• Posted on June 9, 2017 10:58 pm
    DeborahJamil
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    "We know the Muslim Brotherhood on one hand, the Salafists on the other hand, try slowly and then constantly to re-Islamise the Muslim population of France and turn it against the Republic. It has been said overtly by many mouths, many clerics of Muslim confessions. I think it's a risk because France is a privileged target. If France swings over to the re-Islamisation of French Muslim citizens it would be a victory for all the fundamentalists." -Pascal Bruckner on BBC Hardtalk with Stephen Sackur Many Muslims are like my husband who was born into a Muslim family but never really got into the religion himself. He was too busy with his schooling and work. He found Quranic memorization and performing the rituals uninteresting. Since he went to boarding school and studied abroad, his family did not have the opportunity to indoctrinate him as much as they would have liked. It was this background that made our East/West, Muslim/Christian marriage possible. But after we had our first child, things changed. His family told him he would be in Hell if his children were not raised Muslim, and he believed them. That was the beginning of our descent into Hell. We went so far down that it has taken years of effort, with the help of others, for our family to begin to climb out of it. And that effort has been most challenging for the children who knew little else. To avoid Hell, Prophet Muhammed's advice was to teach them about Islam; however, over the centuries, Islam has become Islamism, or religiously-veiled politics. The Muslim scholars have managed to take something that most definitely is not a duck and make it look like a duck, swim like a duck and sound like a duck, convincing great numbers of people that this dangerous creature is a duck. Islamism is not Islam, but a poisonous ideology that fatally poisons every kind of relationship. Re-Islamization is the act of sucking people into the jaws of the poisonous ideology of Islamism through someone familiar with it. This ideology teaches that music, art, poetry, and "non-Islamic" reading/writing are forbidden for a "true believer." If you do any of this, you are an "unbeliever," even if you are a "Muslim."

    Islamism
  • Posted on July 8, 2013 9:39 pm
    DeborahJamil
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    The issue of conversion comes up whenever a Muslim wants to marry someone from outside their community (non-Muslims according to them since they firmly believe Prophet Muhammed came to divide the world into Muslim and non-Muslim camps). If the Muslim is male he is allowed to marry "people of the book"--Christian and Jewish women--and these women are not required to convert to Islam. These days that may last until they have children. But if the Muslim is a woman, then she is only allowed to marry a Muslim male, so the man from outside the community is told he must convert to Islam before they get married. First, Prophet Muhammed used the terms "accept" and "embrace," not "convert." Next, conversion did exist in Christianity and Judaism, and if the man was Christian or Jewish the Muslim woman would be expected to convert to and go the way of her husband's religion. The Christian or Jewish woman was not required to convert because Prophet Muhammed was not at war with the Christians and Jews--they were allies in the war against his own pagan tribe. His unhappiness with Christians and Jews stemmed from the fact they had not already fought to end harmful pagan practices, especially that of human sacrifice, when their own scriptures made it clear that this was a priority. It is ironic that the very divisive practice of conversion Prophet Muhammed was attempting to discourage has been adopted wholeheartedly by the Muslim community that claims to love, respect, and emulate him.

    Freedom of Thought
  • Posted on December 21, 2012 12:36 am
    DeborahJamil
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    Someone suggested that I should post on other blogs, then searched and found one with a number of followers on the subject of Islam--muslimmatters.org.  It sounded hopeful at first because a title "Mosques are Missing the Point" was at the top of the page. I was scrolling down through the posts when my youngest daughter (18) came up behind me and read the title I had just come to: "Quandary of Female Vaginal Discharge: Pure or Impure?" Her brow furrowed and she asked, "What the hell is this?" From where I am now "this" can send me into gales of laughter. Then my oldest daughter phoned and when I explained the situation her response was, "They will never let you onto one of these sites--they will kick you off." My answer was, "Oh, I don't know, it seems to be a pretty advanced place--they are talking about things like vaginal discharge openly, and they even have a topic called 'Got a Survival Kit? Help for Muslim Apostates.'" Then I read the article, and my daughter was right.  Actually, this site is a good example of where I used to be before my life came crashing down and the only one who made sense on the topic of religion was Christopher Hitchens. It's the point of view--the authors on such sites see themselves as "inside" Islam while everyone else is "outside" Islam.

    Religion