Statutory Warning: All Religions are Equally Stupid
Defenders of Islam and its holy book Quran often seek to rebut charges of severe treatment of Muslim women by pointing to the book’s liberal divorce provisions for women, sanction for widow remarriage, Allah’s denunciations of harsh treatment of the fair sex et al.
Well, that defense certainly has some truth but it’s not the full story when it comes to women and the Quran.
You see, when it comes to the distaff sex God (Allah) seems to have made a Faustian bargain. What he giveth women with one hand, he more than taketh away with the other.
Again, while there are several positive points vis-a-vis treatment of women in the Quran Allah’s Cadillac sometimes makes abrupt U-turns on the Islamic highway leading us to the inescapable conclusion that God (Allah) is no bra-burning feminist.
Here’s some of the evidence from the pages of the Quran itself to support our conclusion that Allah ain’t no die-hard feminist:
God commands you that a son should have the equivalent share of two daughters. (Sura 4, Aya 11)
Sure, you may be tempted to argue that the Quran is a reflection of its times, and of hard, strife-ridden life in the arid Middle East desert of the 7th century AD.
If that is indeed your point, we’d like to counter that God is supposed to stand above such mundane constructs as time or geography.
Now if you think Aya 11 is an aberration, here read this verse:
If any of your women commit a lewd act, call four witnesses from among you, then, if they testify to their guilt, keep the women at home until death comes to them or until God shows them another way. If two men commit a lewd act, punish them both; if they repent and mend their ways, leave them alone. (Sura 4, Aya 15 and 16)
Again and again and again, we encounter women getting shafted at the hands of God (Allah) while men tend to get a relatively easy pass.
Read this verse providing divine sanction to polygamy:
If you feel that you will not deal fairly with orphan girls, you may marry whichever [other] women seem good to you, two, three or four. (Sura 4, Aya 3)
To those of you still in two minds, the following verse in the Quran that explicitly allows physical violence against women should set to rest all doubts on where God (Allah) stands in respect to women:
If you fear high-handedness from your wives, remind them [of the teachings of God], then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them. (Sura 4, Aya 34)
Much has been made in the West of verses in the Quran spurring some Muslims to make human bombs of their bodies and unleashing horrific violence against both enemies and bystanders.
Is the below verse promising fighters glory in the hereafter one such siren-call?
Let those of you who are willing to trade the life of this world for the life to come, fight in God’s way. To anyone who fights in God’s way, whether killed or victorious, We shall give a great reward. Why should you not fight in God’s cause and for those oppressed men, women, and children who cry out…. (Sura 4, Aya 75 and 76)
One of the most vexing things about reading the Quran is the endless repetition.
In the third and fourth Suras, there’s more of the same God is all knowing, God is all Merciful, God is all forgiving, God is all Wise, God is all Pardoning, God will consign the disobedient to the Fire, God is all Wise blah blah blah.
Makes one wonder if 7th Century Middle Easterners were half-wits.
See for instance:
The disbelievers will be fuel for the Fire (Sura 3 Aya 10)
If anyone seeks a religion other than [islam] complete devotion to God, it will not be accepted from him: he will be one of the losers in the Hereafter. (Sura 3 Aya 85 & 86)
Not just the repetition but the puffery gets grating after a while.
God – Allah
Sura – Section
Aya – Verse
To be Continued Tomorrow