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# If [[The Meaning of Nikah|nikah]] (Islamic "marriage") literally means "sexual intercourse"<ref>Cyril Glasse, The New Encyclopedia of Islam: Third Edition, Altamira, 2001</ref><ref>Francis J. Steingass, English-Arabic Dictionary: For the Use of Both Travellers and Students, W.H. Allen, 1882</ref><ref>Federico Corriente, A Dictionary of Andalusi Arabic, BRILL, 1997, p. 539</ref><ref>Dennis Roberts, Islam, A concise introduction, Harper & Row, 1982, p. 143</ref><ref>Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Marriage on trial: Islamic family law in Iran and Morocco, I.B.Tauris, 2001, p. 20 </ref><ref>Vincent J. Cornell (2007), Voices of life: family, home, and society, p. 59 (Marriage in Islam by Nargis Virani).</ref><ref>Charles Mwalimu, The Nigerian Legal System: Public Law, Peter Lang, 2005, p. 542</ref><ref>Vincent J. Cornell (2007), Vol. 5, Voices of Change, pp. 85-113 (Islam and Gender Justice, by Ziba Mir-Hosseini).</ref><ref>Kelly Dawn Askin, Dorean M. Koenig, Women and international human rights law: vol.3, Transnational Pub, 2008</ref><ref>Oussama Arabi, Studies in Modern Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, BRILL, 2001, p. 150 </ref><ref>The Risala of 'Abdullah ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (310/922 - 386/996) A Treatise on Maliki Fiqh (Including commentary from ath-Thamr ad-Dani by al-Azhari) Ch. 32</ref><ref>Ronak Husni, Daniel L. Newman, Muslim women in law and society: annotated translation of al-Tahir al Haddad al-Ṭāhir Ḥaddād, p. 182</ref><ref>Islamic Marriage (Nikaah) Handbook for Young Muslims, Muslim Wedding and Marriage Guide, World Islamic Network</ref> and the [[mahr]] is payment for nikah, what does that make all Muslim women?
# Women are not permitted to practice polygamy, men are.<ref name="4wives"></ref> Women are not permitted to have have pre-marital/extra-marital sex with slaves and POWPOWs,<ref>Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - [http://www.englishtafsir.com/Quran/23/index.html#sdfootnote7sym Tafhim al-Qur'an] - Quran 23:1-11, Footnote 7 #2</ref> men are. Women are not permitted to beat their marital partners, men are.<ref>"''Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.''" - {{Quran|4|34}}</ref> A male inherits twice that of a female<ref>"''Allah chargeth you concerning (the provision for) your children: to the male the equivalent of the portion of two females, and if there be women more than two, then theirs is two-thirds of the inheritance, and if there be one (only) then the half. And to each of his parents a sixth of the inheritance, if he have a son; and if he have no son and his parents are his heirs, then to his mother appertaineth the third; and if he have brethren, then to his mother appertaineth the sixth, after any legacy he may have bequeathed, or debt (hath been paid). Your parents and your children: Ye know not which of them is nearer unto you in usefulness. It is an injunction from Allah. Lo! Allah is Knower, Wise.''" - {{Quran|4|11}}</ref> And the testimony of a women in court is worth half that of a man's testimony.<ref>"''O ye who believe! When ye contract a debt for a fixed term, record it in writing. Let a scribe record it in writing between you in (terms of) equity. No scribe should refuse to write as Allah hath taught him, so let him write, and let him who incurreth the debt dictate, and let him observe his duty to Allah his Lord, and diminish naught thereof. But if he who oweth the debt is of low understanding, or weak, or unable himself to dictate, then let the guardian of his interests dictate in (terms of) equity. And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not (at hand) then a man and two women, of such as ye approve as witnesses, so that if the one erreth (through forgetfulness) the other will remember. And the witnesses must not refuse when they are summoned. Be not averse to writing down (the contract) whether it be small or great, with (record of) the term thereof. That is more equitable in the sight of Allah and more sure for testimony, and the best way of avoiding doubt between you; save only in the case when it is actual merchandise which ye transfer among yourselves from hand to hand. In that case it is no sin for you if ye write it not. And have witnesses when ye sell one to another, and let no harm be done to scribe or witness. If ye do (harm to them) lo! it is a sin in you. Observe your duty to Allah. Allah is teaching you. And Allah is knower of all things.''" - {{Quran|2|282}}</ref> Considering these rules set out by the Qur'an, how can you possibly claim Islam stands for equality between the sexes?
# Why can a woman on her period<ref name="Fatwa No. 2564">Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid - [{{Reference archive|1=http://islamqa.com/en/ref/2564|2=2011-10-24}} Reading Qur’aan during menses] - Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 2564</ref> not touch the Qur'an?
# A woman cannot pray to her creator for a quarter of the time because she is "dirty".<ref name="Fatwa No. 2564"></ref> How do you feel about that?
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