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One of the most heavily debated verses in the Quran is in the sur257h dealing with women One of the verses in the fourth sur257h states that Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the otherGood women are obedientAs for those from whom you fear disobedience admonish them forsake them in beds apart and beat them 434 Some western translations contain interpretations of this verse that are easier to digest but the text clearly states that there is some sort of physical violence involved Although most Muslim women have husbands that would never lay a hand on them for the ones that are beaten by their husbands this verse is a difficult part of the Quran to come to terms with Some of these women ask themselves each day whether the violence against them is truly justified by their religion This question of justification however is difficult perhaps even impossible to answer when one is dealing with religious texts and beliefs Nevertheless this uneasiness and confusion can have grave implications on faith in Islam The Book of Genesis tells us that it took God only six days to create the universe the earth the sun the plants and animals and the first two people It is not surprising that this explanation is immediately met with a bit of skepticism However most believers approach this scripture with the belief that days is open to interpretation and that six days could in fact be six million years If we look at the Quran which is taken by Muslims to be the infallible Word of God it is here that the fundamental difference lies between the Quran and other religious texts like the Old Testament and New Testament Whereas those texts are human works thought to be inspired by God the Quran is literally the Word of God Within all religious texts there have always been and always will be things that
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