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Many Muslims are switching to homeschooling. NYT did a story on them.

As usual they cherry picked quotes to feed prejudices. A Muslim homeschooling mom responds.

They, somehow, are also very concerned about the Muslim woman. So they don’t like it when they are not oppressed. So they look for evidences against Muslim women being oppressed. If they don’t find them, they conjure up evidence- like the hijab killing (Aqsa Parvez) case.

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The outpost of liberty

2: It’s outrageous. These violent protests. They caused a lot of damage.

1: Have you have seen the way Taslima Nasrin was brought up again, without context, and politicized?

2: Yeah! (gleams)

1: I agree. I don’t like it too. It only makes Nasrin more credible. She has now become the symbol of courage! The outpost of liberty!

2: That’s not the point. The point is that she must be allowed to talk freely.

1: I agree. But only as long as he/she is truthful, isn’t?

2: That’s completely irrelevant. Everybody’s views should be heard.

1: Should lies not be accountable? I mean if tomorrow somebody goes around telling that you stole his money- with a megaphone- will you let him get away?

2: We are talking Nasrin, and not what might happen to me.

1: Yes, and we still are. I agree with you that violences serve no purpose. I am trying to go beyond that, and discuss what Nasrin is trying to say.

2: It doesn’t matter.

1. Duh!

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Well, if it doesn’t matter, then what is the big deal if the politicians lie? Or is it that 2’s version of free speech apply in very specific cases?

But then, we are discussing Nasrin, and not what politicians do. 2 does have a logic.

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A case in Saudi has caught much attention.

The case was like this: a married woman was talking to her ex. Some other men came and raped her.

The rapists have been found and jailed. (They should actually be punished to death.)

The woman has been punished to lashes for being with a non-related man.

Now, she has been violated and that’s a major crime against her. She has already suffered a lot. Why punish her then? I mean she’s already suffered!

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Media Headline: “Rape Victim Punished

What does that mean? It suggests that the woman was punished because she was violated. That’s (not) nonsense. (It’s a well conceived twist of words.)

She was not punished because she was raped. She was punished because she was guilty (according to UAE law) of something else.

Now, we can debate for days whether punishing a woman for being with non-makruh person or husband for millenia. But what I am trying to say is that she was not punished for being a rape victim.

I have heard that the Prophet used to preach to lone women.(Can somebody please confirm that?) But then he did not gossip or flirt with them.

And God knows best.

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People have suddenly become very concerned about the well-being of Muslim women. Fun is United States is behind Sri Lanka in gender equality index.

Sarson mein bhoot… (rough translation: “when a devil plays god”).

Let us sort our problems out.

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One is this, rather old, news from Rwanda

Sheikh Saleh Habimana, the Mufti of Rwanda, is the representative of the country’s Muslims.

He says many turned to Islam because Muslims were seen to have acted differently.

“The roofs of Muslim houses were full of non-Muslims hiding. Muslims are not answerable before God for the blood of innocent people.”

Then this wikipedia entry about Albania relating to the Jews and the holocaust made me happy-

Albania is unique in that it is the only European country occupied by the Nazis that ended World War II with a larger Jewish population than before the War. The Albanian response to the Holocaust is especially notable because it was Europe’s only largely Muslim country. Even so only a Jewish family of six was deported and killed during the Nazi occupation of Albania.[8] Not only did the Albanians protect their own Jews, but they provided refuge for Jews from neighboring countries. The Albanians refused to comply and hand over lists of Jews. Instead they provided the Jewish families with forged documents and helped them disperse in the Albanian population.[9]

In February 1944, when the Nazis descended upon the mountain hiding place, not a single Jew fell into their hands.[10] During the Holocaust, Albania was the only country in Europe that protected and sheltered its entire Jewish population, both native and foreign.[11] There was no history of ideological anti-Semitism in Albania so it was unique in this regard.[12] The small number of Jews in Albania also played a key role in the possibility to protect them all. During the Italian occupation, they were able to disperse and blend in with the general population. However, the role of the Albanian population as a whole in saving Jews is undeniable.

Islam is alive.

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I have to write something positive.

But I feel so sorry, so dejected and helpless.

No, I have hope.

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For this is only a passing thing, this life.

And the sufferings are only perceptions.

Not a thorn pricks ye but to relieve ye from sins, or to raise thy station.

No, nothing is lost, for this is but a test.

O Lord, help us walk on the Straight Path-

The Path of righteousness, of love and compassion,

And above all, in submission to Thee.

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