The Superior Sex: Male or Female?

The Superior Sex: Male or Female?

n Islam, gender equality does not mean uniformity.Martyr Murtada Mutahhari in his book, Women and Her Rights, explains all the necessary rights of women and elucidates the disparities between the two sexes. He states that during the liberation movement of women rights, everybody focused only on the liberty and equality of women as a human being whereas it was forgotten that a woman is a woman too.

n Islam, gender equality does not mean uniformity.The notion of the male being the superior sex is still common in parts of the world today. Islam has been largely accused of supporting the male whilst suppressing the female. The truth, however, is something else. We all know that both male and female are different in terms of reproductive systems and basic biological features, differences that are innate and bound by nature. The question arises: On what basis are males considered superior to females? Is it in terms of career, intelligence, physical strength, passion, empathy, sporting skills, cooking skills or something else?

In such a debatable topic, there have been many scientific articles that try to show the superiority of one sex over the other, or gender equality. Let us analyze a few key studies before we reflect on the Islamic perspective. Modern professors such as Steve Pinker and Larry Summers from Harvard University claim that innate behavior is responsible for the failure of females to advance in scientific careers. Peter Lawrence in his article “Men, Women and Ghosts in Science” (Journal PLoS Biology), holds a similar opinion that even in a world which is free of bias, women will not be at par with men because they are born different. Simon Baron-Cohen, a professor at the University of Cambridge shows in his book, “The Essential Difference: Men, Women, and the Extreme Male Brain” that men on average are biologically designed to systematize, analyze, and are better equipped to compete in science whereas women are designed to empathize, communicate and care for others.

On the flipside, Professor Ben A. Barres published his story “Does gender matter?” in one of the finest journals, Nature in 2006, contradicting all the above theories regarding sex discrimination. He argues that the available scientific data does not provide support for the argument that women are born inferior; rather it supports another hypothesis – that women are not as advanced in science not because of their innate abilities, but because of discrimination. He then shows various data about the advancement of women in areas such as social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. One study cited by the same story above about sex discrimination shows that women applying for a research grant needed to be 2.5 times more productive than men in order to be considered equally potent. This data was so convincing that MIT President Charles Vest publicly admitted that sex discrimination is responsible for women’s progress in fields of science. In a recent book, “Delusions of Gender“, Cordelia Fine reviews many important scientific studies of the past few years. The book shows that cultural and social factors are the main factors affecting sexual differences and thus creating sexual discrimination. The book condemns the bad science that continues to emphasize that sexual differences are solely due to innate brain differences between a male and a female.

Male chauvinists point out that male’s possessing a larger brain, skeleton, height, and muscle mass are evidence of the male gender’s superiority. Contrary to this belief, there are completely different views that support women are the superior sex. Ashley Montagu in his book, The Natural Superiority of Women, states that women have a more powerful immunological system that helps them having a better resistance to fatigue, shock and illness. He further writes that a female brain is highly developed structurally and functionally, concluding that women are more insightful with greater stamina and longevity.

Ancient philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle in their famous books, The Republic and The Politics, have also delved into gender differences, both with contrasting ideas. Plato stated that the difference between males and females is quantitative and both of them have similar talents and capabilities. Aristotle on the other hand, stated that both the sexes are different not only quantitatively but qualitatively as well, possessing unique talents which are bound by nature.

What is the Real Answer?

It is not very reasonable to compare apples with oranges, analogous to the comparison between males and females. Both the sexes have been given their own natural and social duties, and thus it becomes a matter of appropriateness and equity rather than the superiority or uniformity.

As we review modern scientists’ and ancient philosophers’ views, the answers and explanations remain ambiguous. Islam has all the answers in every form, and we do not need to search the answers anywhere else when we possess genius scholars such as Martyr Murtada Mutahhari in our own hamlet. In his book, Women and Her Rights, he explains all the necessary rights of women and elucidates the disparities between the two sexes. He states that during the liberation movement of women rights, everybody focused only on the liberty and equality of women as a human being whereas it was forgotten that a woman is a woman too.

He mentions that woman previously fought for being recognized as an equal gender, and now she is suffering because her natural rights and special facilities have being ignored, intentionally or otherwise. As Ayatollah Mutahhari explains, if a situation arises around the equality of women as a human being, women would be the sufferers, because by nature they have a less productive capacity, while their consumption of wealth is more than men’s. Their menstrual cycles, hardships of pregnancies, pains of childbirth and the nursing of children place them in a position in which they require men’s protection. In an article in the magazine Coronet, Mrs. Macdaniel says on account of lifting heavy weights, some female workers of her factory suffered from internal hemorrhage. These women want to return to their previous position. They want to be treated as women and not as mere workers. For the supporters of equality it may be a simple matter; they sit in their luxurious apartments and talk of equality, but they have never been to the factories, where most of the wage-earning women of this country have to work. Numerous similar incidences affecting the women physically or psychologically have been reported in the society.

Islam Comes to the Rescue

Islam has given women an identity with rights, freedom, personality, independence and free thinking. Women in Islam are recognized as pure women, not as obstinate human beings equal to men as politicized by the industrial revolutionists. Islam also gives women the right to choose their spouses and the independence of transactions of money during marriage. Explaining the philosophy behind the legal issues, Ayatollah Mutahhari states the psychology of the sexes, in which men are after sex and women are after love. Man’s instinct of alluring and woman’s instinct of credulity are fine paradigms of understanding the two sexes. This is why it is important for a girl to consult her father before agreeing for marriage, as fathers are aware about the thoughts and plans of a male. Several other important issues such as those relating to dowry, inheritance, divorce and polygamy have also been logically explained in the same book.

Ayatollah Mutahhari gauzily compares the physical and psychological differences between a man and a woman. He explains that irrespective of the differences between the two sexes, both of them have been purposefully designed by Allah in order to complement and support each other. Continuity of the human species is a direct answer to us that calls for the harmony between males and females. As nature is not a matter of chance, the bodies and souls have been designed physically and spiritually in a perfect sense such that the differences attract the sexes to each other. The connection between male and female signifies that each one wants the comfort and happiness of the other, and enjoys making sacrifices for the sake of the other.

The Qur’an says: “They (women) are raiment (comfort, embellishment and protection) for you, and you (men) are raiment for them.” (2:187)

This verse clearly indicates that women are not created for the benefit of men but both of them have been created for the sake of each other. Islam preserves the natural rights of women whereas the western world focuses more on the uniformity and equality of human rights. Islam respects the fact that women are intrinsically and biologically different and that is why it focuses more on the similarity of rights rather than the equality of rights.

The Qur’an says: “And of His signs is this that He created your mates from yourselves that you might find rest in them, and He put between you affection and compassion.” (30:21)

The verse shows that marriage between a man and a woman is higher than all passions. It is really not logical to compare the two sexes on the basis of equality of rights. The two sexes have been created to show respect, love and compassion to each other.

Injustice Against Women

Another important issue that needs attention is the injustice done to women in forms of sexual and physical abuse, emotional cruelty, prejudice and domestic exploitation. The solution to these problems is adhering to the true Islamic beliefs. Our Holy fourth Imam Sajjad (peace be upon him), in his Treatise of Rights talks about the right of the wife: “And the right of your subject through matrimonial contract is that you should know that God has made her a repose, a comfort and a companion, and a protector for you. It is incumbent upon each of you to thank God for the other and realize that the other one is God’s blessing for you. It is obligatory to be a good companion for God’s blessing, and to honor her and treat her gently. Yet, your right over her is more incumbent and she must obey you in every matter that you like or detest – except in acts of disobedience to God. She should enjoy the rights of mercy and intimacy, as she is an object of tranquility. You should care for her through consummation of the lust that must be consummated. And that is surely great. And there is no power but in God.”

We must also get inspiration from modern day examples like Imam Khomeini, who was very humble and caring to his wife. Like our role model Imam Ali (peace be upon him), he would always help his wife in household routine jobs such as washing clothes and sweeping, and would give tremendous respect to his wife and family. He would say, “Don’t think little of the home; the upbringing of children is no small matter. If somebody is able to raise one person (properly), she has done a great service to society.”

There is truly no masculinity in males who subjugate females trying to dominate them with resentment or physical abuse. True masculinity and harmony between male and female lies in mutual respect, and in the understanding of each others needs. We can leave the spurious battle of the sexes for the opportunists who want to earn something other than the true realization of human beings.

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  1. Saadia
    April 22, 08:25
    The notion of a feminine 'woman' is a social construct. Granted that on an average a woman is weaker when it comes to lifting heavy weights, but should that apply to her ability to judge other people? Heck, no! 'Men' don't know how 'every' other man thinks. Just like, I, as a woman, don't know how every other 'woman' thinks. That's a dangerous over simplification. <br />That industrial revolution helped women gain some financial independence before they could step into the arena of academia and gain advancement there.
    • Jaf
      April 22, 08:34
      Lifting heavy weights is just one of the examples....the example is to give an idea...There are numerous other examples mentioned in the same book mentioned above. <br /><br />Industrial revolution did help women.....but it forgot about the natural womanness.....
    • Male Reader.
      April 21, 00:00
      [quote name="Saadia"]The notion of a feminine 'woman' is a social construct.... 'Men' don't know how 'every' other man thinks. Just like, I, as a woman, don't know how every other 'woman' thinks. That's a dangerous over simplification. <br />[/quote]<br /><br />My dear, men are very simple creatures. They aren't hard to figure out. So yes, men do know how other men think. Women, on the other hand....I'm not surprised even women can't figure women out :P.<br /><br />Also the concept of a woman's womanliness is not a social construct, just as a man's manliness is not a social construct. There are traits that are more womanly and traits that are more manly, and the core of these have been consistent in every society since the dawn of time. Also genetics.
  2. Anshul
    April 23, 06:20
    Well, I consider scientist, if they differ on the status of women as morons, because quite frankly, Science is an objective study of things we see. They will probably never be able to equate quotients of emotion, care etc to that of scientific brilliance of few men, and thereby would always lack the understanding , as few of us understand by virtue of reading religious scriptures and sayings containing truth. <br />This is a nice article and helps people understand that all great people at all times have signified the importance of both the sexes without any inequality being creeping in. <br /><br />However, I would like to put forth few comments for line <br />1- The Qur'an says: "And of His signs is this that He created your mates from yourselves that you might find rest in them, and He put between you affection and compassion." (30:21)<br /> <br /> Can it not be interpret as "women are objects of desire fulfillment" ? <br /><br />2- The Qur'an says: "They (women) are raiment (comfort, embellishment and protection) for you, and you (men) are raiment for them." (2:187) <br /><br /> In both the #1 and #2, explicit mention of "you" for males, doesn't signify gender inequality? On a separate interpretation, are the verses of Holy Quran directed towards men ?
    • Anshul
      April 23, 06:22
      Further in the Imam quote- "she must obey you in every matter that you like or detest". Don't you feel, it is too strict a restriction, which can be used very easily by lesser mortals to demean women? <br />Coming to a more practical aspects, we all know women in Muslim communities are one of the most deprived beings compared to other religious communities. Now are people actually trying to work for the upliftment of women in these cultures? I would again quote as you mentioned about luxury apartments. Are we not doing the same, writing good articles and commenting, while the suffering for women continues. <br />Is this has to do with that fundamentalists have nearly seized power in most muslim countries and that it becomes difficult to raise a point for women?
      • jaf
        April 23, 10:31
        The imam quote has a deeper meaning for women to understand and respect their husbands....the lesser mortals irrespective of this quote already are demeaning women....Its happening in all religions and society.<br /><br />Practically, I agree with you in regard of women upliftment...not much is happening.....All we see is women fightng for women........and women fghting against men for equality.<br /><br />The practical solution, apart from writing and arguing is to really help women thru charity, initiating with one's family by especting the rights of daughter, wife, sister and mother....then helping other weaker women financially....<br /><br />The last sentence is absolutely correct too. There are many issues that go unnoticed. But writing and blogging does make some difference.
        • Anshul
          May 01, 19:04
          [quote name="jaf"]The imam quote has a deeper meaning for women to understand and respect their husbands....the lesser mortals irrespective of this quote already are demeaning women....Its happening in all religions and society.[/quote]<br />So if I gather any inference at all is that , Imam quote was simply unnecessary in the article. <br />Secondly, when you say regarding "all religions and societies", try to gather information before putting out an outrageous comment. Saying this, you don't seem to "think from everywhere". :) . I am talking about the DESIGN of society, which should not be flawed in order to marginalize women. <br />Let us talk about Burqa. I don't know if it has any religious significance. Please pardon me if I go wrong. <br />But two points: <br />1. Does wearing a Burqa help attain real goal, salvation (if it has meaning in Islam) ? <br />2. Do you really think, that women who are just born in a Muslim family would have always wanted to wear a burqa ? <br /><br />Well it can be a matter of personal choice and be left upto women to wear or not, but do you really think, approx 60 billion muslim women in the world really want to wear burqa, each one of them ? <br /><br />Shouldn't it be considered a token of demeaning women, just because their bodily features are not like men and therefore those features need to be hidden ? <br /><br />PS: I am trying to understand it from a critic perspective. Probably people become better/good when they can make their critics understand the point. ;)
          • Anshul
            May 01, 19:31
            Pardon the 60 billion figure.
          • SM
            May 01, 21:45
            "Secondly, when you say regarding "all religions and societies", try to gather information before putting out an outrageous comment. "<br /><br />Look around yourself and see. Women are being oppressed in various ways, regardless of what religion or school of thought you belong to. In some societies, they are being oppressed by being denied education and working rights; in other societies, they are being oppressed by being turned into sex symbols for the sake of selling commercial products and their worth being determined by their physical appearances.<br /><br />"Does wearing a Burqa help attain real goal, salvation (if it has meaning in Islam) ?"<br /><br />A burqa is a piece of clothing. It has not been mandated in any religion. Islam requires its female followers to cover everything besides their face and hands, which is collectively called "Hijab". Some women also choose to cover the face, which is called "Niqab". You can read about their reasons here:<br />http://www.islamicinsights.com/religion/religion/why-wear-the-hijab.html<br />http://www.islamicinsights.com/news/international-news/banning-the-niqab.html<br /><br />"Shouldn't it be considered a token of demeaning women, just because their bodily features are not like men and therefore those features need to be hidden ?"<br /><br />That is not the reason at all. I hope you will understand that once you read the articles above. And fyi, men also have a dress and behavior code in Islam:<br />http://www.islamicinsights.com/religion/religion/the-hijab-of-men.html
          • SM
            May 01, 21:50
            "So if I gather any inference at all is that , Imam quote was simply unnecessary in the article."<br /><br />Not true. The quote has to be looked at in the proper context. You cannot just quote one sentence out of that entire passage and use it to argue something. Otherwise, I can take this part of the quote -- "It is incumbent upon each of you to thank God for the other and realize that the other one is God's blessing for you." -- and say that that is pretty harsh and demanding too; I mean, how many guys do you know thank God for their wives on a regular basis? :P
          • jaf
            May 03, 12:14
            adding on to the comment by SM<br /><br />I think I dont need to mention every aspect...or think from everywhere....as ur also not thinking from every aspect....ur only quoting one sentence without thinking the background....<br /><br />whats wrong if Imam ask women to respect their husbands...women in hinduism are also asked to respect heri husband as pati parmeshvar.....but does it stop the domestic violence in the society, does that stop the system of dowry in that society, does that stop rapes.....anyways....im not pointing out a particular religion or society....but I didnt mention bcoz I assumed you know about whats hapening to women<br /><br />Now since you mentioned and asking me to think from everywhere.....By several societies and religions.....you must be aware of whats happening to women in several parts of th world. Starting from, just a simple example of Rapes in Delhi....Is it due to a good soceity that respects women....IF I didnt cite this in my previous comment.....You tend to quote me that im not thinking from everywhere....If I write, thinking from everywhere, I may be called a biased man.... anyways...<br />IS THAT THE DESIGN OF THE SOCIETY THAT IS NOT FLAWED....raping women......and considering them as sex objects......selling their bodies on advertisements.....<br /><br />If this (revealing physical body) is considered freedom and equality in western society....then you are right, Islam is inequal to women.<br /><br />About leaving to women to wear or not, Islam also doesnt force as well....Women who do hijab are hapy to do it.<br /> <br />Regarding burqa....read comment froom SM
          • Anshul
            May 08, 05:43
            This reply is the main problem, my dear friend. :) <br /><br />Best of Luck.
          • Anshul
            May 08, 05:55
            On the question of Design, I think you simply didn't get it. <br />Design is what has been circulated from ancient times about upliftment of women, their status in the society and how this status can be maintained. <br />Now that you have pointed out Hinduism, I would tell you that some of the highest GODs believed are feminine. Now one can analyze what does it mean in a society. It would mean, that humans (who are) God fearing people, should also pay the respect to both the sexes of society, because both of them complete each-other. Single entity cannot exist. But this is difficult to explain to each and every individual, many of whom are not so intelligent. It has to binded to God and therefore each and every God represented in Hinduism, have counterparts (male and female). <br />Dowry is not the design of society, it is a social construct based on human instincts of greed. It was never proposed by the people who designed Hindu society thousands of years ago. You can think of same about rapes you mentioned. Further when you mention about western world, I completely agree and oppose the idea of women as a symbol. <br /><br />Likewise, I mentioned "Let us talk about Burqa. I don't know if it has any religious significance." . I don't know if it is a social construct or a religious thing. What I do know is that looking at a group of women you can easily identify who is Muslim. This is particularly important point to consider when you are living in a multi-cultural society, where you actually are, right now.
          • Anshul
            May 08, 06:10
            Further when I say Design, I have never ever heard a quote degrading women like "right to husband to beat in case of wife's refusal for sex" etc etc from any religious leader in any religion except Islam, where timely you yourself can see the quotes from various Imams suggesting something on the above lines, and unfortunately quoting various old Imam quotes and occasionally Islamic scriptures to second their thoughts. At-least this is what I have not heard in Hinduism (and other prominent religions). Now think DESIGN. <br /><br />I am not saying that those Imams who mis-represent these saying are right, but then you alone don't make Islam, they along with their followers also do. <br />You are free to deny this, but it would not change the facts.
          • dot
            May 08, 19:05
            This is indeed ironic, coming from a person who seems to be a Hindu. For centuries, Hindu women were told by holy leaders that they had to commit suicide if their husbands died by setting themselves on fire (Sati). Alternatively, they were told that if they did not kill themselves, they could not remarry and must mourn for the rest of their lives by wearing clothes that showed their status. There was no closure for a woman in such a situation! <br /><br />REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sati_(practice)<br /><br />Yet you come and preach to us about Islam being this and that. You should deal with the skeletons in your own closet before adopting such a high and mighty, hypocritical position.<br /><br />Secondly, one out of 4 or 5 people on earth are Muslims. There are many differences and ideas. We are not Wahabbis or Sunnis, we are Shias. We do not believe that a man has the right to beat his wife if she refuses to have sex with him. This is just wrong, and you can check with our scholars. Whether or not there are some ignorant people on the street saying this, and from outside our community, it is nothing like what YOUR scholars have said and still say about women's inferiority to men.
          • Anshul
            May 10, 10:31
            Ok, So probably there is a lack of understand each other and therefore mis-representations arise. <br /><br />Further, I don't think Hinduism is about Hindu Holy leaders. This is one reason why Hinduism doesn't fit the western definition of religion, arising out of one prophet. No one knows exactly when it began and who started the Hindu Culture. It is all about what is preached in Vedas. Over thousands of years it got molded in different forms at different places, in lot of different scriptures, still they all are descended from Vedas, but would likely have differences. <br /><br />Quoting Wiki is meaningless (anybody can do it for any purpose), and you know it. Quote something from where truth is. <br /><br />Anyways, as Jafar pointed out, no need to discuss it further. <br /><br />Further when you say "we are shias", there is no point to discuss further. I have some very good Shia friends and I understand them. However, if there are lot of people like you on the website, I think it can be renamed to "ShiaInsights". ;)
          • dot
            May 10, 15:29
            Again, very ironic! When it comes to Muslims, you are not allowing any kind of differences of opinions in the community, lumping us altogether under the word Islam, but when it comes to your own community you want to introduce all sorts of nuances that keep you from being associated with the worst elements. That's hypocritical. Either you keep the same standards for everybody, or for nobody, but don't try playing games because we can all see through that.<br /><br />Regarding the quote from Wiki, there was nothing wrong with it and I would be happy to bring a lot more info. There is a ton of info out there about Sati in Hinduism. Actually, it's funny you don't like the wiki link because it is more kind to Hindus than many other more respected sites.
          • Anshul
            May 14, 16:50
            Oh that is because of the rigidity of Islamic societies, which I have observed. You yourself don't want to be reformed ( I think so), which is what bringing you to clash directly with me. <br />BTW I haven't heard of Fatwa/Jehad licensing few people to <br />kill fellow humans in any other society. <br /><br />Going by religious communities, can you name where are people most backwards in terms of standards of life ? Does it not have anything to do with stubbornness ? In Hindu society on the other hand there is an intended scope to allow differences to enable people to choose lives, on their path to eternity. What type of society do you live in? Is it not a plural society. This is what Hindu society is. This is what Hinduism has taught. It allows you to choose the name of God, because everybody is trying to reach the same destination. Name is just a pointer to find HIM. When I talk to you, you might well say NO, this is CRAP. Right ? God is one and the name is Allah. And possibly you might be ready to kill someone over it. <br />I believe, to live happily there is no pride in believing in GOD of particular name. <br /><br />Well I don't know if you get any of this, because your views seem to be more political than having any spiritual and religious content and understanding. You might well have by now read websites bashing Hindu culture to add to your points. It would never serve any purpose.
          • dot
            May 15, 00:20
            LOL!!!! Who is being rigid? It's either your way or the highway! You are judge, jury and executioner, and you can say whatever you want about other people but they are not allowed to stand up for themselves. <br /><br />Hindus have killed so many people to. Hindus are still killing people! You are just a typical Indian nationalist, looking at how you guys have call centers and business managers while looking away from minorities being mistreated in the name of Hindu ideas. Even your own Hindu brothers are mistreated by your miserable caste system.<br /><br />What a joke. Please go fix yourself before offering advice to others. You talk about spiritualism, but then you are being so hypocritical. What's the point in talking about spirituality when you just make up the rules of discussion as they go along. Ridiculous.
          • Anshul
            May 14, 16:51
            And if you read it carefully, I did write "unfortunately" in my text, which you have quoted.
          • dot
            May 08, 19:08
            "Although many have tried to prevent the act of sati by banning it and reinforcing laws against it, we can still see it being practiced (on rare occasions) in India under coercion or by voluntary burning. As in the case of Charan Shah, a 55 year-old widow of Manshah burnt herself on the pyre of her husband in the village of Satpura in Utar Pradesh.[31] Her death on the funeral pyre is surrounded by much controversy since questions of whether she willingly performed the Sati or not were being asked. Charan Shah did not profess strong feelings to becoming a Sati to any of her family members and no one saw her close to the burning body of her husband before she jumped into the fire. The villagers, including her sons, state that she became a Sati of her own accord and that she was not forced into it. They continue to pay their respects to the house of Charan Shah since it has become a shrine for them since they strongly believe that one who has become a sati is a deity and she is worshipped and endowed with gifts."
          • jaf
            May 09, 07:05
            [quote name="Anshul"]Further when I say Design, I have never ever heard a quote degrading women like "right to husband to beat in case of wife's refusal for sex" etc etc from any religious leader in any religion except Islam, where timely you yourself can see the quotes from various Imams suggesting something on the above lines, and unfortunately quoting various old Imam quotes and occasionally Islamic scriptures to second their thoughts. At-least this is what I have not heard in Hinduism (and other prominent religions). Now think DESIGN. <br /><br />I am not saying that those Imams who mis-represent these saying are right, but then you alone don't make Islam, they along with their followers also do. <br />You are free to deny this, but it would not change the facts.[/quote]<br /><br />I think we are taking it a bit far...Lets stop here. Its not needed to discuss about other principles and comparisons...<br /><br />About Islamic women, the design islamic law propogates is unique and not a part of multicultural society...and it does not propogate inequality of both the sexes...<br /><br />Other discussions, I feel, are not needed here.<br /><br />Thanks for your views
          • Anshul
            May 10, 10:35
            Sirji, <br />I never quoted anything against Islam and teachings, if anybody got me wrong. I don't have power to do that. <br />And you can mark my words, if everybody starts following their religion to the core, all the problems would vanish by themselves. :) No religion would preach to create differences. It is all upto us to quote superiority based on our birth. <br />I was mainly discussing about social problems though. <br /><br />thanks hai !
          • dot
            May 10, 15:32
            Actually you did quote against Islam and it's teachings. We can all see that. You said:<br /><br />"I have never ever heard a quote degrading women like "right to husband to beat in case of wife's refusal for sex" etc etc from any religious leader in any religion except Islam, where timely you yourself can see the quotes from various Imams suggesting something on the above lines, and unfortunately quoting various old Imam quotes and occasionally Islamic scriptures to second their thoughts. At-least this is what I have not heard in Hinduism (and other prominent religions)."
          • Anshul
            May 14, 16:35
            Ok. What I meant by Islam and its teachings is "Prophet and Quran". Everything else is questionable, which I did. So please stop talking stupid and have some sense of being a fellow human. <br /><br />If you still think, it is against Islam, elevate your mind to next level and then talk.
          • dot
            May 15, 00:24
            You need to learn some manners, or at least English. You're not making any sense. <br /><br />You don't know what is questionable and what isn't. This is not your religion, and you are not so scholarly that your opinion on the issue matters.<br /><br />Furthermore, why should we listen to someone who is so rude that he calls others stupid? If this is the kind of manners you understand, then you are stupid to say such a thing.<br /><br />You don't have to agree with me, but at least be an adult about disagreeing. Otherwise, please keep your mouth shut.
    • jaf
      April 23, 10:20
      Hmm<br />The scientists cannot measure emotions agreed but the studies mentioned above are not purely scientific but psychological....There's a difference in peer reviewed papers for both science and psychology. But together we may call it scientific.....and in the papers, the scientists or psychologists when they study women or men also take into account various factors and the reasonings....but ofcourse I agee with u that they r morons.<br /><br />The quranic intepretation of 30:21 does not indicate gender ineqality in any sense...The 'you' is for both male and female and encompasses love and compassion for both of them, not only male. No way it can be interpeted as women as objects. Women are not considered as objects in Islam. This is another proof of the concept of hijab....where women are not objects of physical beauty but should be acknowledged as they are with their true character and intellect. <br /><br />The interpretation of 2:187 as well doesnt signify gender inequality.....You can clearly see that The verses are vice versa for both the sexes......They are raiment for you and you are raiment for them.....Should this be concluded as that men are objects for women too...NO.<br /><br />Also, The verses of Quran are not directed towards men unless specified.
    • jaf
      April 23, 10:23
      Hmm<br />The scientists cannot measure emotions agreed but the studies mentioned above are not purely scientific but psychological....There's a difference in peer reviewed papers for both science and psychology. But together we may call it scientific.....and in the papers, the scientists or psychologists when they study women or men also take into account various factors and the reasonings....but ofcourse I agree with u that they r morons....but thats how science and philosophy is, politicised.<br /><br />The quranic intepretation of 30:21 does not indicate gender ineqality in any sense...The 'you' is for both male and female and encompasses love and compassion for both of them, not only male. No way it can be interpeted as women as objects. Women are not considered as objects in Islam. This is another proof of the concept of hijab....where women are not objects of physical beauty but should be acknowledged as they are with their true character and intellect. <br /><br />The interpretation of 2:187 as well doesnt signify gender inequality.....You can clearly see that The verses are vice versa for both the sexes......They are raiment for you and you are raiment for them.....Should this be concluded as that men are objects for women too...NO.<br /><br />Also, The verses of Quran are not directed towards men unless specified....
  3. bws
    April 23, 23:57
    How convenient that the men sited in this article know so much about women ! As for the author how could a Muslim know so much about women when he is mandated by the word to only associate with women of his family? The perspective of some women with PHD or JUST some Muslim women from the general population would have been good. Some articles in this magazine just disgust me. I am a progressive modern male Muslim
    • brother
      April 24, 06:45
      subhanallah<br /><br />ur really a modern male muslim.....not sure about progressing though.<br /><br />Keep it up.
    • dot
      April 25, 02:07
      You know, it is possible for us to read/listen to what women say without associating with them. Seems it's usually the single, desperate males who want to make casual relationships between men and women the norm. Anyway if this site sickens you, you don't have to spend your time here. <br /><br />Best regards. :)
  4. Ashshu
    April 24, 20:45
    Very well written ...especially for the youngsters who question the idea of equality.
  5. sayyeda
    April 26, 14:13
    JazakAllah brother! And that book by Ayatullah Mutahhari is awesome! Woman and her Rights--- http://www.al-islam.org/womanrights/
  6. Hadi
    May 20, 04:47
    This was a well-written and well-thought piece of writing. The position of women in Islam is being hotly debated nowadays, in particular in the West. This article is a good contribution to the ongoing debate. Well done!

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