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What! for you the male sex, and for Him, the female?

To show Allah in human shape, or imagine sons
or daughters of Allah, as if Allah were flesh, was in any
case a derogation from the supreme glory of Allah, high
above all creatures, even if the human shapes were
invested with great beauty and majesty as in the Greek
Pantheon. But when we consider in what low opinion
Pagan Arabia held the female sex, it was particularly
degrading to show Allah, or so-called daughters of Allah,
in female shapes.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 53 verse 21. Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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