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Women and Chastity in Islam and Christianity

Jesus said or did nothing to humanize the Mosaic laws of War or to abolish slavery or to raise the status of women or to restrict the existing polygamy. In Christianity, women is a temptress, blamed for the fall of man and the genesis of (original) sin (as in I Timothy 2: 11, 14; I Corinthians 11: 8, 10). St. John Damascene, a canonized saint of Christianity says: “Woman is a daughter of Falsehood, a sentinel of hell, the enemy of peace; through her Adam lost paradise.” On the other hand, Islam rejected “Original Sin”, cleared women, vindicated her honour and dignity, raised her status to make her man’s equal, exalted her position and impressed the sacredness of womanhood: Qur’an 2:228, 9: 71, 16: 89, 33: 35, and Hadith:  “women are the twins –halves of men” and “paradise lies at the feet of the mother “says the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). Fourteen hundred years ago, Islam gave Women for the first time the right to inheritance of the property and wealth of her father and husband and to acquire, own and dispose of wealth as she wished. Without these economics rights she had no true freedom and dignity (Qur’an 4:7, 32). Qur’an further describes (30:21) women as a companion of her husband, an object of love and source of peace and solace to him (as he is to her), an equal and free partner (in sacred contract of marriage with the consent of both). No other religion contains the injunctions about the prevention and restraint of the carnal desires, evil instincts and worldly pleasures and about the protection of the chastity and character of women as are found in Islam: Dress decently, modestly (with only the face and hands open). Be never alone with a man, boy-friend or girl-friend in a room or private place. Do not play music because it leads to sex and so does alcohol which takes away the faculty of reason and is prohibited in Islam.

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