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Muslim Reaction to Schoolgirl Abductions Debated

Muslim Reaction to Schoolgirl Abductions Debatedi
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Pamela Dockins
May 17, 2014 12:48 AM
The faces of these young girls held captive by Islamist militants have fueled anger and shock around the world and raised questions about why more Muslim leaders have not come forward in their defense. VOA's Pam Dockins reports.
Muslim Reaction to Schoolgirl Abductions Debated
Pamela Dockins
The faces of these young girls held captive by Islamist militants have fueled anger and shock around the world and raised questions about why more Muslim leaders have not come forward in their defense.

The CEO of the Cairo-based Karama group, Hibaaq Osman, said there has not been enough "noise" in the Muslim community. Her comments came after Boko Haram militants released a video of more than 100 of the captured girls, looking sad and frightened.

"There are absolutely statements here and there, but in terms of being really up in arms and going into the streets, we have not seen that," said Osman.

She said this could be because the victims are girls who were trying to get an education. "If we look at women's rights, in general, there is not only just in the Islamic communities, but in many communities, you have major problems with women's rights and people react more slower," said Osman.

During the past five years, Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria with dozens of brutal, deadly attacks. The group says it is fighting to establish strict Islamic law the country's north.

The international community had been relatively silent about the attacks, said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But he said that has changed.

"The kidnapping of the schoolgirls really woke up the world, and woke up quite honestly the Muslim community, as well, to what's going on there," said Hooper.

The girls' plight has spurred a string of protests, like a recent one in Washington. Hooper said Muslims are among those who are expressed outrage.

"You have seen Muslim scholars, Muslim organizations and institutions around the world condemning Boko Haram and its actions," said Hooper.

Boko Haram claims to embrace Islam, but Hooper said the militants are trying to "hijack" the religion to advance their cause, whatever that cause might truly be.

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by: Rachel Roggers
May 18, 2014 9:17 PM
*There is no separation between Moosq and State. (Koran chapter 2, verse 193)
* Fighting is prescribed for Muslims. (Koran, chapter 2, verse 216)
* Wives are a field to be used by their husbands as they desire. (Koran, chapter 2, verse 223)
* Men are superior to women. (Koran, chapter 2, verse 228)
* Women have half the rights of men in court as a witness. (Koran, chapter 2, verse 282)
* A man may marry up to four wives at the same time. (Koran chapter 4, verse 3)
* Women have half the rights of men in inheritance rights. (Koran chapter 4, verse 11)
* A man may beat his wife. (Koran chapter 4, verse 34)
* No opposition parties are allowed. (Koran chapter 4, verse 59)
* Stealing is punished by the amputation of the hands. (Koran chapter 5, verse 38)
* A Muslim must not take a Jew or a Christian for a friend. (Chapter 5, verse 51)
* Muslims must fight until their opponents submit to Islam. (Koran chapter 9, verses 5, 29)
* A Muslim apostate (one who leaves the faith) must be killed. (Koran chapter 9, verse 12)
* Muslims must make war on non-Muslims. (Koran chapter 9, verse 73)
* Adultery is punished by public flogging. (Koran chapter 24, verse 2)
trin - muslims use TAQUIYA - you can conceal or LIE, Dissimulation and hide
the truth if it progresses the religion of the truth. It is in the quran and hadiths.


by: Abdullah from: Southeast Turkey
May 18, 2014 5:37 AM
I am also a Müslim and i strongly condemn this abduction! Do not blame islam, due to this so called Islamic group boko haram. Not only this group but also el Kaide or Taliban are not represent Islam. If you want to learn islam then learn its prophet and it's messenger Mohammed pbuh...


by: Farhad from: Kabul
May 18, 2014 3:00 AM
this group of terrorist does not act as constitution of Islam, Islam give a lot of rights to women, which impossible to give them in any constitution and country, but it is the policies of those which do not want a civilize and development Islam, nowadays everywhere in the countries where Muslim live are a lot of problem like internal wars, poverty etc. these all Miseries are related to those countries which are in power they make all these for their own gales and aims. every one of you if have any concern regarding the law of Islam once ready it then you can to decide what is good and what is bad.


by: Gervas from: Mwingi-Kenya
May 18, 2014 2:18 AM
GOD is not for Violence !.Those who claim to introduce strict Islamic Law ,shud know that GOD is Love and HE is very powerful !.GOD does not need human protection ;He can protect HIS laws !. Islam does not advocate violence so Boko Haram is HARAM to the highest degree of being Haram and shud be internationally dealt with without mercy !.These are Criminals who deserves death !.


by: ali baba from: new york
May 17, 2014 11:59 AM
Islam is considering woman as a second class citizen. the man have the right to divorce his wife but the woman does not. Islam treat woman harshly by preventing them to leave home . restriction to work. Muslim treat his wife as a maid . the Islamic society treat woman worst than man .woman are subject to be stone or death. any Muslim say that Muslim treat woman with dignity is completely liar

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by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
May 19, 2014 4:01 AM
ali babaw, who do you think treat women with dignity? Christianity.... USA.... or may be Canada? Please give us a break!


by: worhood from: Illinois
May 17, 2014 11:51 AM
Why aren't we seeing this "outrage" expressed openly and directly by the Muslim world. It would mean a lot to many and serve to dispel many myths about Muslims and the world's mistakenly perceived beliefs about them if such acts were openly challenged and rejected by Muslims worldwide, but their outrage has not been heard. Sadly, this silence is perceived by many as tacit approval.


by: jimmy from: usa
May 17, 2014 11:41 AM
it is sad that a picture depicting Muhammad raises more outrage than women or young girls being sold into sexual slavery

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by: ali baba from: new york
May 17, 2014 3:21 PM
In Quran ,a man can marry 4 wives and man can have many sex slaves as he can .


by: Anonymous
May 17, 2014 5:18 AM
It is sad that the activities of boko haram is at its peak but some people are advocating for complete removal of the state of emmergency.Yobe and Adamawa States became relatively more peaceful on imposition of the state of emmergency.As villagers repel attacks by militants ,The military can also contribute its widows might.SOT should only be removed when peace reigns in the region.Only the enemies of Nig.will call for the removal of state of emmergency.



by: michael from: nigeria
May 17, 2014 4:56 AM
the muslim in south western Nigeria is more moderated to the rest of the country but most of my freinds embrace the ideology of Boko haram due to the fact that they lost most of thier child are lost to other religion through western education especially christianity: this is attributed to the wrong impression to translating the quoran by thier elders


by: matt b from: sydney
May 17, 2014 1:36 AM
'During the past five years, Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria with dozens of brutal, deadly attacks. The group says it is fighting to establish strict Islamic law the country's north.'
.... there is only one doctrinal Islamic law that applies to all Muslims, it is not 'strict' - it just is. That is the problem and is why there is silence on this matter from the Islamic community.

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