Your wives are like farmland for you,1 so approach them ˹consensually˺ as you please.2 And send forth something good for yourselves.3 Be mindful of Allah, and know that you will meet Him. And give good news to the believers. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran 2:223

Some people say this verse mean that women are farmland and they should be treated as a baby making factory. Mostly non muslim say this.

But can you explain this why Allah reaveld this verse.

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① As per tafsir, the verse was revealed to let Muslims know that you can be intimate with your spouse in any position, refuting the 'People of the Book' [Jews specifically] who were claiming that entering from the back would cause harm to the baby. Islam was correct.

② The 'farmland' (tilth) metaphor is just pointing out that it is through women that men have offspring, which is just a fact of life. From Tafsir Ibn Kathir: "Ibn `Abbas commented, "Meaning the place of pregnancy." There is nothing wrong with pointing this out. Women should not be ashamed of how they are created nor should anti-Islam critics try to shame them on their ability to bear children nor should they shame men who want to have multiple children.

③ If non-Muslims want to know how Islam truly says to treat women, then they should know that Allah (ﷻ) said وعاشروهن بالمعروف [And live with them in kindness] - Qur'an 4:19. If interested, I wrote this article "The Object Allegation" to demonstrate that it's the world that treats women like objects [machines], not Islam.

I hope this helps.

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    For the sake of avoiding any confusion to the reader, I think it is extremely important here to mention that "entering from the back" here does not refer to anal sex. Anal sex is completely haraam. Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 21:32

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