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Monday, August 20, 2007

Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 4, "Women," verses 1-16

Robert Spencer has the installment here.

Spencer begins by tearing down the claim that "Islam recognizes the full human dignity of women." Its proponents cite as evidence the beginning verse, which states that man and woman were created from a single soul. But do those two creations have equal worth? A certain hadith says no:

AbuHuraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Woman is like a rib. When you attempt to straighten it, you would break it. And if you leave her alone you would benefit by her, and crookedness will remain in her. A hadith like this is reported by another chain of narrators

Next up is polygamy. Verse 3 instructs that men be allowed to take as many as four wives. This highlights one of the distinctions between Christianity and Islam. Christianity claims that God originally intended marriage to consist of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24), but allowed some legal leeway for a time. He did not intervene to force his agents to disband their polygamous marriages, and the Law of Moses provides some allowance of the practice. What the law allows is not always good for us; the OT is replete with examples of the destructiveness of polygamy - Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, to name a few noteworthy examples. Jesus preached God's original intent for marriage, directly quoting Genesis 2:24. has an excellent article on this issue.

Islam has to invent a different Jesus for him to serve as a prophet of that faith. Why teach marriage in exclusively monogamous terms if the last and greatest prophet Mohammed will be coming down the pike in a few centuries to preach that polygamy has a proper place?

Other topics include inheritance guidelines punishments for immorality.

Click the "Koran" label to see all my posts on this series.

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