THE KORAN AND MOSLEM
principal injunctions of the Koran on Moslem women are as follows:
Your women are a filth for
you (to cultivate) so go to your filth as ye will, and send (good deeds) before
you for your souls, and fear Allah, and know that ye will tone day) meet Him.
Give glad tidings to believers, O Muhammad).
Forbidden unto you are your
mothers, and your daughters, and your sisters, and your father's sisters, and
your mother's sisters, and your brother's daughters and your sister's daughters,
and your foster-mothers, and your foster-sisters, and your mothersin-law, and
your step-daughters who are under your protection (born) of your women unto whom
ye have gone in- but if ye have not gone in unto them, then it is no sin for you
(to marry their daughters)- and the wives of your sons who (spring) from your
own loins. And (it is forbidden unto you) that ye should have two sisters
together, except what bath already happened (of that nature) in the past. Lo!
Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
As for those of your women
who are guilty of lewdness, call to witness four of you against them. And if
they testify (to the truth of the allegation) then confine them to the houses
until death take them or (until) Allah appoint for them a way (through new
And if he bath divorced her
(the third time), then she is not lawful unto him thereafter until she bath
wedded another husband. Then if he (the other husband) divorce her it is no sin
for both of them that they come together again if they consider that they are
able to observe the limits of Allah. These are the limits of Allah. He
manifesteth them for people who have knowledge.
Wed not idolatresses till
they believe; for lo! a believeing bondwoman is better than an idolatress though
she please you; and give not your daughters in marriage to idolaters till they
believe, for lo! a believing slave is better than an idolater though he please
you. These invite unto the Fire, and Allah inviteth unto the Garden, and unto
forgiveness by His grace, and expoundeth thus His revelations to mankind that
haply they may remember.
Men are in charge of women,
because Allah bath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they
spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the
obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah bath guarded. As for those from
whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge
 them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever
High Exalted, Great.
Successful indeed are the
believers Who are humble in their prayers, And who shun vain conversation, And
who are payers of the poor-due; And who guard their modesty Save from their
wives or the (slaves) that their right  hands possess, for then they are not
But whoso craveth beyond
that, such are transgressors
And who are shepherds of
their pledge and their covenant,
And who pay heed to their
prayers. These are the heirs
Who will inherit Paradise.
There they will abide.
As for those who accuse their
wives but have no witnesses except themselves; let the testimony of one of them
be four testimonies, (swearing) by Allah that he is of those who speak the
And yet a fifth, invoking
the curse of Allah on him if he is of those who lie.
As for women past
child-bearing, who have no hope of marriage, it is no sin for them if they
discard their (outer) clothing in such a way as not to show adornment but to
refrain is better for them. Allah is Hearer, Knower.
O ye who believe! When
believing women come unto you as fugitives, examine them. Allah is best aware of
their faith. Then, if ye know them for true believers, send them not back unto
the disbelievers. They are not lawful for the disbelievers, nor are the
disbelievers lawful for them. And give the disbelivers that which they have
spent (upon them). And it is no sin for you to marry such women when ye have
given them their dues. And hold not to the ties of disbelieving women; and ask
for (the return of) that which ye have spent; and let the disbelievers ask for
that which they have spent. That is the judgement of Allah. He judgeth between
you. Allah is Knower, Wise.
Note: Ghazzali, the
renowned Islamic thinker had summed the eighteen pains that had been visited on
Moslem women as a punishment of Eve's transgression in Paradise. The list
eloquently shows the position of women in Islam and how the social customs were
backed up by the prophet's religion.
They are: menstruation,
childbirth, separation from parents to get married to a stranger, pregnancy, not
having control over her own person, smaller share in inheritance, liability to
get divorced and inability to divorce herself, having only one husband at a time
while the husband can have four wives at the same time not counting the
concubines, having to keep her head covered within the four walls, having to
stay secluded within the four walls, her testimony having only half the strength
of a man's testimony, not being able to go out alone but only when accompanied
by a near relative, not being able to take part in Friday and festive day
prayers and at funerals, not being able to serve as a judge or ruler, having to
wait four months and ten days after the death of a husband before remarrying 
, having to wait three months after getting divorced by a husband before
remarrying, having very little merit when compared to men and having half the
sentence of punishment for profligacy  when compared to that of a man.
1. N.J. Dawood's Koran
tanslates 'scourge' es 'beet'.
2. 'right hand' signifies
'won in battle by force of arms'.
3. the waiting period is to
ensure that the woman does not carry the child of the dead husband or the
husband that divorced her.
4. this punishment is really
a relief instead of a 'pain'.