April 25, 2007

On Terrorism

Filed under: Blogroll — mariahussain @ 8:47 pm

Why don’t you guys go after Switzerland? It has the highest suicide
rate in the world!

In response to politically correct denunciations of suicide bombers:

Among Muslims there are two points of view, both based on Quran and
Hadith, for and against suicide bombing. There are many traditions
forbidding the killing of civilians during war. But Islam accepts the
concept of collateral damage. For example, the Prophet ordered the
Muslims to do a sneak attack at night on their enemies and the Muslims
said, “But what if there are children and we kill them accidentally
because it is dark?” He said, “Their children are of them.” There are
other tales of Ali using fire as a method of war, a technique used
also by Salahuddin. These were great Muslim leaders going against
Islamic law. Their reasons were based on the Quran and Sunnah which
forbids Muslims to lose a war because of taking the moral high ground.
Whatever the enemy is willing to do to you, you have to be able do it
back to him. If you are weak, your entire society and ablility to
protect the weak is at risk. You cannot be weak. You must fight
against injustice. Allah said in the Quran:

And why should you not fight in the cause of Allah and those who,
being weak, are ill-treated?

Men, women and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this
town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from Thee one who
will protect;

and raise for us from Thee one who will help!”

(Quran 4:75)

Not equal are those Believers who sit at home and receive no hurt
and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods
and their persons.

Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with
their goods and persons than to those who sit at home. Unto all in
Faith hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He
distinguished above those who sit at home by a special reward:

Ranks specially bestowed by Him and Forgiveness and Mercy. For Allah
is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.

(Quran 4:95-96)

When discussing methods of halal versus haram warfare, it is important
to not lose sight of the fact that Allah ordered Muslims to
voluntarily sacrifice their lives and all they own to fight for the
oppressed. There is no debate about this. The debate is on method of
war. The Zionists want to change this into a debate of whether or not
Muslims have the right to retaliate against Jews. The Jewish argument
is that Muslim lives are inconsequential while Jewish lives are
sacred. For Muslims, losing the War on Islam is not an option. That is
the logic Pakistan uses to possess nuclear bombs which are against
Islamic law.

What is clear is that Allah has said Muslims cannot be aggressors.
Their mode of attack should never exceed what which is inflicted upon
them. A life for a life is just. The hadith says a woman for a woman.
Innocent victim for innocent victim, or else financial compensation
(blood money). Muslims are not hippies. They are not going to just lay
down and say “Shoot me please. My house is over there, you can have
it.” They fight until they have gained the upper hand. Then they will
execute war criminals and grant amnesty to the rest. When the enemy
asks for peace, Muslims will make peace.

Israel is fighting a demographic war. They consider every Jewish
civilian ammunition in the demographic war. Jews move to Israel
offering their bodies in this war. Any child in Israel who dies is the
full moral responsibility of his or her parents who chose to move them
into a war zone. Israeli buses are used by Israeli soldiers. If you
don’t want to be collateral damage, don’t ride the buses.

Suicide bombing is a miltary strategy that was not invented by
Muslims. There is nothing in Islam which specifically mentions suicide
bombing. Certainly it is no more abhorrent than carpet bombing. Unless
the victims of suicide bombing exceed the victims of carpet bombing,
I’m not sure why the excessive moral concern for this particular type
of warfare strategy. People cannot let their faith be held hostage by
the bad thoughts of the Jews. They will never be happy until you
reject Islam.


Women and Islam

Filed under: Blogroll, Interfaith, Islam — mariahussain @ 8:44 pm

I’m not sure what Islamic law even benefits men. Most of the laws
benefit women and children. I think that is the reason that 4 out of 5
western converts are women. Few western men want the responsibility of
having to buy a cow when the milk is free. Children are considered
liabilities. Western couples usually strive to avoid making them.

There is one thing that is difficult in Islamic law and that is that
after divorce, a man is only responsible for the woman financially for
3 1/2 months after the divorce. Shariah does require a man who
divorces his wife while her child is under two years old to pay her a
living wage for the duration of the breastfeeding of his child. There
is a very long list of benefits that women get under Shariah that
western women never dreamed of asking for. In an Islamic state, the
Muslim community, starting with the family, is supposed to provide for
single women. However in the west we have the concept of alimony to
make up for the financial disparity between ex-husband and ex-wife.

There is nothing in Islamic law that PREVENTS a society from creating
additional civil laws to deal with complex questions. For example, an
Islamic government could require an ex-husband to pay alimony to his
ex-wife for one year. Or, an Islamic government could choose to
legalize medical marijuana. As long as people are using their rational
mind in making decisions about how to create a government, that is
what counts. “Islam” is not inherently oppressive. Whether the
Constitution is based on We The People or In the Name of Allah the
Beneficent the Merciful, the Constitution is only so good and so
protective as the people who are enforcing it. There should be checks
and balances in any government.

I personally would never consider a man who did not conform to Islamic
guidelines of responsibility. My only problem with traditional Muslim
men is they don’t have the same communication standards as European
men. But this has nothing to do with laws. It’s just cultural
expectations. Islamic law doesn’t legislate communication styles. It
essentially deals with economic. Shariah basically says, that the
woman’s money is her money, and her husband’s money is her money. He
cannot spend her money the way western men use their wife’s income to
pay the household bills, like they expect it. Islamic law doesn’t
require women to clean the house, or cook the food. In fact according
to Islam, men are supposed to hire a maid to help their wife at home
as soon as their income allows it. Women are not restricted from
participating in education and economics. But women have the God-given
right not to have to work outside the home. It’s a right. Not a
privilege. This is essential for a child-centered society which Islam
is. Islam oppresses men and women for the sake of children.

I totally support the idea of equal rights for all the women in a
man’s life. The western laws that say the one wife gets all the
inheritance and her children get a home, while the mistress’ children
are considered illegitimate, this is serious oppression of women. The
woman #2 can’t get health insurance, she has to pay her own rent. If
the man dumps her, she has no dowry to soften the blow. It’s
injustice. In Islam if the man is with more than one woman he has to
buy each woman her own apartment and pay for her food and the
children’s food. This helps the economy and is good for the kids so
the mom can be a mom and not have to put the kids in daycare. Muslim
women prefer to live in this child-centered lifestyle.

Unfortunately when Islamic people try to become “modern” they start
oppressing women by forcing them to get a degree and go to get a job
so they can increase the family’s revenue. The hardest thing about
many Islamic cultures is living with the mother-in-law. In the
extended family it’s the women who abuse each other, not the men. The
mother is like the queen of the family. Even when he’s 30 years old
her son will obey her. It’s really important to establish that kind of
relationship so that the son will take care of his parents in old age.
While it seems not-spiritual, the economic basis of Shariah make sense
in the long term. It may not be for everyone, but it works for a lot
of people.

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