Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Islam, a different view and some counter views!

Today I got a mail from a friend, a normal forward that I would have normally read and deleted but since I was dead bored, I replied.

Another friend(also in the loop) replied back saying that the reply was good, hence I decided to post it, more to alleviate my boredom rather than to make a point.

The mail is about how screwed the vision of the world is when it comes to viewing Islam and muslims. Things printed in black from now on and the pictures are parts of the mail I originally got, things printed in blue are my replies to them.

How true!

Why a Jew can grow his beard in order to practice his faith.
But when Muslim does the same, he is an extremist and terrorist!true again, feel that each person has the right to grow his beard(or hair!)

Why a nun can be covered from head to toe in order to devote herself to God.
But when Muslimah does the same she's oppressed.
The way the french authorities have banned hijab-> very autocratic, bad way of doing a thing.
Q that remains? are muslim women oppressed? i.e if at all a women does not want to wear a hijab, will her family/society accept that too? only if that is accepted can muslims claim that their women are not oppressed.

When a western women stays at home to look after her house and kids she is respected because of sacrificing herself
But when a Muslim woman does so by her will, they say, "she needs to be liberated"!true! assuming that the muslim woman does so by her own will.

Any girl can go to university wearing what she wills and have her rights and freedom?
But when Muslimah wears a Hijab they prevent her from entering her university!true again....

When a child dedicates himself to a subject he has potential

But when he dedicates himself to Islam he is hopeless!he is not called hopeless he will be called an "upcoming terrorist"...:)

When someone sacrfices himself to keep others alive, he is noble and all respect him.
But when a Palestinian does that to save his son from being killed, his brother's arm being broken, his mother being raped, his home being destroyed, and his mosque being violated -- He gets the title of a terrorist! Why? Because he is a Muslim!
If there is one struggle that is 100 percent true to its cause and truly acceptable , it is this, it is this, it is this!.

8)When there is a trouble we accept any solution? If the solution lies in Islam, we refuse to take a look at it
When someone drives a perfect car in a bad way no one blames the car.
But when any Muslim makes a mistake or treats people in a bad manner - people say "Islam is the reason"!
caution... big answer ahead!

Before the rise of "islamic" terrorism, carlos a.k.a "the jackal" was the biggest wanted terrorist in eruope, he was a christian from latin america, but he never made an organization with the name "christian" attached to it, did not do his terror acts in the name of "jesus/god" or in any way mix his actions with his christian religion, naturally nobody said terrorism had anything to do with christianity.(The same goes for bush and iraq, though he has actually once said that "God" asked him to go and attack iraq privately).

But when a muslim terrorist(who is nothing but another carlos) starts bombing or doing terror acts, the first thing he does is create an organization with "islamic" tagged to it, make videos in which he cries out "Allah-o-akbar" a thousand times, mix his religion and his god and his prophet in every possible way with his mis-deeds. Actions come with consequences, so if they do these things and then say "dont drag the name of islam into terrorism" thats not going to work.

One good example of this is kashmir. It started off as a freedom struggle by kashmiris... now it is hijacked by "islamic terrorrism", what in Gods name has a freedom struggle between kashmiris and the indian govt have to do anything with islam? why should terrorists kill kashmiri hindu pandits who themselves dont like the indain govt much? In kerala there is a huge fight going on between two factions of the orthodox church and the government is said to favour one faction, but I never heard the other faction fighting the government in the name of christianity!.

Conclusion is that if there is anybody responsible for tagging islam = terrorism it is the muslim terrorist and the moderate nothing-to-do-with-terror muslim who does not respond to this tagging. The wily americans just make use of this propaganda that the muslim has so helpfully created for them.
Without looking to the tradition of Islam, people believe what the newspapers say.

But question what the Quran says!
"But question what the Quran says!" this is one thing that i really dont like about muslims. The quran is unquestionable, the prophet is unquestionable etc etc... why would somebody say that something is unquestionable? only if there is something to hide. Agreed that the prophet has extreme respect of the muslims, so much so that each time his name is uttered they also utter "peace be upon him" along with it. Sometimes I feel that the prophet himself would not have minded criticism because he was a humble man...but his followers do! rajavinae kalum veliya rajabhakthi!. Fact remains that you cannot shut peoples mouth however much you try, and criticism(even if you are God, because God himself made it that way) is bound to happen. The responsible thing to do in this scenario will be to respond in a mature way, do discussions and dispel doubts, not burn effigies and issue death threats to cartoonists.

Last but not the least i have one more grouse against the muslim people. They only cry and make noise when another muslim is hurt, never when another christian or hindu is hurt. Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein were perfect parallels. Both were dictators, both killed muslims/their own country men by the thousands. But when NATO(full of christian nations) attaked Slobodan who was happily killing his muslims no muslim nation uttered a single word of protest. When the same nations attacked iraq... well all hell breaks loose.

I have seen similar mails like this one which bring out the muslim point of view(but this one was definitely a gem of a mail) but never have I seen a muslim mail saying that Saudi arabia does not allow other religions in its soil or that most muslim nations(except maybe turkey) are very very intolerant to other religions.The pakistani cricketer mohammad yousuf had converted to Islam, nobody said a word, but in that same country there is a law saying that if a muslim converts, he will die. Why these double standards? why do Muslims want tolerant governments every where in the world but they themselves will not be tolerant?

In the end if the muslim really wants to be taken seriously, he has to start reacting against all issues not just muslim issues. The changeI feel needs to come from inside Islam not from outside. Instead of issuing fatwas against Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nazrin(she worte about the plight of hindus in bangladesh) maybe the muslim should start issuing fatwas against terrorists who use the name of Islam and kill innocent people.

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