Women In Islam

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Christianity and Islam have innumerable differences. One such distinction is their beliefs and value of women. Many believe in the obvious that women in Islam are treated worse than in Christianity. The value of an Islamic woman has been depicted as feeble and miniscule, while a Christian woman has incessant worth. Certain aspects have proven Islam women inferior to Christian women. However, diligent research of the Bible and the Qur'an have identified the value of an Islam woman superior to a Christian woman.

Both religions agree on the basic fact that men and women are created by an omnipotent God. However, disagreement starts soon after Adam and Eve were created. The Christian conception of the creation of man and woman is narrated in Genesis. God strictly prohibited both Adam and Eve from eating the fruit from the forbidden tree. The snake initially seduced Eve to eat from the tree and in turn Eve seduced Adam.

When Adam was rebuked by God, he blamed Eve for his transgression: "The woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it" (Genesis 3:12). Accordingly, God said to Eve, "I will increase your trouble in pregnancy and your pain in giving birth, in spite of this you will have a desire for you husband, yet you will be subject to him" (Genesis 3:16). God rebuked Adam, but not to the extent of Eve's castigation. There was no equal judgement: Adam blamed the temptress Eve and Eve was punished accordingly.

The Islamic conception of creation is found in the Qur'an: "O Adam dwell with your wife in the garden and enjoy as you wish but approach not this tree or you run into harm. Then Satan whispered to them, your Lord only forbade you this...