1. Samuel

    What is it with this meme that Muslims don’t speak out against such things? They do speak out but people don’t listen. And why are they expected to always speak out against every single act committed by another one? I don’t see this required from people of other religious beliefs. I have a few Muslim friends and they say they are really sick of this demand that they condemn every single act of violence committed by another Muslim, as if they are guilty by association and need to prove their innocence. It is also worth mentioning that many muslim countries are in complete dismay living under dictators and basically have their own problems to worry about, their problems are as simple as putting food on the table and saving enough money to get married. As for Wafa Sultan, she is nothing but a bigot with a false history cashing in on the Islamophobia machine

  2. Dave Gamble

    So Samuel claims … “They do speak out but people don’t listen” … OK Samuel, prove the assertion wrong and cite one single example of a Muslim group condemning this specific atrocity.

    I can indeed truly understand the frustration within the Muslim community regarding people looking to them to see if they endorse or condemn such acts. Because there are so many such acts on a daily basis, it is perhaps a full-time career attempting to disassociated themselves from it. Perhaps that explains the stunning silence. Most other beliefs tend not to have this problem since they do not have a constant stream of violence perpetrated in their name.

    I also note that Samuel himself fails to condemn this specific act, and instead simply bitches about this being reported. perhaps he would prefer this never to have been reported at all.

    Samuel also notes that … “many muslim countries are in complete dismay living under dictators” … so why is that the case, what is it within this irrational belief system that is so opposed to democracy? Why is almost the entire Islamic political experience one of complete and utter disaster? Could it possibly be their desire to live under a divine dictatorship rooted in 7th century morality?

    Finally, Samuel claims Wafa Sultan is a bigot and part of some mysterious Islamophobia machine on the sole basis that she writes things he does not like to hear. There is no such thing as Islamophobia, Islam is not a race, it is an idea and ideas do not have rights, only people do. This is a lady who personally witnessed the machine-gun assassination of her professor, and many other atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. Is she not entitled to be more than a tad critical of the irrational beliefs that motivated such crimes? Apparently not, instead Samuel thinks being critical of such acts makes her a bigot. She is perhaps most famous for the six minute interview she did in which she criticised Muslims for treating non-Muslims differently (she was not paid to do that). In contract to Samuel, she deals with facts, he is making groundless assertions.

  3. Zaheer Alvi

    No doubt, what is mentioned here is one of the extremely saddest and horrible thing which can happen to a human being, which is just no acceptable. However, we must understand also that these are not the teachings of any religion including Islam. These acts are done by a group who are responsible for there own acts.

    As long as Islam in concern, Islam honours women greatly. It honours women as mothers who must be respected, obeyed and treated with kindness. Pleasing one’s mother is regarded as part of pleasing Allaah. Islam tells us that Paradise lies at the mother’s feet, i.e. that the best way to reach Paradise is through one’s mother. And Islam forbids disobeying one’s mother or making her angry, even by saying a mild word of disrespect. The mother’s rights are greater than those of the father, and the duty to take care of her grows greater as the mother grows older and weaker. All of that is mentioned in many texts of the Qur’aan and Sunnah.

    For example, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents”

    [al-Ahqaaf 46:15]

    “And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.

    24. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: ‘My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was young’”

    [al-Isra’ 17:23, 24]

    Al-Bukhaari (5971) and Muslim (2548) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: A man came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, who is most deserving of my good company?” He said: “Your mother.” He said: “Then who?” He said: “Your mother.” He said: “Then who?” He said: “Your mother.” He said: “Then who?” He said: “Then your father.”

    And there are other texts which we do not have room to mention here.

    Islam also honours women as wives. Islam urges the husband to treat his wife in a good and kind manner, and says that the wife has rights over the husband like his rights over her, except that he has a degree over her, because of his responsibility of spending and taking care of the family’s affairs. Islam states that the best of the Muslim men is the one who treats his wife in the best manner, and the man is forbidden to take his wife’s money without her consent. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “and live with them honourably”

    [al-Nisa’ 4:19]

    “And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect) to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them. And Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Wise”

    [al-Baqarah 2:228]

    And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I urge you to treat women well.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 331; Muslim, 1468.

    And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best of you is the one who is best to his wife, and I am the best of you to my wives.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3895; Ibn Maajah, 1977; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

    And Islam honours women as daughters, and encourages us to raise them well and educate them. Islam states that raising daughters will bring a great reward. For example, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever takes care of two girls until they reach adulthood, he and I will come like this on the Day of Resurrection,” and he held his fingers together. Narrated by Muslim, 2631.

    Ibn Maajah (3669) narrated that ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Whoever has three daughters and is patient towards them, and feeds them, gives them to drink and clothes them from his riches, they will be a shield for him from the Fire on the Day of Resurrection.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.

    Islam honours woman as sisters and as aunts. Islam enjoins upholding the ties of kinship and forbids severing those ties in many texts. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O people! Spread (the greeting of) salaam, offer food (to the needy), uphold the ties of kinship, and pray at night when people are sleeping, and you will enter Paradise in peace.” Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 3251; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.

    Al-Bukhaari (5988) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah, may He be exalted, said to the ties of kinship: ‘Whoever upholds you, I will support him, and whoever breaks you, I will cut him off.’”

    All of these qualities may co-exist in a single woman: she may be a wife, a daughter, a mother, a sister, an aunt, so she may be honoured in all these ways.

    To conclude: Islam raised the status of women, and made them equal with men in most rulings. So women, like men, are commanded to believe in Allaah and to worship Him. And women are made equal to men in terms of reward in the Hereafter. Women have the right to express themselves, to give sincere advice, to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, and to call people to Allaah. Women have the right to own property, to buy and sell, to inherit, to give charity and to give gifts. It is not permissible for anyone to take a woman’s wealth without her consent. Women have the right to a decent life, without facing aggression or being wronged. Women have the right to be educated; in fact it is obligatory to teach them what they need to know about their religion.

    Islam honour’s one’s mother and treating one’s wife, daughter, sister and women in general in a kind manner.

    Despite the weakness of religious commitment among many Muslims nowadays, women still enjoy a high status, whether as daughters, wives or sisters, whilst we acknowledge that there are shortcomings, wrongdoing and neglect of women’s rights among some people, but each one will be answerable for himself.

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