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People of the Book: Reciprocation

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Submitted by VIking Woman (Kuwait), May 15, 2008 at 03:58

What you "see" is appearances. You do not live in their homes. You definitely do not speak to the women. A Western women would never confide to an Arab man what her life is like, or her difficulties, she would confide to women of her background.

Those on youtube are used for promotional purposes, and do not represent the many women who are divorced or wish to be divorced. I've yet to see an interview with these same women 25 years later.

I could write volumes on Western women in disasterous marriages, who could not leave the middle east due to leaving their children behind. My stories are eye witness stories from the women themselves.

I know several women who have taken shahadas knowing they could lose custody of their children if they didn't. Or, to blend into the situation they are in. Yes, it is deceptive, but a mother will do anything to keep her children, that is instinctual.

I can also vouch for the fact that many women who convert to Islam go back to their religion, secretly most of the time, until their children are grown.

Sadly, not enough of them have come forward publically after returning home. Most prefer to remain quiet and live their life in privacy.

Please, do not assume to know or feel what Western women feel. Eventually, with so many tragic cases, the Christian clergy will wake up and stop participating in marrying Christian women to Muslim men. Muslim women cannot marry "People of the Book" and the same law should apply to Christian and Jewish women by our laws.

You also know that Islamically a man has to allow his wife to practice her religion (people of the book of course) and yet there are no synagogues, and not enough churched to accomodate the many Christians now living in the middle east who come to work in these countries.

Bottom line, a lack of reciprocation.

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