In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
ISLAM & POVERTY
“Say, who has forbidden the adornment
of Allāh, which He has brought forth
for His servants,
and the good provisions?
Nonie Darwish wrote in her book Cruel and Usual Punishment (p. 117): “Poverty and contentment with one’s share in life is a virtue in Islam, and the men on the street have bought that scam. Women have also been scammed into protecting their valuable chastity, waiting endlessly in their parents’ homes to realize their aspirations for marriage, which is limited and controlled by those who can afford to pay the dowry for their enslavement.”
Response: Didn’t Jesus teach that poverty is virtue? Here is what the Christians son of God (and even God as Christians say Jesus is God) taught:
-“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven”–(Matt. 6:19-20);
-“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come and follow me”–(Matt. 19:21);
-“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God”–(Matt. 19:24);
-(Christians are to depend on strangers for food) “As ye go (to) preach…Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses. Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat”–(Matt. 10:7-10. Wonder how these “fishers of men” could have gold and silver seeing that they are to sell their possessions and give the proceeds to the poor and to indelibly brand on their minds that the rich will never get into heaven).
-“Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself”–(Matt. 6:25-34).
Fortunately America and Europe haven’t “bought that scam.” If America and Europe were to follow such absurd doctrines –which may very well have been doctrines invented by man in order to subdue, subjugate, and sack unthinking natives of their treasures; as it was said that the white man gave the black man the Bible and took his gold; and that first the white man clothed the natives then enslaved him– America and Europe would plummet from the pinnacle of progress like giant leads ball into the black hole of backwardness. If everyone was to follow this teaching of Christ to depend on others the whole world would be a place of loafers and mendicants.
Not even Christians follow these ridiculous doctrines.
In fact, not even the Church, the “vicar of Christ,” follows them; herself having billions in assets. And the Pope and Bishops and Bible thumpers must have loads of gold or cash or credit card(s) on them, and the best and expensive coats and shoes; and the Pope seems to have the biggest of “staves.”
“Poverty and contentment with one’s share in life is a virtue in” Christianity as practiced in monkery. After all, whereas “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, the Son of man (Jesus) hath not where to lay his head”–(Matt. 8:20). It may be said that Jesus was the “Prince of Poverty” and demanded that his followers also live and die in “poverty.” (Please note this is the Christian’s Jesus; for the Muslim’s Jesus read the Qur’an)
Muslim men on the street may have bought into the “scam” that “Poverty and contentment with one’s share in life is a virtue,” but this is not the teaching of Islam.
First, there is no such distinction as “secular” knowledge. All knowledge is from Allāh as indicated by the very first five verses of Revelation given to the Prophet Mohammad (Qur’an 96:1-5) and that of Qur’an 14:1 which states, respectively: “Read in the name of thy Lord who creates –Creates man from a clot, Read and thy Lord is most generous, Who taught by the pen, Taught man what he knew not;” “I, Allāh, am the Seer. A Book which We have revealed to thee that thou mayest bring forth men, by their Lord’s permission, from darkness into light, to the way of the Mighty, the Praised One.”
And this knowledge from Allāh is designated into two groups (1) material knowledge which provides nutrients for the body (2) religious or spiritual knowledge which provides nutrients for the soul.
Unlike Christianity which teaches backwardness and beggary Mohammad teaches us to pray and to work and to teach the Message of Allāh at our own expense –to be dignified: “(Zakat) charity is (also to be spent) in the way of Allāh…an ordinance from Allāh”–(Qur’an 9:60). Islam has declared war on ignorance and “fatalism”:
-Allāh instructs us: “Allah has made subservient to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth”–(Qur’an 31:20; 45:13). One could not make subservient “whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth” without knowledge.
-The Prophet Mohammad charged Muslims to ‘seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave,’ and to go to China if need be–(Baihaqi) Mishkat Misabih, Vol. 1, p. 361, #111 W); and that ‘the superiority of the learned scholar over the pious worshipper is like the superiority of the (full) moon over the stars’–(Abu Dawud Vol. 3, p.1034, #3634). And Muhammad Ali notes in his The Early Caliphate that ‘Umar, “When as a Caliph he made education compulsory in Arabia, it was made so for both boys and girls”–(p. 120).
-Muslims are enjoined to seek Allāh’s help in acquiring knowledge: “My Lord, increase me in knowledge”–(Qur’an 20:114).
-Muslims are required to pray and to seek of the grace/bounties of Allāh–Qur’an 62:9-10).
-“O men, eat the lawful and good things from what is in the earth”–(Qur’an 2:168).
-“For men is the benefit of what they earn. And for women is the benefit of what they earn”–(Qur’an 4:32).
-To give/spend of the good things which we earn–(Qur’an 2:267).
-Not to hoard wealth–(Qur’an, 3:14; 9:34-35; 70:17-18; 104:2-3).
-“And give…and squander not wastefully”–(Qur’an 17:26).
-“So eat of what Allāh has given you, lawful and good (things), and give thanks for Allāh’s favour, if He it is you serve” –(Qur’an 16:114).
-“O children of Adam attend to your adornments at every time of prayer and eat and drink and be not extravagant…Say, who has forbidden the adornment of Allāh, which He has brought forth for His servants, and the good provisions? Say: These are for the Believers in the life of this world, and (purely) theirs on the Resurrection day”–(Qur’an 7:31-32).
Allāh does not forbid Muslims from having wealth, only the hoarding of it. In Islam the prince and the pauper have equal opportunity to get into heaven. Muslims are expected to endeavor to the highest of our ability and to seek good and part-take of it in moderation; and to help those less fortunate: “(Zakat) charity is only for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer it, and those whose hearts are made to incline (to truth), and (to free) the captives, and those in debt, and in the way of Allāh and for the wayfarer — an ordinance from Allāh. And Allāh is Knowing, Wise”–(Qur’an 9:60).
In fact, Muslims are enjoined to seek the good of this life as well as the good of the Hereafter: “Our Lord, grant us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the Fire”–Qur’an 2:201); and as Muhammad Ali comments: “This is the true Muslim’s prayer. As he is taught to pray for both the good of this life and that of the next, so he should exert himself to attain good in this life as well as in the Hereafter. Islam offers a middle course between materialism and monkery.”
Whereas prophets of Allāh are to live a simple life as an example and while situations and social circumstances can force one into penury, the self-imposed fakir has no sanction from Islam. (See also Islam-predestination).
Whereas Jesus advocated and encouraged loafing, mendacity, stagnation and backwardness, Mohammad taught us to be industrious, independent, educated and self-sufficient. Whether grudgingly or gracefully, who will you emulate?
Regarding Nonie Darwish’s charge that Muslim “Women have also been scammed into protecting their valuable chastity, waiting endlessly in their parents’ homes to realize their aspirations for marriage, which is limited and controlled by those who can afford to pay the dowry for their enslavement.”
Response: While it is correct to say that Islam requires its men and women to “protecting their valuable chastity,” Islam does not require Muslim women to be “waiting endlessly in their parents’ homes to realize their aspirations for marriage.”
Islam requires that both men and women engage in the pursuit of knowledge and the bounties of Allāh. So much so that even slave girls were to be educated and married; the Prophet Mohammad declared: “The man shall have a DOUBLE REWARD who has a slave-girl and he trains her in the best manner and he gives her the BEST EDUCATION, then he sets her free and MARRIES her”–(Bokhari Vol. 4 # 655; & 3:720).
Islam does not have a prescribed age for marriage. A woman can propose to a man–(Bokhari Vol. 7, #54, 63). The divorcee and the widows can also marry/remarry.
“Protecting their valuable chastity, waiting endlessly in their parents’ homes to realize their aspirations for marriage,” is the lot of the Christian woman; if her father does not first sell her into slavery–(Ex. 21:7).
Whereas Allāh says that He created women to be our mates and has put love and compassion between us, and that men and women are garments to the other and are friends and protectors of the other, the Christian woman is wife only to avoid fornication:
Christianity is brutally and rabidly misogynistic: (Christians may not be practicing it but their God/Scripture demands it, and heaven/paradise lies in obeying the commands/God. Muslim women who convert to Christianity believing that Christianity ameliorates their lot are woefully deluded –these Muslim women know even less about Christianity than they do about Islam.
To trade Islam for Christianity, or for any other religion, is like trading the superior of an item for an inferior one; no religion can be shown to be superior to, or equal with, Islam. Islamic Shari’ah is the supreme system.
Such Muslim women need to learn Islam and confront their males over their transgression against the injunctions of Allāh and demand their God-given rights.
Whereas Islam has ennobled woman and given her rights alongside man from the cradle all the way to paradise, Christianity has woman mired in the bog of disgrace and degradation from birth to death and even beyond). Here are the Biblical gems on women:
▪ “And if a man SELL HIS DAUGHTERto be a maidservant”–(Exodus 21:7).
▪ “Unto the woman He (God) said….thy desire shall be to THY HUSBAND, and HE SHALL RULE OVER THEE”–(Genesis 3:16).
▪ and “Let the woman learn in SILENCE with ALL SUBJECTION. But I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN but to be IN SILENCE–(1Tim. 2:11-12); “WIVES, SUBMIT YOURSELVES UNTO YOUR OWN HUSBANDS, AS UNTO THE LORD” “As the Church is subject unto Christ, SO LET THE WIVES BE TO THEIR OWN HUSBANDS IN EVERY THING” – “And the wife see that SHE REVERENCE HER HUSBAND” –(Ephesians 5:22-23, 33. The man being told to love his wife does not mean she is free from bondage. People also “love” their dogs and other pets and even bequeath fortunes to them. And Paul also instructs masters to be kind to their slaves–Ephesians 6:9; Col. 4:1).
▪ “And Adam was not deceived BUT THE WOMAN BEING DECEIVED WAS IN THE TRANSGRESSION”–(1 Tim. 2:14. Allah tells us that both Adam and Eve were deceived; and that they were forgiven–Qur’an 2:36-37; 7:20-22).
▪ “he (man) is the IMAGE AND GLORY OF GOD: but the WOMAN IS THE GLORY OF THE MAN. For the man is NOT of the woman; but the WOMAN OF THE MAN”–(1 Cor. 11:7-8), and “Neither was the man created for the woman; BUT THE WOMAN FOR THE MAN–(1 Cor. 11:9), “It is GOOD for a MAN NOT TO TOUCH A WOMAN. Nevertheless, TO AVOID FORNICATION, let everyman have his own wife”–(1 Cor 7:1-2).
Allāh tells us that He created man and woman of the same substance and that they are mates of the other, has established marriage between them, that he might find peace and comfort in her, and has put between them love and compassion; that men and women are friends and protectors of the other; that husbands and wives are garments to the other and have mutual rights and spiritual equality, and will reside together in Gardens in the next life–(Qur’an 4:1, 3-4, 25; 7:189; 16:72; 25:54; 30:21; 9:71-72; 2:187; 2:228; 3:194, 197; 4:124; 24:30-31; 33:35; 36:56; 43:70; 49:13; 57:12, 18, 19.
▪ “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. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at HOME: FOR IT IS A SHAME FOR WOMEN TO SPEAK IN THE CHURCH”–(1 Cor. 14:34-35. Today this law is violated and women are preachers in the Church).
Clearly, permission to employ whatever methods are necessary to “rule” over the wife and to bring/keep her in “silence and in “all subjection’ are inherent and enshrined in these words of God and Paul. To take the matter further, authority for employing corporal punishment to discipline the rebellious wife who does not desire to be “ruled” over in “silence” and “all subjection” may be gleaned from the Biblical verses on child-rearing. God (and as Christians say Jesus is God, then Jesus) says:
“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes;” “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying;” “Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beatest him with the rod, he shall not die, Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (and without doubt every “Christian” husband wants to deliver his stubborn/rebellious wife’s “soul from hell”)–(Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 23:13-14). A Bishop is to be “One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with ALL GRAVITY”–(1 Tim. 3:4). Even God beats and scourges His sons into obedience and those who are not are “bastards”: “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be WITHOUT CHASTISEMENT, whereof all are partakers, then are ye BASTARDS, and NOT SONS”–(Hebrews 12:6-8).
Thus one can imagine what latitude the Christian husband is allowed to bring/keep his wayward wife in all subjection and for him to become a “Bishop” and even to get into heaven to sit “on the right hand of God.” A survey of wives of all Christian sects can be conducted to find out how many were “beaten” into “silence” and “all subjection.” Surely, not all the “battered” wives in Western countries are non-Christians.
▪ Perhaps the ultimate Christian indignity towards women is during her menstrual period. He is forbidden to eat, drink, and sleep in the same bed with her; in fact, he is not allowed to touch anything she touches. The Biblical God (and as Christians say Jesus is God, Jesus) says:
“When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. Everything also on which she lies during her menstruation impurity shall be unclean, and everything on which she sits shall be unclean. And anyone who touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. And whoever touches any thing on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. Whether it be on the bed or on the thing on which she is sitting, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening. And if a man actually lies with her, so that her menstrual impurity is on him, he shall be unclean seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean”–(Lev. 15:19-24).
Contrast this Christian’s treating the menstruating woman like a leper to that of Islam in which Allāh says about menstruation that “they are a hurt and a pollution. So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean”–(Qur’an. 2:222).
This injunction to not approach the menstruating woman does not mean that she is unclean; only that the flow is unclean and to not have sex with them. This is made clear by the Prophet Mohammad who is reported to have said in explanation to the above quoted verse of the Qur’an:
“Associate with them (wives) in the houses and do everything except sexual intercourse”–(Abu Dawud Vol. 1, #258). And, “‘Aisha said: I would eat flesh from a bone when I was menstruating, then hand it over to the Prophet (may peace be upon him) and he would put his mouth where I had put my mouth; I would drink, then hand it over to him, and he would put his mouth (at the place) where I drank”–(Ibid. #259).
Again, “‘Aishah said: The Apostle of Allāh (may peace be upon him) would recline on my lap when I was menstruating, then recite the Qur’an”–(Ibid. #260).
And the classic: “‘Aishah said: The Apostle of Allāh (may peace be upon him) said to me: Get me the mat from the mosque. I said: I am menstruating. The Apostle of Allāh (may peace be upon him) then replied: Your menstruation is not in your hands”–(Ibid. #261. Also #’s 267-273).
And whereas the Christian who has sex with his menstruating wife is “unclean seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean,” the Muslim who has sex with his menstruating wife (while it is unlawful to do so) needs only give charity–(Abu Dawud Vol. 1, #’s 264-266).
▪ And the Christian woman’s marriage misery: “I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of un-chastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery;” “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery”–(Matt. 5:32; Luke 16:18).
Unlike Allāh/Islam which allows amicable divorce when the parties can no longer live together the Christian woman is doomed to a life of marriage misery and to wilt her (youthful and beautiful) self in a loveless and even brutal marriage or risk being labeled “adulteress” (who are required to be stoned to death in Judeo-Christian law) from earth all the way to next world.
And so does the man who should marry her. And whereas Allāh allows a divorced couple [who were married and divorced from their second or more partners] to remarry each other the Bible does not and considers the woman as being “defiled” [but the man is not “defiled;” talk about rabid misogyny].
And while the Muslim woman can initiate divorce, there is no mention of the Christian woman being able to do so. Here is what the Bible says about the divorced couple remarrying (and as Christians say Jesus is God, Jesus forbids the former couple remarrying):
“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he had FOUND SOME UNCLEANNESS in her: then let him WRITE HER A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT, and give it in her hand, and SEND HER OUT OF HIS HOUSE….And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand ….Her former husband which sendeth her away, may NOT take her again to be his wife, after that she is DEFILED; for that is ABOMINATION BEFORE THE LORD”–(Deut. 24:1-4. Talk about “easy” divorce. This takes the crown.
Interestingly, whereas Deut. [Moses] says a man can divorce his wife if he finds some “uncleanness” in her, Jesus, the Christians God and son of God, says that if anyone divorces his wife for any reason except “un-chastity” makes her an ‘adulterer’ yet he [Jesus] tells his people to do whatever the Scribes and Pharisees bid them do because they sit in Moses’ seat; and the Scribes and Pharisees follow the Mosaic law which says you can put away your wife for some “uncleanness.” Talk about a circle of confusion.
Again the Mosaic law teaches an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but Jesus says to give the other cheek instead, yet he says to do what the Scribes and Pharisees says to do and the Scribes and Pharisees follow the Mosaic law which requires an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Another circle of confusion. The contradictions in Christianity are “staggering.” Matt. 23:2; Ex. 21:24; Matt. 5:38-39).
Regarding the saying that woman is “defiler” of man, the Book of Revelation (7:4-8; 14:1-4; and Matt. 19:28) states that 144,000 who will be JEWS (non-Jews, note well), and will all be MEN –consisting of 12,000 from each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel– will sit with Jesus in the next life judging the Twelve Tribes of Israel. About this 144,000 it is said:
“These are they which were not DEFILED WITH WOMEN; for they are VIRGINS. These are they which follow the Lamb (Jesus) whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”
(God created man and woman to “fill the earth” and instilled in them passions for companionship to affect this; but Christians view this Divine scheme as sacrilege. A classic woman-hater).
Regarding the 144,000 who will be with Jesus, one Christian apologist on the Internet suffered tremendous labor pains trying to baptize these literal “VIRGINS” into metaphorical ones.
These 144,000 MEN are said to be the ones who remained “faithful to Jesus” by being celibates/”virgins” as Jesus was, as the Gospels say. That these are literal “virgins” “not defiled” by literal “women” is substantiated by the Bible itself.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:32 that whoever marries a woman that is divorced for other than fornication “commits adultery.” Thus, woman here, even though she be married to the man “defiles” the man into an adulterer.
Paul makes the matter clearer, he states that, but for avoiding “fornication,” “It is GOOD for a man NOT to touch a woman.” Why not? Because, as Paul says, “He that is UNMARRIED careth for the things that belong to the LORD, how he may please the LORD: But he that is MARRIED careth for the things that are of the WORLD, how he may please his WIFE”–(1 Cor. 7:32-33). In other words, when a man takes a wife his caring for God is compromised by his caring for his wife –or she “defiles” him or causes him to be “defiled.”
Further, Paul declares that as the wife has no power over her own body but the husband has power over her: “likewise also the husband hath NOT POWER of his own body, but the WIFE (has power of him)”–(1 Cor. 7:4).
These Biblical teachings show that sexual contact with a woman “defiles” the man spiritually; and no amount of the Christian apologist’s literary gymnastics can flip this fact over.
These 144,000 “virgins” are physical “virgins” who were ”not defiled” by physical “women,” and as they were not married, and therefore had no “wifely” constraints, they devoted their entire life to the pursuit of the spiritual and were the true followers of Jesus who, as the Gospels show, lived a life of celibacy.
The Good News Bible understands this and states: “The 144,000 people stood before the throne…. They are the men who have kept themselves pure by NOT having SEXUAL RELATIONS with WOMEN; they are VIRGINS.”
The Gideons Bible concur: “These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they are CELIBATES.” (See Christianity-144,000 virgins & Jesus).
▪ The Bible and the Christian’s God (Jesus) condemns woman as a betrayer of man. The Bible says: “Behold, everyone that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee (Jerusalem), saying, As is the mother, SO IS HER DAUGHTER”–(Ezek. 16:44). As Christians view woman as the “transgressor” (by virtue of her/Eve violating the command of God and eating of the forbidden fruit), and as she betrayed the man/Adam by giving him the fruit to eat, then according to this teaching of the Bible, every woman is a betrayer of man. In fact, according to Christianity every woman to be born and all the way to the Resurrection, is a betrayer of man. (Islam abrogated these teachings on women–Qur’an 16:101 and 2:106)
▪ The Christian’s God (and as Christian’s say Jesus is God, Jesus) even took a peek at the Jewish daughters “private parts” because of their flaunting: “Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their SECRET PARTS”–Isaiah 3:16-17).
From its declarations Christianity is not only misogynistic; Christianity is brutally and rabidly misogynistic. Whatever lofty status the Christian Woman is enjoying is due only to the dictates of modern culture. In contrast, as stated, Islam has ennobled woman, liberated her, and given her rights unparalleled in the history of religions –it has given her rights alongside man from the cradle all the way to Jannah. She has nothing more for which to strive.
Islam is the Great Liberator of Woman!
Islam is the only Liberator Woman has known!