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WOMEN’S RIGHTS & MARRIAGE RULINGS BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM- Book Sample.
WOMEN & MARRIAGE BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM
Women’s rights are always used for vilifying Islam and espousing Christianity on the pretext that Christianity is
mostly deemed more equitable towards women in terms of marriage rulings.
The E-Da`wah Committee is pleased to present this publication to explore women’s rights in terms of marriage rulings between Christianity and Islam.
Marriage or Celibacy & Right to Marriage
Marriage ensures the decency of woman and man on an equal footing. However, marriage is more beneficial to woman than man for it provides her with a caretaker and custodian rather than justa male.
This can be available only within a legitimate marriage. Out of wedlock, a woman cannot have a caretaker and custodian within an honorable, decent framework.
On the contrary, man can dispense with the benefits which he may get from a wife in an illegitimate way. He may buy both sexual gratification and housekeeping with money.
Anyway, despite the considerable benefits marriage provides for man and the more considerable benefits it does woman, Christianity recommends celibacy and misogamy.
In the New Testament, we read the following verses:
Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”
“To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am.” Corinthians 7:8)
“Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Are you pledged to a
woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.” Corinthians 7:25-28)
“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit.
But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” Corinthians 7:32- 5)
“So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better. A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is— and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.” Corinthians 7: 8- )
Needless to say, monks and nuns are under an obligation to remain celibate so that the “celibacy vow” will not be broken, following in the footsteps of Mary and her son, Jesus Christ.
However, though such imposition of celibacy goes against human nature, and what is more, is not provided for in the Bible, it still involves equality between man and woman. Yet, the imposition of celibacy on women goes farther than that in Christianity to such an extent that oversteps the bounds of justice and equality.
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