Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Lifting the veil on Muslim hypocrisy

I'm getting a little fed up with the Muslim community crying we are not all "fundamentalists" and then condemning authorities when they take action against "fundamentalists". They point to the fundamentalists culprit and say that is not us we are not like that.

Let's look at a couple of cases in point.

French eject 'pro-beating' imam From The BBC

A Muslim cleric who advocated the beating of women has been expelled from France, officials have announced.
Algerian-born Abdelkader Bouziane was detained on Tuesday after telling a magazine the Koran backed the beating and stoning of adulterous wives.

Mr Bouziane also expressed hopes that "the entire world becomes Muslim".

The remarks caused an immediate outcry in France, which hosts Western Europe's largest Muslim community - about five million people, mainly of north African origin.

Muslim leaders in France also condemned the imam's remarks, saying Islam did not condone domestic violence.

But presumably saying he hopes "the entire world becomes Muslim" is ok.

However, the leader of France's National Council of Muslims warned the French media not to seek to portray all Muslims in the West as fundamentalists, or to stir up anti-Islamic sentiment by seeking out extremist opinion.

Well, FNCM, it is kind of hard not to when you don't condemn remarks like these.

He was also quoted as saying he favoured an Islamic republic in France.

"But not just for France. I want the whole world to become Muslim."

So which is it? Does Islam and the Koran allow for wife beating? Why not pay a visit to Saudi Arabia and see how they handle things.

Saudi TV Host Tackles Abuse Against Women From The Daily Comet

A popular Saudi television host publicly showed her bruised and bloodied face and has shocked her compatriots into openly talking about one of the kingdom's long-hidden problems: violence against women.

Rania al-Baz has been hailed as a hero for letting newspaper photographers snap pictures of her face and for frankly discussing her case after she said a beating by her husband earlier this month left her unconscious.

Her story has been widely reported in the Saudi media. A Saudi princess stepped forward to pay al-Baz's medical bills. Representatives of the new Saudi National Human Rights Association visited her in the hospital.

At least it is being widely reported in the Saudi media.


Although Islam prohibits violence against women, many believe spousal abuse is common in the almost entirely Muslim Saudi Arabia.

There are no statistics available on wife abuse in the kingdom, but husbands rarely meet disapproval for "reforming" spouses deemed "disobedient" by hitting them.


Bashatah pointed out that Saudi women need to be accompanied by a male guardian even if they want to go to the police to report abuse.

Saudi law requires a woman to be accompanied by a male guardian - her husband, or, for unmarried women, her father, brother or son - on almost any public chore. Saudi women also are not allowed to drive.

So tell me again how you guys are not fundamentalist and how Islam is a religion of peace. Your words and actions betray you.

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