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Submitted by Plato (India), Mar 30, 2007 at 04:22

Moderate Muslim you wrote: "This is a correct quotation to the best of my knowledge. However, the key phrase is, that you might not be able to do justice to them, then marry only one wife. No man can treat do justice to multiple wives with the exception of the Prophet (pbuh) this is widely accepted thought in Islam."

You have given Maududi's translation. How many wives did Maududi have? I am willing to bet a buck that he had more than one. If as you say no none except the Prophet can treat all wives with justice then why does the all-knowing Allah allow four instead of enforcing monogamy. How could Allah not know that men cannot treat their wives with justice. As to the prophet being the exception, his partiality towards the teenager Aisha is well-known.

"This is talking about inheritance. In the times of the Prophet, women did not have the responsibilities of men. THe men had to support the family and the women did not. That is why the inheritance was more for the man."

So time has abrogated a law of Allah. You now believe in the equality of women. Why cannot other commandments of Allah be abrogated by time. And most surely time is mightier than Allah. Even the Saudi's were forced to abolish slavery, explicitly allowed by Allah in his verse allowing booty, as late as 1960. So allah is a creation of time and not the other way around!

"Before i explain the most commonly misquoted and misunderstood hadith found in Bukhari and Muslim.....This is a very tedious job because in the case of some hadiths you might think that they are two different hadiths and have nothing in common, however in reality they are two different part of the same hadith. Some one who has great expertise in the field of hadith can only carry out a project like this."

The words 'misquoted and misunderstood' are the most commonly occurring words used by Muslim apologists. Moderate Muslim why don't you ask yourself why the message of Allah can be so easliy misquoted and misunderstood by his own creatures? Are Allah's messages a lot of gobbledygook requiring detailed analysis and voluminous commentaries to make them intelligible? Has Allah no power to make his messages clearly understood? Since as you claim Allah knows everything beforehand did he not realise that his 'pure Islam' will be misunderstood by the vast majority of people? Which means that Allah has no objection to it being misunderstood!

"The second figure is synechdoche (majaz mursal) consisting in using the whole for the part: intelligence to mean the specific legal testimony of a woman, and religion to mean the prayer and fast at the time of menses."

To conclude that 'intelligence' specific legal testimony is stretching the meaning of synochdoche a bit but the good thing about this attempt is that the attempt is being made at all. That a Muslim is trying hard to soften the unkind words of the prophet about women is itself encouraging. If this can be extended to bring about a more humane interpretation of Muslim scriptures it will bring some respite to a world living in fear of Islam. Like your statement that many of the commandments of Allah were only for people who were directly addressed by his prophets these kinds of interpretations will help bring Islam out of seventh centurty Arabia into the new millennium.

"However, the real import of the hadith - spoken at the Farewell Pilgrimage - and its actual context was that the Prophet (peace be upon him) challenged the women that were present to realize that unless they helped raise money with their gold and jewelry, they would miss the reward of men waging jihad as well as show ingratitude."

What he said does not look like a challenge but sounds more like a threat.

"The Prophet, peace be and blessings upon him, explained that women's mental deficiency is reflected in their weak memory (A woman is overloaded by being a mother or a babysitter or pregnant. All these carriers are around the clock, because of what she is, she is always likely to forget more than a man who is devoted to one career only) , the fact that makes Shari`ah stipulate that a woman's testimony must be corroborated by another woman. Thus, this injunction does not imply woman's inferiority to man; rather it has more to do with justice than to gender."

Apart from intelligence now a new weakness has been added, memory, due to which witnessing requires two women. And it is nice to know that this does not imply inferiority of women. Now try and convince your brothers in religion. It is not infidels who conduct what you call ' false anti-islamic argument that men are superior to women in intelligence and religion,..." but Muslims themselves who interpret Islam in the manner you consider is unfair.

"By the way, I do not mean to demean your faith by questioning the bible. I respect Jews and Christians as People of the Book, and I believe that we worship the same God.

You have specified 'people of the book' to respect. Does it not mean that you disrespect Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists etc? If not why did you not say people of other faiths instead of specifing Jews and Christians?

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