So I Accidentally Bought a Muslim Newspaper

Posted by Rozar 5 years, 10 months ago to News
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I ran into a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes when I saw the last remaining copy of said news paper. It had a headline that was chastising Obama so I brought it to the counter to buy it. I remember asking the attendant if it was free and he gave me a really weird look, which after reading the paper I understand. He probably didn't even want me to buy it. It says a lot of scary stuff. Mostly because it is hidden really well. I can see a lot of people reading this and not reading between the lines. I posted two of the most horrific parts.


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  • Posted by Erika 5 years, 10 months ago
    I have lived in Saudi Arabia for going on 7 years after living in other parts of the Middle East for over 9, teaching in different universities. I am NOT a Muslim but have a lot of Muslim friends and colleague. These articles are not what the Middle East and Eastern Arabs are talking about, this is strictly from a corrupt extremist group. I have run into Americans who have converted to Islam and for the most part, they have turned out to me more radical then the Arabs who were born into Muslim homes.

    During one Ramadan dinner I was invited to, I met members of an American group that had moved to Dubai to start a school. Now, this was an Emirati home where the women socialized with women and the men were in separate rooms. Normally, than when women are together, headscarves, abayas, naquabs (veils), and gloves come off since they are in the company of other women. In the case of these converted American Muslims, nothing came off, even during diner they ate with their gloves on. Of course it was an insult to the hostess but these women saw it as their way to live their brand of Islam. That is NOT the mainstream, just as this newspaper and these articles are not the mainstream.


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    • Posted by 5 years, 10 months ago
      I'm glad to hear that. I don't encounter Muslims very often and only for short amounts of time so it's good to hear your experience with them. Every group has extremists. I just have a severe distrust of religious people in general.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 5 years, 10 months ago
    It's interesting you happened on this. My church happens to be reading a book called Acts of Faith about this topic. http://www.fusmadison.org/patel

    I'm only 10% through it, but it's about how normal religious extremists are. They're into normal interests like cars or sports. If they're living in a foreign country, their parents find enclaves of people from their own country and live that life. The kids are caught between two worlds, and there are these extremists who target them. The extremists start out with a strict/strong brand of Islam and quickly move to logical fallacies to move people toward extremism. By chance the author got involved with the YMCA instead of these groups. Despite the word Christian in their name, they didn't try to push him to become Christian; they just taught good values. He's saying we need more YMCA-like people to offset extremists.

    This newspaper is a little different because it seems to be about the African American branch of Islam. The author wants separate but equal education? We tried that over 100 years ago. I hope the book I'm reading gets into the African American brand of religious extremism.

    I know very little about this, but it seems to me Islam would be better off with some sort of Pope-like figure who used to be a Caliph in charge of an empire but not [Correction: "but now"] just runs the religion and sets boundaries about what's too extreme. Maybe they have one, but I've never heard of it.
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    • Posted by 5 years, 10 months ago
      That's actually a really good point. If they had some kind of Central organization to follow it would be easier for the rest of the world to hold that central power more accountable.
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