I saw a video on Facebook — a woman in a black jilbab (so you can only see her eyes) is showing flash cards to explain how women are inferior to men in Islam. I’m not going to post the video here because I don’t want to give it more views.
I don’t know why she feels a need to hide her face. She is not saying anything many Islamophobes are not already saying. It is yet another video quoting Quran verses out of context.
According to her, verse 2:228 says that a woman is inferior and of less value than a man. Verse 4:34 puts men in charge of women. Verse 2:282 says that a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s. Verse 4:11 allocate to a man twice as much inheritance as a woman
Let’s look at these Quran verses in its proper context.
وَالْمُطَلَّقَاتُ يَتَرَبَّصْنَ بِأَنفُسِهِنَّ ثَلَاثَةَ قُرُوءٍ ۚ وَلَا يَحِلُّ لَهُنَّ أَن يَكْتُمْنَ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ فِي أَرْحَامِهِنَّ إِن كُنَّ يُؤْمِنَّ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ وَبُعُولَتُهُنَّ أَحَقُّ بِرَدِّهِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ إِنْ أَرَادُوا إِصْلَاحًا ۚ وَلَهُنَّ مِثْلُ الَّذِي عَلَيْهِنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ ۚ وَلِلرِّجَالِ عَلَيْهِنَّ دَرَجَةٌ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ – 2:228
“Divorced women remain in waiting for three periods, and it is not lawful for them to conceal what Allah has created in their wombs if they believe in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have more right to take them back in this [period] if they want reconciliation. And due to the wives is similar to what is expected of them, according to what is reasonable. But the men have a degree over them [in responsibility and authority]. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.”
This verse is about what a woman should do after a divorce. She is to wait for 3 menstrual cycles to be certain that she is not pregnant with a child of her ex-husband. After this waiting period is over and she is not pregnant, she is free to marry another man, if she wishes to do so.
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