Monday, May 12, 2014

An Open Letter to Bill Maher From a Muslim American

BY: Rabia Chaudry | | May 12, 2014 | [Original Article]

The problem isn't Islam. It's your movement to demonize Islam in the liberal left.

Hey there, Bill. You hate religion. You particularly hate Islam. We get it. Your liberal bigotry against Muslims and Islam is no secret. For a while now I’ve just avoided watching your show, which kind of stinks because for many years I was a great fan and really loved it. I wasn’t even bothered when you called out Muslims doing stupid, criminal or horrific things. You do that with a lot of groups, and it’s important to do. But I stopped watching when it became clear that you loathed a faith I was devoted to.

You recently discussed the kidnapping of hundreds of girls by Boko Haram, followed by the new sharia laws in Brunei, and rounded out the segment with a nod to your buddy Ayaan Hirsi Ali—quite the trifecta of examples to support your conclusion that Islam itself is, as you said, “the problem.” Your reasoning is essentially that Muslims are doing many horrible things around the world, and they all believe in Islam, so naturally Islam is the nonnegotiable culprit.

Let’s ignore for now the numerous logical fallacies in your premise and instead follow your exact line of reasoning. If we are to accept your rationale, we have to also accept that, if many Muslims are doing good things around the world, and they all believe in Islam, then Islam is responsible for the good that they do. We also accept, given that Ali’s criticism of Islam is based on her personal experience, that the positive personal experience of other Muslims, including converts, are just as valid reflections on the faith.

For the sake of argument, and being as generous as possible, let’s say Islam has been a force of destruction for 50% of Muslims and a source of empowerment, peace and comfort for the other 50%. Where exactly does that leave us? Whose experience of Islam is legitimate? If Boko Haram is, in your estimation, an authentic expression of Islam, what do you make of the hundreds of Nigerian Muslim families who were sending their daughters to school? Why isn’t their dedication, like Malala Yousafzai’s dedication, to girls’ education an authentic expression of Islam? What do you deduct from the fact most Muslim women in the world are not circumcised? Are they just doing Islam wrong? Are all the good, peaceful Muslims doing Islam wrong?

You noted that women are treated at best like second-class citizens, but most often like property in Islam. The first Muslim woman, Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, a successful businesswoman, boss-lady and wife to the Prophet Muhammad, and the other Muslim women of his time would have snickered at you. Women of the region were chattel before Islam, treated and traded as such, until the Quran freed them through revelations such as “O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will.”

I could tell you that Islam was the first system to establish women’s property rights, inheritance rights, the right to education, to marry and divorce of their free will, to be religious scholars, business owners, soldiers. I could tell you that while Christianity was debating the status of women’s souls and declaring them a source of sin, Islam had already established authoritatively the spiritual equality of men and women and absolved Eve, and womankind at large, of sin. I could tell you that the world and history is full of highly educated, successful Muslim women who are empowered by their faith, not debilitated by it. I could tell you terrorism is categorically forbidden in Islam, and that between 1970 and 2012, 97.5% of terror attacks in the U.S. were carried out by non-Muslims. I could tell you that female genital mutilation is never mentioned in the Quran; the only reference to it is found in a weak narration, and scholars find it objectionable to the point of being classified as impermissible... [Read More]


  1. A lot of obfuscation: And I am sure this informative and doctrinaly sound comment will be deleted by Shibly as they always are.

    This article moves the reader away from the doctrine and religious motivations for the actions and tries to dispel them by obfuscating that not all Muslims do these practices.

    Then author uses kitman a type of lying by omission in regard to women's rights and the definition of terrorism.

    These Christian girls are infidels and are considered booty or spoils of wars and to rape them, sell them, or beat them is in no way considered violence , but is legal and just according to Islamic Law.

    Terrorism is the UNJUST killing of a MUSLIM ONLY...according to Islamic Doctrine naturally it is condemned. What they need to condemn is Islamic warfare to establish the religions.... or JIHAD....but good luck there.

    FGM is not in the Quran however the Quran does not define ISLAM it is a trilogy and the Quran, Sira (bio of Muhammad), and Hadith (traditions of Muhammad) make of the faith of Islam and it is in this ...supposedly weak narration (which was all false hadith were discarded 1000 years ago) comes in to play. The fact is, if FGM has IJMA or scholarly consensus and the gates to Itchtihad (Human Reasoning) have been closed for 1000 is not up to debate or objection or one is rendered an Apostate or enemy of the state/religion per sharia.

    Herein lies the problem... and no possibility of reform!

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