Choosing My Own Chains

 

The following is a guest contribution by “Hope.”

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Choosing My Own Chains

 

The Rhetoric

  • “The shackles of Ms. Clairol… you are a slave to the cosmetics industry… a prisoner of Hollywood’s concept of beauty… if you don’t’ fit their standards you are nothing!  Allah subhanawata’ala gives you freedom from all of that.”
  • “A woman is like a piece of candy – she must be covered to not let filth pollute her.”
  • “A man is like a stone, if you drop the stone in mud, you can wash it clean; however, a woman is like a piece of silk, if you drop it in mud it is forever soiled.”  
  • “Your husband is like your father except you bear children with him.”
  • “A woman needs “ta’deeb” (discipline) which is why Allah gave men the right to hit her, she is in her nature rebellious; therefore, the man who hits his wife honors her by keeping her “ala al sirat al mustaqueem” (on the righteous/straight path).

 

Yes, I was well versed in this rhetoric; it was instilled in me as a young girl.  I fell for it too. Click to keep reading!

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#ExMuslimBecause: A Story of Mental Gymnastics

The following is a guest contribution by “Anna Kafra.”

 

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Photo Credits: Green Prophet

#ExMuslimBecause

(a story of mental gymnastics)

I never chose to be Muslim. Most of us don’t even if we do defend it any chance we get. I was a big defender.

We’re taught at an early age that there is no god but Allah. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.

We’re taught that Allah is the greatest, creator of everything, and that it’s haram to ask why or how, or to deny this.

We’re taught that it’s better not to know some things, because knowledge can be bad. Click to keep reading!

The Charlie Hebdo Editorial: My Take

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The Article

A few days ago, Charlie Hebdo published an editorial titled “How did we end up here?”  It was a piece questioning why suicide bombing comes as such a shocker in a social atmosphere that is fearful of criticizing Islam and its practices.

The author brings up three different examples: Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic scholar; a woman in a Burqa; and an elder baker who is a Muslim.   Click to keep on reading!

Book Review: 23 Years By Ali Dashti (Prophet Muhammad’s Biography)

(Copied and Pasted from my previous site)

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I have recently read the book: “23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad.”  As mentioned in the title, this is a biography of Prophet Muhammad.  I highly encourage this book to all readers regardless of your views on Islam.  This book aims to neither demonize the Prophet nor overly romanticize his life.  It simply evaluates him and the scriptures he revealed to his community as a product of their time and culture. Click to keep on reading!