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Marital problems among Muslims in America are of increasing concern.
Asad has added very significant notes in his Tafsir (commentary). He not only presented his understanding of the Verses of the Qur'an, but also presents the views of the earlier scholars, particularly when he deals with controversial issues. His tafsir shows his command of earlier Tafsir Literature. He is a representative of Islam's humanistic and rationalist trend. But according to my understanding, he never forsakes the spirit of Islam nor does he surrender to other civilizations, though some people say so. One of the characteristics of his Tafsir is that it is free from gender bias. It is his great success. We don't see it in many Tafsirs.
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As regards the expression (its mate), it is to be noted that with reference to animate beings the Zawj, ('a pair', 'one of a pair' or 'a mate') applies to the male as well as to the female component of a pair or couple; hence, with reference to human beings, it signifies a woman's mate (husband) as well as man's mate wife). Abu Muslim as quoted by Razi interprets the phrase "He created its mate (i.e. its sexual counterpart) out of its own kind (min jinsiha)" thus supporting the view of Muhammad Abduh referred to above. The literal translation of minha as 'out of it' clearly alludes, in conformity with the text to biological fact that both sexes have originated from the 'one living entity'.