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light of another (4:34). (Compare the section on "The Family Life" above.)
It is these extra responsibilities that give man a degree over woman in some economic
aspects. It is not a higher degree in humanity or in character. Nor is it a dominance of
one over the other or suppression of one by the other. It is a distribution of God’s
abundance according to the needs of the nature of which God is the Maker. And He
knows best what is good for woman and what is good for man. God is absolutely true
when he declares:
O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single person,
and created of like nature his mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds)
countless men and women (4:1).