Here is an interesting comment I received about two months ago from a Muslim reader, on the purpose of the Burka, the full body covering for women. The article he was commenting on dealt with the notion that the burka was a sign of the failure of the West to maintain decency in its women and girls, hence the inevitability of the appearance of a totally opposing custom, one that proclaimed not only modesty, but near-anonymity of the female face and figure:
As a non-Western Muslim son of a Sunnah-observant Burqa-wearing zoologist mother,I totally concur with the author of article.I found the article while googling "Consequences of Western decadence" while writing a review of Samuel Huntington's book: Clash of Civilisations as part of a university project.
Since, we tend to think in religious terms of Islam, we view the contemporary Western decadence as the rise of the forces of Dajjaal-the Islamic equivalent of Antichrist among the non-Islamic humanity whose destiny is secularisation owing to their inherent spirtual void that can't resist the global Dajjaal movement.
Hence, Burqa is a global phenomenon because Godlessness is a global phenomenon in the globalised world. My mother didn't wear Burqa a decade ago, but when I became more devout, my mother started wearing Burqa because she knew in heart that God loves Burqa.
We see from his observations that the burka is not mandated by Islam, but is rather a choice. That it is, in today's situation, an antidote to Western de-Christianization, filling the gap left by our Godless society. Above all, it is not a sign of female submission to the male, but of Muslim submission to God.
Whatever one may think of his comment, I found it honest and measured.
The link he provided is to a website about Muslim women. Take a look.
Today (May 14), I received a much angrier comment from someone who appears to be a Muslim also. This was in regard to the Miami-Dade County bus posters, that were ultimately allowed to be displayed following a court action:
For a teacher it's sad to see this attitude toward Islam and muslims in France. Would you want us exterminated or abu-graibed?
The two anonymous comments full of lies about Islam make me wonder if they ever read any islamic book.
You'll have to renounce all of your phony baloney freedom of speech and belief, equality of all humans, justice....or you can stick your head in the sand, but rest assured Islam is here to stay.
The slaves you imported from africa and north africa are rising now. Their kids are getting educated so you can't hire them any more to wash dishes and sweep your streets and jam them in concentration living quarters and still treat them like dirt. When they were needed no one complained about that.
When Algier come to my mind here's what stands out. A picture that made me tremble: a dead man with his genitalia in his mouth. was anyone arrested and convicted for that? Nooo. The french live with that refusing even to ecknowledge these crimes while still dreaming about a sahara safari or a beach vacation in Marocco or Tunis.
I have doubts if you grade your students based on their name or their papers?
My answer to him:
We do not want you exterminated or "abu-graibed", unless you attack us, in which case we have to have prisons for you, just as you would for us. Islam does not belong in the West. It has arrived here because the Western world lost its core beliefs in freedom, including freedom of speech. We are now persecuted by laws if we say anything critical of you. You have said it yourself, the countries who wanted their independence, who fought for their independence, are now rising up in hordes and taking over the West. Revenge is sweet. But because we had LOST our morality and our religious beliefs, we allowed this to happen. We have renounced our freedom of speech for YOU; we have renounced standards in education for YOU; we have renounced the basic notion of self-preservation and are committing suicide for YOU. The notion of "equality" does not mean that all men are the same. Two entirely different cultures may be "equal", but still incompatible.
But you are not to blame except for what you do. WE did this, because we lost the will to survive. No, we won't be hiring the kids to wash dishes. Within one hundred years or sooner we may not be here to hire anybody. You'll have to fend for yourselves.
If it comes to all-out war it is our fault for not sealing the borders, for not forcing minorities living in the West to adopt Western values. We caved in to them. The more we gave them, the more they wanted. Now they are devouring us. Serves us right.
Regarding the other two comments, they are not intelligent. You should not have wasted your time over them.