Both the Bible and the Quran teach the inequality of women to men, the subjection of women to men, the allowance for polygamy and the allowance for slavery. This is probably a shock to many American Christians because so few Christians in these modern times know the very Scriptures which form the basis for their faith.
It would be obvious to anyone who lives in America that American gender roles are in fact very different from those practiced by Quran believing Muslims. But there is not so large a divide between the gender roles practiced by Bible believing Christians in America and Quran believing Muslims.
Since I started this site more than two years ago I have been regularly accused of being a Muslim pretending to be a Christian because I have highlighted the Biblical teachings that men and women are not equal in God’s creation and the fact that the Bible says women were made for men.
“7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man…
9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”
I Corinthians 11:7 & 9(KJV)
In both Christianity and Islam – there are liberal theologians and conservative theologians. Conservative Christians believe every word of the Bible is the Word of God, and conservative Muslims believe every word of the Quran is the Word of God. Liberal theologians in both faiths believe that their holy texts may contain the Word of God – but it also contains a lot of cultural opinions that can and should be dismissed in the modern world.
So it should be no surprise that only conservative Christians and Muslims who believe the entirety of the texts which form the foundation for their faiths would still embrace the gender roles taught in these texts.
The origins of the false religion of Islam
Before I continue I want to make it abundantly clear that I believe Muhammad was a false prophet. Many years ago after the 9/11 attacks I studied the history of Islam and the Quran. However I do not claim to be an expert on Islam and there are many Christian sites that could do a far better job explaining in detail why Muhammad was a false prophet and I will link to some of those in this article.
With that being said, this is my attempt for my readers to understand why I believe Islam is both a false and dangerous religion when practiced in accordance with the entirety of the Quran. I also want to show that while the Bible and the Quran may have some similar commands regarding gender roles – the basis and reasons for these commands are very different.
Roughly six centuries after Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and the birth of the Christian faith a man named Muhammad (570 AD to 632 AD) came on the seen in Arabia claiming to be the next prophet of God following in the same faith as Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.
Muhammad claimed to receive miraculous revelation from the one true god over a 23 year period which he orally gave to his companions who acted as scribes and wrote down these sayings in what we now know as the Quran.
In the beginning of his ministry Muhammad tried to peacefully convince his fellow Arabs to convert from their paganism (worshiping over 200 different gods) to monotheism (the belief that there is one god). He even tried to convince Jews and Christians that he was a true prophet of the same one true god that they worshipped. But since his teachings were in complete contradiction to the teachings of the Old and New Testaments both Jews and Christians rejected him as a false prophet.
He would then later explain the contradictions of his teachings with the Bible as God correcting the mistakes of the Bible through him. The fact is both Jews and Christians correctly recognized Muhammad’s teachings as nothing more than a horribly bad knockoff of the Bible.
The rejection of Christ by the Jews was not the same as the rejection of Muhammad
Some Muslims will try and point to the fact that the Jews rejected Jesus as a prophet as well as the writings of his Apostles in the same way Jews and Christians rejected Muhammad. But there is a huge difference between the rejection of Christ by his fellow Jews and the rejection of Muhammad by Jews and Christians.
Jesus said this:
“17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:17-19 (KJV)
Jesus and his followers never claimed that there was even ONE mistake in the Old Testament Scriptures that the Jewish people still hold to today. Instead he and his followers claimed that Jesus was the one foretold of by Moses and Isaiah centuries before Christ came:
“The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;”
Deuteronomy 18:15 (KJV)
“3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed…
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Isaiah 53:3-5 & 10-12(KJV)
Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would be rejected by his own people but that God had determined this in accordance with his plan to save all mankind through the sacrifice of Christ of on the cross. By his death the righteous servant of God (Jesus Christ) would make intercession for the sins of all mankind.
So unlike Muhammad and the Quran – there is absolutely no conflict between the teachings of Christ or the New Testament with the Old Testament. This is why Muhammad was correctly dismissed as a false prophet by both Jews and Christians alike.
It is also worthwhile to note that one of the greatest sins listed in the Quran is to ascribe person-hood to God. The fact that Christians believe God became a man in the form of Jesus Christ is heinous to any Muslim who knows the Quran. So how in the world could true Bible believing Christians have ever accepted Muhammad as anything other than a heretic?
Muhammad turns to violence after being rejected by Arabs, Jews and Christians
After this repudiation by his fellow Arabs as well as Jews and Christians Muhammad became violent both with his fellow Arabs as well as with Jews and Christians. Later he would lead a military conquest which forced people to either convert to Islam, die or pay a tax ( “jizya”).
Those today who try and teach that Islam is a peaceful religion are ignorant of the history of Muhammad and also the true order of the teachings of the Quran.
Is Islam really “a religion of peace”?
Often Muslims and even non-Muslim defenders of Islam present the religion of Muhammad as “a religion of peace” and they will point to passages in the Quran that show Muhammad admonishing Muslims to peacefully live alongside Jews and Christians:
“Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book are a portion that stand (For the right): They rehearse the Signs of God all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration. They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous.”
“And We caused Jesus, the son of Mary, to follow in the footsteps of those (earlier prophets), confirming the truth of whatever there still remained of the Torah; and We sent him the Gospel, wherein there was guidance and light, confirming the truth of whatever there still remained of the Torah, and as a guidance and admonition unto the God-conscious.”
See more of these kinds of passages and arguments at these websites:
But the truth is that Muhammad was only peaceful toward Jews and Christians at the beginning of his ministry. Later after their complete rejection of him he became hostile and violent toward all who opposed him including Jews and Christians. Muslim historians try and say Muhammad was just defending himself against Jewish and Christian aggressors but there is no historical evidence to back that up. Muhammad decided that if the world would not accept him as the prophet of God in peace then he would bring war on those who rejected his teachings. And war he brought.
See this article from TheReligionofPeace.com that debunks the idea that Muhammad only fought in self-defense – https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/muhammad/self-defense.aspx
The fact is there are few passages in the Quran that talk about living in peace with Jews and Christians while the vast majority of references to non-Muslims in the Quran advocate for their violent conversion and subjugation to Islam.
“The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter…
Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’)
Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. Verse 9:33 tells Muslims that Allah has charted them to make Islam “superior over all religions.” This chapter was one of the final “revelations” from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad’s companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.
Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!””
Quranic Islam is violent while Biblical Christianity is peaceful
President Obama and many other apologists for the false notion of Islam as “a religion of peace” have tried to point to the crusades as proof that Christianity can be just a violent as Islam. What they miss is that God never called on Christians to militarily or politically force the world to become Christian. Those in Christian history who tried to forcefully convert people to Christianity (or even a particular brand of Christianity) did so in direct contradiction to the teachings of Christ and his Apostles.
Unlike Muhammad, Jesus never tried to establish any kind of political domination in this world:
“Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
John 18:36 (NIV)
And the Apostle Paul wrote:
“3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
II Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)
These texts and many others from the New Testament prove that Christianity when practiced according to the Bible is NOT a violent religion. The same cannot be said of Islam and the Quran with 109 verses advocating for violence as well as the example of Muhammad’s military exploits.
Now that we have established why Islam is both a false and dangerous religion and why Christianity does not conflict with the Old Testament but is the fulfillment of it we will discuss and compare Quranic gender roles with Biblical gender roles.
Similarities between the Bible and Quran on Gender Roles
It should come as no surprise that because the Quran is cheap knock off of the Bible that it would actually contain some Bible truths.
Here are some passages on gender roles from the Quran as well as Hadith (other sayings attributed to Muhammad and Sira (biographies of Muhammad) from TheReligionOfPeace.com which demonstrate how the Quran views women and marriage.
“Quran (4:34) – “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.”
Quran (2:228) – “and the men are a degree above them”
Quran (33:59) – “Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them…” Men determine how women dress.
Quran (33:33) – “And abide quietly in your homes…” Women are confined to their homes except when they have permission to go out.
Quran (2:223) – “Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will.” Wives are to be sexually available to their husbands in all ways at all times. They serve their husbands at his command. This verse is believed to refer to anal sex (see Bukhari 60:51), and was “revealed” when women complained to Muhammad about the practice. The phrase “when and how you will” means that they lost their case.
Bukhari (88:219) – “Never will succeed such a nation as makes a woman their ruler.”
Islam allows polygamy
“Quran (4:3) – “Marry of the women, who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice (to so many) then one (only) or (the captives) that your right hands possess.” This verse plainly allows a man to have up to four wives (Allah conveniently granted Muhammad an exception… on the authority of Muhammad, of course). According to the Hadith, the “justice” spoken of merely refers to the dowry provided the bride, not the treatment accorded following the wedding.”
So as we can see from the passages above (and there are more teachings like this in Islam) we see these principles:
God has made man and woman Unequal
God has placed men over women and women are to submit to their husbands (including in areas of how they dress and sexual submission)
Men are to be providers for women.
A woman’s place is in the home.
A man is allowed to have up to four wives and unlimited sexual partners through sex slaves
So the question then becomes does the Bible teach these same principles?
The answer is YES according to these Bible passages:
The Bible teaches that the male and female vessels are not equal
“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.”
I Corinthians 11:7 (KJV)
The Bible teaches the complete submission of wives to their husbands (which would include how they dress and sexual submission as well)
“22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
Ephesians 5:22-24 (KJV)
The Bible teaches the headship of men over women in the Church
“34 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. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
I Corinthians 14:34-35 (KJV)
The Bible teaches men are the head of women in all areas of life (which includes society, the church and the family)
“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”
I Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
The Bible teaches that men are to provide for their wives
“28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:”
Ephesians 5:28-29 (KJV)
The Bible teaches that a woman’s place is in the home
“4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
Titus 2:4-5 (KJV)
The Bible teaches it is a shame for women to rule over men
“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.”
Isaiah 3:12 (KJV)
The Bible allows polygamy
“10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. 11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money.”
Exodus 21:10-11 (KJV)
“And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.”
II Samuel 5:13 (KJV)
The Bible while not placing an exact limit on how many wives a man could take – did condemn the hording of wives(which is what King Solomon did by taking 700 wives and 300 concubines). Also we will discuss in more detail below that the Bible did NOT allow men to have sex slaves.
“Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.”
Deuteronomy 17:17 (KJV)
Some differences between Islam and Christianity on the treatment of women and marriage
Islam requires women to completely cover themselves when in public
“Quran (24:31) – “And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known.” The woman is not only supposed to cover herself, except with relatives, but to look down, so as to avoid making eye-contact with men.”
As we can see from the Quran above Islam requires women to hide their beauty from all but their close relatives in private.
In stark contrast to the Quran, the Bible only requires women to cover their heads and be fully clothed when worshiping in the assembled church:
“4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.”
1 Corinthians 11:4-5 (KJV)
“ In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array
I Timothy 2:9 (KJV)
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.“
I Timothy 3:15 (KJV)
The original Greek word that we translate as “modest” in the Bible literally means “appropriate” and the word we translate as apparel means “fully clothed”. So what the Apostle Paul was literally saying in his letter to Timothy was that when women came to worship in the assembly they should be “fully clothed which is appropriate attire for worship”.
This in no way forbade women from being less than fully clothed when not in the assembly for worship. It also did not require women to wear head coverings outside of formal worship in the assembly. In fact the work clothing for women during the week would have been less covering than the formal covering that the Apostle Paul mentions here.
For more on Biblical modesty see my article “What is Biblical Modesty?”
Islam not only allows but encourages the rape of non-Muslim women captured during war
“It is against Islam to rape Muslim women, but Muhammad actually encouraged the rape of others captured in battle. This hadith provides the context for the Qur’anic verse (4:24):
“The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: (Sura 4:24) “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” (Abu Dawud 2150, also Muslim 3433)
There are several other episodes in which Muhammad is offered the clear opportunity to disavow raping women – yet he instead offers advice on how to proceed. In one case, his men were reluctant to devalue their new slaves for later resale by getting them pregnant. Muhammad was asked about coitus interruptus in particular:
“O Allah’s Apostle! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?” The Prophet said, “Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.” (Bukhari 34:432)”
“Muslims are encouraged to live in the way of Muhammad, who was a slave owner and trader. He captured slaves in battle; he had sex with his slaves; and he instructed his men to do the same. The Quran actually devotes more verses to making sure that Muslim men know they can keep women as sex slaves (4) than it does to telling them to pray five times a day (zero).”
So as we can clearly see – Muhammad not only allowed men to capture non-Muslim women as slaves during war but he also allowed the men to rape them and then trade them later. He was only concerned that they did not withdraw (coitus interruptus).
It may surprise some Christian readers to know that Moses allowed Israelite men to take women as captives of war too:
“10 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the Lord thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, 11 And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; 12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.
14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.”
Deuteronomy 21:10-14 (KJV)
The major difference though between Moses’s commands and Muhammad’s is that Israelite men were NEVER allowed to rape women. If they captured a woman during war they had to give her a month to mourn for her father and mother (or other relatives) killed in the war. Then the man had to take her as his WIFE – he couldn’t just rape her and then trade her to someone else. In fact if an Israelite man found problems with a woman he captured and took as a WIFE (not a sex slave) he had to free her and could not trade her to anyone.
This is a MAJOR difference with Islam and the Bible. The Bible never ever allows men to rape women and it certainly does not allow men to rape women and then trade them to other people. This evil Muslim practice has recently been resurrected by ISIS.
Islam teaches that marriage and sex still exist in paradise
Men will still have their wives in paradise
“Verily, the dwellers of the Paradise, that Day, will be busy in joyful things. They and their wives will be in pleasant shade, reclining on thrones. They will have therein fruits (of all kinds) and all that they ask for. (It will be said to them): Salamun (peace be on you), a Word from the Lord (Allah), Most Merciful. Quran 36: 55-58”
Men may also be rewarded with “houri” – beautiful virgins who will be totally dedicated to their pleasure
“In Islam, the concept of 72 virgins (houri) refers to an aspect of Jannah (Paradise). This concept is grounded in Qur’anic text which describe a sensual Paradise where believing men are rewarded by being wed to virgins with “full grown”, “swelling” or “pears-shaped” breasts. Conversly, women will be provided with only one man, and they “will be satisfied with him”.
Contemporary mainstream Islamic scholars, for example; Gibril Haddad, have commented on the erotic nature of the Qur’anic Paradise, by saying some men may need ghusl (ablution required after sexual discharge) just for hearing certain verses.
Orthodox Muslim theologians such as al-Ghazali (died 1111 CE) and al-Ash’ari (died 935 CE) have all discussed the sensual pleasures found in Paradise, relating hadith that describe Paradise as a slave market where there will be “no buy and sale, but… If any man will wish to have sexual intercourse with a woman, he will do at once.”
It is quoted by Ibn Kathir, in his Qur’anic Commentary, the Tafsir ibn Kathir, and they are graphically described by Qur’anic commentator and polymath, al-Suyuti (died 1505), who, echoing a hasan hadith from Ibn Majah, wrote that the perpetual virgins will all “have appetizing vaginas”, and that the “penis of the Elected never softens. The erection is eternal”.
The sensual pleasures between believers and houri in Paradise are also confirmed by the two Sahih collections of hadith, namely Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, where we read that they will be virgins who are so beautiful, pure and transparent that “the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh”, and that “the believers will visit and enjoy them”.
So as we can see in Islam marriage and sexuality do not end in Paradise (or what Christians would call Heaven) but they continue on for eternity. Christianity instead sees marriage as only for this world and it does not continue in the next world:
“34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”
Luke 20:34-36 (KJV)
The Reason for Biblical Gender Roles is Different than Quranic Gender Roles
The reason that Islam sees gender roles, marriage and sex continuing in the afterlife is because Islam does not recognize that God created gender roles, marriage and sex in this world to be symbols of the spiritual relationship between God and his people.
“22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:”
Ephesians 5:22-29 (KJV)
The Bible shows that women are not made to submit to men to suppress women or to be unfair to women. The reason women are called to be in subjection to men is because our male and female vessels represent spiritual symbols. God created woman to serve man in the same way he created all mankind to serve himself.
No person is worth more or less to God because they are born in a male or female body. The Bible shows that we simply have a different role to play and a different race to run depending on the vessel we are born in. The Quran does not offer any of these spiritual reasons for roles of men and women and in fact keeps the roles of men and women in their after life.
Christianity is based on the revelations from God to over 40 different men over a 1500 year time span and all of these revelations are progressively built upon the revelation that came before them. While Islam is based on the supposed revelations of one man over a 23 year period which while claiming to be based on the Bible consistently contradicts and undermines the teaching of the Bible.
While Islam and Christianity do share some similar views such as the submission of wives to their husbands and the inequality of men and women they do so for different reasons.
There is ample historical evidence some of which is cited here but much of which is cited elsewhere that Muhammad was a false prophet who invented a new religion to profit himself and eventually unite the Arab peoples. His teachings were a cheap knockoff of the Jewish and Christian faiths which proceeded his new religion.
Islam is not just a religion – but if it is interpreted literally according the Quran as well as Hadith (other sayings attributed to Muhammad and Sira (biographies of Muhammad) it is also a political movement which seeks to convert the world by force to Islam.
ISIS and other Islamist groups like Al-Qaida have not “hijacked a peaceful religion” but the real truth is that they have restored Islam to its roots and its founder’s intentions.
True Quranic Islam also does not see the clear distinction between things that belong to this world and what happens in the next. Islam in many ways has a very fleshly and worldly paradise with marriage and sex still existing in the afterlife.
This is not say that there are not peaceful Muslims that reject the ideology of groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida but to do so they must abandon many things in the texts that form the foundation for their faith.
It is interesting today that we hear many moderate Muslims on various new programs saying that Islam needs its own version of the Protestant Reformation. But what they do not realize is that in the Protestant Reformation the Reformers sought to return to the Bible to rediscover historic Christianity.
On the other hand with Islam, the only “reformation” that would bring peace and stability would be for them to do the very opposite of the Christian reformers – they would have to abandon large chunks of their own holy texts and renounce a great deal of their roots.
See these other articles for more on the subjects of gender roles, polygamy and slavery in the Bible:
Why Polygamy is not unbiblical
Why Christians shouldn’t be ashamed of slavery in the Bible
14 thoughts on “Biblical Gender Roles vs Quranic Gender Roles”
Really interesting comparison. I thought that I saw another difference between biblical and quranic gender roles in those excerpts that you provided, but I’m not sure. Does the passage from the Quran that allows men to banish rebellious wives to a separate bed indicate that Muslim men can deny their wives sex as a form of discipline?
For one more difference: I’ve heard the passage about admonishing disobedient wives, banishing them to separate beds, and scourging them is an explicit endorsement of beating wives to discipline them. I know that there are other Quranic passages that seem to be more explicitly in favor of the practice. In contrast, the Bible never mentions or encourages corporal punishment for wives, although it is encouraged to discipline children. You’ve also pointed out that there are clear limits placed on the level of physical discipline that slaves can receive before being freed.
David’s example of taking more wives after being made King was a violation of the law since the King for forbidden to do so. Deuteronomy 17:14-20 gave us God’s standards for the King, and he was forbidden to multiply wives to himself after being enthroned. The word in Hebrew means to multiply or increase in root form, and as written in the passage means to multiply specifically, so David sinned doing that. Only those wives he took who were Saul’s after this point were right, since God gave them to him. But all the others were unlawful. I’m well-aware you believe this to mean hording wives, but that isn’t what the Hebrew says or means. Also, where you talked about Moses not allowing sex slaves under God’s order, and that they had to make female war captives wives after a month of mourning, you misspelled “couldn’t”, and left off the “n’t”. Otherwise, good article, and I enjoyed learning the backstory of the false faith of Islam.
@Alex The Bible authorizes physical discipline(though not commands it) for even wives, and other adults in the book of Proverbs. Chapters 10:13 and 26:3 both authorize physical discipline for fools. Children are never referred to as fools, as Proverbs shows a fool being someone who deliberately rejects and goes against God’s ways, while kids simply are ignorant of it and need to be taught. So if a man wants to use physical discipline to punish his wife for misbehavior and bring correction, even if not expressly commanded to by God, he can and be perfectly unsinful doing so. Should he though? I don’t think so, not unless all other discipline, such as revoking niceties and wants(rather than rights of marriage) and confronting sin of Scriptural principle, both of which BGR prescribes. If so, then yes they should be used as an absolute last resort, and even then out of love and desire to lead a wife from sin and back to God, not out of anger or revenge. Thats true Biblical discipline.
Thanks that was a very important “couldn’t” I missed.
@BGR You’re welcome! 🙂
If corporal punishments are allowed to correct fools generally, doesn’t that mean that a wife is equally correct in punishing her husband?
No, because a wife is not her husbands authority figure, spiritual or otherwise, and as such has no right to discipline her husband. In fact, women period have no authority over men, biblically speaking, at all because man is the head of woman, not the other way around, in the Church, home, and society. So for a woman to exercise any authority, or discipline against any man is biblically wrong.
I could have sworn that this blog didn’t allow for the advocating of physical discipline of wives. Must have confused it with another blog though (yay for new mom brain!)
Still sad to see it. Marriages don’t have to look that way. And to see Christians advocating it….I really liked to think we were better than this.
Up till the comments section, I was pretty much in agreement with the article. I definitely don’t think BGR’s a secret Muslim, and I see huge differences between the Bible and the Quran. But again, the beating of wives was one of of the differences.
This has been my official position since I published my article last year https://biblicalgenderroles.com/2015/10/03/7-ways-to-discipline-your-wife/
I also stated this in my article https://biblicalgenderroles.com/2015/08/16/does-god-allow-divorce-for-abuse/
So as you can see I do not advocate for physical discipline as a method of discipline for wives and I also think if a husband physically abuses his wife or their children she is free to leave him.
However most people may not have realized that I chose my words carefully – I said I do not advocate for any physical discipline of a wife. But there are some who do based on the passages that Tyler mentions:
And as we all know corporal punishment is clearly prescribed for children:
God also allows corporal punishment of slaves:
The issue I have with the passages about fools getting the rod on their back is that does not seem to a prescription from God for us to beat fools but only a warning to fools that men may beat them for their foolish behavior. On the other hand, physical discipline is actually prescribed for a child and it is clearly allowed for adult male and female servants.
So while a I see the clear example of God disciplining his wife Israel and Christ warning his churches(his wife) of discipline in Revelation I don’t see any clear advocating in Scripture for the PHYSICAL discipline of wives. That is why I do not advocate for it.
Tyler please keep it brief here – I don’t want this to turn into a big rabbit trail about wife beating which is something I do not advocate for on this site.
One other thing I forgot to mention. I think especially in the case of children that there is a fine line between corporal punishment and physical abuse. I have not tried to draw an exact line because the Scriptures do not. I think in many ways physical abuse is like child pornography – you know it when you see it.
I also don’t advocate for spousal abuse, or any kind of mistreatment of a man to his wife, kids, or servants, however, a simple spanking isn’t abuse as a sore butt isn’t anything like the kind of damage for which slaves had to be freed from their masters for. It goes away easy, but reminds the person in question they sinful, foolish actions are to stop. All i said was that husbands could use such as correction of sinful behavior in wives to compel them to repent. And it wouldn’t be sinful according to the passages I cited. Hope that was brief enough, BGR
Thank you that was brief enough.
BGR, I understand! I ran across an ultra-feminist blog last week and saw it was attacking your site through strawmen and almost blatant misunderstanding, so I would hate to see wife-beating on this site and have them think you supported it. Thanks for the clarification.
Totally with you on spanking children vs child abuse. I was spanked as a kid and am definitely better off for it! I think your child porn analogy was excellent.