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Olfa Youssef discusses her book "Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman"

Interview by Jamel Arfaoui for Magharebia in Tunis – 30/05/08

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Olfa Youssef is a Tunisian researcher known for her critical approach to Islamic thought, deconstructing human preconceptions about the religion and its holy texts. Youssef spoke with Magharebia recently about her latest book, "Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman", in which she confronts what she contends is the contemporary misuse of Qur'anic interpretation for political interests and her belief that ijtihad should be encouraged.

Magharebia: Your latest book carries a fairly provocative title, "Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman". In your opinion, what is the "bewilderment" of the Muslim woman today?

Olfa Youssef: The bewilderment of the Muslim woman expressed by the book is essentially my own. However, it undoubtedly intersects with the bewilderment of other Muslim men and women. This bewilderment stems from the huge difference between what is in the Qur'an and in the sunnah in terms of openness and the possibility for multiple interpretations on the one hand, and the parochial readings provided to us by jurisprudents' interpretations which claim to be final and therefore close the door of ijtihad. It even falsifies the content of the Quran [to] benefit individual, sectarian or political interests.

It is the bewilderment of the honest Muslim today caused by the horrible image presented by some people about an Islam that ignores the essence of religion, which is love, tolerance, peace and absolute good in the philosophical sense of the word. Instead, they present the image of a horrific, appalling Islam in which the Muslim man turns into a ferocious monster, enslaved by his own instincts, who is easily distracted by a woman's hair or a part of her wrist and forgets about the duties of his religion and life. Under this version of Islam, the woman is turned into nothing but a sensual body that is good for nothing but its sexual value. Under this Islam, the "other" who is different in religion, opinion or ideology is turned into an enemy and a target for terrorism.

The Islam presented by some sheikhs today has nothing to do with the ethics of the Prophet (PBUH), who is our role model, or to the essence of our Holy Book, the Qur'an.

The followers of so and so ideology, or of so and so sheikh, have now become the judges who decide who are Muslim and who are not. Takfir of other people has spread among the people. They forgot that the Prophet (PBUH) confirmed that the accusation of takfir was more dangerous than killing – and killing is one of the gravest sins.

Magharebia: You're questioning a number of uncontested matters in the Qur'an. You would like to review the issues of inheritance, marriage, and a wife's obedience to her husband, as well as sex life in Muslim society. Don't you think that this is a risky venture?

Olfa Youssef: The matters you mentioned in your question were not mentioned in the Qur'an. Rather, they were brought up by the interpretations of Qur'an jurisprudents. The difference between the two things is essential, and my book proves and illustrates it. I'm not calling for a reconsideration of the existing rules. Rather, I'm calling for a reconsideration of their legitimacy.

I firmly believe that it is the state which makes legislation. Therefore, we find that a lot of laws in Muslim countries are different from each other, although all these countries claim that they depend on the same rules of law, which is the Qur'an and sunnah and the other rules of jurisprudence.

It is about time we understood that all laws are man-made…although the source of the law is one – the Qur'an. [Although] we believe in the sanctity of the Qur'an, its interpretation is human and relative. [This interpretation] can't be sacred, and the proof is that there have been multiple interpretations, such as Ibn Abbass, Tabari, and current schools.

If we agree on the relativism of interpretations, then my book aims to show the holes existing in the interpretations of old jurisprudents regarding inheritance and marriage in particular. I don't think that humans' criticism of other humans involves any transgression against the divine texts. Many men in history differed amongst themselves and criticised each other's interpretations. Why, then, should we stop thinking and practicing ijtihad today?

Magharebia: Are you accusing Muslim countries of applying legislation that don't espouse gender equality?

Olfa Youssef: The book doesn't accuse Islamic law, but it proves a certain reality, which is: if there is gender inequality in legislation, its source, then, is not the Qur'an or sunnah. Rather, it is the result of readings by jurisprudents [coloured by] their historical affiliations and even self-interest.

These affiliations, interests and calculations were unjust, not only to women, but to many men as well. The chapter on inheritance shows that some relatives and orphans were denied a right to inheritance, although it was proven in the Qur'an itself. It was even referred to by some old jurists known for their fairness. However, their opinions were ignored.

Is it conceivable that the Prophet himself allowed a woman to divorce her husband although she had nothing against him, whether regarding money or morals, provided that she returned to him [what] he had given her, while today, we find legislation like that in Egypt approving the khule' (divorce at the wife's request) only after debates and arguments?

Do those people consider themselves to be more religious than the Prophet himself? Or is the desire to oppress women stronger in them than their observance of the teachings of the Qur'an and sunnah?

Magharebia: What did you mean when you said that some TV channels come across as if they were the path to heaven?

Olfa Youssef: Some people who have no way to access religion other than through the people who speak on these TV channels think that they have the absolute truth. The strange thing is that most of those viewers haven't read the old muffassereen (expounders of the Qur'an), jurisprudents and religious scholars, and know nothing about their differences, opinions and backgrounds. When you listen to [the television preachers], you feel that they have guaranteed themselves a place in heaven, and that God has asked them to give the people the recipe to enter it.

Magharebia: The Tunisian capital recently hosted a symposium on how to present a positive image of Islam in the West. Does the picture look that dark? Do you think a mistaken interpretation of jihad is responsible for getting us to that situation?

Olfa Youssef: There is no doubt that the picture is dark. What does it mean when a child blows himself up under the pretext of jihad? Where is our fear of killing innocent people and of killing the soul which God has forbidden, except for the requirements of justice? Where are we from a prophet known for his mercy and for his good treatment of the idolater prisoners of war, even though they fought against him? What then about civilians in a house, restaurant or a market who may have different opinions, faiths or sects? Does this give us the right to kill them and to commit suicide as well?

I support the defence of one's homeland if usurped, and I'm for self-defence in the case of aggression. But what do you think of someone who is attacked by Zeid, and then goes out and kills Amr? Let our children and youth fear God and let us present the shining image of Islam to them.

Magharebia: Tell us about the project of establishing a joint committee with Moroccan researcher Rachid Ben Zein to find a new approach to interpreting the Qur'an.

Olfa Youssef: I fully respect Rachid Ben Zeid and other new thinkers in Islam because they don't deny other opinions and they don't accuse anyone of kufr. My view is that all approaches to interpreting the Qur'an are new. It's wrong to think that some modern thinkers want to change the Qur'an. The Qur'an is sacred, and we all – as Muslims – believe in its contents. However, its readings are different. Ali bin Abi Taleb himself said centuries ago that the Qur'an "is capable of different interpretations". I find that some opinions of Tabari, Zamakhshari or Ibn Ashour have a depth of knowledge and intellectual modernity that is not understood by most of our young people today, who take their religion from Qaradawi or Amr Khaled.

Interpretation of the Qur'an is not restricted to certain people. Neither I nor others would allow people who have certain political interests to deny us a God-given right, which is the right to ijtihad. If they want to discuss our opinions, we welcome the discussion and the difference. If they find a mistake in our linguistic reading or in any of our methodological references, we welcome anyone who can correct what can be corrected.

But if they want to deny us the right to interpretation, to confiscate our ideas and to claim that only they are established in this science, my colleagues and I would strongly oppose them, whatever the price. This is because we are the nation of "Iqraa", not the nation of "follow the ignorant".

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    عبد الله 2013-10-18

    I ask God to rescue you from this life of yours!


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    عواد يوسف جرادات الاردن 2012-5-21

    I am a graduate of Azzaytouna University for Sharia and Theology in Tunis. In a few words, I support the doctor in her ideological orientations, jurisprudence and obedience to the order of God “Do they not then think deeply in the Qur'an?” Most previous opinions are in line with Arab traditions and repetition of ideas of predecessors in words and time.


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    وليد 2011-10-9

    This woman is heretical. She interprets religion with a mentality and words full of disbelief and apostasy to the religion of God.


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    ali sulyman 2011-9-27

    I was impressed by the eloquence and culture of writer Olfa Youssef. I was watching her on Al Hurra TV. My heart nearly stopped when the meeting with the respectable writer and great intellectual was over. The eloquence of logical arguments, good and sublime thinking! My greetings and respects from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


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    منى ثروت 2011-9-25

    I agree with you professor Olfa in everything you say. We really need our brains which were created by God for us to know the truth.


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    yosra 2011-9-6

    What about women in Islam? God suffices me and he is the best mandate against all those who insult women. Alas, our religion has become the religion of protest and oppression. Religion allows young people to curse and atone to each other. Fear God and may God guide you!


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    Lotfi - paris 2011-7-10

    I read Miss Yousef and I appreciated her thoughts. I hope that all Muslims progress in this way. Thank you, Miss Youssef.


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    sami ben abdelhamid kchaou 2011-4-2

    I am delighted that there are people who are gifted with intelligence and who explain to others a more accurate understanding of the Qur’an – tolerance, love and lack of selfishness and hatred.


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    أختك المسلمة 2011-1-7

    In the name of God the Beneficent the Merciful. My sister Olfa, I thank you for your concern and God is the best rewarding. Exalted be He who values intentions. However, where is the problem exactly? I am a specialist in a given field, should I compete with specialists in another field without knowledge? I will say something my dear sister, you have to study the roots of religious sciences. As an example, look at how we have received these sciences and those scholars who make fatwas on a daily basis. Let’s look from which books they talk and which statements they present. There is no harm if we make a little research and study the roots of a science we intend to criticize basically. Secondly, don’t you know my dear sister that God will certainly preserve His religion? Supposing that what you said is true, so where the preservation of religion? Supposing that what you said is true, so religion of Islam should then be considered one of the weakest not strongest religions. Believe me and everyone who supports this sister through comments should believe me. I was lost before and was uncertain until God endowed me with the study of religious sciences or at least I learned its origins, roots and how it reached us. Then my heart was reassured. Believe me my dear sister, when I read your words I just laugh. There is nothing else I can say. Your ideas were similar to my ideas not long ago. However, God endowed me with the light of insight through: ask, listen and I really listen. They taught us if we want to settle a dispute between two parties to listen to both sides. So you have to listen to these sheikhs with a conscious heart. You should address one of them, a woman or man, ask anything you want and you will find something which will reassure you, God willing! This is if you are seeking the truth. But if it is just a fancy, you wanted to raise your face to be applauded by others, you should be happy because you have achieved this. However, you should expect a day which will come soon, when you will rely on your fancy but it won’t help you with God. If you have a fear of knowledge and scholars, I advise you two things: read Qur’an day and night whenever you have time, with piety because Qur’an is certainly the guidance of the pious; follow the guidance of God. Aren’t you seeking the truth? I think we all seek the truth. Ask God the truth, ask God the truth. We ask God to enlighten our hearts and unite them in the truth.


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    moussa sedra 2010-12-18

    There is still a long road before us! Nevertheless, the first beginnings of a religious revolution have appeared in the arrival of certain books and the courage of certain authors. However, some ideas have yet to be mentioned: What of a spiritual approach to the Muslim religion, a more peaceful relationship with the Qur’anic text, the ability to criticise and not to consider the text immutable, death, Hell, Paradise, heavenly virgins, and the versions of the Qur’an??? With the books that have been burnt, what is the history of the current Qur’an? What is its relation to other religions? These questions are fundamental and they will help believers to better make their religious approach and practices their own. And, more importantly, they will silence the fundamentalists, who carry a blind and blinding view. Read these words: Today, the time has come for the prophets with ulterior motives. The voracious have drank the milk of dry breasts and they have crumbled the bread. Eve is dead for the future slaved. Wake up. You must tremble in fear and shame. The pain of childbirth will howl in your depths. You humanity is thirsty for hatred and blood and cruelty. He has forgotten you.


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    ماجدة الحوراني 2010-12-10

    In reality, I say to anyone who insulted her, she knows what she is talking about. Discussion with the ignorant is very hard. These sheikhs have throughout history – intentionally or not – exploited your ignorance. Read, read and read! Then you can criticize my dear Olfa Youssef. All my respects to you!


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    Vladimir 2010-12-3

    I might not agree with you, however I am ready to offer my life so that you express your opinion.


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    حنان من مصر 2010-12-2

    Ijtihad in religion is required. However, before Ijtihad, it has to be ascertained whether what exists is not correct. But the knowledge of Olfa Youssef, regardless of its depth, cannot equal the knowledge of the four Imams or Sheikh Mohamed Metouali Shaaraoui in the interpretation of Qur’an and interpretation of Hadiths. I agree with you that there are some radical sheikhs who recklessly accuse others of infidelity. But there are some who are quite good and trustworthy such as scholars of Al Azhar. Concerning the hair or body, it is not up to delay the progress of society. However, woman was created beautiful in order to attract the interest of man. This is why hijab and hiding charms was ordered for chastity and in appreciation of woman not to demean her in any way. Concerning the name of the book, Muslims are not in bewilderment. Praise be to God as we know the authorized from the banned and enormous deeds from sins and misdeeds. When we commit a misdeed, we recognize that the human soul is weak and that God forgives sins. Therefore, we ask God to forgive us. We are similar to candidates to an exam. We don’t know the result but we know who the hard-working is and the unsuccessful. May God guide you and us to the good! We don’t need your Ijtihad as we already have the Ijtihad of the companions of the messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, and the four companions.


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    chahama 2010-12-2

    Arabic television on NileSat and other stations that talk about religion, women and men of the Maghreb only talk about nonsense: imams, prayers, mosques, hadith, the prophet and hijabs. Most especially, when everyone is leaving the mosque, they add their useless words to the discussions to the word soup. There are no cultural subjects: they taste bad. Sport is not there: it looks bad. Obesity, diabetes and hypertension, all of which ravage their daily lives – no one tries to understand or learn about them. This phenomenon stretches from Rabat to Cairo, and it is the reason for which we blatantly remain behind with our world lost in five prayers per day which is a blow to the economy; lost in the hajj, which is a blow to purchasing power; lost to the lamb for the son of Abraham, which deals a blow to meat prices, making them skyrocket. Let us stop. Let us stop. Read Olfa well. You will understand where the world is headed.


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    سليمان ساسي 2010-11-21

    Salam alikum. The messenger of God said “Be good to women, they are your assistants. You have a right towards them and they have a right towards you”. He also said “Women are sisters of men, only a noble honours them and only a mean humiliates them”. The messenger, peace and prayer of God be upon him, also said “The most faithful believers, the closest to me are the kindest to their families”. The last of his words, peace be upon him, were “I advise you to be good to women”. We all know his great love for lady Aisha and before her lady Khadija whose help he doesn’t deny in assisting him. As for Omar Ben Khattab, God bless him, we can only say all good about him. Although he was severe, he was kind-hearted, compassionate with his family and subjects. His story is known with the woman whose children were starving, and he took her himself flour while he was a Caliphate, remained with them until they ate and slept. A question: if Islam oppresses the rights of women, what makes women in the world the highest in the numbers of those converted to Islam? What makes women in Britain, France and America convert to Islam in spite of what is said about this religion that it is the religion of polygamy and repression of freedoms?


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    rosa 2010-10-19

    Thanks God that we have women who think!


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    عبد الله القيرواني 2010-9-17

    Don’t be bewildered my Muslim sister, don’t think about secular ideas. Qur’an and Sunna is the straightest path. As for “Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman”, it is just a translation of the thought of its author. God has honored you with Qur’an and privileged you with the fourth Sourat in Qur’an “Annissaa” (Women).


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    Bouslim 2010-9-4

    What is there to say??? We can already tell, just in seeing the opinions of each other, how heterogeneous so-called Muslim society is! Everyone has their own egocentric reflexes and we immediately no longer stop our divergences. For my part, I am no exception to the rule. Quite the contrary, I remain faithful to belonging to ego-centrism. I look at things in my own way. But, the difference is that I admit there are differences, which have to do with a logic or a belief, but never personal or semi-collective objectives. To Miss Olfa Youssef I would say, “Move forward. You seem to have all the resources to do this: experience, specific knowledge, research in the area and you are savvy, unprejudiced, unbiased, rational, emotional, proud, confident and free thinking. You have no thoughts to oppose anyone whoever they may be, whatever the issue. As for those who pretend to hold truths, know that God alone continues to hold these truths and our souls. We are all different, and this is where we get our strength. But, we can make this into our handicap. So, let us make it a strength and never a handicap.


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    sami 2010-9-2

    Doctor, saying “I am atheist” is better than your attempt to distort religion because Islam is the religion of God. By God how can you allege that Islam has made men and women equal. God the Almighty says “to the male, a portion equal to that of two females”. You should know this reflects a God wisdom which is hard for you to grasp.


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    laylaahmadjaz 2010-8-31

    We need so much minds which will reflect on Islam not mouths which ruminate the same stories for thousands of years, people for whom religion is limited to forms and stop at the threshold unable to enter, in addition to attempts to research and progress. Whom of us doesn’t know that religion has fixed roots and its branches can be subject of jurisprudence and development. However, branches have become like fixed roots for many people, all doctrinal issues have frozen and petrified. Has Islam prevented the sublime human mind from bewilderment or the opposite? Those who are helpless in front of the bewilderment of Olfa Youssef should convince us with reason and counter her with logic not with the abstract and metaphysics adopting intimidation as their enlightened path.


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    barbosa 2010-8-29

    I read the article with interest. It seems that the approach Olfa Youssef proposes reflects a utopian vision of Islam, an image through rose-coloured lenses, which, unfortunately, does not correspond to the complicate reality of an expanding religion whose image is tarnished throughout the world. This image has been soiled by religious fanaticism, which excludes the ‘others’ and demonises them. We are all invited to pass on the noble values of Islam, values that speak of love and brotherhood. Let us stop the fratricidal war between our intellectuals and let us rather emphasise the sure things that unite us. Islamic studies is not a laboratory where you can experiment with our repressed ideas. It is a well-regulated, well-standardised field and only our community’s scholars and enlightened minds are able to interpret and analyse the Qur’an’s deeper meaning.


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    wi 2010-8-22

    This is too controversial. I read your last book and your arguments are not that relevant. Sorry!


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    رشيد كليوات ع.وسارة 2010-8-4

    Shame on you! You understand nothing in religion to criticize experts in religion and scholars!


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    عبد الله أحمد 2010-7-21

    Reply of the scholar SHaikh Zaitouni : Yassine Ben Ali to the observations on the book “Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman” by Olfa Youssef. Dr Olfa Youssef started from here and wrote the book “Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman”. She showed the reasons for which she wrote the book, saying “In this book, we are far from fundamentalism in its religious and modernist aspects; this is because we don’t want to present final ready-made answers, adhere to questions before replies and bewilderment before assurance…” (1). I am not against questions, therefore I find a pretext for Dr Olfa in questions. But I am against the bewilderment and doubting. This is because the questions asked by the doctor which express her bewilderment are no longer a personal matter. After publication, they have become a collective matter. In other words, the doctor, when she published her book, cast bewilderment in the souls of people through sceptic questions associated with religious rules and Qur’anic verses which the doctor herself said most Muslims consider “decisive and clear, which don’t represent any problem or require any thinking” (2). Therefore, I thought it my duty to contest this book and reply to the author. “In Allah do we trust: Our Lord! decide between us and our people with truth; and Thou art the best of deciders.”


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    KIKOu 2010-7-18

    I read the book and i was wonderfully surprised and illuminatef by the intelligence of Dr Olfa Youssef ideas. She's one of the stongerst courageous women to discuss such taboo issues in the islamic world.I certainly don't agrre with people thinking of Tunisia a country banning islamic religion and encouraging belly dancing culture and the real alive proof is the books of Dr Olfa youssef because of her unstopping leadinf of free rationnal sientific interpretation of the Quran !I evenn think that many among the youngest people should read 'Bewilderment of a miuslim woman' instead of watching some kind of channels that seem to be 'the key of heaven' . i deeply thank Dr olfa youssef one of the greatest tunisian muslim women !!


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    9ari2 2010-7-6

    I have a remark to make: If we ask a plumber to explain the laws of nuclear physics, will he be able to do it? If we ask a carpenter about a kidney transplant, could he help us? From this, we can see that every theme, every subject and every problem possess its own solvers. And, my remark does apply here. If you take on any Islamic subject with an Arab, he is immediately going to respond to you with by outlining "halal and haram". My remark is not meant for Dr Olfa Youssef, whom I respect enormously, but to all the readers. –Thank you


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    moon river 2010-6-17

    Olfa Youssef adds water and kneads topics we have previously debated when we were young in the twenties. Bring something new and God will help you! I am with total freedom. Do what you want and assume your responsibility! Disbelieve, corrupt, be religious, do Jihad…! The most important is to be honest with yourself and with others. Be a human, don't harm others! Respect law even if you don't like it! If you don't like it, try to change it in the way allowed by law. We know our country is not a state of law. It should become a state of law.


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    أبو علقم 2010-6-15

    I am surprised at the statements of a group of backward people who understand nothing in the Islamic religion. The statements of Dr Olfa Youssef don't emanate from ignorance. We should stress that said doctor is specialised in the Arabic language and Islamic civilisation. She has scientific powers to read the Qur'an and to explain and interpret it. She has succeeded in this, with merit, in her doctoral thesis in the school of humanities in Manouba in Tunisia. Criticising an individual can only be through scientific debate about his ideas and refuting an argument with an argument. I'm almost certain that most of those who commented on the article understand nothing about religion. They are an ignorant nation. This is why I regret that they belong to the nation of Islam, as they allege. They have never read doctrine, interpretation or other religious books. They only know the five rules of Islam; that's all. They bow their heads like cows to those who shout with arguments about Islam, allege to be learned in philosophy and accuse those of the opposite opinion of infidelity. God suffices us and He is the best mandate. The ability of an individual to criticise and show a scientific opinion requires rules which necessitate study and learning for years so that - maybe - he can understand a part of it. I say to those who cast doubt about the ability of Dr Olfa Youssef: Read what she wrote. Read her doctoral thesis, which she took with honours! Then present what she wrote to scholars of Islam who are prominent in the sciences of the doctrine, the foundations of religion. Debate her with arguments, not by attacking her person. She is higher than your fake words which only reflect their ignorance and the danger of God against them. Tunisia, which mocks her, has produced great intellectuals, including the prominent scholar Ibn Khaldoune, Imam Sahnoune and Cheikh Mohamed Fadel Ibn Aachour. Here is Dr Olfa Youssef, contributing to the understanding of some dim interpretations supported by some people with weak minds who presented to us interpretations that match their intentions, which are known only to God!


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    منيرة حميدة 2010-6-5

    The nation of "Iqraa"...


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    تونسي 2010-5-25

    A questions: Does Olfa know the Qur'an by heart and all hadiths of the Messenger or not? Can she explain to me the meaning of this verse: "In the name of God the Beneficent the Merciful. Alif Lam Mim, God says the truth"? If she explains it, I support her. If she doesn't and she won't, let her expect her seat in hell because she says things she doesn't know about Islam.


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    امينة حمدي 2010-5-17

    I agree with the articles of Magharebia. Thank you! Your sister Amina.


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    amina hamdi 2010-5-17

    I agree with these Maghreb comments. In the explanation of the Messenger, peace be upon him, he said by the end of his life: "I haven't seen anyone lacking in intellect and religion, taking the mind of the wise man like you (women)." They said, Messenger of God, what is the lack of her intellect, it is understood metaphorically, not literally. God the Almighty knows better. Copied. Your sister Amina, thank you very much! Salam.


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    abo eshak 2010-3-26

    May God guide you!


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    Just Joined 2009-12-20

    It is really amazing how powerful the Arabs in debating and discussing a book based on other people's reactions to a magazine interview with the book writer!!!! No wonder they dare discuss Qura'n, Sunna and history without wasting their time on reading. Such people are too lazy and too limited to think for themselves or question established ideas.


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    مسلمه متحجبه !! 2009-11-18

    Hahaha, this really funny. No comment!!!


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    jaihoon 2009-11-12

    so far which i have studied the book which have written by Ulfata Yosuf contains many sensitive word and points who she with deeply have knwledge in regard of the real picture of islamic law and its charateristic she unsoundminly decleared her view point and said many words critically about what ratified islamic law in the past as social order to all mulim man and woman to stabilize their life ... i think she should once again as a human observe the real demand of life of hamanbieng then she will undrestand her mistakes and wrong theory which she offer to the others so such idea will scatered the the mind of whole community


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    احمد العامري 2009-10-30

    There is no other human like you. What do you think about Sistani?


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    محمدحمدمحمدعثمان 2009-10-29

    The researcher debated interpreters and scholars without tools. She forgot that every era has its men, readings, conceptions, views, conditions and circumstances. It is an intellectual shame to debate Arrazi (a special time and particular conditions) in his views and say he was wrong. The researcher adopted the method of saying that everything about which there is no text (the Quran or tradition of the Prophet) is authorised. She states a verse from here, an opinion from there, tries to show a contradiction between them, and explains it in a way that reflects confusion. She calls for adopting that text in dealing with all issues. Anyone who reads the introduction to the work will think that the researcher will bring something new which wasn’t brought up by her predecessors; as she says, “What happened to Muslims that made Islam synonymous with narrow-mindedness and fanaticism? What happened to Muslims to the point that Attabari or Al Arrazi are sometimes more open than sheikhs of Al Azhar or other official institutes?” At first glance, her message seems enlightening, seeking to illuminate areas of Islamic knowledge, urging minds to work hard, search, remove the cloak of sacredness from the four doctrines, and from the readings of scholars and interpreters. However, the reality of the book is far different. She has worked with disturbing parameters in some cases. If she were a Muslim as she says in the title and Islam means submissiveness, how can she discuss the issue of inheritance, claim and show that a woman has the right to take a share of the inheiritance equal to the share of a man? If the researcher is really bewildered, how can she say scholars and interpreters are wrong and debate them? The confused person has no method and no previous ideas. He is a human being who looks for reality without having hidden backgrounds. Should we institute lesbianism, homosexuality, polygamy, equality between man and woman, marriage for pleasure, so that Islam becomes more open? Is it in this way that woman will achieve her position in society? I am not a proponent of Al Qardawi; although I respect the man and respect his work, I am not a leftist in opinion or method, although I don’t exclude Marxist secularist thought and other thoughts. However, this provoked me in the negative way, as it lacks objectivity and the necessary knowledge tools to tackle purely doctrinal issues.


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    leila- Allemagne 2009-10-26

    I was really impressed by your visit to France on 24-25 October 2009. You expressed aloud what a large portion of Muslims feel and think. This made me want to read your book. I will not hesitate to buy it! Whatever your point of view, there is one thing for sure: A book coming from an intellectual of this level will allow us, without a doubt, to enrich our knowledge and continue in the path of personal research.


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    ايمان شاطر 2009-10-21

    In the name of God most gracious the most merciful. Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you. My Muslim brothers, stop attacking others. This researcher, like anyone else, has her repressed feelings and ideas. But she is different from others. But the fact that she thinks in a loud voice doesn't mean that she is sowing strife with her book or trying to sow it. She just has ideas, that's all. She has not forced anyone to adhere to them. The human being was distinguished by God from the animal with his mind. On the other hand, we no longer differentiate between the good or the band. One issues a fatwa saying that a woman must breastfeed her colleague at work. The other pronounces a fatwa authorizing a girl to kiss her lover. Someone else issues a fatwa to remove the face cover, then he comes back to withdraw his fatwa. What is this? Wake up Arabs. By God, these are shameful fatwas. What is wrong with you. Is not the permitted clear and the banned clear? The messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, covered everything. He didn't leave any issue without tackling it. By God, if Muslims remain this way, they are not far from deviation from the religion.


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    عبدالرحمان 2009-10-18

    We won't accept opinions until the author of the opinion is credible. Credibility here requires that the author of the idea be sincere, honest, fair and free. But I don't think that any of these qualities is present in this intellectual. If she thinks the opposite of what I say, let her dare and say a single word against the Tunisian regime, as she has dared talk about the Islamic legislation.


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    basheer 2009-10-17

    I hope that Miss Olfa Youssef sends me a copy of the book to my email if possible before I can write any comment. I cannot comment something I haven't read. Salam from someone who looks for reality.


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    معلق 2009-10-15

    Every era we see people who call themselves concerned about the Umma and religion. They talk and interpret our religion as they want. They're not deterred. This is how things look. But God awaits but doesn't neglect.


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    سامى ندا - مصــــــــــر 2009-10-10

    Praise be to God who granted us the grace of Islam, it is a great grace. I wished the person who did the interview would ask the author whether she believes in the fixed rule “There is no Ijtihad in the presence of a text”. This means when God the Almighty says “And there is life for you in (the law of) retaliation”, can we interpret the text contrarily to its intended meaning or believe that the act can be revoked in her opinion. But the most important thing does she believe in and carry out the rites of Islam (ordered prayer, Zakat, fasting Ramadan and pilgrimage to the Mecca) disregarding her her rejection of Hijab or veil or does she want to revoke such rites as well? Is anyone entitled to interpret Qur'an but he doesn't act according to its orders and respect its bans? One last question, can she talk about biochemistry for example even if she has not learnt and studied it? So why Qur'an if she is not specialist in it, studied Fikh, doctrine, grammar and other subjects?


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    المحب 2009-8-29

    Woman should return to the religion of God the Almighty and not look for such nonsense. Islam is the true religion. We must follow the instruction of the religion of Islam.


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    محمد الهادي 2009-8-23

    She has ground to be bewildered to the point of losing sleep because she has sewed her life by cutting her religion. She has nothing of her life and lost what she has cut. The catastrophe of this woman is in her religion, God forbids. When this female understands that she has a little knowledge, her illness will worsen as well as her bewilderment. “whose hearts are set at rest by the remembrance of Allah”. But she has taken sides with Satan, his sciences, supporters and the way of life he calls to.


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    تونسيّة 2009-8-6

    Dialog should be continued, we must search and work hard in order to raise our Islamic identity from the situation of weakness and recession to recovery. Our Creator said if the ambitions of individuals were to reach behind the throne, they would reach it. Muslims are in a state of stagnation. But God tells us to think, discuss, be audacious, authorize in order to progress/ stop looking at the type of dress which the woman dared to wear. Stop measuring the centimeters of dresses and look for the essence. With my greetings.


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    ميسلوني 2009-7-16

    Greetings. I don't want my comment to be understood as a participation in any type of debate. It is just the expression of an opinion. Ahmed Al Masri wants either to prove atheism or Christianity. I don't blame his objective if he wants to spread his depraved thought. But why does he and others like him divide God the one into gods? Allah is the Lord of Muslims, to Whom he assigns improper descriptions. But he has a merciful God who doesn't destroy infidels, doesn't humiliate, doesn't honour, doesn't harm, doesn't benefit and so on. It is obvious that the Lord the Almighty is the Creator (except for atheists). Since He is the Creator, this concept covers all creatures, material and immaterial. For example, love is a feeling which invades all creatures. Is God the creator of this feeling and knows its meaning or not? If the answer is no, where has this feeling come from? Was it created by God? Was it created by another creator who reached the same rank as God (God forbids)? If the answer is yes, it is so. We should know that humiliation, harm and uncleanness exist with the order of God the Creator (or is it Satan who created them?!). Here I speak impartially about God the Lord of all Creatures to Muslims and non Muslims. Accordingly, God is the honouring, humiliating, beneficial, harmful, arrogant to the insubordinate who don't want to see the right. Here again I don't talk as Muslim but in general. You can brothers wander on earth, watch and find the right path firstly. But defaming one of the features of God, this is heresy. Or do you want the Creator (God forbids) to be weak and powerless (while He has all power and will). Or do you want Him to be crucified as a sacrifice for his followers. But then where is his lordliness, power and might? The words of some people are improper. The Creator has a course when to humiliate and when to honour. He won't come to soothe you (God forbids) or deliberately address you humiliation, harm or weakness. I want to conclude with this: you can believe or disbelieve. Life which is a test is just an ephemeral period which ends with death. The issue is simpler than we debate His existence or features. As I have said, God has a course. You you shall not find any change in the course of Allah. Finally, Islam taught us not to insult our opponents in faith even pagans. God the Almighty says “Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and have disputations with them in the best manner”.


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    ميسلوني 2009-7-14

    Greetings. I almost lose faith in our Arab society which authorizes someone like the untamed Olfa to search in things which are beyond her understanding. This is because she is driven by foreign ideas. By the way I am not a sheikh. I am just committed like all the people. However, I am aware when some try to cast doubt about my religion, begin to ask questions which have no purpose except making people doubt about their religion. But the oddest thing is that she refers to the messenger. Or how would she want to be begin interpretation and legislating saying the religion of God in the skies and peace be on the world. By the way, positive law has not restored a right to its owner, has not granted justice to an oppressed and hasn’t removed injustice. This is very clear in what happens in third world countries most of which refer to such laws. Instead of this aberrant sister, look for a solution to the spinsterhood problem faced by your fellow women. Is it a humiliation that a girl has a husband while the other dreams of a domestic house just because we don’t want polygamy? Is it reasonable that people die starved while they are satiated with sex? By God, haven’t we had enough of cultural invasion coming from everywhere? Haven’t we had enough with our victims killed to begin flogging ourselves? Haven’t you had enough of the pornographic invasion we experience day and night? Or should we have people like the untamed to justify it? The questions she asks innocently are more malicious than their appearance. It seems that the researcher have solved the problems of the starved Arab society by feeding people with sex. Anyway, praise be to God, I have no faith in people like you, those with you and who support you. I know you are just scum as a person and thought.


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    مسلمة 2009-7-13

    Do we need much intelligence to understand this verse, Do we need interpreters, a group of explainers, approaches, battles, cutting bodies and a world war? “There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing” (Al Bakara: 256). Everyone is free in his religion.


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    أبو خولة / تونس 2009-7-10

    Why all this fuss about the book of Olfa Youssef 'Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman'? Doesn't she have the right to express her opinion? And who has appointed these people as spokespersons of Islam? To your knowledge sirs, genuine Islam is the religion of science, mind and free thought, not rigid. This is the Islam I believe in.


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    razi 2009-7-8

    Where is your basis doctor where is your veil?


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    رضا عامري 2009-6-29

    In the name of God the Beneficent, the Merciful. I would like to mention that those who respect their religion and origins deserve the respect of their thought. If this woman were a real Muslim, she should have respected her religion and wear Hijab as some participants mentioned. The problem doesn't lie in the level of freedom of opinion and expression. This is because today everyone comes to write, criticize, explain, interpret and make fatwas as he wants. Then calls for the freedom of expression and that it is his right to announce his stupidities as it happens today in the west where gays claim the freedom of their homosexualities and that man today can give birth after the bad use of science. In our societies, there is no place for real thinkers and there is no place for those who are right. The intellectual scene has become a park for quasi thinkers and intellectuals who are supported by the west and backed by Zionists who are very influential and no one can counter them. This author is a researcher and has not reached the level of thinker. She has read Qur'an as she reads books which she presents in one minute. Then she read some Hadith. Ultimately she decided to write a book and she wrote about woman. What does she know about this woman since she is a mirror of woman? The physical structure of woman, the mental structure of woman, the psychological structure of woman, interactions of woman with the other. She must carry out a deep, comprehensive and precise study about woman and its relationship with the other. Does this woman understand that God the Almighty created Eve from a rib of Adam in order to incline to her. This inclination is psychological hosting, physical interaction and sexual intercourse which are basically associated with the place and time. The interaction relationship is different between the two parties. This inclination “incline to her” means that man is in a situation of continuous movement as he . changes his place according to time. He travels to find geographical conditions wherein he can interact then comes back where to incline and rest tranquilly. This can be realized for him only by woman who similar to him and is imposed by her internal, psychological and mental chemical interaction... Try my lady to understand. You must read and explore more. Try to work hard and you will find out that what you write is wrong.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-20

    The site didn't publish 4 replies which creates a defect in the reference of evidence and firm arguments denying allegories. Is there any way for the site to justify the non publication? I am sure I haven't insulted or offended, I have respected the democratic method.

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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-19

    (Cheikh angry eye quote a controversial verse from Qur'an (Al Bakara: 106). Who are the parties to this controversy? We Muslims aren't concerned about this because “None dispute concerning the communications of Allah but those who disbelieve, therefore let not their going to and fro in the cities deceive you”. Those who became arrogant by owning means to weakening peoples and silencing them in addition to the fact that Muslims no longer have causes of power “And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know but Allah knows them”. If Muslims had a weight, no one would have dared attack their religion. If it happened, it would have been with tact and diplomacy... Our minds are at rest, tranquil, bewilderment doesn't find a way to us. It only concerns followers of Satan. “Like him whom the Shaitans have made to fall down perplexed in the earth? He has companions who call him to the right way, saying: Come to us. Say: Surely the guidance of Allah, that is the true guidance, and we are commanded that we should submit to the Lord of the worlds”. We live in the relief of submission to God which makes us love everyone including those who pose us. However, their envy with the provocation of Satan who tries with all his cunning to those who will be his witnesses in his allegation that God wasn't successful in His choice of Adam as a Khalif on earth instead of him. But he doesn't know does he is not presenting any argument in his favour as much as it is against him as he accuses his Creator of folly and lack of wisdom. Those among sons of Adam who follow him are his associates. This is why Ibrahim, peace be upon him, warned his father “O my father! serve not the Shaitan, surely the Shaitan is disobedient to the Beneficent God: O my father! surely I fear that a punishment from the Beneficent God should afflict you so that you should be a friend of the Shaitan”. Some should be careful about some preachers who are supporters of Satan. “O you who believe! do not take for intimate friends from among others than your own people; they do not fall short of inflicting loss upon you; they love what distresses you; vehement hatred has already appeared from out of their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater still; indeed, We have made the communications clear to you, if you will understand. Lo! you are they who will love them while they do not love you, and you believe in the Book (in) the whole of it; and when they meet you they say: We believe, and when they are alone, they bite the ends of their fingers in rage against you. Say: Die in your rage; surely Allah knows what is in the breasts. If good befalls you, it grieves them, and if an evil afflicts you, they rejoice at it”; those who seek their victims amongst Muslims befriending them but they are their worst enemies “You shall not find a people who believe in Allah and the latter day befriending those who act in opposition to Allah and His Apostle, even though they were their own fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kinsfolk”.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-6-13

    Eh sheikh, Mawlana, uncle, our brother, does this mean if I tell you in front of everyone from Tafssir Al Jalalayne and Mokhtar Assihah that the word abrogate means substitute, will apologize to me for what you wrote against me when I said that abrogate means substitute? Buy you sir opposed this and said that God doesn't substitute His words but abrogates them. But if I show you in front of everyone that abrogate means substitute, not for anything just to show that you are a philosopher in myths, a genius in dodging and evasion, a scientist in lies and maybe affected by Bradyphasia disorder. The symptoms of the disease are clear from your indirect reply, the loss of your ideas and words which are meaningless, unclear, not unequivocal and firm, it is all fanciful stories and tales of Chater Hassan. What is the opinion of our sheikh Ain? You want me to give you evidence??? you order sheikh and I will give you evidence with link and proof from Mokhtar Assihah and Tafssir Al Jalalyne so that you will be sure that abrogate means substitute. I am ready Mawlana. Come on challenge me. But be ready to apologize and I will give you a proof with conclusive evidence so that you will apologize to me in writing in front of everyone and acknowledge that your God substitutes His verses... Ouahidouh!


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    احمد من مصر 2009-6-12

    I condemn you for your words sheikh Ain. Read your words literally: if God is not the harmful, beneficial, honouring, arrogant, merciful, who is he? You see sheikh what you wrote and what you admitted? You have admitted that God is harmful, humiliating, arrogant and we have said these names or qualities were canceled, which means they have disappeared, no one recognizes them, which means this is shame, which means in Arabic defending them by mixing them up with other humiliating features such as honouring, merciful, compassionate and other qualities are meaningless because you have said that God is also humiliating, arrogant, misguiding, harmful, these are your words sheikh. This means in Arabic you are following God the misguiding, harmful, humiliating, and arrogant. These are features of Satan. Wake up, you're drowsy. You're following Satan. You're blind hearted and blind sighted. Drowsy, mad. You think that God forgets His verses (Al bakara: 106). If you really believe that God forgets His verses as it was stated in Qur'an, let me tell you that you're a backward person. Anyone who believes that God is harmful, humiliating, arrogant, misguiding, will face the same destiny, it is hell. He will dwell there eternally. Wake up sheikh. Wake up, stop stubbornness and persistence in myths and arguments that I don't speak Arabic and other false pretenses. Oh sorry, a thousand, four hundred and fifty sorry.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-12

    It is narrated that a wise man will travel to a remote country with his wife and son on a ride which can only bear one person. So he divided the distance in four. Every individual will ride for a quarter of the distance and the fourth part will be for the ride to rest when bearing no one on its back. He made a draw to organize riding. He began implementing his plan assured and confident that he is just and fair with everyone not caring about different and contradictory comments by people and groups he passes by because everyone explained his vision from his own point of view thinking he is right ignoring the decision of the wise and just. If they have known his decision, he would have admired his wisdom and soundness, benefited from it and they would have reached a consensus. A personal view is mandatory when contributing to overcoming a problem of surpassing a difficulty. It is a crime when it is an abuse of something unseen of which the interpreter knows only the apparent without grasping all data. Therefore, he ignores its wisdom. The person who sees that a river is not in its place as it threatens of inundation and thus calls for bridging it without bridging the tributaries which feed it, removing mountains from which they descend, adjusting the surface of earth. If he doesn't do all these acts, will he increase threats or cause inundations in other regions which were safe? So those who wonder about the possibility of Ijtihad in understanding their religion without facing the threat to be accused of disbelief are deluding themselves because angels, messengers and pious people do Ijtihad and weren't accused of disbelief even when they are wrong. Our master Ibrahim wondered how to revive the dead (Al Bakara: 260). Our master Mohamed, peace be upon him, took the initiative to call the leaders of Quraish who were reticent to join the religion of God (Sourat Abassa), and nearly adhered to the wrongful (Al Israa: 73-74), angels opposed God's making Adam a Calph on earth because of corruption and killing there, saying that they deserve more as they are lauding God and extol His holiness (Al Bakara: 60). As to those who don't abide by the orders of God, shun them, finding in himself some refusal and arrogance after the right way has become clearly distinct from error justifying his disobedience with Ijtihad in understanding, inventing a new religion, thinking he is wiser and more merciful than God, they are unbelievers because they didn't accept His destiny and will “And when We said to the angels: Make obeisance to Adam they did obeisance, but Iblis (did it not). He refused and he was proud, and he was one of the unbelievers” ( Al Bakara: 34).


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    احمد من مصر 2009-6-12

    I condemn you for your words sheikh Ain. Read your words literally: “Say: O unbelievers! I do not serve that which you serve, Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve: Nor am I going to serve that which you serve, Nor are you going to serve Him Whom I serve: You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion” (Sourat Al Kafiroune)... One last question: if God is not the harmful, beneficial, honouring, arrogant, merciful, who is he? You see, you have said God is harmful, humiliating, arrogant and we have said these names or qualities were cancelled, which means they have disappeared, no one recognizes them, which means this is shame, which means in Arabic defending them by mixing them up with other qualities such as honouring, merciful, compassionate and other qualities are meaningless because you have said that God is also humiliating, arrogant, misguiding, harmful, these are your words sheikh. This means in Arabic you are following God the misguiding, harmful, humiliating, and arrogant. These are features of Satan. Wake up, you're drowsy. You're following Satan. You're blind hearted and blind sighted. Drowsy, mad. You're a backward person. Anyone who believes that God is harmful, humiliating, arrogant, misguiding, will face the same destiny, it is hell the worst destination. Oh sorry.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-6-11

    A bald snake, do you believe the words of Qur'an, Hadiths and Sunna? If you believe in every word written in Hadiths and Qur'an, you certainly believe in the punishment of the grave. This means you believe in the bald snake. Do you believe that there is a bald snake and a snake with a fringe? The dead is a lifeless corpse without soul or feelings so how can you feel grave torture? And why the grave why not the sky for example? Why a snake and why exactly bald? Is your mind absent to this point??? I wrote before that truth should be open because sincerity is the enemy of lies. We are peoples who chose to live a life full of lies, believe the liar and distrust the honest. But we die and then we are surprised that you had confronted reality, prserved your life and lost your afterlife. Is regret of any use when you are on the doors of hell?? Wake up brother. A minute in hell is unbearable.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-10

    My brother Ahmed, who is dodging and evading? When have you seen me talk about the bald snake/ urine of the camel/pleasure marriage/Messiar marriage/ masturbation/... of the cattle? Who told you that I believe in such mythical things and heresies with which yellow books are embedded, which have no foundations except the invented, fabricated and misunderstood of Hadiths? My starting point is Qur'an because it is the Arabic edition of the Book of God and I abide by what corresponds to the words of God including Hadiths, traditions of the prophet, worships and attitudes. As to the established heresies, traditions and customs which were abusively assigned to His religion, I deny them and even fight them with all authorized means. The fact that you deny verses mentioned in the Qur'an as your limited cannot grasp and your linguistic level couldn't decode its meaning while insisting you have understood it with a hybrid, non-updated language, is like the tourist who wants to deal in the country he visits with the currency of his homeland, this your business. However, abusing in the interpretation of divine words in a way contrary to the scientific methodology, even if you know there no two words which have the same meaning in any language except for laymen and vulgar people who are not precise, use signs, gestures and facial expressions because their addresses are direct... You explained 'تربّص' (expect) as 'انتظر' (wait); ' نسخ' (abrogate) as ' بدّل' (change); ' جعل' (made) as ' فعل' (did). You are following the steps of your sheikh bishop Zakaria Boutros who explained ' صاغرون' (abased) as ' أذلاّء' (humiliated...Don't you see that you act as if you explain ' رجع' (returned) as ' عاد' (came back); ' ركل' (kicked) as ' لكم' (punched)...? How many Qur'ans are there? Is there more than one? If you have relied on this as a ground for argument believing everything stated in it, you can check with me anything you see as a misunderstanding or misinterpretation, then welcome, otherwise you will be one of those who act unjustly and thus with whom dispute is disallowed “And do not dispute with the followers of the Book except by what is best, except those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit” (Al Ankabout: 46). Then I just have to bid you farewell with the verse of God “Say: O unbelievers! I do not serve that which you serve, Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve: Nor am I going to serve that which you serve, Nor are you going to serve Him Whom I serve: You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion” (Al Kafiroune). A last question, if God is not the harmful, beneficial, honouring, humiliating, arrogant, merciful, who is he then?


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-10

    My brother Ahmed, you have made me a great service as you have explained to me with the smallest detail many verses which I used to read but to which I didn't find examples from reality including these verses of Al Bakara “And there are some people who say: We believe in Allah and the last day; and they are not at all believers. They desire to deceive Allah and those who believe, and they deceive only themselves and they do not perceive. There is a disease in their hearts, so Allah added to their disease and they shall have a painful chastisement because they lied. And when it is said to them, Do not make mischief in the land, they say: We are but peace-makers. Now surely they themselves are the mischief makers, but they do not perceive. And when it is said to them: Believe as the people believe they say: Shall we believe as the fools believe? Now surely they themselves are the fools, but they do not know. And when they meet those who believe, they say: We believe; and when they are alone with their Shaitans, they say: Surely we are with you, we were only mocking. Allah shall pay them back their mockery, and He leaves them alone in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on. These are they who buy error for the right direction, so their bargain shall bring no gain, nor are they the followers of the right direction”. (Al Bakara: 6-16). “And they say: Be Jews or Christians, you will be on the right course. Say: Nay! (we follow) the religion of Ibrahim, the Hanif, and he was not one of the polytheists. Say: We believe in Allah and (in) that which had been revealed to us, and (in) that which was revealed to Ibrahim and Ismail and Ishaq and Yaqoub and the tribes, and (in) that which was given to Musa and Isa, and (in) that which was given to the prophets from their Lord, we do not make any distinction between any of them, and to Him do we submit. If then they believe as you believe in Him, they are indeed on the right course, and if they turn back, then they are only in great opposition, so Allah will suffice you against them, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing”. (Al Bakara: 135-137). “And even if you bring to those who have been given the Book every sign they would not follow your qiblah, nor can you be a follower of their qiblah, neither are they the followers of each other's qiblah, and if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, then you shall most surely be among the unjust. Those whom We have given the Book recognize him as they recognize their sons, and a party of them most surely conceal the truth while they know (it). The truth is from your Lord, therefore you should not be of the doubters” ( Al Bakara: 145-147). “And those who disbelieve say: This is nothing but a lie which he has forged, and other people have helped him at it; so indeed they have done injustice and (uttered) a falsehood” (Al Furqan: 4). “And those who disbelieve say concerning those who believe: If it had been a good, they would not have gone ahead of us therein. And as they do not seek to be rightly directed thereby, they say: It is an old lie ” (Al Ahqaf: 11).So who is dodging and evading? When have you seen me talking about the bald snake/urine of the snake...? To be continued.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-6-9

    Sheikh Ain has talked about 'As to their testimony is half the testimony of man', it is an undervaluation of the religion of God and attack against it by those who prey on it and think these are defects but they are incapable of this. The statement of God the Almighty 'call in to witness from among your men two witnesses; but if there are not two men, then one man and two women from among those whom you choose to be witnesses, so that if one of the two errs, the second of the two may remind the other ' (Al Bakara: 282), it doesn't mean that the testimony of woman is half the testimony of man----- Eh sheikh, what if this verse read as follows 'call in to witness from among your women two witnesses; but if there are not two women, then one woman and two men from among those whom you choose to be witnesses, so that if one of the two errs, the second of the two may remind the other'. We have just changed in the number but not in the content. So explain it sir. You will find that the testimony of man is half the testimony of woman. What applies to brother Zaid applies to Haj Zaid. As to preying, illusion and weakness, these are symptoms of people who have dysfunctions in chronic androphine secretions such as Sultan supporters. It is not excluded that this follower has Cyclothymia otherwise he wouldn't have followed the style of dodging and twisting words in uncovered attempts to waste the truth. You are contradicting your mind and conscience sheikh Ain. To believe flimsy words, you make yourself believe it is the communication of God and you want to make others believe it as well. I advise you to take a pill of Clomebramine after eating three times a day in order to stop these fancies and see the truth otherwise you will die, after a long period, and will be tortured by a bald snake. Bald, this is nice, isn't it?!! do you believe sheikh Ain that there is a bald snake and a snake with hair??? what, is this the communication of God as well sheikh? It means you must believe it even if it is a myth based on madness. This means an underestimation of the minds of poor people and there are billions of them. I ask you by God the harmful and misleading sheikh, have you ever seen a snake with a fringe and a bald snake? If you see a bald snake tell me so that I will change your prescription. If the medicine doesn't make any good result, you must book in a mental diseases clinic so that you will recover. So sorry for a nation among whom the right was lost or in other words a nations among whom reason was lost. So sorry Ain.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-8

    My sister Tounsia, if you meant by your words 'Qur'an was in the hands of humans' that it lost its sanctity, meaning that the book (Qur'an) which is now in the hands of Muslims which they read in their prayers with which they deal in their transactions is mere meanings extracted and written down by groups according to their understanding, that it is not the communications of God transmitted literally by our master Gabriel, peace be upon him, upon the messenger of God, peace and prayer of God be upon him, the same thing which applies to his hadiths, peace be upon him, which were compiled and written down about one century after his death by men who were traveling around between Muslims, some of them were the descendants of his family, peace be upon him, of his companions, of the followers, or followers of followers. Therefore their books weren't identical in the contents of Hadiths, chapters or classifications. No erudite scholar agrees and there are no consensual scientific or historical evidences support it. Those who say the same of the Qur'an are just influenced but what happened to other previous Books. (The Torah was burnt during the era of Nabuchondozore in the year 588 BC (Chapter of kings II 24-25), he killed all Laouis who were learning Toraj by heart. Then Izra wrote again Torah fabricated from here and there in 538 BC. There were 1000 years separating Moses and Izra. That was an era in which languages developed. The language of Torah is not the same as the language of Moses although it was in Hebrew. The Gospel wasn't written in the era of our master Issa, peace be upon him. It was written about 35 years after his death. There is no continuous direct quotation because most writers of Gospels didn't hear from Jesus and didn't tell from where they had taken their information as the oldest manuscript in the Gospel is in the Greek language while our master Issa, peace be upon him, was speaking Arami language. God has ensured protecting Qur'an. “Surely We have revealed the Reminder and We will most surely be its guardian”. Mohamed, peace and prayer be upon him, died victorious with his people. So there offered an opportunity to publish Qur'an, write it, preserve it and teach it. However, Our master Moses, peace be upon him, died and his people were wandering about in the desert. Our master Issa, peace be upon him, died and his people were oppressed, killed and burnt. So his disciples didn't have an opportunity to publish the Gospel and its instructions. The issue of doubt was settled in Qur'an after Sourat Al Fatiha. “And if you are in doubt as to that which We have revealed to Our servant, then produce a chapter like it and call on your witnesses besides Allah if you are truthful” (Al Bakara: 23). To be continued.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-7

    In Sourat Sad, verse 23, it was said “Surely this is my brother; he has ninety-nine ewes and I have a single ewe; but he said: Make it over to me, and he has prevailed against me in discourse”. Those who might have diseases in their hearts or are hypocrites deduced that 'the rank of the Muslim woman in Qur'an is sheep, ewe, cow or camel because they are all ridden...' on the basis of odd and strange interpretations. It is clear that the intention of those who made the comparison to the sheep, cow and camel is debauchery in dispute. (It was quoted that the messenger of God, peace be upon him, said 'There are four characteristics, if they are all present in a person he is a pure hypocrite. If one of these characteristics is present in a person, he has one of the qualities of hypocrisy until he drops it: If he is trusted, he betrays. If he speaks, he lies. If he promises, he betrays. If he quarrels, he debauches) – Al Boukhari. So, is there anything in the context of the verse which shows that the ewe refers to woman? Supposing that the referral is present on the basis of the statement of God the Almighty “So her Lord accepted her with a good acceptance and made her grow up a good growing, and gave her into the charge of Zakariya; whenever Zakariya entered the sanctuary to (see) her, he found with her food. He said: O Marium! whence comes this to you? She said: It is from Allah. Surely Allah gives to whom He pleases without measure” (Al Imrane: 37). Our master Zakariya didn't marry lady Mariam the virgin when he took care of her. He just took care of her needs including food, dress, house and protection. The two disputing parties who came to our master Daoud had a dispute about taking care of real ewes not by joining the “wife” of any of them to the ninety-nine “wives” of the other. It is known that the human soul is by nature keen on addressing false charges, careless accusations and conclusions to distort the image of the person it hates and accuses of infidelity in order to provoke others to get rid of him or exclude him. On the other hand, it exaggerates in hailing, praising and attributing miracles to inflate the image of the person it loves and sanctifies in order to make others follow him and win their allegiance. The wise follows moderation by referring to documentary evidence and reasonable proofs. The sister Tounsia says 'My critical eye, I am a Muslim like you. I believe in God and his messenger Mohamed, peace be upon him. However, I also believe that Qur'an was written by the hands of people and was interpreted by people'. I didn't understand what you meant by saying 'Qur'an was written by the hands of people'. Do you mean it was falsified by the manipulation of their hands with it meaning it is not the words of God communicated literally by our master Gabriel, peace be upon him to the messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, and that it is the result of their understanding? To be continued.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-7

    'They are a bad omen and other attacks against our mother... Read Hadith 484 in Al Boukhari (What interrupts prayer is the dog, donkey and woman)...'. Isn't the stater of these words ashamed of God ? He presents his presumptions and conclusions based on a hatred to the religion of God hiding behind a defective interpretation and intentional falsification of the intent of the text. Can he bring one text from Qur'an or a consensual text from the Hadith in which it is literally said that “woman is a bad omen”? The number 484 in Al Boukhari doesn't match with his quote. This reflects a lack of precision and scientific confirmation. When I referred to Al Boukhar, I found the following: 'Othmane did not want to receive the man prayer, but this is if he distracts me, if he doesn't distract me, Zaid Ben Tabeth said: I didn't care, man doesn't interrupt the prayer of man' 489 – It was quoted from Aicha: it was stated in her presence what interrupts prayer, they said: it is interrupted by the dog, donkey and woman. She said: you have made us dogs, I have seen the messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, performing his prayer, I was sitting between him and Qiblah, laying down on the bed, I have to go out, I hate facing him so I go out secretly '. It was quoted 'if he distracted me/I didn't care' means what distracts man from voluntary prayer including surrounding moving people. If we read '488 – the messenger of God, peace be upon him, said (if a passer in front of a worshiper knows what he is in, he would have waited forty years better than passing in front of him'. '474- ...It was quoted that Sahl said, the space between the place where the messenger, peace be upon him, prays and the wall was the size of a passage for a ewe'. '487- It was quoted that Said Al Khoudari said, I heard the messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him said: if someone of you is performing his prayer in front of something to separate him from people and someone tries to pass in front of him, he should push him, if he refuses, he should fight him because he is satan'. We have excluded what the stater said because the worshiper who pushes 'submissive in his prayer because he is invoking his Lord) someone who passes in front of him before the separator is committing an act outside prayer, therefore he has interrupted it. The passage of woman who is well aware of the seriousness of passing without the separator while she should have waited if she has the choice, is a source of distraction as the cause for which she passes is serious and cannot wait until he ends prayer. As to the passage of a non-rational living creature, which make up the moving surrounding of the house and which should not be unbridled, this is a source of distraction by the possibility of damaging food, a furniture or pollution. To be continued.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-6

    'They also have half a share in inheritance'. These opponents are bold against the rules of God. They present themselves as wiser and fairer than Him. However, they miss wisdom while they are its executors. If we find in an institution two types of officers: permanent agents in administration, production and maintenance who receive a wage which is lower than those who work externally for marketing, supplies and defense. Sometimes their wages can be the double taking into consideration costs of movement, travel; shipment, loading, visa, participation in bids and compulsory residence far from the site of work. So is the higher wage of external workers considered a honour for them? Is the lower wage of internal workers considered an injustice to them? Or is it real wisdom and good action? Does woman have half the inheritance in all cases or is she equal to man in some cases? Let's consider “Allah enjoins you concerning your children: The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females; then if they are more than two females, they shall have two-thirds of what the deceased has left, and if there is one, she shall have the half; and as for his parents, each of them shall have the sixth of what he has left if he has a child, but if he has no child and (only) his two parents inherit him, then his mother shall have the third; but if he has brothers, then his mother shall have the sixth...” (Annissae: 11). So she is equal to him in case the deceased leaves children and parents. “as for his parents, each of them shall have the sixth of what he has left if he has a child”. Since humans are a breath of the soul of God, they have a side which doesn't act properly with this breath as he authorizes himself to imitate his Creator in legislation. So he institutes a parallel religion to His religion. But he doesn't grasp it is a distortion of it. He would have been successful in this if he had been successful in the act of creation which is unique to God. But man is capable only of making models of statutes, pictures and soulless decorations. It is easy for man to make legislations. But will he achieve justice and fairness? As to the second side, it understands that this dose of breath from the soul of God is a source for loading the doctrine of His teachings and embodying them in reality voluntarily or involuntarily without intervention. This is Islam which is a state of worship before it is the name of a religion. On the opposite side we find association of others with God including intervention by adding or reducing. This is an abuse of this breath. Man faces two choices: the perfect religion of God or incomplete religion of polytheism. A person who chooses one or other should abide by it and doesn't attack the other assuming the consequences of his choice. Beatitude to those who are concerned about their own defects rather than the defects of others. To be continued.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-5

    As to the statement that 'their testimony equals half the testimony of man', this is an undervaluation and attack of the religion of God by those who prey on things they consider as defects but they are incapable of that. They are like someone who refuse honey of the bees because its producer stings. The verse of God “call in to witness from among your men two witnesses; but if there are not two men, then one man and two women from among those whom you choose to be witnesses, so that if one of the two errs, the second of the two may remind the other” (Al Bakara: 282). It doesn't say that the testimony of woman equals half the testimony of man. No. her testimony is valid and considered in all cases except in the case of requirement of an official testimony. It is a state of institution not performance. Establishing an authentic deed requires the presence of two witnesses so that the parties to the agreement don't change their mind about the agreement. In case two believing men “your men”, are not present. They can invite two women in case one errs, following her desire and is biased to a party, the other will confront her. Erring means following desire. “o Dawood ! surely We have made you a ruler in the land; so judge between men with justice and do not follow desire, lest it should lead you astray from the path of Allah; as for those who go astray from the path of Allah, they shall surely have a severe punishment because they forgot the day of reckoning” (Sad: 26). I have followed on a satellite channel a debate between Dr Zainab Redoune and a fanatic. The purport of the debate is the insistence of the fanatic that the testimony of woman equals half of the testimony of man in all cases quoting verse 282 of Sourat Al Bakara. The doctor opposes his opinion and presented a pertinent example about a wife whose house is broken in by a criminal. The latter killed her husband. There was no other witness except her. Therefore, from where will she bring a second woman witness so that the judge will accept their testimony? Here their ignorance of the topic is clear. They follow desires and suppositions. They mix up the testimony of witness and witness who overseas an agreement. This is a defacement of the religion of God by doctors and intellectuals who prey on equivocal verses and some fanatics who know a little about religion. Both sides mix up pension and custody. Therefore, they mix up many things including testimony and overseeing the redaction of an agreement. What will opposers say about women who made a perjury and lost the ability to testify “And those who accuse free women then do not bring four witnesses, flog them, giving eighty stripes, and do not admit any evidence from them ever; and these it is that are the transgressors”. (Annour: 4). what is their value? They have become lower in rank than women according to the same standard. To be continued.


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    تونسيّة 2009-6-5

    Hi Musulmane malgré vous. I am happy you have joined dialog. Although we have grown up in a patriarchal society, we know that the way we were grown up is arbitrary. I think that most of our traditions are just traditions not associated with our religion. Playing with dolls is banned according to our ancestors but according to our religion it is something ordinary. There are things which were imposed on us and associated with us but they are not related to religion. Since the weakest gender is woman, man has put her where he wanted. He qualified her as he wanted. He dressed her as he wanted. This same woman, although she is repressed, once she gives birth a baby, she educates him in the same way in which her mother raised her. So this woman continues in the game of repression. Here the wise will tell me but woman goes out, works, does what she wants. I say there is no open recognition of the rights of woman, her freedom and choices. She is always treated like a child or underage person. Every wise person will find this illogical. The religion of God cannot be unjust to woman as He has made life come out of her. What I know is that I wasn't born to eat, drink, obey man and bear children for him. I was born to live with man, I love him, he loves me, cuddles me, I cuddle him, live together give birth to children together to preserve existence of man on earth with love and together.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-5

    In reply to ‘most people of hell are women’, it was said in Sahih Al Boukhari (298- Abou Said Al Khoudari said: the messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, went out to the praying site in Eid Al Adha or Al Fitr, he passed by some women and said ‘oh women, offer alimonies because I saw you as the biggest number of hell dwellers’). In Sahih Mouslem, ‘oh women, offer alimonies and repent to God because I saw you as the biggest number of hell dwellers’, a woman amongst them said ‘why are we messenger of God the biggest number of hell dwellers, he said you curse a lot and deny…’/ ‘…he reached some women, preached them, reminded them and said offer alimonies because most of you are the wood of hell. A woman amongst them with high cheeks rose and asked why messenger of God, he said because you are excessive in complaints and deny the good deeds of the husband)/ (…I saw most of its people women, they asked why messenger of God? He said because of their denial. Is it their denial of God, he said their denial of the good deeds of the husband and ingratitude to good actions. If you are good all the life to one of them but if she sees something bad of you she will say I have never seeing anything good from you). So where is this prejudice to them? Shall we consider injurious or humiliating the person who preaches, gives advice, showed the way to failing or wrong person to catch up, reform the soul by adjusting behaviour, good cohabitation with the spouse while considering his conditions and forgiving some of is mistakes as an erring human? Shall we deny reality around us while they are ‘our mother, sister, daughters and even wives’. They exaggerate in cursing and are ungrateful to good deeds. No matter how the spouse is good to her, if he is wrong to her one time, she denies all his good actions towards him, turned his life into hell by severe judgment for that simple mistake or unintentional failure towards her. Here the messenger is reminding and guiding them to the best fate especially because they have an outlet to replace sins with good deeds: offering alimonies. So if we examine what was stated in Al Boukhari ‘Abou Houraira, God bless him, said, the messenger peace and prayer be upon him said “Paradise and hell were arguing. Hell said: I was favoured with arrogants and oppressors…’ We find that excessive cursing and ungratefulness are some of the qualities of arrogants and oppressors who are driven by their whims to the point that they don’t hear the word of right referring their minds to inactivity. “And they shall say: Had we but listened or pondered, we should not have been among the inmates of the burning fire” (Al Moulk: 10-11). Let women hear and be wise. To be continued.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-6-5

    Sheikh inavdertent eye quoted the verse 106 of Sourat Al Bakara « Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?” Put 1450 lines under the word “abrogate”. Aren’t you ashamed to say that God forgets his verses? Is the memory of God so weak to the point of forgetting His verses? Aren’t these words shameful sheikh Ain? Now the sheikh will dodge and turn talk about the seas, mountains, fishes, milk, Indian dates, masturbation, fornication of cattle and won’t reply to the question about God forgetting His verses. Enough we know you are a loser like the sheikhs of palaces. Our sheikh, take some fresh urine of cattle, from the source…Say there is only one God.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-2

    Equality between woman and man in terms of religious rights as humans is indisputable. However, analogizing them is like analogizing trading to usurp. “they say, trading is only like usury” (Al Bakara: 275). Is woman like man? Is it man who distinguished her from him? Let's ask shoes' factories about the biggest sizes of both sexes, the average size for both of them. What is the responsibility of man in the fact that the foot of woman is smaller than his? Has he instituted a positive law directly or indirectly in that creation? Let's suppose that man interfered with laws which made woman in a lower rank which influenced the limits of her development of her body like his body, can the claimer determine the era in which this happened, where was she absent and why didn't she oppose that legislation when she was in her complete natural power equal to the power of man? How did she easily give in to that situation, admitted defeat and adhered to that oppressive regime leading gradually to the extension of her gender? How could her body remain in that form and size to this day? Why has human history not recorded phases and stages of this resistance? Who said that woman is incapable of carrying out the same acts as men with high efficiency especially if an individual wants to reach something remote, he can with his determination. But when she does so, isn't she pushing man to unemployment? Have states, both developed and underdeveloped, found a solution to the worsening problem of unemployment which will persist to the day of judgement under the belief of equality of genders? Or will she push him to do her duty? Will he succeed in all these duties efficiently or will it impossible for him to be pregnant and breast-feed which are natural? Is diversity in nature a decoration or a need? Idleness or wisdom? What is the need of diversity if not to carry out different functions? Can the pencil do the function of the pen? Why don't we fill in official documents with the first? Why don't we fill in official deeds with it? Which mind accepts to wast its energy in discussing evident things? Does civilization mean entering in intellectual sophistry which will take us back to the era of Byzantine people who were arguing about which came first the hen or egg? What have we reaped from this intellectual abundance except imposing wars on its products which enhanced disequilibrium in the fair distribution of universal resources while the roof will fall on our heads with the hole in the ozone layer? To be continued.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-6-2

    Sheikh angry eye has quoted a Qur'an verse which is very controversial. It is the verse 106 of Al Bakara “Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?” Supposing that God abrogates which means change His words, and this is in itself unreasonable, that God abrogates communications with something better, we say we believe and trust, can we know why does He have to abrogate a verse and bring a better verse? Can we know the cause of this abrogation? Don't you see this is nonsense immersed in fun?


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    العين الناقدة 2009-6-1

    The message is addressed in all situations to Adam. He was assigned the quality of man. Man is used as a symbol to action and movement. His wife is addressed through him. She is assigned the quality of woman as she is the source of happiness by preparing the living circle as a symbol of decision and reception. In Lissane Al Arab: Marouat Al Ard Maraaata,the land is Mariaa: its air is improved. This organization is respected in life. In every institution there are permanent employees in administration, production, others move externally to promote, fund and defend. Both teams are subject to the same wage scale according to customs. Those who accuse the religion of God of injustice to women when they are described as lower in mind and religion are short-sighted or have a colour blindness because whom are they opposing? What do they want to refute? Do they want to refute an evident fact? Is it Muslims who imagined this reality or is it a clear evidence to the wise who aren't drunken, addicted to drugs or incapable of discernment? So is woman lower than man in these two things only or in the body, height, weight, number of chromosomes and so on? Was it them who made her lower in these things or is it the nature of creation? Those who militate for her should do this at all levels in order to grant her justice in terms of mind, religion, body, height, weight... Are they capable to do so? Is deficiency always an injustice, defect and stigma or if we consider it independently from fancies, fanaticism, use of interest, with wisdom and right planing? The engineer who makes the sitting room bigger than all other rooms in the house is unjust or has he seen that wisdom requires so as this room is a space for meeting of all members of the family and guests? If he makes its windows bigger than other rooms for the need to more light and air, will he be considered wise or improvident? Does anyone doubt about wisdom of God in His creation and His justice? Not if He has laid down a destination for this. When He deprived someone of something, He compensates him with something better or similar. “Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?” (Al Bakara: 106). the equality between woman and man in terms of religious rights as a human being is something indisputable. However, analogizing them is like analogizing sale with usury. To be continued.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-31

    As to “created its mate of the same kind”, it draws attention to those who feel the male is better than the female. If they paid attention to the fact that the conjunction used between the two verbs created is “واو” not “الفاء” or “ثمّ” which shows inaction or annexation, they would understand that this reflects equality as creation was made of the same material, at the same time and in the same size. As He used “its mate”. The mate is anyone who has a corresponding party completing it when doing the action. When “mate” is mentioned, the mind certainly evokes its correspondent. The pair of shoes, for example, is made up of two shoes. One for the right foot and another for the left. If one of them is lost, the other loses the quality of pair. So it will become impair and its place is the museum. The pair is used only in its appropriate place. If the pair of the right is sued for the left, there will be two damages. One to the feet which will be swollen and ulcerated in the pressure places and the second to the pair of the shoes which will be distorted in its shape and torn. Even when it is returned to its natural position, it will be missing part of its usefulness. The word “Eve” was not mentioned in the Qur'an. Only the word “mate” is used. “O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the garden; so eat from where you desire, but do not go near this tree, for then you will be of the unjust” (Al Aaraf: 19). if you contemplate this verse, you will wonder about the cause of underlining “you” in the order of dwelling. However, it was not repeated in eating or going near. Doesn't this show the responsibility of man in ensuring the house, while food is something in which both are equal and going near the forbidden is a shared responsibility? Then, let's look at “So We said: O Adam! This is an enemy to you and to your wife; therefore let him not drive you both forth from the garden so that you should be unhappy” (Ta ha: 117). Then let's ask why didn't- He says 'This is both your enemy so let him not drive you both from'. Maybe there is a reference in this to the fact that man is the direct defender against the enemy. He should protect his wife by securing her safety and defending her. She should assist him so that he won't be defeated by her betrayal. If they don't, he succeeded in driving them out of paradise where the fate is common. But unhappiness in the end will be the share of man who will be under the weight of two burdens: securing a stable solid dwelling, securing collection of food which is scattered on earth and impure after it was abundant and handy in heaven.


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    musulmane malgré vous 2009-5-31

    I did not know there was a book titles “The Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman.” I only figured out it existed after searching “confusions d’une musulmane” (“bewilderments of a Muslim woman”), which was a pure coincidence. This permitted me to verify that I am not delusional, that I am not the only one wondering about certain information we are “dictated” – and I do mean “dictated”, because that is how it goes, like it or not. I am truly bad off personally: I had such faith in God, and, by God, I still have faith in God and His Prophet. The only thing is, as a woman living in a macho society, I often wonder where the fault lies – Is the source in the poor interpretation of the Qur’an or is that just how our Islam is? And, it is OUR Islam, not the Islam of “Sheikh” Hamdollah. I feel that radi 3LIYA, any way you look at it, I have done nothing to attack God or the image of Islam. However, as of late, I feel this inside of me. Just the fact of thinking about this makes me unhappy and puts me beside myself. To all those who are making accusations against this Muslim in their madness and ignorance, I say “Ask God's forgiveness". Because those who do not follow her and say it is wise to live only to eat, drink and follow the society of fear so as not to be excluded ought to go to the courts and check our the number of divorces and all their causes. You need only a sister to tell you about a “pious” neighbour who sleeps around. Our problem is that we seek our own glory, not that of God.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-5-31

    Sheikh Ain says this invention “pregnancy test”, 'Even if the legal waiting period was not ordered 'to confirm the pregnancy to preserve parentage' as you have stated, I don't see the possibility to generalize it, some time to all women in the world. If only one woman who asserts she is pregnant with the absence of menstruation and does not use the pregnancy test remains on earth, the statement 'Qur'an is valid for all times and places' is valid'. Our sheikh, we are not talking about the use or absence of use of the device to know whether the woman is pregnant or not!! We are talking about wasting time. Waiting 3 months, 90 days, 5400 minutes, 32400 seconds. Oh patience of Job on tribune sheikhs. It is clear that your secretions of dopamine are a little high sheikh. Therefore, your thought has become blurred. I advise you to take two pills of Zoloft or Paxil even if it is cheated in order to stop fancies and I can communicate with you. Understood? I don't think so.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-30

    Your convulsive replies, insults, verbal abuse and reiteration of the same comments show that you lack cogency. I don't blame you for what you say because not long ago, I was like you one of liars who were amidst the inattentive and rejecters who enter into vain discussions. I used to trust the common fancies, doubts and detailed news until I heard in a funeral someone reading the verse 5 of Sourat Al Kahf, he made a grammatical mistake in reading the subject with an Nassb “كَبُرَتْ كَلِمَةً تَخْرُجُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ” (a grievous word it is that comes out of their mouths; they speak nothing but a lie). From my limited knowledge of the grammar, I reprobated the use of the word “كَلِمَةً” with Nasb while it is in the place of the subject. So I referred this to a mistake by the reader as he was an illiterate farmer who learned Qur'an by heart. So I went back to the Qur'an and found that the reading is identical to his. This pushed me to deeply study Qur'an. This was one of the conquest granted to me by God for which I am grateful and thankful. From that day, I started to read and contemplate until I became sure it is the words of God without doubt. I don't pretend I am an expert in the Arabic language. However, whenever I face a difficult meaning or ambiguous expression, I check all the verses in which the same word was mention in order to compare contexts and thus the meaning becomes clear to me. Or I look for its opposite, contemplate the use of a word instead of another. I kindly address your attention to respect the rules of classical Arabic. In your statement “the messenger described them as lower in mind and religion” there is a mix up of masculine and feminine. The correct use is (وصفهنّ / أنّهنّ / شهادتهنّ..). Although I am not assured about this Hadith which is employed by some to attack the religion of God. Supposing that the prophet really said it, we should look at the situation in which it was said, show its aim and context. Let's leave it aside momentarily and look at the first verse of Sourat Annissa “O people! be careful of (your duty to) your Lord, Who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same (kind) and spread from these two, many men and women; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, by Whom you demand one of another (your rights), and (to) the ties of relationship; surely Allah ever watches over you”. The discourse is addressed to women because the issue is clear. It doesn't require high intelligence or deep research. The simplest minds can understand it. They were created “from a single being”. This shows equality between everyone. To be continued.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-29

    In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful “All people are a single nation; so Allah raised prophets as bearers of good news and as warners, and He revealed with them the Book with truth, that it might judge between people in that in which they differed; and none but the very people who were given it differed about it after clear arguments had come to them, revolting among themselves; so Allah has guided by His will those who believe the truth about which they differed and Allah guides whom He pleases to the right path” (Al Bakara: 213). the Book of God is the right judge and decisive criterion between people among whom “were given it” but even if “clear arguments had come to them” they insist fanatically on difference or “revolting among themselves” letting the book of God behind their backs or following equivocal verses or interpreting its verses contrarily to its language or invading it without the guidance of the inspired determining the aim of God preventing followers from difference, clash and split. From this iste, I stretch my hand to those who believe in God, messengers and the Book (Torah-Gospel- Qur'an...) in order to examine and reach guidance. As Muslims, we are ordered to debate with best argument “And do not dispute with the followers of the Book except by what is best, except those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit” (Al Ankaboute: 46) except those “of them who act unjustly” by denying the qualities of God or assigning Him with undue qualities including human qualities. Our God and the God of the people of the Book is one. What was revealed to us is the same as what was revealed to them. The only difference is the language of revelation. “And We did not send any apostle but with the language of his people, so that he might explain to them clearly; then Allah makes whom He pleases err and He guides whom He pleases and He is the Mighty, the Wise” (Ibrahim: 4). So if you go back, my brother Ahmed, to your book in the langauge in which it was revealed, you will find the controversial names. But if you don't find them, this means it is not the word of God as a result of transfer from a language to another or revolt between groups interpreting it taking it out of the guidance of messengers. Your allegation that these names were cancelled is based on a lame excuse. Who is Mahmoud Abderrazak? Is he a prophet or messenger? Does he have a book revealed from God? Who are these Al Azhar scholars? What is their number? What is their representation ratio of the Umma scholars? Were they granted the veto right in order to cripple the legacy of believers? Anyone who deletes a single letter or changes its form is a disbeliever in God, so what of those who delete names? They would certainly delete verses. Who does this? Is it scholars or fools? Pious or dissolute and ignorant?


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-29

    You say brother Ahmed 'What is the opinion of our honourable sheikhs about the invention of an infidel scientist of a small device through which woman can know whether she is pregnant in 3 minutes not three months. The name of the device is EPT, Pregnancy test. So if we ask woman today to wait for three months in the legal waiting period, we are unjust to her and waste her time. So what shall we do of this verse (Al Bakara: 228), delete it? The verse is now not valid. There are many things in Qur'an which are invalid today. So Qur'an is invalid for all times and places'. In spite of this sarcastic tone of your words, I say the Qur'an was and is still valid to all eras and places. So can you assert without doubt that the use of this invention can in the near future and before the Day of Judgment, be generalized to all women in the world? Thanks to electricity, there is light in all the parts of the world. However, some still use candles when the current is interrupted. Candle's factories are still operative. The need for the candle will continue no matter how the lighting means are improved and modernized. It is the same for the invention. Even if the legal waiting period was not ordered 'to confirm the pregnancy to preserve parentage' as you have stated, I don't see the possibility to generalize it, some time to all women in the world. If only one woman who asserts she is pregnant with the absence of menstruation and does not use the pregnancy test remains on earth, the statement 'Qur'an is valid for all times and places' is valid. The legislation takes into consideration the conditions of creatures regardless of their social, intellectual or cultural class. It is practical and is based on the natural. So will the invention substitute menstruation or its cancellation? The Muslim respects the legislation of his Creator even if he doesn't grasp the wisdom of some rules which might seem odd or illogical. This is because he has only a small share of knowledge. So he will keep on abiding by this verse “O Prophet! when you divorce women, divorce them for~ their prescribed time, and calculate the number of the days prescribed, and be careful of your duty to Allah, your Lord. Do not drive them out of their houses, nor should they themselves go forth, unless they commit an open indecency; and these are the limits of Allah, and whoever goes beyond the limits of Allah, he indeed does injustice to his own soul” (Attalak: 1) to the day of judgment as there is no prophet after Mohamed, peace be upon him, as he is the last prophet. “Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Apostle of Allah and the Last of the prophets; and Allah is cognizant of all things” (Al Ahzab: 40). (To be continued).


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    AZIZ EL HILALI 2009-5-28

    I would like to address this to Mr Ahmed from Egypt- Dear Sir, Reading your comment is like reading the «Words of truth» by Father Zakaria Boutros. Sometimes, I think you are an Egyptian Copt. You pretend that there are both a Sunni and a Shiite Qur'an, the latter including more verses that have been deleted by the Sunnis. Dear sir, the Lord said that He was the One Who sent forth the verses of the Qur'an to the Prophet and the Prophet is the one charged with protecting them. So, you are therefore pretending that the verses were deleted by the Sunnis and put into practice by the Shiites of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran so that they may stone women. Can you, dear sir, point us to these versus (the surat's, the number of the verse, and, if possible, the content). I thank you in advance for this. However, I fear that if this is about of El Rahmane by Mousseilama el kaddab, Zariati Zaran, Kabizati Kobzan and the elephant has a long trunk and a short tail, etc. Do you know that these are Israeli machinations, designed to sow discord in the world of Islam. And, with regards to your government, you can pretend you believe like they do – that a goat, which ate the leaves of «Baradi» wherein verses were inscribed, was basted under Aisha's bed. Sir, I believe that you are a Copt in spite of your first name, «Ahmed». These are the same Israelis who pushed the Christians to divide their God into three, the latter believing that Jesus is the son of God and God Himself. Is this not so, Father Chnouda? Given that he was born to a mother unfertilised by a father, then what do we say of Adam and Eve, both born without fathers and mothers? Do they not deserve to be gods before Jesus? However, I would like to specify that we are quite far off from the main topic of this forum, the content of Miss Olfa's book, which I salute.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-5-28

    Are you still defending names which were cancelled and their cancellation was approved by the scholars of Al Azhar unanimously? I am astonished at the mentality of inadvertent sheikhs like you and there are many of them! Darawich sheikhs, Sultans of the era, supporters of the Sultan, they are still defending cancelled names. Have you seen similar backwardness. Our sheikh, it seems you don't understand. We said the names of God you are defending were cancelled: Addar (harmful), Moudil (misguiding), Mouzil (humiliating), Maker (conspirator) and Moutakabir (arrogant). They were cancelled with the approval of Al Azhar. This means stop blind defence. Your defence is invalid and your argument is outdated. Enough. We said these Hosna names changed and names you defend were cancelled. I want to know where is your mind? Why do you defend something invalid, null, deleted, wrong, changed, inapplicable, abandoned, valueless, weakened, drenched, old, unbelievable, cannot be believed by a wise, the computer uncovered it, cursed, undesirable, invalid, doesn't exist, unwelcome, vulgar, disgusting, indecent, invalid, manipulation of minds to sum up, fancies. Do you understand or shall we start again? I stick to my opinion about you and about many like you. You don't believe in the Qur'an, you delude radical Muslims in order to let you in peace. It is blatant duplicity followed by the weak, followers of Sultans, Darawish of the era like you sheikh broken eye. The Day of Judgment is coming without doubt. Hell can host a billion and half, and more. So wait for your turn sheikh eye and you will find an unexpected end. Oh Sorry.


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    تونسيّة 2009-5-27

    I return to dialog for the sake of the Muslim person. Where are women? Why don’t you speak? Has fear silenced you? Search and let’s search together for our identity, introduce ourselves to the world as united Muslims who love each other looking for an identity which has slept for a long time and we want to wake it up with love and dream of life. Let’s talk to each other. If there is any other place for dialog guide me to it without fanaticism but we enthusiasm. It is constructive enthusiasm which has contributed to the progress of man not silence. Thank you. I ask administrators to put most recent comments on top as it is common in many sites. This doesn’t prevent from reading opinions, but it makes it easy to see the last comment.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-26

    You have the right brother Ahmed to say « belief in every word written in the Qur’an is a kind of fancy ; associating the validity of Qur’an to all times and places is true unfairness ». This is because some interpreters, may God forgive them, “were asked do you have knowledge? They said we add to it”. As they have added justifications, excuses and details from their own imagination, hopes and doubts as a result of their ignorance of the part of the Book. They are similar to those who succeeded to see the moon with their acute sight and are thus hailed, praised by attendees. Those who seek more praise pretend to look again and say: here is another moon!! So imagine brother Ahmed the position of attendees from the declarer and statement? Won’t they be disappointed in him? Won’t they reconsider the veracity if he news? Won’t some of them reject all the statements of that person and resulting obligations? Don’t you se brother Ahmed that you belong to that side? Here is the verse 228 of Al Bakara between the hands of readers. “And the divorced women should keep themselves in waiting for three courses; and it is not lawful for them that they should conceal what Allah has created in their wombs, if they believe in Allah and the last day; and their husbands have a better right to take them back in the meanwhile if they wish for reconciliation; and they have rights similar to those against them in a just manner, and the men are a degree above them, and Allah is Mighty, Wise”. So, if you don’t mind, explain them that the cause of this order of the prescribed time is to ‘confirm the absence of pregnancy and preserve parentage’. If you read “And as for those of your women who have despaired of menstruation, if you have a doubt, their prescribed time shall be three months, and of those too who have not had their courses; and as for the pregnant women, their prescribed time is that they lay down their burden” (Attalak: 4). So the prescribed time for women who reached menopause and doesn’t menstruate is 3 months. Their pregnancy is not expected. As to pregnant women, their prescribed time ends when they lay down. So this prescribed time can be six months (maximum) or one second (minimum. Then read, brother Ahmed “And as for those of you who die and leave wives behind, they should keep themselves in waiting for four months and ten days; then when they have fully attained their term, there is no blame on you for what they do for themselves in a lawful manner; and Allah is aware of what you do” (Al Bakara: 234). In your quality of doctor, as it seems from your words, can you explain to us why is the prescribed waiting time for a widow is 4 months and 10 days (130 days)? I believe in every word and vowel in the Qur’an as I have confirmed after elaborate study without doubt that it is the word of God.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-26

    You say brother Ahmed « even sheikh Mahmoud Abderrazak has not changed another name in Al Hosna names, it is Al Moumine (the believer)…Your God is a believer, oh, so he believes in whom ? Come on reply”. This confirms your ignorance of the Arabic language. If you read Qur’an, you will see that the verb (آمن) extended with (بـ / لـ). «And there are some of them who molest the Prophet and say: He is one who believes everything that he hears; say: A hearer of good for you who believes in Allah and believes the faithful and a mercy for those of you who believe”. (Attaouba: 61). The messenger Mohamed, peace be upon him, believes in God and believes the faithful. “But none believed in Musa except the offspring of his people” (Younes: 83). This is the offspring of the people of Moses, peace upon him, who believed him and believed in him. But if you deny this name, you’re not as bad as some of your ancestors who denied the name (الرحمن) (the Beneficent). “And when it is said to them: Make obeisance to the Beneficent God, they say: And what is the God of beneficence? Shall we make obeisance to what you bid us? And it adds to their aversion” (Al Furqan: 60). This name is one of the first names of God which welcomes us when we open the Qur’an in the first verse “In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful”. If you contemplate it, you would add it to the list of names you oppose to because it is in the same word composition as “فعلان ». One of the features of this quality is real-time situation, abundance of bounties, carelessness about quality, reaching the highest level and ignorance of contradictions. The Beneficent is in the first rank because belief constitutes the limit between two religions: pre-Islam and Islam. It is also the founding stone in the religion of God as the first article in the statement of revolution against polytheism in which the creature introduces himself in legislation removing the limitations and legislations under the pretext of cruelty, monstrousness and lack of mercy instituting himself in the place of the Beneficent as if he would be as creature more merciful than the creator. « And We perpetuated praise to him among the later generations”. Al Hosna names are one entity which is indivisible. They cannot be understood separately from each other. They are pillars in a firm complete building. Separating one of them is like separating a living cell from a living creature. It cannot live without it and the cell cannot live isolated. I see brother Ahmed that you are one of the people who “And among men there is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge and without guidance and without an illuminating book, turning away haughtily that he may lead others astray from the way of Allah; for him is disgrace in this world, and on the day of resurrection We will make him taste the punishment of burning” (Pilgrimage: 8-9). So don’t be deceived by the wideness of the mercy of the Beneficent Who doesn’t punish the errant in this life but he will not be spared the judgment of the Lord on the day of judgment.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-23

    My brother Ahmed, your mind didn't accept some Al Hosna names because you didn't distinguish between the reality and metaphor or between the act and hyperbole. The meaning of the same expression can change if the context changes. If you go back to 8 verses you find that the meaning of “ ر ج س” (uncleanness) changes from in every verse. You have stuck to one meaning, in your third language, which doesn't correspond to what was stated in the verses. Moreover, none of the Arabs, who were more eloquent than you and I, opposed these names. So how come that you and your sheikh Mahmoud Abderrazak, your apostle of the twenty-first century, your God the computer which is used according to the will of the user? You are excused like our master Moses, peace be upon him, who was opposing the acts of the righteous worshiper who was granted mercy and knowledge of God as he didn't know the wisdom of these acts “Musa said to him: Shall I follow you on condition that you should teach me right knowledge of what you have been taught? He said: Surely you cannot have patience with me. And how can you have patience in that of which you have not got a comprehensive knowledge? He said: If Allah pleases, you will find me patient and I shall not disobey you in any matter. He said: If you would follow me, then do not question me about any thing until I myself speak to you about it. So they went (their way) until when they embarked in the boat he made a hole in it. (Musa) said: Have you made a hole in it to drown its inmates? Certainly you have done a grievous thing. He said: Did I not say that you will not be able to have patience with me? He said: Blame me not for what I forgot, and do not constrain me to a difficult thing in my affair. So they went on until, when they met a boy, he slew him. (Musa) said: Have you slain an innocent person otherwise than for manslaughter? Certainly you have done an evil thing. He said: Did I not say to you that you will not be able to have patience with me? He said: If I ask you about anything after this, keep me not in your company; indeed you shall have found an excuse in my case. So they went on until when they came to the people of a town, they asked them for food, but they refused to entertain them as guests. Then they found in it a wall which was on the point of falling, so he put it into a right state. (Musa) said: If you had pleased, you might certainly have taken a recompense for it. He said: This shall be separation between me and you; now I will inform you of the significance of that with which you could not have patience. As for the boat, it belonged to (some) poor men who worked on the river and I wished that I should damage it, and there was behind them a king who seized every boat by force. And as for the boy, his parents were believers and we feared lest he should make disobedience and ingratitude to come upon them: So we desired that their Lord might give them in his place one better than him in purity and nearer to having compassion. And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city, and there was beneath it a treasure belonging to them, and their father was a righteous man; so your Lord desired that they should attain their maturity and take out their treasure, a mercy from your Lord, and I did not do it of my own accord. This is the significance of that with which you could not have patience” (Al Kahf: 66-82).


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-22

    As you accuse me brother Ahmed of following “the method...of the defeated in order to delude the questioner from the question and evade the answer” I say it is not you who shall determine the defeated because you are a party and not a fair referee. I have replied to you with what I know. As I know, if I am mistaken, it is from myself. But if I am right, it is from God. A questioner might ask what could harm humanity if a creature is wrong in his conception of his creator and thought he is harmful, misguiding, humiliating, arrogant, causes uncleanness, believer...? Does this belief change the real attributes of God? Who is the prejudiced the belief or humanity? The answer is obviously that this belief changes nothing in His Hosna names. The prejudiced is the believer. Therefore, He ordered believers not to be concerned about the harmful because his harm will not exceed himself “O you who believe! take care of your souls; he who errs cannot hurt you when you are on the right way”. ( Al Maeda: 105). However, if the person who errs with those who share the belief with him try to impose it on humanity, then fighting is mandatory. Muslims have not imposed anything on their opponents. “so let him who please believe, and let him who please disbelieve” (Al Kahf: 29). “You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion” (Al Kafiroune: 6). “will you then force men till they become believers?” (Younes: 99). It is noticed brother Ahmed that you are influenced by your master the archbishop Zakaria Botros who is scratching up in the same references as you do. He uses equivocal verses while he is selective with direct verses such as “So woe to the praying ones” (Al Maoune 4), or charges the defendant with appearances ignoring the consensus of Muslims choosing a few scholars who drooped in the interpretation of some verses. These scholars include Al Kortobi, Attabari and Ibn Jerir. When focusing their interpretations, they become suspicious. You have opposed, decried and vilified in the debate without presenting, from the texts of your book, what shows the opposite. Bring the gospel then read it, show to readers that God is not harmful, misguiding, arrogant, humiliating, the best of plotters, doer of uncleanness, believer and so on. If your house is made of glass, don't stone the brick house. I think you should rather open a debate about the difference in your religion between Catholics, protestants and others so that you will see the defects of your corrupt beliefs. If you do, you will be nearest in friendship to Muslims “you will certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who believe those who say: We are Christians” (Al Maeda: 82). To be continued.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-21

    You say brother Ahmed “I want a second evidence about the rank of the messenger of God compared with the rank of God”. Read verse 79 of Sourat Al Israa “maybe your Lord will raise you to a position of great glory”. “Prominent scholars including Al Tabari, Al Qortobi, Ibn Jarir and even Sheikh of Islam, Ibn Taimia, had explained this verse saying that the messenger will sit on the throne of God on the day of judgment...”. So the scholars you referred to are prominent scholars and others are base scholars? Here you fall in the method of selection which is not valid in generalizing the rule. So do we prevail the interpretation of four scholars and neglect thousand of them? What I know is that “the anomalous is preserved but not taken as reference”. If there is no consensus about an issue, it is not taken into consideration. Your question “Can we know where will God sit then?”i reply to you: “where does He sit now?”. Don't you see that you are equalizing the rank of the creator and the creature thus making an equal to God? Sitting on thrones is reserved to kings, Sultans and rulers, it is not suitable for God. The act which was mentioned in the Qur'an associated with the throne is “ استوى” “The Beneficent God is firm in power” (Ta Ha: 5). If you ask about how is Istiwaa, I will reply with the reply of one scholar “Istiwaa is known, the way is known and questioning about it is heresy”. May God forgive you as you accuse me of dodging and evasion “from answer beginning by giving examples and asking questions”. Is there anything else other than examples in this sector? Don't we use them when referring to something in which it is impossible to bring closer the described to the eye but we are not allowed to give likenesses to God “Therefore do not give likenesses to Allah; surely Allah knows and you do not know” (Annahl: 74). The authorized is to draw attention to His prodigies as examples of His existence. Who can prove that the earth is spherical without giving examples? It looks to the bare eye flat. Whenever we look at the horizons we feel that it touches the sky. No matter how move forward on its surface, we see new sights and no longer see the first sights. But with a mental operation, we link sights which each other and deduce it is spherical which is in itself unseen. As to asking questions, I do this just for contemplation and not intimidation. I also find difficulty in communicating with you as you write in the “third” language. I asked you about the meaning of “ الرجس” (uncleanness) but you didn't reply. I hope it is just an inattention, not an evasion or...from fear that the matter is uncovered because the meaning it bears doesn't correspond to what was stated in Qur'an. (To be continued).


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    احمد من مصر 2009-5-21

    Eh contradicting eye, you are still defending the names of God “Addar, Modil, Mouzil, Maker and Moutakaber). Our sheikh, stop blindness. These names were annulled. Thus, your defense is invalid and its argument is obsolete. It is enough, we have said that Al Housna names have changed and the names you defend were deleted. Can I ask you what will you benefit with your obstinacy? I think that you don't just believe in the Qur'an but you are misleading people so that radical Muslims will let you in peace. This is open duplicity. There is no more talk with you as of today. So I will let you to your gloomy illusion. But wait for the day of judgment sheikh. The gate of hell can receive a billion and a half or even more than this, sheikh eye, oh sorry.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-20

    He asks for repentance to completed transmission and thus the closest perception to reality. His knowledge of God remains relative, if it is contrary to the knowledge of the majority, he is not strictly blamed because it is evaluative. As to the the messenger, he is a public personality. His biography is known before and after he became messenger. It is known and open. Anyone who accuses him unknowingly or accuses him of a defect, default or committing crimes “...Mohamed himself oppressed his opponents and killed his critics with his hands/The marriage of the messenger at the age of 57 to a girl aged 6”, should bring material evidence, irrefutable proof, trustworthy and pious witnesses. Otherwise, they will be considered as stirring strife, casting doubt about the fairness of the head of authority and plotting against the security of the state. (because the messenger, peace be upon him, at that time represented the head of the authority in the state). So what is the punishment of those who plot against the security of the state any time and place? Is it not the maximum penalty? Will the person who insults the republican regime as a political regime in general made accountable like someone who insults the president of a republic? Will someone who insult directly the president of the republic be questioned like someone who insults a dead president? Someone who insult God, Who is unseen, can be excused because his conception is unable to conceive the reality. So he was wrong in estimation agreed upon by the public opinion, he was taken by the ampleness of the mercy of the merciful which still help him with the possibility to ask for repentance. As to those who insult the messenger, peace be upon him, who is a material entity: a human being who moves about with people, present with them with his acts, words, attitudes and achievements, aren't excused because they are required to provide material evidence which they cannot provide, if any. But if he doesn't do what he can, he will be causing trouble to himself. So what is your attitude, brother Ahmed, from someone who accuses you of a serious crime which will lead you to execution, and you are an ordinary citizen, without providing evidence or a quasi-evidence? Will you reconcile with him offering him your right cheek after he slapped you on the left cheek or will you sue him to grant you justice and consideration? Be at rest brother Ahmed that those who insult the messenger, peace be upon him, today aren't executed but are asked to repent because his pure biography has become part of the unseen and in its transmission the truth and invented were mixed up. Therefore, there are rules which should be updated if they were legislated in their time for a reality which no longer exists. However, on the basis of this rule, anyone who insults a ruler directly without evidence and proof is executed to preserve the security of the state. (To be continued).


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-20

    You say brother Ahmed “How can it be conceivable that those who insult God are just asked to repent while those who insult the messenger are killed? Who has a higher rank than the other?...Therefore, it should rather be said that those who insult the messenger be asked to repent and those who insult God be killed...?” Denying the rule of God, assigning insanity to the legislator deducing that Muslims offended God by raising the rank of a creature over his creator. Your question or oppositions seems pertinent to the naives, ribald and kids. If you have used your mind, you will find the matter very logical. What is insult? Is it not pretending defects and defaults in the insulted as he committed moral, social, economic and political crimes in order to humiliate him and justify attacking him in order to make people turn against him by excluding him. It can be: 1- moral (immaterial) such as an idea, ideology, political regime or mental presence. 2- Material (testimony) such as a person, entity or government. God is unseen, a force which cannot be seen with senses. His knowledge is based on an 'innate belief' and 'scientific transmission'. Belief is a common denominator between everyone even if names vary. It is God, for those whose innate nature is free of any distortion. It is nature, mind, science or any extraordinary power for others. As to transmission, it is from a person who says he is the messenger of God. He presents information approved by those whose innate nature is free. But there is rejections whose nature was distorted. As much as the information is detailed, the information is better. For those whose knowledge of God is limited, they will see shortcomings and defaults “And the Jews say: The hand of Allah is tied up! Their hands shall be shackled and they shall be cursed for what they say...” (Al Maeda: 64). “Allah has certainly heard the saying of those who said: Surely Allah is poor and we are rich...” (Al Imrane: 181). “And they say: The Beneficent God has taken to Himself a son” (Mariem: 88). “And when they commit an indecency they say: We found our fathers doing this, and Allah has enjoined it on us. Say: Surely Allah does not enjoin indecency; do you say against Allah what you do not know?” (Al Aaraf: 28). “Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely, Allah-- He is the Messiah, son of Marium” (Al Maeda: 17). “Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah is the third of the three; and there is no god but the one God” (Al Maeda: 73). “This is because they say: The fire shall not touch us but for a few days; and what they have forged deceives them in the matter of their religion” (Al Imrane: 24). “And they do not assign to Allah the attributes due to Him when they say: Allah has not revealed anything to a mortal...” (Al Anaam: 91). So the receiver who has a limited knowledge, thus does not assign to Allah the attributes due to Him. Therefore, he should ask for repentance. (To be continued).


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    احمد من مصر 2009-5-20

    To تونسيه (Tunisian woman). The topic is not personal but it is important, very important. The topic is about your afterlife and the afterlife of every human being. I think that belief in every word in the Qur'an is akin to fancy and associating the validity of Qur'an to every time and place is real darkness. Just look around you and you will see that science changes. Everyday there is something new while the Qur'an is stable in its place... I will give you an example: Read verse 228 of Al Bakara. Then read verse read the interpretation of Al Kortobi, Ibn Katir, Al Tabari and others. The period of legal retreat of a divorced woman if she regularly has menstruations is to wait for three menstruations or purifications. This means that she must wait for three months. These are called months of legal retreat. The cause at the time was to make sure she is not pregnant in order preserve parentage. These words aren't from God because God knows everything, the past, present and future. Right or wrong? You will say yes, God knows everything. So what's the opinion of our respectable Sheikhs about the innovation of an infidel scientist of a small device with which a woman can know whether she is pregnant or not in three minutes not three months, three weeks not even three days. The name of the device is Pregnancy Test (EPT). It is sold in drugstores at a cheap price? This means if we ask a woman to wait for the three months of retreat, we are unjust to her and abuse of her time. Ok, what will we do about this verse (Al Bakara, 228), shall we remove it? The verse is not valid now. There are many things in Qur'an which are invalid today. So Qur'an is not valid for every time and place. I tell you remove this verse because it is an injustice to women who were described by the honourable messenger as lower in religion and mind, most people of hell are women, their testimony equals half the testimony of man, she also has half a share in heritage, she is an omen and other violations against our mother, sister, daughter and even wives. Read the Hadith 484 in Al Boukhari (Interrupters of prayer are dog, donkey and woman). Even our lady Aicha opposed these words. But what could she do? They told her these are the words of God. Who is this God? Read also my sister about the position of woman in Qur'an. The Muslim woman sheep, goat, cow or camel because they can all be ridden, Sourat of “Sad: 23”. Are these the words of God? Who is this God...? I forgot, He is harmful...Oh sorry for an Umma among whom the right is lost. It defends its oppressor in life and the afterlife. Once again, many apologies.


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    تونسيّة 2009-5-19

    Within the context of the debate, we are debating the possibility to analyse and interpret Qur’an far from intolerance. However, the fact that you, Ahmed from Egypt, comes to cast doubt about our religion, say it is a religion of misguidance, this is not our topic or our goal. It is difficult and even impossible for a true Muslim to change his religion which bears for Muslims everything they need. Here we just discuss the possibility to look at our religion with a more understanding and civilised eye only. I ask you not to compare God to Satan because in this way you are offending the feelings of Muslims. I don’t know whom you believe in and I don’t care. This is a debate to find solutions in our religion through our religion and not to change it.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-5-19

    You are uncovered dodger by following the method of evasion and dodging in order to avoid answering by giving examples and asking questions. This is a style followed by the defeated in order to delude the questioner from the question and evade reply. But will you evade the Lord on the Day of Judgment??? No, you won’t evade Sheikh. You will face the worst tortures deceiver. Now I will uncover in face of everyone and I will answer your question even if you haven’t answered my question Sheikh, inadvertent eye. Read my reply in two points. The first point: yes God inflicts uncleanness on people. Read Al Anaam, verse 145. He said “Indeed uncleanness and wrath from your Lord have lighted upon you”. Then reply, who inflicted uncleanness? Is it God or someone else? The second point: yeas God makes subsistence for His subjects. Read Younes 99-100 “And it is not for a soul to believe except by Allah's permission; and He casts uncleanness on those who will not understand" (Younes: 99-100). By the way, the names of God such as Al Modil (misguiding), Addar (harmful), Al Moutakabir (arrogant) and Al Mouzil (humiliating) which you are defending and justifying were annulled. This means that your defense is null, oh sorry. I have one question where were your God for 1450 when He was hearing that he was misguiding and harmful but did nothing to defend himself? Was He waiting for the computer to prove He was not misguiding, humiliating or even arrogant… This means that he preferred to keep quiet to the accusations all this period and didn’t change this odious mistake against Him until sheikh Dr Mahmoud Abderazek, thanks to the computer, and corrected the names of your God and discharged him from being harmful, misguiding, and arrogant. Does this mean if this discovery were delayed for ten or twenty years, would your Lord have persevered in His silence? Where is your mind sheikh? Anyway, even sheikh Mahmoud Abderrazak hasn’t changed one of Al Housna names of God. It is Al Moumen (the believer). Your God is believer, oh really. So he is a believer in whom? Answer dear? I say sorry for you and sorry for an eye which they said it was critical but it came out that it is inadvertent.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-18

    It was mentioned defined in four occasions. 1- “Therefore whomsoever Allah intends that He would guide him aright, He expands his breast for Islam, and whomsoever He intends that He should cause him to err, He makes his breast strait and narrow as though he were ascending upwards; thus does Allah lay uncleanness on those who do not believe” (Al Anaam: 125). 2- “And if your Lord had pleased, surely all those who are in the earth would have believed, all of them; will you then force men till they become believers? And it is not for a soul to believe except by Allah's permission; and He casts uncleanness on those who will not understand”. (Younes: 99-100). 3- “That shall be so; and whoever respects the sacred ordinances of Allah, it is better for him with his Lord; and the cattle are made lawful for you, except that which is recited to you, therefore avoid the uncleanness of the idols and avoid false words” (Al Hajj: 30). 4- “O wives of the Prophet! you are not like any other of the women; If you will be on your guard, then be not soft in your speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease yearn; and speak a good word. And stay in your houses and do not display your finery like the displaying of the ignorance of yore; and keep up prayer, and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Apostle. Allah only desires to keep away the uncleanness from you, O people of the House! and to purify you a thorough purifying” (Al Ahzab: 32-33). So where do you see, brother Ahmed, God doing uncleanness? Read Qur'an time after time, take your time and if you find a verse bearing that name, show me your address so that I will come to you to execute me in the way you like and then you would have saved humanity by saving it from one of the elements destroying it. I thinks that those who taught you this misled you by changing ج into ف so it becomes (جاعل>فاعل) in order to stir a conflict between you and Muslims? Then what is uncleanness? Would you define it to us so that we will communicate on the same platform? It may be, for you, a concept different from what we have. How many wars have destroyed peoples and nations for differences about some concepts and terms. It is clear from your interventions that you believe in the Day of Judgment. This is something positive. You think with those who share your faith that your religion is the right religion and that Muslims are misguided because they worship Satan. Therefore, you will monopolize paradise. Here I refer you to this verse “Say: If the future abode with Allah is specially for you to the exclusion of the people, then invoke death if you are truthful. And they will never invoke it on account of what their hands have sent before, and Allah knows the unjust. And you will most certainly find them the greediest of men for life than even those who are polytheists; every one of them loves that he should be granted a life of a thousand years, and his being granted a long life will in no way remove him further off from the chastisement, and Allah sees what they do”. (Al bakara: 94-96).


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    تونسيّة 2009-5-17

    My critical eye. I am a Muslim woman like you. I believe in God and His messenger Mohamed. I also believe that Qur’an was written by the hands of people and interpreted by people. I believe that God loves us in the same way. I don’t believe that most dwellers of hell are woman. I know that oil rich men buy young girls in the name of Moutaa (pleasure) marriage. Then they throw them away after weeks to their families without honour. I believe that anyone who protects should protect himself. I believe that God will not judge us in the way you say but in a way He alone knows. There is something sublime which should sacred; it is Him who sends peace in our hearts. It is our duty to take care of our Umma to heal its injuries, take it out from ignorance and believe in things. I advise anyone who reads my words to put a book in the hands of a child, any book, teach our children how to love each other and support their brothers. Mr Ahmed the Coptic, I sent you a greeting but you didn’t reply. Is it banned that a Muslim greets a Coptic? Or does the respectable Coptic not salute Muslim women? I will let you to your debate because this is not a dialog. I withdraw. May God assist you all.


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    تونسيّة 2009-5-17

    We have strayed away from what concerns us and our dialog has become like a fight to show who is the stronger. Let's return to the topic of debate and set aside all conflicts. Can a Muslim adopt Ijtihad in understanding his religion without being called an infidel? Are we going to respect one day the sanctity of the belief of all the people without insulting and cursing them? How is it possible that God will call everyone on the Day of Judgment with the name of his mother while men of earth are not reluctant to say that I and other women were born in order to bear children under the mercy of God, that we are less religious and lower in mind, that we must hide behind a veil until we are covered under earth? How is this possible? If differences continue without a constructive dialog, it is another time we lose for a free and fair Muslim man. Thank you. I hope, critical eye, that you won't take too long in exposing your opinion by copying from the Qur'an.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-17

    Anyone who is arrogant will be broken by God as he has not reached that quality. He is like a thirsty man who wants to reach the mirage whenever he thinks he reached it but he finds nothing. Whenever he is haughty to other people and thought he is higher than everyone (Pharaoh, Qaroun, Hitler...) he found that God is bigger than him and he couldn't reach His arrogance. My brother Ahmed, don't try to influence readers by accusing me of dodging and evasion as they have a level of wit and conscience enabling them to discern the sincere and those who make false contentions to render null the truth “those who disbelieve make a false contention that they may render null thereby the truth, and they take My communications and that with which they are warned for a mockery”, (Al Kahf: 56). Now that I have confirmed to you that God is harmful, misguides, humiliates and arrogant, I call you to prove the opposite. As to the doer of uncleanness (رجس), I wonder where did you come up with this name from? I referred to the word in the Qur'an where it was mentioned 8 times in which 4 are undetermined “O you who believe! intoxicants and games of chance and (sacrificing to) stones set up and (dividing by) arrows are only an uncleanness, the Shaitan's work; shun it therefore that you may be successful. The Shaitan only desires to cause enmity and hatred to spring in your midst by means of intoxicants and games of chance, and to keep you off from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. Will you then desist?” (Al Maeda: 90-91). “Say: I do not find in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden for an eater to eat of except that it be what has died of itself, or blood poured forth, or flesh of swine-- for that surely is unclean-- or that which is a transgression, other than (the name of) Allah having been invoked on it; but whoever is driven to necessity, not desiring nor exceeding the limit, then surely your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful” (Al Anaam: 145). “He said: Indeed uncleanness and wrath from your Lord have lighted upon you; what! do you dispute with me about names which you and your fathers have given? Allah has not sent any authority for them; wait then, I too with you will be of those who wait” (Al Aaraf: 71). “They will swear to you by Allah when you return to them so that you may turn aside from them; so do turn aside from them; surely they are unclean and their abode is hell; a recompense for what they earned” (Attaouba: 95). So uncleanness is the act of Shaitan who beautifies intoxicants, games of chance and setting up stones in order to sow animosity among people and prevent them from worshiping God and prayer. It is the invention of misguider, deluding, who authorize poured blood, meat of a dead animal who ban the meat of the farm, domestic animal and who name things by other names in order to authorize the banned. These are the acts of hypocrites and God confirmed they are uncleanness. (I ask the site to publish all replies so that the idea reaches the wise fully) (To be continued).


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    تونسيّة 2009-5-16

    To العين النّاقدة (critical eye). I think you don't miss an opportunity to bring us dozens of verses from the Qur'an. I assure you we all have Qur'an books, we read and love them. The fact that you question stoning of women, this is inhumane. You doubt in the existence of circumcision of girls which defines the volume of the part which will be cut according to the will of parents with a shaving blade in order to remove of woman her desire. But the boy is circumcised for his purity and not by cutting a part of the flesh but just a skin. I think that you have gone through this. This denial is a denial of reality and falling in the abyss of ignorance. Review what you read reasonably and you will find loopholes of the unreasonable. You should know that I love the messenger of God a lot because he was merciful, fair and nice. I don't care about the fact that his wife was young. Their time is different from our time. In the time of the messenger, there was mercy. But in our times there is stagnation, recession, intransigence and a satanic formulation of our tolerant religion.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-16

    “Alif Lam Mim, That Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil)” (Al Bakara: 1-2). If you contemplate my brother Ahmed, the reference name is mentioned for the remote ( ذلك) (That) and the writing of book (الكت ا ـب), you will understand that Qur'an is the Arabic edition of the book of God. But if it was said “this book”, and the message is addressed to the messenger, peace and prayer be upon him, the Qur'an would have been considered the book of Mohamed, isolated from all other books not believing and encompassing them. I am not a graduate of Al Azhar, Azzaitouna or Al Qaraouiyine universities, I am not an academic, a Sheikh, a scholar or philosopher. I am just a Muslim who continuously read Qur'an after studying it in its writing and content and confirmed it is the words of God against the will of infidels and disbelievers. As to the “Arrogant” ( المتكبّر), it is one of Al Housna names of God. Your mind couldn't grasp it because you compared it to the creature who in case of arrogance distorts the act as he s incapable of it. So he is braggart and not arrogant. (المتكبّر) “Arrogant” is mentioned on two occasions in the Qur'an. In the first it is attributed to the creature “And certainly Yusuf came to you before with clear arguments, but you ever remained in doubt as to what he brought; until when he died, you said: Allah will never raise an apostle after him. Thus does Allah cause him to err who is extravagant, a doubter Those who dispute concerning the communications of Allah without any authority that He has given them; greatly hated is it by Allah and by-those who believe. Thus does Allah set a seal over the heart of every proud, haughty one” (Ghafer: 34-35). This extravagant and doubter who argues about the verses of God without any authority which He has given them (1-He doesn't master language; 2- He was not given a portion of the Book) are greatly hated he is by God and by-those who believe because God has set a seal over his heart for his haughtiness and arrogance these two qualities which he disputes with God but he is unable and cannot. He will remain a creature with limited power and capabilities incapable of creating a bee. In the second occasion, it was attributed to God “He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god; the King, the Holy, the Giver of peace, the Granter of security, Guardian over all, the Mighty, the Supreme, the Possessor of every greatness Glory be to Allah from what they set up with Him” (Al Hachr: 23) as a feature of perfection and dignity which no creature in the heavens or earth can reach. But here, it is not understood that he is arrogant to his subjects to humiliate or insult them but just to cling to him and be loyal to Him alone as He is the only one who is the great and most high, none is like Him. He guides them, assist them and enlighten them. Be patient my brother Ahmed I will reply to you God willing on time and satisfy your request. (To be continued).


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-15

    God grants to His subjects the powers for a life and expanding it including intelligence, structure of the body, flexibility of muscles. He also deprives others. Here the receiver goes astray thinking that God honoured him and that the deprived is responsible for his declining situation but if he works hard he would improve it. However, he is incapable of that. Firstly, he doesn't have powers and faculties leading to the improvement of his situation to become like other. When he is called to help the deprived with what exceeds his needs, he accused God of default supposedly interfering with His will “And when it is said to them: Spend out of what Allah has given you, those who disbelieve say to those who believe: Shall we feed him whom, if Allah please, He could feed? You are in naught but clear error” (Yasin: 47). He accuses the askers of misguidance as he believes that he has made the prosperity in which he lives thanks to his personal powers firstly like Qaroun pretended that he had accumulated his huge wealth thanks to his knowledge “Surely Qaroun was of the people of Musa, but he rebelled against them, and We had given him of the treasures, so much so that his hoards of wealth would certainly weigh down a company of men possessed of great strength. When his people said to him: Do not exult, surely Allah does not love the exultant; And seek by means of what Allah has given you the future abode, and do not neglect your portion of this world, and do good (to others) as Allah has done good to you, and do not seek to make mischief in the land, surely Allah does not love the mischief-makers. He said: I have been given this only on account of the knowledge I have. Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him of the generations those who were mightier in strength than he and greater in assemblage? And the guilty shall not be asked about their faults” (Al Kassas: 76-78). This is how God misguided Qaroun to test him. But he failed in the exam. But if he had used his mind taking the example of those before him, he would have passed. Today an individual sees how on the day the results of an exam are announced how the successful feels the pride of his family and how the unsuccessful feels humiliated. The results of the exam aren't random. They depend on criteria and standards prepared in advance by the examiner who inform the student about them. Those who respect them are dignified and those who don't are humiliated. “Say: O Allah, Master of the Kingdom! Thou givest the kingdom to whomsoever Thou pleasest and takest away the kingdom from whomsoever Thou pleasest, and Thou exaltest whom Thou pleasest and abasest whom Thou pleasest in Thine hand is the good; surety, Thou hast power over all things”. (Family of Imrane: 26). The will of God is wise as it honours those who deserve honour and humiliates those who deserve humiliation. I hope that I have made clear to you the image of “harmful” and “humiliating” from the Qur'an which you doubt it is the words of God. It is the Arabic edition of the Book of God and “it is a guide to those who guard (against evil)” (Al Bakara: 2). (To be continued).


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-15

    God also misguides those who have sickness in their hearts, disbelievers and transgressors who don’t respect rules, laws and facts. They rely on doubts, hopes, the apparent meaning of texts, common news and heresy (Al Moudathir: 30-31; Al Bakara: 26; Ghafer: 73-74), the doubtful extravagant (Ghafer: 34), those who desert the signs of God (Taha: 123) and those who are heedless of the remembrance of God (Raad: 27-28). To begin with, God, brother Ahmed, is not misguiding as your Satan has drawn for you the image. If you read Qur’an and contemplate verses talking about misguidance and misguiding, you will change the image. The student who doesn’t study for the exam, relying on luck, cheating, the assistance of the examiner or his tolerance which is unjust and unfair to other examiners, is misguided. The examiner formulates a question including misleading answers including one correct. If the student studies adequately for the exam, he would have known the answer. So he is misguided because instead of preparing for the exam, he wasted time on things which he will not help him. He also relied on causes of success which he doesn’t have. The examiner is misguiding by disrupting the correct answer in order to test the knowledge of the student of the information. So will the examiner be blamed for misleading? And if the correct answer is presented to the student announcing his success, can this be called an exam? God misguides when He tests man with favours and means of subsistence to cover his need, but doesn’t make it bountiful. He goes astray when he thinks that God favoured him alone or humiliated him when He made him in a lower rank in society while the infidels enjoy bounties “And as for man, when his Lord tries him, then treats him with honor and makes him lead an easy life, he says: My Lord honors me. But when He tries him differently, then straitens to him his means of subsistence, he says: My Lord has disgraced me” (Al Fajr: 15-16). He guides him when He asks him to honour the orphan and offer food to the poor “Nay! but you do not honor the orphan, Nor do you urge one another to feed the poor, And you eat away the heritage, devouring (everything) indiscriminately, And you love wealth with exceeding love” (Al Fajr: 17-20). He uglifies for him his love for money and its accumulation although he is entitled only to what he needs from it, the surplus is the right of the beggars and needy “And those in whose wealth there is a fixed portion. For him who begs and for him who is denied” (Al Maarij: 24-25). A fixed portion, not a largess or charity. This is something clear because what man do of what exceeds his needs? (To be continued).


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    احمد من مصر 2009-5-15

    To العين الناقده (critical eye). Aren’t you ashamed of dodging? I ask you to respect the minds of readers, stop dodging and playing with words and expressions. I ask you the question for the last time. We want the reply in digits so that we will not let you an opportunity to dodge. Who is the misguider, harmful, humiliating, arrogant and doer of evil? 1- God; 2- Satan; 3- Both of them; 4- None of them. I ask you again, the answer in digits only. So you can choose any answer and give us the number. I defy you to do this because you will acknowledge you worship Satan. Listen our sheikh here in front of all readers, I declare it openly, you were uncovered. We know the reality of the religion of Islam. We will not keep quiet until we save humanity from destruction. The day of judgment is certainly coming, hell is unbearable even for a second. In other words, stop obstinacy worshippers of Satan.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-14

    In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful “He said: O my Lord! Expand my breast for me, And make my affair easy to me, And loose the knot from my tongue, That they may understand my word”. With these words, our master Moses, peace be upon him, implored his god while he was on his way to the despot Pharaoh, hoping to remind him that he was a weak creature no matter how arrogant or despotic he became and hoping in the fear of his Lord after he would show him the miracle of the staff. Following the example of our master Moses, peace be upon him, I reiterate the same words invoking God to loose the knot from my tongue so that the brother Ahmed and those in his sphere understand my words so that I wouldn't err in talking about my creature and distort His image of perfection, greatness and lordliness and I don't hurt any of his creatures with qualities, description, adjective, wink or insinuation I don't mean. God the Almighty says “And do not call besides Allah on that which can neither benefit you nor harm you, for if you do then surely you will in that case be of the unjust. And if Allah should afflict you with harm, then there is none to remove it but He; and if He intends good to you there is none to repel His grace; He brings it to whom He pleases of His servants; and He is the Forgiving, the Merciful”. (Younes: 106-107). Look my brother Ahmed how the creature doesn't benefit or harm. The ultimate thing he is capable of is a slight evil “They shall by no means harm you but with a slight evil; and if they fight with you they shall turn their backs to you, then shall they not be helped” (Al Imrane: 111). So God is capable of causing harm to the creature for warning and awakening “And whatever favor is bestowed on you it is from Allah; then when evil afflicts you, to Him do you cry for aid. Yet when He removes the evil from you, lo ! a party of you associate others with their Lord” (Bee: 53-54). Isn't the loss by man of one of the favors of God is a harm which make him you resort to Him to remove it with causes in the hands of humans including medication, treatment, medicine and treatment which make him just see the hand but not its Creator so he thanks the creature and forgets the Creator, therefore he makes associates to God thus committing an unforgivable sin. “Surely Allah does not forgive that anything should be associated with Him, and forgives what is besides that to whomsoever He pleases; and whoever associates anything with Allah, he devises indeed a great sin” (Annissa: 48). And who takes the infidel to hell? Is entering it a harm or benefit? I ask the forgiveness of God if I have offended His Lordliness in defining one of His Al Hosna names: the harmful, I also ask for reward if I was successful. As to the other Al Hosna name Al Modil (misguiding), He only misguides those who chose by themselves misguidance and so their evil acts as good. (Fater: 8). To be continued.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-5-11

    To العين الناقده (critical eye) : if you don’t mind, go directly to the topic. Who is the misguider, harmful, arrogant, humiliating and doer of evil ? Put under doer of evil 1450 lines. Don’t give examples about TV, key, **** …We are fed up. Do directly to the point without dodging of snakes and turning of jackal. (This time don’t ignore the doers of evil. My uncle, our sheikh, our master, our philosopher, our Mufti, our Azhar graduate, for the thousand time the holder of these names and doers of evil God or Satan?? Or all the people. I say it clearly, I am scared about the truth and you want to bury it. You are scared to believe Qur’an which says that it is God and also Satan. You are afraid of the truth to come out!!! Say they are features as it was stated in the Qur’an and the act of both. Both do evil, are misguiding, harmful, boastful and humiliating. They are one and sole with his names and acts. Just keep your mind and heart closed until the day comes on which you will stand before the real God, not your harmful God doer of evil who misguided you because he is misguiding and who will humiliate you because he is humiliating. By the way, the only boastful is Satan. Sorry my brother, a thousand sorry, a thousand, four hundred and fifty sorry. Finally, I will say it publicly. I am sure you will not reply. Even if you reply you will be evasive because the correct and straight answer is farce and what a farce! What irony! We are blamed for our language and you aren’t blamed for your conception!


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-10

    My brother Ahmed, you say “Stop backwardness my dear. It is clear you are an ignorant philosopher who has a fake philosophy which believes lies, live on them and for them”. I will not rival you in exchanging accusation. Your opinion about me is wrong but you see it as right. This is something natural as we see things from different points of view. If we were sitting face to face on a table on which a number which you read as 6 and I read it as 9, we will remain in disagreement eternally unless we change our corner of vision or associate the number with an enumerated thing so that there will be a rule for it. For example if we associate with days, you will read it as 6 and I will do the same after exerting an effort which will take me to your point of vision with the help of the counted object. The same will happen for you unless you ignore the language in which the enumerated object was written, are obstinate, stubborn or have some interest. I understand from what you wrote that you are not proficient in the Arabic language. This is a hurdle which stands between you and understanding Qur'an. You're like some one who wants to open a lock with a different key or someone who wants to watch a coded channel ignoring the necessity to use the decoding device. So he resorts to repairing the TV until he breaks it down or leave it accusing it of failure or backwardness. This is because he doesn't understand there is nothing wrong with the TV and responds to any operators who knows its limits and services. This is real backwardness because if he thought a little, he would know his ignorance and aberration because the TV set is honest in transmitting other channels with the same degree of clarity and purity. Moreover, neighbours receive this channel, encoded for him, with clarity thanks to the decoding device available in markets, at reasonable prices affordable for everyone. However, he thought the price too much or wants to prove to others he is capable of watching it without it then come up with valid judgments even if he has seen ghosts with hidden identity and colourless. However, he has formed these judgments through dialog, backstage music and sound effects. The image of Code is encoded for you. “God is harmful, misguides, humiliates, arrogant, the best planners...”, if you and those who share the image with you a decoding device. Let's first begin by collecting “coded” texts then we will try to decode them. “And if Allah touch you with affliction, there is none to take it off but He; and if He visit you with good, then He has power over all things”. “Thus does Allah cause him to err who is extravagant, a doubter”. “Surely Allah makes him who will go astray, and guides to Himself those who turn to Him”. (To be continued).


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-9

    I am still wondering “on which earth and under which sky are women stoned?” Stoning is limited to married adulterers of both sexes. However, focusing only on women makes it suspicious. To believe this information, we should present a detailed inventory about the number of stoned individuals, their nationalities, countries, the conditions of their incrimination, investigation with them, their ages, civil status, names, executing side and the source of the information. If the brother would present us at least one case with these specifications. What happened to the girl Aicha in Somalia (See the article of Magharebia: Maghreb citizens outraged by stoning of raped Somali girl) is unbelievable. The news include some loopholes which don't reach the level of certitude. You say (I die and you live my brother العين الناقده (critical eye). Where have you seen that I wish your death and wish life for myself? Where do you come up with such fancies? Or are you judging others through yourself? Death and life are not in my hands or your hands. Where have you seen that I hate the people of the Book? Anyone who hates them certainly hates Muslims because they have also become people of the Book as they have come out of the circle of “ignorants” by following the Qur'an like the Torah and Gospel. We are ordered not to differentiate between any of them. “The apostle believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers; they all believe in Allah and His angels and His books and His apostles; We make no difference between any of His apostles” (Al Bakara: 285). Does the critic hate the mistaken or loves him as he wants his guidance? The marriage of the messenger to a child is a fact or lie? From which record of the civil status records was the statement of birth of Mrs Aicha, God bless her, was extracted? On which marriage contract was the purpose of marriage written? It is as if the promoter of this idea has pulled the lion from his ear as he has discovered something with which he would change the course of history and reform the path of humanity. How could the Umma of Islam rule the world, its religions resist for centuries and it is still ready to return while its messenger is aberrant, lustful and astray? May God forgive these narrators who exerted efforts in justifying the purpose of the marriage and determining the age. As to stating that the period of engagement was long, this is a flagrant calumny since this tradition is new and was not one of the Arab traditions. So where is the critical thinking of which the promoters of these calumnies boast? They fall in what they reproach others by relying on texts of uncertain origins.


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    محمد السابق 2009-5-9

    There are four categories of people. A learned man who knows he is learned. He is a scholar and people learn from him. There is a learned man who doesn't know he is learned. He is somnolent, so warn him. There is a man who is not learned. He knows he is not learned. He is ignorant so teach him. There is a man who doesn't know but doesn't know that he doesn't know. He is stupid, avoid him. I hope that debate about the issue triggered by Dr Olfa Youssef in some religious matters won't be between people of the fourth category which knows nothing but doesn't know it is ignorant. Its knowledge of insults and verbal abuse is closer than its knowledge of religion and religious issues. This is an opinion. If there are some who disagree with her, they must uncover their opinion and arguments. If there are some who support her, they should not confine themselves to thanks and praise. Our culture is full of these two categories: the culture of praise, satire, insult and Takfir (accusation of infidelity) without understanding. What we want is to establish the culture of dialog and good debate based on reason and evidence. Religion isn't the property of anyone. We should not accuse of infidelity a person who wants to understand religion, its rules and raises questions about them. The true Muslim is the one who tries to understand his religion by using his mind because Qur'an addresses the mind of man. It asks him to think about them and not rely just on the statements of ancient and modern scholars. Here I don't mean the exclusion of the conclusions of religious scholars in the past and later, consider them an end in themselves. We want more building through the use of the mind by observing changes occurring in our times especially scientific changes. I have not read the book but I will try God willing to read it. Difference about the book presents is an opportunity for us to build dialog, accept different opinions to enrich dialog and variety and avoid Takfir. We shall return to God Who will judge our difference. Absolute truth is known only by God. But we are just attempting to know it. This is a real opportunity to use the mind on such issues and re-institute it because without mind we will remain underdeveloped. Islamic society has never witnessed progress and prosperity except when it used the mind and adopted sciences. Thank you Dr Olfa Youssef. Until I read the book, I present you my greetings. Salam.


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    احمد المصري 2009-5-9

    By God our sheikh عين ناقده (critical eye) go and bring sheikhs of Azhar, scholars and doctors in Sharia and other pretenders you have and answer this simple and simplified question. Who is the misguider, harmful, humiliator, and actor of evil? 1- God; 2- Satan; 3- Both of them. 4-b None of them. There is nothing simpler than this!!! By God, choose and show that you and your sheikhs are honest at least with yourselves. As to me, let me, oh sorry for an eye which they describe as critical but it became clear it was oblivious. Many sorries for a lost, fanatic Umma which only knows lies. It has won its life but lost its afterlife. It is happy today but sad on the Day of Judgment. It has a thick heart and its wings are broken in front of the Creator. The day of judgment is certainly coming beneficiaries and oppressors. Closing your ears to the voice of the mind, the voice of the right, will be of no use to you. I hope that you have waken up from your drowsiness after your mind made you reach a reply to my question though I doubt in the ability of conception of anyone of you. Oh Lord we don't want to laugh at others.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-8

    The messenger, peace be upon him, was aware of the difference between the practical and theoretical. So he ordered the transcription of the Qur'an alone, “Don't write from me anything but the Qur'an. Narrate about me without problem, but if someone lies about me, Hamam said I think he said deliberately, let him expect his place in hell- Moslem”. So that it will be a witness to Muslims and a reference for them in case of disagreement in implementing Sunna. As to narration about him, peace and prayer be upon him, its domain is what he said from God in order to explain and clarify the image, determine the intended meaning so that imagination will not take some to mazes and misguidances by following suppositions which lead to deviant theories. “Moussa Ben Talha, narrated about his father who said, I went with the messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, past people on top of palm trees. He asked what are these people doing? They said: they are pollinating the male in the female and it is fertilized. The messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, said I don't think this will be of any use. They were informed about this and dropped it. The messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, was informed about that. He said if this was of any good for them, let them do it. This was just a supposition I had so don't take my suppositions. But if I tell you something from God, take it because I don't lie about God – Moslem”. In addition, he didn't want the sacred to be mixed up with the human and it would be thought it was part of it especially because what people write down will be subject to their limited understanding and thus create a confusion in concepts for Muslims. They will therefore fall in confusion, trouble, fragmentation, deviate from monotheism and have the same fate of their ascendants of former nations as it was the case of people of Israel. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Torah and exiled some of them to the desert of Babel on 586 B.C. So they had to rewrite it relying on their memories. They wrote things they remembered. As to things they forgot, they replaced them with their traditions and distorted beliefs. This had produced the religion of polytheism but they believed it was the religion of God subjugation (Islam). Otherwise, how would they believe they are God's chosen people. This led to a racism or social classes which are contrary to the principle of monotheism reflected in “There is no other God but Allah”. God the Almighty doesn't send a book which enhances racism or social classes. God has committed to protect Qur'an from falsification. The book we have between our hands is the sacred book which was literally inspired to Mohamed, peace be upon him, in Mecca and Medina. However, distortion has affected it in terms of varied interpretations and rebound of Hadith books. (To be continued).


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-8

    The messenger, peace be upon him, taught his companions on the field worships and laws so that his Umma be united to avoid speculations and differences capable of weakening it and destroying it. This field knowledge is no less than Jihad in importance “And it does not beseem the believers that they should go forth all together; why should not then a company from every party from among them go forth that they may apply themselves to obtain understanding in religion, and that they may warn their people when they come back to them that they may be cautious?” A deep study of religion is carried out on site from its source. Then it is transmitted in works and knowledge through men who were trained and who studied in the school of prophecy. They are not just oral or written texts which rarely the transmitter is committed to. So will someone who just reads all the medical book and encyclopedias become a surgeon doctor? I really wished to enter a library, find no books of interpretation, Hadith, Sunan, Massanid and doctrine but find on the other hand Muslim leaders committed practically to the Sunna of the messenger of God, peace be upon him, referring to the Qur’an in case of a conflict. « O you who believe! obey Allah and obey the Apostle and those in authority from among you; then if you quarrel about anything, refer it to Allah and the Apostle, if you believe in Allah and the last day; this is better and very good in the end”. (Annisa: 59), gathering the people in one nation because religion was perfect and complete on the day on which this verse was inspired “This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion”. (Al Maeda: 3). So there is no need for this doctrines and groups which claim reform while they act against it. God said “O you who believe! be careful of your duty to Allah with the care which is due to Him, and do not die unless you are Muslims. And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it, thus does Allah make clear to you His communications that you may follow the right way. And from among you there should be a party who invite to good and enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong, and these it is that shall be successful. And be not like those who became divided and disagreed after clear arguments had come to them, and these it is that shall have a grievous chastisement”. (Al Imrane: 102-105). All these groups and movements have appeared because there are many interpretations and books of Hadith. (to be continued).


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-8

    The computer my brother « Anonymous » is a specific device which doesn’t replace the discernment. It doesn’t talk to us except with what we have loaded it. It classes only the material we provide to it. Doctor Mahmoud Abderrazak presented a group of names, determined the field of classification and came to the conclusion he wanted in advance. One is sure if someone else does the same operation with new material with different criteria for classification, he will get new results of the result. You say “do whatever you want. You are big, influential and abusive but don’t forget to have mercy on the minds of people my dear so that God will have mercy on you because it seems that you believe every word written in the Sunna and Qur’an”. What do you mean by big, strong and abusive? I am just a reader who participates like you and like others. But I believe every word written in the Qur’an because it is the Arabic edition of the Book of God. It believes the Torah, Gospel and all previous books and encloses them. This information is clear for those who contemplate the word “book” in the Ottoman Qur’an. (Sorry the site doesn’t faithful copy what we write in terms of edition. This makes the mission of transmission difficult. Because the colours, underlined, bold writing or words in the Ottoman script are not clear not even cutting the text into paragraphs. If the administrators of the site are bountiful with us to enter some improvements in this regard…). As the word book is written (الكتـ ا ـب). And the Ichbaa which should be associated with the middle of the word « التاء » goes up in the form of a small « ألف ». The espace separating the «ألف » and «الباء » which suggests to reader from reading it at the same time «الكتاب » (book) and « الكتب » (books). As we say two, three…in one while showcasing one of the products of cleaning, a device or machine in the ad methods and tools. As to Sunna, most people if not all of them mix it with Hadith while in fact it is everything instituted by the messenger of God, peace be upon him, including practical implementations of what was stated in general in the Qur’an. For example, the number of Rakaat was not mentioned nor the way to perform it and its time. So it is the messenger, peace be upon him, who taught his companions practically and not theoretically as it the case for all worships and laws. (to be continued).


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    AZIZ EL HILALALI 2009-5-7

    Do not forget that some of our Sheikhs have encouraged us Muslims to imitate our Prophet. Oh yes, gentlemen, EL OUSWATOU AL HASSANA, which was found in our great Prophet’s El Sira El Atira, is indeed his marriage with the great Aicha, mother of the believers. They persist in encouraging o-called “Muslims” to marry children ages eight and nine years old. Remember the affairs with the little girl from Yemen, the little girl from Saudi Arabia and the fatwas from the great ulemmas from Morocco. Did not the presiding Sheikh in the Saudi court refuse to annul a marriage under the pretext of waiting for the little girl to attain an age that would allow her to open a court case herself, as her mother was divorced and could not be her guardian and her father sold his debts to the pseudo-husband, age 37 or 38. So, gentlemen, to whom do we address ourselves to do away with such acts and abolish these evil? Is it Mr El Karadaoui, who just revealed to us his great love story with his Algerian student? Have you read his ominous declarations of love worthy of Kais or Romeo or in the pages of Lolita? Gentlemen, please, allow researchers such as Miss Olfa clear thinks up for us. When you are told that 50 people had their throats slit just for having the name Omar, then what can you say to the insults made against the first three Errachidin caliphs *and their condescending sharia*. What do you say to the blasphemy made against the mother of believers, Aicha, *el houmaira, who is responsible for one half of the sharia?* What do you say to the “intermediaries” between you and God, who try to make us believe that our actions need to be studied by them so they can choose which of them need to receive honourable mentions to the Divine Authority. Gentlemen, is that Islam?


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    محايد 2009-5-7

    To Mr Ahmed El Masri, my words in the former message were addressed to العين الناقدة (the critical eye) not to you. Please accept my apologies for the mistake.


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    محايد 2009-5-7

    To Mr Ahmed El Masri : explain the following « And they planned and Allah (also) planned, and Allah is the best of planners”. Before you ask us to read Qur’an, you must read it with its content not with what was taught to you in your childhood. I hope don’t try to find another meaning to the word planner except what we know in the Arabic language. Stop adopting religion childishly.


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    AZIZ EL HILALALI 2009-5-7

    First of all, I would like to make a few remarks about the translation from French to Arabic. In effect, I would like to say that Miss Olfa is a doctor of arts (a state doctor in her field) and not a medical doctor. Moreover, illiterate people (for example, more than 40% of Egyptians), are not our contemporaries and are not Prophet’s disciples, given that He passed more than 1430 years ago. As for the banning of slavery in our time, it has been replaced by legal-contract (el orfi), temporary (el muta’a), and legal but publicly unrecognised (el misiar) marriages. Let us return to the subject now: I would like to note that the Errachidin caliphs were all assassinated, with the exception of Abu Bakr, who did not reign for very long. The truth is that Ibn el Khattab did reign and did sow equality and legality, permitting himself to sleep under a tree in a garden in complete quiet without any guards. But, let us remember that he was strict and not democratic. You have forgotten the matter with El Sakifa. When the first Caliph was being appointed – before the Prophet was even buried – did not El Sakifa trample down the great chief El Ansar, who was taking refuge in Al Sham, in order to appoint Abou Bakr. The later gave money to El Sakifa and cited him as one of his successors. What is more, with regards to the gentleman who launched a whipping session against those who dared pose questions during the believer’s forums, was this not the same Omar who spared a drunkard and order his guards to accompany him home without punishing him. Gentlemen, we have loved our Prophet more than our own selves because he is HUMAN! He is the son of those who ate kaddid, unlike Jesus, who is a god for the Christians. In the end, I have one thing to say about the wastefulness of so-called “Muslims”: Just look at the cost of the singer El Ouawa’s wedding, the petrodollars spend on the zoo in London and the city of New York.


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    تونسيّة 2009-5-6

    I am not necessarily one of those who call for openness, I am not with or against the west. Those who charge the west with repressing us has not reached the requested essence. I am with finding the Arab identity, their pride and beauty of their soul. They are described as terrorist but they are bountiful people who respect the foreigner. They give everything in their hands because they are peaceful. This is the essence of the matter. We need some rest to restore our powers, understand ourselves and wonder how to to change the rigidity into beauty. Our way I think is dialog, questioning, analysis and attempt to understand far from, I say it again, fanaticism.


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    تونسيّة 2009-5-5

    The address of the Iranian president is not enough, not even thousands of addresses are enough. Our tears, our pains, cries or blood of our martyrs aren’t enough alone to liberate our nation from the pressures of ignorance. Our young people imitate the west in everything but we don’t offer them an alternative. We are swept by these packed ideas because we don’t have the right to use our minds. Everything was frozen for sometime. We don’t interpret because we don’t have the right to. We don’t try to understand things because any attempt to understand becomes a Fatwa. As it was previously said, we need to implement our religion and be in harmony with it in order to communicate. We are a bleeding people which lose their people. They give them to the west for a very a little. If a girl like Olfa speaks, it is because she felt the need to interpret things which preoccupy her. So why this intolerance while God is lenient, our messenger, peace be upon him, had nice qualities. As to development of man, man progresses, learns becomes open thanks to his surroundings. So he becomes smarter and more self-confident. However, fear, hatred, love and astonishment don’t change of course. Praise be to God.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-5-5

    To العين الناقده (critical eye) and those who think like him. Here are for you two examples with verses, Hadiths and interpretations of religious scholars which make any reasonable person think that we don’t worship God Al Haq. Read, after reading with total impartiality, understanding faithfully and reasonably not just reading, you must understand then reply to my previous question. You will find you are misled. If you think just a little with a more impartial way, you will find you aren’t worshiping God Al Haq. Think my brother of Hadiths which call for killing those who insult the messenger and ask those who insult God to repent. How can it be conceivable that those who insult God are just asked to repent while those who insult the messenger are killed? Who has a higher rank than the other???? A thousand question marks. Finally, you will find that any person, regardless of his rank, born from the marriage of the descendants of Eve and Adam who was created by God from dust, this person regardless of his rank, he lives and dies, decays, is eaten by worms and returns to dust even if this person is the messenger. So, his rank and status is lower than God. Therefore, it should rather be said that those who insult the messenger be asked to repent and those who insult God be called. Or what do you think my brother? What do you think my eye? What do you think my teacher? Whom are you following? Where is your mind my brother? Are you afraid of saying the truth uncle? So don’t say anything… So keep quiet and this is better than defending the wrong. Or what do you think uncle? You want another evidence about the rank of the messenger compared to the rank of God? Read verse of 79 of Surat Al Isra “maybe your Lord will raise you to a position of great glory”. Prominent scholars such as Attabari, Al Qortobi, Ibn Herir and even Sheikh of Islam Ibn Taymia all interpreted the verse saying that the messenger will sit on the throne of God on the day of judgment. Can we know where God will sit then? My brother, my eye, our respectable sheikh, my teacher and brother in humanity, where is your mind and those like you who are fanatical without right? Who do you worship my brother? Tell me who you worship my brother? Oh sorry, oh sorry for a nation for which the right is lost. Its end is known for everyone. Remember, there is no comeback after death. Judgment is severe my brother.


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    احمد المصري 2009-5-5

    To العين الناقده (critical eye) : you ask on which earth and under which sky does stoning of wommen happen. You want me to say honestly ? Sure my dear. This happens in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran. They are all Islamic countries. They implement a stoning verse which is deleted from the Qur’an of Sunna but exists in the Qur’an of Shia. But even if it is deleted from the Qur’an of Sunna, it is still implemented to this day. I die and you live, my dear critical eye. When you talk about the people of the book, your illogical hatred to them made you forget or ignore the recommendation of the messenger. He said we advise you to do well to Copts, who are Christians. They have protections and mercy. It is clear you are hesitant; this is a serious disease called Ebola. The people who have it aren’t stable on one opinion. They are hesitant. As to the boycott of the address of the respectable president of Iran the Shiite, the exit of wise people at the emergence of the first signs of hatred, abhorrence and even ignorance of history, let me tell you this is a civilized method you don’t understand. I will bring it closer to your thinking with a simple mind. If the president of any European country speaks about the acts of the messenger such as his marriage to a young girl, which is a reality, Muslims would have rocketed him with tomatoes, stones and maybe killed him. Look up dear and stop ignoring realities. Concerning the slaying of pigs, it is clear that it is intended to undermine the economy of Copts in Egypt. So if slaying was really for the protection of all the people, they should have slain cows at the eruption of mad cow disease, slain chickens, pigeons, ducks and all species of birds at the emergence of SARS disease… Stop backwardness my dear. It is clear you are an ignorant philosopher who has a false philosophy which believes lies, lives on them and with them. It is you who praised God with your beads repeating thousand of times God is the harmful, misguides, humiliates, arrogant and other offences to God. You believe blindly without any thinking because it is from the Qur’an but after one thousand and four hundred years it was proven they are wrong. Critical eye, now I have answered your questions. Can you please together with the Umma of La Ilaha Ila Allah (there is no other God but Allah) reply to one question? Tell me my brother, soul and heart but not my mind, my teacher: who is the harmful, misguided, humiliating and actor of evil? 1- God; 2- Satan; 3- Both of them; 4- No one. Reply my brother, my darling, my uncle my teacher… So choose and show yourself you are honest at least with yourself… Oh sorry, so sorry my dear. Oh Lord no glee at the misfortune of others.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-5-2

    I follow the papers, the news bulletins and documentaries regularly and continuously but I never heard about circumcision of girls and stoning women. I don't know on which earth and under which sky do such things happen? The people who circulate such lies are people who deviated from the right path thus pushing the dear readers to imaginary marginal things as if these isolated practices, if any, are the cause of backwardness while they turn a deaf ear to decisive matters including the protection of the ozone layer, fighting the gentle discrimination which is practiced by big powers, exit of “Dublin 2” conference by the advocates of democracy when the Iranian president made his speech. Their hatred to a man incited their reaction. He has confounded them with the power of the argument but they replied to him with the argument of power. This is the best example to this. So where is democracy they are chanting or is it the law of Jews which they don't abide by only amongst them “And among the followers of the Book there are some such that if you entrust one of them with a heap of wealth, he shall pay it back to you; and among them there are some such that if you entrust one of them with a dinar he shall not pay it back to you except so long as you remain firm in demanding it; this is because they say: There is not upon us in the matter of the unlearned people any way to reproach; and they tell a lie against Allah while they know”. (Al Imrane: 75). We praise God because these are not general practices. There are opposite powers in the world community who are capable of making a balance. These powers should be supported by the wise. What has humanity reaped from casting doubt about the religion of God who has banned for example the pork meat. If this ban was respected “swine flu” wouldn't have erupted. “Man progresses” is a deceit which plagues this era. It is a vague expression which requires evidences and testimonies. Nothing develops, it is just conditions that change and with it the feeling changes. If man develops, he would have changed into another creatures. The car of 1900 is the same as the car of 2009 even if its look and elegance have changed while its main components are the same: vehicle, steering wheel, wheels and brakes. Its requirements are also the same: fuel, driving law, regulating law and a road to accommodate it. Its services are limited. Riding is limited to a number of passengers for quick and comfortable movement on earth. If one of the components, requirements or service change, the name changes to a truck, bus, ship or plane. The shape and look of the car develops but the road law doesn't change including ban, obligation and right of way.


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    غحايد 2009-5-1

    I have read most comments they can be classed into two groups. The first includes all logical positive points which address those who have thinking minds. The second are those emanating from closed minds which don't think but want to impose themselves with the logic of instinctive religion logic resulting from brainwashing from birth. Honestly, this way in religion and discussing issues only show that their author is sick psychologically who constitute a threat to society. The writing of Dr Olfa Youssef was not an analysis or interpretation of a topic. It was just a statement of facts which really happened and we have to say our opinion about them as if their perpetrator was any ordinary person. If the action is evil, it is so regardless of its origin. I want to ask any person who thinks that the marriage of the messenger at the age of 57 a girl who is six, is a religious act and a divine will what would be his attitude if a man who is over fifty comes to propose to marry his daughter who is six? Will he accept, introduce him to his heart or consider that he has weird mind? It is known that there are many acts which were done by the messenger requiring us to judge him contrarily to the judgement of Islam. However, the sword of the followers of the messenger has silenced the mouths of people to now.


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    تونسيّة 2009-5-1

    To Ahmed from Egypt. My greetings to you. To Aymen, your words are useless, they are rigid. It confirms that there should be an abidance by everything said. I hope that you understand my idea without intolerance. I don't sanctify the west. I am sorry for them. Priests in the past lived in unapproachable fortifications and prevented the public from learning and knowledge. After revolutions, they renounced their religion. So talking about God has become a backwardness for them. So why don't we learn a lesson from those who were before us and consider our religion to know it, appreciate it in its right value and help young people to find their way without privatizing religion. Your example of the building worker shows that you fear the educated people and despise the ordinary workers. Without the building worker, you wouldn't have found a roof to protect you. So don't satirize others. People like you have no place here. Thank you for your tolerance.


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    happy 2009-4-30

    Olfa is a person very intellectual and learned in religion. I am one of the people and I tell her well-done for the work she does. But she should not state religious sayings or say this person said or the other said. We must fight this phenomenon like Amr Khaled. You feel that he uses religion. This is not a personal attitude. There are many people who share this opinion. Well-done Olfa. Well-done, may God assist you. I say to those who wrote before me please don't offend the dignities of people. To the Gulf people who accused Olfa of infidelity, let them look at themselves what they are doing. Thank you.


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    ايمن 2009-4-29

    In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful. I noticed through some comments that their authors blame Islam for all the causes of our underdevelopment. This is a prejudice and injustice to the religion of Islam. Religion is absent in the Arab official level, it is even fought. As to the individual level, it is almost the same. Let everyone of us consider what he implements of the religion then they can say what they want. Who said that the west are well? Are people blind not to see the catastrophes sweeping the western societies slowly but strongly? If the west is so good, why is it suffering all these social, moral and economic problems. Stop sanctifying the base west. As to free interpretation called to by the author, it is like a catastrophe as everyone thinks he understands engineering, medicine, economy... I have attended once a debate between a building worker and a military pilot. The worker tries impudently to impose his opinion. He says an information about military aircrafts, the pilot corrects his information but the worker was stubborn. His idea was funny because it was very stupid. Still, he insisted on it even in the presence of experts. What I want to say is that not assigning every specialist to his specialty drove us to this backwardness and nothing else. Wish you wellness.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-4-29

    To Eng. Hassan Al-Bahkali. There is no power and no will but from God. You need to read more about Islam and learn from former scholars. It is noticed that she was influenced by the west in equality and she doesn’t know the reasons for the orders of God. These are fixed matters. We ask God to grant you and us guidance and make you proud of your religion. Engineer Hasan Al Bahkali. To the engineer/Hasan Al-Bahkali, my dear don’t ask Dr Olfa Youssef to read. She has already read but couldn’t grasp that women be lower in mind and religion and compared to sheep, to say that most people in hell are women, that the testimony of woman equals half the testimony of man? That the inheritance of woman is half the inheritance of man? That her voice is a blemish and other rubbish. So the doctor cried out because her mind cannot grasp this idle talk which is attributed to God. So she asked is this God? They replied, scholars, even doctors in doctrine and religion, said it is from God the harmful in amusement God and harmful? They say yes harmful, even humiliating and arrogant. So the doctor kept quiet and said now I know why God said these words… alone, engineer.


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    AZIZ EL HILALALI 2009-4-28

    It is always the same old song – they criticise someone's work without even reading it, just like that sheikh who attacked the late Thar Haddad and “made a deposit” in anticipation of reading his book. Sirs, Miss Olfa is a doctor, university professor and an established researcher. Please, before you attack her, educate yourselves like the gentleman who was not aware the Prophet had his child, Brahim, with Maria, a Copt from Egypt who was sent by El Moukaoukis, one of the great Copts of Egypt. Just look at the works of Bent El Chati. There is such demagoguery in our discussions of how the Prophet urinated, how he nursed his colleagues, who had a very high rate of illiteracy (more than 40%), how to do prayer at the workplace (we only work 45 minutes a day). These miserable creations, which we cannot be proud of, are overwhelming us. Pakistan and Bengladesh are part of India. Look at the situation of the Muslim disciples of El Maoudoudi versus that of the Buddhists, followers of cows, who launched satellites, are advanced in industry and must have enough flour and rice given they represent a quarter of the worlds population. Moreover, has not this handful of nonbelievers humiliated the millions who surround it? As for the hijab, *kimar or whatever else, a real Muslim is not afraid to follow his instincts. Maybe it is just that we are still what Ibn El Khattab calls “yata safadouna quel Hamir" from the time of having four wives and, what is more, slaves (ma malaket aymanouhoum) and servants. Sincere there are no longer slaves (except maybe in Mauritania), we have overcome the affair with the marriages of El Orfi, El Moutaa and El Missiar. Is is as a product of our development that we have abolished slavery, which is permitted by the Qur'an and the Hadiths. Can we return to Atkou Rakabatin? Stay strong, Miss Olfa! Saddada Allahu koutaki -Thank you


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    محايد 2009-4-28

    The important thing is not to take positions for or against the interpretation of the Qur’an according to scholars. Honestly, there is no need for interpretation except in the meaning of some words. As to the content of the verses of the Qur’an, it is clear for someone who wants to understand regardless of his level of intelligence. For example the story of the marriage of the messenger to Aicha doesn’t need any explanation or justification. It is very simple. A man who is over fifty married a young girl who is 6 taking advantage of his religious rank among his followers (the disapproval of Abou Bakr of the request of the messenger to marry him Aicha is clear evidence that this happened because of the subordination of Abou Bakr to the messenger in their religious ranks) and another example of the responsibility for his acceptance and belief is a result of his being chosen by God to be a believer or not. There are many verses in this regard which don’t require a Fatwa or interpretation including “He causes to err whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases”.


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    Eng.Hasan Al-Bahkali 2009-4-26

    There is no power and no will but from God. You need to read more about Islam and learn from former scholars. It is noticed that she was influenced by the west in equality and she doesn’t know the reasons for the orders of God. These are fixed matters. We ask God to grant you and us guidance and make you proud of your religion. Engineer Hasan Al Bahkali.


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    منير 2009-4-25

    It is not odd in this era, the era of dawn of the mind, to hang gallows for those who try with some audacity to speak in the face of officials. But the oddest thing is that this voice emanates from a woman who bears a heritage of over fourteen centuries of burial. She is a woman who dared call for what men couldn't call for (the need to open the door of jurisprudence). Why can't this jurist in the issues of life and religion be a woman? This is an odd approach in a reality adapted according to the desires and whims of the religious scholar who subjugated its concepts according to his interests. This is a reality which we shouldn't evade. There is no single religion on earth which is not subject to the interest of politicians or others...


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    منير 2009-4-25

    I ask the very respectable doctor to read the rights of women in Islam before enchanting us with things offending Islam but Islam disowns them.


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    Anonymous 2009-4-23

    Comment on the statement of العين الناقده (critical eye) : second part. Do whatever you want because you are the big, strong, authoritarian. But don’t forget to have mercy on the minds of people my dear so that God will have mercy on you. This is because it seems you believe every word written in the Qur’an and Sunna. For example this means this. They made us hear in schools, mosques and loudspeakers in the streets as well that among the names of God are: Al Moudil, Al Mouzil, Al Moutakabir and Addal. They imposed strongly on us to believe that these Al Housna names of God for over 1400 years. But the computer came; it was shown that these names are wrong by a research carried out by Doctor Mahmoud Abderazek. He changed 28 names, deleted some and added others. Then came the approval of Al Azhar to the change and confirmed the reliability of the research. But where were you then Mr Critical Eye? Don’t you see that we are in a jungle in which there are monsters, our mouths are gagged, our hands are tied, we cannot write? This is because there are scared people. They want to live in the shadow. They don’t care what will advents after death??? Haven’t you thought one day, let argument aside and asked yourself where has God been for 1400 years? We heard, our sheikhs, bearded men wearing the Kaftan and turbans describing Him as Addar (harmful), Moddil (misleading), Mouzil (humiliating) and Moutakabir (arrogant) and other names. Where was that God all that period? Why has God not cursed those who reiterated such names? Didn’t you say that God curses? And you want us to believe!! Supposing that we believe, can you tell me why God preferred to keep quiet and didn’t curse those falslely attributed to him the names of Addar, Moddil, Mouzil and Moutakabir…Do you understand these words or not??? My dear, you wrote previously that sincerity should not be public because sincerity is the enemy of lies. We are people who chose to lead a life full of lives, believe the liar and distrust the honest. Then we die and are surprised at the doors of hell. We have sold our lives to the devil. If only we understand before it is too late. My greetings dear العين الناقده . Will my respects and esteem my dear.


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    تونسيّة 2009-4-23

    To العين النّاقدة (critical eye). I meant by saying it is God who curses that may God curse you is just a wish when said. It won't change anything if God wants to curse or not the person we talk about. So let God curse, and let's not say it. As to the religious people, I didn't want to defame them or taunt them, I just wanted to show to those who read between the lines that there is in our mentalities and societies a defect. We cannot overlook it. As to specialists including doctors and so on, they implement a science which they have studied. Some of them make mistakes. But our religion belongs to all of us Muslims. It is the property to everyone who says “There is no other God but Allah”, who love His messenger, pray for him every day. Our religion is our life and outlet from darkness. Salam.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-4-23

    My dear العين الناقده (critical eye), what do you mean by your words my dear ? Do you want to convince us that kids go to school to accumulate information which they don’t understand then they transmit to us, adults, to work with them, benefit from them and benefit all the people ? Is this a new theory in psychology? If these words are right, we would have taught our children in schools neurology, biology, physiology, abnormal psychology, psychology in all its phases from growth to advanced stages with all the phenomena: feeling, perception. Then there would be no need for the child to understand anything. Then the child comes to us, transmit all the information in detail so that we learn from them. Do you know how are date transmitted my dear sir and brother editor? Do you know that the information remains for a few seconds in short term memory (STM) then it takes a specific code, and stored in the Long Term Memory (LTM) so that it will be stored and repeated. However, for the opposite process of extracting it from the stored memory (LTM) and announce it in oral words, write it down, do you know that we use the ‘verneurotransmit’ to send and receive information from and to the four main lobes of the brain. My dear العين الناقده, the child as we have already said is not mature physiologically or biologically. His perception sense is weak. Therefore we begin with them by teaching simple things from the a, b, c. As times passes, the body and brain of the child develops. It passes through different phases from the zygote, to the foetus (three stages) then the infant and toddler (child from 6 to 12) then adolescence, adult (four stages) then adulthood (3 stages) the last of which is elderly people (old people) – may God grant you long life- then the tomb which is the beginning of torture from the bald snake and judgment on the Day of Judgment which means hell or paradise. So you can choose my dear following your mind my brother, take your time. You might spit in my face and curse those who taught me. You may do all this and even more as long as you are living. But when you die, you will find that there was no need for what you did, no need to freeze your mind and persist on an opinion different from reality and facts. As to you, the editor, father of authority, do whatever you want dear. But don’t forget to have mercy on the minds of people my dear.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-4-23

    To العين الناقده (critical eye) who wrote and said : to the brother احمد من مصر ‘Ahmed from Egypt’, what you refered to is not confirmed. Who can prove with a scientific precision the age and goal of marriage? Supposing that Mrs Aicha, God bless her, was a child incapable of perception and distinguishing, so why do we send our children to school? Check in your memory how many information you learnt as child without grasping its meaning but you transmitted it to adults who implemented and benefited from it?... What do you mean by your words my dear? Do you want to convince us that kids go to school to accumulate information which they don’t understand then they transmit to us, adults, to work with them, benefit from them and benefit all the people ? Is this a new theory in psychology? If these words are right, we would have taught our children in schools neurology, biology, physiology, abnormal psychology, psychology in all its phases from growth to advanced stages with all the phenomena: feeling, perception. Then there would be no need for the child to understand anything. Then the child comes to us, transmit all the information in detail so that we learn from them. Do you know how are date transmitted my dear sir and brother editor? Do you know that the information remains for a few seconds in short term memory (STM) then it takes a specific code, and stored in the Long Term Memory (LTM) so that it will be stored and repeated. However, for the opposite process of extracting it from the stored memory (LTM) and announce it in oral words, write it down, do you know that we use the ‘verneurotransmit’ to send and receive information from and to the four main lobes of the brain. My dear العين الناقده, the child as we have already said is not mature physiologically or biologically. His perception sense is weak. Therefore we begin with them by teaching simple things from the a, b, c. As times passes, the body and brain of the child develops. It passes through different phases from the zygote, to the foetus (three stages) then the infant and toddler (child from 6 to 12) then adolescence, adult (four stages) then adulthood (3 stages) the last of which is elderly people (old people) – may God grant you long life- then the tomb which is the beginning of torture from the bald snake then judgment.


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    Anonymous 2009-4-22

    My opinion was not published. I would thank you to respect the freedom of thought.


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    تونسيّة 2009-4-22

    Everything we learnt is valuable but rigid. So to what extent have we developed our ideas and humans progress in spite of those who call for rigidity? What have we developed as Muslims? We hate each other; we don’t stand as one entity. We do nothing together. Our regimes our collapsing, our honours are violated; there is deep corruption in our countries. But we are just watching and don’t move. This is because we learnt not to talk about our concerns, let answers to the learned and forgot “work for your life as if you will live eternally and work for your afterlife as if you will die tomorrow”. But we work neither for the first nor for the second. It is high time to stop the circumcision of girls, stop stoning women, know our bodies and cleanse up our minds from the myths. It is high time for the Arab man to get rid of myths which attach him to ignorance, stagnation and avarice. It is high time for action, respect the orders of God in a reasonable way by getting rid of blots.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-4-22

    To the sister Tounsia, aren't doctors, judges and politicians people like us? Should we talk about their specialties or follow their guidances and instructions as they are better trained, learned and informed as our knowledge about these sciences is limited to “the known by necessity”? The statement of the sister that “those who write 'May God curse you' make me laugh and prove they are ignorant. It is God alone who curses”. I advise her here to read all the Qur'an even once in a lifetime before issuing any judgment so that she wouldn't be lying and disbelieving as she made a fatwa without knowledge confirming that her God is her whims, and thus she will reap the curse of God, angels and all the people. “Surely those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers, these it is on whom is the curse of Allah and the angels and men all” (Al Bakara: 161). The illiterate, sister, is not the person who can't just write and read, the illiterate is the opposite to the people of the book “say to those who have been given the Book and the unlearned people: Do you submit yourselves?” (Al Imrane: 20) and those who have a book but know only lies and conjecture “And there are among them illiterates who know not the Book but only lies, and they do but conjecture. Woe, then, to those who write the book with their hands and then say: This is from Allah, so that they may take for it a small price; therefore woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn” (Al Bakara: 78 and 79). You say “I saw many times veiled women in Europe entering bars with their religious men”. How do you know they are religious? Here you are classifying people. So do you allow for yourself what you ban to others? What is this taunting and you insinuate to the reader that these are hypocrite men and women? Let's suppose they are so. This doesn't harm you if you are guided because the reasonable wise distinguishes the honest from the liar “O you who believe! take care of your souls; he who errs cannot hurt you when you are on the right way; to Allah is your return, of all (of you), so He will inform you of what you did”. (Al Maeda: 105). These people cannot be considered as evidence. God knows their situation, maybe they had to. To the brother “Ahmed from Egypt”, what you referred to isn't certain. Who can confirm with a scientific precision the age and aim of the marriage? Supposing that Mrs Aicha, God bless her, was a child incapable of understanding and distinguishing, so why do we send our children to school? Check in your memory how many information you learned as a child, you didn't understand its meaning but transmitted it to adults who acted accordingly and benefited from it?


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    Adam 2009-4-21

    (I will make this very short and I apologise to the readers for this.) Without getting into theological, philosophic or ideological considerations, which would be important to address in other contexts, it goes without saying that, with the exception of those that harm other people’s physical or moral integrity, the freedom of expression and to present one’s own opinions and ideas is nowadays a fundamental moral obligation. And, I think that Islam is a religion that favours being open to other cultures and religions. Within Muslim society, Islam also permits a certain pluralism within schools of scientific thought. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sabians, agnostics, Manachians and so many others have all contributed to these schools. The principal question in Arab countries nowadays is one of political order. The west has strategic and economic interest in smothering Islamic and non-Islamic democratic movements. It support illegitimate dictatorships and thereby promotes the radicalisation of despair and frustration. Do you think a president could be elected nowadays with 99.98% of the vote? I am sure that even if the Good Lord – may His name be glorified – could get these results if he were to run in an Arab country, the reason being that the atheists would not vote for him, may God forgive mee for blasphemy. The illegitimate presidents of Arab countries make themselves out to be greater than the Good Lord. Faron is probably the most modest of this circle, because he only makes himself out to be a god, not greater than God. The most urgent problem is not...


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    arcadio 2009-4-21

    I admire people like Olfa, who fight against an unbeatable, imperturbable enemy and who do not give any heed to others. I am indeed speaking about the indifference of Muslims, who have other fish to fry – a lot of other fish. And here, I am indeed speaking about the majority of Muslims, so do not point at and make mention of the few enlightened people. The tragedy of the Muslim world lies not in its situation, but in the attitude it has. We feel just fine this way – we are even proud. We take delight in the worms meandering down into our abyss.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-4-20

    It was written that the messenger married a child in order to teach her religion. However, it was found after thousand of years that the brain of the child isn’t fully grown. This means that it doesn’t grasp the meaning of complicated things such as the Qur’an. As you know and as everyone knows, understanding Qur’an requires the interpretation of interpreters and scholars in religion to interpret it. My brother in humanity, ask any doctor in psychology, he will tell you that perception sense for a (Toddler) i.e. child between 6 and 12 is incomplete. The degree of neuron movement is weak. The firtnsmith process, receiving and sending electrochemical signals to transmit information from and to the parts of the brain are weak for a toddler. This means that they are barely enough to understand simple sentences and simple uncomplicated mathematic operations which are not complicated to understand, not requiring the interpretation and explanation of scholars such as Qur’an for example. My brother, you wronged yourself and believed a myth. You also wronged others. You advocates of satan, wronged all the people. Believe it or not, the toddler doesn’t grasp or understand what adults like you and I cannot understand. This is a scientific reality confirmed by evidence. You should know and everyone should understand that this information wasn’t known at the era of the messenger; otherwise, he would have looked for another cause to justify his marriage to a child other than the cause saying that he married her to teach her Qur’an. But the question is now, what did the prophet do with a small child when he married her at six until he consummated his marriage with her at 9?


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    تونسيّة 2009-4-20

    No matter what is said, Olfa is right. This is because when a Muslim wants to tackle a topic, the learned say no these are the limits of God. But they are humans like us. I have seen many times women wearing the scarf going to bars in Europe with their religious husbands. We should acknowledge that the corruption we see in our countries is the result of backwardness and total denial by the seniors of the right to knowledge. However, knowledge should be sought from the cradle to the tomb. There should be an end to describing people as infidels, cursed, unapproved and debauchee. You should focus the essence. I am also amazed by those who write “May God curse you” and they prove to be ignorant. It is only God who curses. Keep it up Olfa.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-4-15

    To the brother Tounsi, instead of insulting anyone, you can use your mind, explain to me and the laymen how can the messenger say “Women are lower in mind and religion”, then he says “take half of your religion from Al Houmaira”? Do you see the contradiction? Or does frankness not deserve to be open?


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    tounsi 2009-4-15

    The messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, was right when he said "They are lower in mind and religion".


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    سامي 2009-4-14

    Shame on you sister Olfa. A big shame to cast doubt about our tolerant religion. Thank you very much.


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    zambo 2009-4-14

    We ask God guidance for everyone.


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    احمد من مصر 2009-4-14

    To everyone who believes that religion has its interpreters, scholars, Muftis, guiders and advisers. All this shows that the ordinary person is not entitled to interpret Qur’an according to his whims. Qur’an always needs its scholars to interpret it. I agree with this because I have myself stumbled over many things which I am unable to understand though I have the baccalaureate. Here I have a question: how can we believe the statement of the messenger, peace and prayer be upon him, when he said take half of your religion from Al Houmairaa who was a child and her mind had not developed yet… Please just think but don’t be hasty in reply. I warn against anger, fanaticism and sticking to an opinion which you give while you are confused from following scientific facts (phases of growth and discernment). Or the words of the messenger… may God honour him… Say there is only one God nation. There is no other God but Allah… To you who have been believing for 1450 years in fancies which cannot be believed by a wise. I say again sorry, I have only said facts. You should know that my afterlife and your afterlives are on the opposite. Finally, if you want to insult, insult and allege against him things that cannot be accepted, let them do because I know the arguments of the oppressor, hypocrite who live on lies, deceiving others and sometimes terrorizing them. Salam my friend, salam.


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    fff 2009-4-11

    Mrs Olfa- First of all, I would like to tell you that your book should not be titled “The Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman” but “The Bewilderment of a Woman”. Neither the sitaat nor the ayets you argue about are too important to the interpretation of the Qur’an. Respectfully, I ask you to read the Qur’an well and only if there is an organisation to support you in your research.


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    عبد القادر بنعثمان 2009-4-11

    I read comments in the same interest by which I read the interview. So I became more convinced about the value of the book of the jurisprudent and intellectual Olfa Youssef. She has opened the door to minds infected by indigestion to vomit some chaotic confused ideas about Islam and about our existence. She replied to her self by herself. She betrays her creek with her own excessive zeal which lacks coherence and logic; thus she causes harm to Islam even if she wanted to defend it. This consists the most serious and dangerous plights to our existence of all the books opposing our opinions. This books which contributes to stir the lazy Arab Islamic mind is considered a daring and qualitative move with which she will, in my opinion, inaugurate a state of restoring civilizational rationality to the Islamic nation which needs such mental quakes in order to restore its conscience in the modern era and see the reality of its situation. It is admirable that this happens from inside the Islamic thought not from outside and in one of the most sensitive and dangerous issues. The era of fear and intellectual cowardice thanks to the means with means endowed by God to the mind including new possibilities of communication and indefinite possibilities for the next conflict of values. It will be very painful in the level of the new approach because it simply tries to study what the long intellectual history of our existence - 1400 years – kept silent about? This is the tradition of the predecessors in renovation, real resistance and resuming the life of values which can act on the thoughts of the other and push him to believe in your civilizational value. Fear of God and piety requires high caution in addressing judgments. It seems that our nation is not used to fearing God, it is therefore very tolerant in issuing judgments of condemnation, treason and infidelity. This is one of the major signs of defying God, neglecting the Book and Sunna which are known only by the wise. We must listen to these new interpretations and accept them within a knowledge and scientific context but not in a political or psychological sick view so that they can be discussed for the good of our existence and our common Arab Islamic interests. We must also acknowledge that we are that best nation in the universe is the nation which lacks most today sovereignty, sciences, will, values and morals. Thanks to the author. I still have dozens of questions which I want to ask her. How can I get her address?


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    زوبعة الأفكار 2009-4-10

    Medi, from me to you. Please don't judge people in this way as if you are sure about what you say or the information you received from others in order to describe scholars or others by adulterers and corruption. “suspicion in some cases is a sin”, materialist. Concerning the ideas and writings of Mrs Olfa, I haven't read them to judge the sincerity or invalidity of her ideas. However, I ask guidance to those who are overwhelmed by the pride in their ideas and interpretations. We don't forget the animosity of the self and Satan who is provoking it. Satan is satisfied with a little if he doesn't find much. He has many doors and gates including the door of knowledge in interpretation in mani sensitive issues. I hope that we haven't fallen between our intellectual prides and Satan decorations. It is not odd to see that many don't hear or listen to Olfa Youssef and her aims through Ijtihad in the Islamic doctrine and Sharia especially because she is not one of the implementers of some aspects of the Islamic Sharia (I mean here the veil); so how do we want these or others to accept the idea of this book or project? I hope that this book, whether it is wanted or not, a cause for the awakening of minds not their bewilderment. Although I don't think that bewilderment is not a kind of labour or intellectual mental pain for redemption and awakening. This is done through the sincerity of the intention of the heart in wishing to spread the good and tolerance not corruption.


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    مسلم 2009-4-5

    Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you. I have one question to the aforementioned sophister « learned » woman; it is in fact the same question asked in the following story. I tell her before you judge and call for a reconsideration of the interpretation of Ibn Abbas, knowing who he is, the interpreter of the Qur'an, the cousin of the messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, do you know by heart Sourat Al Motafifine??? This is a situation which was narrated by sheikh Mohamed Hassane, may God reward him with good for the umma of Islam. The sheikh says “One day, I was passing by a library, I entered and found a young man tracking one Hadith. I felt very happy and I asked him are you tracking a Hadith; he said yes. I asked which Hadith is it? He said this Hadith. I told him this is a correct Hadith, so why do you waste effort? He asked: who tracked it for its authenticity? I said it was tracked for authenticity by Sheikh Al Albani, may God rest his soul. He said: no, no, Sheikh Al Albani was lenient. So Sheikh Mohamed Hassane became very angry. So he told him, boy, recite to me Sourat Al Motafifine; but he made a mistake in the recital. The Sheikh was astonished and said “what a bad knowledge you learned and what a bad education you had!”What is this knowledge you learned and what is this education you had? How can you accuse a scholar while you don't even know the meaning of this word; still you repeat it without understanding. We dare attack erudite scholars! What a bad education this is!!


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    Anonymous 2009-3-28

    She is not even a graduate of an Islamic university.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-12

    The person who pretends that Islam is not the religion of God and that it was “established by a group of people who were led by an intelligent man who thought that he could be accepted at that time in terms of mastering and tyranny” is contradictory with the dialectician logic in which he believes. The intelligence of humans has limits which cannot exceed their powers. If the origin of religion is that intelligence, it would not have been comprehensive. Moreover, it would have died with the death of its author. So let the pretender give the example of one the most intelligent people in history who left for humanity a comprehensive religion valid for the quality of life. Who could it be : Plato, Socrates, Hegel, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, Sartre, Hannibal, Napoleon… ? Mohamed, peace and prayer of God be upon him, didn’t pretend this honour as he was only a messenger and explainer… Is imposing law and discipline mastering and tyranny? Is this not the logic of lazy pupils who accuse their teacher of tyranny when he abides by the curricula established by the state and does not indulge them in ignoring the course by talking about sport results so that he would not give them lessons in which they will be tested? Don’t they address him such accusations when he doesn’t tolerate teaching? Are the judge, security officer and every official in charge of implementing law not accused with the same charges by criminals, law violators, oppressors and whimsical people? Isn’t the request of the lazy pupil and every outlaw is to influence the official to deviate from his work and when he responds to them he is their friend “And surely they had purposed to turn you away from that which We have revealed to you, that you should forge against Us other than that, and then they would certainly have taken you for a friend” (Al Israa: 73). “So do not yield to the rejecters. They wish that you should be pliant so they (too) would be pliant” (Al Kalam: 8-9). Is “that era” no longer “this year”? What has changed between the two eras? Is it the law of gravity? Chemical reactions? Human relations? What has changed about an individual whose food was Tharid and date which became “hamburger” and banana then concentrated pills of ready meals: is it the need, look or shape? Isn’t the interpretation we seek is the update of needs, adjusting the look and shape with what will achieve them through justice fairness and redistribution of roles which were disturbed by denying “that era” until the two eras reconcile for the quality of life?


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    ال 2009-3-11

    When we read « There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error”, we understand the confidence of the Muslim in its religion. It has the power of the supportive argument which convinces those who are released of prejudgments and fanaticism. When they compare for example the solution provided by the religion of God and the solution of the religion of humans for the case of the indebted borrower. The first makes of the Muslims treasury a bank for the borrower to set up a project. But he fails and is unable to pay back until he starts again avoiding mistakes which made him fail. “Alms are only for the poor and the needy, and the officials (appointed) over them, and those whose hearts are made to incline (to truth) and the (ransoming of) captives and those in debts and in the way of Allah and the wayfarer; an ordinance from Allah; and Allah is knowing, Wise” (Attaouba: 60). Whereas the second, supported with the public force, puts his hand on the properties of the debtor then he sells them in public auctions where they are sold far below their real price. This is why in most cases, the sum of the sold property does not cover the principal of the debt and he is imprisoned for a period exceeding the duration of his life. When the wise weighs in both solutions, he will choose, certainly, the merciful compassionate instead of the cruel selfish. So is it just by random that Qur’an begins with (In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful which includes two names of God the essence of which is mercy ? Is this not the first article of the statement of revolution? Is it by chance that the word “Lord” defined with another word and it was only one stated alone “Say: What! shall I seek a Lord other than Allah? And He is the Lord of all things”. Why should I address another lord of human lords who claim what they are incapable to do while our Lord “Is the Lord of everything”. However, for the people of the Books, the word is used with a definite article and used in contexts which make the reader feel oppression, horizontal order free of compassion. An individual can easily distinguish the difference in addressing someone as (my son) and (son). The first makes you feel the emotional compassionate feeling between the father and son. But the second makes you feel a cold and hypocrite relationship wherein if laws and ties didn’t exist, the father would have denied his son. This is a sample showing that the religion of God is spread courtesy to the power of the argument.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-11

    Are « most scientists, innovators and discoverers” who contributed to the progress of humanity” and “do not bear any religious interests or totalitarian ideas” started from nothing or continued from where others stopped? You recognize that most of them had contributed but who contributed? Are scientists not believers? Or would those you meant not have succeeded without the right method set by Muslims and the impetus which secured the way from most of those you meant to the period in which they turned from what develops humanity to what destroys it, total destruction weapons are an example of this while God orders Muslims to prepare power to frighten off, not kill and destroy “And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them; and whatever thing you will spend in Allah's way, it will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly. And if they incline to peace, then incline to it and trust in Allah; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing”. (Al Anfal: 60-61). Peace is the basis and war is an exception for Muslims. Their power of arguments supports their material power. However, for others, war is the basis as their argument is weak and they compensate this by waging war after war, develop mass destruction weapons in order to eradicate opposing races or ideas. The wise dream of finding a double-edge weapon: 1- causes mass destruction without causing damage to people, 2- frightening enemies. Will its innovation not deserve all peace Nobel prizes since its institution to the Day of Judgment?


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-10

    Praise God for the grace of the mind which can still distinguish between the right and deception at a time when the picture is perfectly fabricated. It seems to be real to the point that you see the American President shaking hands with Osama bin Laden or you see him shaking hands with himself. Lenses and coloured lights can distort or improve a picture or make it ugly. It can transform the thin nose to an inflated nose. A thin lip to a swallowed lip, turn the black to white. So if you want to see the origin, you must use the naked eye, in nature, under the rays of the sun far from lenses and coloured lights. So the person who says “Islamic religion is the main cause of backwardness of the so-called Muslims from the era, its sciences and its progress”, is just looking through these lenses and light. This is evidenced by his use of the expression “Islamic religion” (الإسلامي ). This expression does not exist in the Arabic language. So if you say “Spanish product” you know that its origin is Spain/made in Spain. So is Islam the source of religion or is religion the source of Islam? Has it made religion or is it religion which made it? If he meant through this expression to specify a particular religion as a product is made specific by attributing it to a state without others, he is illusive because Islam is not a product or industry. It is a description to perform a religion such as effectiveness which is a description to performing a work or a description of the work itself. If he meant to compare it to other “religions” such as Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Secularism, communism, capitalism, socialism…he is also illusive because according to the principle of duality, not more than two can be opposed: East/West, day/night, life/death, life/afterlife, moderate states/opposition states. So religion is two. There are not three: the religion of God and the religion of humans. Submission to God or disbelief in God. So all previously mentioned “religions” are classed in the box opposing the religion of God under the item religion of humans. If they pray, fast offer alimonies and perform pilgrimage then did not fear God in the unknown. So to conclude this intervention, I want the writer to provide a clear definition of backwardness. Is backwardness voluntarily or imposed on him? Is getting out of it allowed or fought? Is the strong idea which imposes itself, or is a material power necessary to support it and defend it? If Muslims had powers, would this be their condition?


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-9

    Does the person who accuses the defenders of religion saying that their defence is just to achieve “their personal interest in life and make them masters according to the vision of societies underdeveloped mentally and intellectually”, that he has not brought anything new? He is just repeating the statements of his predecessors since dawn of time since the era of our father Adam to the era of the last messenger. “Moses said: Do you say of the truth when it has come to you? Is it magic? And the magicians are not successful. They said: Have you come to us to turn us away from what we found our fathers upon, and greatness in the land should be for you two? And we are not going to believe in you” (Younes). This is an old and new accusation. Magic influences societies which are backward mentally and intellectually, which are vulnerable to be submissive to masters preachers looking for superiority in earth; while on the other hand opponents of the religion of God are protectors of equality, justice, freedom and human progress for the better…There are two religions: the religion of God and the religion of people even if some say that there are many religions. But this is not in conformity with the logic of existence which is based on the principle of duality. Those who deny this are illusionary calling things with other names. Sport teams are numerous competing for a title which will go to one of them. So other make an alliance directly or indirectly to dethrone the winner. With its alliance, it is making a virtual team. We can look at this from a different point. Teams enter qualifiers eliminating the weakest. Only two teams will reach the final and just one will win the title which will ensure for it temporary sovereignty. This title puts the team in a new challenge with other teams making virtually one team whose objective is to dethrone the winner from its sovereignty which it will defend with all its powers in order to preserve its crown. It may lose the crown and then it will shift to the virtual team. One can notice how the fans of many teams are united to encourage a team whom they wish to see as winner over the opponent which eliminated their teams in the qualifiers. Aren’t all teams after all just team willing to entertain their fans? Every religion pretends that it wants to achieve equality, justice, freedom and progress of humanity for the best (entertain fans) but who can achieve it? Or who is capable of doing it? “the totalitarian” or the “incapable”? The one who is referring to a book which no one pretended the honour of editing it: if you read it analytically, you will find it in all time worthier and more valuable or the one who is always making additions and changes to his book?


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    خليل وصفي الحاج درويش 2009-3-8

    Salam alikum. I suggest to the specialist researcher Olfa Youssef to review and read the interpretations of Qur’an from many sources. She should read Sahih Al Boukhari, Mouslim, jurisprudence of the four doctrines within a month of review, contemplation, and a reflection with the self, firstly...Secondly, we are in the Islamic world, we solve our problems by ourselves. Praise be to God, future is promising, God willing. When we see millions of pilgrims standing on the pure Arafa mountain; when we see prayers in Mecca and Madina mosques; when we see the Jihad of our Muslim brothers in Palestine to go from all occupied territories to pray on the sacred Friday in Al Aqsa mosque; when we also watch Ramadan in the Islamic world via satellite channels in the Machreq and Maghreb before dawn and fasting break, prayers in mosques; when we see social solidarity in offering Zakat and alimonies to Muslim women and men who deserve them, we understand that our Islamic world is following a sound path and method. The support of Muslim women and men to our brothers and sisters in Gaza attracted the sympathy of many non Muslims in all the world for Gaza…We have witnessed a rabbi burning his Israeli passport in front of satellite channels. God knows the intentions. God is the assistant. Amman, Jordan.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-8

    Jean-Jacques-Brahim says (“Perturbing the convictions of people is an act which deserves life prison” I have personally written a book under the title “Muslim values” about conventions of allegiance and the risk of speaking out. In this book, I tried to show that we should not mix up Islam and its ambiguity. I am not a scholar in Qur’an or Hadith.) Is he aware of the fact that he enters within the framework of the judgment he issued himself for those who perturb the convictions of people. He condemned himself by himself. How could he talk about the values of the Muslim while he is not a scholar in Qur’an or Hadith? Is he not perturbing the convictions of people? Ambiguity he attributes to Islam exists only for those who ignore the Arabic language, Qur’an sciences and Hadith such as Pope Benidctus XVI, archbishop Zakaria Botros and others…Those who ignore Islam, ignore Christianity, Nazarene and Judaism. Those who bear animosity to Islam as they believe that they are Christian or Jewish, are hostile to themselves first. If this is the case, they are submissive to God otherwise they are unbelievers. This is because all prophets came with submission (Islam) to God. The religion approved by God is Islam. There is no other religion. So let’s not be allured by names given just for distinction and definition. The brothers are different in first names but share the same surname. “Believers are but brothers”. Islam is a state of worship. It is not a proper name of a religion; for example effectiveness is the state of the good quality of work but not a proper name for work. So we shouldn’t be allured by names given to a product or merchandise such as “effectiveness”. The more confusing is an adjective introduced to the Arabic language and attributed to the religion of God, it is “Islamist” (الإسلامي). This derivative pattern does not match Arabic rules as we do not find someone who would say (الإتقاني), ( الإخلاصي), (الإدخالي)…Such adjective is not mentioned in the Qur’an or hadith books. Those who ignore the religion of God accuse it of violence and intolerance. This allegation is refutable. The presumed accusers should provide one accusation evidence from the Qur’an or Sahih which are not responsible for the attitudes of some ignorant people or what is contributed to Muslims. Both of them refuse the facts of fanatic or biased recording of history. The recorder is not safe from the temptation of money or title offered by the side which ordered the recording or from the fanaticism of the recorder himself…


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-8

    Those who call for opening the door of Ijtihad are excused. This is because there are some rules which are not updated and which can raise accusation of idleness and unreasonableness. These will thus raise similar accusations to other rules which are still effective. This makes the pious believer confused and drives him to reject all rules and thus reject religion. So do we need Ijtihad which might produce rules contradicting religious authenticity, refuting or rejecting it? Or do we need an update and then know the wisdom from the rule? So what is the wisdom behind allowing shortening and joining prayers, non fasting for the traveller? Why was the distance set at 84 km? Is this rule final or temporary adapted to an era wherein rapid and air-conditioned vehicles did not exist in more secure conditions? What is the wisdom behind imposing long clothes, dividing inheritance shares in the way they are, the difference of sexes between male and female, in their existence? Is updating not the best solution to this era which wouldn’t have been objective if the wisdom weren’t known? God Almighty has instituted as one of the missions of the messenger, peace be upon him, to teach rulings and wisdom behind them “He teaches you the book ad wisdom”. Dr Olfa stated in the programme “Face to face” things which she sees as forbidden legally such as violating the red light, manipulation during a travel by sitting in a class higher than the class which is bought. She is unknowingly indulgent in banning. She forgets the fact that the banning varies from the undesirable to the unauthorised. If you commit an undesired act, you will not be accountable. But you will be rewarded for not doing it. But committing an unauthorised act drives its author to hell while the person who does not do it is rewarded. So is violating the red light without causing an accident banned or undesirable? Is staying in a higher class considered a theft? Is it fair to have a numbered transportation vehicle? Is this not enhancing social classes? What is the rule about travellers boarding a bus, they have both paid the same fee: one found a seat so he travelled seated while the other didn’t find a seat and travelled standing suspended to a pillar subject to pushing and disturbance while another traveller is boarding an air-conditioned car, he drives at a high speed and splashes rain water filling the increasing number of holes in our roads poorly paved on poor pedestrians? So has religion many objectives or just one objective defined in verse 90 of Surat Annahl: justice and its accessories.


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    محمد هبل 2009-3-7

    I firmly think that totalitarian ideas and ideologies especially the Islamic religion, are the main cause of the backwardness of the so-called Muslims from the era, its sciences and progress. This is because its authors are a group of people who were led by an intelligent man. He thought that this could be acceptable at that time in terms of mastering and tyranny. However, today this religion is viewed as relics of old ideas which impede the life of a group of people. The continuation in the inflation of the ideas of that religion in its current shape affects in some way or other the progress of man in general. Those who accuse this human woman of willing to destabilise faith and disseminate doubt, she is entitled to do so in her opinion as you, the conserver of faith, have the same right in conservatism for your personal reasons which are undoubtedly material, and survival will be for the most useful intellectually and materially. But you conservative should not turn into an extremist fanatic then terrorist and translate this by a material or moral killing act of the person who opposes you in your thinking as it has been the case since the birth of religions and totalitarian ideas to now and forever. This is because it is the habit of totalitarian ideas and faiths which cannot cohabit with progressive ideas driving towards wide spaces unlimited by any factors of hindrance imposed by ideas above-mentioned as obstacles to progress except what falls in its interest. Most readers who defend religion here would not have defended it if it weren’t a thought flowing in their personal interest in life and males them masters according to the vision of societies which are underdeveloped mentally and intellectually. As to the afterlife, it is an unsure matter. However, those who attack and criticize religious ideas are looking for equality, justice, freedom and human progress always for the best. The best argument is that most scientists, discoverers and innovators who contributed to the progress of humanity are among those who have no religious interests or totalitarian ideas. Their concern was to take out humanity from the wretchedness of their miserable conditions including poverty, ignorance and diseases by making man progress in all fields without bias or favouritism unlike existing religious faiths and totalitarian ideas.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-7

    One of the results of the different interpretations and readings is the difference about Basmala (in the name of God the most gracious the most merciful). Some think that it is also a verse of the Qur’an, thus read it loudly in night prayer. But others think otherwise. So they read it silently or do not read it. I have in my hands 5 Moshafs (Qur’an). I found it in four of them as first verses. 1- Teaching foreigners willing to interpret the clear Arabic book…(Edition house: Dar Al Gharb Al Islami). 2. It is a Holy Qur’an, version of Warch from Nafi (the same edition house). 3. The Holy Qur’an in Ottoman Writing (Collection of Islamic Researches in Al Azhar Acharif, library of Al Moujalad Al Arabi). 4. Holy Qur’an in the version of Imam Kaloune (Institutes of Abdelkarim Ben Abdellah). As regards “It is an hounoured Qur’an in a protected book”, version of Warch printed on the fees of Tijani Mohamadi, owner of Al Manar printer house and its office is in Tunis, I found Al Basmala and Al Hamdala (the first verse of Surat Al Fatiha: All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds), integrated in one verse while the last verse was divided in two verses. So is he entitled to break up from the collective agreement especially because ther wirting of the words of he Qur’an, the number of its verses and order of its verses was defined by the messenger of God, peace be upon him, and no one should interfere with this? And how can a specific issue be settled and the prayer of those who don’t read it could be null? Shouldn’t we rather investigate about it? It is proved that it is the verse of Al Fatiha for the fowling reasons: The name of God “Allah” was mentioned 980 with Dama (Arabic vowels), 592 with Nasb and 1125 with Jarr. So the total is 2697. It cannot be divided on 19. After a deep analysis, it was found out that the classifier didn’t count “Allah” in the basmala. (See “Indexed Glossary of the Words of Holy Qur’an” by Fouad Abdelbaki from page 40 to 75). But if we count it, we will find a total of 2698 (19x142); by the way the number 19 was decided to settle the difference as it is a central number in the structure of the Qur’an. So shall we indulge someone who deal with Qur’an as if it were the product of humans? Qur’an explains itself by itself as it includes an interpretation accompanying the scripture of words which is clear only in the Ottoman scripture as we find for example (الكتـ ا ـب) (the book) written in this way so that it implies that the book in your hands believes previous book and thus it is a summary thereof as we might say for example he wrote in a book. It is something used in advertising as it details the advantages of the product (two in one…).


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-6

    It was stated in Tafssir Al Jalalayne about the explanation of verse 7 of Al Bakara (“God has set a seal upon their hearts”, which means sealed them tightly so that no good enters them “upon their hearing”, meaning in its place so that they do not benefit from the right they hear, “and there is a covering over their eyes”, which means a cover so that they don’t see what's right, “and there is a great punishment for them”, strong and eternal). So the explainer gave the same meaning to (seal), (cover), (great), (strong eternal). So does this explanation help the reader understand or does it misguide him and make him ignorant? Is he different from the person who explains “punched” with shoot”; “came back” with “returned? The misfortune of Muslims today is the prevalence of similar interpretations, others which are ideologised or some who have some knowledge of the book who do not disagree much with the interpretation of Abou Jahl: We have returned to the illiteracy of our grandfathers. Illiteracy as we find it in most dictionaries and glossaries prevalent among people which limit its meaning to a unique one: ignoring reading and writing. In Al Moutamad dictionary p. 15: it is the person who does not know to write or read. But if you observe the book of God, you find two other different concepts. The first, he no longer has a book to refer to as opposite to those who received the book, the people of the book “But if they dispute with you, say: I have submitted myself entirely to Allah and every one who follows me; and say to those who have been given the Book and the unlearned people: Do you submit yourselves? So if they submit then indeed they follow the right way; and if they turn back, then upon you is only the delivery of the message and Allah sees the servants”. (Al Imrane: 20). The second, those who have a book communicated by God, did not read it and know only from it false hopes or doubts transmitted by ignorant people “And there arc among them illiterates who know not the Book but only lies, and they do but conjecture. Woe, then, to those who write the book with their hands and then say: This is from Allah, so that they may take for it a small price; therefore woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn”. So the one who has a book is an express illiterate whereas the one who has a book and didn’t read it is a presumptuous illiterate. But they are both in the same rank as the result is: one started to a goal but didn’t reach it while the other didn’t start at all towards it and they are both similar in the consequence. They are both ignorant and reap only illusion. The messenger didn’t define words. He presented, with the Caliphates Arrachidine, a practical implementation as they were embodying Qur’an on earth: an organised society resisting to any infiltration courtesy to the instructions and God who endowed them with a strength which defeated tyrants….


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-6

    I haven’t read the book by the doctor but I understand from the interview made Jamal Arfaoui and interventions of participants that the call for multiple interpretations has as objective, I hope I am not mistaken, to find a way out of abiding by the religion of God, to exit it and confer legitimacy to what was innovated in it. She is not excluded from the framework in which infidels asked the messenger, peace be upon him, for an interpretation which satisfied their whims “And when Our clear communications are recited to them, those who hope not for Our meeting say: Bring a Quran other than this or change it. Say: It does not beseem me that I should change it of myself; I follow naught but what is revealed to me; surely I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the punishment of a mighty day” (Younes: 15). He nearly responded to them but God had established him “And surely they had purposed to turn you away from that which We have revealed to you, that you should forge against Us other than that, and then they would certainly have taken you for a friend. And had it not been that We had already established you, you would certainly have been near to incline to them a little”. When you contemplate the reply of Abou Jahl, when he was called to return from fighting after the caravan of Ben Soufiane was safe, “No, by God, I will not come back until God decides between us and Mohamed” (biography of Ben Hicham), you notice that Abou Jahl, the worst enemies of the religion of God, swears twice believing that he is fighting Mohamed, peace be upon him. Anyone who distorts the official religion agreed upon by people is a fanatic or terrorist who should be gotten rid of, free societies from his unusual call which stipulates eliminating social classes and racism which are the destiny and will of God, as he misunderstood “We have exalted some of them above others in degrees…” (Azokhrof: 32). Thus he finds a strong motivation to fight this call and eradicate it from its birth. He is therefore honest with God as he supports His true religion which is distorted by the small misguided fraction separating families, friends and groups. Was Abou Jahl, in his fight to Mohamed, peace be upon him, referring to an undocumented interpretation inherited from illiterate parents as they no longer a holy book to refer to? Today we have misguiding rather than guiding interpretations as they rely on the opposite definition.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-4

    Every text bears many meanings, no matter how eloquent or sacred it is. But the problem lies in determining the required facet or intended meaning. If a teacher gives students instructions to carry out technical work without providing them information about material, tools, machines, execution phases, without interfering to show them how to cut, paste, assemble and gather, will the pupils succeed without his clarifications and help? But what if he presented them a ready example? The words of God bear many facets. In order to clearly determine the required meaning, He assigned them to messengers. Mohamed, peace be upon him, is the last of them, he presented the information, clarified and helped until he completed and fulfilled the project in a way satisfactory for the Author. “This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion” (Al Maeda). So how can someone come and ask for an interpretation other than the interpretation of the messenger? Aren’t they opposing? “That is because they acted in opposition to Allah and His Apostle, and whoever acts in opposition to Allah, then surely Allah is severe in retributing”. (Al Hachr: 4). Or they want to introduce a change to the project responding to the order of Satan “And most certainly I will lead them astray and excite in them vain desires, and bid them so that they shall slit the ears of the cattle, and most certainly I will bid them so that they shall alter Allah's creation; and whoever takes the Shaitan for a guardian rather than Allah he indeed shall suffer a manifest loss” (Annisaa). Those who call for the preservation of the project approved to them by His author should exert their efforts in examining, comparing then cleaning from innovations and misguidance such as adult breast-feeding, visit to mausoleums, the disgusting concoction of authenticity and modernity, non respect for the fixed, changing or varying. Those who refuse the religion of God, stick to the highest thoughts reached by humanity didn’t understand that what they stick to is different from the religion of God. However, their overzealousness prevents them from seeing like a football fan who loves his teams and sees it as a champion without rival even if it uses fraud and bribery to win the championship. I whisper to the Dr that she is better than be an insect as she described herself in the programme “face to face”. This is not humbleness unless she meant that she poked her nose in matters she doesn’t understand.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-2

    If the Qur’an is a guide to those who guard and is clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction (Al Baqara: 2, 185), is it not better for the Muslim to follow guidance which we can compare to traffic signs which should be studied by road users to respect them and thus secure their lives? Should a pretender be authorized to interpret these signs according to his wish then use them according to his interests or will and harm others? Which is better: learn the meaning or interpret according to whims? Should a social class be authorized to implement road rules according to its power, level or acquisitions without considering the rights of all to them? Does a rich class feel the poor? Doesn’t make regulations for itself thinking that it is making them for all? Doesn’t it see them through its eyes? Hasn’t a prince ordered her servants, after being informed about the revolution of starving people who couldn’t find bread, to feed them with the rests of drinks in front of her? Isn’t the legislator a human being who institutes law through himself? Shouldn’t he be unbiased? Who should he be if not God? Is interpretation not legislation? Should it be left in the hands of people who are biased or limited to His messenger to define, determine and adapt it? So do we need diverging interpretations or update the interpretation of the messenger, peace be upon him, by releasing it from the inventions and additions of people so that Qur’an remains valid for every time and place? But if this happens, won’t we fall in the interpretations of first centuries which cannot be appropriate, as some think, for the nature of current era? What has changed between the two eras? Nothing has and won’t change in the human being who is steady on his tendencies, penchants and habits. If someone thinks the opposite let him inform us. Have wars stopped? Has invasion, occupations and siege of Mohamed and his companions in Mecca like the siege of Gaza? Have love, attraction of sexes, paternal affection, covetousness, greediness, love for possession and survival ended? Have the needs of man increased in addition to money, clothes, housing and work? What has changed in building? Its materials, forms or the need for it? Has the bird not preserved the shape of the nest even if it substituted hay straws, sack extracted from oil, with artificial tissues and fibres preserving its softness from the inside and harsh exterior? Achieving justice is the only goal of the religion of God.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-1

    Mohamed, peace be upon him, taught his companions a practical field teaching making of his life, public and private, a practical model which is a reference for his contemporaries and successive generations following him transmitted it practically and not scientifically: “And it does not beseem the believers that they should go forth all together; why should not then a company from every party from among them go forth that they may apply themselves to obtain understanding in religion, and that they may warn their people when they come back to them that they may be cautious?” (Attaouba: 122). God ordered appointing from every fraction (nation, people, state) a group (mission) to study religion from its original source and from the field, the prophet or those who learned directly from him in his life. After his death, the groups came from every remote place to Al Madina to learn religion practically then return to their motherlands to teach their people practically from the compiling collections not from disagreeing interpretations or hadith books whose most compilers are foreigners such as Al Boukhari who cannot be steady in the interpretation of the same text. For example the Hadith of “Aniya” (intention) is narrated in seven chapters with different contents. So which of the seven contents was literally said by the prophet, peace be upon him? A person can only observe the impact of the faultiness of this theoretical transmission including divergence in performance, look and loyalty. He concludes then that religion was mostly transmitted to its people, especially in open countries after Al Rached era, through texts not practically through sheikhs who learned it practically from scholars who transmitted it as acts and not texts. So what is the use of interpretations carried out or which will be carried out by people who are not skilled in Arabic, are alien to it, or learnt it from people who weren’t taught by the disciples of Al Mostafa Mohamed, peace be upon him? Is it not better, at least in this era, to study deeply the language of the Qur’an especially because teaching methods including glossaries of indexes and software make it possible to look for word, expression and its context in a second. We have become foreign to Qur’an, its language is incomprehensible to us and its interpretations means transmitting from the classical Arabic to the language of the era. Those who call for its interpretation are theoretically excused. But who, among contemporaries, is totally skilled in classical Arabic? Who is more capable of understanding a text in a foreign language: one for whom the text was translated and only God knows to what extent the translator masters the language or is objective or another person who studied and mastered the language of the author of the text and read it by himself?


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    العين الناقدة 2009-3-1

    Many people both from inside and outside the Islamic world call for opening the door of jurisprudence, different readings, interpretations or interpreting Qur’an in the light of progress, discovery or have their share in interpretation like other interpreters given that “they are men, we are men and…women” or liberating the text from text, conducting dialog between religions and cultures, reconsidering the sacred, subjugating Qur’an to criticism like any book from the heritage. Some even see in the Qur’an contradictions, stupid things, witchcraft and quack. In all these people and others there are some who are partly right and some are wrong especially because in the Muslim heritage there things which contribute to misguidance and fitna including odd interpretations based on biblical additions or hadiths based on uncertain origins, doctrinisation, interpretation and Itizal. So do we really need many interpretations and thus the division of the ummah to groups or do we need just one interpretation which disrupts the mind, freezes the thought which make us enclosed on ourselves and contemplate our backwardness, or study the clear language of the Qur’an in order to understand, contemplate it and reach wisdom in many issues which are the subject of controversy between the currents of modernism and authenticity, or sift the heritage of Muslims, rid it from what stuck to it contradicting Qur’an? This is a huge project for Muslims which deserves sacrificing the dearest things including time, effort and money…The messenger, peace be upon him, had three missions :He recites on the inhabitants of Mecca communications and purifies them; He teaches them the book and wisdom; Teach them what they didn’t know. Since Qur’an was inspired in the language of Arabs, they didn’t ask for an interpretation as they were satisfied with what they taught them in reality abiding by it in their daily life, transferring it from generation to generation including worships, justice and attitudes without need to interpretations or authentic narrations as they were satisfied with what they learnt since they were young from their parents until the emergence of doctrinisation…Then, the house of Islam extended. Religion was not transmitted in acts but in texts interpreted according to the understanding of the transmitter, the tongue of the receiver. The impact is clear when you see in the same mosques non identical pictures in praying in holding or loosening hands. If performance was inherited, it would have been identical. If you contemplate list of interpreters and authors of Hadith books, you find that they are foreign and they have their excuse. But they did more harm than reform.


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    ياسين التونسي 2009-2-28

    In my opinion, everyone is entitled and in the way he wishes because he is individually instructed. However, saying that scholars alone should think, interpret and Analyse Qur’an and Sunna, this is possible only for worship matters but concerning pillars of the faith, Ijtihad is authorised and understanding is possible according to the method and the way he sees things. Muslims criticise Catholicism under the pretext of priesthood but on the other hand they understand their religion by proxy (proxy of scholars). What scholars? Sometimes we hear funny and disgusting things such as breast-feeding of the adult…


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    العين الناقدة 2009-2-27

    What is reality and image? The first is lively and vigorous while the second is fabricated, copied and distorts reality no matter how perfect of similar it is to the real because it lack life, it is only used in defining, remembering and representing the unknown. It doesn’t act from itself. It is moved by a living side. The body of a living, created human and his fabricated immobile picture can move a machine which is called “robot” or introduced in a video of motion cartoons and do acts which cannot be carried out by humans. They were developed by techniques to a point exceeding a million time the power of the living creature. However, the mind is not misled. It knows that it is a picture made by humans. The magicians of Pharaoh understood that the stick and hand of Moses is a reality in comparison with the magic they did which is just a chapter of invented pictures. So they prostrated to God exalting Him and acknowledging their powerlessness preferring the evidence which was brought to them, Who created them, disregarding his different forms of repression because no matter the degrees of violence and oppression they reach, they won’t be similar to what God has. The difference between them is the difference between reality and magic. There is a wide gap between harming and punishment. The harm of a human to his brother, no matter how harsh it is, it will end with death. However, punishment of God is eternal. So they preferred the first to the second hoping to have their sins forgiven and the acts imposed on them by Pharaoh to practise magic in order to entertain people with plays, witchcraft, hiding the true religion supporting the religion of the person who pretended great deism. He made them believe that he is perfect. However, Moses came, spoilt his scheme and removed the fake. He came with submission to God, rejecting disbelief in God. Even if times passes, the first and last reality persists. Religion is two not three (You have your religion and I have mine). Either submission to God, or submission to Satan, whims of the soul; entering all the religion of God by obeying the Book of God within the explanation of the messenger. So the first pillar was gathered in two testimonies “I witness that there is no other God but Allah and I witness that Mohamed is the messenger of God”. Or rejection of religion by alleging various readings leading to opposite interpretations. So there is no interpretation except the interpretations of Mohamed, peace be upon him, which were followed by the Caliphates and were established in the agendas of their lives. However, unfortunately, we haven’t received it all in the same order, and this is the field of Ijtihad…


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    الفقير الى عفو ربه 2009-2-19

    What hurt me most in the rubbish of « Olfa Youssef » is the mockery of a dwarf here-above about the master of all sons of Adam, peace and prayer be upon him. How can this site accept to publish what he wrote? As regards the “professor”, is in homosexuality or lesbianism a liberation? Is in casting doubt about the prohibition of them a progress? Was it hijab which downgraded Muslims or defeatists and liars such as the “professor”? Why do we tease people with this disgusting depiction of the real problems of the nation? Then I say has lying become common among losers in their arguments? Why is this bewildered miserable lying to people and wants to spread out her bewilderment and misery?


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    moi abdellatif 2009-2-14

    Thank you. Stay strong! I am proud of what you write!!!


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    Houcine Bouslahi 2009-2-14

    Miss Olfa Youssef’s text is courageous. It is exactly what we need, because creative interpretation risks being obscured into eternity. The self-proclaimed preachers are trying to impose a certain form¬ of clergy on Islam, something Europe did centuries ago to get rid of it. This is a true danger for free minds. Someone must always take the risk of denouncing the practices of those who believe they hold the absolute truth of the Qur'anic text. Criticism and creative interpretation are a tradition of the Maghreb. We must adhere to the righteous path of Ibn Rushd (Averroës) and not that of El Khardhauoi, which a certain satellite television station is trying to impose on us as the incontestable source of Truth. Miss Olfa Youssef’s book was attacked by conformist minds, and this is not surprising on the part of people who belong to a region of the world where a woman’s access to critical knowledge often arouses violent reactions in men. Our duty consists in facing those who make being adversarial a business in order to disseminate their culture and reject that of other. –Houcine Bouslahi, French Professor in Tunisia


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    أسماء زوايدي 2009-2-7

    The human Olfa, My greetings to you. I want to inform you that those who are from history and interpreted the Qur’an are theologians. Some of them saw the messenger in his dream, this is evidence of great piety and devoutness. So, this is the criteria of the people from whom knowledge should be taken. As to your saying that those who appear on satellite channels include many righteous but some have suspicious political or other goals, have you seen their hearts to know their bad interpretations or fatwas? The honourable person Olfa, fear God in yourself and make your whim according to the instructions of the Qur’an. Remember the hadith of the messenger of God in which he state a tremendous number of Islamic groups from which only one will be saved and it is the one following the tradition of the prophet Mohamed. So pray and greet the messenger.


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    wissem 2009-2-6

    To Olfa Youssef. Those to whom you write should only have minds and not what you write from even if they are just a few. They have a God, a drug and a messenger. They bend with the wind, tired sometimes and exhausted by them. But for me it is great and for those who has no substitute for reason. Keep up your greatness my inspirer. The wise is miserable in heaven with his wisdom while the ignorant is enjoying misery. Keep up my dear friend Olfa. I read everything you write and refer back to the Qur’an. I write what you read and read again what you write without getting drowsy. Wish you always keep your wisdom, oh mountain, wind doesn’t move you. Wissam, you are the medal.


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    ابوحسان 2009-2-6

    I ask God guidance to her and that she returns to the right. I suggest to your honour to address God directly and ask him to guide you to reason and right. Try to indulge in calm discussions with a scholar who can understand your approaches and opinions on the condition to be impartial and agree on the assumptions.


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    يقين مسلم 2009-2-6

    When I was reading the comment of Asma Gharba, the word Miss drew my attention. So is she really a miss who hasn’t married yet? If this is true, this explains why she is dedicated to writing since she has no husband or children who would take her time…If the case isn’t so, this is inattention of the commenter without describing spontaneously the situation of Dr Olgfa Youssef who, if she were married and had kids, wouldn’t have achieved what she achieved if she attended carefully for her family. She is then an instantaneous lady. It seems that Asma is a foreigner not a Muslim as she greets by lifting the hat. In this case, she will be one of the people of the Book who should be debated with goodly debate except those who are oppressive. This was applied by the Turkish Prime Minister Ardogan in the forul of Davos as he stopped debating when he felt that they are no longer gentle words as he was deprived of his right to reply to Shimon Perez the president of Israel. Goodly debate is the top attitude in the democratic practise; it is good listening and granting the opposite side an opportunity to express without interruption, disturbance or marginalisation in addition to granting him the right to reply. I want to whisper to Asma that religion is not negotiable: no compromises or amendments. It is either accepted as it is or rejected all “so let him who please believe, and let him who please disbelieve” (Al Kahf).” You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion” (Al Kafiroune). (By God uncle, if they bring the sun on my right and the moon on my left to relinquish this matter, I won’t relinquish it; or will die for it”. Is it true that Europe is making progress without religion? Is it progressing without religion? Isn’t its religion secularism? Secularism is a religion instituted by humans; it is mainly if not fully, based on the material aspect which introduced humanity in the concern of fear of the future. The accumulation of mass destruction weapons and race in the war against “terrorism” is just a concretization of these concerns. It is normal that the criminal shields himself with many walls with the maximum possible height with many guards including its victims whom he managed to delude by saying that they are defending them. They are defending the booty which they will share with each other. This is so forlorn, killing touches them alone because their breasts are a direct target to the bullets but those who guard are shielded we also hear that in most killing attempts the biggest number of victims are personal guards.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-2-5

    Ahmed El Hadi says « …The age of religions on earth is less than three thousand years while the age of human beings on earth is seven millions years… ». Is this logical? So how did humanity live over six million years without religion? An individual can understand why he states religions in the plural because his understanding of religion is erroneous. So was the first man immobile or living? Was he alone without a partner? In both cases he doesn’t need a religion because he is immobile, doesn’t move, doesn’t disturb, is not disturbed, doesn’t attack, is not attacked. If he was alone, he does not fight and doesn’t struggle for resources, time and space. But if he had a partner, then he would need to organise the exploitation of resources, space and time. He would need a referee to settle disputes. This organization and referee is simply religion. So can anyone prove that humanity lived without a regime or referee? If you read the Qur’an, you will find the word religion stated in the singular and not in the plural. But it was characterized by two features: right and wrong. This makes it branch out into two religions which do not meet, do not cohabit, don’t share power because each of them has its principle: for the first it is justice equality between all the people, its title is “La Ilaha Ila Allah” (there is no other God but Allah), its implementation is “none of you believes truly unless he loves for is brother what he loves for himself”. As to the second, it is regulated injustice, its title is there is no other God but me and its implementation is I am better than you. As he says “…Our evidence in this is Touay in the South of Libya and North of Tchad…”. Has archaeology covered all the earth and all its geological layers? Is the estimation of the life of humanity on earth final and absolute? Why have other tools of detection not appeared to change beliefs? Those who don’t believe that earth has a God and Creator, convinces themselves of such theories. They suppose that humans came on Earth without Creator. When Mr Ahmed believes that life of people on Earth is seven million years, he acknowledges implicitly that man wasn’t created by random.


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    tunisienne 2009-2-4

    Oh Lord show us the right and guide us to follow it; show us the wrong and guide us to avoid it. Amen. This Tunisian woman admits unjustified false ideas.


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    العين الناقدة 2009-2-1

    I am still waiting for Dr Olfa Youssef to provide us with texts calling expressly or innately for ijtihad. Her long silence shows that she has no evidence or arguments, she is also invading this field on the basis of hopes and the hypotheses of illiterate who have no sacred book “And there are among them illiterates who know not the Book but only lies, and they do but conjecture” (Al Baqara: verse 78). If the doctor doesn’t have time to collect and present evidence, why do her followers not do it, especially because they are more monarchical than the king? So do we, when we want to show the tolerance of our religion, invoke the verse: “And they ask you as to what they should spend. Say: What you can spare. Thus does Allah make clear to you the communications, that you may ponder” (Al Baqara: verse 219)? Or do we reiterate distorted verses recalled in memories abusively such as “….(if) an evil-doer comes to you with a report…”, “cast not (yourselves) to perdition with your own hands…”? Or do we attribute descriptions randomly such as saying : we are all Muslims (as the doctor pretends in a one of the serials of Al Sira)? How can the doctor delude the people, why does she oppose their teaching and guidance? Do they obey God or Satan? Is “Islam” the name of a scientific religion advocated by Mohamed, peace be upon him, or a status of worship advocated by all messengers including our master Abraham, peace be upon him, who is the originator of the name, then Moses, Jesus to conclude with Mohamed, peace be upon him? How can we logically say: “disobedient Muslim”? If we accept such an expression, why don’t we accept “the square circle” or “round square”? Or “Faithful traitor”, “Coward daring”?


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    asma ghraba 2009-1-31

    I am Tunisian. I would like to say hats off to Miss Olfa. It is time to discuss our religion and leave behind the past and its explanations. Times change. It is illogical to watch Europe advance while we stay stuck on whichever dialogue of whatever. We do not like those who discuss reality just because we are Arabs and we do not want to progress. Be sure that God is always with you. I am cheering you on, Miss Olfa.


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    أحمد الهادي 2009-1-31

    What would you say if I tell you that this controversy is relative, very relative. Think a little with me about the age of religions on earth, they are less than three thousand years. However, the age of people on earth is seven million years. Our evidence about this is that there is Touay in the south of Libya and North of Chad, he is a human. So where were religions for millions of years??? Another people of the cave??? My greetings to the great Olfa.


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    العين الناقدة 2008-12-21

    Dr Olfa Youssef welcomes debate and merciful disagreement. So she should welcome the following: 1- by referring to the subject (J H D - effort) in the Qur’an, it is clear that the verb “Ijtahad” (make an effort) or any of its derivatives is not present. So who granted you the right of jurisprudence? If you refer to the answer of Mouad Ibn Jabal when he was assigned as judge, when he was asked “What will you rule with? He said the Book of God. He was asked, if you don’t find it? He said the tradition of messenger of God. He was asked, what if you don’t find it? He said: I will make my opinion and won’t give up). But even this doesn’t give you the right because Ibn Jabal will look for the rule about a situation which was not present in the Qur’an or tradition. He refers here to Al Qiyas. We should not overlook that he was a honourable and pious companion. He graduated from the school of the prophecy. He knew certainly that there is “no jurisprudence in the presence of a text”. So I ask the doctor to provide to the readers the Qur’an verses which explicitly or implicitly call for jurisprudence so that she will drop the doubt against her of calumny or presumption so that we will be reassured about this jurisprudence and accept the different interpretations. 2. The irrefutable fact is that which comes from the agreement of testimonies made on the same origin, but things which are based on different opinions (a result of the difference in the view corners), are mere theories which survive for some time then die as a result of the conflict of the plurality of opinions. Let’s take for example: a figure, when put on a table with two opposing teams, one reading from one side 6 and the other 9. No matter how a team tries to convince the other with the veracity of what he reads, he won’t succeed. A fatal conflict might rise between the parties. No one will change his opinion even if he is defeated. However, if the drawing is reversed or if they change their positions, they will understand each other. But if it is put associated with a name from one of the parties, the result will certainly will be killing because one of the parties sees the bare figure. If the language is united, they will agree on reading 6 or 9. Therefore, God sent him the Qur'an in which He associated the name of the messenger with the Arabic language. The Arabs who opposed him understood well the Qur’an but their adversity overcame them, so they preferred their narrow interests or fake titles. 3. We are really the nation of Iqra (read) but in the name of your God not in the name of ideologies, big powers, whims, orientalism. The doctor should know that I am not a confirmed scholar who graduated from Al Zaitouna or Al Azhar. I am just one of the people of the Qur’an, I read and contemplate it.


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    ga 2008-10-26

    I found a solution for your bewilderment if you were really bewildered. Abderahmane Ben Aouf, may God bless him, narrated that the messenger of God, peace and prayer of God be upon him, said “If a woman performs her five prayers, fasts Ramadan, guards her private parts and obeys her husband, she will be told enter paradise from any door you wish”. It was corrected by Al Bani. It was told by Ahmed and Tabarani. You see how Islam honoured women and made religion clear and easy for them. But unfortunately you have gone astray. But even worse than this, you are driving many people astray. I previously said that one of the signs of the final day is that knowledge is diminished.


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    انور 2008-10-25

    In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful. May God bless you dear sister in throwing this small stone maybe you will wake up with a thought and conscience… which is in a clinical death. Go on in this way. Don’t care about the criticism of Salafists who accuse people of apostasy. They are the cause of our catastrophe since the death of the great messenger, peace and prayer of God be upon him. I advise you to accept constructive criticism to succeed in your projects. Success is granted only by God. Anouar from Sousse.


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    ga 2008-10-15

    To Radja. Hannibal of Tunisia talks about the distortion of the Gospel and Torah and not about the book inspired by God. I would like also to add that it is excluded that this woman, whose name I don’t want to state, be an agent to the west as Hannibal said. This is possible. But I am more likely to believe that she is a victim of the secularist teaching which is not associated with religion. But this doesn’t prevent me from saying that she wants to shed doubt and sow strife in the dearest thing we have: it is our Islamic faith. With her words and "open" thought, she is just attracting the interest of weak people, especially women. This doesn’t mean that women are idiots, God forbid. But when an unveiled woman hears from her that veil isn’t mandatory, she will sow tranquility in her in some way. I want to tell her that she should present her ideas before the scholars of Sunna and majority if she were really bewildered as she pretends and not to the public but on the condition of wearing a body and jeans, lol. Olfa, your goal is very clear. Either you are really bewildered or you want to destroy the religion. There is no power and no will but from God.


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    Radja 2008-9-30

    To حنبعل التونسي: How can you say that the Torah and the Bible were made by the kings of the West when the prophet—may peace be upon him—said that Allah gave them to them. Are you smarter than he is? You should read the Qur'an more often before going and saying such foolishness. You may or may not agree with this woman, but at least know how to reason.


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    سمير 2008-9-27

    May God guide you who curse Muslims. Don’t you know that Maria Al Kebtia is the spouse of the messenger of God and that the issue isn’t infidelity? It is polygamy. The story mentioned by Dr Olfa Youssef exists in all the books of Tafsir and Fikh. The person who said ignorance is a catastrophe was right.


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    reda 2008-9-24

    I think that Miss Olfa has a simplistic approach to Islam, always returning to “Who said what?” as the great failure of Islam. Is it currently the number bulging forth from the ulema who created this mess? One day, the prophet told a young man who was on the verge of sinning and did not know what to do to follow his heart. In this light, our prophet’s beliefs were in the right: human beings do not need to look elsewhere if their hearts are already guiding them in the right direction. We have lost ourselves, hiding behind a false idol. One day, a homosexual asked me the ultimate question: “Would Islam opt to kill us?” How could you kill three or four million homosexuals throughout the world and who would dare do it!? In this regard, hats off to you, madam!


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    لعنك الله 2008-9-14

    I want to say to Olfa Youssef that I hear your nastiness or rather your criminality against religion while you are wearing clothes that invalidate ablutions. To sum up guys, this so-called doctor wants to reconsider banning homosexuality - the cause of AIDS - who doesn’t know the people of Lot? She calls for wearing indecent clothes and rejects the veil. Moreover, when she talks of a companion, she doesn’t say “God bless him”. She says that the messenger of God, peace be upon him, betrayed Hafsa. She was shameless when she said “Mohamed, peace be upon him, had a sexual intercourse with Maria Al Kebtia”. I don’t know who this Maria is. May God curse you. God awaits but doesn’t neglect.


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    Jean-Jacques-Brahim 2008-9-12

    Hello, I just came here to say that I am happy with Olfa Youssef. Simply disturbing people’s convictions is an act worthy of a lifetime. I personally wrote a book titled “Muslim Mannerisms” (“Musulmaneries”) about loyalty pacts and the risk of speech. In this book, I try to demonstrate that we should not confuse Islam with its mystification. I am not a scholar of the Qu’ran or the hadiths—this is no objective of mine—but I am a friend of those who speak to us about jihad in the sense of the Grand Jihad. It is on this path that Olfa Youssef is found. This is a path that consists of looking inside of yourself, looking for your own answers; this is the path of sobriety, the path of fasting, the path of mediation and, in a single word, the hundredfold path leading to the source of our humanity. This path honours the creature and thus creation and the Creator. Sincerely, Jean-Jacques Brahim


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    Salma 2008-9-4

    Thank you, Olfa Youssef. It truly heals the heart to read your work. I live in Paris and I never stop defending Islam in a society that only has female oppression, dictators and attacks. I will not only be buying your book, but also distributing it to all those who accuse Islam of barbarism and fascism in hopes that they will finally be able to differentiate between real Islam and the doings of men.


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    Une musulmane éclairée 2008-8-31

    Why do they shout “Scandal!” every time someone endowed with reason wishes to interpret and understand the Qur’anic verses? Why do some of you allow yourselves to insult Olfa Youssef? Is it because she is a woman? This is frankly demeaning on the part of those who pretend to defend Islam!!! God endowed us with reason for us to be able to serve him, for us to think and reason! Men do not have a monopoly on interpreting or reading the Qur’an! Faith is the only difference we have between one another, not sex. Why do you acknowledge and accept interpretations made by men without discussion, considering them as indisputable postulations simply because they are given by men? Olfa Youssef has proven herself; she obtained graduate degrees in her field and she is thus capable of giving her own interpretation and coming up with her own parallels. Some of you cite the example of Caliph Omar Ibn El-Khattab, forgetting that above all else he is a human being and thus not infallible. "He is human, and humans are fallible". So, watch yourself so as not to exalt human words, deeds and gestures to the point that they are transformed into a doctrine that is more holy than the Qur’an. As for wearing the veil, which some consider obligatory, do not forget that in the beginning God prescribed wearing them only for the wives of the Prophet in order to distinguish them from other women, since they were more holy and no man after the Prophet could marry them. Furthermore, making the wearing of the veil widespread was ordered by Caliph Omar, not by the Prophet, who himself had once ordered that slaves wearing one be whipped.


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    bouhouba universitaire 2008-8-27

    Olfa Youssef is a girl who ceaselessly tried to get a reputation in the limelight. She did several television programmes, but was not able to get a smidgen of attention. The poor girl looked everywhere for fame, and, in the end, she found what she thought was the solution. According to the Arab proverb "khalef taaref" (Contradict others in order to distinguish yourself)!!!. Reading her book, I noticed a lot of contradictions between her interpretations and the explicit verses of the Holy Qur'an, something that proves that the author has not read the Qur'an well in its entirety. I think that she will have to make a lot of effort to repent for this. May God guide her! Those who want to show themselves as being religious authorities quickly slide back down and risk perishing. God protect them- A college student


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    karim 2008-8-16

    I had the immense pleasure of reading Olfa Youssef’s book, “Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman”. I praise her courage, discipline and erudition. It is necessary to just remind those who restrict the right to interpreting the Qur'an to the legal scholars and theologians that Olfa Youssef is a specialist in linguistics and Arabic grammar and that she has shown great mastery of the subtleties of Arabic and its grammar. The first Muslim exegetes were grammarians and linguists ('Ilm al kalam). Quranic interpretation has long been enslaved to the thought patterns of a patriarchal and misogynistic society. It is time to wash ourselves of this hold and to discover the genuine text and the encompassing nature of the Qur'anic message. This necessitates a certain dismantling. I hope that this book will be able to be read by all young Muslims, as their view on religion will necessarily change. I am convinced of it.


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    حنبعل الجزائري 2008-8-8

    It is odd all this number of scholars in the Arab and Islamic world! The problem is that they are all specialist in one field. Religion and what will convey to you what is religion? As regards the fields of work, research and exploration they invalidate ablutions. But explaining enormous deeds and the way to enter paradise without effort… Of course all these jurisprudence allow us progress, evolution and mastering many sciences. The most important is that the word miserable can develop into more than deficiency may be to cover the intellectual deficiency. The dominant intellectual and cultural volume and content today is bankrupt and void. We cannot progress unless we relinquish this backward thought.


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    ali 2008-7-19

    Thank you. The Islamic umma is sick from the inside out, and it has always been wont for courageous people like Olfa. May God bless her.


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    الاميرة 2008-7-16

    To Medi. You were wrong when you thought that I meant a man covered from head to toes. I meant a human being, be it a man or woman. You can see what a “veiled” man does. He can be respected by people who believe that he is a righteous and pious woman. But finally, he can be a terrorist who destroys the lives or hundreds of people. "He" can also be a prostitute who hides her bawdry. I wanted to show to people that Islam has liberated man from anything that can disturb his social, psychological and sexual life. We mustn’t judge people from their attire. Hijab or veil isn’t evidence of piety and goodness. You have many examples of this. No one has the right to accuse the other of infidelity just because he doesn’t see him wear the veil or he hasn’t seen him in the mosque. No one has the right to say that a preacher or scholar will go to paradise just because he has impressed us with his words or cries live. You have many examples. A cat has made a woman enter paradise because she was merciful to it. A cat also made a woman enter hell because she denied it water. Only God knows what is inside the hearts. So fear God Muslims. You should know that the dark picture of the west about Islam is built from the accusations, prejudices and odd fatwas issued by Muslims. Shouldn't we work hard to lift up our nation with work and exertion. Salam alikum.


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    كريم عليمي 2008-7-16

    Salam alikum. I will reply to this deceiver with an aphorism: If you are too proud of your tongue, you will stumble. If you are too proud of your knowledge, you will go astray. If you are too pride of your mind, you will go mad. Our doctor, may God disfigure her, she is misguided and crazy. To sum up, are the clouds hurt by the barking dogs? You should first have covered yourself and reform it because you can’t give something you don’t have.


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    تسنيم 2008-7-3

    In reply to everyone who contradicted the opinions of Dr Olfa Youssef: Why all this prejudice against the doctor who is learned and educated? Why all these unscientific replies? How can you make judgments before reading the book? Read everything that was published, and then make replies supported with arguments and reasonable evidences. Stop this idleness and disrespect of the learned people of this nation.


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    Hamadi 2008-7-1

    A good attempt at being interesting, but there is a lot of naiveté on the part this person who is speaking with her heart. It suffices for her to read the good words of the Qur'an, especially the hadiths called “Sahih”, which this lady has doubtlessly not read in their entirety, in order to realise that equality, compassion and tolerance are indeed marginalised and submitted to the power of will, blame, terror and segregation both between men and women and between Muslims and non-Muslims. Study your Islam and you will realise that it is not so pretty to look at.


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    benhadad 2008-7-1

    Hello- It would be more logical if everyone minded the business they have mastered. Religion requires knowledge of the Holy Book and the words of the Prophet, who gave said book to the people. History is a framework that is not to be neglected. Modern man is more extreme than the extremists. Those who manipulate words like to think of themselves as masters of all fields. Secularism and religion have, from time to time, antagonistic ideas about the way in which to govern a society. May God Almighty enlighten his servants. I am a human being who wants to live his life in peace. I do not like war. My God and my Prophet, may peace be upon him, do not like injustice. I ask the intellectuals to spare these poor people who do not possess enough knowledge so as to not manipulate things. It is from this manipulation that terrorism is born.


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    حنبعل التونسي 2008-6-30

    What has driven us as Muslims to this situation? Is it our religion or our rulers? When Muslims followed their religion they controlled humanity intellectually, socially, economically and militarily. When Christianity dominated the West, they were lost in the darkness of infidelity, ignorance and slavery. For this reason, secularist revolutions emerged in the West. They have therefore made progress while the ignorant criminal rulers dominated our Islamic countries and we have deteriorated. Those who call for secularism, followers of the west, are just ignorant, liars, agents and hypocrites because Islam is not Christianity. The Qur’an is from God and He is its preserver. The current Bible is from your kings and priests. So I say to all the callers for secularism, followers of the West, enjoy the money offered to you abundantly by your masters. Keep on extorting and teasing them. We know as you that “They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, and Allah will not consent save to perfect His light, though the unbelievers are averse”. The war against Islam hasn’t and won’t end since Mohamed was sent with the truth and Islam will spread on Earth like dawn light.


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    عبد البارئ 2008-6-29

    By God, I don’t know what to say in this regard except that you are more emotional than reasonable (as you claim) or religious. You are compassionate with women as you are a woman. This is not the solution to get out from underdevelopment or backwardness. Review your accounts before you do anything.


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    medi 2008-6-29

    Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you. The messenger of God, peace and prayer of God be upon him, said :"all muslims are brainwashed and sexually-obsessed. they think in a very bizarre way. They don't have any respect to women and they think that a woman has to believe that she is worth half a man, she deserves half the inheritance that her brother takes, that she doesn't have the right to go out or travel without being accompanied by a male, that she is not trusted as witness, that her husband has the right to marry three other women, that she has to be covered because she is a source of shame, she must wear a veil or a niqab and be seen only by her male possessor: her husband. If she is not convinced of all this backwardness and stupidity, she is against God and she will go to hell. So please don't listen to them, they are not full human beings." narrated by Ibn Abi Medi alayhi assalam.


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    Icham délié de la langue de bois 2008-6-28

    Oh really!? The misery experienced by women in Islamic countries does not find its foundation in the Quran and the Hadiths!? This is news to me! I advise this young lady/researcher to re-read the Islam texts in depth and without blinders on—especially that which has to do with the scholars, those who are called “true Muslims”. “The Quran is holy and everyone, insomuch as they are Muslims, believe in its content.” Not quite! Not all Muslims believe in it content; the majority believe what they know about it. This is to say: not much! They know a few pretty surats here and there. As for the rest, they are indoctrinated. Because they go looking for noon at 2 P.M., they are fatally lost, and for what!? The message of the Quran is simple: “I sent you a simple book; there is nothing to interpret”. No, women are not equal to men in Islam. From Mohamed’s own mouth was heard that they are “deficient”. They are the ones that fill the majority of Hell, and just like horses and dogs, they cancel out a man’s prayer if they walk before him while he is praying. And, their presence is not allowed in the mosque. It is not through these women writers and this oppression that Islam is going to make its entrance into modernity. Long live women, all women, the equals of men!


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    medi 2008-6-28

    To Amira "the covered man from his head to the tip of his feet"? What's this nonsense? there is only the covered WOMAN from head to toe because in your bright ideology, women are half ahuman being, they are a source of shame 'awra' that must be hidden and revealed only to her owner: what is called 'her husband' in human cultures. so you have to accept it you are only an object to be traded with between men.


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    مريم 2008-6-27

    Good evening. You are not a Muslim. You want to make people disbelieve and leave their religion. So respect your limits and fear God. Your knowledge of religion isn’t equal to the great scholars of religion. You just want to sell your books. Bye. I hope that you understand what I mean.


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    لطفي 2008-6-27

    Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you. The messenger of God, peace and prayer of God be upon him, said “the best people are my century, then those who follow them and those who follow them). These three centuries of company, followers and followers of followers are those who deserve to be followed. They had a good understanding of the Book of God and Sunna of His prophet unlike the debaucherers of today. I just want this woman astray to explain this saying of the messenger of God, peace and prayer of God be upon him: “There are two types of people of hell…women wearing clothes nakedly, swinging and dangling, they won’t find paradise and won’t smell its scent” the Hadith. If a veiled woman goes out putting perfume, she is like an adulteress as the messenger of God, peace and prayer of God be upon him, said. So the case of the unveiled is worse. May God guide us and you to the right path, the Book and Sunna with the understanding of the good ascendants (companions, followers, followers of the followers and prominent Imams). Praised be to God, I witness that there is no other God but You. I ask your forgiveness and I repent to you.


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    HABIB YASSINE 2008-6-27

    Bravo Dr. Olfa Youseff! I do not fully agree with what you think and say, but we all need to be open with our minds, without judging one another’s intentions. The time has certainly come to discuss everything. That people are blowing themselves up at age 20 should get us thinking if we are Arab and Muslim or even if we just belong to this civilisation. Simply thinking that this is a sort of terrorism without looking at the hidden face of what these young people live through is myopic. However, leave couples’ sexual relations to the couples; I think this belong to them. Indeed, you can discuss it, but what good does it do? We will never know how to overcome this obstacle if we ban ourselves from working seriously!!! We have a long road ahead of us.


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    ليت شعري 2008-6-26

    I was astonished, why should I not be astonished? This is the age of astonishment. How can such a woman talk about religion? Shouldn’t she rather talk about “the art of prostitution” or say “the culture of prostitution”? Because I swear that she only knows of Islam its name and only knows of the Qur’an its scripts. There is no doubt that she is a Jewish or Crusade manufacture. We never heard about a bewildered Muslim. How can a Muslim be bewildered, when Islam liberated her from prostitution and nakedness? Doesn’t she read history? I am astonished because women are manlike but feminizing men is astonishing. If men weren’t feminized, this secularist wouldn’t have dared to talk about the religion of God. God is the assistant.


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    الاميرة 2008-6-26

    All opinions must be respected as cultures differ. Current challenges also differ from a culture to another environment. However, jurisprudence is thanked no matter what are its results. I see that we need different opinions sometimes. Sometimes such jurisprudence can shock us and also to examine to what extent can our inner and external conscience defend its beliefs and to what extent can a person learn without destabilizing its personal convictions? I just believe in the personal freedom and personal thought. No one can impose his opinion and belief on the other. We must learn without deviating from our beliefs as the most honourable prophet, the best prayers be upon him said “You have your religion and I have my religion”. The conflicts we are living today and the current attempts to distort Islam make us reconsider thoroughly all the jurisprudence thoughts. Today we are living in a village where you see the covered man from his head to the tip of his feet as much as you see a person wearing a quasi dress. But both persons can be a target to an attempt of religious or racial extermination. Today they want to associate terrorism with Islam while it has no religion. It is emanating from people who have one conviction, whether all the people should be like us or they must die. I salute every person who took the trouble of research, reading and studying. Whatever the result, it is certain that we are learning something thereof even if it is simple. It is enough to read and make an effort. A greeting to every researcher and learner.


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    عبد الله 2008-6-25

    Mrs or Miss Olfa should know that interpreting the holy Qur’an cannot be just done by anyone. There are rules for that which should be present in all times. If Olfa Youssef considers these interpretations and differences between them she will find out that the differences are in the branches and not in the foundations. The difference of scholars is a mercy for the nation. In the Qur’an verses of the inheritance for example, we find that an interpreter has explained them differently than others, except if they have a hidden intention… The negligence of the nation of its religion is a policy of the colonizer left by the colonizer in Islamic countries and left its protectors for that. The negligence of the nation of its religion was predicted by the messenger of God, prayer and peace of God be upon him, in a Hadith, it is said that the religion will go foreign as it had begun. I ask God to forgive me and you. Salam alikum.


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    hamza.t.40.algèria 2008-6-24

    Barbarism with a human face. This is the mentality of some Arab individuals. They like the language of insults and abuse of all male and female intellectuals who try day and night to make plans with clear features and goals in order to get rid of the chains of intellectual backwardness firstly and secondly behavioural backwardness. Readers are well aware that there are some parties whose only objective is to collect the highest number of evidence and proof of the corruption of the civilization of the other (the West). It is even more complicated if this Tunisian female intellectual debates knowledge amidst all these Islamic knowledge accumulations in that language (criticizing language). But no matter how much rejection and insult her ideas receive from some parties, this reflects that the Arabs, just some of them, are still refusing the language of Enlightenment. This language calls for the liberation of the text from the Lutheran style (with reference to Martin Luther King), liberation of the mind (language of knowledge) from the text in the Voltairian style (with reference to the famous French philosopher Voltaire). What we would like to explain to this female intellectual who is a colleague in the field of thinking on the one hand is that the old is by nature opposed to the new. On the other hand, people are the enemies of what they ignore in our Arab nation. Finally, I thank the Tunisian professor for her ideas through which she wanted to enlighten the Arab mind so that it finds its place in era of ideology because technology is an ideology as it is confirmed by Jorgen Hampers. On the other hand, read the legal text and marriage… a criticizing constructive reading. The objective of all this is to activate the renaissance project now and in the future…


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    Hakim 2008-6-23

    Not sure why she mentioned Dr Y.AlQardawi and A.Khaled. She mentioned them in a negative way too!!! AlQardawi dedicated his life for the study of Islam and here we have clever Olfa challenging him and all scholars. She accused some scholars of takfire etc. Give us one name of a scholar who uses takfire in their methods. I never heard of any scholar calling anyone Kafir. Islam has become an open field for every Tom, Dick and Harry. She's calling for "Kol man habba wa dabb" to have an opinion on Quraan and be a Mujtahid!!! She can shout as long as she wants. Quraan is protected by Allah who revealed it. Many arrogant creatures tried and failed. she will join them soon inshallah. Lahwala wala Qowata Illa billah. [There is no might nor power except with the will of God]


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    oujda maroc 2008-6-23

    Any Muslim has the right to issue fatwas but under specific conditions. He must abide by the orders of the religion and avoid the banned matters. He must be learned in religion. He must be expert in the rules of the Arabic language. These are the necessary conditions. Now, let’s go back to the author of the article. The first thing that attracts the attention of the reader is that she is not veiled. This means that you have ignored the first condition. May God grant reason to your children but you were neglected.


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    medi 2008-6-23

    محمد التونسto The people that you consider respectable scholars who are according to you prominent jurisprudents are SEXUALLY-OBSESSED MANIACS whose brains do not work properly. This is explained by the fact that they were born and raised in the puritanical and backward backgrounds of Saudi Arabia or Egypt, not in MODERN TUNISIA. So wake up my friend and call a spade a spade.


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    EL BAKI Mohamed 2008-6-22

    What a nice article with pertinent questions and answers. Congratulations on your courage, Olfa Youssef! Thank you for your article, for your opinion and for taking things forward. Let us hope for a candid and uncompromising debate now. We need men and woman of such strong-mindedness. Thank you a thousand times over, Olfa Youssef.


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    tounsia 2008-6-22

    We encourage you doctor "Olfa Youssef". You are very audacious. We Arabs need to take reasonable and rational thinking and leave aside dogma and prejudice which we address towards those we don’t know. Regarding what was said about religious interpretation, it isn't taboo. God the Almighty hasn’t banned it. Your research comes at the right time. Thank you Mrs Olfa.


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    عبد الجبار 2008-6-22

    What does Olfa Ben Youssef know of the Qur’an? What does she know from the Hadiths of the prophets? What does she know about the history of Islam? They taught her a few words about Islam so she could get her high degree and they decorated her with a researcher's medal. Maybe she wants to compete with her teacher Ayat Allah, the Mufti, doctor in the sciences of the Qur’an who appears on TV in the latest haircut… “They take a small price for the communications of Allah”… There is no use in saying more.


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    lajja 2008-6-22

    Why so much animosity and controversy? Is it because the person expressing herself is a woman!!!???


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    medi 2008-6-22

    Dear Doctor Olfa Youssef carry on with your work. Please don't listen to the stupid voices of those backward brainwashed [expletive]like mohammed145 andأبوعمر من قرطاج. They are sexually-obsessed. According to them, a woman has to believe that she is worth half a man, she deserves half the inheritance that her brother takes, that she doesn't have the right to go out or travel without being accompanied by a male, that she is not trusted as a witness, that her husband has the right to marry three other women, that she has to be covered because she is a source of shame, she must wear a veil or a niqab and be seen only by her male possessor: her husband. If she is not convinced of all this backwardness and stupidity, she is against God and she will go to hell. So please don't listen to them, they are not full human beings.


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    لبيب 2008-6-22

    In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful. I don’t want to judge the statements of the author because honestly I haven’t read the content of the book. It may include valuable information and may be free of mistakes. As far as I know, we are a nation of Iqraa (reading). Young people today are in total bewilderment. Who can believe that, in the face of the abundance of Fatwas? For me, Islam is the religion of tolerance provided our dignity is preserved. I hope that all participants will have a spirit of constructive dialogue without offending… In a reply to an opinion. Our master Ali, God bless him, is one of the pupil of the messenger, peace and prayer of God be upon him. So if you slander him, you are shedding doubt about the Mohamedian school of thought. I want to ask one question: tell me the names of our master Ali, God bless him, one by one. We will find among them Omar and Abou Bakr… Fear God. A Sunni who is concerned about the Islamic awakening.


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    moncef 2008-6-21

    Bravo Olfa Youssef! You are a wonderful lady! I saw your interview on ANB and I immediately went out and got your book. (It is not expensive, by the way.) You cannot imagine, my lady, the effect it produced on my. I loved it. As for the other people here, I refuse to even comment on them. Reform always starts this way. But, stay calm: you belong to the ranks of Tunisian and Oriental reformers and you will surely manage to convince the others.


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    مدى 2008-6-21

    I hope this dear site will provide me the email of the author, if possible and the best way to get in touch with her. Thank you very much.


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    محمد التونسي 2008-6-21

    Praise be to God. I say to sister Olfa Youssef that your call to the freedom of thought, expression and jurisprudence is nice. I hope that you will bring something new to explanation, interpretation, doctrine and jurisprudence. The ideas are accepted and disseminated, even after a while, only if they are relevant. Many scholars and philosophers lived in obscurity. But after their death, their ideas and theories glowed. There were also many ideas and doctrines which lack the force of the argument but they were imposed by their owners with the argument of force. However, they have soon disappeared and only their views are heard. But you offend some scholars and preachers, in addition to your accusations to them of following the whims, interests and personal wishes. This is some kind of marginalization you were suffering and which you were fighting. But here you are now practising it in some way or other. This is unacceptable even against those who practice it. Your general statements without specificity could have had some aspect but your specificity by addressing some words is considered an offence which can be refuted from all sides. The most important side is that one of the above-mentioned people who are among the prominent jurisprudents who call for one jurisprudence in our time. The second is a preacher to God who has never pretended that he is a scholar or jurisprudent. I say that they are two scholars who have presented to Islam and Muslims a lot which makes them acquire acceptance on earth. But what have you and I presented?


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    المغرب الكبير 2008-6-21

    Secularism is the solution to the decadence in which both Arabs and foreigners live. Islam has made us frustrated. Islam has alienated us from what we want and what we do. When will God deliver us from this aversion which He sent to us 1400 years ago? Islam was never a solution. Islam is the original problem. Get rid of the chains of the obscurantist ignorant thought. Study philosophy. Be liberated and open to human sciences. Use your mind because you have given it a vacation for 1400 years. By God I am sorry for your situation. I am disgusted by your acts Muslims, by robbers, traitors and captors. For how long are we going to remain like this? Throw down our regimes. Start with the girly king of Morocco, then the madman of Libya, the butcher of Tunisia and finally Mauritania. Stop this slavery, in the name of Islam.


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    BEN 2008-6-19

    The Tunisian State was very advanced with regards to the large part of its population. From the time of Bourguiba, women’s emancipation has been a priority. Before the situation in the region degenerated, he proposed that the state of Israel be recognised in his time. The current president is following almost the same path and does not want to be marginalised or passed up. With regards to the socio-political context, Miss Youssef has established herself in a false sense of modernity, ignoring the scholars of Islam from centuries past who interpreted points of conflict in our religious practices such as familial and other statuses in a masterly, even revolutionary way. We have to wonder about such forgetfulness when making such a reference. Using caricatured explanation has never been a form of professional work in such a vast domain. Yet, she should be congratulated for having been able to take a try at it according to her intellectual abilities. May she do better next time so that she may earn more cultural credibility.


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    mohammed145 2008-6-19

    You have made me laugh for a while but you have caused me a lot of pain Olfa Youssef. You are a teacher of literature and language; you are saying words bigger than you? Our particular problem in Tunisia is “you learn two words” from the books of western literature critic “some linguistics”, a little from the philosophers of Enlightenment who called for a cutout with the religious authority represented in the Church, in addition to some stuffed words circulating about intellectual theorizing which we daily hear from lecturers in the university amphitheatres. Some even boast of having grasped and learnt by heart some sayings of Durkheim, Konte, Kant, Adib Ishaq, Taha Hussein or even Arkoune, Al Jabiri or others. They think that in this way they have become intellectuals and thus entitled to theorize and issue Fatwas. The first thing they think about and call for is reviewing the interpretation of the Qur’an and Al Sunna in the light of the developments of the era and even put according to the standards of every intellectual the conservative interpreters on equal rank with politicians and people with personal interests… I sum up to say to Olfa Youssef and others like her, modernists and those who attempt to change religion according to their literary, psychological or philosophical methods, you won’t thwart the determination of the abiders by the orders of God the Almighty because they say “and they say: We hear and obey, our Lord! Thy forgiveness, and to Thee is the eventual course”, “All praise is due to Allah Who guided us to this, and we would not have found the way had it not been that Allah had guided us”. In the book of God there are “some of its verses are decisive, they are the basis of the Book” their meanings are clear in a clear Arab language, “and others are allegorical” and they can be subject to interpretation, “then as for those in whose hearts there is perversity they follow the part of it which is allegorical, seeking to mislead and seeking to give it interpretation”. So, the orders of God which are clear, ho can be interpreted to their opposite like the order of the veil for example? There are many examples. It is better that we leave to those who were described by God the Almighty as “firmly rooted in knowledge” (not the knowledge of literature, history, philosophy, sociology or even Islamic civilization) and “those having understanding”. No Muslim has a doubt that God knows what will happen. If God wanted to change legislations for every time, He would have sent an Apostle so that God will exempt believers from controversy. I hope that you will show more attention to subjects of interest to the Arabic Islamic civilization instead of turning in a vicious circle, barren debates and repeat the same words (female, male…). We are in the era of freedoms, so if a woman wants to show her femininity or charms, let her do that, and if a woman wants to wear a cloak, let her do that. Olfa shouldn’t think that.


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    أبوهريرة 2008-6-19

    I don’t think that the aim of Mrs Olfa with this book was to create a violent attack to the point of hurting feelings. We must learn first to accept opposing viewpoints. Secondly we must reply in a good way with due respect and subtlety. Thirdly, we must avoid going beyond the main topic and jumping from one topic to another in order to marginalize and make our issues banal. If we detect any faults with her book, the best of you would better show them if they exist in her book but not in her person. Has her book reached the level of the book of Salman Rushdie? Has she denied the existence of the Qur’an? Has she shown her apostasy? She has encouraged you to think about the bewilderment invading many of our sons which pushes many of our intellectuals to free dialog and wish to reach the truth and acquire mechanisms with which the human being is a human being. “Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation”. God says the truth.


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    أبو عمر من قرطاج 2008-6-19

    God suffices us and He is the best protector. This is what we were missing, a woman intellectual who offends respectable Muslim scholars and emits the poisons of strife under the name of modernism and the right of difference. This pretext is no longer believed by anyone. As the messenger of God, peace and prayer of God be upon Him said “The authorised acts are clear and the unauthorized acts are clear”. So we don’t need the emergence of a preacher who denies the mandatory veil for woman and who declares that she has a new vision in the interpretation of the Qur’an besides defying our respectable scholars and criticizing their works. Truly, the messenger of God, peace and prayer of God be upon him, was right in saying: “If you are shameless, do whatever you want”.


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    medi 2008-6-19

    Dear Doctor Olfa Youssef carry on with your work. Please don't listen to the stupid voices of those backward brainwashed [expletive]. According to them, a woman has to believe that she is worth half a man, she deserves half the inheritance that her brother takes, that she doesn't have the right to go out or travel without being accompanied by a male, that she is not trusted as witness, that her husband has the right to marry three other women, that she has to be covered because she is a source of shame, she must wear a veil or a niqab and be seen only by her male possessor: her husband. If she is not convinced of all this backwardness ans stupidity, she is against God and she will go to hell. So please don't listen to them, they are not full human beings.


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    تونسي قديم 2008-6-18

    If you chose other studies associated with your speciality, it would have been better for you than speculating with your friends and colleagues about the legal text and its approaches. It is a domain of research which has been deeply studied by others. Your contribution with ideas is very legitimate. But this contribution should be limited to ideas without developing to an intellectual project to which you dedicate books and volumes…I am wondering where you got that bewilderment from. Tou have never been a Muslim in the deep religious meaning of the word. But if it were an intellectual bewilderment, you haven’t reached it yet. So why do you and your women friends want to reach the ranks of great scholars and intellectuals such as Arkoune and others? Leave Islam, religious scholars and religious thinking alone and remember your picture at the university. You conservative "idiot”, you are justifying reality and incapable of leaving something worthwhile behind.


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    أبو عمران 2008-6-17

    Olfa Youssef might be suffering from fame; otherwise how can we demean the value of honourable scholars of this religion who have offered their souls and dear things? If her book were compassion ate for Muslim women, as it is understood from the title of the book “Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman”, she should first have had compassion for the robbed rights of Tunisian women, such as the right to wear the veil. If you write on this topic, you will receive a shower of letters of acknowledgement and thanks; the first of them will be from me. May God forgive you because Muslim women are far from the bewilderment you are arguing about, doctor. So wake up before it is too late.


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    الوناس 2008-6-17

    The messenger of God, peace and prayer be upon him, said “That which is authorized is clear-cut and that which is forbidden is clear. So beware of confused matters." From this saying of the prophet, the title of Olfa's book isn’t adequate. A true Muslim doesn’t fall into confusion. Confusion was invented by Olfa.


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    عبد الكريم 2008-6-17

    In the name of God, the most gracious, most merciful. If the intentions are clear, the work is clear. I say to the doctor that there is no harm in putting forward these topics for debate if the goal is to distinguish good from corrupt and to warn the careless about the limits of God - to respect them and not surpass them. But if the goal were to legitimize immoral practices, grow accustomed to them and find arguments supporting them from the Book and Sunna on the basis of jurisprudence wherein there is no origin of jurisprudence in them, this should be avoided by the Doctor to preserve her reputation and respect her status in Islamic society. I advise her about the experience of Taslima Nesrine who was running after scientific and human fame by slaying her confession and relinquishing her identity. But she was soon thrown in the dump of history. Acts done for the cause of God persist and endure but acts which aren’t for the cause of God are suspended and broken up. The messenger of God said in a Hadith “they are just your deeds and I am counting them on you. So if you find good, praise God. But if you find evil, just blame yourself. Women all over the world should know that they are the most honourable creatures of God, by God. They are behind every human success in this life and the afterlife. In Islam, there is no censorship over the thought of the human being since he is accountable before God for his thought and belief. He will be rewarded for it. If God wanted to limit our thoughts, He would have deprived us of this faculty from the beginning and he would have relieved us. But speech and reason are the pillars of obligation in the religion of God. All the people are passing by, some sell their souls, others value it or chain it. Peace be upon those who follow the right path.


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    وافق أصيل 2008-6-16

    The author has the right to expose her ideas however she wants. She is free in that and therefore is fully responsible for the things she dealt with in total freedom. No one has the right to establish himself wrongfully as a defender of the values and principles which she absolutely daren’t question the frankness or credibility, and he doesn’t of course respect her convictions or origins if he were to be alone in the place or time far from the eyes of the people. The announcements of Youssef aren’t invented approaches which should make us halt not in order to vomit on them corroded complexes and nails which date back to the era of tent and Harrim, but we should rather debate them with all seriousness deserved by the presented topic. She hasn’t criticized the religious text, and she can’t even if she has tried, because if she had done so, she would have violated its sanctity and would have therefore degraded its high rank to a rank which can never be reached. But since she is convinced about her belief in the sacred, she is presenting ideas that there different from the prevailing and domineering ideas whose owners think it is the ultimate thought. This is a very serious and offensive thing against the right granted to us by God the Almighty in the necessity to use the mind and consideration in everything surrounding us so that we can distinguish the reality from its creatures, praised be God, both the reasonable and the transferable since we have the tools granted to us by God the Almighty, they are the mind and its tools, science and its acquired components. They are undoubtedly bounties offered to us by God to achieve this sublime goal “Those who remember Allah standing and sitting and lying on their sides and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: Our Lord! Thou hast not created this in vain! Glory be to Thee; save us then from the chastisement of the fire”, Holy Qur’an. In honouring humans, God the Almighty didn’t discriminate between the genders, He has rather fully honoured them together as they deserve it. So how can the honour granted to the development of the Muslim woman be transformed into a project of sexual desire, infested and deplored all through the centuries which followed the wise governance of Mohamed peace and prayer of God upon him and upon his companions. When she criticizes the archaic approaches cherished by those deeply rooted in mistiness and cheap thought and insist on governing people with it, she is therefore putting a landmark on the road not to go stray from avenue of the religion of God, but to study the matters of our religion in the light of new events in the life of people in the second millennium.


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    أبو هريرة 2008-6-16

    I visited foreign countries and I found Islam but I didn’t find Muslims. I went to the country of Islam, I found Islam but didn’t find Muslims. Hypocrisy is on the rise among us, the lack of trust is widely prevalent in our transactions. The Dirham or Dinar has become the main determiner of the value of the people. The interests of the country have become lost as a result of the negligence of competencies and our rejection of reason, dialog and debate. Regarding the truth, even if it is relative, it is one but the roads leading to it are varied. Finally “Say I believe in God and follow the right path”. Belief in God and then following the right path requires a deep analysis.


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    Anonymous 2008-6-15

    Our religion is frozen by the guardians of the temple. It is used by those who wield words and expressions for personal ends and interests, arguing in favour of obscurantist ideas. It is desirable that the thoughts and energies of people of Muslim confession—to use your example—be freed. In this way came the other glorious times. The discourse of these guards is outdated by the events they are waist high in. Few of them have a culture of being open to others like there was during the time of the prophet, PBUH. Good luck, madamme. Go!


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    مونية 2008-6-15

    God knows what we don't know and guides whom He wants. Therefore, I ask God to guide you sister Olfa as He is the best guide. There is no power and no will but from God.


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    achour 2008-6-14

    Leave the religion of Islam to the Muslim scholars to explain and interpret. Everything in its own time and every field to its own scholar. As for Miss Olfa, I tell her that if she is a true specialist of Islam, then she should first put on the hijab and then read the Qur'an with all her heart.


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    medi 2008-6-13

    My dear lady I tell you that you're fighting a lost battle. You're speaking to robots not to human beings. When anyone says his opinion about Islam, he has to receive a volley of donkey brays threatening with death. You know why? because Islam is the religion of peace, justice, freedom, blah, blah, blah... Muslims get outraged when somebody speaks about islam, because they already have that unconscious and TRUE feeling that they believe in and practice stupid things. If muslims had true faith in islam they wouldn't get angry when somebody criticizes it since they would be too self-confident. The problem with muslims is that they know that they live in complete nonsense but they won't admit it even to themselves, and if one tries to speak to them about that his head is smashed. Don't say the rhetorical stupidity "true islam is innocent from that" because Muhammad himself persecuted his opponents and killed his critics with his own hands (read true history not from westerners but from Tabari and Moslim)


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    ابو سارا 2008-6-12

    With my respect for all the points of view presented on this forum, I don’t see anything wrong with what was said and expressed by the professor because all the books which have interpreted the Qur’an or tried to do so should be rewarded as an effort, as only God knows the interpretation of the Qur’an. The best evidence is what was said by God the Almighty: “When its interpretation comes…”. It is said that the Qur’an is valid for all times and places, so can the interpretations of the first centuries be adequate for the nature of the present era?? And can we confine ourselves under the roof of boycotting the Jews and Western countries under the pretext of respecting religion? Honestly, history shows that religion was never for a day a burden on the human mind. Throughout history it has been the ideal solution for all human problems since the beginning of creation. But what we have inherited today from religious scholars, including the rigidity and inflexibility in matters associated with doctrinal matters and Fatwas which are absent from modern society, are the causes of this religious stagnation. We must leave rigidity aside and try to understand the Qur’an from different angles so that this doesn’t contradict religious orders and doesn’t put pressure on Muslims to the point that he seeks an outlet from this religion, God forbid. We must use our minds to understand the Qur’an and I repeat it again, understanding the Qur’an and not interpreting it. God knows the intentions of the people.


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    bouboul 2008-6-11

    Bravo, dear Olfa, for your vision and courage! Like you, Mr. Ben Cheikh, the imam of Marseille, has a new vision for Islam. Ijtihad is desirable for all Muslims. I hope that you will not run into any trouble in Tunisia.


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    الصحبي الصحبي 2008-6-11

    It is nice to discuss all topics even those considered by some as postulates in the Qur’an. For example, there are many issues which occur in dialog. It has presented the infidel's thoughts and then debated them. Finally it left the freedom to believe or not up to the individual. But he must assume the consequences of his choice on the day of judgment. What I didn’t find clear and faithful for the woman, Olfa Youssef, is that she presents herself as a Muslim. Islam is not a heritage or something to which we can belong, it is a global faith. I can for example name myself Paul and present myself as a Christian. There is no doubt in the truthfulness of the faith of the Christians because they believe in the plurality of God and make a person, a human being borne by a woman and who eats food, into a God… Finally, what is said by this woman is considered idle jurisprudence and war against Islam, which shows the weakness of those who hate this pure religion. I call upon the authors of this idleness to believe in all the messages of Islam because they are messages to all humanity. At the same time, it is the message of Jesus and Moses, peace upon them all.


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    medi 2008-6-11

    Abdallah: you are ignorant because we say "the ignorant keep" not "the ignorant keeps". And by definition, the ignorant are those who strictly follow a stupid ideology without having the courage to question it.


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    Ibn Sina 2008-6-11

    I think that this lady did her best to express her opinion and, as such, I would like it if we respected her right to be at ease and discussed her approach. (Not so long ago, she would have been sprayed with acid for even less.) Indeed, in the end I hope that her words will be able to be discussed and that her approach is sincere. It is true that Tunisia is an example neither of democracy, nor of theocracy. This is to say: it has nothing to do with either! However, Miss Youssef’s approach is even-handed. In effect, she has joined the intelligentsia and, in turn, El-Qaradawi (who, in this light, is perhaps in opposition), as this gentlemen is in the avant-garde in certain fields and, I would say, ever present in the very same forms of media that are denouncing Miss Youssef while also, being European, advocating this fair-weather, concessional and secular Islam, making reference to Islamic law. This is without a doubt in concern for better nearing a pure and long-lasting secular discourse. This approach is new because, after the failed experiments of the Arab-Muslim countries and after the governments stripped their populations of their identity, their dignity and their heritage so that they finally created this monster that is violent fundamentalism, the secularists are facing societies that are more and more practicing, believing and able to adapt their discourse to all cases. This trend is especially worrying because, sneakily, this author wrote “Bewilderment of a Muslim Woman”—a sort of title that is not provocative but, rather, far worse: it is manipulative. It is well known, thanks to one of Pavlov’s experiments—that I can repeat to myself that I am hungry to the point where my salivary glands activate. In this sense, she is creating bewilderment just by talking about it.


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    malek ibnou nabi 2008-6-11

    There is no problem because I have attended recently Friday prayer in the city of Skikda and exactly in the Algerian district of El Herouch. I heard the preacher talking about preserving mosques and that they are the houses of God and they must be respected… and other orders until he said that it is not allowed to make enormous deeds of them… God forbid… Is this religion, are these our values? The decline of our nation isn’t promising any good, if we were listening to each other and dialog, we wouldn’t have reached this type of sarcasm between nations…If we were a nation abiding by our Qur’an, we wouldn’t have killed each other and the best evidence is what happens in Iraq including slaughter of innocents by the Khawarej of this nation and the last Fatwa which was signed before 22 crooks in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia… They are the destroyers… and they know that… The oppressors will know to what fate they will return… Fear God in your religion and open the doors of dialog with yourselves then with others… Look at the verses of God the Almighty how He discusses with the sons of Israel in the Surat of the Al Imrane. Does this mean that He is weak, God forbids, He is the clear right… Oh praised be God, oh Lord don’t punish us for the deeds of the crook and villains… Peace on those who followed the right path.


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    عبد الله 2008-6-11

    By God, I have one word to say to that woman who pretends to be an intellectual. I tell her if the ignorant keeps quiet, difference will decline.


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    Ego 2008-6-10

    As a Muslim of conviction— although not a scholar— I think that what this lady has said is comprehensive, clear, respectful, at times persuasive and rather positive. She has nothing to do with those who have sadly come to be recognised as renegades such as the Egyptian ‘sultan’ and her sister Ali I don’t know what… a Somalian who became a Netherlander and, according to the latest news, who is now an American. We can indeed conclude that these are the ones who have given Islam and the Muslims a smelly reputation in the West. But, all the same, suggesting doubts about the knowledge of Sheikh Al-Qardaoui, the epitome in his field…???


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    عمار عيساد 2008-6-10

    This Tunisian woman is nice she is good for... ads of course.


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    محمد السرغيني 2008-6-10

    Yes, the Qur’an isn’t a monopoly for a special and distinct group which want to distinguish itself as the learned about the secrets of matters and as though we are facing the preachers of “Druids”. But this doesn’t mean that just anyone is capable of interpreting the Qur’an. I think that everyone knows that the rules and doctrines for the interpretation of the Qur’an. Those who want to do this must be expert in them so that they won’t go astray from the goal… In this way we will produce a specialist group learned in the way to interpret the Qur’an, moreover, it must be pious and want reform…


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    TheDefender 2008-6-10

    More and more, we are discovering deception. I too would like to write a book by the name of “Why beg for them to put up with us?”, but, because my book will not contain scenes of libertinism or anti-Islamic thoughts, it has very little chance of seeing the light of day! Thank you, Magharebia, for letting us express ourselves in complete freedom: this allows us to avoid blowing ourselves up only to later be accused of terrorism. As much as I am repressed in my expressions, if I go to a restaurant and blow myself up, then it is neither out of will nor a suicide bombing, it is just spontaneous and uncontrolled—a consequence of the these crap generals. We have had it up to here with these repressors!


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    medi 2008-6-9

    I see that Ms Youssef already gleaned a handful of fatwas against her. My dear lady I tell you that you're fighting a lost battle. You're speaking to robots not to human beings. When anyone says his opinion about Islam, he has to receive a volley of donkey brays threatening with death. You know why? because Islam is the religion of peace, justice, freedom, blah, blah, blah... Muslims get outraged when somebody speaks about islam, because they already have that unconscious and TRUE feeling that they believe in and practice stupid things. If muslims had true faith in islam they wouldn't get angry when somebody criticizes it since they would be too self-confident. The problem with muslims is that they know that they live in complete nonsense but they won't admit it even to themselves, and if one tries to speak to them about that his head is smashed. Don't say the rhetorical stupidity "true islam is innocent from that" because Muhammad himself persecuted his opponents and killed his critics with his own hands (read true history not from westerners but from Tabari and Moslim)


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    سمير حسن 2008-6-9

    I hope that many women like you will emerge and that there will be enlightened minds which understand what you mean and what you want of the thought in the world. From all my heart, I hope for your success.


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    سيف الله 2008-6-9

    Wear the veil first then speak.


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    أبو هلطم 2008-6-9

    Frankly, more and more in Tunisia we are seeing small leaders shouting out “extremism” or “jihad”. Even though Mr. Rachid Al-Ghanouchi was put in prison for ijtihad, his real crime was adapting Islam to our times in order to govern. He accepted democracy without any reservations, but the system saw a threat in him because the system itself has always encouraged charlatanism and belly dancing and all things harming the image of Islam as being compatible with our times so as to distance the government from it. So long as jihad threatens them, they will try ijtihad in order not to adapt Islam to our time and to condemn practices that have nothing to do with Islam. But, this is all done to remove the word ‘jihad’ from our vocabulary—they think they can manage this!—and replace it with ‘ijtihad’, which is just a way for the parasites educated in French schools and governed by the powers that be to deal Islam a death blow: if someone writes something against Islam, they call this criticism and ‘ijtihad’, but if someone writes something in favour of Islam, his writings will never be seen and, most likely, his close ones will be obliged to suck it up when he is put in a prison directed by an atheist, who will then inflict the worst forms of torture upon him. As for the head of the Ministry of Religious Affaris, is he not an atheist? And, are there any real Muslims in the University of Azzaitouna!?


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    عبد الرحمان 2008-6-9

    Salam alikoum. The story narrated by Mr Messaoud, and of which he had no shame to publish, I don’t think that it is true. Many invent stories and ascribe them to the Caliphates and if possible to the messenger (peace and prayer upon him). Islam is the religion of tolerance, dialog…and offered to woman freedom in many fields. We should, as Muslims and at every opportunity promote Islam and Islamic figures. If Muslims, like Mr Messaoud, were to follow the example the prophet (peace and prayer upon him), terrorism wouldn’t have been ascribed to us. May God forgive them. They are asking for democracy, human rights in Arab countries and they talk about whipping each other. What is this contradiction. I want to remind them that God is the judge, so why do they judge people. They should guide people with nice attitude, keep quiet and let judgment to God the fair Judge.


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    قارىء 2008-6-7

    I will tell you about a story which you might need. This was during the era of Omar, God bless him, or another Caliphate, I can’t remember whom it was exactly. This Caliphate learned of a man who was asking questions surpassing the power of the Muslim to answer them. Omar, God bless him, ordered that this man be brought to him, he ordered the executioner to whip him, then he asked the man what are these questions, he repeated them; and he ordered the executioner to whip him again; then he asked the man what are these questions you want to know; then the man asked them for the third time; he ordered him to be whipped. Then he asked him what are the questions but the man didn’t speak. Then the man went to his friends and they asked him what were the questions, he said, the Caliphate has disciplined me and I won’t repeat them. (I have borrowed this text from a previous comment. The Caliphate of the prophet, if he were really in a rank qualifying him to be the Caliphate of the messenger of God- peace and prayer of God upon him- should have answered these questions to that man instead of whipping him again and again to the point that he only narrowly escaped death. But he insisted on asking the question again. Are these the prides of Omar Ibn Khattab, shame on him for doing this, God speaks the truth in His book as He says ‘He it is Who has revealed the Book to you; some of its verses are decisive, they are the basis of the Book, and others are allegorical; then as for those in whose hearts there is perversity they follow the part of it which is allegorical, seeking to mislead and seeking to give it (their own) interpretation. but none knows its interpretation except Allah, and those who are firmly rooted in knowledge say: We believe in it, it is all from our Lord; and none do mind except those having understanding’, verse 7. ‘But none knows its interpretation except Allah, and those who are firmly rooted in knowledge’. The messenger of God, peace and prayer upon him, said ‘I have left for you two weighty, they asked: what is it messenger of God, he said the book of God and my family, the folks of my house’. But Muslims have gone far from this, they left the book for the strongest horizons, fought, and killed the family of the prophet of God, the learned : I am the city of science and Ali Is its door, and the worst is where we take our Islamic nation. I don’t defend Olfa Youssef here but I mention the backwardness and deep abyss towards which we are driven by preachers whom we don’t know precisely. Curse you all, preachers of ignorance and backwardness. We should seek instead progress and prosperity of this nation which is the best of all nations.


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    karoui 2008-6-7

    Peace on the followers of the right path. I won’t reply to this idiot who pretends to be a woman who has an opinion and explains the Qur’an but I am sure and convinced like millions of Muslims that you don’t know the substitute and the subject matter of the Qur’an and you come to talk about the Qur’an. If you want to become a star like the poor who sleep in suffering, who attempted to commit suicide like Salman Rochdy and Tasnima Nassrine, comfort yourself, you will regret this and no one will come to help you. Firstly, I advise you brotherly that you must go and see a psychiatrist. I saw you on ANB. Your way of dialog and the way you wave your hands show that you have a deep problem. Therefore, I advise you to find something else other than the Qur’an.


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    فادي - سوريا 2008-6-6

    I am a designer architect from Syria…I just want to say…that the ideas of the Doctor about these ignorants who know nothing of God's creation and the sciences of the messenger Mohamed (peace upon him) claim and call themselves scholars…I repeat it…scholars?? In religion…In the past, those who discussed religion, before allowing themselves to talk about religion must be a scientist in astronomy, mathematics, medicine, engineering and physics, and ultimately they allow themselves to talk about religion and about the interpretation of the holy book Al Qur’an after knowing God's creation. People such as Ibn Rashid, Al Razi and others. More than that, and as the doctor says, they made of their interpretations a law and reality which cannot be discussed. I say to God Almighty “Do you say of God what you do not know”? God says the truth. How do you allow yourselves to say that your interpretations are what God Almighty wants to say to humanity? How? Every word from the book of God bears great and deep meanings which go beyond your shallow interpretation of them… I congratulate and bless people like Doctor Olfa Youssef… There are many, many intellectuals in Syria and Lebanon who support you… But unfortunately, if you surrender to these ignorants who put us in the abyss, you put the reputation of Islam in the abyss… Thank you.


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    Omar Dhahir 2008-6-6

    This nation won’t make any progress if it doesn’t learn hoe to listen to the opinion of its sons then take a reasonable attitude from that opinion. This nation needs the opinion of all its sons whether they are scientists or illiterates, moderates or Mujahids, leftist or rightist, extremist or radical. When someone discusses lesbianism, homosexuality or other issues doesn’t mean that he is calling for their dissemination or authorization. These phenomena are present in our society and at a high level. Our long silence didn’t help in eliminating them or reducing them. We need to lift the cover on this and on other details of our life, to understand them and put humane solutions to our problems. The professor Olfa Youssef deserves all the respect because she was audacious to present such topics. And she did that with seriousness which don’t offend the Islamic religion.


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    غير مســعود 2008-6-5

    I enjoyed the TV interview on the ANB channel in which you were great and in my humble opinion you have highly surpassed your interviewer. But I was wondering whether this dialog was previously prepared. I don’t see any harm in that but I just found a question which has to be asked: would you have achieved the same result if your interviewer a man who is learned in the science of interpretation, Fiqh and Sunna. I would be mistaken if I imagine that Dr Olfa Youssef who has a personality which loves challenge of any kind, of any type, at any time and in any place could open a place of challenge to someone who had adequate and necessary knowledge in the aforementioned matters. If only you could do that so that we can evaluate you and your ideas in the best way. If you are willing to do that, please inform me of the place and time so that I can listen to the conflict of wills. I hope that you will not disappoint me. It is high time for this tigress to debate those who think that they are equal to her.


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    عامر 2008-6-5

    Know what you are talking about first then give your opinion about it.


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    Hich 2008-6-5

    There is a problem with the vote button. Only the red appears, so i pressed to see if the green will come and it added one negative. Excellent article and courageous and lucid thinking. Will that voice counterbalance the fanatic and ignorant? Not sure


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    amir 2008-6-4

    Salam i want to thank this free thinker Olfa Youssef. I want to tell u that u great free human think right in ur mind and dont follow the ignorants because you have mind and and healthy mind i hope that u continue with the will of God one day realise the big number of the moslems that they humans and also have mind and can think and follow like the blind "But now We have removed from you your veil, so your sight today is sharp". salam


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    مسعود 2008-6-4

    I don’t know why do they call those who are making Fatwas to us or stirring unnecessary strife and questions. They divorce an Islamic intellectual or Islamic researcher while they don’t apply Islam themselves. Take the example of Ms. Olfa Youssef. Wearing the veil should be according to her whims or only during prayer time. But if we understand the nation of our ancestors, our feelings and souls are the same as were preceding souls, they are affected by words, dresses, smells and hunger. Because the soul is one soul for whom the God of Heavens has imposed regulations and rules. We can either follow them, deny them, analyse them and pretend that they are like this. As regards the question of Ijtihad (jurisprudence) raised by the lady, before talking about Ijtihad, you should have mastered the regulations authorizing you to practice Ijtihad. I will tell you about a story which you might need. This was during the era of Omar, God bless him, or another Caliphate, I can’t remember whom it was exactly. This Caliphate learned of a man who was asking questions surpassing the power of the Muslim to answer them. Omar, God bless him, ordered that this man be brought to him, he ordered the executioner to whip him, then he asked the man what are these questions, he repeated them; and he ordered the executioner to whip him again; then he asked the man what are these questions you want to know; then the man asked them for the third them; he ordered him to be whipped. Then he asked him what are the questions but the man didn’t speak. Then the man went to his friends and they asked him what were the questions, he said, the Caliphate has disciplined me and I won’t repeat them. May be you should have addressed these questions to a scholar to answer them instead of rousing them to those who understand and those who don’t understand. (Don’t publish a book by which you will raise strife among people). But if you were honest about learning the rules of these questions, go to the scholars in Egypt or in Tunisia where there are those who fear God and want to explain some concepts to those who are ignorant about them. It seems that you are showing off and want to gain fame but from the path of slandering the Book and Sunna saying that they are incomplete and unjust, may God forbid that they be like this. May be some Muslims misunderstand the orders of the Qur’an but we don’t say that the flaw is in the Qur’an but rather in us and we don’t claim that scholars are politicizing things, there are rather limits to things. We don’t let anyone issue Fatwas and present evil and uninteresting ideas such as the analysis of homosexuality, marriage of pleasure and so on. There is no other God but God.


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    ابن زياد 2008-6-4

    All I ask of this woman who wants to interpret the Qur’an according to her whims and attack the jurisprudence of honourable scholars that she doesn’t call herself a Muslim because the Muslim is the person who surrenders his matters to God. God Almighty speaks the truth as He says “He it is Who has revealed the Book to you; some of its verses are decisive, they are the basis of the Book, and others are allegorical; then as for those in whose hearts there is perversity they follow the part of it which is allegorical, seeking to mislead and seeking to give it their own interpretation. but none knows its interpretation except Allah, and those who are firmly rooted in knowledge say: We believe in it, it is all from our Lord; and none do mind except those having understanding”.


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    Katrine 2008-6-4

    I am greatly encouraged when I read the thoughts and insights of people such as Olfa Youssef. More and more Muslims seem to realize that Ijtihad is essential to any religion. Mohamed Talbi, also a Tunisian, has explained the importance of this in his writings. Several Moroccan scholars are also emphasizing that Islamic thought must be dynamic and responsive to contemporary situations, as it was in the early centuries. My hope is that the thoughts and opinions of these people can receive even greater attention and acceptance. That is critical for the survival of Islam as a respected religion.


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    zakaria 2008-6-3

    I would like to add to this just one of a thousand questions I have for Miss Olfa: Do we have the right to perform itjihad against Mr. Ben Ali’s regime in Tunisia?


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    zakaria 2008-6-3

    With all due respect, Olfa, I am obliged to tell you that you are making a manifest mix-up here with your thoughts. I am a lawyer by profession, thus I can, for example, allow myself to interpret an article on civil rights; but I cannot, on the other hand, explain a scientific article. In my opinion, you are mistaken when you say that the door to ijtihad is open to everyone!!! So, respect the true specialists in the Qur'an! On the other hand, when you speak about the right of a woman to ask for a divorce (khule’), I sense bad intentions on your part to deceive the potential readers of your book by distorting the precise and clear meaning of the Hadith of our Prophet, may piece and blessings be upon him. And, in the end, how do you qualify the situation of our brothers in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan? Are they jihadists or terrorists!!!??? Thank you


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    Tarek 2008-6-3

    The fundamental problem is the collective, transcending, all-encompassing, arrogant "We". I think we (?!) must stop thinking of ourselves as one opaque body- an oummma. There are multiple ways of practising and understanding Islam and they do not only stem from what the sheikhs say (if fact they shouldn't stem from their reflections at all since there is no clergy is Islam), but more importantly, from society, culture, and individual thinking. I look forward to reading Olfa Youssef's book, but what strikes me in this interview is the desire to push for altenative ways of thinking which are STILL aimed at configuring the masses. I would rather privilege altenative ways of thinking which emphasise an individual's right to develop his/her own understanding of morality and ethics- regardless of what the sheikhs say. And here, again, comes in the role of education. There are billions of people who receive different versions of a religious text and each of them must be able to develop their own sense of critcal enquiry. Whether they practise religion after that, how they practise it, and what they believe in is their own business, not the sheikhs' and certainly not the state's. The day muslim countries will succeed in developing a sense of citizenship and personal responsibility among their populations they will have made a fundamental step in solving their problems.


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    عبده الهادى 2008-6-3

    Praise be to God who instituted among us women scholars who are intervening at the highest level in religion. Our tight clinching without deep understanding and knowledge make us a frozen nation and the honourable messenger wants us to be a nation understanding of what he says. He wants us to act accordingly first so that we will be a good example for others. The messenger of God (peace and prayer upon him) was the example for his companions, God bless them all and for us after them so that we will be a good example for others in dealing in human relations in accepting the other with his thought, religion and conviction. If our channels are always open, then we will know how to support our Islam and our religion. Thanks to the people of Magharebia, may God grant you success for the good of the creatures.


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    Camus 2008-6-3

    Mrs. or Miss Olfa Youssef; I read your answers in this interview with Magharebia with great interest. An author has to have a lot of courage to express herself the way you did in your book. I know how great Muslims’ sensitivity is: too many subjects are taboo such that it is very difficult to give your opinion without a Muslim feeling personally targeted. Don’t you think the intellectuals of the Maghreb should raise the banner of free-thinking and free-speaking so as to reach a common denominator?


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    mohammed 2008-6-2

    To you who pretend freedom of jurisprudence in doctrinal or Qur’anic matters. Don’t you know that those who talk about and interpret religion have no knowledge? They don’t interpret this from their fancies as you want to say. Religious matters are based on the methodology of the Qur’an and the prophet (sunna), the companions of the Prophet, righteous followers then jurisprudence which concerns the learned scholars in the Islamic Shariaa and not anyone as you want because religion isn’t interpreted according to whims, it is interpreted on the basis of sciences (science of language + Hadith…the conditions surrounding the verse…). I think that you haven’t read the Qur’an in its entirety and you didn’t consider its meanings... you should study the Hadith (tradition of the prophet) and its sciences in order to attack religious scholars.


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    ناهد الفقي 2008-6-2

    Thanks to Magharebia site for presenting this important topic which concerns every Muslim man and woman everywhere. A special thank to Ms. Olfa Youssef for her great efforts to enrich the open and tolerant Islamic thought which we need in this era where we notice the worsening of the phenomena of “Monopolizing the truth”, “seizure of free opinion” and “rejection of modernization and Ijtihad” which considered by some scholars as an exit from religion. Religious discourse needs a revival today, a new and modernizing spirit bringing closer originality and modernity (and reconsidering what is agreed upon by the nation and what have become sanctities which “accuse of infidelity those who breach its sanctity” because they are pure Ijtihad matters which can be subject to more Ijtihad). There should also be a reconsideration of local and external situations with a new vision open to the other and which don’t exclude anyone no matter the existing differences ((Chair of Ben Ali for dialogue of civilizations and religions)). Tunisia was and is still supporting Ijtihad (jurisprudence) innovation and openness to the other in the framework of the policy of the president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali to enhance dialog, tolerance and moderation and reject the values of extremism and radicalism.


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    Noures 2008-5-31

    It is quite spectacular to note all that she has done and accomplished. Wow! All that was left for her to do was this analysis of religion. I advise her to take her country’s politics into serious consideration and to find some remedies for what her compatriots are suffering because of them.


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    mouldi maaroufi 2008-5-31

    When you read a soura of the holy KORAN in the morning and you read it again in the afternoon and again a week ,month,or years later the content and meaning is still the same but you will find a different understanding and approach to the situation you were trying to solve when you first referred to the holy BOOK as a last reference which gives way to ijtihad and that arabic KORAN and ISLAM is very moderate and loving to every single creature in the universe and every situation you may find yourself in.As for women and men's rights it is extremely just as he option of marriage(sex) is given to both sexes and the protection of each is clear (like witnesses in case of adultery).And fear of unjustice .As for the content it is extremely semilar to the original old and new TESTAMENT except where some verses were changed in the latters but the essence is the same love and fear GOD and witness the creation of the absolute ruler inyour every day life and dream and death .


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    rabah 2008-5-31

    I am not surprised at what was written by the author of those who stir up sedition and the mufti of immorality. The messenger of God, peace and prayer of God upon him, informed us that the Last Day won’t come until “Araoubada speaks”, and “What is Araoubada, messenger of God? He replied: the insignificant man talking about public issues”. But what is upsetting me is the dissemination of the ideas of the stupid and idiots at a time when the people of science are marginalized. The poet said in the past, when will the thirsty be satisfied, when the sea is irrigated from wells, and when the slavish be discouraged from a goal, while the elite are sitting in the corners, and the humble are elevated one day, over the dignified, the worst catastrophes is when the ignoble and noble are made equal, the love of death is becoming nice, oh people to God, His revenge is serious. Oh people respect the orders of God, the torture of hell is the worst…

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