This homepage was created to compare a woman's status as seen in
Christianity and Islam. The sources are mainly the Bible, Quran, and the
teachings of Prophet Mohammed.
The First Woman / Eve
"When the woman (Eve) saw that the fruit of the tree
was good for food
and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took
some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband (Adam), who was with
her, and he ate it...Then the man (Adam) and his wife heard the sound of
the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and
they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord
God called to the man, "Where are you?" He (Adam) answered, "I heard you
in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." And he
(God) said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from
the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" The man said, "The woman
(Eve) you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I
ate it." Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"
The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." To the woman he (God)
said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you
will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and
he will rule over you." To Adam he (God) said, "Because you listen to your
wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat
of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you
will eat of it all the days of your life."
(God said):"O Adam! You and your wife dwell in the Garden, and enjoy
(its good things) as you wish: but do not approach this tree, or you run
into harm and transgression." "Then began Satan to whisper suggestions
to them (Adam and Eve), bringing openly before their minds all their shame
that was hidden from them (before): he (Satan) said: "Your Lord only forbade
you this tree, lest you should become angels or such beings as live for
ever." "And he (Satan) swore to them both, that he was their sincere adviser."
"So by deceit he brought about their (Adam and Eve) fall: when they tasted
of the tree, their shame became manifest to them, and they began to sew
together the leaves of the Garden over their bodies. And their Lord called
to them: "Did I not forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was an
avowed enemy to you?" "They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls:
if You do not forgive us and do not bestow upon us Your Mercy, we shall
certainly be lost"
Female Gender vs. Male Gender
"...if a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she
shall be unclean seven days...but if she bear a maid child, then she shall
be unclean two weeks..."
"To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He creates
what He wills. He bestows female children to whomever He wills and bestows
male children to whomever He wills.
"He who is involved in bringing up daughters, and accords benevolent
treatment towards them, they will be protection for him against Hell-Fire."
The Female Spiritual Essence
"I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart
is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape
her, but the sinner she will ensnare." "Look," says the Teacher, "this
is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the
scheme of things-while I was still searching but not finding- I found one
upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all."
"And Allah sets forth, as an example to those who believe, the wife
of Pharaoh: behold she said: 'O my Lord! build for me, in nearness to You,
a mansion in the Garden, and save me from Pharaoh and his doings, and save
me from those that do wrong," "And Mary the daughter of Imran, who guarded
her chastity; and We breathed into (her body) of Our spirit; and she testified
to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one
of the devout (servants)."
"Heaven is at the feet of the mothers."
"When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly
period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean
till evening. anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and
anything she sits on will be unclean. Whoever touches her bed must wash
his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening.
Whoever touches anything she sits on must wash his clothes and bathe with
water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whether it is the bed or anything
she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, he will be unclean till evening."
Ali asked the Prophet Mohammed if when a
man and a woman make love then their clothes stick to them from the sweat
of their bodies, or if when a woman has her period her clothes stick to her
body, are the clothes considered unclean?
The Prophet replied: "No, the uncleanness is only in the semen and the blood."
Sexual Relation During Her Menses
"Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness
of her monthly period."
"They ask you concerning women's courses (period). Say: They are a
hurt and a pollution: so keep away (of making love) from women in their
courses, and do not approach them until they are clean..."
A Woman's Right to Education
"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 woman to speak in the church."
Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim man and Muslim woman.
Right to Inheritance
"Say to the Israelites, 'If a man dies and leaves no son, turn his
inheritance over to his daughter...'"
"From what is left by parents and those nearest related there is a
share for men and a share for women, whether the property be small or large,
-a determinate share."
Dressing Modesty / Head Covering
"Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and
the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man
who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every
woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head...If
a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and
if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she
should cover her head"
1 Corrinthians 11:3-6
"I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with
braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds,
appropriate for women who profess to worship God"
1 Timothy 2:9-10
"O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women,
that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad):
that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested.
And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
...they (believing women) should not display their beauty and ornaments
except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their
veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands,
their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons,
their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their
women...or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex..."
"After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem,
and more sons and daughters were born to him."
2 Samuel 5:13
"He (Solomon) had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred
1 Kings 11:3
"And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and
the name of the other Zillah."
"If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have
born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the first-born
son be hers that was hated: then it shall be, when he maketh..."
"if he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage,
shall her not diminish."
"If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans,
marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if you fear that
you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one... to prevent
you from doing injustice."
Prohibition in Marriage
"Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations
with her while your wife is living."
"Prohibited to you (for marriage) are: -your mothers, daughters, sisters...and
two sisters (the wife and her sister) in wedlock at one and the same time..."
"...Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman
adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another
man, she commits adultery."
"O Prophet! When you do divorce women, divorce them at their prescribed
periods, and count (accurately) their prescribed periods: and fear Allah
The Divorcee & Widow
"...who marries the divorced woman commits adultery."
"'The woman he (the priest) marries must be a virgin. He
must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution,
but only a virgin from his own people.'"
"If any of you die and leave widows behind, they shall wait concerning
themselves four months and ten days: when they have fulfilled their term,
there is no blame on you (marrying widows) if they dispose of themselves
in a just and reasonable manner..."
The Respect of Parents
"Then he (Jesus) went down to Nazareth with them(his parents) and was
obedient to them..."
"For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who
curses his father or mother must be put to death."
"Each of you must respect his mother and father..."
"He (God) has made me (Jesus) kind to my mother, and not overbearing
"And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail (pains
of childbirth) upon travail his mother bore him, and in two years was his
weaning: (hear the command), "Show gratitude to Me and to your parents:
to Me is (your final) Goal."