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Comparing Christian and Muslim Beliefs about Women

Biblical Christian Beliefs
Muslim Beliefs and Traditions
Equality Though men and women may have different roles and tasks, they are equal in God’s sight. “There is neither Jew nor Greek…, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28, NIV). “Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which [Allah] hath gifted the one above the other” (Quran, Chapter 4:34).
Submission and force The Bible talks about Christians “submitting to one another” (Ephesians 5:21). Husbands and wives are encouraged to care for each other. It does not talk about Christians forcing others to submit to their wishes. The Quran says that husbands may use force to make their wives obey (Chapter 4:34). Laws and rules in some Muslim countries force women and girls to submit to the wishes of strict Muslims.
Wives The Bible upholds the ideal of godly Christian men having only one wife. (See 1 Timothy 3:1,12.) The Quran says that men may marry up to four wives (Chapter 4:3). Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was allowed to have more than four (Chapter 33:50). Traditionally, Muslim men may marry either Muslim or Christian women, but Muslim women may marry only Muslim men.
Obedience from the heart The Bible talks about “doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:6). Laws, customs, and rules in Muslim countries and families force many women to obey externally (on the outside) rather than “from the heart.”
Husbands and wives The Bible tells men to be like Christ, who gave His life for the Church. Husbands are told to love their wives as they love themselves and as Christ loved the Church. (See Ephesians 5:25.) Christian missionaries to Muslim countries say that nothing is as important as the husband’s comfort in many Muslim homes. A woman’s feelings are often ignored.