Saturday, August 04, 2007

Hirsi Ali on Islam

Former Muslim turned secular feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali has summarized her perspective on Islam in an interesting piece published on the Washington Post web site. Ms. Hirsi Ali's employer, the American Enterprise Institute, has made the essay available on their web site as well, and it's a thought provoking read:

On the issues of holy war (jihad), apostasy and the treatment of women, the Koran and Sunna are clear. It is the obligation of every Muslim to spread Islam to unbelievers first through dawa, or proselytizing, then through jihad, if the unbelievers refuse to convert. It is the obligation of the unbelievers to accept Islam. Exempted from this edict of conversion are the people of the book: Christians and Jews. Both peoples have a choice. They may adopt Islam and enjoy the same rights as other Muslims, or they may stick to their book and lead the life of a dhimmi (lower citizen). Legally, the rights of the dhimmi are not equal to those of a Muslim. For instance, a Muslim man may take a Jewish or Christian wife, but Jews and Christians are not allowed to marry Muslim women. If a Christian or a Jew kills a Muslim man, they should be killed immediately. In contrast, the blood of a Muslim should never be shed in recompense for the blood of Christians or Jews.

It is also the obligation of every Muslim to command virtue and forbid vice. Apostasy, the worst possible vice a Muslim can commit, should be punished by death. The punishment need not be carried out by a state, but can easily be enforced by civilians. When it is a question of Islamic law, justice is in the hands of every Muslim.

Please read the rest:

My View of Islam


Anonymous KL said...

Wow. This woman who is pro-abortion and wants to lock up people who teach creation science in schools has suddenly become a darling of the American far-Right.

Have you people completely lost the plot? Of what benefit is it to you to support someone who demonises the beliefs of 1.2 billion people? Do you possibly think you are going to be able to destroy every Muslim on earth?

And are you stupid enough to believe a woman who admits lying about her migration status? Seriously, you people are stupid.

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