi HussainNov 4, 2005 16:4327787
replay to faqi hussain [284 words]randa aliNov 4, 2005 07:5727774
Question on 47.4 Muhammed [124 words]DanielNov 4, 2005 01:2827766
47.4 mohammed [284 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 06:3827766
Then why? [18 words]B.williameJan 16, 2008 04:5227766
Reply to Randa Ali [97 words]faqi HussainNov 3, 2005 15:5427748
Good point Walter [41 words]LisaNov 3, 2005 15:4327747
No Islamophobia in Canada [286 words]WalterNov 3, 2005 14:1027739
islam is innocent [288 words]randa aliNov 3, 2005 10:0527731
For Shariah Lover [87 words]SophieNov 2, 2005 11:2727683
tyrants do not last [256 words]SarahNov 2, 2005 08:5127669
Charles - dimwit or dhimmi? [252 words]InfowarDocNov 1, 2005 09:1927582
in total agreement with f. shawki [344 words]garyNov 1, 2005 06:1127576
It is a fear from real terror [268 words]f.shawkiOct 31, 2005 22:3027570
Thanks to Jeff Bercovitch for noting Prince Charles' True Colours [77 words]JaladhiOct 31, 2005 15:2527551
Islamophobia - Another Oxymoron [108 words]JaladhiOct 31, 2005 10:4527547
Potatoes and tomatoes [606 words]John BastileOct 31, 2005 02:4627539
Prince Charles - Islamophile [697 words]Jeff BercovitchOct 30, 2005 20:2727527
Prince Charles [107 words]AeryebveerhOct 28, 2006 02:4927527
Islamistphobia not islamophobia [72 words]MustaphaOct 30, 2005 16:1527521
Response to Maggie [348 words]Faqi HussainOct 30, 2005 16:0727520
its up to you [682 words]garyOct 30, 2005 12:3427513
Islamophobia-art. by Daniel pipes art. No.3075 [124 words]S.C.PandaOct 30, 2005 04:2627506
response to Faqui Hussain [472 words]MaggieOct 30, 2005 00:4427503
Loaded Language [423 words]Aidan MaconachyOct 30, 2005 00:0327502
To Sher Mohammed [237 words]MaggieOct 29, 2005 23:1227500
Its not black and white. [1218 words]Ilya GedyeOct 29, 2005 21:3427497
the only thing to fear is..... [163 words]Donald OOct 29, 2005 20:1327496
Is fear of Islam irrational? [266 words]JerryOct 29, 2005 15:4427486
Response to Maggie [389 words]Faqi HussainOct 29, 2005 14:5227485
Islamophobia or Truth? [318 words]Yehoshua ZellerOct 29, 2005 12:3227482
Just a face-saver for their guilt [170 words]Joe daveOct 29, 2005 09:3827480
Its a clever devise. [79 words]RenchOct 29, 2005 08:3327478
a new meaning [10 words]V.C.VijayaraghavanOct 29, 2005 03:3027473
Islamophobia is not correct. , Islamism is cannibalism [148 words]Faqir chandOct 29, 2005 01:5527471
1Islamophobia is Right [141 words]Richard the Lion-Hearted IIFeb 12, 2006 08:1827471
Another Australian speaks out [545 words]MaggieOct 29, 2005 01:5127469
THERE IS AN AFTERLIFE, DONT DENY IT BECAUSE YOU WILL REGRET IT LATER [32 words]Lebanese PrideDec 16, 2007 18:2927469
read my other articles too [43 words]navinJan 4, 2008 13:5727469
1Proof? [115 words]B.williameJan 16, 2008 04:4827469
B.WILLIAME, Y U TELLING ME THESE? [110 words]NAVINJan 18, 2008 16:4827469
Thank you Abdul [178 words]MaggieOct 29, 2005 01:3127468
Islam and Iraq [309 words]MaggieOct 29, 2005 01:2027467
Lisa, good point [179 words]MaggieOct 29, 2005 00:3727466
THE HAJ [57 words]KSPOct 28, 2005 14:3827461
Italy: Algerian writer warns of Islamophobia [423 words]SophieOct 28, 2005 11:4227455
osservazioni sul libro scontro di inciviltà [37 words]Francesco Cappa AvvocatoFeb 24, 2006 06:0327455
Happy Ramadan [24 words]DaisyOct 28, 2005 11:0727453
It is not phobia, I think it is a real danger [302 words]LisaOct 27, 2005 22:4927437
Islamophobia or Islamophilia and our Democratically generated indifference [1656 words]Reuben HorneOct 27, 2005 22:2727436
Learn from the history [262 words]f.shawkiOct 27, 2005 22:0727435
Where have we heard this before? [153 words]David BastyrOct 27, 2005 20:4627433
Reply To "Ed" [644 words]A.F.D.Oct 27, 2005 16:0727424
Islam is going to destroy itself by itself! [109 words]B. AlotaibiOct 27, 2005 15:2527423
thesis antithesis [122 words]TokyobkOct 27, 2005 14:4127420
THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ISLAM [261 words]IVAN CHEROct 27, 2005 05:4827408
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Jihad [59 words]Mathieu GolovinskiFeb 18, 2006 18:1527408
Osama's Islam is Islam [47 words]FrankOct 27, 2005 01:5527402
Tower of Babel [86 words]Vivian E. WolfeOct 26, 2005 21:4627394
It is a real phobia [241 words]f.shawkiOct 26, 2005 21:2827393
Radical Islam & the Afro-American Movement [344 words]Yehoshua ZellerOct 26, 2005 21:2227392
The strategic ramifications of fighting an enemy inside the land of the lotus eaters [1680 words]Reuben HorneOct 26, 2005 20:4927390
"Miso-Islamist" [5 words]RegOct 26, 2005 16:3727383
Liberal Left's Lessons Learned by IsLam [44 words]Darwin BarrettOct 26, 2005 15:4227380
Islamophobia is blessing in disguise [330 words]A. AhmedOct 26, 2005 15:0727379
correcting itself [160 words]Arnold FishmanOct 26, 2005 14:5827378
Origin of "antisemitism" [41 words]joaquimOct 26, 2005 14:5727377
Debates flare over "shall we rely on Islamists for democracy?' [7 words]SophieOct 26, 2005 14:0227376
1Islamophobia [58 words]JeromeOct 26, 2005 13:5727375
Islamophobia [262 words]Ed SparksOct 26, 2005 12:3327373
Where they are coming from [98 words]David W. LincolnOct 26, 2005 11:4927370
1islamophobia ?? [213 words]paulOct 26, 2005 10:4027366
1Islamophobia? No it's Mafia plus IV REICH [204 words]Francesco G.Mangascia'Oct 26, 2005 05:4927358
1Islamophobia and Women [130 words]Arlinda DeAngelisOct 26, 2005 02:4727350
1Only Solution [48 words]William KougarOct 26, 2005 02:2627349
Islamists word game [1345 words]Amitabh tripathiOct 26, 2005 02:2027348
1Islamophobia will remain until the "real Islam" is revealed [906 words]John BastileOct 26, 2005 01:0827347
Islamofascists protesting against Islamophobia [196 words]Hari IyerOct 26, 2005 00:4027346
Moslems Fear Them Most. [372 words]Abdul Al NassirOct 26, 2005 00:2527344
Response to Abdul Al Nassir [153 words]DvoraOct 26, 2005 18:3727344
Don't worry about "Islamphobia", etc. [77 words]Sher MohammadOct 26, 2005 00:2127343
To Sher Mohammad (Islam is not is a religion of peace ) [72 words]hatwanMar 2, 2006 21:5527343
ISLAM IS ATTACKED [160 words]AhmedMay 18, 2007 10:4327343
2When in rome, do as the romans [243 words]B.williameJan 16, 2008 05:0727343
Hear! Hear! [24 words]LJ MeyerOct 25, 2005 22:1927338
islamophobia [126 words]Donald W. BalesOct 25, 2005 21:5027337
misleading info [35 words]alex nDec 18, 2006 11:3727337
Islamophobia: a natural reaction to the nature of the religion [225 words]martin kesslerOct 25, 2005 21:3127336
1We need a new label [263 words]John BastileOct 25, 2005 20:3427332
Truth hurts [88 words]Rammi IbrahimOct 25, 2005 19:5927331
1Islamic Cultural values [77 words]SushilOct 25, 2005 19:1427328
Americans are fed up with the whining! [186 words]Survivor of JihadOct 25, 2005 19:1127327
1Islamaphobia? More like Islamamania. [23 words]David HerschOct 25, 2005 18:2927324
Islamophobia, Article NO. 613 [251 words]Ed GordonOct 25, 2005 17:2827323
1Phony "Islamopohobia" must be exposed [258 words]Carl GoldbergOct 25, 2005 16:5827322
1True Islamophobia [238 words]B ShniperOct 25, 2005 16:4927321
What about "Infidelophobia"? [46 words]Salomon BenzimraOct 25, 2005 16:4327320
you people [16 words]jackiNov 9, 2008 13:2227320
A False Construct: Islam vs. Radical Islam [343 words]Joe Overton - CaliforniaOct 25, 2005 16:4127318
1Covert Hostility [341 words]Day Vid In CalcuttaOct 25, 2005 16:2927317
Could the difference be a "Pipe Dream?" [69 words]MargieOct 25, 2005 16:1527316
1Islamismophobe, hardly [85 words]Lloyd KleinOct 25, 2005 16:1427314
Islamophobia [29 words]Barry L WolfeOct 25, 2005 15:5127313
1Islamophobia is a myth... [103 words]JaladhiOct 25, 2005 15:3427312
1Muslims vilify Islam [126 words]T. A. AdamsOct 25, 2005 15:2927311
Islam - No threat [74 words]rashidJun 6, 2007 06:4427311
1Linguistic Charlatanisms [502 words]A.F.D.Oct 25, 2005 15:1927310
to AFD [58 words]edwardOct 25, 2005 23:3127310
2The Muslims are going a great job! [190 words]Faqi HusssainOct 25, 2005 15:1827309
Testaments [35 words]naimSep 4, 2006 14:0627309
But what about the Houses of the Brotherhood? [141 words]Mark-Alan WhittleOct 25, 2005 14:5127304
What does it mean? [73 words]Howard E. CookOct 25, 2005 14:4727303
Islamophobia [125 words]Thomas Earl CannadyOct 25, 2005 14:3927302
bring peace ot the world [81 words]shamir KhanJun 18, 2008 09:2727302
Islamophobic With Cause [250 words]Lee D. CaryOct 25, 2005 14:3727301
Petrified Islam [179 words]DaisyOct 25, 2005 14:1027298
1Mr. Pipes holds out false hope... [291 words]john SOct 25, 2005 13:5327296
Justifiable fear [332 words]Madeleine from AustraliaOct 25, 2005 13:0327293
Madeleine of Aussie: You are totally right [241 words]NewgamersOct 25, 2005 23:0127293

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