Can Women Teach Men? An Islamic and Biblical Point of View .

By Bassam Zawadi 

Let’s see what the Bible says about women being able to teach men…

 

1 Timothy 2:12

I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.

 

The Bible says that women should not teach men. She must remain in silence to learn from men but not teach them.

 

John Gill says in his commentary of this verse…

 

but then women are not to teach in the church; for that is an act of power and authority, and supposes the persons that teach to be of a superior degree, and in a superior office, and to have superior abilities to those who are taught by them: (John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, Commentary on 1 Timothy 2:12, Source)

 

So John Gill is saying that women should not be teaching men because then that would give them a superior degree over men. So does that mean that since men are allowed to teach women then men have a superior degree over the women?

 

The first argument, why it is not lawful for women to teach in the congregation, because by this means they would be placed above men, for they would be their masters: and this is against God’s ordinance. (Geneva Study Bible, Commentary on 1 Timothy 2:12, Source)


So does that mean that men are the “masters” of women because they can teach them?

 

Let’s see what Islam says about women being able to teach men…

 

Saheeh Bukhari

Volume 6, Book 61, Number 545:

Narrated ‘Uthman:

The Prophet said, “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.”

 

This hadith is general and goes to all Muslims (male or female). It has no restrictions on women being able to teach men. As a matter of fact one of the Prophet wives used to teach men…

 

In any discussion on the age of Aisha (ra: may Allah be pleased with her) at the time of her marriage with the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him), it is of the greatest relevance to note the pivotal role she played as a teacher, exponent and interpreter of the religion of Islam. (Zahid, Aziz, Age of Aisha (ra) at time of marriage, Source)

On the Prophet’s death, Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) became a widow at the age of eighteen or nineteen. However, she had memorized great knowledge from the Prophet (peace be upon him). She stayed in her home teaching men and women. (Muhammad Fathi Mus’ad, The Wives of the Prophet Muhammad: Their Strives and Their Lives, p.65)

 

So clearly the Bible takes away the right of women to be able to teach the religion to men publicly while Islam gives it to them.

 

 

 

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The Purpose Of The Women’s Veil In The Quran and Bible..

By Bassam Zawadi

The command to wear the veil is found in both the Quran and Bible. 

However, the reason for the command is different when you compare the two books. 

Let’s see what the Quran says…

 

Surah 33:59

Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognized and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.

 

So the Quran says that women should wear the veil so that they can be recognized (as pious Muslim women) and then no one would bother flirting or annoying them. Dr. Zakir Naik illustrates this nicely in an example…

 

Example of twin sisters

Suppose two sisters who are twins, and who are equally beautiful, walk down the street. One of them is attired in the Islamic hijaab i.e. the complete body is covered, except for the face and the hands up to the wrists. The other sister is wearing western clothes, a mini skirt or shorts. Just around the corner there is a hooligan or ruffian who is waiting for a catch, to tease a girl. Whom will he tease? The girl wearing the Islamic Hijaab or the girl wearing the skirt or the mini? Naturally he will tease the girl wearing the skirt or the mini. Such dresses are an indirect invitation to the opposite sex for teasing and molestation. The Qur’an rightly says that hijaab prevents women from being molested. (www.drzakirnaik.com

 

 

Lets compare this with the Bible…

 

1 Corinthians 11:3-12

3Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head-it is just as though her head were shaved. 6If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. 7A man ought not to cover his head,[a] since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 8For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;  9neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10For this reason, and because of the angels the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.

 

So we see that since the man is the glory of God and the woman is the glory of man then she has to wear the veil as a sign of authority. Her wearing the veil shows that she is subjected in authority to the man. 

 

  power authority, i.e. the sign of the husband’s authority. (Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition), Commentary on 1     Corinthians 11:10, Source

 

 

Also notice what verse 10 says, “and because of the angels”. A woman has to wear the veil because of the angels. What does this mean? Some commentators don’t know…

 

What this means, I do not yet understand. (The 1599 Geneva Study Bible, Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:10, Source

 

Because of the angels. This clause has puzzled the critics. The idea probably is: “There should be no violation of decorum, such as a bareheaded woman in a public assembly would be, lest it offend the ministering angels which are always present, though unseen. (People’s New Testament, Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:10, Source)

 

 

However, others have given some explanations…

 

because of the angels, that is, say some, because of the evil angels. (Matthew Henry Complete Commentary
on the Whole Bible, Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11,
Source)

 

 

Who are these evil angels? The next commentary elaborates more…

 

De Veland. Virg. c. 7. understands them of evil angels, and that a woman should cover her head in time of worship, lest they should lust after her; though much rather the reason should be, lest they should irritate and provoke lust in others: (John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:10, Source)

 

As we see there is an opinion that the woman should wear the veil so that the angels won’t come down and have sex with them! 

 

Therefore women should cover their heads in order not to tempt the angels to come down and take them as wives and this is supported by…

 

Genesis 6: 1-4

When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with [a] man forever, for he is mortal [b] ; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward-when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. 

 

This Christian thinks that the ‘sons of God’ being referred in this verse are the angels. Some Christians try to refute this, however they have been refuted back as can be seen here

You also have…

2 Peter 2:4

4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them into gloomy dungeons[b] to be held for judgment;

 

The commentary of this verse states…

 

 and of Aza and Azael, angels, who, they say, sinned by lusting after the daughters of men, they frequently affirm, that God cast them down from their holiness (John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, Commentary on 2 Peter 2:4, Source)

 

Jude 1:6

And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home-these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

 

Here is the commentary of this verse…

 

The sinning of angels can be thought of in two main ways: in the original rebellion of some angels against God, and in the sin of the “sons of God” described in Genesis 6:1-2

 i. Genesis 6:1-2: Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

c. This describes some type of sexual union between these sinning angels (spirit beings) and willing humans

d. It is useless to speculate on the nature of this union. Whether it was brought about by something like demon possession, or whether angels have power permanently to assume the form of men is not revealed.

e. How can we know there was something sexual here? Jude tells us in verse 7: in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh – as in Sodom and Gomorrah, there was an unnatural sexual union

i. Understand that the occult is filled with sexual associations with the demonic, and there are those today who actively pursue such associations

ii. It goes without saying that the blood of Christ can free anyone from such terrible experiences, and that a child of God has a unique protection in such matters

f. God judged these wicked angels, setting them in everlasting chains; apparently some fallen angels are in bondage while others are unbound and active among mankind as demons.

i. By not keeping their proper place, they are now kept in chains – their sinful pursuit of freedom has put them in bondage

ii. Those who insist on freedom to do whatever they want are like these angels – so free that they are bound with everlasting chains! True freedom comes from obedience.

iii. Their sin has separated them from the presence of God; so will your sin! And, if angels cannot break the chains sin has brought upon them, what make you think you can? You need Christ to set you free!

g. The warning: your spiritual status doesn’t matter; you must still continue to the end

i. Angels who once enjoyed marvelous intimacy in God’s immediate presence are now banished from Him; their high spiritual status wasn’t enough

ii. There will be many in hell of “high spiritual status;” all of that will be of no help on judgment day  (David Guzik, Study Guide for Jude Chapter 1, Source)

 

 

 

Conclusion

So the Quran tells women to wear the veil for purposes of recognition, safety and honor and the Bible tells women to wear the veil so that it can show that they are subjected to man in authority and so that they should not tempt the angels to lust after them. Which book degrades the women by ordering her to wear the veil?

Women’s Honorable Position in Islam..

By Sami Zaatari

Without a doubt women in Islam have a very honorable and respected position, contrary to what many none-Muslims say which is that Islam looks down upon women. If one read the Quran and Islamic hadiths with an open heart holding no biasness or ill-will then one would see this for themselves, that Islam holds women in a very high honorable status, sadly many none-Muslims choose to either ignore these hadiths, or they sadly don’t even bother to read them at all leaving themselves in ignorance and claiming that Islam is anti-women.

 

Let us read some of these Islamic hadiths for ourselves to see a ladies honorable position within Islam, no anti-Islamic can read these hadiths and then claim that Islam is anti-women because that would be illogical.

 

Abu Hurairah reported that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and asked:  

 

 

 “O Messenger of Allah, who is the person who has the greatest right on me with regards to kindness and attention?” He replied, “Your mother.” “Then who?” He replied, “Your mother.” “Then who?” He replied, “Your mother.” “Then who?” He replied, “Your father.”(Sahih Al- Bukhari)

 

So notice a man comes and asks the blessed prophet Muhammad about who has the greatest right to received kindness and respect, and as you can see the prophet said that it is the mother not one time, but 3 times in a row! So this hadith shows how important your mother is in Islam, that you should show more kindness and attention to her than you do your father, unlike in Christian where our mother Eve is blamed for everything including our downfall! This hadith alone is enough to refute every assertion that anti-Islamics make that Islam is an anti-women faith, how can Islam be an anti-women faith with such a saying of the prophet Muhammad?

 

 

 

Here is another hadith of the Prophet Muhammad:

 

“Fear Allah in respect of women.” And: “The best of you are they who behave best to their wives.” And: “A Muslim must not hate his wife, and if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, let him be pleased with one that is good.” And:”The more civil and kind a Muslim is to his wife, the more perfect in faith he is.”

 

As you can see, the blessed prophet Muhammad said that the best among us are those who are good to their wives, logically this means the worst ones among us are the ones who are bad to our wives, so therefore since a believer strives to be as good as he can he will be very good to his wife. Notice the hadith also says that a man must not hate his wife, put this with the part where the prophet says the best among us are the good ones to their wives leaves us with the only conclusion that we MUST treat our wives in an honorable and very respectful way, causing her no harm, nor distress. Obviously this doesn’t sound as anti-women faith!

 

Here is another lovely saying of the blessed and final prophet:

 

“Among my followers the best of men are those who are best to their wives, and the best of women are those who are best to their husbands. To each of such women is set down a reward equivalent to the reward of a thousand martyrs. Among my followers, again, the best of women are those who assist their husbands in their work, and love them dearly for everything, save what is a transgression of Allah’s laws.”

 

To begin with, it must be said that being a martyr in Islam is one of the best and most honorable status you can get in the sight of Allah, the Quran and countless hadiths establish this fact. Now having said that, notice this hadith states that a good wife will have the reward of 1000 martyrs! So a lady who is simply a good wife, who pleases her husband, takes care of him, and does all the things a wife should do will have such an honorable high reward! Does this sound like an anti-women faith?

 

Here is another hadith of the blessed and final prophet:

Mu’awiyah, the son of Jahimah, reported that Jahimah came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said,  

 

 ” Messenger of Allah! I want to join the fighting (in the path of Allah) and I have come to seek your advice.” He said, “Then remain in your mother’s service, because Paradise is under her feet.”

 

The hadith basically means that treating your mother with love, kindness, and respect, and showing no rudeness is essential for a Muslim’s entrance into paradise itself! If this isn’t a sign of how much respect we should have towards our mothers then what is?! Again, does this sound like an anti-women faith?

 

So as you can all see, women have a great status within Islam, they are not looked down upon, quite the opposite as you can see! How can anyone but a liar claim Islam is an anti-women faith with such sayings of the prophet of Islam?

 

And Allah Knows Best!

Let’s Blame the Women!!

By Sami Zaatari

As we all know Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, the tree they were warned to not eat from. However so, they fell to Satan’s temptation which led to their downfall. Now the ultimate question has always been whose fault is it? Adams? Or Eve? Now in western culture it is always seen as Eve’s fault, the women’s fault!

 

The reason why western culture always blames women for man’s downfall is in fact because of what their Bible teaches. The New Testament teaches that it was indeed Eve’s fault, not Adam. Here is what the Bible says:

 

 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression (1 Timothy 2:13-14)

 

So Adam wasn’t deceived, it was Eve. Eve was the one who was fooled by satan, and then it led to her to convince Adam and so on, basically it’s all her fault.

 

So in reality according to the Bible man’s downfall, humanity’s downfall is down to a female, how nice wouldn’t you say?

 

Now in Islam it is not the female, it is not Eve who is solely responsible, rather it is BOTH Adam and Eve who were deceived by the devil, as the Quran says:

 

“O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and enjoy (its good things) as ye wish: but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression.” Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said: “Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever.” And he swore to them both, that he was their sincere adviser. So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shame became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: “Did I not forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was an avowed enemy unto you?” They said: “Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost.” (Allah) said: “Get ye down. With enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood,- for a time.” (7:19-24)

 

So as you can see BOTH Adam and Eve were deceived, the Quran makes this explicitly clear.

 

Once again we see how the Bible is sexist, by blaming the women it is trying to infer that women are weak, because a woman was deceived, not a man, therefore women are weak etc.

 

So much for Christianity respecting women!

 

And Allah Knows Best!

“Women, keep your mouths SHUT”: the Bible !!

By Sami Zaatari

Christians are so fond of criticizing Islam’s position towards women, claiming that Christianity offers women freedom, respect, and equality. In fact Christian women in the west are often fond of claiming they have a right to say what they feel, and a right to teach, and a right to basically speak, and if Muslims have a problem with this then we should leave or whatever.

 

Firstly, Muslims do not have a problem if a lady wants to speak her mind, or teach, or even speak! No, we have no problems with this, however so, the Bible has a problem with this! The false apostle Paul has a problem with this! The other false apostle Timothy also has a problem with this! It seems that Christians do not know their Bible, but that is not a problem as I am here to help out, and I shall teach you your own Bible.

 

So let us first see what Paul said in regards to women:

 

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.  35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. (1 Corinthians 14:34-35)

 

So notice what Paul says, he first says Christian women have NO RIGHT to even open their mouths in a Church, they cant speak at all, they should keep silent. Secondly, Paul even says women should only ask questions in the HOUSE, to get the answers from their husbands! Basically women aren’t allowed to have education! And last but not least, Paul says it’s a SHAME for women to speak in a Church. Tell me, why is it a shame for women to speak in a Church? Is it because they are inferior? Is it because they are females?

 

Any honest open minded person will see these verses are anti-women and show what a sexist anti-women faith Christianity is!

 

It does not end there though, it gets even worse, let us read what Timothy had to say:

 

11

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence (1 Timothy 2:11-12)
 
 
 

 

So Timothy says women should learn in SILENCE, and subjection, which basically means a lady must learn things at the house by her husband as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians chapter 14. Timothy goes even further though, he says woman aren’t allowed to teach! Or hold authority over men, and that they should remain silent. So basically in Christianity a lady is not allowed to teach anyone!

 

So to Christian women, why do you always come telling Muslims you have a right to speak and so on? It is not the Muslims saying you can’t, it’s your own Bible, so who are you kidding? It shows how ignorant you are of your own book, but now you know what your book says, what will you do with these passages? If you believe these passages then keep your mouths shut as Paul says, if you reject these passages then throw the Bible away, it is as simple as that. There is one final choice, turn to Islam, where women DO have a right to teach and speak, even allowed to teach men! The choice is yours.

 

And Allah Knows Best!

The west is a great example for women’s freedom’s and rights !!

By Sami Zaatari

Christians in the west are often fond of telling Muslims that the west is a great example for women’s freedom’s and rights, and that Muslims should work to strive and reach an example which is similar to the west. However so is the west really a good role-model on how to treat women? Is the west a really good role-model for women’s freedoms and rights? It this questions we will seek to answer in this article, and by the end of this article we shall see that the west is the worst example on how to treat women, and that the west does not respect women at all.

 

Let us begin with rape, when one looks at the statistics of women that are raped in the west one will be disgusted and shocked. In the USA alone which is often highlighted as THE prime example on women’s freedom and rights by Christians the stat of women raped is one every 2 minutes! Can you believe that? In the USA a lady is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, so basically as I type this right now there is a women being sexually assaulted and a women who has just been sexually assaulted.

 

It does not end there, at least one in every 6 women in the USA will be sexually assaulted at one point in their life!

 

This is from the Rape and Abuse and Incest National network. This is in the USA alone, in England the rape stat is 13 times lower, in Germany it is 4 times lower and so on. So basically rape is major phenomena in the west, it happens every day, and every minute.

 

So is this the great example? Off course now westerners will say but it’s illegal to rape and so on, but that doesn’t mean anything, because the fact is it is still happening, the fact is it shows that there is a very sick and wrong twisted mentality amongst several men in the west who are out there raping women every minute.

 

But now what about LEGAL forms of degradation amongst women in the west? Pornography, porn is one of the largest businesses in the west. Let us ask the western peoples, do you think this sick industry is a form of respect and honor for women? Where men go buy a video to see a lady being naked and fornicating with several men? Is this the respect and honor western Christians speak to us about? Is this the type of freedom western Christians want for our women?! Well it will never happen, Muslims have honor and respect, we will never want such trash as this in our societies nor will we ever allow it, nor will we ever consider it freedom.

 

Now of course western Christian men will consider porn as freedom because they are perverts and enjoy watching it, and of course they will say banning porn is anti-freedom because banning porn means it ends their disgusting habit of indulging in this satanic industry.

 

It doesn’t end with pornography, what about the large number of strip clubs in the west? Is the great respect and honor for women? Where they get up in front of a group of drunk screaming men and take all of their clothes off to be whistled at as if their some toy and animal in a show.

 

To western Christians such acts are perfectly okay, and this is what they call ?freedom’, especially their men because they are a bunch of perverts who enjoy this stuff.

 

What about the modeling business? Is this the great freedom and respect for women? Where young girls are starving themselves to death to simply stay in shape so they can wear very revealing clothes to please their fashion homosexual designers who produce the clothes. Is this freedom?

 

What about the advertising business, where women are always used to sell products, they always put a half naked lady beside the product with very sexual flirtations to try and sell the product, is this respect and freedom for women?

 

What is the most disturbing fact of all is that Muslim women who cover up in the west are abused and attacked, while women who go out and dress half naked are treated properly! So basically in the west to gain respect you have to dress very loosely revealing all to gain the respect of the people, if not then you will be abused, and even physically attacked in some cases.

 

In fact what about the stereo-typing we have in the west, that blondes are dumb, several jokes and comedies are often made were they try to portray blonde females as being foolish and stupid. Why make such insulting jokes concerning blonde women? Do western men get a kick out of mocking females? It seems they do because they always do it now and have the laughs at the expense of blonde females. Is this the respect for women in the west?

 

I could go on to highlight several more things to silence Christian claims that the west is a great champion for women’s freedoms, but the above is sufficient to silence them as the above things I have listed are a very common accepted norm in the western Christian world, and it is to this that these people are calling us Muslims to, they are calling us to darkness and backwardness. Thankfully Muslim women are pure and modest, and will never given in to these disgusting things which the west call ‘freedom’.

 

And Allah Knows Best!