This refers to Amira's column about Muslims (GDN, March 5) lecturing us on our dress, actions etc. Don't you know by now Amira that you are not considered a true Muslim until and unless a morally superior Muslim says you are?
I've discovered this to be true through 20 years of living with Muslims and there's no getting around it.
Ironically, these very same 'morally superior" Muslims usually have a thing or two about themselves that could do with some spiritual or moral revision.
Just a thought.
This was in response to a column I wrote, which I will cut and paste here because for some reason the links don't work after a couple of months .. or something like that. Anyway, here's why Ann Lee decided that I should know that by now I am not considered a true Muslim.. LOL!
Hate rhetoric that plagues Arab societies
By AMIRA AL HUSSAINI
I don't know whether we as Arabs and Muslims will ever grow up. The other day, I was on the bus on my way back home, when I saw an Arab-looking woman calling her daughter Ayat.
I smiled at the little girl, whose fair skin and golden curls reminded me of my own sister Ayat, who is back in Bahrain.
Unbeknown to me at the time that I was committing a huge mistake, a curious homesick me called the girl towards me and started speaking to her in Arabic.
Very soon, her mother joined in the conversation, greeting me and asking me where I was from.
The second mistake I made was to tell her that I was from Bahrain, which isn't because I am not proud of being a Bahraini, but because of what followed.
"So you must be a Shia," she said. I rolled my eyes in horror, thinking that this sectarian mess isn't following me all the way to Canada, or is it?
"Does it really matter what I am?" I asked.
"From your Iraqi accent, I think you are Shia," she said, as if she was looking into a crystal ball.
"I already told you that I am Bahraini and not Iraqi," I retorted, wondering from under which rock this creature crawled out!
Did she even realise that the Iraq she is talking about is in civil war because of the very sectarian division she is so keen to emphasise?
Does she really care? Besides, half way around the world, does it matter what my sect is?
"So where is your Abaya (black cloak which covers a woman's body)," she rebuked me.
"Excuse me!" I yelled back. Who on Earth did she think she was to give me a sermon? Besides, the temperature was -16C and I was dressed up more conservatively than ever in my life, with three layers of clothes, a long overcoat, boots, gloves, a scarf and a hat. For Allah's sake, how much more clothes did she want me to have on and who has appointed her the Keeper of the Faith on Earth?
The nerve of some people!
Thinking it was an isolated incident, I brushed it off, until other people I know here told me of similar annoyances they were subjected to.
Isn't it strange how those people, many of whom have left their countries claiming the need to live in a democratic environment, are themselves fighting the very principles they have fled their countries for?
I am not against Islam or respecting the Islamic attire, but I am against bullies who think they can catapult people to heaven or doom them to hell according to their whims.
To the Arabs and Muslims living abroad: Please spare us the sermons and the hate rhetoric which is plaguing our societies back home.
Sigh! Scary when everyone appoints himself God on Earth!