Professor Smooth wrote:Let me ask you this. Do you think that your religion can be applied to everyone? Would everyone be happier if they were Muslims?
Let's say we all convert to Islam. What becomes of women? What becomes of science?
Yes, I believe my religion can be followed by anyone.
Would everyone be happier? True happiness cannot be attained in an imperfect world, can it? Maybe in fleeting instances, but nothing gives complete continuing happiness in our world, whether we are Muslim or not. A Muslim does not view (or should not view, anyway) worldly
happiness as the goal, the purpose of life. To the Muslim, worship of the Creator is the goal which will lead to true peace, true happiness, in the hereafter.
If I based my faith on whether I was always happy or not, it would be something quite weak. Again, understanding this goes back to whether one actually believes in a hereafter or not, of a paradise or hell.
Anyone can become and live as a Muslim. Why? Because Muslims believe that everyone is created with what is called fitra
, which is awareness of God and the truth of His existence, even before our mothers give birth to us. Islam teaches that it is the world, specifically parents, that can take others away from their natural state of belief. As such, the capacity
to believe in one God is within all of us.
What would become of women? You are likely one of those who have been swayed by the outpouring of slanderous propoganda into believing that women are poorly treated in Islam. This is perhaps the biggest misconception of all when it comes to Islam. Not to say that there are not Muslim men who do wrong and mistreat women, because physical abuse and mental abuse do not have religious, social, etc preference. The media latches on to the Islamic dress of a women, and from this makes the argument that she is somehow stripped of her rights as a human being.
Here, in the U.S., women did not have the right to own property until this century. In fact, they were considered to be
property not so long ago. Islam is the first religion to give women the right to own property 1400 years ago. In fact, in regards to the relationship of husband and wife, it is the man's duty to provide for the wife, whereas the wife can keep 100% of whatever she earns for her own purposes and is not required to share any of this.
Can a women work and earn her own living in Islam? The Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) first wife was a business women whom he worked under.
A man is required to leave work and attend the Friday prayer service, something that is absolutely obligatory, yet the women can choose whether she wants to go or not.
A man who dies defending his people from invaders gets the reward of a martyr, the greatest of rewards. A women who wants this same reward need only go for the pilgrimage and need not loose her life defending in battle.
A Muslim man must pray five times a day except under the condition of insanity. A women who is under going her menses does not have to pray or fast. Two
men are required to bear witness to an occurence in matters of the home in Islamic legal juriprudence, whereas only one
women's word is enough.
Women are explicitly
mentioned to receive the same reward as men in the Quran:
For Muslim men and women
, for believing men and women
, for devout men and women
, for true men and women
, for men and women
who are patient and constant, for men and women
who humble themselves, for men and women
who give in charity, for men and women
who fast, for men and women
who guard their chastity, and for men and women
who engage much in Allah's praise, for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward. (33:35)
Why be so explicit, so redundant in this verse 1400 years ago?
And who works righteousness, male or female
, and is a faithful one, so We will give them life a good life, and We will pay them their wages for the most beautiful of what they were working (16:97)
Find me a book from 1400 years ago that specifically mentions men and women on equal ground, with equal reward. Find me one passage in the Bible that spells out women's being equal to men like this one verse of the Quran does.
Hell, our own United States Declaration of Independence states "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men
are created equal".
And I could go on and on about the place of women in Islam, and how in many ways they are privileged above men. Yet the media will not mention any of this and will simply latch on to those who truly are abusive and degrading to women.
Certainly, Islam defines what roles men and women should play, and these are spelled out clearly. They are not the same. Islam is a belief that acknowledges the differences
between men and women, and that one may be better suited in one thing than another. This is different from the belief that one is inferior to the other, which is not the case. The punishment and rewards are the same, just the roles are different. Here is where some might have a problem, but I firmly believe that gender roles serve a purpose in the maintenence of society and family. A belief that many no longer share.
What becomes of science?
Science is viewed as a created means to an end. It is a catalyst by which all percieved things happen. This does not take away from its wonder and magnificence. Some of the greatest scientists and mathematcians were Muslim Arabs. I myself have studied the biological sciences my whole life it would seem. Islam commands that when I scientific cure to an illness is discovered, it must be taken. Logical.
Science to the Muslim is simply another reflection of God's magnificence. In fact, having studied science, embryology, the human brain, etc, science has become one of the things that strengthens my faith in a God. And within the Quran itself, there are things that are described, like embryological stages, that could not have been realized without a microscope, which did not exist then. Read the book "The Bible, The Koran, and Science". Amazing stuff.
Science, for me, serves as a confirmation, not a contradiction. So it is with all Muslims.
"But the Costa story featuring Starscream? Fantastic! This guy is "The One", I just know it, just from these few pages. "--Yaya, who is never wrong.