By SAJA ALMUSAWI, Guest Writer
There is a video that started circulating a few weeks ago of a TV commentary segment with host Bill Maher and guest speaker’s libertarian Sam Harris and actor Ben Affleck. I would like to thank Ben Affleck for defending the religion and speaking the truth. I was shaking as I watched the video; I was shocked. I was sad to see how now the most hated group of people in this country are the Muslims.
Bill Maher is a terrible representative of liberalists. Liberalists are not like that. You believe in freedom, in the Bill of Rights, then actually listen to what you believe in! He is an Islamophobe, yet he believes in “freedom of religion?” Yeah right.
I am a Muslim woman, and this infuriates me. I was born in this country, and I am a practicing Muslim. Not a terrorist, not a jihadist, not a conservative, not a whatever the hell of a type of stereotypical Muslim they mentioned in this video.
Let me set the record by saying you do not get killed for leaving the religion of Islam. Nowhere does it say that. If anything, the Quran says that only God is Just and knows what everyone is going through and he will be the final judger. That’s it. Every Muslim country has non-Muslims living in it, so I don’t want to hear that argument.
For example, there are Christians living in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Lybia, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Jordan, etc. Have there been people killed because they left the religion? Probably. Does Islam accept this? Absolutely not. It says in the Quran if you take the life of any person, there is a special place for you in Hell (unless you are defending yourself and would die yourself if you don’t fight back).
All religion is perfect, but not all believers are. Has there been other people killed for leaving their religion? Yes. Yet how come no one ever mentions that?
People always use the argument that if we aren’t allowed to practice our religion in Muslim countries then “they [Muslims]” can’t practice their religion in ours [America].” I don’t mean to be a smart aleck, but America guaranteed the freedom of religion when this country was established. That is why the Puritans came to this land, to escape religious persecution (yes they were being prosecuted because of their beliefs, and look they aren’t muslims).
Those “Muslim” countries don’t really owe you anything. If you want to go there and practice your own religion, do so at your own free will. Don’t let me stop you. It may be dangerous. But guess what. Those Muslim country leaders that don’t allow people to practice their own religions are doing that because of either culture or they are stupid idiots to begin with. Not because of Islam.
If they start to quote verses, know it is a mistranslation twisted for their own personal use. Not because of Islam. If they say the Holy Prophet said this, know these sayings are fabricated and untrue. Not because of Islam. If you truly understand the principles of this religion you will realize it is based on peace.
There are so many radical groups who take pieces from the Torah and Bible and twist them for their own use and have used them to allow slavery, take women’s rights, etc. If anything, Islam was the first religion of its time, of the century, to give women rights.
I have never felt freer as a woman with a Hijab (covering my hair). I don’t shy away from men because I am dressed modestly, and I look them in the eye so they can judge me based on my thoughts rather than appearance. I drive. I go to university. I chose to wear a scarf. My parents allow me to follow my dreams. If I wanted to convert to another religion, they won’t kill me. I’m free. So tell me again how I’m oppressed?