“The Qur’an Teaches That All Human Beings Are Equal”: Sex (Part II), with comments, a post from JihadWatch.org

What about Esposito’s next claim, that “the Qur’an teaches that all human beings are equal, regardless of…sex”?

Before we weigh this statement, let’s review what we know about the treatment of women in Islam. Can there be equality between men and women, when a man can marry four women but a woman only one man? When a man can triple-talaq his way out of any marriage, even being allowed now to fax his triple-talaq message home for it to be valid? When male heirs inherit twice as much as female ones? When the blood-money payable for a murder is twice as large for a male victim as for a female? When the Qur’an itself gives instructions on when and how, and how hard, to beat a wife? When the testimony of a woman is worth half that of a man? When, if a woman makes an accusation of rape, she must have four male witnesses to back her up? Or when a woman is raped, or otherwise been sexually attacked (or even just looked over), it is often she who is in danger of being killed by her own father, or brothers, or uncles, all in order to preserve the family’s honor, a strange code indeed that punishes the victim? And if we need Qur’anic passages to explain these practices, they are easy to locate, along with several excerpts from the most authoritative collection of Hadiths, that by Bukhari:

In the Qur’an we find:

Quran (4:11) – (Inheritance) “The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females.” In Islam, sexism is mathematically established.

Quran (2:282) – (Court testimony) “And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women.”

Quran (2:228) – “and the men are a degree above them [women]“

Quran (5:6) – “And if ye are unclean, purify yourselves. And if ye are sick or on a journey, or one of you cometh from the closet, or ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, high ground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it.” Men are to rub dirt on their hands, if there is no water to purify them, following casual contact with a woman (such as shaking hands).

Quran (2:223) – “Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will…” A man has dominion over his wives’ bodies as he does his land. This verse is overtly sexual. There is some dispute as to whether it is referring to the practice of anal intercourse.

Quran (4:3) – (Wife-to-husband ratio) “Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four.” Inequality by numbers.

Quran (53:27) – “Those who believe not in the Hereafter, name the angels with female names.” Angels are sublime beings, and would therefore be male. So those with wrong beliefs (“not in the Hereafter”) would “name the angels with female names.”

Quran (4:24) and Quran (33:50) – A man is permitted to take women as sex slaves outside of marriage. Note that the verse distinguishes wives from captives (those whom thy right hand possesses.).

In the Hadith and Sira

Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – “[Muhammad] said, ‘Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?’ They replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her intelligence.’

Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – continued – “[Muhammad said] ‘Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her religion.’“ Allah has made women deficient in the practice of their religion as well, by giving them menstrual cycles.

Sahih Bukhari (2:29) – Women comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. This is important because the only women in heaven mentioned explicitly by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desires of men. (A weak Hadith, Kanz al-`ummal, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell).

Sahih Bukhari (62:81) – “The Prophet said: “‘The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women’s) private parts (i.e. the stipulations of the marriage contract).’” In other words, the most important thing a woman brings to marriage is between her legs.

Sahih Bukhari (62:58) – A woman presents herself in marriage to Muhammad, but he does not find her attractive, so he “donates” her on the spot to another man.

Sahih Muslim (4:1039) – “A’isha said [to Muhammad]: ‘You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses’“ These are the words of Muhammad’s favorite wife, complaining of the role assigned to women under Islam.

Do these Qur’an passages and reports of what Muhammad said in the Hadith (and there are many more that could be adduced) in any way support the claim of Esposito that men and women are “treated equally” in Islam? Do you think he could possibly be unaware of these passages? Or is he willing to state utter falsehoods, prepared to brazen it out should anyone dare to question his claim? He could do this brazening in two ways: The first is just to insinuate that any such challenger is merely exhibiting “Islamophobia,” and thus need be paid no never mind. That often ends the discussion. The second is the argument from authority: could the head of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Professor John Esposito, be deliberately misleading us about the treatment of the sexes in the Qur’an and Hadith? You bet he could. He could, and he does.


  1. Susan Bourgeois says
  2. This religion is from a false prophet
  1. Cretius says

    December 12, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Obviously any accommodation to Mohammedans reinforces their belief in their supremacy over non-believers. Also in Arab culture accommodation is seen as a weakness that is to be exploited to further the goals of Islam. Also, the teaching that emphasizes that everything belongs to Islam results in large number of Mohammedans living on welfare that is paid for by the taxes of non-believers. Why work when you are paid generously to stay home and breed with multiple wives?

  1. john spielman says

    December 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

    but some people ( muslims ) are just MORE EQUAL than non muslims!

    PS: john Esposito is just an old worn out academic WHORE for his pimp and employer Saudi Prince


    December 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Theresa May is a nominal Christian not a true Christian. A true Christian has had a spiritual rebirth which gives them spiritual discernment that nominal Christians and others don’t have.

    1 Corinthians 2:14 says: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned”

    Ephesians 6:12 says: ” For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places”.

    If Theresa May was a Spirit filled Christian she would be able to understand the import of the above quote from Ephesians, be able to discern the spiritual nature of Islam, then be circumspect about how she relates with anything Islamic.

    Theresa May might be a regular church goer, pray often and be a stalwart of the church but that does not make her a true Christian.

    Matthew 7:16 says: “….you will know them by their fruits”.

    Are Theresa May’s conciliatory dealings with Islam producing good fruit?

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4 Responses to “The Qur’an Teaches That All Human Beings Are Equal”: Sex (Part II), with comments, a post from JihadWatch.org

  1. θ says:

    Sexism is unavoidable. In Islam it is practical, in the Bible it is more theological.
    In the Bible woman is the cause of curse, whereas in Islam her maternal character is source of heaven for man.
    In the Bible Eve deceives Adam. In Islam Adam brings Eve into sin.

    In the Bible woman’s head is man. In Islam woman is man’s cloth.

    In the Bible the woman is a piece of dirt, sex is allowed during her menses. In Islam sex is holy.

    In the Bible wife doesn’t get dowry whatsoever.

    In the Bible woman get 0% inheritance. In Islam woman is allowed to get equally 50% inheritance if man donates the surplus of his Islamic inheritance to woman based on personal consent or choice or culture (after the Islamic law of heirship is done), per Q.4, v.34 “Men give up the surplus of their wealth” as man is designated as protector of woman from her deficit of wealth. The unequal percentage of inheritance’s portion by the law puts a pressure for man to protect woman by the consent or culture.

    In the Bible, being a prostitute is a norm, even business. In Islam, the court (not man) has authority to beat a stubborn female prostitute after admonishing her and obstructing her brothel business.

    In the Bible, it is better to waste the women with celibacy for demographic decline. In Islam, woman is biological object of man’s growth (literally for affection), or social growth (demography), as Q.2, v.223 “your women are growth”.

  2. θ says:

    In Q.4, v.3, “If it is feared of ye not being just” opens a reason – as also Hadith of the monogamy of Ali and Fatima – for a culture, family, even the 1st wife and children to impose an external pressure upon a man to give up his polygamous freedom. An external restriction of man’s freedom for polygamy can be both Islamic and less Islamic depending on the condition or consensus that gives the fear.

    Also, as the verse uses the conjunction “or” Q.4, v.3 implicitly makes indication that a monogamy with one free woman dismisses other marriage with a slave.

  3. θ says:

    In Q.2, v.282 vs. Q.28, v.23, actually the correct Arabic word for “two women” is Amraatayn of Q.28, v.23 (Moses meets two women in Midian’s well). Amraatayn means two women, and Rijalayn means two men. Arabic word “Amraatan” in Q.2, v.282 gets somewhat the bias of Hadith that ironically “distorted” Qur’an by otherwise using the word “Amraatayn”.

    Jami` at-Tirmidhi Vol. 5, Book 38, Hadith 2613.
    Narrated Abu Hurairah: He said: “The testimony of two women (Amraatayn, not Amraatan) among you is like the testimony of a man, and the deficiency in your religion is menstruation, because one of you will go three or four days without performing Salat.
    قَالَ ‏”‏ شَهَادَةُ امْرَأَتَيْنِ مِنْكُنَّ بِشَهَادَةِ رَجُلٍ وَنُقْصَانُ دِينِكُنَّ الْحَيْضَةُ تَمْكُثُ إِحْدَاكُنَّ الثَّلاَثَ وَالأَرْبَعَ لاَ تُصَلِّي ‏”‏ ‏.‏ وَفِي الْبَابِ عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ وَابْنِ عُمَرَ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ صَحِيحٌ غَرِيبٌ حَسَنٌ مِنْ هَذَا الْوَجْهِ ‏.‏

    Arabic language rule.
    Rijalan vs. Rijalayn.
    The Arabic word Rijalan is used by Qur’an for the man (manhood) in both singular and plural sense. That’s why in Q.5. v.23 Qur’an uses the word “Qala” (for singular) rather than “Qalu” (for plural) on Rijalan.
    On other hand, the Arabic word for two men is Rijalayn in Q.2, v.282.

    Amraatan vs. Amraatayn.
    Likewise, the word Amraatan is used for the woman (womanhood) in both singular and plural.

    That’s why in Q.2. v.282 Qur’an also uses the sensible word “Ahada huma” (for the *twain* of one man and one woman) rather than “Ahada hunna” (for plural women) rightly after the word Amraatan. Sadly, most Qur’anic translators mistranslated Q.2, v.282 by having in their mind a non-existing word “Ahada hunna” (one of women).
    Hence, in verse Q.2, v.282, Qur’a specifically uses a unique phrase “so that if one of *twain* errs, then the other can remind one of the *twain*. A woman is expected to remind a man, not other woman. Likewise, a man is expected to remind a woman as well.

  4. θ says:

    Testimony of 1 woman is accepted in Quran & Hadith:
    Bukhari, Hadith 821.
    Narrated Abdullah bin Abi Mulaika from Uqba bin Al-Harith: Uqba married the daughter of Abu Ihab bin Aziz, and then a woman came and said, “I suckled Uqba and his wife.” Uqba said to her, “I do not know that you have suckled me, and you did not inform me.” He then sent someone to the house of Abu Iahab to enquire about that but they did not know that she had suckled their daughter. Then Uqba went to the Prophet in Medina and asked him about it. The Prophet said to him, “How can you keep your wife after it has been said that both of you were suckled by the same woman?” So, he divorced her and she was married to another man.

    Bukhari, Book 26, Hadith 589.
    Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abbas : Al-Fadl (his brother) was riding behind Allah’s Apostle and a woman from the tribe of Khath’am came and Al-Fadl started looking at her and she started looking at him. The Prophet turned Al-Fadl’s face to the other side. The woman said, “O Allah’s Apostle! The obligation of Hajj enjoined by Allah on His devotees has become due on my father and he is old and weak, and he cannot sit firm on the Mount; may I perform Hajj on his behalf?” The Prophet replied, “Yes, you may.” That happened during the Hajj-al-Wida (of the Prophet ).

    Bukhari, Book 63, Hadith 227.
    Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: Hilal bin Umaiyya accused his wife of illegal sexual intercourse and came to the Prophet to bear witness (against her), (taking the oath of Lian). The Prophet was saying, “Allah knows that either of you is a liar. Will anyone of you repent (to Allah)?” Then the lady got up and gave her witness.

    2. Femininity is a half-twin of the masculinity.
    Tirmidhi, 113; Ahmad, 25663.
    Narrated by Aisha, The Prophet said; women are the twin halves of men.

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