My Response to Inaccuracies About Islam in ‘The Hindu’ Article

May 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Lauren Booth's Diary, Religion, World
laurenbooth_profileThis is my response to an article on The Hindu which has several inaccuracies about Islam.”Dear Editor of The Hindu,
In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficient the Most Merciful,As a Muslim convert featured in your article, I would like to request an explanation for several statements which appeared alongside my photo;In your editorial, on UK converts to Islam, you claimed that ; ‘Most converts were particularly critical of the concept of Sharia Council or courts operating in Britain, seeing them as a threat to women’s rights.’

In response, I refer you to the following substantive report issued in 2011 by Faith Matters. The first section of the Faith Matters report clearly states; ‘The majority of converts feel that there is no natural conflict between being a devour Muslim and living in the UK’. Also, ‘The vast majority of women changed their appearance after conversion with a significant majority adopting the hijab (either straight away or after some time)’. These findings are at odds with your spurious claim that ‘we’, as converts to Islam, fear our new faith and reject Sharia-based concepts. I have never met a convert to Islam to state such a thing and would request the basis on which you make such a statement.

At the start of your article you also make this claim ;..‘the fact is that Muslim women are more vulnerable to misogyny and cultural prejudices of their menfolk than women of any other faith. The more “Islamic” a society, the fewer individual freedoms its women enjoy’.The Quran remains the only scripture to categorically and comprehensively assert a wide ranging and comprehensive series of protections for women in relation to property, inheritance, marriage and divorce.In the area of economic rights, we have to remember that in Europe until the 19th century, women did not have the right to own their own property. When they were married, either it would transfer to the husband or she would not be able to dispense of it without permission of her husband. More than 1300 years earlier, that right was clearly established in Islamic law.

“Whatever men earn, they have a share of that and whatever women earn, they have a share in that.” [Noble Quran 4:32]Please note the word ‘earn’ here clearly denoting a woman’s right to employment.
By definition, in a truly Islamic society, there must be women physicians, women nurses, women teachers, because it’s preferable also to separate teenagers in the volatile years in high school education. And if she chooses to work, or if she’s married with the consent of her husband, she’s entitled to equal pay, not for equal work, but for work of equal worth.At the time of marriage, it is the duty of the husband, not the bride’s family, to pay for a marital gift. The Quran called it a gift, and it is exclusively the right of the woman. If the woman happened to own any property prior to marriage, she retains that property after marriage. It remains under her control.As far as treatment of daughters is concerned, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Anyone who has two daughters, and did not bury them, did not insult them and brought them up properly, he and I will be like this,” holding his two fingers close together. Another version adds, “And also did not favor his sons over daughters.”

For many more Quranic examples of women’s rights please follow the relevant link below from Islamswomen.com.

It is necessary, as you have chosen to falsely assert that Muslim women suffer more misogyny ‘than women of any other faith’ to point out a series of online reports into Hinduism.

Lipika Sharma states in her academic piece; ‘Since time immemorial the framing of all laws (Hinduism) have been exclusively for the benefit of man, and woman has been treated as subservient. the Hindo Succession Act of 1956 is one of the living examples of the fact that laws are Patriarchal in nature.’

Whilst, the following research article of 2012 which appeared in the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law found;

‘The status of women in India is both poignant and paradoxical. There exists a wide chasm between the de facto and de jure position of women. From cradle to grave, the violence, abuse, and exploitation that girls and women encounter, both in the private and public realms, remain unparalleled and largely unaddressed. The reasons are multifaceted. The age old feudalistic and patriarchal underpinnings of the Indian societal, communal, and familial life have been the primordial causes for this subordinate and secondary status, as women within this framework are viewed as property of men’. 

In an especially disturbing article a young, female, Indian writer goes into detail about traditional Brahmic and Hindu teachings about such horrors as ‘wife burning’ ‘bride burning’ and the slaughter of baby girls.

‘BRIDE-BURNING 
…The extent of bride-burning is astonishing. ” Government figures show that at least 7300 women were killed by their in-laws in the first nine months of 1995 for bringing inadequate dowries.” [ 2 Men ] This custom of dowry has divine sanction, since the Ramayana explicitly mentions that Sita brought a huge dowry for Rama. Worse still is the custom of consuming the flesh of the burnt brides according to the Vedic `purushamedha’. After the helpless brides are burnt alive, their bodies are cooked as if they were some animal and their flesh consumed by the pious Hindu family of the bridegroom. In addition to destroying evidence of any crime, the pious Hindus also `gain merit’ by performing the `holy’ Vedic purushamedha (human sacrifice). This custom, more than any other, reveals the beastly nature of the Hindu male’.

Now I wish to state very clearly that the articles I relate to here are merely part of a 20 minute online search. They should therefore in no way clearly be seen as a comprehensive summary of the role – or status- enjoined by Hindu teachings relating to women. I put them here merely to show how simple it is provide unknowing readers a limited – or even misleading – view of a faith.

Thus, Hasan Suroor’s assertion that Islam does not provide women with either protection or rights when compared with other faiths, can only be viewed two ways; either as poor research or as a deliberate attempt to present a false and negative image of Islam to your readers. I would like my photo removed from the said article. In the interests of good journalism I suggest you either remove or rewrite the incorrect sections.

If you need help in your research into Islam, I will be happy to put you in touch with several renowned scholars to assist in this matter.

I ask Allah to forgive any errors I have made in this and all matters and All Praise is for Him alone.

Yours Sincerely,

Lauren Booth
Journalist and Broadcaster

References:
http://www.islamswomen.com/articles/do_muslim_women_have_rights.php
http://faith-matters.org/images/stories/fm-reports/a-minority-within-a-minority-a-report-on-converts-to-islam-in-the-uk.pdf
http://www.oocities.org/realitywithbite/hindu.htm
http://www.academia.edu/1117933/Women_Property_Rights_Under_Hindu_Law
https://litigation-essentials.lexisnexis.com/webcd/app
Lauren Booth

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Lauren Booth is a freelance journalist, broadcaster, and human rights activist. Her ground breaking TV series on 'Remember Palestine' and 'Diaspora' have revealed new truths about the Occupation of Palestine. Booth speaks at international conferences on Islam in the 21st Century and women issues. She is the Chair and Co-Founder of Peace Trail and Patron of Cage Prisoner. Booth is currently authoring her keenly awaited autobiography "Journey to Islam."

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  1. May Allah Subhanahu Tahala Bless you and give you more strength to shut the unbelievers down
    Asalamu Halaikum

  2. A very balanced and apt response. Bless you.

  3. May you remain steadfast in Islam (the only truth)

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  5. may allah reward u sister for what ur doing for islam…..

  6. A very well written response, full of knowledge and evidence…

  7. Asalaamualaikum Sister….
    Alhumdulillah it is really good to see that people are steadfast in telling the truth irrespective of Faith.

    But in this case, as Muslims or Muslim image is being corrupted more and more by these articles, it is always good to see someone standing upto them with what is just and truth…

    Allah swt bless you and us all with the just and truthful path….

  8. Don’t understand why we still need to address sister Lauren Booth as the sister in law of Ex British PM. Sister has her own personality & her own identity. By virtue of her work, she doesn’t need an introduction. I hope u understand my point or may be i am missing the point here, will obliged if the editor could shed more light on the issue.

  9. Assalaamualaykum Rahmatullaahi wa Barkaatahu Lauren Booth, my Good, Dear and Respected Elder Sister in Islam…………………………..
    May Allaah SwT bless you in both worlds, keep it up…………………..
    Wassalaam
    Mohammad Ashad
    UG Student, MED, AMU,
    Aligarh, India……………………………….

  10. Women in Islam are nothing but sex slaves

  11. dear sister in islam happy to see the prompt response.expect more from your pen

  12. Alhamdulillah….allah has blessed you to write well..think logically and act sharply and swiftly. Being a student of sociology from india ..i have really come to know how hinduism discriminates women….At the time of Hindu marriage the bride is blessed by the priest “ASHTA PUTHRA SOUBHAGYAVATHI BHAVA”…May you be blessed with 8 sons…Why is it so? Aren’t girls blessings?

  13. Assalamu alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuh wa maghfiratahu,

    Masha ALLAH very well replied sister… May ALLAH keep you with good heath, increase your knowledge & keep taking good work from you.. ALLAH HUMMA AMEEN SUMMA AMEEN YA RABBAL AALAMEEN

  14. “I put them here merely to show how simple it is provide unknowing readers a limited – or even misleading – view of a faith”, this part of your word at the end of the article was VERY illustrative of how someone can twist the truth or malign ones faith. Beautiful reply.

  15. A very well developed reply . Thank sister Lauren.

  16. I have several statements to make about this article. In the response to the disgusting treatment of women by sharia councils, Lauren completely ignores the issue and starts talking about how converts like to wear the hijab. What is the correlation between that and sharia councils? Wearing a hijab is not the issue or a threat to women’s right. If lots of converts wish to wear the hijab than great. It was stated that Sharia councils are considered a threat to women’s rights (which is true considering what has come into light about how they fail to protect women from abusive marriages and inequality). Nothing about what Muslim women like to wear so clearly she has failed to address that issue.

    In the next issue, it was stated that women in Islamic countries don’t have as much freedom and rights, which again is true. Not one Muslim country has any law against marital rape and even less against wife beating. And much more abuses. One can use the qu’ran to defend this, but again the statement wasn’t necessarily talking about religion per se, but how it is implemented by its followers. She is also wrong about Europe in the 19th century. Women could inherit through the maternal line and in special consideration, but of course it wasn’t the same as a mans. Women 1300 years ago could also inherit, it was just much more difficult. Muhammad’s first wife was the owner of a great business and a wealthy merchant. Women in noble classes in Europe were arranged in special marriages to relatives or other noble classes to preserve their inheritance. Basically ancient and medieval Europe were the same as Islam. Giving women the right to inherit, but not the equality to inherit. Now that has changed, but not for Muslim women according to Surah al Nisa. I suppose I love how she quotes a ‘truly Islamic society.’ Saudi Arabia? Women can’t work without the permission of their male ‘guardians,’ can’t go out alone, can’t drive and are forced to wear garbage bags. Is this your true Islamic society?
    “she’s married with the consent of her husband, she’s entitled to equal pay”.,,,,, Why does a woman need the ‘consent’ of her husband? Does he own her? Is she his property?

    “At the time of marriage, it is the duty of the husband, not the bride’s family, to pay for a marital gift. The Quran called it a gift, and it is exclusively the right of the woman. If the woman happened to own any property prior to marriage, she retains that property after marriage. It remains under her control.”

    Ah yes the Mahar. It would make me sick watching relatives discuss how much their daughter is ‘worth’ like they were assessing some filly. This mahar is in fact not a lovely bridal gift, but a contract understanding. Islamic websites like Islam q and a make it clear that this mahar is something a woman must use to give to her husband if she wants a divorce and any other payment he asks for.

    Now I agree with the author that Muslim women are not the only women who suffer under misogyny. Most religions promote chauvinism regardless, however little is being done by Muslims themselves to uplift the status of women in their own societies and that is the problem.

  17. I am proud of you my dear sister…May Allah shower his mercy on you…

  18. sister assalam alaikum,
    the ayat mentioning about earning a woman is not about earning in this world but hereafter. although a muslim woman can work for earn money in some situation but only that kind a job where her hijab can be maintained.
    jazakallah

  19. Truly the holy quran is a book and the verses revealed are of Allah(subanwatallah)May allah bless you for wonderfully explaining every thing

  20. Wonder full Reply to Hindu(Fanatics),May you remain steadfast in Islam (the only truth) & May Allah Shower His All Blessings ours you & Whole Muslim Ummah (Ameen)

  21. assalam alaikum sister u r doing a great job islam needs more media persons like u

  22. MashaAllah sister. we have a great experience with indian media as being kashmiri. indian media is always anti islamic. they always befool d people. may Allah bless u. plz pray for islamic kashmir

  23. Thats good answer but this is our problem we never read any artucle in details or search what other people write about Islam. We should as a muslim, be a good embassedor of Islam. Thanks to her to give the true picture about Islam. May Allah give us strength to tell everybody about the True Islam. Aameeen.

  24. As far as the
    question of equality
    between men and
    women from an
    Islamic perspective is
    concerned, discussing it makes
    no sense. It’s just like
    comparing a rose and
    a jasmine. Both have
    their distinct
    perfume, color, beauty and shape.
    Both are special in
    their own way.
    Similarly, men and
    women are not the
    same; each has its own special features
    and characteristics.
    “Women are not
    equal to men,
    neither are men
    equal to women”. Both have been
    assigned certain
    rights and duties that
    go with their nature
    and constitution. Man enjoys certain
    privileges like social
    authority and
    freedom, but in
    order to enjoy these,
    he has to perform various heavy duties.
    It is his prime
    responsibility to
    support his family
    even if his wife
    possesses great wealth. A man has to
    support his whole
    family and
    sometimes close
    relatives as well. A
    woman on the other does not have to
    worry about these
    financial obligations.
    There is always a
    family structure
    where she can take refuge from all the
    social and economic
    pressures. But in
    return of these
    privileges, she also
    has many responsibilities, of
    which the most
    important is to
    provide a home for
    her family and bring
    her children up properly. Therefore,
    the Shariah
    encourages the roles
    of men and women
    being
    complementary rather than
    competitive. The
    Muslim men and
    women who are
    able to shoulder
    their responsibilities well and create a
    well knit family are
    responsible for
    creating a strong
    Muslim society. The verse in the Holy
    Quran clearly says
    that men and
    women are created
    from one single self,
    to act as each other’s guides and fulfill the
    mutual obligation of
    “enjoining what is
    right and forbidding
    what is wrong”.

  25. I would like to convey the editors of the hindu that readers are not dumb morons. Consumers of media have more authentic and more stronger sources to analyze truth. If you can’t use your intellectual honesty and if you can’t publicize genuine information and if you don’t have guts to put honest efforts to research, investigate and analyze..you should not dig your nose in the affairs which are none of your concern.

  26. “Women are not
    equal to men,
    neither are men
    equal to women”. Both have been
    assigned certain
    rights and duties that
    go with their nature
    and constitution.

  27. Dear Author,

    While your views on Islam may be accurate, you have certainly got the Hindu scriptures on women wrong. Whatever women’s fate in India is today, (and the fate of many many Muslim women in the Muslim world is no better) your views of the Vedic injunctions are very inaccurate. If you must write on them, I would recommend that you read them first, so you do not sound so ignorant.

    Hinduism is the oldest living faith surviving for more than two thousand years and undoubtedly many corrupt practices have made their way in to it, Also please remember, Hinduism does not have one book only, There are books which have been added over the years and may have nothing to do with the core of the philosophy Therefore do not be selective. The Rg Veda calls the woman the crown of the family and the man, and widow remarriage is permitted and spoken of. The Vedas are also the only scriptures in the world that include hymns written by women – testifying to their authority and position in society.
    Millions of Hindu women are not dumb fools to remain and follow the religion.
    I wish you all the best with your religion but it is unfortunate that in order to defend it you have to rundown others. Further, Hassan Suroor is not from the Hindu faith but from the Muslim community himself. And in spite of its name ‘The Hindu’ has nothing to do with Hinduism. For your information.

  28. Assalam O Alaikum sister Lauren Booth,
    May Allah bless you with the success of both the worlds.Needless to say you are a brave warrior of Islam and a ray of hope for the sisters and mothers in the Islamic world.The disinformation war against Muslims in general and specially in India is widespread.Indian media is run and financed by anti Islamic ,right wing Hindu Nationalists who consider Islam and Msulims as their enemies and do everything in their capacity to defame, misrepresent and demonize us.
    It’s amazing to see your strong objection to their false propaganda , a sign of your ever powrful believe in the true faith.I would be glad to be in touch with you to further the cause of Islam in India.
    Thank you and stay blessed.
    Arshad Mohsin

  29. A Momina is fearless tigeress who never accepts any accusation.This is sign of glittering Imaan. May Allah bless you for presenting your views in the light of Holy Quran.

  30. dear aditi.bhaduri…Lauren booth has already mentioned tht whtever she has wriiten abt hinduism in her article is just a 20min googling…she has just put an analogy to make people understand and thts how she tells the editor and acknowledge people of two possiblities tht are either lack of knowledge or delibrate action.
    and for u dear…u must be a highly educated girl…i invite u to know ISLAM completely…so why not start it as soon as possible…i didnot mean tht u try to knw islam only but at first know ur religionHINDUISM completely….n then try to expand your knowledge of GOD by reading QURAN with its meaning….

    dear aditi hope u vl surely do this despite of your busy schedule…as ultimately we all have to DIE …so why not seek some knowlege of theONE to whom all human beings hv returned…returning…and vl return.

    ALL THE VERY BEST …MAY ALLAH OPEN UR HEART FOR UNDERSTANDING!

  31. Assalamu alaykum….
    A very important thing to be kept here in mind is, that what sister Lauren has replied is an answer to the wrong notion raised by The Hindu. Her motive is not to malign the beleif in any case. She just wants to make clear that certain arenas can send extremely negative signals. Her reply is indeed apt to point out a thing from Hindu scriptute rather than a persons viewpoint, unlike the so called unbiased journalism as practiced by The Hindu.
    And Miss Aditi Bhaduri, thank you for pointing the obvious in the end of your reply!
    May Allah provide you with Istiqamah in His Deen, my beloved sister Lauren Booth… Aameen ya rabbal aalameen…

  32. actually this is a common confussion about islaam. dear editor of the hindu, islam is a complete and perfect religion, if some thing is wrong it is in muslims not islaam.

  33. I stand and salute sister in Islam for such a great response…

  34. It was ok to defend whatever you believe in, but why try to discredit some other culture you don’t know anything about?
    no religion is the only truth. there are several paths.
    all ‘books’ which try to manipulate people have obviously been tampered with.
    why is in some religions a woman’s word is not good as a man’s?
    how can a 20- min net search can be the basis of such strong opinions?

    discard all religions, embrace universal love. see the humanity and divinity in yourself and others. Do not let yourself be tied up in narrow beliefs.
    Everybody be blessed!

  35. Dear Author,
    I am afraid from ‘your Bit of Change’. Your hatred about others, will make this earth hell. Please, understand the fact that if you believe somebody misunderstood your viewpoint, then you have every right to put your view. But showing others’ ugly face to them will not remove your sin yet make you more sinner.
    Whatever comment you made about ‘Hinduism’ all of them are your interpretation. Please not quote any writer belonging from any religion as they have no religion except the religion of writing, and that may be biased because of so many reasons; you know few names like Mr. Salman Rusdie and Ms. Taslima Nasrin.
    Let me come to the point of misinterpretation and allow me to misinterpret your statement made on behalf of ‘quran’ one of the most precious gifts to mankind. You wrote, “At the time of marriage, it is the duty of the husband, not the bride’s family, to pay for a marital gift. The Quran called it a gift, and it is exclusively the right of the woman. If the woman happened to own any property prior to marriage, she retains that property after marriage. It remains under her control.”
    My misinterpretation is — It is not a gift but a form of price paid for commodity (bride) purchased so that owner of the gift (bride) will have every control over the gift and person paid (husband) will have every control over gift owner.
    Based on the same Philosophy you have interpreted “dowry brought by Sita”. Keep your hatred aside and think about you, assume its your marriage, do you think your father will give something, some wealth even as token of love or just send you in simple ordinary cloths. Still if you want to know about respect paid to women in Ramayana then try to understand an act of Ravana (a Devil) who abducted Sita and kept her in most beautiful place in Lanka ‘Ashok Vatika’ i.e., a garden which relieves eternal pain. Here, every God has counterpart Goddess.
    How much you know about ‘Hinduism’ is evident from your statements and its association with Vedas. All Vedas are written in Sanskrit and the word ‘Hindu’ has Persian origin (http://www.shraddhananda.com/Meaning_and_Origin_Of_The_Word_Hindu.html). As far as my knowledge none of Vedas or related books have used ‘Hindu’ word even once. Hinduism is a way of life not a religion at all. The religion of Vedas is ‘SANATAN DHARMA’ i.e. ‘eternal way’.
    If you talk about even India, the condition of women stated deteriorating after ‘Mughals’ invaded in India (http://www.questia.com/library/history/asian-history/south-asian-history/india/women-in-india). They even established ‘special women market’ treated women like commodity.
    Remember whatever conditions exist throughout world, those are not because of any religion but because of us, because of human. None of the religion, discriminate among mankind instead assimilate them.
    My last words, ” YOU CAN’T PROVE YOURSELF RIGHT BY PROVING OTHERS WRONG, INSTEAD PROVE YOURSELF RIGHT AND LETS OTHERS PLAY THEIR ROLE”.

  36. Jazaki Allahu khairan sister, and the editor of Hindu and ol non muslims shoud accept the truth of Islam instead of using these useless tactics to malign It (Islam), which In sha Allah they never can. It’s the truth and the only way of Life 4 ol human beings from their only God-(Allah)…

    Allahu Akbar

  37. Jazaki Allahu khairan sister, and the editor of
    Hindu and ol non muslims shoud accept the truth
    of Islam instead of using these useless tactics to
    malign It (Islam), which In sha Allah they never
    can. It’s the truth and the only way of Life 4 ol
    human beings from their only God-(Allah)… Allahu Akbar

  38. Dear Balram,

    I understand you getting upset by authors lines on hinduism, but my friend I am afraid you have skipped a point she was trying to make. Please have a look at the author’s lines :

    Now I wish to state very clearly that the articles I relate to here are merely part of a 20 minute online search. They should therefore in no way clearly be seen as a comprehensive summary of the role – or status- enjoined by Hindu teachings relating to women. I put them here merely to show how simple it is provide unknowing readers a limited – or even misleading – view of a faith.

    She has got nothing against Hinduism or any other religion. In fact it is clearly instructed in the Quran that muslims are not allowed to talk ill of any other religion. If she would have done so, you would not have seen so many muslims praising her. It is but obvious that you cannot achieve superiority by belittling others.

    Her statements on hinduism were just to bring to notice the ease and convenience with which anyone could portray something in bad light or provide misleading information. She urges the reader to not see her views as a “comprehensive summary of the role” of a woman in hinduism but to understand that by selectively choosing data and misrepresenting facts you could turn the table to any religion and disgrace it.

    I am aghast at the sheer ignorance and uncalled for misrepresentation of a religion done by THE HINDU. Up until now, I used to have it in high regard for being a just and unbiased publication. I am saddened by the careless misrepresentation of a religion by them. I hope they accept, apologize and rectify their mistake so that people like me can still dare to put their trust atleast in a few selected media houses.

  39. Dear Javed,
    You are right while saying that I am upset but I did not skip any point. Moreover, in my previous writeup I have already cleared that ‘Hinduism’ is not a religion at all; it is a way of life/ a philosophy of life.
    Please, try to understand my previous words: ‘they (writers) have no religion except the religion of writing, and that may be biased because of so many reasons’. while making this statement I am including Ms. Lauren Booth also. And now read her words again (repeated by you), “Now I wish to state very clearly that the articles I relate to here are merely part of a 20 minute online search. They should therefore……..”.
    She handicapped her with a false claim ’20 minutes of online search’. Such prolific writer, a admirable journalist, talking about ‘GLOBAL PEACE AND UNITY’ has just 20 minute online background on such serious issue. See her way to portray the story. She claims her statement ‘MAY’ have interpretation (compare with mine where I explicitly mentioned misinterpretation). The claims ” Ramayana explicitly mentions” and “beastly nature of the Hindu male” etc and the intensity with which they have used followed with a soft ‘wish’ instead of declaration. My friend, beast is just beast, they may have a reason but no religion. I do admire her works even her philosophy behind accepting ‘islam’ but I condemned her falsified portray. Just I wanted to convey here, instead of even taking an example of others’ brutality, take an example of ‘goodness’ and then justify your goodness and DO NOT COMPARE; AS THERE IS NO WAY TO COMPARE TWO RELIGIONS, THERE IS NO WAY COMPARE BIBLE/QURAN/VEDAS. IT SHOULD BE ON THE GUIDELINES OF ” I am right but you are not wrong hence both of us are right” THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE ‘GLOBAL PEACE AND UNITY’ NOT ALL THESE PROPAGANDA (Whomsoever is doing).

  40. Why would they need their husband’s consent to work if they are equal?

  41. assalmoalikum sister
    you have give very straight and prompt answer . Many of our sisters have also raised such questions about islam but due to of inadequate knolwedge . Your answer has cleared many doubts.

  42. Assalam Alaekum, Hats off, May Allah bless you…. Azhar Merchant, an Indian and a true Muslim :)

  43. Great article and aptly… If Allah has blessed us with some talent, it doesnt mean we use it for misinforming the people… Great Article…

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  45. [...] to reply to inaccuracies in the article (Lauren Booth, cited in the article has already done so on her blog) but would like to point out that such a negative tone in the article doesn’t go well with [...]

  46. A very Nice response . Since I am a great fan of this newpaper. I was shocked the way “THE HINDU” sounding so lame in that article . I think they have to check their input to be less mediocre and biased by external sources.
    Great reply Sister !!
    Ali Muzaffar
    Undergraduate, Engineering
    Aligarh Muslim University
    India

  47. Well written, an excellent reply by Ms. Booth. I have also read the hasty reading and replies by Ms. Bhaduri, Balram and Alexandria. They proved it beyond doubt that such people like them will remain lost till Allah swt so wills to lift the blinds from their eyes. No need to argue and explain to them whom logic reason and good counsel has been denied yet. If and when Allah wills, they too shall see the light of truth through the haze of Shirk.

  48. Asslam Walekum,

    Great reply, we have to spread the knowledge of islam and must have to reply against any misconception about islam

  49. May ALMIGHTY ALLAH BLESS YOU INCREASE IN YOUR RUTBA _ STATUS INTHIS WORLD AND HEREINAFTER

  50. Assalamu alikum..
    I am proud of you seeing your spirit in Islam.but sister it would be nice if you focus more on the core of Islamic concept of woman than comparison with women of hindu literatures. Your statement may hurt our Hindu brothers and sisters. Islamic concept of woman is more important in this materialistic world especially in western world were women considered not more than an object. Women were highly mistaken about their values, she considered undue importance to external appearence and trying to reveal as much as possible of her sacred body in order to satisfy this greedy society, she got trapped in the globalized world where women considered nothing other than a sex object. May Allah protect us from all evil things.

  51. Dear sister in Islam,
    This is the part of yellow journalism very much prevalent in my country just to malign the image of Islam. The example of false propaganda is evident in the literature circulated by RSS(Rashtrya swayam sevak sangh) , a purely communal organisation. One member of its think tank Mr. P.N. Oak has written a book in five volumes, giving several contorted and distorted logic to justify his claims. The name of the book is’ Vishv ka vedic Itihas,
    (The Vedic History of World). For example he says , Christianity is distorted form Krist neeti , the polity of Great Hindu god Krishna. This is just one example and there is many more , infact the book is full of such false
    claims.

  52. JazakAllah, May Almighty bestow us sense to understand our religion in the way our Dearest Prophet (SAW) practised it and make it clear to the world that ISLAM is the religion of peace, tranquility and solace, and clear the misunderstanding that prevails in world outside as well as inside islam, If the muslims start practising islam as per shariah, the world will be no doubt get magnitised,& pulled towards the ultimate reality, May ALLAH bestow us with iman.

  53. masha allah
    we need more women like you to spread true islam

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  55. Commendable and appropriate reply by our sister in Islam. May God give guidance to us all in Islam to know it`s true spirit. We are proud of you.Allah ho Akbar.

  56. @Alexandria…listen, the objections which you have raised about islam is not a new thing,there have been many before you having same objections..I suggest you to find answers for your objections through islamic sources because if you go to a non islamic source and try to find them obviously you will not find correct answers for it and keep one thing in mind if a muslim does something wrong that does not mean islam is wrong..

  57. Mr Alexander, you are confused, what you are doing is mixing culture with Islam. Islam in its pristine form protects men and women alike. When a woman demands a divorce from her husband it has to have a compelling reason. Mental and physical torture, impotence are the grounds. A gift is a gift and a women does not have to return whole or part of it.
    Muslims in different parts of the world have adopted different traditions, from clothes, food and laws which has nothing to do with Islam.
    If I criticize a certain religion then I must produce a solid evidence in the nature of Scripture or sunna (sayings or traditions) not plucking or taking it out of context. Do research and cross check.
    Mr Alexander in todays atmosphere a Muslim and Islam has become favorite whipping boy.
    There are more women are accepting Islam then men and some of these women are highly educated.
    Syed

  58. I’ll immediately seize your rss as I can’t to find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service.
    Do you have any? Kindly permit me know in order that I could subscribe.
    Thanks.

  59. gud job…………………….continue it………may allah guide u through ur endevours

  60. I do not see any contradiction between statments

    ‘The majority of converts feel that there is no natural conflict between being a devour Muslim and living in the UK’. Also, ‘The vast majority of women changed their appearance after conversion with a significant majority adopting the hijab (either straight away or after some time)’

    and
    ‘Most converts were particularly critical of the concept of Sharia Council or courts operating in Britain, seeing them as a threat to women’s rights.’

    The first statement says that the Government or other administrative setups do not place any hurdle in practice of Islam, unlike countries which are fiercely secular like France where the children are not allowed to wear any religious symbols in schools.

    The second statement says that the converts feel that the threat to their freedom is from Sharia council or court. So, one statement doesn’t contradict the other.

  61. The statement
    ‘Most converts were particularly critical of the concept of Sharia Council or courts operating in Britain, seeing them as a threat to women’s rights.’

    is not that of `The Hindu’. It is a statement in the executive summary of the report
    ***************************************************************************
    `NARRATIVES of
    CONVERSION TO ISLAM
    Female Perspectives
    Professor Yasir Suleiman
    Project Leader and Founding Director
    Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies,
    University of Cambridge
    in Association with
    The New Muslims Project, Markfield
    *************************************************
    This is point no 26 in the executive summary of the report available from
    http://www.cis.cam.ac.uk/assets/media/narratives_of_conversion_report.pdf
    The statement in the report is:
    `Participants were
    especially critical of the concept of Sharia Council/courts operating in
    Britain in terms of the courts’ potential to jeopardise the rights of
    women.’

  62. Ironically maligning Islam is a day-job for media big-wigs like CNN,BBC,ABC,CBC,The Guardian,Washington Post etc. As obvious as it seems most of the Indian media like the The Hindu,Times of India, CNN-IBN are copy cats. No one ever asks or understands why the above do malign in first thought.The simplest reason being Islam is the idea which stands as an existential threat to the very fundamental socio-political-economic system of the west. It was well said by renowned scholar Dr.Israr Ahmed – “Islam as a religion is more than widely accepted and encouraged much more by the west but as a socio-political-economic system it is an existential threat to them”.So they have resources,money and power to malign and push Islam the system to brink.In Afghanistan , the coalition forces today have realized that they can’t fight as it was not like in Iraq where they destroyed a statue of Saddam and declared their victory because they are fighting against a most resilient and powerful Idea which is not man-made or formulated in some one’s head.So they have dropped their arms and coming back to tables for reconciliation and also they can’t stop Islam from entering their own backyard and enlightening people and provoking them to ponder and think over about the Grand Designer of all things and submit to his will over this finite material world.Today most of the gulf countries are not completely adhering to shariah in their deliverance of justice in some critical aspects like – Balance and distribution of rights to a man and women, Rights of Producer and Consumer,Rights of Governments over people and vice-versa,Ironically the gulf countries are pseudo-controlled by Uncle Sam and his allies.US is today’s Roman Empire but It is also true that Roman Empire too had its shot.

  63. Mr. Nazir Hussain et al,
    Did you notice my earlier post? The statement
    `Most converts were particularly critical of the concept of Sharia Council or courts operating in Britain, seeing them as a threat to women’s rights.`
    is not from a Islamophobic source, certainly not `The Hindu’, but the report of an academic exercise, a serious study of the problems faced by women who have converted to Islam. The participants talks of the attitudes of the `Heritage Muslims’ towards them. The above quote, whose source is given in my earlier post is from this report. There are many Islamophobic writings, but you cannot accuse this report of being Islamophobic.

  64. The Hindu did the grave mistake of not getting permission from Lauren Booth to print her photograph. Don’t you Hindus who are defending the Hindu in all sorts of ways understand this much? Publishing her photograph along with the so called research on the feeling of the majority of the converts about Sharia implies she is part of the “majority” which she is not. She rightly questions how dare the Hindu do it? I think she is right about it. Please, all Hindus who have tried to defend the Hindu and defame Lauren take your words back and offer an apology to Lauren and at the same time ask the Hindu to remove her photograph and tender her an unconditional apology.

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