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Submitted by Khawla (United Arab Emirates), May 22, 2008 at 04:43

1. Saving the souls of children is very important in Islam as well as the souls of women and men. Because these souls are from Allah. I do not know why you mentioned the scarves. Even clothes, hair and the skin burns.

2. The man is punished for raping a woman because it is considered a very criminal act against an innocent soul and for the serious consequences. I believe you are referring to the case of the Saudi woman who was raped by many men? She was the one who opened the path to these to attack her. She went out with a man who she has no relation with. He was threatening her to spread her photos between the people. She was having an affair with the man. They were stopped by these men and were attacked. The man could not do a thing. Do you want the people to continue not following the God's words of not committing adultery? Do you want filth to spread between the people? That who brought catastrophe upon himself is the only one to be blamed. Punishment is a way to prevent the people from doing crimes. And the woman was punished for adultery.

3. The religious police you are referring to is only present in Saudi Arabia since it is the land of the holy first place of worship on earth. It is only effective against the Muslims. What it does includes reminding the people of the 10 commandments and ensuring the decent life is not messed with. After all, Islam is a religion of decency and recommending righteous behavior.

4. Women are heard in Muslim countries. The Prophet asked his wives before doing any thing and he grouped them in counseling. Even men visited the Prophet's wives to seek answers from them when the Prophet was not present. The leaders hear from all the people, whether male or female. MAny Caliphs heard the requests of women. And the women are considered an important part of the family that they share their opinions with their husbands. I do not know about what part of free speech for women you are talking about. I am a woman and I am giving my opinion here. I hope you accept it.

5. The beard is a Sunna, it is not obligatory. But, it is recommended to differentiate Muslims from non-Muslims, as non-Muslims are differentiating themselves from Muslims. And I have heard many stories of incidents in which Muslims with beards were attacked or scrutinized by Western officials and citizens. And in some countries, a Muslim with a beard is not allowed to enter. And wearing a scarf is not allowed. And mosques are not allowed to be built. Where is the freedom you are proud of?

6. Not anything is enjoyable to the righteous man or woman. How can I enjoy nudity, pornography or harmful words?

What is the gift from the Lord you are talking about? I believe the greatest gift from the God is His guidance to the people. The guidance that brings and keeps things in order for the people to live according to what He sees right. I do not believe that the people must be allowed to do things to harm themselves or the others. Does the scarf or veil harm the woman wearing it? Can you explain to me how it harms her in your opinion? If the greatest woman on Earth, Mary Btint Imran wore a veil and she was so religious how do you ridicule a religion that helps the people stay pure and be religious?

And please give me examples about the things you are given freedom to do.

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