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581 days ago

Humans, by nature, are social pack animals. As such, we have a tribal, or instinctive, need to follow a leader. This is the very basis of all civilization. In some societies, such as America, there is a legal system of checks and balances to keep power hungry elected officials from going too far. In countries that lack an official system of checks and balances, you can normally count on somebody to keep the truly power mad and despot leaders in line. These people are called assassins. We may have an instinctive need to follow a leader, but we don't like to be bullied.
Roughly translated, taqlid means to follow a mujtahid in religious laws. (A mujtahid is a juror who meets the qualifications laid by Abul Husayn al-Basri in the 11th century) Muslims believe that since the beginning of time, Allah has set out his divine law on the tongues of the prophets. Many of whom will sound familiar to the Jews and Christians, by the way. Since Allah is the creator of the entire Universe, only he can make the laws. This understanding has served well for hundreds of years. But now people are asking questions.
It is now popular to strive to be independent and to think for oneself. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a change from the previous conformist mindset. The fact that so few people actually are individual, seems to matter little to most. But that is beside the point. We are all followers at some point. And this is as it should be. When I was a student, I followed the instruction of professors. As a dog trainer, people follow my instruction on dog behavior. (I hope) If you want to fix cars, you obey the manuel. This is common sense to us. If you are a Christian or a Jew who wants to know G-ds law you read the Bible or the Talmud and you learn from your preachers and rabbi's.
To draw from the advice of others is not only common sense, it is Islamic law. The Qur'an instructs us to "Question the people of remembrance if you do not know." (21:7) The controversy comes from today's independent mindset. We tend to question everything. We have trouble putting our blind faith in a jurist. We prefer to put our blind faith in reason. To be sure, the qualifications to be a mujtahid are strict. (If anyone cares what they are, let me know and I'll post them) And they should be in the Qur'an it says "Of every group of them, a party only should go forth [for jihad] so that [among those who are left behind there should be some] who should [undertake to] gain knowledge in religion, in order for them to warn their people when they consult them, so that they take heed to themselves." [9:122]
A person `who undertakes to gain knowledge in religion' is responsible for putting Muslims on their guard by warning them about their obligations, whether religious or moral. Thusly, whether a Muslim makes the commitment to follow his legal decisions or not, the Qur'an requires this educated person to issue legal decisions and to warn believers about fulfilling their obligations. When there is such a learned person in the community then it is expected to refer to him on religious issues.
Once again, we see a problem with the original law meshing with today's society. Modern Muslims rarely refer to a mujtahid. People are questioning how relevant the taqlid is in today's society. As people are increasingly putting their faith outside of the church mujtahid are going to have to find ways to reach Muslims outside their traditional roles. They must adapt or face extinction.

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602 days ago

As have we done the same to them! We are both as bad as each other!!!

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603 days ago

For my edification, who is it that we are claiming is qualified to cast the first stone on this one?

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603 days ago

I'm sure they find people from western cultures equally curious...

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603 days ago

Kind of an odd term, if you ask me. Most of these killings are done over a perceived sexual indiscretion and historical examples of these killings predate Islam by a couple thousand years. They were part of Arab culture before Islam and while I would consider them a cultural affront that needs to be discontinued by any person that believes in a God that wants them to be kind, I don't think that these shameful acts can be attributed to Islam, no matter how badly certain people would like to smear Muslims and entrench us against them. While troubling, I think I can only give this item a two when I consider the history of honor killing and the positions I've seen espoused by the list maker.

UPDATE: I'd also advise people to consider that Christians used to burn women at the stake as witches to keep them in their place. It had nothing to do with any actual belief that they were in league with Satan, it was a cultural tool of control.

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603 days ago

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609 days ago

UPDATE: Six killed in muslim "honor" killing...in Texas.
http://urbangrounds.com/2011/12/santa-clause-killer/

One of the most ghastly Muslim practices is that of the "honor" killing.
What is "honor" killing? Well, it is when a young Islamic woman besmirches the family "honor." This can be anything from having sex outside marriage (say, to a boyfriend) to simply talking to a man or even getting raped. Then, to restore the family "honor" a close relative (father, brother, mother, sister) will brutally murder the poor girl/woman in cold blood, restoring the family "honor." Thousands of these "honor" killings occur every year. Here's a couple of websites on this wonderful Muslim practice:
http://www.islam-watch.org/SyedKamranMirza/honor_killing.htm
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/200 9/03/honor-killing-islams-gruesome-gallery.html

Now, go ahead and defend Muslims. Defend Muslims again. Defend Muslims again, I dare you, I double dare you futhermucker, defend Muslims one more Goddamn time!


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650 days ago

Read this first: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/saudi-women-with-sexy-eyes-may-be-forced-to-cover-them-up-ncxdc-111711

Yeah, fundie Islamic societies treat women like pets. They aren't allowed to drive, to wear decent clothing, to even walk next to men on the sidewalk. Let's face it: muzzies need to join the nineteenth century, much less the twenty-first century.

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804 days ago

"O Mankind, indeed we have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed Allah is all knowing and is well aquainted with all things." Qur'an 49:13

In Islam, there are no gender specific laws regarding sexual misconduct. A sin is a sin regardless of who committed it. Unfortunately, one does not have to look very far to see examples of people perverting faith and murdering others. Sadly, so called "honor killings" are on the rise. It's not just women who are targeted, men are victims of these murders, but women by far bear the brunt of it and often for such "crimes" as having sex before marriage or seeking divorce from an abusive husband. A raped woman can be targeted by her own family. A woman can be punished for refusing an arranged marriage. People of either sex can be killed by their families if they renounce Islam.
In many countries, government officials will look the other way when a person is murdered for an honor killing. A person (usually a woman) will simply disappear, people will notice, but no one will talk.
This is a very serious issue and must be addressed and dealt with by the Muslim community. Honor killings are not of Allah, those who commit murder in the name of honor are committing grievous sins and should be dealt with harshly.



"In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful. Say:He is Allah, the one and only. Allah the eternal, the absolute, he begottoth not, nor is he begotton; and there is none like unto him."
Qur'an 112

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