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This series of essays is not meant to be a witch-hunt against a school. We have enough professional scurrilous rumour-mongerers in our community, without an amateur lending assistance. I am not concerned with the quality of ice creams in the school canteen nor the he said/she said gossip mill, but rather whether our whole approach...
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Any favourable mention of ‘democracy’ in an Islamic setting will invariably provoke an outraged response from some Muslims. “Democracy is shirk (polytheism) because it replaces the laws of Allah with man-made laws,” will be the essential argument. Ergo, any Muslim who suggests that the absence of democracy in the Muslim lands is a bad thing...
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The issue of consanguineous marriage (marriage between relatives) in the Muslim community is, for obvious reasons, a rather sensitive one. There are many people in the community who are in such relationships and even more who are the product of these relationships. Indeed, we know that such marriages are permissable under the shariah because the...
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Friend Rabbit asks his guest, Winnie Pooh Bear: “Would you like condensed milk or honey on your bread?” “Both,” Pooh replies. “But never mind the bread.” After his lunchtime gluttony, Pooh Bear gets stuck in Rabbit’s doorway. Half in, half out, he sits, receiving advice from all the creatures of the wood. Could there be...
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I was recently told a story — possibly true — about a girl in the United Kingdom who, on seeing her elderly grandfather collapse, attempted to call the ambulance service by dialing 911. The implication being, of course, that the proliferation of American television programs on British screens had led the young girl to believe...
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Most Maggi five minute fundamentalists reject out of hand any idea that a legitimate Islamic government can have the features of a democratic polity. They automatically equate an Islamic state with their own authoritarian and proto-fascist tendencies. Thus the more “Islamic” a state is, the more it is controlled by a small “purified” cabal of...
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Some academics from Indiana University have recently published the results of a survey of seven Muslim-majority societies. The researchers found a strong correlation, in every country surveyed, between a stated belief in shariah as the system of state governance and a set of egalitarian principles. They write: In research based on survey data from seven...
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The recent and remarkable implosion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali should serve as a reminder for us all. Ayaan Hirsi Ali (whose real name is Ayaan Hirsi Magan) was the perennial anti-Islamic gadfly in the Dutch parliament. Her notoriety and public adulation were based on the now familiar narrative of the courageous but oppressed Muslim woman...
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