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Quote ummziba Replybullet Topic: Poor knowledge of Islam
    Posted: 13 August 2005 at 6:10am

Assalamu alaikum,

It seems that poor knowledge of Islam is running rampant around the world.  Here is yet more evidence of this:

Activists speak out against sharia
Trio of women under threat

Dutch writer sees dire results ahead


Three women facing death threats appeared in public under heavy security last night to denounce a provincial move that would allow Muslims here to settle family disputes in accordance with religious laws, outside the court system.

The activists, including Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, say the religious laws known as sharia discriminate against women. "Why, if you have equal rights in Canada, would you take them away from Muslim women?" Hirsi Ali asked.

She was joined by Homa Arjomand and Irshad Manji in a University of Toronto auditorium for an event in support of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada.

Hirsi Ali scripted a controversial film on women and Islam called Submission, whose director, Theo van Gogh, was killed on an Amsterdam street last November because of its critical view of how Muslim women are treated within their religion. The Dutch-born Muslim later convicted left a note pinned to van Gogh's body with a knife, threatening Hirsi Ali's life.

Arjomand, who fled Iran in 1989, heads the campaign to stop sharia in Ontario.

Toronto journalist Manji has also written and spoken critically about the treatment of Muslim women. All three women have received death threats.

Sharia, a broad set of laws derived from the Qur'an and sayings of Mohammed, is being considered in a limited way under Ontario's Arbitration Act, a law that allows religious groups such as Catholics and Orthodox Jews to mediate marital and family disputes as long as all participants agree and rulings don't contravene Canadian law.

But opponents say women will be treated unfairly if it's used. "All religions Judaism, Christianity, Islam in dealing with family law tend to discriminate against women," Hirsi Ali said. "Sharia law is very explicit. Men are guardians of women. Women are supposed to take permission from their husbands."

Submission was screened at the event. In one vignette, a Muslim woman has sex with her boyfriend. He leaves her and she is flogged. "That's what sharia would look like," Hirsi Ali said


Hatred of Islam and ignorance of Islam are some of the signs of the coming of the Hour.  May Allah keep Islam firm in the hearts of the believers.

Peace, ummziba.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they break my soul ~
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Quote Knowledge01 Replybullet Posted: 13 August 2005 at 9:15am

Alot of people who think they know about Islam, Muslims and non Muslims alike, talk to the media and tell what they think they know and end up spreading lies.  Some people go on the media to deliberately spread lies.  This is why we need the scholars of our ummah to step up and tell people what Islam is really about, because Muslims are being attacked on all fronts.

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