Position and the Value of Woman in Islam
An Iranian female student who was born into a Muslim family and attended the University of Tehran in Iran, wrote the following research thesis, and called it “The Position & the Value of Women in Islam”. She openly documented the verses from Koran regarding the Position and Value of Woman in Koran. She wrote in her thesis:
1. In Islam: men have the authority to take several wives, but women are denied any such right. Koran, Al-Nisa IV: 24.
2. In Islam, men have the right to take many concubines, but women again have no equivalent right.
3. In Islam, men can divorce their wife or wives at any time for any reason, but women have no such right.
4. In Islamic court, it takes two or three women’s testimony to equal one man. Koran, Al-Nisa IV: 15.
5. In Islam, a man’s inheritance is twice that of a woman. In other words, when a man dies, his son gets twice the inheritance of his own mother (the widow), or any of his sisters. Koran Al-Nisa IV: 11.
6. In Islam, when a person is murdered or killed accidently such as in an auto accident, the guilty person has to pay twice as much in reparation if the victim is a man rather than a woman.
7. In Islam, men have the right and the authority to beat their wife (wives). Koran, Al-Nisa IV: 34.
8. In Islam, only men can preside in a court of Law, and women do not have the right or authority to preside on any judicial court of law.
9. A Muslim man has to wash himself if a dog or a woman touches his prayer mat.
10. Women cannot pray during their monthly cycle as they are considered unclean.
11. In Islam, men have the total freedom in the house such as wearing their favorite clothes on any occasion. They can go to stay with their friends and travel without any obligation toward their wife. A wife has no such freedom, and is always answerable to her husband, where she goes, what she wears, and who she talks to.
12. In Islam, men are not obligated to be faithful to one woman, and they can have sexual relationship with other women as their concubine, or even as a temporary wife. Women are denied the right to even fast, or abstain without their husband’s approval, since their husband may feel a sexual urge on that day.
13. If a man accuses his wife of wrong doing, but has no witness, he can swear four times to God and his testimony shall be considered acceptable by the Islamic court, but a woman does not have the same right. Sura 6: 24.
14. In Islam, women are responsible for the children, but when they are divorced, women are denied from rights toward their children, and the father shall have the custody of all children.
15. In Islam, men are given the promises of having 70 virgins every day, when they die and go to heaven. Women do not have any such promises for going to heaven. In other words, God is going to have a whorehouse prepared for men with a promise that all the men will have 70 virgins daily (Muslim men are hopeful that these virgins are female otherwise they are going to be in a real pain and trouble with 70 virgin men everyday through eternity, after death).
16. Judge Zarror Ul-Hagh, from Pakistan said, “If a woman had the same rights as men, then no man would be safe.”
17. Mohammad said in Hadith, “Hang up your whip where your wife can see it.”
18. Based on Sura IV: 34, a man has the rights to whip or beat his wife for the following reasons:
a. If she refuses to make herself beautiful for him
b. If she refused to meet her husband’s sexual demands.
c. Leave the house without his permissions.