Monday, April 30, 2007

Will The Turkish Army Intervene?

Demonstrations In Turky

Hundreds of thousands (estimated to be 1 million) of Turks went out to the streets to demonstrate against the nomination of Abdullah Gul by the ruling political party.
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The protesters were raising signs and bans denouncing that someone with an Islamic background (political) would make it to the presidency office (Abdullah Gul).
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Now, here's the question...
Lets first remember that we are talking about Turkey, not Egypt.
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A few facts:
  • Turkey is a democratic republic. Great!
  • Elections' results there represent what people want.
  • There is no forging or manipulation of election results going on there (unlike what happened\happens in Egypt).
  • It is known that Turks elected a Political party with an Islamic background rule (Justice and Development political party).
  • This ruling party has the right to elect one from amongst them to go for presidency. After which elections will decide who wins.
Of course if Abdullah Gul wins the elections, this will be the first time in 90 years or so a man with Islamic background would be the president.
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Ok, now... by democratic means people did choose what they want (Gul's Justice and Development political party).
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Don't you think that if people want someone to make it to the President's seat, then so be it?!!
Why not let elections decide? Why not let people decide?
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Isn't that fair? isn't that democratic?
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Seem the Turkish army has other plans.
Of course no need to say, that all the seculars are worrying about what they want, not what the "non-forged" real elections will say!
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So what do you think?
Will the army intervene and oust Abdullah Goal and the whole ruling party as they did before to save secularism regardless of what elections say?
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Historically, it is known that the army has intervened 3 times in the past and ousted 3 leaders(or rulers) from the leader's position (last time was about 10 years ago).

Of course, this act is non-democratic since the army should be idle in political debates or elections (at lease that is what democratic regimes go by).

But, hey... when it comes to "SAVING" secularism...anything is allowed! wala eh?! mahi kooosa ba2a!
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I always find it fascinating how some people just want a tailored democracy, a democracy that fits their desires and that's it!
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Oh yes, i forgot... people don't know what is good for them or their country as long as it is not the "Secular" way. Humph! yeah right!
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The words hypocrisy and double standards come to mind clearly in similar situations!
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We'll have to wait and see....
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Mood: Wondering...

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Football: First Egyptian Female Footballer To Make It In Europe

Naomi Bakr In An Interview With A Spanish TV Channel

An Egyptian football player called Naomi Bakr will soon (ISA) be the first Egyptian female player to make it as a professional footballer in Europe.
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Naomi is 13 years of age. She is part of the Barcelona football school in Al Rabwa Club (local Barcelona sister club) in 6th of October City (North West of Cairo, Egypt).
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Naomi played 3 games for Barca during her trail period to join the mother club in Spain, she scored 7 goals (way to go Naomi!!!!!!!).
She did so well to the extent that a spanish TV Channel had an interview with her.
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Soon a representative from Spanish club Barcelona will come to sign a contract with her. Afterwhich (ISA), she will move to Spain and play for the famous club.
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Walahi 7elw el kalam dah :)
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Mood: Cheerful :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Comments On This Week's News

1- Hamas stops the seize fire with Israel after Israel killed 9 Palestinians this past weekend:
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أعلن الجناح العسكري لحركة المقاومة الاسلامية (حماس) الثلاثاء 24-4-2007 انهاء وقف اطلاق النار في قطاع غزة المبرم منذ خمسة
أشهر وأطلق صواريخ على اسرائيل لكن الحكومة الفلسطينية التي تقودها حماس دعت الى الحفاظ على التهدئة الهشة.
وقالت كتائب عز الدين القسام انها أطلقت صواريخ من قطاع غزة ردا على مقتل تسعة فلسطينيين في مطلع الاسبوع على يد القوات الاسرائيلية
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What did we expect from Israel? did we expect them to stick to the seize fire and not go into the Palestinian territories and kill people?? what's new?!
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2- Abdullah Goul nominated By Turkish ruling party to go for Turkish presidential elections:
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دافع عبد الله غول وزير الخارجية التركية الذي اختاره الثلاثاء 24-4-2007 الحزب الحاكم لخوض انتخابات الرئاسة عن حق زوجته في ارتداء الحجاب قائلا في مؤتمر صحفي ان "هذه حرية شخصية".
وفي وقت سابق أعلن رئيس الوزراء التركي رجب طيب أردوغان ان حزب العدالة والتنمية الحاكم اختار غول ليخوض انتخابات الرئاسة باسم الحزب. ويخشى العلمانيون ان يستغل أول رئيس لتركيا له اصول اسلامية المنصب لاضعاف الفصل بين الدين والدولة.
وغول هو دبلوماسي يحظى بالاحترام أشرف على بدء محادثات انضمام تركيا الى الاتحاد الاوروبي كوزير للخارجية لكنه قد يثير قلق الجيش أيضا لان زوجته محجبة وستصبح في حالة انتخابه رئيسا لتركيا أول سيدة أولى محجبة تدخل قصر الرئاسة التركي وهذه قضية مصدر توتر مع العلمانيين في تركيا.
وينتخب البرلمان التركي الذي يتمتع فيه حزب العدالة والتنمية باغلبية الرئيس التركي من خلال سلسة من الاقتراعات تبدأ يوم 27 ابريل/ نيسان. وسيتولى الرئيس التركي الجديد مهام منصبه يوم 16 مايو/ آيار.
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Way to go! about time we get some people with Islamic backgrounds (political i mean) in leading roles (shwayet hawa ba2a...mish kolo kabt kabt keda...lol). Go Abdullah Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3- Egyptian Parliament interferes to stop the attacks in some independent newspapers on Prophet followers (Sahaba) and his wife Aisha:
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تدخل مجلس الشعب المصري "البرلمان" بقوة لوقف الهجوم على الصحابة الذي تقوم به بعض الصحف المستقلة، وخاصة المقالات التي استهدفت مؤخرا الصحابي أبو هريرة راوي حديث رسول الله، والامام البخاري، وأم المؤمنين السيدة عائشة زوجة الرسول.
دعت اللجنة الدينية بالمجلس في اجتماع عاجل لها، المجلس الأعلى للصحافة انفاذ سلطاته بصفته الجهة العليا المسؤولة عما ينشر في الصحف، وحثت على سن قانون يشدد العقوبات على جريمة ازدراء الأديان.
يأتي ذلك بعد أسبوع من الاستغاثة التي وجهها مجمع البحوث الاسلامية بالأزهر للرئيس المصري حسني مبارك لوقف الهجوم الحاد الذي انتهجته بعض الصحف المستقلة على الصحابة، وخصوصا المقالات والملفات التي استهدفت راوي الحديث الصحابي أبو هريرة، وأم المؤمنين السيدة عائشة، والامام البخاري صاحب أشهر كتب الحديث المعتمدة عند السنة وهو "صحيح البخاري".
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Someone once told me that a couple of dodgy independent newspapers (min betoo3 ta7t el selem wee el shatayem) are doing such things for a while now. Seems it got out of hand and now the parliament is interfering.
Insulting the Prophet's Wife and Sahaba (undermining and accusing them of stuff) reminds me of part of this post Tackling The Sheia Dilemma (not that Sheia have to be behind those newspapers of course...God only knows who is).
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Jerks live around us, what can i say?!
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4- Egyptian Football Club Al Ahli celebrates it's 100th year anniversary. Al Ahli lost their celebration match against Barcelona 0-4:
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تغلب برشلونة الاسباني على الاهلي المصري 4- صفر في مباراة اقيمت على استاد القاهرة الدولي احتفالا بمرور 100 عام على تأسيس
النادي القاهرة العريق امام جمهور غفير قدر بنحو 67 الف متفرج تقدمهم الرئيس المصري محمد حسني مبارك.
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Regardless of the loss which is normal, i have to say the best thing in Al Ahli team was Wael Goma'a (Al Ahli Club Defender) who did very good stopping the notorious Ronaldinho.
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Besides that match, Happy Anniversary Ya Ahli!
In four years time (2011) it will be Zamalek's turn for their 100th year anniversary :)
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Mood: Yawning...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Jokes: Advertisments And Signs "Only In Egypt"

Thought i'd start the week with a lighter post. These are a few things i got on my e-mail...
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"By Your Head": Ishtery dema3'ak! lol


Mood: Cheerful :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Court Rules "Moustafa Al Fiki" Won Fair And Square!?!

Wow, two posts in one day! I think this is the first time for me.

The thing is both are fa23!

The supreme court has ruled that the Damanhour City elections for Parliament (back in 2006) was won fair and square by Moustafa Al Fiki (from the ruling so called National Democratic Party) and that there were no forging or manipulation in the election results for that area.

The once apon a time respected "Moustafa Al Fiki"

YEAH RIGHT!!

Back then, out of the 160 judges and counslars that were watching over the election, the respectable Noha AL Zeiny came out and said that the results have been tampered with and that the "Muslim Brotherhood" candidate Jamal Heshmat was the winner by a big margin. Afterwhich 151 other judges and consulars came out and said the same thing.

Even the Independent Judges Club made an investigation and the results proved the same conclusion.

Similar or related issues:
Government Crack Down On The Muslim Brotherhood
Elections Sarcasm

After all this a court comes and says:"No everything is fine. No problems there. NDP candidate is the rightful winner."

You bunch of .......!

The message from the NDP and Government to everyone not on their side is very clear:

"By using security forces, we'll win".
"By using thugs to scare off people from election areas, we'll win".
"By forging, we'll win".
"By our courts, we'll win".
"By any means we'll win, and you can't do anything about it!".


And then of course not to forget the once respected; now "not at all" Mr. Moustafa Al Fiki capitalized on the court verdict and said: "This verdict said it all. I have a pure conscious now.".

Wa7yat .....?!!!!!!

7asbona Allah waa ne3ma al wakeel!

Mood: Disgusted!

Football: Zamalek Fails Yet Again :S


Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooffffffffff!

This is too much. 7aram ba2a!
Yet again my favorite Egyptian football team (Zamalek) losses another important game.
Our Defence SUCKS!

Amr Zaki (Zamalek Striker) With A Bitter Look After Defeat

A couple of weeks ago Zamalek lost in the African Clubs Championship from a Sudanese team!
With all due respect to our Sudanese brothers and sisters (whom i really like because they are very similar to Egyptians in real life), but for heaven's sake...since when did Egyptian teams have any difficulty beating Sudanese Football teams???!!!!!!!!!

And just last night Zamalek added to my (and all Zamalek fans) misery and lost ON OUR HOME GROUND from a Jordanian team in the Arab Clubs Championship!

COME ON!!!!!! So now we are even beaten by Jordanian teams?!!!
No disrespect to Jordanians (3ala 3eny wee rasy).

Link about the bitter Arab cup defeat: http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E7404E93-3F14-4B8E-B323-F2657161CF4B.htm

Not to forget that we are out of the Egyptian League competition!

7anla2yha mneen wala meneen?!

I think it is about time we get some players who WANT TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE CLUB. The youth team would be the best choice!

Isn't it enough that my elder son (who loves playing football) by default loves the color "red"?!
How am i to convince him that Zamalek is worth supporting if we suck at football?!

Note: Color "red" is the color of Al Ahli club whom are the rivals of Zamalek in Egypt. Zamalek wear "White".

My Friends are now saying: "Your son loves Red...that's it! he will be an Ahli fan".
I'm like: "NO! no way, that traitor! 7a7remo min el meeras! lol".

Hopefully sometime soon Zamalek will get back in shape and start winning some trophies like a few years ago (last time 2004).

My Friends always say:"Inta lesa Zamalkawi? change clubs man!"
My Answer to all you out there (including my red color loving son):"Namooto namooto waa ya7ya al Zamalek! beep beep Zamalek!".

Although we (Zamalek fans) are starting to die psychologically with all those defeats...lol

Mood: Maf2ooo3!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

American Men And Asian Women...Eh El 7ekaya?!

What's with Americans and Asian Women?

A question asked by people living in the Gulf (UAE, QATAR, KUWAIT…etc). It is quite a phenomena actually.
People see many Americans with Asian girlfriends or wives wondering about in Gulf countries. It seems to be a trend and everyone around here seems to be noticing it.

Of course it is nobody's business, but I guess it's like westerners wondering about Arabs and their admiration for Lebanese women (or any other question about Arabs). Each culture notices something about the other one and starts wondering.

I remember someone mentioned that it is far-Eastern Asians specifically that American males are fond of. Another person once said that it's usually Filipino, Vietnamese, Japanese or even Thai women that are the favorites.

I personally think that's generalizing about the issue which non of us has any statistics to build an argument with. Even if we did, who cares! lol

Of course this does not mean the majority of American men have Asian GFs or wives. But, for Americans that live in the gulf it is noticeable.

Over the past few years, I heard many Americans (sometimes Europeans) talking\commenting about it. Some people I know of heard their American friends also commenting about it.

These are some of the reasons mentioned (to myself or to my friends) by Americans or Europeans about Americans (some times Europeans) and their fondness of Asian women:

Note: Some of the comments below are sexual related and can be offending. Don't say I didn't warn you!

  1. "They are easier to deal with".
  2. "They are much more intriguing".
  3. "They never say no to our needs".
  4. "They are more submissive and men like that, it turns them on!"
  5. "They're good masseuses?!haha"
  6. "I am just sick and tired of American women. They are too demanding, and need to much maintenance to keep them happy".
  7. "Women in our country became too materialistic and demanding".
  8. "They are much better in bed" (excuse the language but that is what is said!).
  9. "Females in the US seem more concerned about gaining everything, they are forgetting that it takes two for a marriage to work out. Asians are more understanding".
  10. "Western women focus on money, eastern women focus and their husbands".
  11. "I married one just by coincidence, no reason behind it.".
  12. "I don't think there is a specific reason for it".
  13. "Maybe they make men feel special??! has to do with some men's ego problems...".
  14. "Asian women are more interesting".
  15. "They look sexier!" (I have a friend who for sure will agree with this one…lol).
  16. "Asian girls will do anything to please you".
  17. "Western women are too noisy!" (beysha7'aro ya3ny wala eh, mish fahem?!).
  18. "It is simple. Asian girls are easier to get. We travel a lot while our families are back home. we need to get some "you know what" and the Asians are there and they have no problem doing it.".
  19. "We work in this part of the world for many years. We seem to meet girls only from Philippines or any other Asian country. It just happens that we fall in love with them.".
  20. "It's all about availability. We are in the middle east and they are available. So what?!"
  21. "Too much mileage on western women"
  22. "We want them for our pleasure, while they want us for our passports… everyone has their agenda!".
  23. "Asian women seem to be more focused on their husbands and families. US women are more focused on themselves".
  24. "Different people have different tastes".
  25. "American women are too bossy".
  26. "It's all about the bed my friend, it's all about the bed!".
  27. "To Asian women we are a dream come true. To Western women we are just another guy!".
  28. "You have to try and see for yourself!!!".
Well, maybe that sheds some light on the issue.
I know some of it sounds harsh (some unacceptable), but we can not control peoples thoughts, can we?!
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Besides the comments above, there are many American men who prefer fellow countrywomen. So, the above statements only represent a fracture of Americans.
At the end of the day, I guess everyone has the right to choose what he likes. Wala eh?!

Mood: A cold is on its way, what else can I say :(

Sunday, April 15, 2007

From Islamic Heritage: A Short Story

As most of us know, Islamic heritage is full of arts. Whether paintings, music, architecture, poems, stories…etc.
One of the things I pity for is that we lost contact with many nice things about our heritage.

For instance, did you know that the Islamic heritage had the first autobiography ever written? It was back in the 1100s.

Only by chance did I come across this short story. It is part of many short stories that are a way of conveying wisdom and things to think of.

The story goes:

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A long time ago at the peak of the Islamic state, a Muslim trader was blessed with a son. He brought him up as a true Muslim teaching him all the refined manners and values Muslims should have.

When the son grew up and became a young man, the father wanted to send his son off far away to trade and learn more out of life. He gave his son some merchandise and told him to go and trade in another remote city.

The son said his goodbyes to his family and left.
Along the journey as he was passing through a forest, he saw a wounded fox. The fox could barely move about.
The young man was curious to see how this poor animal feeds since it is in such a bad condition.
After a while the young man saw a lion coming into the area with a prey in its mouth which it had just hunted down. The lion ate what it wanted and then dumped the rest and left.
The fox came along and ate what was left.


The young man dazed for a while in deep thought and then packed his stuff again and went back home to his parents without continuing his journey.

As he entered the city everyone gathered around him except the father. The son went to see his father inside the house.
As he entered the house, the father looked up at him and said :"What brings you back my son? Why didn't you continue your journey?"

The son then told the father what he saw in the forest and said:" I thought if God can provide food to such a wounded fox, for sure God can take care of me. There is no reason for me to go through that tiresome journey to trade!"

The father slowly looked towards his son, starred in his eyes and said: " No my son, this is not what I sent you out for...
I sent you out because I wanted you to become a lion. A lion that leaves things for people, not a wounded fox that takes what people leave."

He then continued:" This my son is what a true Muslim is supposed to be like!".

The End.
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Muslim brothers and sisters, do I need to say more?!

Mood: In deep thought...

Monday, April 09, 2007

When Egypt Had Princesses

Just by chance did i find this video presentation full of video and photos of Princess Fawzeya (the sister of King Farouk, the last King of Egypt who was overthrown by the revolution in 1952).

I don't know if it is the fact my grandfather (whom i am very proud of) was part of the Royal family's circle (he was an Army Pasha and worked with the King) or is it my love of history... i just daze whenever i see old photos.

Is it just me or does she really look like a movie star??
Turn your volume on! the music is great!



Mood: Pleasant :)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Tagged: Which World Leader Are You?

Tagged (indirectly by Om Luji, A.K.A. Hitler...hehehe)...

In continuation to the tags i've been tagged (sounds strange..lol). Here is the second tag (still one to go and then i'm done).




My my... Gandhi zaat nafso, that's nice (a7'galtom tawado3na) :)
The strange thing is that i took the test about 3 times and got the same results.

I hearby Tag:
MAK
Ra3d
Sahfee2a waa o7'taha
Mr.K
Nag
Myra
Juka
Jayda
Nousha
Nessrina
Bibi-Aisha
Memo
Mystery
Ma-3alena
Nag
Shahrazad
Hend
Spellz
Ravine85
Jannah
Sarah

And anyone reading this now :)

Mood: Cheerful :)

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Reasoning Behind The Rule Only Muslim Men Can Marry Non-Muslims

In continuation to my previous post about the proof from Quran and Suna that Muslim men only can marry non-muslims Christian or Jews , today I’ll try and put the different reasons behind such a rule.

I am not saying I know everything nor am I saying I have all the answers. This is just a humble try to search behind the reasoning of such a rule.

Note: We as muslims can only try to find the reasoning, we have to remember that we are by no way capable of knowing ALL the reasoning why God did something in a certain way.

Here goes…

These are the different opinions I either heard people say or certain Islamic Scholars saying…

1- One reason I read...

As far as how Islam is passed on, it is very widely known it is passed on via the father. This goes a long way towards explaining the notion against women marrying out of the religion.
The rule was put in place so that there would be more Muslims, period. It has nothing to do with faith, just breeding. If men marry women from different backgrounds, but the children must be Muslim, you have more Muslims. If a Muslim woman married a non-Muslim, the children might become non-Muslim like the father and that is unacceptable and the goal is to make more Muslims. That is why polygamy is allowed as well. It’s that simple.

Note: I stated the above as the person (was a non-muslims) said it. I don't totally agree with every word.

2- Another one i also read...

A Muslim male marrying a non-Muslim female = the opinions of females regarding religion are not relevant once they choose to marry a Muslim and accept that their children will be raised as Muslims.
A Muslim female marrying a non-Muslim male = the kids will not be raised Muslim, and he is not accepting the hegemony of Islam.

3- Another reasoning I heard from Islamic scholars (and thought of)…

Ask someone..
You: “Do you think emotions can fog someone’s way of thinking, make them misjudge things?
Usually everyone will say “yes”.
You: “Do you think women are more emotional than men?

If someone says no…
You: ”how many times have you seen or heard that in real life (or even in movies) women say the following about a bad relationship that ended: “oh, everyone told me this won’t work, but I still went on and not listen”?
Someone: “many times” or at least they’ll agree they did hear it before.
You: ”how many times have you heard a man say that?
Someone: ”never” or at least very rarely.
You: ” this simple example sort of proves two things:
1- Women are more emotional than men
2- Their emotions DO affect their judgment (men too of course).
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One might say, well not all women have their emotions take over them, just like not all men are rational.
The answer is "yes"…you’re right. But, any ideology in the world, whether religious or political or even economical puts its rules and legislation to protect THE MAJORITY. And as it is known that the majority of women are more emotional than the majority of men, especially when they are in love (which affects their judgment).

So, to sum up, one of the main reasons women are not allowed to marry non-muslims is because they are more emotional than men (vast majority).

Think of it, how can one be sure that emotions will not take over the woman while she is married to a non-muslim ???!
Islam said no to muslim women marrying non-muslims to protect them from themselves.

Finally, the mere fact that some women (who fall in love with a non-muslim and want to marry him) are having second thoughts about their religion because it is forbidding them from marrying a non-muslim, is a clear proof that emotions (when they take over a woman) "DO" affect their judgment to the extent that she (instead of defending her religion) is actually willing (or at least thinking) of letting it go (her faith in her religion, as in reverting from Islam) easily because she just wants something in a certain way for her own benefit or preference.

I am not stating that all women are like that, nor am I saying that men are better muslims than women. I am only talking about the way emotions take over a woman…bas

Note: In such cases where a non-muslim man and a muslim woman are in love, there is always the solution that the non-muslim man can embrace Islam and marry the muslim woman, then problem solved for both sides.

4- The last one (heard it from an islamic scholar)…

This one I personally used in a discussion before with a foreigner and he understood my point. I am not saying that it will convince ALL people. It is just another way to look at the issue…

To simply put it…
Since Judaism came first, and then Christianity and finally Islam, we (as people) were ordered to follow each religion when it was sent to man kind through Prophets. All religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) are from the same God and they come one after the other.

A Muslim man is not a true believer if he does not believe in and respect all Prophets (including of course Moses and Jesus who came before Mohammed).

So, in other words a Muslim man respects and believes in the Christian woman’s prophet (who is her idol and soul father).
Not only that… we (as Muslims) have a large part of Quran talking about Moses and praising him. The same goes for Jesus, a whole chapter in Quran is named after his mother Marry. And we as Muslims believe she is the most pure woman ever.
Not only that… we also believe Jesus is the one who will descend to earth and lead this world at the end of time.

On the other hand, a Christian man (for example) does not believe in Islam (which was the last religion sent from God) and does not believe Mohammed (PBUH) is a prophet.
In other words, he does not respect or believe in the Muslim woman’s idol and soul father.
That is fine and it is his right (the non-muslim man) to believe in what he wants.
But, he does not have the right to come ask the father of the Muslim woman to marry her if he doesn’t even respect and believe in her idol\soul father (Mohammed PBUH).

How can a father feel safe to let him marry and take care of his daughter if that person doesn’t even respect her idol\soul father?!!!!

These were the ones i heard about or read somewhere...

Maybe some (or even all) of the points make sense to you.
Maybe you think there are other reasons and you can mention them.
Maybe non of them make sense to you. It’s up to you; you can believe what you want.
I just wanted to mention some of the different opinions that were mentioned about the reasoning behind the Islamic rule why muslim women can not marry non-muslims men (Christians or Jews).

Wallaho A3lam :)

Mood: Chillin