“the Koran (Al-Quran) makes it clear that women are equal in spirituality, worth and education. What everyone forgets is that Islam is perfect; people are not.”
-Meryam Abdullah (Yvonne Ridley) says in reply to a remark made by a reporter in an interview on her conversion to Islam [“quote: It seems ironic that such a strident believer in the equality of the sexes should choose a religion that appears to encourage the subjugation of women”]
……I was asked to write about how Islam allows men to beat their wives. Sorry, not true. Yes, I’m sure critics of Islam will quote random Qur’anic verses or ahadith but all are usually taken out of context. If a man does raise a finger to his wife, he is not allowed to leave a mark on her body … this is another way of the Qur’an saying; “Don’t beat your wife, stupid”.
…I used to look at veiled women as quiet, oppressed creatures and now I look at them as multi-skilled, multi-talented, resilient women whose brand of sisterhood makes Western feminism pale into insignificance. My views changed after the truly terrifying experience of being arrested by the Taleban for sneaking into Afghanistan in September 2001 wearing the bhurka.
Read more on this on her article “How I Came to Love The Veil” here: http://yvonneridley.org/yvonne-ridley/articles/how-i-came-to-love-the-veil-4.html
Ms. Ridley is an award-winning British journalist and a war correspondent, well known for her outspoken views and defence of Islam. She was captured by the Taliban for sneaking into Afghanistan with a camera, only to be released 10 days later. A year after the release, she reverted into Islam and since then, actively campaigned for humanitarian cause, peace and non-violence, anti-zionism and anti-war. She said, it was the Quran that changed her life…
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