A Study of Islam: Lesson 7 – Modern Issues with Islam

Written by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on Apr 27, 2016 in - No Comments

 Adam FaughnIslam and Women

While the Bible sets forth different roles for male and female, it makes it abundantly clear that both male and female are made in the image of God and are of equal worth.

This is simply not true of Islam, when the Koran is examined.

Sameea Collins, a Christian who was born and raised in the Islamic world stated, “Islam is a man’s world; every aspect of life is controlled and dominated by men.”

Some teachings from the Koran:

The “wealth” a man has to be used “for the maintenance of women.” (Surah 4:34)

“As to those women from whom you fear disobedience, first admonish them, then refuse to share your bed with them, and then, if necessary, beat them…” (Surah 4:34)

In divorce or separation cases, the Koran explicitly states that “men have a status above” women (Surah 2:228)

Surah 2:282 states that, if one man cannot give testimony in a case, two women may replace him.

A man may marry up to four wives, so long as he can keep peace. If he does not think he can do that, he can marry a slave who is already in his house. Women are not given the option of marrying more than one man. (Surah 4:3)

Women are “not to display their beauty and ornaments except what normally appears thereof” and are to “draw veils over their bosoms and not display their adornment” except to a specifically allowed group of people (husbands, fathers, “small children who have no carnal knowledge of women,” etc). (Surah 24:31)

About inciting lust, the Koran states, “O wives of the Prophet! You are not like the other women: if you fear Allah, then you should not be complacent while talking to the men who are not closely related to you, lest the one in whose heart there is a disease may thereby be encouraged; and speak using suitable good words. Stay in your homes and do not display your finery as women used to do in the days of ignorance [pre-Islamic days].” (Surah 33:32-33a)

A husband is encouraged to think of his wife as his own field and to “go to your [field] when you like.” There is no similar teaching for wives. (Surah 2:223a)


If a Muslim fears he/she might be persecuted for his/her faith, Islam allows taqiyya, which is lying or hiding truth.

“Anyone who is forced to deny faith after its acceptance, while his heart remains loyal to the faith, shall be absolved.” (Surah 16:106)

“Allah will not hold you accountable for what is inadvertent in your oaths, but He will hold you accountable for what you intended in your heart.” (Surah 2:225)

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