Leaving Islam





This Sun Must Dawn From The West:  

  A discourse on who is responsible for protracting terrorism and venting Islamic fundamentalism. 
By Ali Sina 22-Nov-2002



Today, “Hundreds of Muslim youths have gone on the rampage in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, following Friday prayers”, wrote the BBC's Haruna Bahago in Abuja.  One hundred people were killed when Muslim rioters “armed with sticks, daggers and knives set fire to vehicles and attacked anyone they suspected of being Christian.  “People were stabbed, bludgeoned or burned to death and two hundred were seriously injured. At least four churches were destroyed”, an eyewitness told the reporter of the Associated Press.


Beauty pageants are offensive to Muslim’s sensibilities. “Muslim groups say the pageant promotes sexual promiscuity and indecency”, reported the Associated Press.  To add salt to the wound, a Nigerian reporter suggested “the Prophet Mohammed would have probably chosen to marry one of the Miss World contestants if he had witnessed the beauty pageant”.


Choice of clothing is a personal matter.  How much skin a woman wishes to show is entirely up to her. As long as one does not make a public show of obscenity, such as practicing nudity in public places, how much clothing a person chooses to wear is a matter that should be left entirely up to her.  It is not up to the state nor it is up the majority to impose their morality on anyone.


I personally do not like beauty pageants because they make those young women whose beauty does not hold up to the industry standard feel inferior. I think society should instead place more emphasis upon spiritual values.  If it were my choice, the winners among these beauty queens for this year would be all 5 of those contestants who boycotted the pageant in Nigeria to protest the verdict of those unmarried mothers sentenced to stoning in that country.  What kind of beauty pageant is it when the most beautiful of all those 90 contestants are not even there!? 


The real problem, and greater reality is the myopia of so many Muslims and their twisted sense of morality. Muslims choose, even despite whatever protests and resistance is given, however real or perceived, to impose their morality upon others.  I ask you, what is more offensive? Showing one’s own flesh or tearing apart someone else’s?   

Burning someone’s house, 


Destroying their lives,


 Who will answer this father who raised a son with so many years of sacrifice to be taken away from them so senselessly?

These victims were someone’s father, someone’s husband, someone’s son. Their lives, like any life, are even more precious than they are irreplaceable.

Two hundred people died, for what? What did they do to deserve this horrendous death? Do those perpetrators as well as other Muslims ever think of the pain the loved ones of these victims will now have to endure for the years to come? Who will take care of that father when he is old, now that his son has been snatched away from him?  Who will hug that child and smile at him, provide for him, and love him now that his father lies on the sidewalk covered in his own blood? 



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