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What Does the Religion of Peace Teach About a Woman's Worth Relative to a Man's

What Does the Religion of Peace Teach About a Woman's Worth Relative to a Man's

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At best, Islam elevates the status of a woman to somewhere between that of a camel and a man. The immutable, ever-relevant Qur'an explicitly permits women to be kept as sex slaves, and this is hardly something in which Muslims can take pride.
At best, Islam elevates the status of a woman to somewhere between that of a camel and a man. The immutable, ever-relevant Qur'an explicitly permits women to be kept as sex slaves, and this is hardly something in which Muslims can take pride.

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TheReligionofPeace - Islam: A Woman is Worth Less than a Man
TheReligionofPeace.comGuide to Understanding Islam
 
What does the Religion of PeaceTeach About...
A Woman's Worth Relative to a Man's
 
Question
:
 Does Islam teach that a woman is worth less than a man?
Summary Answer
:
 Absolutely. The only debatable point is by what degree.
The Qur'an:
Sura (4:11)- (Inheritance)
"The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females"
(see alsoSura (4:176)).Sura (2:282)- (Court testimony)
"And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if twomen be not found then a man and two women."
Muslim apologists have sometimes creatively tried toexplain why a woman's testimony is worth half that of a man's under Islamic law (based on this verse)while still attempting to maintain the semblance of equality. Unfortunately for them, studies consistentlyshow that women are less likely to tell lies than men, meaning that they would make more reliablewitnesses in any court - were it not for Islam's obvious sexism.Sura (2:228)-
"and the men are a degree above them
[women]
"
"And if ye are unclean, purify yourselves. And if ye are sick or on a journey, or one of youcometh from the closet, or ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, highground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it"
Men are to rub dirt on their hands if there isno water to purify them following casual contact with a woman (such as shaking hands).
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TheReligionofPeace - Islam: A Woman is Worth Less than a Man
Sura (24:31)- Women are to lower their gaze around men, so they do not look them in the eye.Sura (2:223)-
"Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will..."
A manhas dominion over his wives' bodies as he does his land. This verse is overtly sexual. There is somedispute as to whether it is referring to the practice of anal intercourse, which it has been used historicallyto justify. If this is what Muhammad meant, however, then it would appear to contradict what he said inMuslim (8:3365).Sura (4:3)- (Wife-to-husband ratio)
"Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four"
"Those who believe not in the Hereafter, name the angels with female names."
Angels aresublime beings, and would therefore be male.Sura (4:24)andSura (33:52) 
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A man is permitted to take women as sex slaves outside of marriage.
 
From the Hadith:
"[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.'
"
- "[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 inher religion.'"
Allah has made women deficient in the practice of their religion as well, by givingthem menstrual cycles.
 
Bukhari (2:28)- Women comprise the majority of Hell's occupants. This is important because theonly women in heaven ever mentioned by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desiresof men. (A weak Hadith,
Kanz al-`ummal
, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell). Bukhari (62:81)-
"The Prophet said: "'The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are thosewith which you are given the right to enjoy the (women's) private parts (i.e. the stipulations of themarriage contract).'"
In other words, the most important thing that a woman brings to a marriageis between her legs.Bukhari (62:58)- A woman presents herself in marriage to Muhammad, but he does not find herattractive, so he "donates" her on the spot to another man. Muslim (4:1039)-
"A'isha said [to Muhammad]: 'You have made us equal to the dogs and theasses'"
"...the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: When one of you prayswithout a sutrah, a dog, an ass, a pig, a Jew, a Magian, and a woman cut off his prayer, but it willsuffice if they pass in front of him at a distance of over a stone's throw."
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TheReligionofPeace - Islam: A Woman is Worth Less than a Man
 Ishaq 593-
"From the captives of Hunayn, Allah's Messenger gave [his son-in-law] Ali a slave girlcalled Baytab and he gave [future Caliph] Uthman a slave girl called Zaynab and [future Caliph]Umar another." -
Even in this world, Muhammad treated women like party favors, handing outslave girls to his cronies for sex. Ishaq 969-
"Men were to lay injunctions on women lightly, for they were prisoners of men and had no control over their persons." -
This same text also justifies beating women for flirting.
Additional Notes:
The fourth Caliph, who was Muhammad's son-in-law and cousin, said just a few years after theprophet's death that
"The entire woman is an evil. And what is worse is that it is a necessary evil."
A traditional Islamic saying is that,
"A woman's heaven is beneath her husband's feet."
 The revered Islamic scholar, al-Ghazali, who has been called 'the greatest Muslim afterMuhammad,' writes that the role of a Muslim woman is to
"stay at home and get on with her sewing. She should not go out often, she must not be well-informed, nor must she becommunicative with her neighbors and only visit them when absolutely necessary; she should takecare of her husband... and seek to satisfy him in everything... Her sole worry should be her virtue...She should be clean and ready to satisfy her husband's sexual needs at any moment."
[as quotedfrom Ibn Warraq] A Yemeni cleric recentlyexplainedin a television broadcast what it is that makes women inferiorand unable, say, to serve as good witnesses:
"Women are subject to menstruation, when their endurance and mental capacity for concentration are diminished. When a woman witnesses akilling or an accident, she becomes frightened, moves away, and sometimes even faints, and shecannot even watch the incident."
 The many opportunities denied women under Islamic law, from giving equal testimony in court tohaving the right to exclude other wives from their marital bed, is very clear proof that women areof lesser value then men in Islam. Muslim women are not even free to marry outside the faithwithout being killed by their own families. Islamic law also specifies that when a woman is murdered by a man, her family is owed only half as much "blood money" as they would be if she had been a man.Although a man retains custody of his children in the event of his wife's death, a non-Muslimwoman will automatically lose custody of her children in the event of her husband's death unlessshe converts to Islam or marries a male relative of within his family. Even the rights of Muslimmothers are subordinate to her husband's family.Contemporary Muslims like to counter that Arabs treated women as camels prior to
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