Friday, February 19, 2016
According to Islam, women by nature are crooked, prone to temptation and are themselves a means of temptation to men! Therefore, they should be watched carefully, cover their bodies when in public and not speak to strangers.
Consequently, Muslims believe that a woman should never leave her home or community alone. She should have an escort or a chaperone to keep an eye on her. That chaperone in Islam is called mahram. In a sense, a mahram protects a woman from herself!
Normally a mahram is a parent, sibling, son or any other male who is not eligible to marry the woman he protects.
This concept, like some other beliefs in Islam, speaks of a broken religious system that does not realize that the real problem is the root of sin in a person’s heart. The guardians of the system think they can control sin through outward restrictions. In the case of mahram, a male accompanies a woman to keep an eye on her!
Lord God our Maker, you created us man and woman in your own image. You endowed us with great gifts. Yet, we all have fallen in sin. None of us, away from Christ, can claim righteousness. None of us is superior to others! We do not believe that women are more sinful than men.
I pray that many Muslims, both men and women, will come to you this week through Jesus our Savior and Redeemer. Help them realize that they are all sinners, all fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), and it is only by your grace that we can have access to you.
Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber…. May she be blessed above all women who live in tents (Judges 5:24, NLT).
“Greetings [Mary], you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary said, “From now on all generations will call me blessed…” (Luke 1:28, 46, 48, NIV).