Women Inferior to Men?

There is only ONE verse in the Quran where it is remotely possible to suggest that men are somehow superior to women; however if you read the verse in question, it becomes obvious that the verse is about a domestic situation and not about the relationship between men and women in general. Here is the full quote: “[4.34] Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.” Here it is said that a good wife should be obedient to her husband in order to protect their privacy, because men are supposed to protect their wives, and finally because husbands are required to provide for their wives. And if wives keep flirting with other men, a husband should first admonish his wife; and if that doesn’t work, he should stop sleeping with her; and as a last resort, he can beat her lightly to get her to realize that their marriage is in trouble and she should change her attitude. There is another Hadith which says, “I (Muaviyah b. Haidah) said, “O Apostle of God! What is my duty to my wife?” He said, “That you give her to eat as you eat yourself, and clothe her as you clothe yourself; and do not slap her in the face nor abuse her, nor separate yourself from her in displeasure.” God dislikes divorce and He wants a husband to do whatever is necessary to make his wife realize that he still wants her. Prophet Muhammad had said, “Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”

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One thought on “Women Inferior to Men?

  1. Herman December 22, 2013 at 2:40 am Reply

    Strikingly, the author only sees what he wants to see, fearful of the hell Muhammad promised should he leave Islam..
    He acknowledges that there is a perception that Islam regards women as inferior, so he decides to present a single verse from the Koran, and show that it really isn’t that bad. But even with that one verse, he chooses not to focus on the most “controversial” part, which is: “ALLAH HAS MADE SOME OF THEM TO EXCEL OTHERS.” Now could the author please explain why Allah would do something so sexist like that?
    And what about this verse, “Men are a degree above women [in authority & responsibility]” Again, why would the god of the universe make 1/2 the population a “degree” below the other half? I think we have Muhammad talking here, wanting to make sure women knew their place.
    Of course, the Koran also says that men should get twice the inheritance of women (and please don’t give antiquated rubbish that women are incapable of taking care of themselves and would not spend their earnings on their family). The Koran indicates that under certain situations the testimony of a women is half that of a man. (Muhammad would use this to declare that “WOMEN ARE DEFICIENT IN INTELLIGENCE” in a hadith).
    Allah himself is extremely insulted to be assigned women: “What! Is the male sex for you and the female for Him? That would indeed be a most unfair division!” (Koran 53:19-22). Why is that? Now before answering, think about all the prophets of Allah — how many of these are female? For that matter, how many angels have female names?
    Finally, why is it that so often in the Koran, when the pronoun “you” is used, it is clear that Muhammad, excuse me, I meant Allah, is talking to men only?

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