Why Allah makes Women Bleed

One of the diminishing features of Islam – which stems from Muhammad – is its sick, prurient obsession with women’s bodies. Islam’s teaching about menstruation in the Quran and hadiths underscore this.

Sura 2:222 “They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not unto them till they are cleaned. And when they have purified themselves then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you…”

The Quran depicts menstruation as an ailment; something harmful or unwholesome. The above instruction was plagiarised from the Torah without considering its dispensational timeline. Muhammad was born about 6 centuries after the time of Christ, hence, his return to the ceremonial laws given by Moses indicates a rejection of the liberty brought by Christ and this results in bondage.

The Mosaic laws did include menses as ritual uncleanness and disallows sexual contacts with women in that state (Lev. 15:19-24; 18:19), however, these laws were contingent and have been done away by Christ. “The law was put in charge to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith” (Gal. 3:24). In contrast, Islamic beliefs about menstruation (and women in general) reduce it into something vile and satanic.

In the hadith, Muhammad says: “Sneezing, drowsing, yawning in prayer, also menstruation, vomiting and nose-bleeding are from (the acts of) Satan” (Tirmidhi, No. 315).

Apparently, Muhammad was the one repulsed by these reflex actions whenever he was with his followers; he wanted an undivided attention. So he conditioned them to see these linked with Satan. It was a tool of controlling the superstitious. The problem is when Muslims today now take these injunctions, after some 14 centuries, as divine prescriptions they impose on themselves. A reasonable Muslim needs to ask why an exalted God would be so offended by natural body reflexes.

In Muhammad’s biography, he quotes Allah saying: “It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent. Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid” (Al-Tabari Vol. 1, p. 280). Here we have Muhammad’s misogynist thinking being projected back onto his “Allah.”

On another occasion, Muhammad told a group of women that women are “deficient in intelligence and religion.” When one asked him “What is deficient in her religion?” He replied, “Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast in her menses?” The woman replied in the affirmative. He said “This is the deficiency of her religion” (Bukhari 1:6:303).

Muhammad and his Allah regarded women as doltish, spiritually deficient and cursed because of their monthly cycles. Allah is repelled by menstruation, yet he supposedly afflicted women with it. He’s also offended by yawning, flatulence and mouth odour! If Allah was really all-knowing, he should have explained to Muhammad that menstruation is a natural process that is crucial to women’s reproduction. You see, people usually love to worship something that is identical to them. They may claim to worship an Infinite, Impersonal or Unknowable deity, but at a closer look, he is just as petty, feeble and small as they are – a deity made up to validate their desires and prejudices. That was Muhammad’s god.

An outgrowth of such a retrograde religious system is the burden of rules levied on women having their menses:

a) They must not pray to Allah. But when their menses are over they must make up for the prayer (Bukhari 1:6:303).

b) They cannot fast (Bukhari 1:6:301)

c) They are forbidden to tawaaf (circumambulate) around the Kaaba (Bukhari 1:6:293).

d) They are not to stay in the mosques (Muslim, 298).

e) They must not have sexual intercourse (Q 2:222). This actually forbids men from physically touching them, but some jurists, seeing how the hadiths belie this rule, allow it.

f) They have to undergo a ritual bath (ghusl) at the end of their cycle (Bukhari 1:6:305).

With the many women surrounding Muhammad and his morbid fear of their menses, one would have expected that he strictly adhered to his own rules. But we see a different picture.

1. ‘Aisha narrated: “The prophet and I used to take a bath from a single pot while we were Junub. During my menses, he used to order me to put on an Izar dress (dress worn below the waist) and used to fondle me. While in Itikaf, he used to bring his head near me and I would wash it while I used to be in my periods (menses)” (Bukhari 1:6:298).

2. ‘Aisha said: “Whenever Allah’s apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses) he used to order us to put on an Izar and start fondling her.” Aisha added “None of you could control his sexual desires as the Prophet could” (Bukhari 1:6:299).

One wonders why a man who had many wives, concubines and sex slaves in his household would resort to fondling his child bride who was in her menses. Some Shi’ite Muslims point out that the English translator of this hadith has censored these parts. The Arabic word rendered as “fondled” there is mubasharath and it means to have sexual intercourse. Properly translated from Arabic, the second narration says: “If anyone of us was having her menstrual period, Allah’s Messenger ordered her to come to him for sexual intercourse while she was on the peak of her period” (Muslim 1:590).

The Kashaf al-Ghimma narrates Jabir words from Aisha: “During my menses, Rasulullah (s) would ‘bashr’ [have intercourse] with me. He would order me to tie a knot in a large cloth; after I did this he would embrace my chest” (p. 65). This is one proof that Muhammad was a hypocritical, calculating charlatan who violated the “eternal words” of his Allah.

3. Aisha said Muhammad came to her place one night and said: “Come near me. I said: I am menstruating. He said: Uncover your thighs. I, therefore uncovered both of my thighs. Then he put his cheek on my thighs and I lent upon him until he became warm and slept” (Abu Dawud, 1:270).

4. Maimuna (the wife of the holy Prophet) reported: “The Messenger of Allah contacted and embraced his wives over the waist wrapper when they were menstruating” (Muslim, 3:579).

5. ‘Aisha said: “The Prophet used to lean on my lap and recite the Quran while I was in my menses” (Bukhari 1:6:296).

The Quran commands Muslim men to purify themselves with water or sand if they have touched women (Q 4:43). Muhammad himself told a woman “I do not shake hands with women” (Muwatta bk. 55 No. 55.1.2). No Muslim in an impure state would dare touch the Quran, because it’s supposedly too holy to be touched. But we see their guru wobbling naked with women in their periods and even reciting the words of Allah on the laps of his menstruating child bride!

The same man who called menstruation an illness, an act of Satan and an affliction on women threw all that into the trash when it came to satisfying his lubricity. Jesus Christ identified false religious leaders as persons who “tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s [and women’s] shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them” (Mt. 23:4). This is an apt description of Muhammad. We invite honest Muslims to reject him and come to the way, truth and life, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Allah’s Irredeemable Gaffes about Christians and Jews

All through the Quran we are told that Allah is “all wise” and “all knowing” but there are several places in the Quran that belie this attribute. What he says about Jews and Christians is a case study.

1. Sura 2:139 Say (unto the People of the Scripture): “Dispute ye with us concerning Allah when He is our Lord and your Lord? Ours are our works and yours your works. We look to Him alone.”

A contrast of the attributes, characteristics and nature of the God of the Bible with the Allah of Islam clearly reveal that both are miles apart. The historical evidence of Islam’s theology also disqualifies Allah as the God of the Bible. The Arabian word for God is Ilah, but the “Allah” Muhammad preached is neither from both Judaism nor Christianity but paganism.

God’s name or the Tetragrammation (YHVH or YHWH) occurs no less than 7,000 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. This name was rendered as “LORD” or “Yahweh” and later “Jehovah” – pronounced with the vowels from Adonai which means ‘Lord.’ From the names of many Old Testament characters we can see that Yahweh was widely known as God’s name. For example:

Adonijah (My Lord is Yahweh)
Elijah (My God is Yahweh)
Azariah (Yahweh has helped)
Hezekiah (Yahweh strengthens)
Isaiah (Yahweh is salvation)
Jeremiah (Yahweh has uplifted)
Joshua (Yahweh is salvation)

If the ancient Jews knew Allah as their Lord as the Quran claims, at least one individual in the OT would have been named after him. So Azariah would be “Azarallah,” Isaiah would be “Isa’allah” and Adonijah would be “Adonallah.” Allah cannot be the Christian God either, because the New Testament reveals God as the Father of Jesus Christ – a designation that Allah vehemently repudiates.

As a matter of historical record, it was impossible for those who penned the Bible to speak of Allah as God because up until the 7th century when Muhammad made Allah into the “only God”, Allah was the name of a pagan deity. The Bible was completed long before Muhammad was born and there’s no way Christians would take one of the pantheon of pagan Arabia as their Lord.

2. Sura 2:140 “Do you say that Abraham and Ishmael, and Isaac and Jacob and his children were Jews or Christians?’ Say ‘Do you know better or Allah and who is more unjust than he who hides the testimony that he has from Allah? And Allah is not unaware of what you do.”

This verse presents us with a farrago of categorical confusion and befuddling ignorance. Abraham was a Chaldean from Ur (modern Iraq). Ishmael was his illegitimate son and was excluded from God’s covenant. Isaac was the promised son with whom God formed His covenant and he gave birth to Jacob (Israel) who fathered the 12 tribes. The 12 tribes were Jews, not Christians. There was no Christianity until about 20 centuries later. This is not about someone “hiding a testimony” it’s about Allah knowing no better.

The general Hebrew word for God is “El” or “Elohim” and the names of OT figures and places bear this out e.g AbimaEL, BethEL, SamuEL, JoEL, JezreEL etc. Abraham named his son Ishmael (Ishma + EL) meaning “God hears.” If he was a Muslim or knew God as Allah, his son’s name should have been Ishmnallah. No amount of semantic acrobatics can rescue Allah and his Quran from his numerous fraudulent claims.

3. Sura 2:143 “Thus We have appointed you a middle nation, that ye may be witnesses against mankind, and that the messenger may be a witness against you. And We appointed the qiblah which ye formerly observed only that We might know him who followeth the messenger, from him who turneth on his heels. In truth it was a hard (test) save for those whom Allah guided…”

Here, we see Allah blowing hot-cold-hot. In Sura 2:125, the author of the Quran had said “Take as your place of worship where Abraham stood to pray.” By this he meant facing the Ka’aba in Mecca. But when Muhammad fled to Medina where majority of Jews lived, he tried to copy their religion so he led his followers to face the direction of Jerusalem while praying. The Jews and some of his followers questioned this conflicting “revelation” and a verse came:

“The foolish of the people will say: What hath turned them from the qiblah which they formerly observed? Say: Unto Allah belong the East and the West. He guideth whom He will unto a straight path” (2:142).

This led to the vs. 143 quoted above. Muhammad said his blowing hot and cold on the qibla was a test from Allah after all, Allah guides whoever he wills to a straight path. What an absurd excuse for a god who purposely deceives his own subjects. But wait for it, Allah changed his mind again about the prayer direction when Muhammad was frustrated at the Jews’ rejection of his prophethood:

4. Sura 2:144 “We have seen the turning of thy face to heaven (for guidance, O Muhammad). And now verily We shall make them turn (in prayer) toward a qiblah which is dear to thee. So turn thy face towards the Inviolable Place of worship, and ye (O Muhammad), wheresoever ye may be, turn your faces (when ye pray) toward it. Lo! Those who have received the Scripture know that (this revelation) is the Truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do.”

So Muslims were told to face the Ka’aba they had faced before. Interestingly, these revelations and counter-revelations are in the same Sura 2! One would expect a coherent thought from even a normal human being. The snag: Abraham and Ishmael were never in Mecca and never built the Kaaba. Abraham resided in Hebron (Jerusalem) and there is no reason he would move his family and animals 1,000 miles through an uncharted desert to build a temple. The People of the Book know the truth.

Sura 3:97 says there are “clear signs” in “the station of Abraham” at Mecca and those who go on hajj should visit the shrine. This station of Abraham (Maqam Ibrahim) is located inside the courtyard of the Holy mosque of Mecca. In there is a glass encasing a stone with footprints, allegedly those of Abraham when he built the Kaaba. Muslims pray towards the house of rocks in this shrine daily. These are rather clear signs of idolatry and falsehood.

Muhammad was born about 2,500 years after Abraham and there are reasons to reject his claims. There’s no way a worker building something would ever stand so long at the same spot that his feet would make a mark on a solid natural stone and this will still be visible after two millennia. Credulity has its limit. No scientific evidence exists to prove that the marks or stone at Maqam Ibrahim dates as old as it’s asserted.

Besides, the description of the station of Abraham in Sura 3:97 doesn’t fit the Maqam Ibrahim in Mecca (which is located outside the Kaaba temple) but instead fits the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem where according to Jewish tradition, is the rock where Abraham tried to sacrifice Isaac.

5. Sura 2:145 “And even if you bring to those who have been given the Book every sign they would not follow your qiblah, nor can you be a follower of their qiblah, neither are they the followers of each other’s qiblah, and if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, then you shall most surely be among the unjust.”

This is lame. First, Jews and Christians have no qibla. The true God is a Spirit and He is worshipped in spirit and truth. And where there is true spiritual worship, there are no litany of regulations for prayer, complicated rituals or bondage to any fixed direction or mode of praying (Jn. 4:24)

Second, there’s no justifiable reason for Jews and Christians to follow the Islamic qibla since Mecca has no significance in both Judaism and Christianity. The Bible mentions the city of Jerusalem about 800 times but says nothing about Mecca or Medina. Muhammad’s feeble attempt to tie the Jewish patriarchs and prophets to Mecca destroys Islam’s foundations.

6. Sura 2:146 “Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize (this revelation) as they recognize their sons. But lo! a party of them knowingly conceal the truth.”

On the contrary, the Quran contradicts the Bible so much that it is clear that both cannot be from the same God. There is no single Bible teaching that the Quran fully explains. There is no single Bible story that is correctly relayed in the Quran. There is no Bible character that has not been historically and morally assassinated in the Quran. But rather than owning up to his cluelessness and forgeries, the author of the Quran blames its irredeemable gaffes on some Jews and Christians who “knowingly conceal the truth.” How convenient.

7. Sura 4:163 “We have revealed our will to you as we have revealed it to Noah and to the prophets who came after him; as we revealed it to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the tribes, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, Solomon and to David We gave the Psalms.

Here again we see a mish-mash rearrangement of Bible characters and riotous ignorance. Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons were patriarchs, not prophets and they all came after Job. Aaron was a Levite priest while David and Solomon were kings. The author of the Quran must have heard about the Jewish prophets, but he didn’t know their order and chronology.

This list also omits major Jewish prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and Samuel. No informed Jew will ever confuse patriarchs with prophets or omit major prophets from a list as this. The Quran doesn’t even appeal to human reasoning. A revelation that is so beneath human intelligence can’t be from God. It’s impossible.

8. Sura 5:13 “And because of their breaking the covenant, We have cursed them and made hard their hearts. They change words from their context and forget a part of that whereof they were admonished. Thou wilt not cease to discovery treachery from all save a few of them. But bear with them and pardon them. Lo! Allah loveth the kindly.”

If we strip this verse of its hateful tone, what remains are vapid accusations. Allah (or whoever is speaking here) says he made a covenant with Christians but says nothing about the nature of the covenant or when it was broken. One thing is clear however, none of Allah’s curses can affect true Christians. This was a diversionary tactic. To justify his deception, Muhammad projected his forgeries and forgetfulness onto his opponents.

But he failed to explain why Jews and Christians would alter their own sacred books for centuries just to disprove a man whose moral, ethical and spiritual credentials already disqualify him as a true prophet. It makes no sense. In Muhammad’s narcissistic bubble universe, centuries of Jewish and Christian history must have been corrupted or forgotten for him to be right!

He accuses most Christians of treachery yet he endorsed treachery with non-Muslims. In Sura 10:94, Allah commands Muhammad to go to the People of the Book – without nuances or distinctions – for confirmation of the truth, but when they told him inconvenient Bible truths, he accused them of treachery and forgery! This is a heart hardened by Allah and Christians today need to pardon and bear with Muslims who act the same.

9. Sura 5:14 “And with those who say: ‘Lo! we are Christians,” We made a covenant, but they forgot a part of that whereof they were admonished. Thereof We have stirred up enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will inform them of their handiwork.”

What a nice hobbyhorse. When Christians pointed out the numerous errors and lies in his recitations, Muhammad turned the blame on them and accused them of forgetting a covenant they made with Allah. He used the divisions amongst some Christians he knew as “proof” so that his own infractions would be overlooked.

So his Allah stirs up enmity in people yet he will condemn them for what he made them do! What an unjust and sadistic deity. Islam has no evidence, all it has are stubborn claims; not even a theory of how it is possible for Jews and Christians to conceal or corrupt their Scriptures and thousands of extant manuscripts would tell otherwise, that the Bible is true and trustworthy.

When a record alleged to be from God is plagued with lies, blunders, contradictions and confusion, it’s intolerable for us to cover or excuse them to protect the image of a prophet or religion. These are evidence that the record is entirely man-made.