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Why are Muslims so angry about cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad?

Posted By Levi

January 12th, 2015 7:28pm

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Over the last few years, the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad has angered many Muslims and caused violent outbursts. The terrorists who killed twelve journalists from the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo last week cited the publication of cartoons mocking Mohammad as the reason for the attack. They said they found such images to be insulting and offensive to the Prophet. Of course, you don’t attack and kill people simply because they offend you. The question many people are asking is this: Why are Muslims so angry over the publication of cartoons of their prophet? Generally, Muslims are opposed to images of Mohammad and other prophets because of fear that they could lead to idolatry. They worry that statues or images of the prophet could be used as idols and that people might call upon them to intercede with God which would be against religious law. In the eyes of many Muslims this is blasphemy – the act of showing insult or disrespect to God and religion. Does the Koran Read More

In Iraqi classrooms, ISIS bans the teaching of evolution and segregates boys and girls.

Posted By Levi

October 5th, 2014 12:52pm

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In the areas they controlled in Iraq, ISIS, the Sunni extremist group, has issued new instructions to schools.  Under the new rules, all classes and instruction should be conducted according to Sharia laws, a Muslim religious code. Under the new rules ▪ Male and female students must be separated; they cannot be taught in the same classroom. ▪ The teaching of evolution is to be removed from textbooks ▪ Anything that encourages patriotism –like the phrase, “Republic of Iraq” – is banned. ▪ The teaching of subjects such as art, music, philosophy and social studies are banned Also banned are geography, history and literature lessons as well as any teaching about Christianity. However, physics, chemistry, mathematics, Arabic and English will continue to be taught. ▪ In science books, any reference to Darwinism or to natural evolution is to be deleted. This would be replaced by sentences that made it clear that God was the creator of everything. Watch: Twitter:@Levianthon Read More

More on that Amazing Little Girl from Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai.

Posted By Levi

October 13th, 2013 1:19pm

Earlier this year I wrote about an amazing 16 year-old girl from Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai. See here. She was shot in her head by a member of the extremist Pakistani Taliban simply because she fights for young girls to be educated. Because of her courage, she was nominated for what is perhaps the most prestigious award in the world – the Nobel Peace Prize. This week, she did not win the prize but still holds the record for the youngest person ever to be nominated for that prize. However, she did win the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. Over the last few days she has been on a world-wide media tour where she is lauded for her work. Here is meets with President Obama and his family. Here is on interesting note on that meeting. According to McClatchy news, Malala told the president that his policy of fighting terrorism in Pakistan is wrong and is not working and instead breeding more terrorists. “I thanked President Obama for the United Read More

Malala Yousafzai – An Amazing Little Girl

Posted By Levi

February 5th, 2013 7:59pm

Category: Middle East, Muslims

Malala was shot in the head last October by a member of the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley after she stood up publicly for women’s education there. The extreme ideology followed by the Taliban is highly misogynistic. During their reign in Afghanistan,  women were forced to wear the burqa at all times in public, because, according to one Taliban spokesman, “the face of a woman is a source of corruption” for men not related to them. In a systematic segregation sometimes referred to as gender apartheid, women were not allowed to work, they were not allowed to be educated after the age of eight, and until then were permitted only to study the Qur’an. Women seeking an education were forced to attend underground schools, where they and their teachers risked execution if caught. They were not allowed to be treated by male doctors unless accompanied by a male chaperone, which led to illnesses remaining untreated. They faced public flogging and execution for violat Read More

Islamic Militants Burn Ancient Manuscripts And Destroy Temples in Mali

Posted By Levi

January 30th, 2013 7:41pm

Category: Muslims

One of the most horrifying things about some segments of Muslim extremists is the deep seated hatred they hold for cultural and historical artifacts. As a student of history, I find this extremely appalling. One such extremist group is the Taliban who ruled Afghanistan until the American invasion in October of 2001. In March of that year, the Taliban blew to pieces two of the world’s most famous statues of the Buddha. They were revered by Buddhists all over the world. These two 6th century monumental statues of the Buddha were carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in Afghanistan. They had stood there for over 1500 years despite the many invasions of Afghanistan by various nations. The Taliban destroyed them because they claimed the statues were idols and therefore un-Islamic. Now in the African nation of Mali, Muslims extremists of the Taliban type seized the northern part of the country and imposed their harsh laws on the local population. Over the last few days, Fre Read More

Pakistani One Pound Fish Singer takes Charts by Storm

Posted By Levi

January 3rd, 2013 7:43pm

Category: Middle East, Muslims

Happy New Year, Everyone!! Some terrible news have been coming out of Pakistan and India over recent weeks further tarnishing the image of these two countries in the eyes of the world. But my friend Juan Cole points to this bit of positive news. Muhammad Shahid Nazir had a hero’s welcome at Lahore airport last week. The fishmonger had gone to the UK last summer and worked in an east London fish market. His boss asked him to do something to attract attention to his sale of fish (one per British pound, $1.60 US). So he made up a ditty and sang it. A customer made a video, put it up on Youtube and it attracted millions of hits. Nazir then got a record deal, made a video, and it went to 29 on the British pop charts. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Muslims and the Olympics

Posted By Levi

July 28th, 2012 1:20pm

Category: Middle East, Muslims

Last night was the opening ceremony of the London Olympics with more than 14,000 athletes from 200 countries taking part. Professor Juan Cole has an interesting piece on the history of Muslim participation in these games. There is some controversay among Muslims concerning the Games since they are being held during Ramadan -the month during which time observant Muslims refrain from drinking or eating during the daylight hours. One of the issues facing Muslim athletes is whether or not they should fast during the Games. According to Professor Cole, it is a principle of Islamic law that you don’t have to fast on long journeys, and since most athletes will journey to London for the games, they can be considered exempt from fasting during them. Muslims exempted from fasting in Ramadan often make up the fast later. However, Malaysian religious authorities are encouraging some categories of athlete to fast nevertheless. There also issues relating to women athletes. Recently I wrote two Read More

Why do Muslim nations do so poorly at international sports?

Posted By Levi

May 24th, 2012 7:59pm

Following up on my previous post about the limited access to sports that girls and women have in Saudi Arabia, I have always wondered why Muslim countries do so poorly in the Olympics in terms of medals won. Of course, this is part of the reason; women are generally shut out of sporting activities in these countries. Islamic countries generally have few or no women in their Olympic teams. For example at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the United Arab Emirates and Oman sent their first female athletes to the Games. Pakistan and Bahrain sent two; Iran sent 53 athletes of which only three were women; Iraq had one while Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait sent none.   But it seems the problem runs much deeper. In many Muslim countries the more traditional elements regard sports as an indulgence that could divert human attention from religious duties. In the 1970s when Iran hosted the Asian Olympics, several mullas, including the late Ayatollah Khomeini, denounced the exercise as “a Jewi Read More

Saudi Arabia ban on women’s sports blamed for rising obesity

Posted By Levi

May 22nd, 2012 7:48pm

Category: Middle East, Muslims

Form the Bureau of Investigative Journalism A girl’s school in Saudi Arabia has defied a ban on sport for girls by letting pupils play basketball.  This comes after Human Rights Watch has claimed that women’s limited access to sport was contributing to rising obesity in the country. Under the Kingdom’s strict Islamic legal system, girls are not allowed to play sports at state-run schools, although some private girls’ schools have sports programmes. Powerful Saudi clerics have also issued religious rulings against female participation in sports. Sports minister Prince Nawwaf al-Faisal, who is also the head of the Saudi National Olympic Committee, told Al-Watan recently that the kingdom will not send female athletes to participate in the London Olympics. Like Qatar and Brunei, Saudi Arabia has never had a female athlete compete in the Olympics. However, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bars women from competitive sports in general. There is nothing in the Qur Read More

Lessons for American Bigots

Posted By Levi

March 26th, 2012 7:04pm

Courtesy of Professor Juan Cole: Basic Fact: Wearing a veil, as Iraqi-American Shaima al-Awady did before she was brutally murdered in her home as part of a hate crime, does not make a person a terrorist. You don’t mind it when pious Roman Catholic women wear a nun’s habit, and you recognize that dress as a sign of dedication to God. You don’t blame all the violence ever committed by Roman Catholics, or events like the Inquisition, on a nun in your neighborhood. Be as tolerant to pious Muslim women.                           Basic Fact: Wearing a hoodie is not an invitation to murder, as Geraldo Rivera suggested it was in the case of Trayvon Martin. In fact, if you think about it, St. Francis of Assisi wore a hood, as did many other saints and monks. In the United States, we don’t kill people for how they dress, but how dressing like St. Francis is a crime is a special mystery.           Read More