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Positive signs that are not positive

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Submitted by Guardian of Deen (United Arab Emirates), Jul 3, 2013 at 08:44

I have problem agreeing with what you call positive signs such as what you say below, it opens the doors to mischief and indecency in this world!!! – I find these signs to be negative and away from proper Islam, the Islam that preserves society and the well-being of people.

You say "Already in this young century, a few positive signs in this direction can be discerned. Note some developments concerning women:

  • Saudi Arabia's Shura Council has responded to rising public outrage over child marriages by setting the age of majority at 18. Though this doesn't end child marriages, it moves toward abolishing the practice.

Child marriage before menstruation is not allowed in Islam, any female who turned to menstruation age is viable to get married and bring children of her own. Traditionally women who reached maturity age are wedded quickly to preserve the chastity of women, this applied all over the world at certain times

  1. The Romans limited the age to 10 years of age, because girls were forced to get married at less than 10
  2. In Europe women use to get married at the age of 9 and 10
  3. In USA in 1930', some states had limited the age of female who can marry to 13 years of age
  4. Prophet Muhammad married 'Ayisha at the age of 15 or 16
  5. In many Asian countries, india and others, girls are still marry at early age of 15 – a common practice until today
  6. Today in Scotland a girl can marry at the age of 16 without consent of her parents

Early marriages can preserve families, social norms, and preserves the chastity of women; it can prevents indecency and abnormal social behaviors

It can limit the number of bastards in this world and the number of homosexuals who are today's plague in this world. – I cannot say that such behavior is freedom, because such behavior destroys societies.

  • Turkish clerics have agreed to let menstruating women attend mosque and pray next to men.
    1. It is defined in the Holy Quran (Which is God's book) that a woman cannot pray, hold the Holy Quran, or fast Ramadan when she has the menstrual period.
    2. To allow a woman in Mosques!!! – I still do not understand what is she going to do in the Mosque, if by divine laws, she cannot pray.
  • The Iranian government has nearly banned the stoning of convicted adulterers.
    1. Stoning is actually earlier than Islam; it is in the Jewish Shari'a Laws- so what is the issue in here if your religion orders stoning adulterers and prevents cancerous indecency in this world, which has spread right and left.
  • Women in Iran have won broader rights to sue their husbands for divorce.
    1. This right is allowed in Islam since the beginning of Islam, Prophet Muhammad, himself ruled and judged the same in some incidents.
  • A conference of Muslim scholars in Egypt deemed clitoridectomies contrary to Islam and, in fact, punishable.
    1. No single Islamic book endorses clitoridectomy, it is not something compulsory to do in Islam, and Prophet Muhammad never practiced this on his daughters, or ordered its practice.
  • A key Indian Muslim institution, Darul Uloom Deoband, issued a fatwa against polygamy.
    1. Polygamy is allowed in many societies, and Islam is one of them,
    2. Even Christianity does not forbid it, only priest and monks forbade its practice,
    3. Mormons until today marry 5 and 6, and they are part of the Christian society.
    4. Jewish scriptures do not forbid a man of having many wives; almost all prophets had more than one wife

Other notable developments, not specifically about women, include:

  • The Saudi government abolished jizya (the practice of enforcing a poll tax on non-Muslims).
    1. Jizya is a divine law, no one can abolish it not even Saudia, as long as non-Muslims live in Muslim countries they are to contribute to the society as Muslims do.
    2. The value of Jizya is much less than the value of Zakat, Zakat is 2.5% of people wealth per annual accumulation, it is not fix value, it differs from person to person, or family to family – while Jizya is fixed for the rich, poor and so on. And is not on percent of wealth.
    3. People who pay Jizya are exempted from many reqirement by the Muslims, such as military service
    4. Jizya is required from all grow up men, while zakat is required on every household member, including women and children.

No one is practicing Jizya nowadays (which is wrong), I do not understand this news that Saudia abolished Jizya

  • An Iranian court ordered the family of a murdered Christian to receive the same compensation as that of a Muslim victim.
    1. This is normal in Islam, even prophet Muhammad raised money to give to the family of an infidel who was killed in error.
  • Scholars meeting at the International Islamic Fiqh Academy in Sharjah have started to debate and challenge the call for apostates to be executed.
    1. Normally in Islam an apostate who minds his own business, is not approached
    2. A person who apostate and declares his apostasy with pride and declare his enmity and hatred to Islam, fighting with the forces of Islam is similar to the enemies of Islam who should be tracked and killed – such person is like Salman Rushdi and many others.

Many freak laws and ideas are coming from the West trying to impose their values on Muslims, ignorant Muslims would listen, or Muslims who are threatened would listen. But a free Muslim cannot accept what the West is dictating. Even over his dead body.

  • Usury is another point you mentioned
    1. All financial and social problems of this world is because of the use of usury, the financial crisis of 2008 and after 2008 is because of usury
    2. Many countries and companies and banks are now inclined to adopt to the more Islamic financial laws – many car companies are selling their car with 0% interest –
    3. Many banks are using the Islamic systems of banking
    4. Usury is like a cancer in the body of the society, the world should get rid of it.
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