I am always amazed at the way in which bloggers react to each other and the writings..sometimes becoming angry and blasting out a response that is usually more filled with arguments based on feelings rather than reality..or a thoughtful and well-thought-out post, reacting only to the original blog posts points.
Then there are the commentary from other bloggers, following the same two post responses, but on a larger scale. The angry reactions are More angry, the thoughtful responses more thoughtful.
Ends and beginnings wrote a post after receiving commentary. Billy Mac wrote a post reacting to E&B’s post. I commented on both…then realized after seeing the daily post prompt for the day that both posts could be responded to quite easily for the word of the day….
The things we tend to rant or rail over are ideas or ideologies that are foreign to us. Things we think we understand, but actually have a very small understanding of what we are objecting to. Both bloggers posts were political, well-thought out and written……….both were on opposite sides of the political argument here in the US. Both had comments thoughtfully given that opposed their beliefs.
It was commentary from one post that had me thinking far more about how we perceive foreign ideas and react to them. The statement “I hate Sharia Law” (this was just a piece of the original abbreviated)..had me knowing immediately that the one “hating” doesn’t really know what he is speaking of but is regurgitating half-truths. Unfortunately, for me, the rest of his thoughtful post evaporated into the mists of frustration. (my frustration)
Anyone who has spent time in a Muslim majority country knows that “Shari’a” is not law.
Shari’a is a moral religious system, not a legal system.
Islamic countries with “Shari’a” know it is simply an interpretation of what the Prophet (PBUH) would have said was appropriate in certain circumstances of living. It is a way of living. Period.
What the speaker really “hates” is Islamic Family Law. IFL covers things like divorce, family conflicts, custody of children and the status of women. It is based on western law in that there is a court with judges that determine the outcome of conflicts. It is also based on cultural customs. Such as wearing a hijab or a burka. It is vastly different between countries. The IFL in Afghanistan is different from the IFL in Egypt. Because of tribal custom…not Islam.
It is just as wrong to blame all Muslims for the lack of women’s rights as it is to blame all Christians for the beliefs of the few sects that marry off their prepubescent girls to old men or believe in plural marriages.