The Two Extremes of Islam
All religions and beliefs have their extreme elements that places the whole in bad light. It seems that since 2001, it has been nothing but Islam, terrorists, Taliban, Muslim related extremists. The actions of a few are broadcasted instantly across the world casting bad light of a whole religion and believe. Many in the West wonder why the remaining Islamic and Muslim world does not publicly have a voice in the media condemning the acts of a few vehemently often, which only makes everyone a bit more suspicious about Islam as a whole. Bad is bad, right?
At one end of the sick, gross, brutal, horrific customs of Islam is the recent atrocity (by Western standards) is the death of a 13 yr-old girl, Aisha Ibrahim. Aisha was raped by three men. Despite the horror, she had the guts to to report the crime to local authorities. These sick, satanic, authorities, citing the extreme and misinterpretated Koran as a crutch, did not charge the three men BUT CHARGED THE GIRL WITH HAVING ILLICIT SEX WITH THEM! Despite the mock trial that mocked Islam as inhuman, she was sentenced to death. She was then half buried in a pit with the upper torso exposed and stoned to death by 1000 sick followers of Islam. All under the pretext that the Koran mandated this punishment. They all should be shot.
Fast forward to Dr. Hawa Abdi of Somali, a devout Muslim. She is the kind of Muslim that this world needs now. She represents what Islam is and should be shown to the world. Dr Abdi confronted the twisted Muslims who practiced a twisted form of Islam yielding guns and terror to force others. These militias is confronted strangely did no harm to her and even backed down. She turned the hospital she ran into a refuge for the 90000 displaced persons resulting from the Somalia warfare. It all started with a one room clinic in 1983, which has grown to over 400 beds! She also helped create and fund a school for 850 girls on her 1300 acre farm. She even created a small jail for men, those who commit crimes against women.
In May, a new hard line militia, Hizb al-Islam (Party of Islam) took control and tried to pass a new law forbidding women from being able to operate businesses. She was ordered to hand over her control of the 1300 acres. She refused. That is when 750 men from the militia took over by force and seized her hospital. When word had gotten out, everyone was against the Party of Islam and she regained control. She demanded the occupying militia not only leave but she wanted an apology! Her daughter, a doctor in Atlanta, GA., begged her mom to not be so angry, but thankful nothing more would happen. She refused.
After time passed, the manly Party of Islam backed downed further, left the compound and provided her with an apology, but not before that tore apart the interior of the hospital. Now, in ruins, the doctor is in the US trying to raise money for repairs.
Like most religions, Islam has a war within itself despite the Koran because each reader interprets the writing differently and is biased based upon their own personal experiences in life. How one reads it and acts may hinge on a single word or phrase.
Sadly, it is the extremists that capture the world headlines because it is atrocity and not good.