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women are the least protected in Islamic marriages

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Submitted by julie (United States), Oct 17, 2006 at 10:22

Wait until he leaves you to go get his second wife, and third, and fourth. And, oh, what about if he divorces you with simply reciting it three times? What about your rights of inheritance? DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PARADISE? There is no evidence that women even make it to Paradise in Islam. You have left the ONE who died for you.

Let me tell you a few facts about Islam: men are in effect, lords over women, because Allah made them to be superior to women, and because they are the breadwinners. We, in the West, would NEVER call the rich superior to the poor, because we do not tie a person's value to his money. However, in Islam, a man's value, and indeed his superiority to women is exactly thus…that he has money and she does not, that he earns and she does not. However, even in the rare cases where a woman works, she is still considered inferior, and her value is seen as less than that of her husband, since she is a woman.

The belief that this inequality is divinely sanctioned, even in Paradise, where there is no breadwinning effort, since the Koran is eternal, women will always be inferior to men. How can Muslims claim, then, on the one hand that this same Allah has no favoritism between men and women. that they are equal? It just does not pan out on any level of argument, including yours.

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