Monday, November 30, 2009

Awesome! Next stop, mosques.

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People are finally starting to wake up, and respond to the evil of Islam silently creeping into their homes. Once enough people realize the danger they are facing from the fundamentalist political system (wolf) dressed up in the clothes of religion (sheep), a war will ensue. Lives may be lost, but just as war against Nazism, against Communism, and against all other political evils have been won in history, giving us democratic and secular freedom, war against Islam will also be won, bringing us back the freedom it has been taking away.

Exit Polls: Swiss Ban Minarets, Muslim Extremism Feared

Published: 11/29/09, 5:12 PM / Last Update: 11/29/09, 5:31 PM
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Source: Exit Polls: Swiss Ban Minarets, Muslim Extremism Feared - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

( Voters in Switzerland favored a national referendum vote Sunday to ban minarets on mosques, according to exit polls. Early indications are that both a majority of voters and majority of cantons backed the referendum proposal. Local media called the apparent prohibition a “slap in the face” to the government, which opposed the ban.

One of the arguments by those against the ban is that it will provoke Muslim extremism, a religious boycott by wealthy Muslims, as well as Muslim protest violence. These are similar to the consequences two years ago after a Dutch cartoonist published a caricature of the Muslim prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.

Projections a week ago showed that less than 40 percent favored a minaret ban, but exit polls revealed that nearly 60 percent of the voters supported it. Backers of the ban said the minarets are a symbol of militant Islam. Muslims comprise approximately five percent of the country’s population, more than double the number in the 1990s.

Although the minarets towers on Switzerland’s 160 mosques do not broadcast calls to prayer, Ulrich Schlueer, one of the organizations of the referendum, said, "Forced marriages and other things like cemeteries separating the pure and impure — we don't have that in Switzerland, and we do not want to introduce it.”

The campaign against the minarets featured a poster showing a woman in a burka, the Muslim dress that covers the body from neck to toe, with a background of minarets in the shape of missiles.

Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, who opposed the ban, told the website, “Its supporters say they are against minarets. But they want to fight what they consider creeping Islamicization and Sharia law.”

Source: Exit Polls: Swiss Ban Minarets, Muslim Extremism Feared - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Further Reading:

Moderate Muslim? Think again!

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The following is a testimony by a German apostate of Islam. It exposes three things:
  1. The consequences of becoming extremely religious and pious and the impact it will have on one's children. It does not matter whether it is Islam, Christianity or Hare Krsna. Becoming religious and pious, and then forcing your religiosity onto your children will distance them from you as a parent, and created immense hatred and remorse in them towards you. Everyone should have the freedom of religion, and that includes your own children. You may teach them your religion but if they don't wish to follow it, let them find what they want.

  2. Islam is a religion of brainwashing and deception. You are started with easy to digest milk and baby foods, which consist of nice and peaceful verses and the "beautiful" version of Islam. Finding them sweet and yummy, you subscribe to the deception by becoming a Muslim. Then you are fed more solid foods which are not so sweet, but "good for you." These include the harsher parts of everyday Islam. At first you will detest them, but soon you will excuse yourself into consuming them. Later on, you will reach a point where you will be fed the real Islam (which you once called fundamentalism, but now call true submission to Allah).

  3. Do not be fooled by the term "moderate Muslim." A so-called moderate Muslim is only being so to blend in with the non-Muslim world for the benefit of Islam. A Muslim is always under obligation to spread Islam and follow the teachings of the prophet, who was never a moderate. But in doing so, he is also required to use tactics (for example, "taqiyya") to maximise his impact on humankind in any Muslim activity he chooses to do. Hence being moderate is simply another one among the Muslims' tactics to spread Islam. Always remember that a moderate Muslim can become a fundamentalist any time in blink of an eye.
Islam was my Nightmare
By Jutta

I was born to a very pious Catholic family in Berlin . Nothing presaged that I would become a Muslim one day. On the contrary, everyone expected me to be a faithful Catholic throughout my life and pass down my faith to my children.

However, I had a very rebellious character and, like many adolescents, abominated everything my parents liked. I set a goal for myself to find a liberating religion different from that of my parents. I was convinced that nothing could be worse than Christianity with its oppressive teachings on women.

The religious atmosphere in my family was getting on my nerves. I was having heated arguments with my parents all the time because of my disagreement with some Christian teachings. They pressed me to be a better Christian; I rebelled and did the opposite.

Soon after my graduation from university, I met a young Muslim man of Turkish origin. We fell in love and soon got married. He was not a religious fanatic - he was absolutely secular, although he did observe some Islamic obligations (he fasted and prayed). He didn’t ask me to convert to his religion but he made it clear that he would like his children to be Muslims. I myself took great interest in his religion and customs. I expressed willingness to learn more about Islam.

He brought me some deceptive (as I know understand) books about the glory of Islam and benefits of being a Muslim woman. I read the books and grasped the “beauty” of this religion.

I was taught by my Christian parents that a woman had to submit to her husband and thus find God. My Muslim husband seemed to be so close to God without any help from priests and I was told that I didn’t have to get married and submit to my husband to find peace of mind and faith in God. I looked at my husband and blindly believed all those lies because he was such a nice man who was the living example of a decent Muslim man. When I prayed behind him, I felt I was getting closer to God and Heaven.

Looking back on those days, I see that I was just a stupid kid who drummed into herself that Islam was an ideal religion for all humankind. Perhaps I simply wanted to vex my pious parents whom I considered to be repressive monsters.

After I had converted, I was given some other books that were not as wonderful as previous ones. I learnt that I could be beaten by my husband, if he wasn’t satisfied with me. But in my addled mind I tried to find justifications for that commandment. Moreover, I was sure that my husband was incapable of hitting a woman.

I gave birth to our children who were sent to a kind of a kindergarten for Muslim children. I kept on working and didn’t want to give up my job. My husband supported me and told me that Islam actually encouraged women to work and have their own lives. I can’t understand how I could believe such downright lies.

A few years later he decided to perform Hajj. I was very excited and proud of him because, in fact, I was much more religious than my secular husband.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hanged for being a Christian in Iran

[Posting and emphases by blog co-author]

Hanged for being a Christian in Iran
Eighteen years ago, Rashin Soodmand's father was hanged in Iran for converting to Christianity. Now her brother is in a Mashad jail, and expects to be executed under new religious laws brought in this summer. Alasdair Palmer reports.

Published: 6:17PM BST 11 Oct 2008
Source: Hanged for being a Christian in Iran - Telegraph

A month ago, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled "Islamic Penal Code", which would codify the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith. Women would get life imprisonment. The majority in favour of the new law was overwhelming: 196 votes for, with just seven against.

Imposing the death penalty for changing religion blatantly violates one of the most fundamental of all human rights. The right to freedom of religion is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in the European Convention of Human Rights. It is even enshrined as Article 23 of Iran's own constitution, which states that no one may be molested simply for his beliefs.

And yet few politicians or clerics in Iran see any contradiction between a law mandating the death penalty for changing religion and Iran's constitution. There has been no public protest in Iran against it.

David Miliband, Britain's Foreign Secretary, stands out as one of the few politicians from any Western country who has put on record his opposition to making apostasy a crime punishable by death. The protest from the EU has been distinctly muted; meanwhile, Germany, Iran's largest foreign trading partner, has just increased its business deals with Iran by more than half. Characteristically, the United Nations has said nothing.

It is a sign of how little interest there is in Iran's intention to launch a campaign of religious persecution that its parliamentary vote has still not been reported in the mainstream media.

For one woman living in London, however, the Iranian parliamentary vote cannot be brushed aside. Rashin Soodmand is a 29-year-old Iranian Christian. Her father, Hossein Soodmand, was the last man to be executed in Iran for apostasy, the "crime" of abandoning one's religion. He had converted from Islam to Christianity in 1960, when he was 13 years old. Thirty years later, he was hanged by the Iranian authorities for that decision.

Hossein Soodmand (left), Rashin's father, 
was the last man to be executed in Iran for 
apostasy. Her brother Mashad is now 
in death row awaiting the same fate.

Today, Rashin's brother, Ramtin, is also held in a prison cell in Mashad, Iran's holiest city. He was arrested on August 21. He has not been charged but he is a Christian. And Rashin fears that, just as her father was the last man to be executed for apostasy in Iran, her brother may become one of the first to be killed under Iran's new law.

Not surprisingly, Rashin is desperately worried. "I am terribly anxious about him," she explains. "Even though my brother is not an apostate, because he has never been a Muslim – my father raised us all as Christians – I don't think he is safe. They assume that if you are Iranian, you must be Muslim."

Her brother's situation has ominous echoes of her father's fate. Rashin was 14 when her father was arrested. "He was held in prison for one month," she remembers. "Then the religious police released him without explanation and without apology. We were overjoyed. We thought his ordeal was over."

But six months later, the police came back and took her father away again. This time, they offered him a choice: he could denounce his Christian faith, and the church in which he was a pastor – or he would be killed. "Of course, my father refused to give up his faith," Rashid recalls proudly. "He could not renounce his God. His belief in Christ was his life – it was his deepest conviction." So two weeks later, Hossein Soodmand was taken by guards to the prison gallows and hanged.

Life for Rashin Soodmand, her siblings and 
her mother became extremely difficult after her 
father was executed in Iran for the 'crime' of 
abandoning his religion Photo: PAUL GROVER

Life for Rashin, her siblings and her mother became extremely difficult. Some Muslims are extremely hostile to people of any other religion, never mind to those who they consider apostates: Ayatollah Khomeini declared that "non-Muslims are impure", insisting that for Muslims to wash the clothes of non-Muslims, or to eat food with non-Muslims, or even to use utensils touched by non-Muslims, would spoil their purity.

The family was supported with financial and other help from a Christian church based in Iran. That support became even more critical as Rashin's mother began to lose her sight. Rashin herself was eventually able to leave Iran. She now lives in London, married to a fellow Christian from Iran who successfully applied for asylum in Germany.

It took years for Rashin to understand how her father could have been legally executed simply for becoming a Christian. In 1990, there was no parliamentary law mandating the death for apostates. What, then, was the legal basis for Hossein Soodmand's execution?

"After the revolution of 1979, Iran's rulers wanted to turn Iran into an Islamic state, and to abolish the secular laws of the Shah," explains Alexa Papadouris of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a human rights organisation that specialises in freedom of religion. "So the clerics instituted a mandate for judges presiding over criminal cases: if the existing penal code did not include legislation on whether a certain kind of behaviour is an offence, then the judges should refer to traditional Islamic jurisprudence." In other words: sharia law.

"That automatically created problems" says Mr Papadouris, "because Islamic jurisprudence is not codified law: it is a series of formulations developed across generations by scholars and clerics. Depending on the Islamic school or historical era, these formulations can differ and even contradict each other."

On one subject, however, sharia law is unequivocal: men who change their religion from Islam must be punished with death. So when the judge heard the case of Rashid's father, he could refer to sharia and reach a straightforward decision: the death penalty. There was no procedure for appeal.

Nevertheless, in the 18 years since Hossein Soodmand's execution, there have been no judicially sanctioned killings of apostates in Iran, although there have been many reports of disappearances and even murders. "As the number of converts from Islam grows," notes Ms Papadouris, "apostasy has again become a serious concern for the Iranian government." In addition to 10,000 Christian converts living in Iran, there are several hundred thousand Baha'is who are deemed apostates.

There is another factor: President Ahmadinejad. "The President didn't initiate the law mandating the death penalty for apostates," says Papadouris, "but he has been lobbying for it. It is an effective form of playing populist politics. The Iranian economy is doing very badly, and the country is in a mess: Ahmadinejad may be calculating that he can gain support, and deflect attention from Iran's problems, by persecuting apostates."

The new law is not yet in force in Iran: it requires another vote in parliament, and then the signature of the Ayatollah. But that could happen within a matter of weeks. "Or," says Papadouris, "it could conceivably be allowed to drop, were there a powerful enough international outcry".

Time may be running out for Rashin's brother. She believes that the new law will be applied in an arbitrary fashion, with individuals selected for death being chosen to frighten others into submission. That is why she fears for her brother. "We just don't know what will happen to him. We only know that if they want to kill him, they will."

Source: Hanged for being a Christian in Iran - Telegraph

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Say No to Sharia (or Shariah, or Syariah)

[Posting and underlined emphasis by blog co-author]

November 21 a successful day against Sharia and religious laws
Source: Successful rally against Sharia law in UK – 21 Nov 2009 - One law for all

Several hundred joined a rally in London’s Hyde Park organised by One Law for All to show their opposition to Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere and to demand universal rights and secularism.

At the rally, over 20 speakers and performers exposed the discriminatory and brutal nature of religious laws. They included Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Asad Abbas; International Humanist and Ethical Union’s Roy Brown; Secularist Ismail Einashe; Philosopher AC Grayling; Southall Black Sisters’ Rahila Gupta; MP Evan Harris; Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq’s Houzan Mahmoud; Lawyer Rony Miah; Campaigner Maryam Namazie; British Humanist Association’s Naomi Phillips; European Humanist Federation’s David Pollock; National Secular Society’s Terry Sanderson; Activist Muriel Seltman; Equal Rights Now’s Sohaila Sharifi; Organisation for the Defence of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq’s Issam Shukri; Iran Solidarity’s Bahar Milani; Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell; National Secular Society’s Keith Porteous Wood and the rally’s Master of Ceremonies, Iranian Secular Society’s Fariborz Pooya.

The rally heard from people with direct experiences of Sharia law, including Iranian-born activist Sohaila Sharifi and Somali-born secularist Ismail Einashe. Einashe spoke of his cousin who had been forced to remain in a violent marriage by the sham courts here in Britain. He said: ‘I wanted to tell you my cousin’s story to highlight that whatever the pro-Sharia lobby say, we know that there are women out there being abused, and sadly all too-often too afraid to come forward. The only ‘choice’ my cousin was given, was either to be separated from her children or remain in a violent marriage. She chose to stay in the marriage for the sake of her children… I don’t think this is a ‘choice’ – how can it be?’

Maryam Namazie, the One Law for All Spokesperson, also gave several examples of the legal compulsion involved in the decisions of the Muslim Arbitration Tribunals and Sharia Councils, particularly with regards [to] forced marriages, divorce and child custody. She went on to say that it was scandalous that countless women were relegated to kangaroo courts with lesser rights here in Britain and elsewhere.

Campaigner Peter Tatchell said: ‘Sharia law is a form of religious dogma and tyranny. It is homophobic, sexist and anti-democratic.’ Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society went on to say that: ‘Sharia law does not develop, it is fixed and immutable, but its interpretation is unpredictable, unregulated and subject to the whims and prejudices of individual practitioners.’

Many of the speakers spoke of the brutalities of Sharia in other countries. Issam Shukri from Iraq told the rally how Islamic militias linked to the cleric and MP Muqtada al-Sadr had executed dozens of women who they deemed to be improperly dressed because they were not fully covered head-to-toe in Iraq. Examples were also given of rights violations under Sharia in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, Somalia and elsewhere.

Activist Muriel Seltman condemned the cultural relativism that allows for religious laws to go unchallenged. She said: ‘What can be more racist than laying down different standards for different people in different societies? This is what is racist[,] not the criticism of barbaric practices.’

Many speakers criticised the right of religion to special status to undermine fundamental human rights. David Pollock of the European Humanist Federation said: ‘Sharia courts seek to provide a parallel legal system… Arguments for Sharia law are based on the concept of group rights. And group rights are inherently hostile to human rights.’ MP Evan Harris condemned the government for giving privileged advisory status on policy and legislation to often unrepresentative faith leaders. Lawyer Rony Miah said: ‘Having separate systems of law for different communities are no different from separate faith schools; it will only lead to a fragmenting of communities – not cohesion.’

Rahila Gupta of Southall Black Sisters added: ‘accommodating alternative systems of justice is not about choice or tolerance in a pluralistic society; it is not about Muslim women’s autonomy. These demands emerge from fundamentalist politics however they are dressed up.’

Roy Brown of the International Humanist and Ethical Union spoke about how Islamic states are behind the demand for more religious laws and the banning of any criticism of Islam. He said: Sharia law [in Britain] is but a small part of a worldwide campaign to replace international law with Islamic law… The acceptance of Sharia law for the settlement of family disputes in Britain is just one small part of a global problem.’

Maryam Namazie said that Sharia courts and councils were extensions of the political Islamic movement – not the demand of Muslims or those labelled as such – and resistance to it was global as well. She told the crowd: ‘Sharia adversely affects the rights, lives and freedoms of countless human beings across the world. Opposing Sharia law is a crucial step in defending universal equal rights and secularism, and showing real solidarity with people living under and resisting Sharia.’ Fariborz Pooya added that ‘people living under Sharia law are the first victims and at the same time the first line of resistance against it and must be defended.’

Writer AC Grayling went on to say: ‘The principle of one law for all, with everyone equal before the law, is a vital one for a genuine democracy. The One Law For All campaign is doing an urgently needed job of protecting those who, hidden behind the veil of Sharia or other religious ‘courts’, risk injustice, abuse, and deprivation of rights.’

During the rally, Bahar Milani and Richard Francis of Iran Solidarity led an act against child executions. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only state that continues to execute minors. At least 130 juveniles are on death row in Iran, including for homosexuality, apostasy, sex outside of marriage and involvement in school or street fights that have resulted in murder.

Throughout the event, there were performances from poets AK47, Lilith and Christine from the Anti-Injustice Movement and Selina Jus1jam from Yorkshire as well as musician Fari B and singer/songwriter David Fisher.

On the day, many others took part in simultaneous acts of solidarity with the rally and its demands in 23 countries across the globe, namely Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. In Serbia and Montenegro, Women in Black held a number of film events in support of women’s rights in Afghanistan. In Baghdad, 500 leaflets were distributed in defence of secularism and universal rights. In Canada, several acts took place, including a rally and a column written in a local paper. The Secular Humanist League of Brazil, The Peace and Freedom Party of San Francisco and the Brussels Humanist Society amongst others issued press releases and an artist in the Netherlands contributed their artwork to the campaign. In Ibadan, Nigeria, leaflets saying ‘no to faith-based laws’ were distributed on the streets and at markets. In Pakistan, those trying to take part in an act were brutally beaten.

The protest was covered by several media outlets including on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme. To hear the report, click here BBC Radio 4 about Rally

Peter Tatchell also wrote a piece entitled Just say no to Sharia in Guardian’s Comment is Free on the rally published Nov 20.

One Law for All will continue to push for an end to Sharia and religious laws in Britain. In the coming year, the campaign aims to conduct a survey of women who have been to Sharia courts here, will hold a fundraiser dinner on January 28, 2010 to raise money for the campaign; will host a March 8, 2010 seminar with legislators, lawyers and campaigners to recommend the legal and legislative avenues to ban Sharia and religious courts in Britain; will organise a June 20, 2010 rally against Sharia law; and will hold an October 10, 2010 conference on Sharia Law and Apostasy amongst other activities.

To support the campaign, please send a cheque made payable to One Law for All or donate via Paypal via our website. Photos and video footage of the rally speeches and performances as well as media coverage can be be seen on the website.

Source: Successful rally against Sharia law in UK – 21 Nov 2009 - One law for all

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm free!

Please read my testimony first if you have not read it yet: Sweetness and Sufferings: About Me

With all the blessings and prayers from every member of the FFI, I am glad and excited to let you know that I am finally free. I took the best chance I got and ran away from my parents. It was a huge risk, but I had no choice. Once I changed my name and identity, I made my way to another country and found a family who welcomed me.

During my phone calls, my father tried to justify his behaviour for 'punishing' me. He even had the cheek to claim I dressed indecently during the times I was so-called 'free'. In reality, I dressed very decently with long jeans and t-shirts. When after days I still hadn't returned home, he started threatening me that it's either I return home or never at all and that it was my last chance. I laughed thinking how happy I would be if he left me just like that after I hung up.

Anyway the terrible days are over. Right now I'm in a new country with my new family and yes I'm very happy indeed. Even their dog has welcomed me. -Smiles- I have all my thanks go to Ali Sina and all FFI members for supporting and wanting to help me. The encouragement you all gave me during my ordeal times was so necessary to lift my hopes. So thank you so much Ali and all members for your support and encouragement. -Smiles-

The above post is also posted here: Comment #26038 - Sweetness and Sufferings | Islam | FaithFreedom

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Do our parents own us?

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A beautiful write-up that is a must read for every parent and child alike. Not only that, but for every one who is in love with the right person, but facing 100% certain rejection (and maybe even torturous punishment) from their family. Take note that all underlined emphasis are mine and not from original source.

Fear of Freedom
Submitted by Ali Sina on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 13:32
Source: Fear of Freedom | Islam | FaithFreedom
Hello Ali sina,
I am Samara (name changed by Ali Sina) a medical student here in USA. I am writing this letter, as my last resort for my problems.
I am an immigrant, came here, with my family. My issue is, that I have fallen in love with a hindu guy, and me being born in a muslim family. I have always thought as a child that I would marry a muslim, but never thought that i would be totally in love with a hindu.
I am so torn apart between islam, family and my man.
I am totally against muslim rules and restrictions, and after reading your site, am completely a huge fan of you.
Sometimes I think about leaving Islam, but feel very guilty about it.
I love my family, and feel very pressurized by them, to marry a muslim man of their choice.
I am totally against arranged marriages.
Please help me out. What do I do?
Please reply me, as you are my last resort.
I would probably end my life without having my man with me :(
Thank you

Hi Samara,
Before I answer you, let me tell you, how they train elephants in Asia
In Southeast Asia, methods for taming elephants have been developed and fine-tuned over thousands of years. When a wild elephant is caught (khedda), it is first tied up alongside several experienced working elephants (kumies) and dragged to a training ground.

This is the beginning of a bitter and cruel "breaking-in" program. This stage lasts for about one week and is meant to achieve the young wild elephant's total submission to the will of man.
How are wild elephants broken in?
The elephant, still wild, is tied to a wooden frame or between two tree trunks where he is unable to move. And it is thus, tearing at the ropes and flailing with his trunk, that he is introduced to his mahout. In order to break it in, the young elephant is repeatedly stuck with an elephant hook and beaten. At the same time, the mahout talks to him in a calming voice.

Fear, pain, thirst and hunger finally make the elephant give up all resistance. When the elephant begins to accept its fate, the mahouts allow it to take a bath in a river and to eat, although it continues to be tied to a working elephant throughout.
After a few weeks, the young elephant will be tame enough to be led, still shackled and supervised by several mahouts, but no longer accompanied by working elephants.
After this "initiation phase", the elephant starts its proper training to become a working elephant. (Source)
This is not unlike how Muslims are reduced into submission. Humans are born with free spirit. However, those who are unlucky enough to be born into Islamic families and those who are foolish enough to fall into the trap of Islam at a later age are reduced into submission in the same way that elephants are tamed. Their free spirit is broken in and they become submissive slaves.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hindu wedding for runaway Muslim

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Below is an account of a Muslim girl who followed her heart and not her demented religion. Though she still calls her a Muslim, she has married a Hindu student. This effectively means she is no longer a Muslim. Anyway, read the article below about their beautiful love story with happy endings, but especially pay attention to the underlined emphasis of certain parts. It clearly shows the shallow thinking and illogical reasoning of the Muslim mind, and can be considered one of the best examples of how Muslims try to justify their own evilness by calling every good thing evil. Also it shows how they value religious piety above everything else. This teenager girl's parents don't care whether she runs away or not, but they cannot bear that she married a non-Muslim - the love of her life, a Hindu man.

Delhi wedding for runaway Romeo and Juliet
By Shekhar Bhatia
Published: 12:01AM BST 16 Sep 2006
Source: Delhi wedding for runaway Romeo and Juliet - Telegraph

A Muslim teenager who fell in love with a Hindu student on the internet has fled her home in Britain against her parents' wishes and married him in India.

The clandestine affair between Subia Gaur, 18, and her boyfriend Ashwani Gupta, 22, has provoked intense media interest on the subcontinent and captured the imagination of the Indian public, who turned up in their hundreds to watch the ceremony.

The traditional Hindu wedding, which took place in Mr Gupta's home town of Ghaziabad, near Delhi, on Monday, was broadcast on television throughout India.

Miss Gaur, from Plaistow, east London, met her husband three years ago in an internet chatroom. They exchanged photographs, began talking secretly through the night and fell in love.

The relationship was conducted in secret for many months before Miss Gaur travelled to India to meet Mr Gupta for the first time, on the pretence of visiting her grandparents in Bombay.

"I knew the first time I met Ashwani in person that he was the one I was going to marry," she said from her new home in India. "It is hard for people to understand what we have been through. My family have put a lot of pressure on me and I didn't want to hurt them, but I had to be with the man that I love.

"Religion doesn't matter. I am Muslim and he is Hindu. I am not converting and he doesn't want me to. Ashwani and his family have accepted me for who I am."

When Miss Gaur's family discovered the relationship while she was studying for her A-Levels at a sixth-form college, she claims they pressed her into ending it. They had planned an arranged wedding for her with a Muslim. But Miss Gaur defied them and flew secretly last month to Delhi to marry Mr Gupta. Her mother, discovering she had gone, took a flight the next day to persuade her to return home. Miss Gaur claims that she and Mr Gupta, who is studying to become a financial analyst, were forced to go into hiding until they could marry.

They were given police protection after claiming that they received threats from her family, an allegation they have denied.

In turn, Miss Gaur's family told police she had been abducted.

After police interviewed the bride-to-be, officers were instructed to ensure that her family were prevented from hindering the marriage.

"I knew they would never accept Ashwani so I decided to go to India," she said. "We thought if we got married then they wouldn't be able to take me back.

"I was a normal 18-year-old Londoner before this. I never wanted the attention that I have received. I couldn't believe 1,000 people turned up uninvited to the wedding because they saw our story on the news. But if there is someone else in my position I hope my story gives them the courage to follow their heart."

Miss Gaur's father, Abdul, 46, a shop manager, fainted at his home in Newham, east London, when he was interviewed about his daughter's fate. He believed she had been "brainwashed".

The first he knew of the wedding, he said, was when he and his wife, Fameeda, 37, turned on an Indian satellite television channel at their home.

"She is a Muslim above all and she has married a Hindu and that is the most shocking thing about this — not that she has lied to us and married against our wishes," he said, weeping.

"I have two daughters and a young boy and we keep a very close watch on them to protect them. Subia likes London and designer perfumes and clothes. But the girls are teenagers and were not allowed out after school or college and certainly not near any men. But we could do nothing to protect our daughter from the evil of the internet. While we slept at night, this evil came into our home and has led to our daughter marrying a Hindu boy."

Mr Gaur denied he and his wife had made threats to kidnap Subia. "She is part of my body, my first-born child and it is madness to say that we could harm her."

Mr Ashwani's father, BB Gupta, admitted that he was concerned his daughter-in-law was too young to marry but said the couple were determined to go ahead and it was better to allow it than have them run away.

"We are reconciled to it and happy to have her in the household," he said. "It doesn't matter that she is a Muslim."

Source: Delhi wedding for runaway Romeo and Juliet - Telegraph

Monday, November 23, 2009

Umm Qirfa

Umm Qirfa was an old woman, chief to her pagan tribe, Banu Fazarah, at Wadi Al-Qurrah. Her story was probably the most gruesome happenings that could ever occur upon a woman. Her story could bring thousands of women to tears.

The incident took place almost ten years after Muhammad hijrah to Medina, in 622AD. Muhammad sent his ex-adopted son Zaid bin Harith to raid Umm Qirfa’s Pagan tribe. It was a sudden and unplanned attack. Ibn Ishaq, the first authentic biographer of Muhammad gives us the details in his Sirat Rasul Allah (History of Prophet Muhammad):
Zayd B. Haritha’s raid on Banu Fazara and the Death of Umm Qirfa
Zayd also raided Wadi-al-Qurra where he met Banu Fazara and some of his companions were killed; he himself carried wounded from the field. Ward b. Amr b. Madash one of B. Sad b. Hudhayl was killed by one of B. Badr whose name Sa’d b. Hudhaym. When Zayd came he swore that he would use no ablution until he raided B. Fazara; and when he recovered from his wounds the apostle sent him against them with a force. He fought them in Wadi-al-Qurra and killed some of them. Qays b. al-Musahhar al-Yamuri killed Mas’ada b. Hakama b. Malik b. Hudhayfa b. Badr and Umm Qirfa Fatima was taken prisoner. She was a very old woman, wife of Malik. Her daughter and Abdulla b. Mas’ada were also taken. Zaid ordered Qays b al-Musahhar to kill Umm Qirfa and he killed her cruelly.
“And he killed her cruelly”. The cruel method used by the holy warriors of Muhammad to kill Umm Qirfa is described in Al-Tabari: “By putting a rope into her two legs and to two camels and driving them until they rent her in two.”

The brutal murder of an old woman were muted with the hadith, but reveal within the Sirah (history) of Ibn Ishaq.

How can someone have the heart to brutally murder an old woman in such a way? When I read of this brutal account, I laid beyond shock at such an incident practised. Where was Islam’s justice?

Then I started wondering, what wrong did this woman do that created her a horrifying death?

I searched through sites after sites and even sat reading an old school book of mine, Al-Sirah Al-Nabawiyyah. None provide me any specific misdoing of Umm Qirfa. In fact, she did no wrong at all.

But the reason was very clear indeed. This brutal murder that took place upon this woman was only for one reason. Because she was a leader of her tribe and Muhammad does not approve of any woman leading as stated within the Hadith from Al-Bukhari:
Volume 9, Book 88, Number 219:
Narrated Abu Bakra:

During the battle of Al-Jamal, Allah benefited me with a Word (I heard from the Prophet). When the Prophet heard the news that the people of the Persia had made the daughter of Khosrau their Queen (ruler), he said, "Never will succeed such a nation as makes a woman their ruler."
Muhammad is proved to hate having a woman who leads. He finds it as a dishonor for men. For this very reason and to support the above hadith he had stated, he sent his ex-adopted son to kill Umm Qirfa who leads her tribe.

Not only did he just leave it there, after her brutal death, Umm Qirfa was chopped by her murderers and beheaded. Her head was then brought forward to Muhammad as a gift who sent it off parading all over Medina, so as to make sure every woman is aware that such a fate will befall on them if they ever decide to lead.

The parading of the head of Umm Qirfah was a warning.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Muslim gives lecture on true Islam

[Posted by blog co-author]

If you must realize the evils of Islam, you have to hear it from a devout Muslim himself. Check out the slides of Hasan's "The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military". If you don't know who Hasan is, search for 'Fort Hood killings.' Here's an analysis:

Slide 3: Islam means submission, surrender and to resign oneself. Notice how it doesn't mean peace, but Hasan conveniently throws in some Syriac to make it seem like Islam means peace. Syriac has never been the language of Islam.

Slide 4: It is clear from this slide that Islam's ultimate objective is Islamic political rule and implementation of Sharia law. Hasan makes it clear that there should be no separation of church (mosque) and state. [There was never a Christian political rule, a Hindu political rule, or a Buddhist political rule. Religion is a personal affair. Therefore Islam is not a religion but a political ideology.] Also note how Fatwa is defined as legal opinions by Islamic leaders/scholars. Remember that no-one is allowed to question these opinions issued as laws.

Slide 5: Hasan acknowledges that Jihad means a holy war, a struggle against the infidels (non-Muslims).

Statistics slides: Not sure how much of these statistics are correct. I don't want to comment on any of them, but at least he didn't claim there are more Muslims than Christians in the world.

Slide 11: Apparently, Hasan is unhappy about the US Muslim clerics issuing vague (politically correct) fatwas which are not on par with the crisp and clear (Koranically correct) fatwas issued by non-US scholars. He also goes on to say that it hurts him bad to see Muslims in the military being engaged against fellow Muslims. [Do they ever care about non-Muslims the way they care so much about one of their own?]

Slide 12: "whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell..." what about one who kills a non-believer? How biased the Koran is.

Slide 13: A religion is controlling someone and preventing him from defending his own country, and protecting his own neighbours. Is such a religion worth following?

Slide 16: If verses were revealed as situations/events presented, how does Koran become the book for all times? Oh, the irony.

Slide 17: What's the real difference between abrogation and substitution? Some Muslims use the first verse to claim there is no abrogation. But substitution and abrogation is essentially the same. One question remains. Why does allah have to reveal something for a situation now, and substitute it with something else for another situation later on?

Slide 18: Fear of hell-fire: the blood that runs in the veins of Islam.

Slides 19, 20: Hasan shows how easy it is to be a Muslim. Well, he thinks Gabriel and Michael are angles (think trigonometry!)

Slide 23: One thought I had here is how Muslims blame non-Muslims for taking verses out of context, and taking only parts of verses. Here and in many other slides, Hasan is doing the same. But we must also remember that almost all of the Koran (Qur'an) has no context anyway. Also note how Hasan tries to sympathise with Jews/Christians by touching on Abraham in his presentation.

Slide 25: It is clear here that there is no forgiveness in Islam. You will be called apes, despised and hated for breaking laws. You will be cursed by allah. Yes, by the merciful and forgiving allah!

Slide 26: Ok, so allah does seem to forgive. But wait, "he punishes whom he wills, and shows mercy to who [sic] he wills." So, is our seeking his forgiveness going to change his will? Give these verses a little thought and it becomes clear that our cries for forgiveness are useless in front of allah. Oh, btw you must remember that you have to be a Muslim in the first place even to have the faint hope that you would be forgiven. Otherwise you are going to hell anyway.

Slide 27: Once again, the blood of Islam: F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real.

Slides 28, 29, 30: To be dressed in silk, to be in a comfortable weather, to have fruits to eat, to own silver and precious crystals, to drink wine, to have a spring in your backyard, to have boys as your servants (slaves, sex slaves?), to have dominion, to own green silk and gold embroidery, to be served drinks by allah (wow!) -- all of these are desires of the flesh. So why are they fulfilled in the Islamic concept of 'Paradise'? Question is, why is Paradise a place to fulfil the forbidden selfish desires of our flesh, and not a place to be free from these desires and altruistically praise God (as Christianity puts it)?

Slide 34: Funny. If you end up in hell fire, and you want to get out, you'd think you can please allah to get out. Hold on a second, allah decides if he wants to be pleased by you or not. Most likely, he wouldn't want to be pleased by you, my dear kafir (infidel). He's more pleased to see you roast in the fire!

Slide 35: Here comes the glaring point in the whole presentation. Peaceful verses no longer apply! According to Hasan, a devout Muslim, peaceful verses were 'revealed' in Mecca to deliver the message and gain followers. After emigration to Medina, self defense abrogated (substituted?) these verses. Then offensive fighting was allowed. Hasan makes it clear that offensive fighting was allowed. Please take note of this! Muslim apologetics love to claim that only self-defense is allowed in Qur'an. Finally he ends the slide with the reminder that Islamic rule had once spread from Morocco/Spain to India/China, all through offensive fighting.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Turkish apostate of Islam from Germany

[Posted by blog co-author]

The following video has been transcribed for easy reading.
You can find the transcription below the video.

I've only known the world through the mosque or the Turks or the Muslims. German kids or families, I knew nothing about that.
Betuel is 23, single, and was born and raised in Germany. She began her university studies in chemistry one year ago.
When I was young, I wanted to wear a headscarf, because my mother wore a headscarf and kids often want to do things they see their mothers do. Also, it wasn't as though I looked any different from the other kids in my community.
Betuel's parents, who immigrated to Germany from Turkey, are deeply religious. Since Betuel was five, she wore a headscarf, prayed five times a day, and attended a Koran school every weekend.
I embraced the fundamentalist idea since I was a kid. I accepted and believed everything that I was told. I never questioned the preaching, even if they were preaching hate. My parents deemed them righteous and irreproachable, and I simply accepted that.
In Betuel's childhood years, she had no exposure to the life outside of the Turkish community. This was the case even in her elementary school. She was raised in an isolated, religious, fundamentalist environment and spoke very little German. It was only when she entered high school that her classmates were predominantly German, and she was introduced to the world outside the strict teachings of her religion and her community.
In high school, I distanced myself from my German classmates who were Christians. I didn't want anything to do with these awful, unbelieving Germans, whom I believed were going straight to hell. They avoided me too; I dressed differently and had different beliefs and views on everything. So, the hate and rejection went both ways – from my side and from their side also.
Betuel, however, could not bear her role of being an 'outsider' forever. She no longer wanted to cover herself. But she knew her parents would never allow this. Nor would they allow her reading secular books, listening to music, or meeting friends. All were forbidden. The gap between her life and that of her classmates were very clear.
Then I started to wonder about the things other kids were allowed to do, even the simplest things such as going shopping with friends or going out to eat an ice cream. I wondered if there was any logic or sense in my not being allowed to partake in such activities, whether it really was 'dangerous' for me, as told by my parents or if it's rather nonsensical that I am forbidden from doing any of these harmless, normal activities.
When Betuel turned thirteen, her doubts against the Islamic teachings grew. She went to her Koran school less frequently, and eventually, stopped going. By this time, living with her family members in the same household became increasingly difficult.
Not only did I want to listen to secular music, I wanted to also go out and attend concerts, go to the theatre. And do what I felt like doing. To wear whatever I wanted to wear and to think what I wanted to think – the urge to do so grew. And when I noticed that I was not allowed to do any of these things as a result of being locked up in a small, restricted world, then came the doubt. I thought to myself, what can I do about this, what can I do to change?

The only solution was to tell my parents that I did not see everything the way they saw things. For example, I was very curious with natural science. But because of my religion, I never even considered for a moment about theories such as evolution. Whereas, stories about Adam and Eve, and all others, I had to accept with no question. Even though there were things that are simply incompatible with our scientific explanations today.
Left alone with her doubts, she could no longer bear to hide her longing for freedom. When she was nineteen, she told her mother the truth, and told her that she wanted to stop wearing her headscarf and stop believing in Islam.
My mother tried to tell me that she sometimes felt the same way when she was young, but that, we must suppress such thoughts, regardless of how often these thoughts try to tempt us. She told me it was not uncommon to have these thoughts. Then I tried to make it clear to her that this was not just a temporary distraction. What I meant was for good.
Things did not go well. Difficulty lay ahead of her, particularly one summer when Betuel and her family went to visit Turkey, their homeland. There, Betuel's parents explained to her their real plan: her passport would be taken away; she would remain in Turkey and attend a Koran school there, so that she would come to her senses, eventually.
Only with her uncle's intervention, she was able to return to Germany. Shortly after that, she left her parents' home permanently, and found a Germany family to live with. There she received attention and support she always longed for. She finished her Abitur (final high school exam) and entered the university to study chemistry.
What I needed the most and considered the most important, was to have someone who would show patience and understanding with me – someone who is willing to stand by me and actually try to understand me. I needed someone to tell me that what I was doing was in fact not 'wrong', but right. The first time I removed my headscarf, when I felt the wind blow through my hair; that was such a lovely feeling. I still remember it very well.
She has not completely been able to shake off all the ethical and moral requirements of the religion she grew up with. They act as a blockade, as she tries to move on and enjoy her new life.
It also takes a bit of time, to get used to all the changes, such as, being confident and being able to stand on one's own, and having the freedom to dress nicely, dress freely, and even wear bikinis, like the other girls do, which was a bit difficult for me to get used to, because here you show a lot of skin. It’s completely different from what I was used to in the past, where I had to be covered as much as possible. But at the same time, it makes one feel very free.
Today she feels rather distant from the Turkish community and its people she knows that they would not approve of her new life as it brings dishonour.
Within the Turkish circle, people are still very conservative. It is very important to remain single/virgin. If one was to have a boyfriend then people would be quick to judge and give you a disapproving look. There are always these very rigid behavioural standards/ideas that women are supposed to adhere to, which aren't fully compatible with that of mine.
Despite the dispute with her parents, Betuel has nevertheless kept some sporadic contact with her family. Most of all, she would like to see her little sister. But she does not speak of her previous life, her previous thoughts, and her previous friends. They remain a taboo.
My biggest wish is for my relationship with my parents to be better, for them to accept my life as it is now, and for them to tell me what they understand.
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