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In this verse, “awraat” means puberty also.
3. A group of them said, “O
people of Yathrib, you cannot attain victory; go back.” Others
made up excuses to the prophet, “Our homes are exposed (awraat).”
They just wanted to flee [33:13].
In this verse awraat means vulnerable to attack.
It is obvious from the above verses
that the word “awraat” has nothing to do with women.
In the Quran women are called “nisa.” Although women
are vulnerable to attack by unrighteous men, God protects believing
women who follow His commandments.
Whether we are created in the form of a man or woman, we are responsible
individually in following God’s commandments. We learn from
the Quran that we all are equal in the sight
of God. Therefore, what will distinguish
us in the Hereafter will not be our gender, race or color, but our
O people, we created you from the same male and
female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may
recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of God is
the most righteous. God is Omniscient, Cognizant. [49:13]
Abraham and the Sacrifice:
God never ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son
This year over one billion Muslims around the world have celebrated
the Islamic holiday Eid-ul-Adha, The Festival of Sacrifice. The
festival follows the completion of the Hajj, the Holy Pilgrimage
Most of us grow up in the Muslim world learning that the reason
for celebrating the Hajj (pilgrimage) season has to do with Abraham
building the Kaaba and also his attempt to sacrifice his son Ismail.
Muslim scholars have been teaching that God inspired Abraham to
sacrifice his son Ismail by slaughtering him with a knife. While
this gross crime of a father slaughtering his own son is mentioned
in the Bible, the Quran does not support it. These teachings of
the Muslim scholars are reflections of the Jewish influence on the
early Muslim scholars.
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