ALWATAN DAILY 8 OPINION TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009 Mistaking philosophy for atheism Gender does not make you a man or woman - 2 Jameel. W. Karaki On the other Hassan Ali Karam entry of Dr. Abu Zayd, should have stood the head and the crown their minds and respect I by its decision. It should not have bowed n our societies especially in the Arabic and of the woman. However, their opinions on all I hand, some women am writing this short article regarding down to political pressure and backed out Islamic World, there exists a culture of male the words ‘protectors’ and life’s issues as well. the controversial issue of Dr. Nasr Abu of that resolution. The ministry represents dominance over women for many reasons ‘maintainers’ in Islam sim- - How many of us do the same and run Zayd who arrived at Sheikh Saad Air- - the State and not individuals. such as a specific interpretation from the Holy ply means ‘managing.’ It is - are following the teach- port but was prevented from entering the Yes, we understand that the timing of Quran, traditions or the needs and desires of the man’s responsibilities ings of our religion? after men for money country although he came upon an official the invitation was not conducive as the some women who are submissive by nature. to manage the businesses Men are running after - invitation and had a visit visa from the Min- political atmosphere in the country was One of the arguments that I had with one of of his home and help his working women, not rather than out of istry of the Interior. then polluted with the clouds of interpel- - my male friends was about our rights as men to mother and sisters when- - because they believe I read some books written by Dr. Abu lation motions. dominate the decisions about the future of our ever they need him. in their working rights respect for the man. Zayd. In fact, people who are not special- - I think that the visit should have been wives, daughters and sisters. He supported that He is the one who but they look at the ized in philosophy may find difficulty in postponed until the political scene had be- - right by using the verse from the Holy Quran: spends and not the one marriage concept as a understanding these books because of the come a lot calmer. “Men are the protectors and maintainers of - who waits for his wife’s sal- financial project where philosophical content used by Dr. Abu There was a ruling issued by the Egyp- - women.” (An-Nisa: 34). ary at the end of the month the man can use the in-- Zayd. I read the books but I couldn’t find tian courts against Dr. Abu Zayd charging He argued that we as men have the full right to spend it. It is also very natural and normal come of the woman as an investment. On the anything indicates him of being an to control women. I however cannot blame him and the right of the woman that he discusses other hand, some women do the same and run The Ministry Dr. Abu Zaid’s in- - apostate and call- - because in Islam we have a lot of interpreta- - domestic issues with her and ask her opinions. after men for money rather than out of respect clination towards ing for separating tions of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah and - God says: “Live with them on a footing of kind- - for the man. It is not a shame if the wife or hus- of Interior, which atheism or his con- - him from his wife. yet I accept and believe when I realize that it ness and equity” (An-Nisa: 19). Living with band gets support from his or her partner but tempt for Islam. But Kuwait is not makes sense to me. The same is mentioned in them on an even footing of kindness” means the shame is in living a materialistic life away approved the entry of In his book titled: obliged to apply the Christian teachings, which say that man is that everyone should respect the other, respect from the core concept of being humans. ‘Mental approach the rules issued Dr. Abu Zayd, should in interpretation: by the Egyptian A study in the courts. However, case of metaphor in the holy Quran have stood by its the extremists took this provi- - according to the isolationists,’ we decision sion as a pretext to exert pressure on read in the last the government to line the introduc- - prevent the entry tion to this book the following words: “All of Dr. Abu Zayd into the country. that the researcher hopes is to succeed in We know that the extremists and fa- - the detection of an important aspect of natics will not rest until they dominate our religious heritage of Islam in the field everything in the country. of criticism and rhetoric research.” The extremists are busy with a per- - Is it reasonable for an author who manent and ongoing war against every Ali Farzat writes in this way and is proud of the Is- - thought contrary to their views and vi- - lamic religion to be charged with apostasy, sions. heresy or atheism? These are serious ac- - They think that they’re the only true cusations. God Almighty says “... And say believers of God but the others are either not to anyone who offers you a salutation: apostates or heretics or atheists.We should ‘Thou art none of a believer! Coveting the be aware of the seriousness of thoughts of perishable goods of this life with Allah these extremists on social security of this are profits and spoils abundant. Even thus country. were ye yourselves before, till Allah con- - This incident wasn’t the first of its ferred on you His favors: Therefore care- - kind. The Shiite cleric Al-Fali was also pre- - fully investigate. For Allah is well aware of vented from entering the country. This se- - all that ye do.” (Women: Verse 94). ries of prevention will continue as long as I assert that the majority of those who the government responds to these radical exalted the Interior Ministry’s decision groups. When the government is weak, its to prevent Abu Zayd from entering the decisions become weak and consequently, country and accused the man of atheism, the State becomes weak in the eyes of oth- - heresy or apostasy have not read any of ers. the books or the writings of Dr. Abu Zayd. Do not blame Abu Zaid for his pro- - It was a vicious campaign launched by vocative statements. What did you expect the fanatics and extremists to which the from a man dismissed from our airport government unfortunately succumbed; and sent back to where he came, although Conflicting reactions specifically the Ministry of Interior. The he came upon an invitation approved by Ministry of Interior, which approved the the government? Islamists’ Marzouq Al-Heet is being hijacked by liberals, hasn’t uttered a single word when hijab and niqab were banned the phone, barely minutes after making such derogatory remarks against Kuwait. In another I t’s ironic that an entry visa was granted to a in France, Egypt and Turkey. They said nothing issue, MP Dr Ali Al-Omair is quite known for his strength versus government’s weakness heretic to desecrate our beloved land barely a few days after our country received the when the minaret was banned in Switzerland. But when the heretic was barred entry in Ku- - high moral standing but I must rebuke him for what he had said about his colleagues Dr Waleed venerable rulers of the Gulf. Before going into wait, they cried foul play. What an irony! They Al-Tabtabaie and Dr Faisal Al-Mislem. I wouldn’t Khalil Ali Haider cultural role, why did it embarrass itself in further details, I would like to ask Dr Ahmad defend infidelity and heretical behavior but fail have raised this issue here if it hadn’t been his front of the honorable guest who trusted Al-Baghdadi whether this heretic and his likes to defend Islam. They should have defended - decision to publish his allegations against Al-Tab- A fter prohibiting Dr. Nasr Abu Zayd its executive power? deserve to be invited to deliver lectures in Ku- - Islam through their claims of defending public tabaie in the press and through SMS messages. from entering the country even I’m not asking the government to com- - wait?!! However what many people do not know freedoms. We know very well that defending Is- - The interpellation was all about His Highness though he had already arrived at ply with the thoughts of liberals but the is the fact that it was Al-Baghdadi who invited lam is not a priority for them if they ever happen the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Moham- - Sheikh Saad International Airport, every authorities and the people will pay a high Abu Zayd through the Tanweer (Enlightenment) to have any priorities. We extend our thanks to med Al-Sabah so one would definitely wonder foreign visitor or intellectual will now price for the continued bowing down to Center that he runs. After all, what enlighten- - the Ministry of Interior even though it should how he implicated Al-Tabtabaie who swore on question the validity of the visas issued pressures exerted by Islamists. This inci- - - ment is the heretic talking about? Is it his argu- be partly blamed for granting Abu Zayd a visa various occasions that the check issued to him by Kuwaiti embassies or authorities at our dent is just another indicator of the gov- - ment that the Holy Quran is a man-written text in the first place. We therefore urge the ministry by the prime minister was meant for his charity. airport. ernment’s lack of vision and its inability or his accusation that the Holy Quran is biased to verify the records before issuing visas to Abu We were not happy at all seeing him mount the They will ques- - in defending its in favor of men over women!! Or shall we con- - Zayd and his likes because this country deserves podium and use a projector to clarify what he The Islamists tion the validity decisions. sider his questioning of Prophet Mohammed’s to entertain only good people. After all, imagine described as the “inconsistencies of Waleed Al- for as long as some Many of the (PBUH) tradition a sort of enlightenment? what he said after being prevented from entering Tabtabaie.” His move, on the other hand, has usually achieve MPs or groups ex- - opinions written Egypt’s judiciary has separated Nasr Abu the country. He reacted by saying: “The decision pleased the rivals of the Islamic camp. In fact, ist who are pow- - by Dr. Abu Zayd Zayd from his wife, after which he fled to Hol- - in barring my entry is under my shoes.” his colleague Khalid Al-Sultan and former MP triumphs because erful enough to can be found in land from where he disseminates his poison. On One has to question the patriotism of all Abdulatiff Al-Omairi have both expressed their prevent guests the books of phi- - the other hand, the Human Rights Society, which those who allowed him to give his lecture over displeasure over what Al-Omair said. they take advantage from entering the losophers and country. scholars which are of the weakness of the Why do the available in our Kuwaiti authori- - libraries including The right approach to religion government as they do ties allow politi- - the library of the cal movements to Ministry of Awqaf not even believe in laws interfere in its and Islamic Affairs executive authori- - and the library Ali Mohammad Hussein Ibn Ali Ibn Abi Talen who sacrificed his model. Crying and slamming faces and chests or the Constitution. ties in such a pro- - of the committee Al-Mahedi soul in defending noble principles and goals. A shouldn’t be replaced with the noble goals of vocative way? If tasked with the man like Imam Al-Hussein didn’t sacrifice his Imam Al-Hussein. The noble goals of Imam Al- T the government preparation for he thoughts and approaches of heroes are soul and his partisans and even his baby Abdul- - Hussein shed light on Kuwait during the Iraqi is uncertain of its the application of taught at schools and universities. He- - lah so that we can mourn his death by slapping invasion led by the tyrant Saddam Hussein and ability to face the enormous pressure ex- - Sharia as well as the Islamic libraries at roes throughout the ages have been role our faces and beating our chests to show how urged people not to surrender to the tyrants.The erted by extremist Islamists and Takfiris, the Rawdah and Yarmouk co-operative so- - models for their respective nations. Reformers sad we are. Imam Al-Hussein asked Zainab not Kuwaiti resistance, including men and women, why did it put itself in such an embarrass-- cieties. Whatever the opinions of Dr. Abu lead the people in order to make achievements to slap her face or beat her chest. young and old, followed the steps of Imam Al- ing situation? Zayd are, they should remain within the which benefit them and their countries. Reform-- There is no doubt that the bloody Karbala Hussein and other Muslim heroes. Why don’t Couldn’t the government have al- - framework of the freedom of expression ers are the ones who spend their lives defending was a tragedy which deserves shedding tears. Muslims follow the approach of Imam Al-Hus- - lowed the philosophical thinker to enter and should have been subject to debates the right and true faiths. However, I believe that by crying, striking our sein who set good examples of courage, nobility the country in order to avoid such an em- - and discussions. When a hero offers his soul to his God and heads with swords and slamming chests with and sacrifice for the sake of Islam, Muslims and barassing situation at political and media Due to the weakness of the govern- - becomes a martyr, he doesn’t expect his family chains is not the proper way to celebrate the sad humanity in general? levels both inside and outside the coun- - ment, the Islamists have achieved an enor- - and friends to cry for him or slam their bodies. occasion of Ashoura. The goals of the rebellion Nowadays, the Husseini mosques’ imams try? mous victory against Dr. Nasr Abu Zayd When the martyr dies, the angels descend from led by Al-Hussein were to strengthen faith and should explain the ideas and approach of Imam Wasn’t it capable of announcing that but such a triumph is irrelevant because the heavens and take him to paradise to join the belief in the hearts of Muslims and to urge them Al-Hussein to the people. Those honorable allowing the entry of Dr. Abu Zayd does Dr. Abu Zayd, like any other thinker, can- - prophets and other martyrs, who are in the best not to accept tyranny or oppression whoever imams have great influence on the public who not necessarily mean that the government not defend his thoughts in order not to be company ever. When a martyr dies, we should the oppressors are and to fight against oppres- - listen to them and respect them. So, they are acknowledges his thoughts but it means harmed or even assassinated. The Islamists congratulate his family, friends and his commu-- sion at any given time and any given place and - required to explain the facts to the people espe- that Kuwait believes in the freedom of ex- - usually achieve triumphs because they nity because he will be rewarded by God. We to sacrifice our souls for the sake of almighty cially during these days when we are celebrating pression and multiculturalism? take advantage of the weakness of the should consider the martyr as a role model and God. the Ashoura occasion. May God make us good If the government was too weak to de- - government as they do not even believe in follow in his steps. Imam Al-Hussein didn’t become a martyr to followers of Imam Al-Hussein and help us to fol-- fend its Constitution, its democracy and its laws or the Constitution. The martyr I speak about here is Imam Al- make us cry but to make us regard him as a role low in his steps and his approach, Amen! Have an opinion? Share it with the world! 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