This is a general response to the people of the inter-web who have habitually attacked Islam under the pretense of having "higher moral values" or a more "logical" frame of mind by which they slander Islam using concocted one-sided, biased, stereotypical schema s with a predisposition towards a skewered and hate-filled rant which could arguably be to vent off spiteful everyday "in-built" anger. The use of the oft-repeated humorless joke "snackbar" would be one example of this.
Several comments and threads discuss the backwardness of Islam and the "bronze-age" rules which it follows. Islam has been accused of mistreatment of Women countless times, and for some reason unbeknownst to logic some people here have added a disgusting trait called honor-killing into the fold of Islam. Now unfortunately a few Muslim apologetic s have fueled this fire by trying to compare Islam to the West with the argument that Islam is actually very much in tune and similar to western ideals. This is a total load of rubbish.
Let's set things straight. Islam for the whole part does not follow the practices of western civilization, thank goodness for that. For this argument i will be taking the United States as an example, though the ratio of numbers do not stray too far off in other western countries, lets observe: (sources can be provided upon request)
- Calculations average 45 murders per day in the U.S
- approx 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year
- Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds. (UN Study On The Status of Women, Year 2000)
- average of three women killed everyday by intimate partner
www.ok.gov/health/documents/Lethality_Assessment.pdf- of all women murdered in the U.S, about 1/3 were killed by intimate partner
- Over 22 Million women in the U.S raped in their lifetime
- in total 18% of the women in the U.S have experienced either attempted rape or rape
- FBI estimates that only 37% of all rapes are reported to the police. U.S. Justice Department statistics are even lower, with only 26% of all rapes or attempted rapes being reported to law enforcement officials.
FBI, Uniform Crime Reports 2001
- 1 in 4 women experience rape or attempted rape during college
Youth Risk Behavior Survellience 2009
- estimated that every two minutes in the U.S, someone is sexually assaulted
U.S Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization survey 2006-2010
- In 2006, 78,000 children were sexually abused. Because majority of cases are not reported, it is estimated that the real number could be anywhere from 260,000-650,000 a year
Child Maltreatment 2006 U.S Report
- 747,408 registered sex offenders in the country
The National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) 2006
- One Million Incest Victim reports. Number due to non-reporting expected to be several times higher. Estimates are at between 10-20 million.
- U.S Courts handle an estimates 1.7 Million cases involved with youth
- Over 70,000 kids in Juvenile detention each year
- More than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail or prison
- More than 2.3 million people behind bars
bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/glance/tables/corr2tab.cfm- Over 2 Million burglaries per year
- In the United States, 17% of all the divorces that occur are due to adultery on the part of either or both the parties
- Cross referenced surveys estimate the number between 30 - 60% of married men have commited an adulterous act at least once in their life
Buss and Shackelford et al research findings
- 53% of marriages end in divorce
- Over 75,000 deaths per year due to alcohol consumption
- Calculating starting from 1950 till today, estimate at over 7 Million people killed through involvement of the U.S
Even for the sake of research we were to apply a 40% error margin on the above data, we would still be dealing with appalling numbers.
We can pull the data from the U.N and various other sources for the crime rates in the middle east and i can assure you that the numbers are considerably lower by a very big margin from the west. The fact is in Dubai, or Riyadh or Muscat etc i can leave my door open and come back a few days later with a good possibility that nothing would be stolen (true to my word, myself or relatives, friends have practiced keeping our doors open on more than one occasion without incident) reason being? BECAUSE NO-ONE IS CRAZY ENOUGH TO RISK HAVING HIS HAND (OR HEAD) CHOPPED OFF. I can watch a movie at the theater without worrying about live-action shootings, i can walk down the street without worrying about maniacs shooting in the street, i can send my kids to school without worrying if some bullied kid wants to play Rambo.
You people claim to adhere to sound mind and logic yet when logic slaps you in the face you still don't see it. You choose to hold on to the image of an Arab as a Hairy Incoherent dirty Bedouin and videos of stupid Saudi drift racers are uploaded and ridiculed as though they were ambassadors to Islam. What many of you fail to realize, is that Arabs in fact do not form the majority of Muslims in Islam, only around 18% of 1.6 billion Muslims are Arabs.
Regarding Women, the number revealed above should shed some light on the "respect" and freedom attributed to women in the west (or U.S more specifically). I can provide psychology journals and research reports which show that women wearing the Hijab are less likely to be preyed upon since sexual appeal is reduced, in addition to the representation of the Hijab being a constant reminder of religion which adds as a further deterrent from would-be attackers, the same studies apply to Catholic Nuns and Jewish covered women etc.
The west can be statistically and logically dissected to prove the notion that it is "Very Backwards" as a society in its principles and the current ongoing economical crisis is a proof of the instability of the pillars that erect the western fiscal system. Interest or "ribah" is one of the key factors which played a part in this historic tragedy and the Islamic Shariah in its "forward thinking" ideology has banned Interest and loan borrowings to prevent some of the instigators of the current crisis.
This is a long topic that could be discussed at length, perhaps another time, just wanted to give some food for thought and wake up those who had their heads deep in the ground. For now i can only say; God bless America, they really need it. For those who would like an honest, intellectual debate about Islam and can approach the subject with an open-mind, i would be more than happy to give you more information inshallah.
Peace and blessings
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