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(This is a prominent saudi Wahhabi-Salafi shaykh saying that there is more
Islam in the USA than in the Wahhabi-Salafi run Saudi-Arabia!!! Think about
it! )

US More in Alignment With Islamic Values Than Many Muslim States: Sheikh
Aaidh Al-Qarni


Published in Arab News on May 17, 2010

A popular Saudi author and religious scholar has raised some questions about
governmental and societal practices across the Arab world and asserts that
the United States is more in alignment with many Islamic values than many
countries represented as Muslim states.

Sheikh Aaidh ibn Abdullah Al-Qarni, whose self-help book "Don't Be Sad"
sells briskly both in English and Arabic, made the remarks in two recent
columns published in the pan-Arab mass-circulation Arabic newspaper Asharq

In the columns, Al-Qarni compared a Saudi woman's experience after being
beaten by an abusive husband in the United States with what often happens -
or doesn't happen - in her native land. In the second column, Al-Qarni
explored the reasons so many Muslims move to the US and find both greater
opportunity and more tolerance than they could expect in their homelands.
The thought-provoking articles have prompted many discussions at coffee
shops and dinner tables.

"The US deals with its subjects through systems that look like they were
based on Islamic teachings while Muslims fail to implement such systems,"
Al-Qarni wrote in his column about domestic violence, which focused on a
family that moved to the US while the husband was working on a university

Physically and verbally abused, the wife appealed to his family and her
family to intervene but to no avail.

"In fact she was rejected, insulted and threatened by them," Al-Qarni wrote
of the family members back home. "Having reached a dead end, the wife
decided to put a stop to the physical and psychological pain she and her
children were suffering; she contacted the police and told them about her

He then described the response of several police squads visiting the
residence and getting the story from both spouses and the children before
deducing the man indeed was beating his wife. The husband was arrested and
the wife and children moved to a hotel at the state's expense and under
police protection. Later, the wife was given financial assistance and an
American attorney represented her for no charge.

Authorities found her an appropriate job, escorted her children to school
and made the husband agree not to come near any of them before the court
hearing on the matter, at which time he was convicted of domestic violence.
The wife was awarded custody of the children.

"Now, after listening to the story, let us ask how many women are beaten,
insulted and hurt without anybody coming to their aid? I am aware of many
terrifying stories of the worst kind of abuse and oppression that women
experience day and night in our world," Al-Qarni wrote.

"I fear that after people read this story, many women in the Arab world
would want to go to the US. I believe that there should be a secret police
force in our countries whose task is to rescue women who are being assaulted
and suffering abuse. Any husband carrying out such abuse should share the
same fate as the Saudi student in the US mentioned in the story above."

Al-Qarni wrote it reminded him of a classic figure in Islam.

"Over 14 centuries ago, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, the second caliph, defended an
abused woman when he went to her husband's house with his sword and rescued
the woman and taught her husband a lesson, but in accordance with the
principles of Shariah," he wrote. He continued: "I remember that some
colleagues and I toured 21 American states, and whenever we saw the accuracy
and excellence of the traffic system, and witnessed people's commitment to
environment-protection laws, and the way daily affairs are managed, we
thought of the words we read in the Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet
(peace be upon him). Even some of the Muslim professors there once said to
us: 'We swear it is as if the Americans took it from our religion word for
word, while we ignore these great texts.'"

In the column about Arabs fleeing their homelands and traveling to the West,
Al-Qarni notes that greater opportunities exist there than in many Muslim

"Some of them have fled from repression, whipping, torture, gagging,
confiscation of freedom, with the traces of torture still on their backs and
chests. Others have gone to look for a source of living after being stricken
by poverty, stung by hunger and destroyed by unemployment and idleness.
Others have gone to seek knowledge, leaving behind their countries where
universities are ranked last in the list of the universities of the world,"
he wrote.

Al-Qarni related the story of a Libyan man who fled his own country and
found happiness and a good life in the US. "We were amazed. Amazingly
enough, here is a man who fled his homeland after being terribly harassed,
tortured, and maltreated there and came to a state that we are insulting day
and night, and that some of us call the 'Great Satan,' a country that our
preachers are cursing and wishing it bad," Al-Qarni wrote. "Then, this poor
Muslim man who was driven out of his country, tortured in his homeland,
becomes rich, having a home, a farm and a job and enjoying a good life full
happiness in an American state."

Al-Qarni questions why the West is demonized when it provides so many
opportunities to Muslims and is far more tolerant of Muslim sensitivities
than many Muslim countries are to people of differing faiths.

"Why don't we Muslims think about our tragedies and disasters, and admit
that many of our states have discarded justice, confiscated liberties, taken
over rights and erased the freedom of expression? This is at a time when, in
the West, they discuss their affairs calmly, solve their crises with
dialogue and govern their subjects with justice," he wrote.

He suggests the Muslim world needs to take a long look at itself.

"In our Shariah, we read about order, justice, good character, calls for
peace and human rights, respect for others, avoiding hurting other peoples'
feelings, showing interest in the environment, seeking knowledge,
encouraging work and production, and fighting poverty, ignorance, disease,
and injustice. We notice that they are observing all this in the West
whereas we find that many Muslims are only paying lip service to it in their
bitter reality."

Al-Qarni said there was much to be learned from the countries of the West.
"Please, let us stop cursing and insulting them and wishing them bad, and
let us preoccupy ourselves with reforming ourselves, improving our level,
promoting our universities, cleaning our environment, building our land, and
rectifying our mistakes."


Sesungguhnya, hanya dengan mengingat Allah, hati akan tenang.
now surely by Allah's remembrance are the hearts set at rest.
N'est-ce point par l'évocation d'Allah que se tranquillisent les coeurs.
im Gedenken Allahs ist's, daß Herzen Trost finden können.
>> al-Ra'd [13]: 28

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