FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF “DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH”

Ex-Jemaah Islamiya member turned Muslim reformist Tawfik Hamid on Islamophobia:

Muslims must ask what prompts this “phobia” in the first place. When we in the West examine the worldwide atrocities perpetrated daily in the name of Islam, it is vital to question if we – Muslims – should lay the blame on others for Islamophobia or if we should first look hard at ourselves …

To bring an end to Islamophobia, we must employ a holistic approach that treats the core of the disease. It will not suffice to merely suppress the symptoms. It is imperative to adopt new Islamic teachings that do not allow killing apostates (Redda Law). Islamic authorities must provide mainstream Islamic books that forbid polygamy and beating women. Accepted Islamic doctrine should take a strong stand against slavery and the raping of female war prisoners, as happens in Darfur under the explicit canons of Shariah (“Ma Malakat Aimanikum”). Muslims should teach, everywhere and universally, that a woman’s testimony in court counts as much as a man’s, that women should not be punished if they marry whom they please or dress as they wish.

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Posted by Tim B. on 05/26/2007 at 11:07 AM
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