Surah 4 Women

verse 3 “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.” Sounds reasonable and pretty much saying to only marry one woman, if you know what I mean.

verse 34 Seems to be using the terms women and property interchangeably throughout. Then we get this wise teaching, “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);” Boy, maybe these Muslims are on to something here.

verse 43 Just when he gets going on his excellent teaching on women, he goes and changes the subject. He says that before praying Muslims are to wash their whole bodies! What a chore that would be. I wouldn’t have prayed until I was 13, and only once a week at that.

verse 76 “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject Faith Fight in the cause of Evil.” Again, what exactly does he mean that they are saved by faith? He has all these strings attached to what faith is. In order to be saved, according to this verse, you have to fight for Allah and this isn’t a metaphorical sense either. He mentions being killed so I think he means actual war. How’s that for a religion of peace?

verse 79 “Whatever good, (O man!) happens to thee, is from Allah. But whatever evil happens to thee, is from thy (own) soul.” Total legalism here! How’s that for a religion of hope?

I’ll stop at verse 90. I wish he had expounded more on them women, I can hardly wait for more details. The most depressing day of the year is looking up now!

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