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We agree more than we disagree about Muslims, Ibn Ismail

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Submitted by sara (United States), Jun 8, 2012 at 15:35

Well Ibn Ismail, I can say that I actually agree with everything you have written, despite the fact that we are coming from polar opposite worlds. Yes, Muslims leave Islamic/ME countries for economic reasons. That is mostly due to corruption and inequality in government and laws that feed the ruling influences and starve the rest, or from persecution or honor related escapes. Corruption is not endemic to Islamic rule, but it is prevalent in it.

Next point, I agree as well. According to the most pious Muslims, there exists no government that is Sharia compliant enough to be worthy. This may be changing soon as a result of the 'Arab Spring', for example in Egypt, if the Muslim Brotherhood takes hold, you will find Sharia there. In fact, the only real Sharia compliant rule right now is by Hamas in Gaza. Ask the people there if they prefer Hamas or the Palestinian Authority (Fatah).

Third, I am well aware that pious Muslims care only about the afterlife. In fact they are petrified of it and the Quran and Hadith are rife with gory sadistic descriptions of flesh burning in hell for eternity and so on. Never mind that the ideas are taken from the Catholic hell and taken to a new level. But that is why Muslims are so intent on Jihad, it is the only one way to an express ticket to paradise no matter what sins they committed in this life. Quite a deal, I must say. All you have to do is kill a few infidels and you are guaranteed a plum spot with the houris and Allah forever.

Lastly, women who wear Hijab may be dressed like Mary, but we in Western society no longer walk around in robes and veils. Modern society dictates otherwise. The reason for the burqa ban in France was with the intention of helping Muslim women not to feel so different, since many of them are forced to dress that way by their husbands or fathers. It is not acceptable to be virtually invisible in public for security reasons and it is considered hostile and alienating if people cannot see another's face.Niqabs especially offend as one can see nothing at all. That is our culture and our belief. You are living within our culture, accept it, just as we respect yours when in your countries. The problem is that you actually think that you are making a valid point by referencing the fashion of Mary. Try to think about why that is wrong on so many levels, Ibn Ismail.

Sincerely, 'Bint Abraham'

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