I've Been Told!Way back in the dim dark ages (Dec 2006), I wrote a post featuring a Q & A from our fave Imam.
The post merely copied a request from a muslim woman who was having marital troubles, and the response from the imam was basically too bad, so sad with a rather low care factor.
She should just pray more, and be nice to her husband.
That doesn't quite fit in with the idea of women apparently being honoured in islam, but maybe that's just me - I got a corker of a comment today on this post that pretty much says it all:
unbeleivers cannot understand what the faith is.
This world is nothing for muslims.
Our ultimate goal is Life after death
This is it in a nutshell.
It doesn't matter what your situation is here; it's all about teh After Life.
To get to the afterlife, you have to go through Death.
No wonder al qaeda and the talibs have no problems recruiting. Anything to score points that might go to another and get them to paradise before you.
It's also a very sad indictment on their lives that everything is so focussed on what is to come, there can be very little joy in even the simplest things like the laughter of a child or a brilliantly lit sunset with a mild breeze on an autumn day.
If everything is supposed to be ordained by allah, then surely taking some pleasure in this world is okay, too.
Then again, as uncovered meat, what would I know?