Islam Vs Women & Religious Pluralism

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    The Taliban is anti-women, but is it Islamic?


    I wanted to show that the Taliban is anti-Islamic on women's rights.

    I believe the fact the the Prophet Mohammed PBUH married Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, a business woman, who inherited her father's merchant business disproves the fact that the Taliban policy of excluding women from the labour and business market is consistent with the example of the Prophet.She continued her business after her marriage to the prophet.

    Furthermore, the 'stay at home' policy of the Taliban is equally invalidated by this example.

    Equally, the Prophet clearly did not see 'domestic' work solely as the task of women. Indeed, according to the Wikipedia article/Sayings of His , he did his own household chores and helped with housework such as preparing meals, sewing clothes and mending shoes.

    The practise of women inheriting property was instituted by the Prophet.

    Reactionary 'Islam' does not have the authority of the Prophet for their actions - when they demarcate men and women's role in the domestic side or when they exclude women from the labour and social side of things. So they are anti-Islamic by being so reactionary.

    I think it is important to isolate false stereotypes in order to show the progressive nature of many 'religious' teaching of different religions.
     
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    The Taliban is clearly anti-Skih and against religions pluralism, but is it Islamic?

    by ATMA SINGH:--- FOR DFI

    MR SINGH is a contender for the Mayor of London 2012
    Policy Adviser to the Mayor of London on Asian Affairs at Greater London Authority
    National Training Officer at Sia national development agency
    Senior Human Resource Development Consultant at London Borough of Hackney
    Lecturer II at West Yorkshire Language Link .



    The Taliban is clearly anti-Skih and against religious pluralism, but is it Islamic?



    The Taliban are against other religions to the extent of having destroyed their presence to almost zero levels during their rule (a policy of 'religious cleansing'). The latest is the imposition of the 'jizaya' tax on the Sikhs in their areas of control in the Agency areas. But is this Islamic?

    I want to argue that the policy of 'To each their own religion' of the Prophet shows respect of other religions. There are many roads, but the destination in to God. The Medina Constitution had the logic of accepting religious pluralism in Muslim dominated societies - clearly with Christina, Jewish, etc, but I would argue also with other religious people.

    Furthermore, Muslims were not anti-Sikh. In fact, the foundation stone of the Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple) was laid by the Muslim pir (saint), Mian Mir. The Moghul Emperor Akbar the Great practised a policy of religious pluralism. Indeed, he gave land for the building of the Harmander Sahib in Amritsar and ate meal in 'Guru Ka Langar' (being at an equal level in a shared meal of the Gurus - he sat down and was treated equally to all other people in terms of receiving his meal, irrespective of his rank) . Guru Nanak ji, the founder of Sikhism was called 'Hinduya Ka Gurur, Musalmano Ka Pir' ( A guru of the Hindus and a saint of the Muslims). One of his companions was Bhai Mardana.

    During Guru Nanak's 'global tour' - he went to Mecca, Medina and many other Muslim places of pilgrimage and holy sites as well as going to all the major Hindu places of pilgrimage and holy sites. Sikhism was also highly pluralistic in terms of different roads (religions) to the same destination (God). " Some say Ram, Ram; some say Khudah" ( Ram being Hindu term for God and Khudah being a Muslim term for God).

    In fact, Sikhs were totally opposed to forcible conversion and fought for the right of different religions to practice heir faith. They fought a Taliban-type policy of the Moghul Emperor Jahangir, who went on a wave of destroying Hindu temples and forcible conversion (convert or die). One of the big reasons for the fall of the Moghul rule in India was it's turn to Taliban-type policy, which the Sikhs fought tooth and nail - and successfully. In this fight, there were many martyrs including Guru Arjan Dev ji, Guru Tegh Bahadur ji, all four of Guru Gobind Singh's sons and thousands of other brave Sikhs - who would endure anything and accepted, but totally refused to convert.

    Guru Gobind Singh met with Emperor Bahadhur Shah, after the martyrdom of his father and sons at the hands of the Taliban-type forces, so he was not anti-Muslim or even anti-Moghul. Refusal to accept tyranny was his position - including refusal to accept religious tyranny.

    Religious pluralism is important policy for ALL modern states. The Taliban do not represent Islam or the future.
     
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