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Why Shouldn’t Saudi Women Drive?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Arab News, transportation costs consume half of a woman’s income in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

What possible reason could there be in the 21st century to forbid women to drive?

From an American perspective, it looks like a thinly disguised make-work project to employ men as chauffeurs!

Michele Bachmann vs. the Muslim Brotherhood

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Salon.com, Michele Bachmann, “the Minnesota Republican, joined by Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland, sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government.”

Alex Seitz-Wald also reports that “Bachmann’s fellow Minnesota congressman, Keith Ellison, a Democrat, wrote a letter to Bachmann and her co-signers yesterday [12 July] demanding they provide evidence to support their accusations, or drop their claims.”

What’s your take?

Ramadan: the basics

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan has two basic meanings.

First, it is the name of the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar.

Second, it is the designated month of fasting (from dawn until dusk). It can be compared to the Christian observance of Lent, as it is a time for inner reflection, renewed devotion to God and self-control.

Because the Islamic calendar is lunar, it does not track time the same that the solar calendar (such as the one in contemporary use) does. Each month begins with the sighting of the new (crescent) moon and lasts 19 or 20 days.

The Fiqh Council of North America uses astronomical calculation to determine the beginning of lunar months, with Mecca as the referent.

On the basis of this method Ramadan for the year 1433 AH begins Friday, July 20, 2012. Eid al-Fitr (the feast day marking the end of Ramadan) will be Sunday, August 19, 2012.

CAIR Comments on Grantham’s Assertions

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The only news is that it’s no longer news that a Republican lawmaker spews anti-Muslim bigotry,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

This is from an article published yesterday (9 June 2012) in The Colorado Independent by John Tomasic.

“Hooper was referring to the fact that state Senator Kevin Grantham, a Cañon City Republican, recently said he saw merit in a proposal put forward by lightning-rod Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders that lawmakers should ban any future mosque construction in the state,” Tomasic reported.

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