It must be the work of God!

May 30, 2010

Peace out!

Filed under: Politics — antitheist19 @ 3:44 pm
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Introduction

My third blog post will go deeper into the religion that is Islam. As usual, this is the only ”true” religion there is. It was founded in the 7th century CE, and like the other two Abrahamic religions, it’s a monotheistic one. Consisting of many religious denominations, Islam has 70% of the world’s Muslims in the Sunni group, 20% in Shi’a and the last 10% remaining minorities and sects. Muslims believe that the Qur’an was the ”revealed word of God” and transmitted through the angel ’Gabriel’ to the final prophet of God, namely Muhammad. They do not believe Jesus is the son of God, but an important prophet nonetheless. As a precursor to Muhammad, he’s helping to prepare the world for the “final revelation”. Yet, Jesus would be attending his second coming only to burn to death as the result of anyone who worshiped him as a God, because Islam is the only true religion… Jihad anyone?

Islam means, in Arabic, ”submission”, as in ”submission to God” to be specific. It also descends from the etymological root word Salaam, which means “peace”, thus a Muslim could be described as, in a nutshell; “one who has submitted to (or made peace with) God.” This is purely a naïve distinction, one that many succumb to. Further into my post, you will learn why Islam isn’t that black and white.

 

Shari’a Law

 

Shari’a means “path to the watering hole”. This is the sacred law of Islam. Muslims believe that it’s derived from two primary sources, the divine revelations in the Qur’an, and the sayings set forth by Muhammad. Shari’a differs in detail if described in Sunni or Shi’a perspectives, but the topics of Shari’a Law can be divided into five main branches:

  • Ritual worship
  • Transactions and contracts
  • Morals and manners
  • Beliefs
  • Punishments

Unlike secular laws, these contents are based from religious teachings and what the Holy Qur’an states to be a good moral high ground. In Islam, the death penalty is deemed suitable for two groups of crime:

  • “Intentional murder, in these cases the victim’s family is given the option to whether insist on a punishment of this severity.”
  • “Spreading mischief in the land” permits the death penalty for anyone who threatens to undermine authority or destabilise the state.”

This is just an excellent recipe for disaster, an unstable and ignorant guide-book with delusions of moral superiority! Let me go a little deeper into what is concidered an appropriate crime (or “spreading mischief in the land”) in countries using Shari’a Law to justify death. Generally speaking, these are:

  • Treason/ Apostasy
  • Terrorism
  • Piracy of any kind
  • Rape
  • Adultery
  • Homosexual activity

I found a great excerpt from a source, writing about what would happen if apostasy would take place in a country such as that, and I couldn’t put it more correctly myself:

“A woman who has just got back from a trip to the West (that’ll be the day!) has done a little reading and come to the conclusion that, y’know, religion is bullshit. She’s renounced her faith in Allah. She’s had enough of all the infighting, the violence, the bombs dropped and the bullets fired in the names of fictional deities. She’s now being dragged across a dusty courtyard, kicking and screaming, while hundreds of people look on. Some are spitting on her or throwing rocks. Others are watching with horror. The woman is thrown across a chopping block, held in place by two guards, while a third guard stands poised over her. He reads out the reasons for her sentence: “You don’t believe in our god anymore. Therefore, foul wench, you will die.” The executioner raises an axe dulled from the blood crusted on the blade. He brings it down, severing her head from her neck. Blood gushes everywhere. Now, even the rock throwers are struck silent. You, as a rational, evolved, logical primate, cry out with every fibre of your being at in protest at this awful and undignified way to die. You yearn for sanity to prevail. You wish there was someplace you could live free of this sort of thing.”

It really paints a picture in your mind, doesn’t it? One simple decision would change everything if you were living in a land with religious doctrine of law. Religion is not a source for morality; it’s rather the opposite of that. Its moral decadence or regression (if you will) to the human mind is the reason most of us, especially I, call it a virus to the brain.

There are duties and practices called “The Five Pillars of Islam”. These practices are essential to Sunni Islam, but the subscription is limited. The Shi’a Muslims have other pillars, which substantially overlap with the other ones. All Muslims are expected to follow them, and some are very demanding and quite extreme. These are The Five Pillars of Islam:

  1. The Shahadah is the basic creed of Islam, and must be recited under an oath with the specific statement: “I testify that there is none worthy of worship except God and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” The phrase is also spoken into the ears of newborn babies as a proxy oath.
  2. Salah, ritual prayer, must be performed five times a day. This involves a series of prostrations facing the Kaaba in Mecca. It is seen as a personal communication to God that expresses graditude and worship.
  3. Zakat, which is the practice of giving based on your accumulated wealth. For all Muslims, this is obligatory (as opposed to voluntary charity) and no one can get out of this, unless they’re poor.
  4. Sawm, or Ramadan. According to it, you shall not eat or drink (among other things) from dusk to dawn during this month. Its purpose is simple; it is supposed to encourage a feeling of nearness to God. Of course, this is only the feeling of starvation ensuing.
  5. The Hajj. This is the pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina during the month of Dhul-Hijah. To perform the ritual, it’s required to circumambulate seven times around the Kaaba, touching the black stone, walking seven times between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah, and symbolically stoning the Devil in Mina.

Treatment of women in Islam

[Pickthal 2:223] “Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will…”

They are referred to as “fields” for man to sow as they please. Women’s status in this religion manifests itself as a cruel and barbaric aberration. Muslim women and girls continue to be mutilated and killed for penalties under the rule of the Shari’a court. Although a virgin can’t be sentenced to death by breaking one of these laws, instead it says to rape her on the eve of execution. They do this to prevent her from going to a martyr’s heaven, which is granted to female virgins. To salt the wound, the prison guard marries the female prisoner before raping her, so he will be protected from going to hell, as they believe that’s where she is destined to arrive. The honor killings implied in the Qur’an are insatiable. What would Muhammad have done? Well, he was a child molester who married 11 times in his lifetime, so his opinion of women was pretty much set. Their “holy” book clearly states again and again, and again that men are superior to women, or “in charge.” Let’s stop being quiet when they toss acid in the faces of women for not wearing their head-to-toe burqas, which the sole purpose to is hiding the female body when out in public.

The dictionary description of feminism is “the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state.” We should all be feminists, and in a descriptive sense, most rational people are.

Outroduction

Now that I’m signifying my leave, as my previous post, I’ll finish with a quote. He’s a television and film genius, an outspoken humanist, feminist and atheist and head writer of shows like Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. His name is Joss Whedon. Among all of his brilliant writing, we find that his advocation for women’s independence and equal rights shine a light on the strong female characters in his shows. At the Equality Now benefit in June 2006, he gave a phenomenal speech about just that:

“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”
— Joss Whedon

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