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Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
I do thank you for your responding to my questions; that is very much appreciated.
Yes, I am aware tha tyou are allowed to have up to four wives; I have had many Muslim friends, and I have this to say to you as I had to say to them, "What, one wife isn't headache enough!?!" LOL!
I am also aware that rape is not allowed, but that the victim had better have 4 male witnesses to back up her claim. The basis for this is founded in the Qur'un, in regard to Aisha being accused of infidelity. It is found in 24:13, "Why did they not produce four witnesses, they verily are liars in the sight of Allah." If I remember correctly, there have been incidences of women being raped and reporting it, but as it would happen, due to the fact there were not four witnesses, she was in turn found guilty of adultery. Most rapists don't do it in a crowd, so the woman is in a bad legal position to report of pursue a case, I'd say.
I have met some of the people to whom you refer, in so far as professing to be a Muslim but behaving inappropriately. For decades, the Saudis have sent people to the states for military helicopter training. Their attitude has always been the same; what happens in the states means nothing as they are not under the Sharia rule. Talk about party animals! But hey, don't feel lonesome; I know plenty of people who claim to be Christian, but if they were put on trial for that, there'd be not enough evidence to convict them. I imagine every faith has that problem, not just yours and mine.
I agree that time will tell what happens in the world, but it seems pretty clear to me in everything I have seen, and even been told by a couple of bold Muslims, that we will have three choices: Renounce our beliefs and become Muslim, pay heavy tax and live under the humilating treatment that is outlined as proper for those who are not Muslim, or refuse both options, at which time war is conducted against us. The manual, Reliance of the Traveller, talks about two Jihads, one being the spiritual warfare against the lower self, and the other, against the world of the infidels. There seems to be no room for mutual coexistence in Muhammad's view of the world, but conquest of the world by Islam, at which time there would be peace. Personally, I do not like that concept. I understand that you do, and I do not fault you for that as it is your religion, your belief. But don't worry about me, it's the credit card companies who will be really mad! Jizya will cut deeply into their profits, and they will not tolerate that!!
But (even so), if they repent, establish regular prayers, and practise regular charity,- they are your brethren in Faith: (thus) do We explain the Signs in detail, for those who understand.
The Hijab and the covering of the women is mentioned in the Quran