Posts Tagged ‘oppressed’


Oppressing the Veiled and Civil Disobedience

June 17, 2011

By CoolnessofHind

“All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.”. 

Henry Thoreau, Resistance to Civil Government (1849)

The French Assembly voted 366 to one in favour of the ban on the veil, primarily premised upon the notion, that it oppressed women.  Such arguments have been comprehensively demolished on this blog in the past, and hence do not necessitate a regurgitation of those arguments.  Nevertheless, one would certainly question the motive of a government which wishes to pass a law against a minute minority (some estimates suggest less than 400 women wear a veil in France) in a total French population of 63 million.

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November 27, 2009

Assalamu Alaykum fellow readers and a hearty Eid Muburak to you all.

After  polishing ourselves nice and early and wearing the best of our clothes we head to the Masajid to pray Eid Salah.

In this above sentence we often fail to realise the many blessings Allah has bestowed upon us.  Comfortable warm beds, clean water for showering/bathing and drinking, wealth to buy new clothes, vehicles to transport us to our Masajid.  The more subtle but perhaps the more significant blessings include intact legs, arms, families for us to worship our Lord and be in the company of our loving families.  All these blessings are from Allah and we should thank Allah for what he has given.

However remember also that there are Muslims who, let alone basic amenties, do not even have water to drink.  Where as we can freely travel to our destination in the luxury of our vehicles, pregnant women rushing towards hospitals are stopped, harassed and huarranged by terrorists at checkpoint and are forced to give birth at these very checkpoints. There are Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Chechnya, Burma, China and everywhere else who will not be able to enjoy their Eid with there families.  There will be children who are born and raised on the battlefield who will not know happiness and will not receive their Eid gifts from there elders.

They are our family; a part of the Ummah. Do not forget them. Remember them. Make Du’a for them.  This is the least we can do.

Eid Mubarak.

Saiful Islam