Allah an Exalted Woman?
Refuting a confused Missionary
Missionary Sam Shamoun has written an article where he seeks to try and show that Allah has some female characteristics. His article can be located here:
Once again the missionary shows why he is incapable of holding an argument as an apologist, and how he just doesn't understand Islam at all. The missionary writes this:
Upon further analysis it seems that the author of the Quran further believed that Allah also has some characteristics of a woman, which may imply that he has both a male and female form, somewhat like a hermaphrodite or transvestite.
Let us now see Shamoun's supposed proof that Allah has female characteristics:
The Quran says that women believers are to be veiled:
O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. S. 33:59 Hilali-Khan
Moreover, Muhammad's wives were only allowed to speak to men from behind a veil or screen:
O Believers! enter not into the houses of the Prophet, save by his leave, for a meal, without waiting his time. When ye are invited then enter, and when ye have eaten then disperse at once. And engage not in familiar talk, for this would cause the Prophet trouble, and he would be ashamed to bid you go; but God is not ashamed to say the truth. And when ye would ask any gift of his wives, ask it from behind a veil (min wara-i hijabin). Purer will this be for your hearts and for their hearts. And ye must not trouble the Apostle of God, nor marry his wives, after him, for ever. This would be a grave offence with God. S. 33:53 Rodwell
What makes this rather interesting is that the Quran says Allah also wears a veil and only speaks to people from behind one!
It is not given to any human being that Allah should speak to him unless (it be) by Inspiration, or from behind a veil (min wara-i hijabin), or (that) He sends a Messenger to reveal what He wills by His Leave. Verily, He is Most High, Most Wise. S. 42:15 Hilali-Khan
No indeed; but upon that day they shall be veiled (lamahjooboona) from their Lord, 83:15 Arberry
Hence, much like Muhammad's wives placed a screen in front of those coming to present gifts to them Allah has a screen of his own which he places in front of the unbelievers!
The hadith sources say that Allah' veil is his light which prevents people from seeing him:
A'mash has narrated this hadith on the same authority and said: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was standing amongst us and he told us four things. He then narrated the hadith like the one reported by Abu Mua'wiya, but did not mention the words "His creation" and said: His veil is the light. (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0344)
'Abdullah b. Qais transmitted on the authority of his father (Abu Musa Ash'ari) that the Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: There would be two gardens (in Paradise) the vessels and contents of which would be of silver, and two gardens whose vessels and contents would be of gold. The only thing intervening to hinder the people from looking at their Lord will be the mantle of Grandeur over His face in the Garden of Eden. (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0346)
The hadiths further claim that Allah will remove his veil only before the believers:
Suhaib reported the Apostle (may peace be upon him) saying: When those deserving of Paradise would enter Paradise, the Blessed and the Exalted would ask: Do you wish Me to give you anything more? They would say: Hast Thou not brightened our faces? Hast Thou not made us enter Paradise and saved us from Fire? He (the narrator) said: He (God) would lift the veil, and of things given to them nothing would he dearer to them than the sight of their Lord, the Mighty and the Glorious. (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0347)
Whatever the answer, these facts remain:
- Allah, like believing women, wears a veil.
- Allah, like believing women, talks to people from behind a veil.
- Allah, like believing women, uncovers his veil only in the presence of his close intimate companions.
It never occurred that words and meanings can have more than one purpose. For instance when we have verses and hadiths talking about the women covering up, wearing the hijab, and also talking to men from behind a veil. We know this is pertaining to a women's modesty and way of getting rid of any types of temptation from the men etc.
Secondly, the veil that the women wear is made from clothing material.
Thirdly, no text says that Allah wears a veil, Shamoun made that up.
Fourthly, Shamoun even refuted himself, notice how he quoted the facts that Allah's veil is the light, notice it is not female clothing material like the women wear, hence no comparison can be made. This alone should refute his argument!
In fact Shamoun's claims are so absurd his argument means that every single man must have female characteristics and that we must all be transvestites as many times us men have covered and hid ourselves behind a veil. The reason I say this is because a veil simply means a covering. That is all. It is how you apply the words in their specific context, and what the veil actually is, that allows you to know it refers to a female and so on.
Fifthly, when Allah chooses not to show himself to us, and speak to us from behind a veil, which is the light, not female clothing material. He does this so we aren't destroyed, because if we humans see Allah in our present state we will be vanquished, hence Allah doesn't choose to show himself to us. Unlike the women, who wears a veil for modesty, and to not allow any temptation to occur.
Sixthly, Shamoun has yet again made the mistake of likening Allah to his creation, Allah has said:
YUSUFALI: And there is none like unto Him.
Allah cannot be compared to his creation, something which Shamoun has done. Shamoun has likened Allah's talking to us from behind a veil, to that of a woman's talking to a man from behind a veil. Hence he is guilty of distorting what Islam teaches for comparing Allah to the creation. This all shows again that when Allah says his veil is the light, and he talks to us from behind a veil, it is nothing like a women's situation, and cannot even be compared or likened.
So all of this refutes Shamoun's pathetic argument.
Now let us turn the tables on him. Shamoun's Bible actually shows that God has animal characteristics, which makes him half both divine and animal at the same time! As the Bible says:
1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. (Psalms 57:1)
So God has wings it seems! Another interpretation could be that this doesn't have to mean a bird, but an angel, since angels also have wings. However so when we say we lie or trust in the shadow of your wings, it is often times referring to a bird type figure, when the babies are protected under their mother's wings. Hence the God of the Bible is a half bird!
In fact the God of the Bible also has female characteristics, we read:
In that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the River ?the king of Assyria?to shave your head and the hair of your legs, and to take off your beards also. (Isaiah 7:20)
God wants to shave the hair from our legs? All the female readers will know that shaving the hair off your legs is a predominately female characteristic. The God of the Bible seems to also have this interest, to shave the hair off our legs; hence he has a female likening characteristic. In fact transvestites also do this.
You really have to just laugh sometimes, laugh at the silliness of some of these missionaries.
And Allah Knows Best!