October 19, 2017

Islam: A Study Of The Muslim Religion
Contrasting Views of Marriage

By Mark Mayberry

Introduction

In this section, consider the contrasting views of marriage as set forth in the Quran and the Bible. Note the base and carnal approach of the former, and the exalted and ennobling effects of the latter.

Regarding Polygamy

The Quran allows men to marry multiple wives, up to a maximum of four (Surah 4:3; cf. 2:187, 223). Allah endorsed Muhammad’s polygamous practices (Surah 33:6, 28-33, 50).

In contrast, consider the teaching of Sacred Scripture: Marriage is a lifelong relationship between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:18-24; Matt. 19:3-6). Polygamy, introduced by the ungodly descendants of Cain, is a corruption of God’s plan and purpose for marriage (Gen. 4:16-24). Polygamy and concubinage never contribute to domestic tranquility (Gen. 29:16-30).

Regarding Divorce

The Quran allows men to divorce their wives without sinning (Surah 4:20-21, 128-130). Allah even suggested that Muhammad divorce his untrustworthy wives (Surah 66:3-5).

In contrast, consider the teaching of Sacred Scripture: Denouncing the unjustified dissolution of the marital union, God says, “I hate divorce” (Mal. 2:13-16). With but one exception, Jesus condemned unscriptural divorce and remarriage (Matt. 5:31-32; 19:3-9).



Regarding Women

According to the Quran, women have similar rights to men, but men possess more rights and are a degree above them (Surah 2:228). Regarding witnesses to a legal debt or contract, a woman is worth half that of a man (Surah 2:282). The inheritance of a male is twice that of a female (Surah 4:11). All married women are forbidden (as wives, i.e., polyandry) except those who are slaves or war captives, whose former marriages are discounted (Surah 4:24). Men are in charge of women, and may beat defiant wives into submission (Surah 4:34). Like children, women are incapable of wise planning (Surah 4:98-99). Men must not accuse honorable women, except by four witnesses; however, a man can accuse his wife of adultery, without witnesses, if he swears four times, so that his multiple oaths count as multiple witnesses (Surah 24:4-7). For true believers of Allah, wives and children are counted as enemies and viewed as trials (Surah 64:14-15). Additionally, women must fully cover themselves in public (Surah 33:59). If men spoke to Muhammad’s wives, they must do so from behind a curtain, and no one could ever marry one of his wives after him (Surah 33:53).

In contrast, consider the teaching of Sacred Scripture: Ponder the pronounced praise afforded worthy women (Prov. 31:10-31). Note the sincere and sacrificial love that is required of husbands (Eph. 5:25-33). Mark the exalted position afforded Christian wives (1 Pet. 3:1-6).

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