12/10/2015

Ayaan Hirsi Ali - a rare Voice of Sanity and Courage


After watching another senseless mass shooting in San Barnandino, California and its aftermath with hyperbole from Donald Trump, I was looking for something better to watch for my own undestanding of radical Islam. I found Ayaan among the three brave muslim women, who won the 2015 Lantos Human Rights Award, USA.

It is often said that there is no justice without freedom (political, economic, religious and cultural). 
Yet genuine freedom in a mindful society can only be protected through both individual and collective social responsibility in developing greater understanding of oppressive mass belief systems and harmful assumptions within modern and traditional societies. 


“Multiculturalism should not mean that we tolerate another culture’s intolerance. If we do in fact support diversity, women’s rights, and gay rights, then we cannot in good conscience give Islam a free pass on the grounds of multicultural sensitivity.” 


The following youtube was made 5 years ago.



Ayyan was also interviewed in major news network including CNN recently by Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.

Following the events of the Arab Spring, Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes in her latest book, “Heretic,” she came to the conclusion that “ordinary Muslims are ready for change.” 

Is there a Regressive Left? Listen to this interview of Ayaan by D. Ruben. Learn more about Ayan Hirsi Ali's life in her autobiography Infidel: My Life and her work with AHA Foundation here.

According to PBS Global Connections, muslim women like other women across cultures have to fight for inequality and injustice. But maany of the oppressive local practices, do not necessarily come from Islam itself, but are part of the local  customs and patriarchal cultural traditions. 

Is Bible more violent than Koran: 

Read the story at NPR.Org

Violence and CrueltyTotal versesPercent
Bible1321311024.25
Quran53262368.53

Attitudes and laws towards both peace and violence exist within the Jewish tradition.

The Quran explicitly states that men and women are equal in the eyes of God. Furthermore, the Quran:
  • forbids female infanticide (practiced in pre-Islamic Arabia and other parts of the world)
  • instructs Muslims to educate daughters as well as sons
  • insists that women have the right to refuse a prospective husband
  • gives women rights if they are divorced by their husband
  • gives women the right to divorce in certain cases
  • gives women the right to own and inherit property (except for majority Sunnis). Read more here.