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To Lisa- Women in Islam again

Reader comment on item: Islamophobia?

Submitted by The Scholar (United States), Nov 21, 2005 at 13:46

Dear Lisa,

I see you are so convinced of what you say, you have failed to even comment on the quotes I took from the bible and from the teachings of the church. I have shown you how a great Christian reformer like Martin Luther thought of women, I have shown you how a woman should not speak in a church, should not teach or have authority over a man, etc, but you still think that women had equal rights. I have shown you that women started inheriting after more than 1800 years from the birth of Christ, and you still think they had freedom. Women in the west still lose their original names and take that of their husband, something totally un-understandable to us, but still you think what you think! You also have not commented on the research paper I copied about the treatment of women in other religions. You have reached the conclusion that women were treated in a good manner in Arabia before Islam, but have not given us any real examples except the Khadiga example. How could that be, while in Christianity (which is god's religion) women did not even have the freedoms you claim women of Arabia had!! The actual status of women before Islam is reflected in the bible verses and in the teachings of the church. Please refer to these verses and teachings and then try to convince me!!

At least in Islam women are not blamed for Adam's exit from heaven. Please refer to my last message for more info about this issue!

You have given an example that the prophet was asked about women's rights but have failed to provide the actual quotation.

In Islam, a woman has the right to include any conditions in her marriage contract, including the right to divorce herself, restrict her husband from taking other wives, etc. This is something unheard of in Christianity and Judaism. The inability of a woman to get divorce from her husband has been used by many Islam critics to attack Islam although in Islam a woman can choose to exercise this option if she puts it in her marriage contract, and also she has the right to "elkhol3" whereby she divorces herself from her husband even if such a condition is not in the contract. I think the greatest injustice against women in Christianity is that they are unable to get divorce even if when they hate their husbands. In the teachings of Islam, and in the Sira of the Prophet (PBUH), women were granted divorce when they seized to love their husbands.

Again Lisa, you can use many examples of Hadith that you can put out of context to prove your point, and you can interpret them as you wish. But the facts are still very clear: In Islam, women can divorce themselves, they can restrict their men from marrying other women, they can inherit, they do not need to spend on anybody but themselves, etc.

You have even tried to convince us that women had equal rights before Islam. Please review my last post and let me know what you really think!

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