Originally Posted by jcat
Thank you for chiming in. I was just about to PM a Muslim member whom I know isn't Arab to ask her to express her opinion, although she rarely if ever participates in IMO threads. I believe a lot of people are equating Islam with terrorism, following 9-11, which is probably why you notice the "anti-Islamic slant". It's unfair, I agree.
I object to arranged marriages, which are more common in Islamic countries than in non-Islamic countries, but I personally have to say that I think immigration and assimilation play a far greater role than most people realize. My first encounter with an arranged marriage was that of a former junior high school classmate whom I was working with right after we graduated from high school: Her Christian Hungarian immigrant parents pressured her to marry a distant cousin from Hungary, because they wanted him to take over the family's wrought iron business once her father was ready to retire.
Why associate animal sacrifice solely with Islam? How many of us have experienced/heard of animal sacrifice in connection with voodoo rituals?
yeah i think people need to know more about Islam because of all misunderstandings that are popping out here and there all the time.
well, i have something to say about arranged marriages too. and i bet you will be very surprised to know that Islam forbids forcing someone to marry! its a solely cultural thing too! in Islam parents have to HELP their children to find someone whom they may like, well not only parents but relatives, friends et c. Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet have all instructions with respect to marriages and how you should choose your partner and what qualities should he or she have. Everybody have their own rights and duties and if someone tries to practice his religion in the best way he should turn to Quran and seek guidance to the right path.
Information about crime and punishment in Islam (including adultery and a punishment for that). taking into account that it all take place IN ISLAMIC STATE
The article is very long but if you want to know something more about Islam please read it carefully. It is about crime and punishment in Islam including punishment for the adultery (which is 100 lashes for non-married person and stoning to death for married person)
In his book, Islam: The Misunderstood Religion, the well-known Muslim author Muhammad Qutb, states the following: http://www.islam4all.com/newpage18.htm
- The Concept of Punishment in Islam)
|Islam imposes preventive punishments, which may appear cruel or coarse if viewed superficially or without proper consideration. But Islam does not execute such punishments unless it ascertains that the crime was not justifiable or that the criminal was not acting under any obligation. Islam prescribes that both adulterer and adulteress should be stoned but it does not inflict such punishment unless they are married persons and upon conclusive evidence by four eyewitnesses.
_____________________________________________________By the way, Islam is not the first religion which said about stoning. These are the verses from Bible:
"If a man is found sleeping with another man's wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die." (Deuteronomy 22: 22)
and also in Leviticus: "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife-with the wife of his neighbor-both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death" (Leviticus 20: 10).
and i will repeat again that every act of punishment ( as in the worst case of scenario -the stoning)in islam has a very strict regulations and situation should fit the certain conditions.
everything is regulated, starting from war ending with divorce. both men and women have rights and obligations.
you should keep in mind that Islam just like any other religion is a science, and if you are not studying it and if you are not familiar with it you simply can't make any valid conclusions regarding its stances.
anyways, its all for information and i respect each and every person in the world whether he is christian or jewish or agnostic or atheist or muslim.
is it the longest post in the history of TSC?
p.s. you can search for any additional information here: http://www.islamonline.net/completes...arch.asp?hID=0