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The limitations for women in Islam

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Submitted by maggie millington (France), Mar 27, 2009 at 05:17

My dear Razia, thank-you for an unoriginal rant which is your reply. I'm very used to Muslim women replying in such a manner. I too am all the things you say you are, the big difference is I did it on my own I didn't need a man to 'allow' me to stand on my own two feet. I had two good parents who taught me values on how to make my own decisions, I did not need a mythical unseen person to submit to, or a man in a minaret telling me to get to obey some rules inflicted upon me by parents who gave me no choice.

I have 2 grown up children who were allowed to 'choose' their own religion or indeed if they wanted one, they were allowed to ' choose' from the worldwide population, whom they married, men and women were not segregated at their weddings. When they grew up, I wanted divorce which I gained on my own grounds and chose to take a career. The difference here is I am allowed to live alone, without interference from any family member, when I bought my properties I did not need 2 men present. I do not feel a cast off because I wanted to live alone the way I chose. There is no shame in living alone in my world. I drive wherever I want , alone if I choose.

Your example of SOME women in the west is poor, the majority are decent upright individuals making their own way in life. I've met 'many many' muslim men and do believe me, they are amongst the most promiscuous men I've ever met. Being married means nothing to them, it's just the muslim women they don't touch. Double standards ? and how, sex is sex no matter which denomination the people come from.....As for the single men [ who do obey Islamic rules ] not allowed sex 'officially' before marriage, well that's what makes them so aggressive and why they flare up immediately they have an excuse, it's what drives some to become suicide bombers, thinking of virgins waiting for them. Utter madness to have such a thing in a 'holy' book.

I don't live in fear of a god damning me if I don't obey rules , nor do have to live by rules laid down in a violent book which should be re-written for a modern world, I don't rant or rave when someone writes a book or cartoon,I don't burn the bible when when someone says Jesus was one sick individual like we believe Mohammad was. I am truly free to make my own choices. Why ? because I was brought up to have a strong mind, self discipline,self respect and common sense, I was brought up to stand on my own feet and I can 'think' for myself and think freely.I can play beautiful music of my choice, I can play erotic music to dance to, I can be naturally human, all within my own personal rules. I can have house pets of my choice, I don't live in the past looking over my shoulder asking is it haram. I travel on my own to locations of my choice, I eat what I want. I'm not ashamed of my body, why should I cloak it when it's the best creation ever made, we all have one, it would suffocate me to walk around bundled up in cloth, not only does it look ugly it's so unnatural to cover that which was given by your maker, only men brainwashed you into hiding your hair, why when they don't hide theirs?

Women do not get raped by not wearing a helmet of cloth, read Aayan Hirsi Ali's shock when she found that out. It's another myth you are brainwashed into believing. When I go to a muslim country my heart goes out to the women when I see the unfairness and restrictions on their lives, the barbaric customs still imposed on them and their bodies, animals are treated better. It's madness to think better things come when you die. Life is not a test, it is to be lived.

Wake up now and smell the roses break free. You were given all these things, but you and others like you reject them,that's an insult to your maker. I do not need a crutch like Islam, that muslims need. I am totally free to choose. I can move in mixed society, be a true equal, stand on my own being respected by men women and children, it's not a privilege ,it's human,it's 'natural'. Until you can do all these things you are living in the past and are shackled to the 7th century. I have control of my own life , you don't. Islam does not accept freedom of thought it ensures believers live in fear to keep you in line.

Until you are allowed to criticise the Koran,Mohammad,and Islam you are trapped. I don't know where you are based, but I suspect it's somewhere in the western world , you say get out of Iraq, Afghanistan etc, I say OK, if we do that, you too get out of the west, go to live in an Islamic country indulge yourself in all you boast about, but hey, I know the last thing you want is to live with all those restrictions.

You say Islam is the best thing that's happened to women, I say you are unqualified to say this, you have known no other way of life. Freedom is a wonderful thing, once tasted you would never to go back. Step into the sunlight and feel it's warmth.

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