A little intro if you please maestro!
I would like to introduce you to a new acquaintance, via the blog-o-sphere, her name is Lilia from Algeria. She is a very strong practicing Muslim. We met via a comment I posted on another blog. Lilia sent me this email as a reply to my post comments. Of course I put forth a pro Israel view and Lilia responded .
This is unedited and I have received her permission to post it. Remember the ground rules of this blog, BE NICE, no cussin', gougin' spitin, or hitin where ain't proper. This blog is for everyone who is civil and for discussion purposes, not arguments. I have forewarned Lilia some comments may be hard but she is a tough girl and I feel she can take the heat.
Here is her email.
Salam (peace) everybody,
What "bomb makers and homicide bombers" are you talking about? Those who have killed a thousand (1000) innocent people in less than 2 weeks with their Weapons of Mass Destruction? Or those patriots who retaliated with their meagre "weapons" and killed 12 soldiers in the said 15 days?!
Failing to notice the FACT that Israel (a military superpower) bombarding cowardly a part of a country it colonised and killing & wounding for life shamelessly thousands of innocent people because a minuscule group armed with firecrackers dare to throw now and then some of their toys in an attempt to frighten them out of their (the tiny group's) country…I'm sorry, that's incredible, unreal, insane, etc., and I'm sure that everybody deep inside know that it's absurd even though they say otherwise for reasons best known to themselves… This is a REAL GENOCIDE, A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. Period.
"I don't quite understand why it appears women appear to be second rate citizens with not being allowed out of the home without a male companion and other demeaning practices such as that" = Haha, this is really funny and it makes me laugh! This is the kind of the many stereotypes you (Westerners) have about us! Why is it we know a lot about YOU and you don't know anything about US, the REAL Muslims? You tend to see only the prejudiced, bigoted media that show only what they want to show you! Thank God we're not as blinded as you are!
For the record, I'm a Female Muslim, living and Working in Algeria. I have my own car and travel and go out of the house wherever I want and I'm at least as free as any American woman can be, so don't try to speak about something you know nothing about. If you're talking about Saudi women, the only Muslim women in the world who don't have the right to drive, let me tell you that they are happy and don't want ANYbody to "FREE" them because they are satisfied with their lot and are among the best protected and respected women in the world and that despite all what you say.
Please read a little bit about Islam and Muslims not from Racist, Anti-Islam, bigoted websites and books, etc., but from some objective sources that try to explain and not to misconstrue the real meaning of my GREAT religion Islam.
That said, let me tell you that while I'm a deeply religious, practising Muslim, I have read the Bible and enjoy reading about and trying to understand other religions far from any prejudice or misconception about them because this is what Allah urges us to do. And all that helped me in checking and knowing better the real value of ISLAM and the luck I am in to be Muslim.
May God open your eyes to the truth and show you the right path Incha'Allah.
Lilia from Algeria
"And in their [the earlier prophets] footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the law that had come before him. We sent him the Gospel, therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had come before him, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God." ~ Qur'an, Chapter 5, Verse 46
"Say ye: 'We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no difference between one and another of them, and we bow to God. " ~ Qur'an, Chapter 2, Verse 136
"Those who believe (in the Qur'an), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the SabiansQur'an 5.69. and the Christians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." ~
"The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr" ~ Prophet Mohammad (Saaws)
"Do not say, that if the people do good to us, we will do good to them; and if the people oppress us, we will oppress them; but determine that if people do you good, you will do good to them; and if they oppress you, you will not oppress them" ~ Prophet Mohammad (Saaws)
"Do you love your creator? Love your fellow-beings first" ~ Prophet Mohammad (Saaws)
"The greatest crimes are to associate another with God, to vex your father and mother, to murder your own species, to commit suicide, and to swear to lie" ~ Prophet Mohammad (Saaws)
"Shall I not inform you of a better act than fasting, alms, and prayers? Making peace between one another: enmity and malice tear up heavenly rewards by the roots" ~ Prophet Mohammad (Saaws)
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~ Aristotle
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