I'm Muslim.... and i'm a bit shocked at what i'm hearing from another muslim. Let me set things very clear.
1. As muslims, we MUST follow the laws of the country we choose to live in, BUT if the laws do not allow us to practice our religion, or if they
conflict, then we have to try "in a legal and friendly manner" to resolve things. If they cannot be resolved, we should leave the country.
This is plain and clear in Islam. And i think its also in Christianity and Judaism because most people are labeled their religion first before their
Nationality. The United States is built on (or is supposed to be built on) Church and State... meaning that it recognizes itself as a Christian
Nation. So everyone who immigrates to the US, should call themselves American, but they are whatever religion they are first and then American.
Nationality does not change your religion.
Also a Muslim is not allowed to go into a country and cause problems.
As for the guy with 4 wives. You have to understand the History of why this was even allowed to begin with. And, its a very very difficult thing to
do while keeping religiously proper. At the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w), there were many large scale wars and men would die in thousands.
So what would happen to all the women who had no one to support them financially? Rather than they go into poverty or into prostitution to support
themselves, it was allowed in Islam to marry "upto" 4 women (with STRICT rules). And the rules consisted of 1. the first wife has to agree to the
husband marrying the 2nd wife, and so on.. 2. the man has to be able to be FAIR to all of them equally (emotionally, financially, timewise). This is
Very very difficult to do. Really. So its not what people think of it... as if "oooh nice i can sleep with 4 women whoo hoo".. it was actually a
very very demanding and streneous responsibility for most people. And in Islam it is recommended to marry only one. This idea of 4 women is for the
few who can tolerate the very strict rules or fairness and who are financially secure enough to deal with it.
As for being British and a Muslim... NO MUSLIM is allowed to think that he is better than a Christian or a Jew.... or ANYONE else for that matter.
I think we all get upset when people stereotype.. its a disease that plagues us all. And its annoying and the only way to eradicate it is through
understanding and tolerance.
We are all human beings first and foremost. We all want the same good life. We have different ideas and beliefs, and thats ok. We just need to have
patience with each other and be kind to each other. really. And for those of us who see others who stereotype other races, religions,etc.... we
should educate them and tell them its wrong.
I have seen so many times when people want to make a point, and they misquote a line out of the Quraan (which can happen if you dont read whats before
that line or after it), and they just mutilate the words completely into something which is against the teachings of Islam. And its frusterating as a
muslim to see that... and then the Media goes on and adds salt to the wound, and they dont let anyone come and explain how thats the wrong idea. They
somehow find people who claim to be muslims and acting stupid and put these people on TV.
Anyways I read some of the posts on here and i realized that people are upset (well some of the muslims replying) ... I think its better not to say
anything out of being defensive because sometimes we say the wrong thing. Its better to teach the right thing rather than express our rage