By Yvonne Ridley Sunday, October 22, 2006; Page B01 LONDON I used to look at veiled women as quiet, oppressed creatures -- until I was captured by the Taliban In September 2001, just 15 days after the terrorist attacks on the United States, I snuck into Afghanistan, clad in a head-to-toe blue burqa, intending to write a newspaper account of life under the repressive regime. Instead, I was discovered, arrested and detained for 10 days. I spat and swore at my captors; they called me a "bad" woman but let me go after I promised to read the Koran and study Islam. (Frankly, I'm not sure who was happier when I was freed -- they or I.) Back home in London, I kept my word about studying Islam -- and was amazed by what I discovered. I'd been expecting Koran chapters on how to beat your wife and oppress your daughters; instead, I found passages promoting the liberation of women. Two-and-a-half years after my capture, I converted to Islam, provoking a mixture of astonishment, disappointment and encouragement among friends and relatives. Now, it is with disgust and dismay that I watch here in Britain as former foreign secretary Jack Straw describes the Muslim nikab -- a face veil that reveals only the eyes -- as an unwelcome barrier to integration, with Prime Minister Tony Blair, writer Salman Rushdie and even Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi leaping to his defense.

Read more: How I Came to Love the Veil

We’ve grown accustomed to hearing the old propaganda originating from some Christians and atheists in Western countries, namely that Muslim women are subjugated and oppressed by being forced by their husbands and fathers to conceal their bodies from the public. In reply, we will not go into the whole counter-argument that this is God’s Law and not a decision taken by a tyrant husband, nor will we at length explain that modest Islamic dress has been prescribed for Muslim men as well, neither will we have to remind Christians that Islamic Hijaab for women is prescribed by Jesus(pbuh) in Matthew 5:28 also. (cf. the modest dress of Mary pbuh, mother of Jesus).

Read more: Modesty of women: A myth devasted

'Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name, ... Thine will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the power....'

One lord, Jesus Christ...through whom we exist
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
If you confess with your lips that Jesus is lord and believe that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved 

Submit to the Lord of Jesus and all of creation.

The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. Any thinking Christian who is a sincere seeker of the TRUTH should ponder over the fact that Jesus Christ (pbuh) himself preached unity of Godhead and never “Trinity”. Note well Jesus’ answer when the Jewish scribe asked him about the First Commandment: “ AND JESUS ANSWERED HIM: ‘THE FIRST OF ALL THE COMMANDMENTS IS; HEAR O ISRAEL, THE LORD THY GOD IS ONE LORD.’ ” - (MARK 12:29)

Read more: Jesus PBUH never preached trinity


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Islam Awareness Centre, based in Port Elizabeth is run by a group of dedicated Muslims who's aim is to assist those interested in Islam and provide them with info of the teachings of the beautiful religion!

What we do

  • We distribute Islamic literature
  • Organise Dawah seminars
  • Training Dawah workers
  • Advertise in the public domain
  • Assist new reverts
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  • South Africa
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