Category: MASQ

Is Islam a Feminist Religion?

Feminist religion? I WONDER why Islam cannot be called a feminist religion even though it gives equal rights and freedom to the women. Is there any other religion in the world which declares that the paradise lies at the feet of your mother? Moreover, good treatment of daughters would save parents from the burning fire of hell. Islam gave women right to own, keep and manage their own property, the right to ask and get a divorce in case of ill-treatment or abandonment from the husband, the right to remarry, the right to obtain an education. Islam mandated that...

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Muslims in Australia should be given the opportunity to respond

On Saturday The Weekend Australian published three articles attacking the teachings and philosophy of Islam. In particular, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s article listing nine bullet points as to how sharia law is degrading and demeaning to women uses out of context quotes from the Koran and baseless assertions. Yes, The Weekend Australian does have the right to publish such articles; the views expressed should not be suppressed. However, Muslims in Australia should be given the opportunity to respond. We invite The Weekend Australian to come to our mosque so that we can respond to all of the allegations listed by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others. We...

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“Obey those who are in authority among you”

Lambie is ill-informed Jacqui Lambie’s rhetoric over the threat to Australia from Sharia law is baseless and misleading (“Jacqui Lambie gives two bob watches a bad name“, February 14). The Koran clearly instructs Muslims to “obey those who are in authority among you”. Lambie is ill-informed and is using Islam as a scapegoat to further her own political agenda. Khizar Rana Walkerville Direct...

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What is “Freedom of speech”?

Shun insults and hatred I am disappointed to hear remarks made at the Q Society’s fundraiser dinners in Sydney and Melbourne. Our world is passing through a turbulent time. It is important for all of us to shun those actions and statements that can cause unrest and hatred to spread in our peaceful society. We should work to unite people on common grounds rather divide them for political causes. Freedom of speech is a noble value if exercised within the framework of decency, honesty and respect. When speech is driven by insults, it reinforces stereotypes and prejudices, which is something...

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