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bubblyshades @ 07:56 pm: A dialog between Muslims and non-Muslims
Hi there,

I'm a college student interested in culture and bridging gaps between different communities. This semester I am taking a class called Islam Today, wherein we study and discuss issues in the Middle East and Islam. These issues include 9/11, women in Islam, the Middle East conflict, Arab culture, and so on.

One of my assignments is to interview Muslims and see what they think about the matters we discuss in class. I was wondering if anyone here would like to share your opinions with me? I am always looking to open my mind, and to advance my understanding of global events and issues and of different religions and cultures. I would appreciate any insight you have.


Below are some of my questions. I look forward to hearing your guys' thoughts.
1. Unfortunately, Islam is a widely and grossly misunderstood religion. How big a role do you think the (Western) media has in producing or reinforcing this gross misrepresentation?
2. What is your stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
3. It is sometimes easy to confuse culture with religion. In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive. Upon learning of this, many people would jump to the conclusion that Islam looks down on women, when in reality the religion teaches respect for them. How do you suggest breaking down the stereotype that Muslim women have no rights nor respect in their communities?
4. Certain countries have banned the hijab (France, Turkey). What is your opinion on this issue? Should women have the right to choose to wear the hijab? Do you think that freedom to wear a hijab is a relevant issue in Islam, considering other issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, go
5. Do you think 9/11 and the consequent War on Terrorism has affected the global ties between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities? If yes, how so?
6. Do you think peace in the Middle East is possible? However long it might take? Why or why not?
7. What are some major differences between progessive Muslims and conservative Muslims? In terms of beliefs and values.

Anything else you would like to add to the dialog is welcome. Thank you all.

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From:southernbrother
Date:March 30th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)

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4. Certain countries have banned the hijab (France, Turkey). What is your opinion on this issue? Should women have the right to choose to wear the hijab? Do you think that freedom to wear a hijab is a relevant issue in Islam, considering other issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, go

Banning the Hijab is just a way for them to show their enemity and closed-mindedness and intolerance towards people with other beliefs. They are behaving in the manner which they claim Muslims behave. We are a very open people who are perfectly fine with living with other religious beliefs in our midsts. However these people are proving to be political jack-asses and nothing more. Turkey is trying to suck up to the EU just so they can be let in and is wanting to say, "Hey look we can be like you too!" However things in turkey are looking better now a days. The west has no grounds to talk about "islam not giving people or women their rights" when they are clearly violating the rights of their own citizens which THEY themselves have given them.

Also the hijab has nothing to do with the Arab-Israeli conflict, I don't know where that came from. But hijab is a must for every Muslim woman. If she doesn't know that, she hasn't read the Book of God which she claims to believe in. It is very clear in there and it is a command from our God.

Let me put it this way, if God communicated with you and told you to do something, would you say no? If He Himself spoke to you and said, "I want to you do such and such thing." You know that He is only going to tell you what is best for you and He is speaking to you Himself! This is the Quran. It is the word of God. If He tells us to do something, who are we to say no? And why on earth would we say no? Its a religious duty and an obligation. If a woman doesn't want to wear hijab, that's fine, don't wear it but she should never say "I have the right to not wear it." That is ridiculous because Islamically, you don't have the right to say NO to God... If you are saying NO just acknowledge that it is your own sin and mistake and do not say that God is wrong for obligating it.

Alhamdulillah, women now a days are choosing to wear the hijab anyways. There are even non-Muslim women who wear the hijab... i think one of them has a youtube channel as well.

5. Do you think 9/11 and the consequent War on Terrorism has affected the global ties between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities? If yes, how so?

Global ties between muslim and non-muslim countries were affected long before that my friend. this history goes back a long time. the west has always had an unfair policy towards muslim nations, in my opinion. that is why many people, and many of them non-muslims, spoke out after 9/11 and said this was the work of a flawed policy. if you back up an animal into a corner it will attack. its not a question of "right or wrong" because people don't think about that sort of stuff when they are reacting. if someone is dying of hunger, he will not think whether it is right or wrong to steal someone's food, he will just take it. anywho, these ties were affected LOOONG before.

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