Rebuttal to Matt Slick's Article "Interesting Quotes about women from the Qur'an"

By

Bassam Zawadi

 

 

This article is in response to Matt Slick's article here.

The answers mostly are not of my own. I just provide them.

 

Matt Slick said:

  • Men have more rights regarding divorce than do women

    1. Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise," (2:28)

My Response:

Matt Slick put the wrong reference, it is verse 228. Now the 'degree' here needs to be understood properly. It does not indicated any superiority in any way. 

2.228:
C254. Islam tries to maintain the married state as far as possible, especially where children are concerned, but it is against the restriction of the liberty of men and women in such vitally important matters as love and family life. It will check hasty action as far as possible and leave the door to reconciliation open at many stages. Even after divorce a suggestion of reconciliation is made, subject to certain precautions (mentioned in the following verses) against thoughtless action. A period of waiting (iddat) for three monthly courses is prescribed, in order to see if the marriage conditionally dissolved is likely to result in issue. But this is not necessary where the divorced woman is a virgin: Q. xxxiii. 49. It is definitely declared that women and men shall have similar rights against each other.

C255. The difference in economic position between the sexes makes the man's rights and liabilities a little greater than the woman's Q. iv. 34 refers to the duty of the man to maintain the woman, and to a certain difference in nature between the sexes. Subject to this, the sexes are on terms of equality in law, and in certain matters the weaker sex is entitled to special protection. 

Yusuf Ali's Commentary from QuranTrans

I also recommend reading the following articles...

http://www.answering-christianity.com/karim/men_and_women_daraja.htm 

http://twf.org/Library/WomenICJ.html#divorce

http://www.jamaat.org/islam/WomanDivorce.html

 

Matt Slick said:

Muslim men may marry up to four women, but no such provision is made for Muslim women.

  1. "If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice," (4:3).

My Response:

http://www.drzakirnaik.com/pages/qanda/2.php

http://www.bismikaallahuma.org/Questions/cq-i.pdf look at number 43

 

Matt Slick said:

A man's inheritance should be a portion of two females

  1. Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children's (Inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females: if only daughters, two or more, their share is two-thirds of the inheritance; if only one, her share is a half," (4:11).

My Response:

http://www.allaahuakbar.net/misconceptions/index.htm (see answer to question number 51)

Matt Slick said:

It is okay to beat wives 

  1. "Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all)," (4:34).

My Response:

Unlike the bible, the Quran gives solutions on how to stop divorce. Unlike the high divorce rates in amongst Christians http://trishwilson.typepad.com/blog/2004/11/divorce_rates_h.html  that don't have solutions on how not to reach to divorce, us Muslims have solutions.

Notice the pattern, first admonish then leave them in bed then the beating. These all signify emotional punishments. Secondly, Islamic critics might be stubborn and want to take the literal word daraba as in beating physically. But let's not forget why God has sent Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) (Surah 3, verse 164 and Surah 16, verse 44) and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has made it clear what is meant by the word daraba in the verse. Read the following...

http://www.answering-christianity.com/karim/noble_quran_4_34.htm 

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503544256

 

Matt Slick said:

  • In Paradise, voluptuous women await men for sensual gratification

    1. "In them will be (Maidens), chaste, restraining their glances, whom no man or Jinn before them has touched," (55:56).

    2. "We have created (their Companions) of special creation.  And made them virgin - pure (and undefiled), - Beloved (by nature), equal in age,- For the Companions of the Right Hand," (56:35-38)

    3. "Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfillment of (the heart's) desires; Gardens enclosed, and grapevines, And voluptuous women of equal age," (78:31-33).

My Response:

Misconceptions regarding Islamic paradise have been dealt with here

http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/refuting_christian_misconceptions_about_the_islamic_paradise_and_a_brief_look_at_the_christian_paradise

 

 

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