I’m A Liberal Fun-damentalist!

Mar 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Social

Extremism in any shape or form is wrong, be it religious or secular. Unfortunately, most of the critics tend to focus only on the extreme part of Islam and the people exploiting it for their own interest. They either do not know or deliberately hide the fact that Islam as a liberating religion; something that it actually is! Islam doesn’t stop us from living or enjoying ourselves. It only stresses on acknowledging the fact that I’ve been created by the one and only God-Allah and I am only His slave and answerable to Him only and should try my best to avoid His disobedience. People have rights over me and serving humanity should always be my first priority. Is that too much to ask for?

Our beloved Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is a great example who made smiling a Sunnah! It’s a virtue in itself. He has asked us to gather as much knowledge as possible. What could be more beautiful than that? I’m thankful to Allah that I was born a Muslim and follow a religion that gave women their rights 1400 years ago and made me a princess where a man is responsible to earn for me. Yes, I am free to work too and wow, my man has no right over my money. Doesn’t that sound great?

Yes, I’m free to be educated, free to choose my own groom and no, I cannot be forced to marry someone I dislike. No, my religion does not oppress me. I like hanging out with my friends, dining outside, attending family events/weddings and love sports and gym. I like following latest trends and like every other girl I love cosmetics! And someday I would love to go scuba diving too! Did I mention swimming? I love adventures, hiking and travelling! My all time dream is to travel the entire world before dying!

I’m liberal but thankfully not like the ones you see these days who believe in mocking others religion and beliefs. No, I don’t believe in bigotry and I don’t abuse people or call them “fundo” when they don’t agree with me. No, I don’t make cartoons of other’s religion’s holy personalities and call it “freedom of expression”. There’s something so wicked about freedom of expression, it’s barely used where it should be and actually used and abused, where it’s not really required. If you ask me, it’s a way of creating rifts between people. And no, I don’t blast out whatever comes into my mind without thinking about its repercussions and cover it up with my “right to speak up”. I believe if I’ve got the power to express myself I would rather do it in a more educated manner and when someone tries to defend their opinion, I don’t call them intolerant or fanatic.

I’m liberal but it doesn’t mean I look at everything as a rebel. What is wrong remains wrong and I have no authority to change the rules of the Creator. I’ve seen Pakistan’s English press lately trying to promote things forbidden in Islam by somehow turning it all into legal and permitted. Oh no, don’t mistake me as a liberal who prays five times a day but believes that homosexuality should be legalized. Nor do I stop praying when a brainless person does something dumb in the name of religion. Yes you’ll find  200 blogs for gay and lesbian rights but when it comes to burning the Quran they would rather call it “freedom of expression”. They are willing to write a thousand blogs on Veena Malik’s “boldness” and praise her guts for standing up to a mullah but will not speak a word when it comes to Aafia Siddqui. They are for women rights but Aafia siddiqui deserves no rights. Let her be raped every day, let her be sexually harassed and it is none of our concerns. Sadly, you would be considered a hate monger or a bigot if your opinions are different from theirs and more towards religion. Funnily, you’re likely to be called a modern version of Taliban if you say you’re liberal but want Islam at the same time.

Why isn’t it possible? Why is the world bent upon portraying that we can’t afford to take religion and this world together? Religion is not how some people have defined it to be, it’s actually a way of living. I am not a scholar, but what I have learnt till today is that Islam is the most beautiful change you can bring into your lives if you decide to follow it properly. I’ll try my best to stick to my religion and call a spade a spade and ready to be called a fun-damentalist!

Nayab Fareed

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Nayab is a nature lover and dreamer who would like to pursue a career of journalism. Her ultimate wish is to see a prosperous and tolerant Pakistan, a dream of Jinnah and Iqbal.

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  1. hats off to u…

  2. nice and balanced thought! keep it up! bravo to be fun-damentalists!

  3. I would also love to add, that when Prophet Muhammed (SAWW) was the governor of Madina, he (SAWW) was abused by a Jewish lady, and trash thrown on his head everytime, he (SAWW) passed that avenue, where the Jewish lady lived. He (SAWW), showed tolerance, patience & faith, converted her into a Muslim, not by ordering her execution, or expelling her from Madina, but by bringing her medicines when she was sick.

    Islam is brilliant, and this article just resonates brilliance.

  4. Masha’ALLAH !!!
    Incredibly Awesome Thoughts plus very well written… Hats Off 2 ya Sis 🙂
    Best of luck 4 da Future 🙂

  5. Great Job Nayab !!
    you nailed it mashaAllah
    keep it up …

  6. Brilliant article.

  7. A very refreshing perspective…greatest article i have read in a long time!

  8. Nayab ! Thank you Very much for highlighting the vision of Islam.

  9. All in all, some of the most amusing trollop I’ve read in my life, if only for its contradictions and ridiculousness. How does stuff like this get published? Its evident that Ms Nayab believes only what she wants to about her religion, and not very much of that either. Such confused cherry picking muslims exist, of course, but they shouldn’t be encouraged, much less by publishing their confused blogs.

    Picking some of the points I found most comment worthy:

    //Extremism in any shape or form is wrong, be it religious or secular.//

    I agree, except you and many more people have serious difficulties defining what secular extremism is. Certainly no seculars are blowing up mosques.

    /They either do not know or deliberately hide the fact that Islam as a liberating religion; something that it actually is! /

    How do you know so well that it is liberating? Perhaps your understanding of the word liberating is different to mine – I do not consider the necessity to cover myself as a liberation – I do not consider my subservience to my father/husband as liberation, my second class status as liberation – maybe you do.

    /Islam doesn’t stop us from living or enjoying ourselves./

    So long as you do it in your own four walls…or with a mehram. Or you’re a male, in which case you really Can enjoy yourself, including with concubines and multiple relationships.

    /It only stresses on acknowledging the fact that I’ve been created by the one and only God-Allah and I am only His slave and answerable to Him only and should try my best to avoid His disobedience./

    Since 72 sects have difficulty agreeing what consists of obedience and what doesn’t, good luck with that 🙂

    /I’m thankful to Allah that I was born a Muslim and follow a religion that gave women their rights 1400 years ago and made me a princess where a man is responsible to earn for me. /

    This is so laughable. A princess? A princess…that a man is allowed to beat up. He doesn’t even have to be a reasonable man – if you are married to a complete lunatic and you disobey him he is still fully entitled to beat you up. But then again you’re not a scholar. Perhaps you didn’t know that.

    /Yes, I am free to work too and wow, my man has no right over my money. Doesn’t that sound great?/

    No rights over your money, 100% rights over you…and your children. Thats right. Try getting a divorce islamically. Your children will be taken away from you after a given age. Don’t believe me? Look up child custody and divorce laws in Islam.

    /I’m liberal but thankfully not like the ones you see these days who believe in mocking others religion and beliefs. /

    Not mocking so much as pointing out the RIDICULOUS FALLACIES.

    //I believe if I’ve got the power to express myself I would rather do it in a more educated manner and when someone tries to defend their opinion, I don’t call them intolerant or fanatic.//

    How lovely of you to concede that people defending their opinion with words are not fanatic. You’re right. “Fanatics” rightly applies to those religious people who think killing people for making cartoons or a couple of tweets is justified.

    //They are for women rights but Aafia siddiqui deserves no rights.//

    Afia siddiqui is a convicted criminal. Don’t accuse liberals of not caring for women when your “islamic” laws put women behind bars every day, and it is only those western and local NGOs helping them out, instead of our religious leaders, who are too busy chanting death to america.

    ///Religion is not how some people have defined it to be, it’s actually a way of living.//

    Oh epiphany!!! Nirvana of knowledge you have reached with that statement. You must be the greatest scholar of religions alive!

    // I am not a scholar, //

    Oh. Well that’s a surprise.

    //but what I have learnt till today is that Islam is the most beautiful change you can bring into your lives if you decide to follow it properly.//

    You’re not a scholar, you’re not even following ISlam properly, you don’t even know, by your own claims, what following it properly entails, but you insist on making ridiculous statements. Well, as I’ve said before, good luck to you. I’m done here trying to talk to such a confused person.

  10. Bingo, great article Nayab, it has hit THEM where it hurts the most. The above comment says it all. =D
    Keep it up Sister.

  11. Daleel-e tang nazary hai Qissaah-e Qadeem-o jadeed.[Allama Muhammad Iqbal]

  12. Nice article. Islam is “deen-e-wast” and “deen-e-fitrat”, the most balanced and the most natural path, the way of balanced life, the great religion of peace and love that preaches the love for all creatures. It gave the rights to the oppressed sections of society, the women, the slaves, the poor and the needy, and taught us to be kind to animals even.

    I admire the writer’s Brave effort to expose “secular extremism”. Secularists are apologetic and confused about their own identity. They have Muslim names but don’t know what Islam is, and they are apologetic about their Muslim identity. “Na idher kay, na udher kay”.

    Be prepared, this article will not be digestible for them and will sure attract wrath of many “secular extremists”.

  13. Ms. [Comment No. 9] , all you did is exposed your ignorance when it comes to the understanding of Islamic Teachings and its Greatness, you really need to study Islam, if you call yourself a Muslim.

    Very Well Written and Balanced Blog Sister Nayab, Bravo

  14. Thanks a lot everyone for your kind and encouraging words! 🙂

    & Mr/Miss KK, THAT’S what I meant when I said secular extremism. Can you, for once, in your very sorry life look beyond yourself and your choti si soch? That was one huge paragraph, I’d rather call it a rant. Seriously, looks like you’ve got a lot of extra time on your hands. It’s a good thing actually you commented, made me feel like I’ve said something right 😉 otherwise no pseudo-liberal would’ve commented you know. It has really hit you hard, it seems!
    One thing that I found extremely naive or should I say foolish was:

    “/Islam doesn’t stop us from living or enjoying ourselves./
    So long as you do it in your own four walls…or with a mehram. Or you’re a male, in which case you really Can enjoy yourself, including with concubines and multiple relationships.”

    Now THAT shows your mentality. Enjoyment doesn’t always mean “relationships” and whatever happens behind the chaar diwari! Please read the full blog, you’d understand the kind of enjoyment I’m talking about.

    /I’m thankful to Allah that I was born a Muslim and follow a religion that gave women their rights 1400 years ago and made me a princess where a man is responsible to earn for me. /
    “This is so laughable. A princess? A princess…that a man is allowed to beat up. He doesn’t even have to be a reasonable man – if you are married to a complete lunatic and you disobey him he is still fully entitled to beat you up. But then again you’re not a scholar. Perhaps you didn’t know that.”

    In several Hadiths, the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) discouraged this measure. Here are some of his sayings in this regard:

    “Do not beat the female servants of Allah”;
    “Some (women) visited my family complaining about their husbands (beating them). These (husbands) are not the best of you.”
    In another Hadith the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) is reported to have said: “How does anyone of you beat his wife as he beats the stallion camel and then he may embrace (sleep with) her?”

    Islam doesn’t have anything to do with those men who beat up their wives. Again, instead of acting so smart go & read the Quran. I might not be a scholar but i know more than people like you, STOP twisting my religion. If you don’t know about it, don’t comment on it. You’re a RIDICULOUS FALLACY yourself sir/madam. If you know what I mean.
    Enough of trolling for today, you may troll somewhere else now. Not gonna reply to any single crap of yours. Kthank… oh wait, Allah aap ko hidayat dey, Ameen. Kthanksbye.

  15. great blog sister………….

  16. “Why is the world bent upon portraying that we can’t afford to take religion and this world together?”

    Let me give you a food of thought to ponder why can’t since REST ASSURED, it can’t!
    Just when the Jesus was called by Allah (SWT), he used to ride a donkey (famous as Khar-e-Eesa). Now once He will be sent back do you think He’ll ride a donkey or the state of the art chartered plane? You see…both ends coming closer…

    (Before chalking out the arguments in favor or against as your next post, reach back and discuss why can’t … well if you don’t write just for the sake of writing and really wanna know why can’t…)

    N’d yeah, I know you were trying to make a different point but I just replied that you might be a soul that is seeking. Jazak Allah O Khairun

  17. I simply love it, it is so marvelous writing which goes deep down in readers heart. After reading it I feel so sad that why didn’t I read this article yesterday; because I had arguments with one of mine friends (he is christian) on this very word of fundamentalist and radical Muslim. Although I did my level best to satisfy him but if I have had read this article of you yesterday I might put more crispy talk on table. Anyway it is so amazing and keep it up Nayab

  18. Talk to me about “secular extremists” when they:

    -Stone a woman to death or lash her in public because she had sex with a man she wasn’t married to
    -Throw acid on a woman because a woman didn’t accept her proposal
    -Flew planes into buildings, killing thousands of people
    -Bombed a mosque killing hundreds of people
    -Subjugate minorities by openly discriminating against them when it comes to making laws
    -Think it’s ok for 50-year old men to get married to 9-year old girls

    Intellectual dishonesty is common among your types. (I’m sure you’ll also ignore this comment)

  19. All I can say is…LOL! Way to appeal to the brainwashed masses. Everything you say contradicts itself. You’re not a liberal, you’re a closed-minded woman. Being liberal doesn’t mean going out and having dinners, it means being educated and having an open mind, which you clearly do not!

  20. indeed, a god job Nayab 🙂 MashALLAH, keep it up young lady <3

  21. Nice brilliant article———–

  22. Ukhti Nayab
    Assalamu’Alaikum:

    A Liberal fun-damentalist is how I define DiscoMaulvi too…. Guess you are from the DiscoMaulvi tribe too. 🙂

    -Aly

  23. Rebuttal for KK!

    KK, your comment is so utterly ridiculous that I had a good laugh reading it.

    Before I begin, remind yourself one thing. They say, if you want to win an argument/war, know your enemies better than your friends. Ask yourself, do you know what she’s talking about? Have you read the Holy Book ? And by reading, I don’t mean a biblical translation but a commentary/tafseer. Have you ever read any of the 6 books of Ahadith? Do you know ANYTHING about the life of our Prophet (Mercies of Allah be upon him). If not, then I’m sorry you’re not fully equipped to even come here and start ranting about what you do not know. Because you said “Its evident that Ms Nayab believes only what she wants to about her religion. ” The same is true for you. You believe what you WANT to believe abour HER religion.

    Secondly, how ironic that it’s YOU who’s cherry picking her statements out of her article and misquoting, yet you say “such confused cherry picking muslims exist.”

    Secular extremism is legitimizing gay marriages and promoting homosexualism that’s only brought us HIV and AIDS, no good! Secular extremism is drawing cartoons of Prophets to provoke those who are against it. It is the killing of thousands in Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea just to keep fueling the arms industry. It is the hypocrisy that when a Muslim girl covers her head, she’s thought to have been subjected to oppression and when the same girl wears an exposing dress, she’s called a slut/whore. In a nut shell, secular extremism is wanting rights for those who are spreading ill in the society and not giving rights to those who deserve them.

    Next, correct yourself. We’re not SUBSERVIENT to our fathers/husbands. We’re OBEDIENT. You don’t feel the necessity to cover yourself up. Don’t! Islam doesn’t even tell you to. Islam only tells you to submit to Allah. If you have a fear of Him and your life after death, you’d do it without questioning it. You want to let these wankers gawk at you, go ahead! They go to bed ever night masturbating with an image of you in their heads. How cool is that!

    From what I judge from your comments, you sound extremely immature and impractical. I’ll get you the world facts if you want. Women without their protectors (husbands/fathers/sons/brothers) are more prone to falling victim to rapes, harassment, murder and prostitution.

    “So long as you do it in your own four walls……and multiple relationships.” Where do you get this crappy interpretation from? You seriously need to learn about Islam before talking about it. You can obviously go out without a mehram. Taking him along is encouraged but not obligatory. It is only obligatory on Hajj. And men can’t have multiple relations. No body can. Take for instance, Khadeeja (blessings of Allah be upon her) fell in love with Muhammad (Mercies of Allah be upon him). She proposed to him and they got married. There’s no question of illicit or secret relationships in Islam. About having fun, obviously you wouldn’t have heard of the ahadith. Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) used to playfully race his wife sometimes. He encouraged that everybody should learn the art of archery. He loved horse races.

    “No rights over your money….child custody and divorce laws in Islam.” What the heck are you talking about? You’re such a pessimist. You’re talking about a situation of divorce. Not married life. No wonder, your views are all twisted. 😛
    A mother can definitely keep her children with her if she wants. Children are supposed to stay with the mother to a certain age and after that they have a choice to go with either of the two parents. What you’re talking about is court procedure in Pakistan. That’s not Islam. 😛

    “Since 72 sects…good luck with that”
    Making sects within Islam is forbidden by Allah. Go read the Quran for once. The so-called mullahs who have created a divide are basically practicing Islam against the gist of Islam. We’ve nothing to do with them. The laws of Islam are very straight forward. You don’t need 72 different interpretations for that. Read and see for yourself!

    “This is so laughable. A princess?……Perhaps you didn’t know that.”
    Again, you answer your question yourself by saying IF YOU DISOBEY HIM! And no Islam strictly forbids violence. In fact, Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) never laid his hand on any of his wives and he preached the same. If your wife is found guilty of something BIG, like she’s cheating on you, in that case you’re only allowed to hit her with a stick as thin as a toothbrush and hit only lightly and never hit on her face. Just to teach her a lesson. And this is if you don’t want to divorce her and are unable to forgive her. Muhammad (PBUH) regarded forgiving better. So yeah, if you’re a disloyal wife, you deserve a spanking! 😛

    “You’re right. “Fanatics” rightly applies……for making cartoons or a couple of tweets is justified.” First you provoke us and then you expect us to shut the hell up? Well, why don’t YOU shut the hell up and MYOB! This is our religion we’ve some reservations against some things. Why take the initiative? And if you do, then be ready for a befitting response! (oh, by the way, I didn’t mean you by YOU. I meant those who made the cartoons. :P)

    We’ve nothing to do with the religious leaders or mullahs or whatever. Like seriously! Stop judging us. You don’t even know a thing about our beliefs and you just keep going on and on with your ridiculous judgmental statements. Afia Siddiqui is a convicted criminal, sure. But where did Islam put women behind bars? I mean, for God’s sake! (If you believe in one, that is)

    “You’re not a scholar, you’re not even following ISlam properly…..insist on making ridiculous statements. Well, as I’ve said before, good luck to you. I’m done here trying to talk to such a confused person.”
    And how do you on earth know that she’s not following Islam properly? Nonsense!

    I’m done talking to such an ignorant person myself. First educate yourself and then come here arguing. Don’t make a joke out of yourself.

    I invite you to make a move towards understanding the true spirit of Islam, if you’re not scared to do so. If you need help with something, leave a message here, I may be around or somebody else would be. May Allah show you to the enlightened path of Hidayah and away from the obscurities of Jahilliyah!

    P.S. Excuse the typos. I don’t have the time to proof read.

  24. A real moderate and enlightened Muslim….be blessed

  25. great ! excellent ! bravo ! keep it up Sister Nayab !!!

  26. Tremendous blog Sister Nayab!

    The read in comment 9 is a marathon of crap. Lengthy response with no sense of dialogue itself is a mere display of bigotry. I wonder when would these secularists stop abusing the freedom of expression. Mr. KK, go and find your self a place that would guarantee the legitimacy of secular policing.

  27. @KK I am a not so very going to the church catholic, I don’t follow any book blindly, but as a scientist I will give my comment.
    There is something like secular extremism and it is applied by Richard Dawkins in his “The God Delusion”. Daawkins speaks with a lot of hatred towards people who believe in God and his argument is far from scientific. Add there crowds of bloggers employed to praise his ideas and also Google positioning.
    Another one may be identified as David Buss, an author of ” The evolusion of desire” who on one hand had properly indentified most of human mating strategies, on the other hand though he tries to defend men who “score” women by adressing their urge for bigger stream of genes. He also employs crowds of bloggers who praise his ideas out there.
    The social pressure these two cause in US itself is enormous. Their influence in Europe is far less seen as Europe is more balanced and any ideological conflicts in science almost do not take place here.

  28. @ the author
    1.
    You have noticed rightly phenomenon that takes place in the world and which actually started with Marxism back in the 19th century and is wrongly associated with the West only. If family is scattered and people forced to give up their religion new “religion” must emerge because we all tend to believe in something. So we are not entirely apostates even if we cosider ourselves as atheists- we are not- we only fall into new set of beliefs delivered on the plate by engineers of social change. It serves the interest of many groups: a) job market because women add to low paid workforce and themselves are not ambitious enough to ask for real salaries, b) producers of counteracceptive pills – millions of dollars flying in this business, c) corporate conglomerates- they may engage forever bachelors and forever maidens into working their asses off for long hours cause after all they have no reason to go home early.

    2. On the other hand you represent the stream what is called feminist theology. There is contemporary stream seen globally that women tend to try to find sexual equality justification in old religious texts, be it Lisa Rosenlee in her reinterpretation of Confucianism, Catholic groups of Christian feminism and also an equivalent stream in Islam. What all these three groups are blind to is the simple fact: if it is so good than why is it so bad? If my religion was so women friendly than why all the centuries going opression until late 19th century? In Poland women were banned from obtaining other education than a teacher or low level clerk until 1890’s. And there was a union of church, secular philosophers ( Jean Jacques Rosseau claimed that women deserve only such education that makes them subservient good wives), that pressurised women to stay uneducated. Edward Clarke, a Harvard professor of medicine published in 1876 a paper that stated that education during growing years may harm women reproductive chances.

    You live in modern world, the world that changed very much. You should ask your female ancestors if it was so nice to ba a woman more than 100 years ago.

    3. Lastly… this fundamentalist secularism abuses Christian belief too. Very often Jesus or Mary are portrayed in humiliating way in “freedom of expression”. Full consent here- this should be banned. But terrorism is no solution, if you want to stop vicious circle of violence you have to fight evil with good.

    Thanks for an interesting article 🙂

  29. Nayab….Bravo sis! MashaAllah you have used the talent Allah swt has gifted you with! Excellent flow of thoughts. Im so in your Fun-Damentalist team…:))

    Palwasha…now im impressed! seriously! Your reply should rightly cork up the mouth of the ignorant secular wannabes! I mean how childish it is to fall into an argument just for the sake of it? KK and the likes, your thinking shows your mental capacity and level, so a sincere dua is being made for the divine guidance for all the astrays of your sorts! May Allah swt keep us all on the Siratal Mustaqeem…IA and pour His special love so as to strive towards Allah swt’s pleasure!

  30. Nayab Very well written. Keep it up. I know exactly and understand when you say pseudo and fake liberals. They will resort to abusing you at the hint of disagreement. They will call you names, bully you on twitter and fb and will try to push you out and shut you out if you do not bow their ideologies which sadly are not even their own.
    Unfortunately both the electronic media and social networking sites are dominated by these pseudo intellectuals and and we need more people like you there who are articulate, clear and coherent and not ashamed of being a Pakistan or Muslim. Welcome

  31. Thanks a lot everyonee! & by everyone, I mean EVERYONE. Even those who didn’t like it cause it seriously means a lot 😉
    Palwasha, you’re one smart chick honey! but seriously ignore them, all they want is attention. Don’t give it to them.

  32. lol lol i know my comment is going to sound ridiculous BUT i think you could be my long lost sister or something:D LOVED it! masha`Allah may Allah put power in your pen

  33. “Extremism in any shape or form is wrong”

    Totally Agree to the above!

  34. It is really sound and utterly rational blog on Islam and woman and choice of freedom.

    Very well written article.

    Thanks Nayab
    Keep it up

  35. I read this the other day…kind of sounds confused middle of the road type ie saying “I’m a Muslim but then to appease “them” I am liberal because I’m educated”.The logic doesn’t go down too well with me to be honest,I seem to remember the words…

    “This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you and chosen for you Islam as your religion” (Holy Qur’an: 5:3) and “O you who believe! Enter into Islam wholeheartedly and follow not the footsteps of Satan. He is you avowed enemy.” (Holy Qur’an: 2:208)

    So why try to show that one is sitting on the fence,like saying “accept me”…kind of shallow and not very insightful to be honest.

  36. Nayab I’m sorry I don’t mean to hurt your feelings by my previous comments but that’s just the way I’m interpreting it…I don’t mean to pass judgement and again I apologies if I’ve hurt your sentiments,take it as constructive criticism.

  37. @ KK, Nayab and Palwasha
    Dear all!

    Arguing is the good but manners are better. Difference of opinion is great but it must lead you to knowledge. You should realize why some one disagrees with you ridiculing him/her. Please comment on each other respectfully you will have a better say.

    I personally feel that Nayyab has done an excellent job presenting modern and true picture of Islam. Her opinion seems to be based on in depth knowledge of Islam. Having knowledge of anything is not enough, understanding it is very important. And I think this is where she is different from many others.

    KK, with due respect, I am not sure if you are a Muslim or not and it does not even matter. What matters is that you should have knowledge of what you are discussing. If you do not know, please learn it first before forming an opinion. Many of the things you have pointed out, I myself have studied and I believe me you lack knowledge about them. I would suggest you to please study Islam if you are interested to talk about it. I do not have time to talk about everything you mentioned but if you want to know about anything, please let me know. I will try my best to give you an authentic reference. The only thing I want to mention is, its not only Islam which has many sects but many other religions. I am not sure about Judaism but I have studied Christianity and Hinduism to some extent and its the same in both of these religions. Having difference of opinion on little things is not an issue but it gets worst when you not willing to be tolerant.

    Appologies in advance if I hurt anyone. Stay safe!

  38. After a long time I came across a very good article about Desi Liberals

    Keep it up

  39. Bravo. Keep up the good work

  40. Good Job Nayab
    Keep it up!!
    And there i want to correct the guy Naumaan Who shard an Event from History,That was in Makkah And that Woman was Mushrik(Idol’s worshiper) not Jewish.Please be careful About Islamic History!

  41. nicely written ! Remain flexible, stay a student of life and keep posting !

  42. @someguy the things you mentioned are what some so called muslims did who call themselves muslims but after their deeds they will never be forgiven by Allah. Islam never said to beat up women aur never justified killing of innocent and none of the true muslims ever talked in favour of such deeds!! They were the people who were misled or were driven away from Allah. Allah un sabko hidayat de. But just because few muslims did something wrong you can’t accuse Islam. We see exceptions everywhere and I don’t understand why you only concentrate on the flaws why cant you see a young lady writing such a good article, a young educated muslim lady, why can’t you see that?? We dont say the people who did wrong things were ever right but we want to tell you that ISLAM never permits such things so please stop barging in something without really knowing the whole thing…
    thank you..
    and miss Nayab you trule inspire me and crores of muslims aroung the globe. I dont know you are exactly correct or not but you teach us to speak up, to debate and to reach the truth and spread it. THANK YOU very much.

  43. Amazing piece! I am totally impressed by the fact that there are staunch libero-fundamentalist voices like me out there in today’s world amidst all the falsified portrayals of the Zionist-controlled media.

    I am foreign to Pakistan so I was not really familiar with the tragedy of Afia Siddique. But I should like to add here something I found over the internet :
    (said by Yvonne Ridley,a Taliban captive who converted to Islam later on) .” When comparing my treatment to female prisoners’ held in American custody, such as Aafia Siddiqui, in Taliban’s custody I was given my full privacy as a woman, and was handed the key to the door of my cell to lock from the inside.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvonne_Ridley)

    Thanks a lot for this amazing post.It really made my day 🙂

  44. Typical Jamaat Islami way of thinking

  45. salutes for you

  46. SubhanAllah…!! Kudos

  47. @KK
    Keep your materialist non-sense and Islamophobia to sexpress trbrine.

  48. […] of their packaging and that’s their dilemma throughout their life. They even go to the extent of ridiculing Islamic values, just to ‘qualify’ being a liberal. They try to promote things which are forbidden in Islam […]

  49. I agree with your thought process. It seems like you wrote to either answer a previous question or to simply get things off your chest.
    Irrespective, i think with any kind of rant, we should allways provide a solution to the problems the society faces.
    Keep at it!
    Definitely refreshing reading an orchestrated thought rather than 140 characters 🙂

  50. Nayab, I am proud of you and am truly happy with whatever your doing .. Keep it going !

  51. A brilliant read.
    “Extremism in any shape or form is wrong, be it religious or secular”. “I’m liberal but it doesn’t mean I look at everything as a rebel”. I hope people understand these two lines.

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