The Treatment of Women in Islam - MARRIAGE

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In the matter of marriage, Islam proves that the woman is considered a toy

1. Forced marriage.

"The virgin can be forced by her father to get married without being consulted." That is what Ibn Timiyya (known among the Muslims as the sheikh of Islam) stated in Ibn Timiyya, Vol. 32, p. 39. And in the same volume (pp. 29, 30), he wrote, "Even the adult virgin, her father may force her to get married. "This is in accordance with Malek Ibn Ons, Al Shafi, and Ibn Hanbals, who are among the chief Legists of Islam (specialists in Islam law)

Ibn Hazm (one of the greatest scholars of Islam) mentioned in his book Al-Muhalla ("The Sweetened") in Vol. 6, Part 9, pp. 458-460, "A father may give his consent to have his young virgin daughter married without obtaining her permission, for she does not have a choice,. exactly as Abu Bakr El Sedick (the first Khalif after Mohammed and his fathers-in-law) did to his daughter, Aisha, when she was six years old. He married here to the prophet Mohammed without her permission." Aisha said, "The messenger of Allah betrothed me when I was six years old, then married me when I was nine years old." He was 54 years old when they married

2. The significance of the marriage contract.

In his book Women in Islam Rafiqul Haqq summarized the significance of the marriage contract according to the three different Islamic schools. Quoting from the book Al-Fiqh ala al-Mazahib Al-Arba'a (Vol. 4, p. 488) by Abd Arabic Rahman Al Gaziri, he said, "The accepted understanding in the different schools of jurisprudence is that what has been contracted in marriage is for the benefit of the man from the woman, not the opposite." The followers of Imam Malik declared that the marriage contract is a contract of ownership of benefit of the sexual organ of the woman and the rest of her body

The followers of Imam Shafi said; "The most accepted view is that what has been contracted upon is the woman, that is, the benefit derived from her sexual organ." Others state, "What has been contracted is both the man and the woman ". According to the first opinion, the wife cannot demand sex from her husband because it is his right, not hers. According to the second opinion, she can demand to have sex with him

The followers Imam Abu Hanifa said, "The right of sexual pleasure belongs to the man, not the woman; by that it is meant that the man has the right to force the woman to gratify himself sexually. She, on the other hand, does not have the right to force him to have sex with her except once (in a lifetime). But he must from the religious point of view have sex with her to protect her from being morally corrupt

3. The number of wives

Men may marry up to four free woman at the same time, then he can divorce one of them and marry a fifth, as long as he does not keep more than four wives at one time. He may have sex with a unlimited number or slave girls and concubines. Sura 4:3 says, "If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry woman of your choice, two or three or four, but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or that which your right hands possess that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice."

In his book Al-Fiqh ala al-Mazahib al-Arba'a (Vol. 4, p. 89), Abd Arabic Rahman Al Gaziri wrote; "For if a man purchases a slave girl, the purchase contract includes his right to have sex with her." This contract is primarily to own her and secondarily to enjoy her sexually

A very famous scholar among Muslims cited one of the justifications for marrying more than one woman; "Some men have such a compelling sexual desire that one woman is not sufficient to protect them (adultery). Such men , therefore, preferably marry more than one woman and may have up to four wives." (Ihy'a "Uloum ed-Din by Ghazali, Vol. 2, Kitab Adab Al-Nikah, p. 34). Ghazali gave an example for this overpowering sexual desire in the same book (Part 2, p. 27); "Ali (whom the Shites consider the prophet of Allah), who was the most ascetic of all the companions, had four wives and seventeen slave girls as concubines. "In Sahih Bukhari (Part 7, Hadith No,. 142), it says: "The Prophet used to pass (have sexual relations with) all his wives in one night, and at that time he had nine wives," "He once said of himself that he had been given the power of forty men in sex, as stated in Al-Tabakat Al Kobra (Vol. 8 p. 139) by Mohammed Ibn Saad (a Muslim scholar)

Dear brothers and sisters, we praise the Lord that He is not a respecter of persons. He loves men and woman the same and He does not discriminate on the basis of sex.

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