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My Take: My hijab is my hoodie
Trayvon Martin, left, and Shaima Alawadi, were both killed recently.
April 5th, 2012
01:04 PM ET

My Take: My hijab is my hoodie


Editor’s note: Linda Sarsour is national advocacy director of the National Network for Arab American Communities and director of the Arab American Association of New York. Follow her on Twitter.

By Linda Sarsour, Special to CNN

(CNN) - I’ve been among the millions mourning the killing of Trayvon Martin, but I’m also mourning the fact that another recent killing has gotten little national attention.

Last week, a 32-year old Iraqi Muslim mother named Shaima Alawadi was found brutally beaten with a tire iron in her El Cajon, California, home and died three days later. A note reportedly left beside her said, “Go Back to your country, you terrorist.”

As an Arab-American Muslim mother of three, I instantly thought about myself and my family.

Alawadi's death put a mirror up to my face. I am 32, I wear a headscarf, like Alawadi did, and I live during one of the most hostile moments that the Muslim American community has ever experienced, especially in the decade since 9/11.

Blacks in America continue to face racism on a daily basis, from the workplace to interactions with law enforcement. And yet racism against African-Americans is publicly acknowledged as unacceptable.

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No one in power dares use the N-word publicly, fearing the wrath that will be bestowed upon them.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case for Muslims in America. Bigotry against Muslims is quite acceptable. From media pundits to elected officials to presidential hopefuls, spewing misinformation and hatred about Muslims and Islam has been normalized.

In America, terrorism has become synonymous with Arabs and Muslims. We see that clearly stated in the note left next to Alawadi.

Law enforcement is investigating Alawadi’s case and says it will not rule out the possibility of a hate crime but also called the killing “an isolated incident.”

According to a report released by the FBI in 2011, anti-Muslim hate crimes increased by nearly 50% in 2010. The latest statistics show a jump from 107 anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2009 to 160 in 2010.

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Last year saw the coldblooded killing of two Sikh elders who apparently “looked” Muslim. The year before saw the stabbing of a Muslim cabdriver who told a white passenger he was Muslim.

Isolated incidents? I don’t think so.

Given mosque vandalism and opposition, proposed anti-Sharia laws and congressional hearings on American Islam, the rash of anti-Muslim hate crimes is not so surprising. As appears to be the case with Trayvon Martin, what’s dangerous is when ordinary citizens act on bigotry, born of misinformation and fear of the unknown.

While there has been some effort to connect Martin and Alawadi by focusing on their attire - a hoodie for the African-American teen and a hijab for the young mother - there has been a deafening silence and reluctance to take Alawadi’s case to the forefront of public debate by some in the Muslim community.

Major Muslim organizations and activists have been treading carefully, warning community members not to “jump to conclusions.”

I for one have been disheartened and feel disempowered by this response. As in Martin’s case, there is still an ongoing investigation into Alawadi’s death.

But with only initial evidence - a dead black teenager, an iced tea, a pack of Skittles, a neighborhood watchman - many of us have presumed the Martin killing is an unfortunate result of racism in America.

Some have even gone so far as to compare Martin's death to that of Emmett Till.

Why not the same for Alawadi?

Is an Arab Muslim woman drowning in her blood with a note deeming her a terrorist and telling her to go back to her “country” not explicit enough?

Instead of looking at Alawadi’s death in light of the anti-Muslim environment we live in, Muslims allow our internalized oppression to lead us to believe the stereotypes perpetuated against our community.

I have seen tweets and comments from Muslims suggesting the possibility Alawadi’s killing might be an act of domestic violence or, worse, an honor killing. 

In the United States, we need to come to terms with anti-Muslim bigotry, stand up to it and unequivocally deem it unacceptable. An injustice toward any one person or community is an injustice to us all.

I am Trayvon Martin. I am Shaima Alawadi, too.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Linda Sarsour.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Opinion

soundoff (1,301 Responses)
  1. syed

    I completely agree. It is unbelievable that the media has totally ignored the murder of Alawadi. We must bring this and similar incidents to the attention of the American public. I continue to believe that American public is fair and just.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • boocat

      Don't know what media outlets you are referring to but I saw this story on a number of them.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Cyn

      Here is a link to the story you might of missed...

      http://www.utsandiego.com/search/?q=Shaima+Alawadi+

      April 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Felsen Stark

      I agree and we will but again this was not a hate crime but a faked hate crime more than likely from a family member. We have seen these before, much worse than a hate crime as they blaim those exposing islamic teachings.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • jackvigdor

      Actually, the death of that woman has been written about in the online media and is not being ignored.
      Also, it seems that she was divorcing her husband and there is some evidence that her death was due not to hate of her being a Muslim, but from her husband's hate of her finding her own independence.

      April 7, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • RynB

      It has come out recently that she was killed by her husband for her part in shaming the family and her support of her daughter against an arranged marriage.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  2. Pipe-Dreamer

    Is Life not but a celestial tranquility wherein many folks are going hither to and fro while many stop to come to an understanding whenever social issues become portrayed? Just as a nation's flag becomes an emblem to many socialists' gatherings, the hoodies are making waves, but, will they endure and be a lasting attenuation?

    April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  3. maggotfist

    Your opinion is fallacious in this context.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  4. scorpio

    no, ur hijab is not hoodie. I am south east asian and it scares sh it out of me. so imagine the feelings of non asian. but u guys never cared about other's feelings. how they feel around you. if you want to live in other countries, why dont u live like one of us? why do u have to look scary?

    and no there is no racism against black at work places. but i can give several examples where black men and women use the race card at work and take undue advantages.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Stephen Falk

      If that scare the she out of you, then the only person here with an issue ..is you

      April 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Taylor

      You are an absolutely moron. Because something looks "scary" to you, it should be banned? There are a lot of things that look "scary" to me, namely your monstrosity of a post.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • pico

      scorpio: A woman wearing head scarf scars you… wow what ignorance do to weak paranoid people like you “you should just go back to south east Asia where every one look like you ”

      April 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • non aisan

      kos emak ya asian!!!

      April 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • asia

      The largest Muslim population is in Indonesia (which is an Asian country)

      April 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Sharky

      Other things that scare Scorpio:

      The dark
      Clowns
      Carrots
      Fire
      The word 'Banana'
      The letter X
      Tolerance.

      April 6, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  5. Andrew

    Why let good drama go to waste?

    April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  6. joesa

    I wonder why America is wasting time in telling China,Cuba,russia and so forth
    about human right when they have no regard to human life? If you are not alive why worry about your fight?

    April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • mightaswellbe

      And you live where?

      April 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  7. holdem

    I own 3 hoodies that I will not wear anymore because people think I'm wearing it for Trayvon.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Joe

      I am an avid hoodie wearer and am so glad summer is here since I have refused to put one on in the last week.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  8. Andy

    She makes a point about "black" racism getting all the attention. She's right, you can get away with being racist as long as it's not against a black person. Look at the comments here. Some of the them are horrible and just plain mean. The whole Trayvon case points it out too. People immediately cried racism because the victim was black and had on a hoodie. If Trayvon was any other race this wouldn't have made the news. The courts will have to find sort out the details. We only get bits and pieces. It sounds like the shooter was attacked. This could be self defense or it might be just his legal defense. I don't know and neither does anyone else that isn't looking at the evidence.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Chad

      Racist!

      April 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Steve the Goat

      Islam isn't a race.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Shakira

      Well said

      April 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • boocat

      Islam and being a Muslim IS NOT A RACE.....guess you lose that argument.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  9. Tyler

    Well yes. Any group that believes a vindictive, misogynistic, mass-murdering, thieving pedophile was a messenger for a peaceful and benevolent god deserves to be scrutinized.

    I am George Zimmerman! Come get some!

    April 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • DPatriot

      Team Zimmerman 100%

      April 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Stephen Falk

      Team Zimmerman? Holy crap, you are truly an affront to the human race..

      April 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • pico

      Instead of wars on drugs we should have war on ignorance to educate people like Tyler. i will be more than happy to increase my taxes for education...

      April 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Proud American

      Taylor, it’s not fair to judge someone by what you read about them. What the Muslims believe to be their messenger was number 1 in most influential people and did not come with any personal agenda. He asked people to obey the creator and accepted and ordered for people to accept the biblical books. Research, most of the battles that took place were provoked and were in self defense. They had a code of conduct in war, unlike the Holy Crusades.

      Learn; understand History and it will bring you the truth. Too many precious lives are lost in the land of dreams, and we all have something to say about it, but my heart goes out for the families. The media is only out for rating and will portray what they want us to read. We the PEOPLE, need not to jump to judgment and know that anger is not a solution.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  10. Johnny America

    This lady would have a point if the 9/11 terrorists were wearing a hijab. Look at all the evidence tapes of robberies and many of the criminals were wearing things to cover their heads. The kid who got killed was walking around behind peoples homes and covering his face. If it was raining and he wanted to keep dry, why not walk faster or run to his house? He got what was coming as soon as he tried to play big boy and fight. Last mistake he ever made.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Chad

      You can't really be that stupid can you?

      April 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Johnny America

      Is that all you have to say chad? You are questioning my point by making an asinine rhetorical question? You probably went to public school.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Steve the Goat

      Walking faster doesn't keep you dryer. The fact that zimmerman was told not to pursue is really where all conversation ends. I hope he gets sentenced to a short prison term but receives a little jail yard justice and is found hanging in his cell.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Sharky

      You DIDN'T go to public school? Maybe you should have... Doesn't seem like private education has helped you much.

      April 6, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  11. Steve-ATL

    This is what I think of you and everyone else like you...a towel, turbin wearing camel jockey...GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY. WE DON'T WANT YOU HEAR. WHY CAN'T YOU PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT!!!!!

    April 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • J.W

      Do you think anyone cares what you think?

      April 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Steve-ATL

      Great Comment J.W. What a blessing it is to have you in this country as well. What would we all do without you!

      April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Bobs your uncle

      way to misspell ya bigot. Its here, not hear.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • J.W

      I don't care if you don't want people like me here. Most people in this country are not bigots like you are. Maybe you need to find another country to live in.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Steve-ATL

      Thanks for looking after my ASS Bob! Now go to hell!

      April 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Stephen Falk

      What a cowardly little racist you are..

      April 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Sean

      Maybe people can't understand it because "get out of hear" doesn't make any sense.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Chad

      Maybe they didn’t here you. Try yelling it again.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • pico

      Well you get out first we do not want people like you
      Ignorant…and buy the way what have you done for YOUR COUNTRY

      April 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Jim

      You have been reported for abuse due to insulting language against members of a religion.

      April 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Sharky

      I'm going to assume you are white and probably christian, right?... America is not your land either the first people to settle in North America were the native Indians who had their own faith. White christians came along and wiped them out and spread christianity.

      They did far worse then the attackers on 9/11, they pretty much wiped out an entire race of people, took their land and claimed it for their own. If America is the land of the free it should be free for everyone.

      -Sharky
      European

      April 6, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Elise

      U STOOPID TOWEL, TURBIN WEARING CAMEL JOCKEYS!!1!!!1!! GET OUT MAH COUNTRY! WE DON'T WANT U HEAR! HUR HUR
      Seriously? you come across to some of us like that. Now get your bigoted as* out of here.

      May 1, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  12. wellput

    Most of the people on this board are hate mongers. They probably have no job and are drinking the trinity juice all day long. Well Put Linda! May Shaima Alwadi get her justice.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Johnny America

      You are an ignorant person.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • AMAZED

      Her justice? Her MUSLIM husband is the prime suspect now who is now hiding in IRAQ. This was most likely another MUSLIM honor killing. MUSLIMS KILL MUSLIMS and others all the time. DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE POSTING HERE – cause you sound as dumb as the MUSLIM who wrote this USELESS post.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • boocat

      Yeah...we're hatemongers simply because we disagree with this woman...it's apparent you don't know the meaning of the word.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • J.W

      So Amazed what about the Sikhs that were killed? Do they deserve to die because they look Muslim? What do you suggest for them? Or do they need to go back where they came from too?

      April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • don lardo

      I think Americans are a little uneasy about Muslims because of the murder of thousands on 9-11 at the hand of Muslims and the fact that in many area's of the world there are many Muslims who have a death to US mentality.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  13. tom brown

    Wear a hoody to identify with thugs and gangstas, where HIJAB to identify with the enemy of America . You moron! Dont come to America to find the dream,,, you come here to show your a terrorist. Stay to your self then and be a reject

    April 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • wellput

      don't you have to do some cow tipping today you redneck?? lol

      April 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Blame those responsible

      hey wellput...i'm a redneck. please don't associate me with hate trash like this guy, alrighty-tighty? Just a friendly reminder that fighting racial bigotry with regional bigotry isn't the best way to prove a point.

      ....Go Cowboys.

      PS – in this case, it really seems like the facts point to domestic violence.
      http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/04/records-hint-iraqi-womans-death-not-a-hate-crime/?page=1#article

      We ought to condemn hate crimes, and racial bias, but also domestic violence. Can't let emotions get the best of us before we have a chance to look at the facts a little bit.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • wellput

      Alrighty tighty??? You have lost your man card as well as your right to write on this board. Don't you have a date tonight? Your sister is probably ready to be picked up.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  14. WhatTheWhatNOW

    "in the United States, we need to come to terms with anti-Muslim bigotry"

    There is anti-muslim sentiments all over the world, not just the US. And yes, there is a reason for that. Read the news. Also, You can't call everyone a "bigot" because you don't get what you want.

    And NO, YOU ARE NOT TRAYVON MARTIN.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • camh

      I get it... everybody hates everybody... sigh... do some travelling, and you'll see that people don't much like the Americans or the French or the Germans or the ..... I personally like everyone, until the specific person starts being mean with me or anyone in my family, but it has nothing to do with his religion or skin tone or what food he eats.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • WhatTheWhatNOW

      @camh: I have traveled more than you think..I am not the typical american you think I am.

      All I see is a bunch of Muslim immigrants hating their country of adoption for not being Islamic enough. I don't get why they moved their in the first place. Yet everyone else is a bigot? In the UK, it is the pakistanis, in France, the algerians, morrocans etc and in germany the turks.

      If you have traveled as much as you are advising me to, you would know what I am talking about.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  15. KM

    Stick your hijab up your ass.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Jay

      A common misperception amongst people is the meaning of the word "hijab." Hijab, which in Arabic literally means "cover" ,is not a headscarf but it is the entire covering of the body (including the head) as required by Islam. It is not equivalent to a hoodie. It is not something that she could even...ok, I won't go that far ;-)!

      People that are angry at the hijab and call it oppressive do so because they don't know why a Muslim woman wears it. If Muslim women were forced to don the hijab you would see killing and protest. A Muslim woman wears the hijab for God. They wear it because God told them to do so in the Koran, which Muslims believe is the literal word of God. It is that simple.

      Suppose you want to badly get a job. You would put on the nicest suit, comb your hair, take a bath, and be very courteous to your interviewer. You would do all you could to get the job. In the same way, the Muslim woman wants to be admitted to Heaven, which to a Muslim is even better and more grandiose than a job. It only makes sense that the Muslim woman would be keen to impress and please God just like you would try to please your boss, and God is pleased when the Muslim woman is not showing her adornment to others in public.

      At this point, you are either understanding the perspective I present or you are cringing. You are probably cringing if you don't believe in God or don't believe that the Koran is God's Word. In that case, you should investigate whether or not God exists and whether or not the Koran is the Word of God.

      In either case, I invite you to read a short book called "A Brief Illustrated Guide to Islam".

      April 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • tahreer

      at least we care about how we look and present our selves..... unlike you showing your ass off to everyone just to get men...and attention....we actually care about modesty and how portray our selves to this world.!!!!!!!!

      April 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  16. J.W

    Oh this is on the front page. That is why it is attracting all the crazies.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  17. Barbara

    Why does all the world regret giving "your hoodies" asylum and refuge?
    I'd be embarrassed to be Muslim; not proud...

    April 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  18. Matthew

    How are "proposed anti-Sharia laws"; anti-Islam? As a father of a little girl, I do not want those laws imposed in our society. I'm a Catholic for crying out loud and would be dismayed if we used the Bible as the rule of law in America.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • camh

      There will be no Syariah Law replacing the current law in the US. Syariah Law by its nature applies to Muslims only. For example, in a majority Muslim country, there are two court systems, one for civil and criminal trials that use Common Law and another court system that uses Syariah Law to judge family and inheritance matters, Islamic issues etc and only Muslims make use of this court system in that country. It really isn't all that scary. Aliens with green bug eyes and antennae... now they're scary.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Isn't "Anti-sharia law" redundant? If it's the law in the US then it's not Sharia, or at least not just Sharia. If it is just "Sharia law," then it holds no weight in US courts at all, and therefor not "law" at all. unless it's a contract dispute, but that nothing new.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Taylor

      You're seriously misguided. Sharia law is comparable to Biblical law, you're right; and, like Biblical law, there are aspects of Sharia law that are inherently religious, NOT HARMFUL, and therefore shouldn't be banned. NO ONE is proposing that Sharia law be imposed on everyone, just that people who believe in some aspects of Sharia should be allowed to practice it.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Matthew

      My point being......once Sharia is allowed in the states, then there will be some who will advocate that the law should be applied to EVERYONE in the states (see Nigeria). There are many (like me) who do not want to cross this path.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • pico

      Matthew : whaaaat i am a Muslim and i do not know one Muslim that want the sharia law in usaaaa
      name the Muslim countries that practice sharia law the right way "as was in the time of khalifa" specially the famous 4 after the death of the prophet Mohamed..
      I know you are ignorant so I answer it for you. Non
      Iran a Saudis it not the real sharia they manipulated to their gain.
      Peace from a cool Muslim hahaaaaaa

      April 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • anti-shariah legislation is not anti-islam

      @camh
      I think the argument most people make is that the judicial system is supposed to be impartial, and must be applied to all. There cannot be two court systems, even if one only applies to a "willing" segment of the populace. What if there is a muslim that doesn't want to use a sharia court, but fears saying so. What if a person believes they are treated unfairly by a sharia ruling? What is their recourse?
      The idea that there is one set of laws and one judicial system that ensures (as much as possible) fairness and impartiality is closely guarded tenet of democracy that goes back centuries. Opposing the idea of some other judicial system informed entirely by a religion has nothing to do with "islamophobia". Muslims simply use it as an excuse to act put upon.

      April 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      There are two issues here:

      A)
      Most of the time, Muslims will ask for shariah law for themselves when the courts are already accepting for example jewish law for jewish people. So the rationale would be if the jews can settle cases using jewish law, whey not shariah for muslim cases. And most of the time, you will find, all of a sudden, resistance pop up against shariah. Like magic!!! no one even passed gas from their bu ttocks about jewish law before, but now because muslims want the same thing, bo oom. Big problem, all hell breaks loose.

      B)
      Sharia law has three components. Personal-Social, Criminal and Islam-Promoting. Muslims in the West are of course only interested in the first. Because Criminal Law portion of sharia is very similar to what is already there, so there is no need to stone people or chop their hands off for stealing, murdering, drug pushing etc etc. They are already being handled by the authorities.

      Obviously, no Muslim is expecting secular societies in the West to allow "Islam-promoting sharia law" to be implemented, its understood that it is against the values of such societies and is meant only for Muslim-majority societies. Examples being apostasy laws, nu dity as a public crime, prohibitions against public proselytizing of religions other than Islam etc etc.

      The so-called "sharia law" being asked for by Muslims is the "personal-social" portion of sharia law, namely the matter of how inheritance is settled and divorce proceedings and child custody etc. As Muslims differ from Western society in terms of their understanding of marriage and roles of se xes. Since Men are responsible for providing for the upkeep of women and women are not obliged to work for their own upkeep, the sharia law is structured so as to be fair to men and women in making their respective responsibilities. Which is why women get half the inheritance as men, since the later have to support women of their own household while the former do not, etc etc.

      April 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Sharky

      A great comment, finally someone with their head on straight. What a breath of fresh air.

      -Sharky
      European.

      April 6, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Aine57

      Sharia law, the Mosaic code, and so forth cannot be incorporated into the law of the United States for the simple reason that one of the major principles here is separation of church and state. Separation allows freedom of religion and also freedom FROM religion. It is basic to the founders' intent.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  19. Mike

    No, it isn't. You wear it because you're brainwashed into believing an idea you were taught which commands you to do so because you are inferior in the idea's eyes....and Paul, please slit your own throat.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Pineal

      Whom is brainwashed is a matter of perspective. Maybe you are the one brainwashed into thinking that Muslim women who cover their heads are brainwashed? Apparently your enlightened brain is so free of prejudice, malice, and bias that you are telling someone to slit their throat!

      April 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Taylor

      Just like American women are "brainwashed" into wearing short skirts of bikinis? It's a woman's freedom to decide what she wears. She should never be forced to wear something she doesn't want. Isn't that what you're doing? Implying that she should be forced to not wear a hijab? That goes against her will. Hypocrite.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Mike

      I apologize. I admit maybe I should have thought about that more before I posted it. I was being ignorant and I'm sorry. I was almost positive the Qur'an commanded it.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Jay

      You are right. The Koran does command women to wear the hijab, which I explained in an earlier post.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Joe

      It is in no way the muslim womans choice to cover they're heads. It is they're husbands and old messed up religious beliefs. It is very degrading to women and I don't understand how even one would support them unless maybe their husbands were behind them watching them type. Or do the husbands allow internet?

      April 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Mike

      and I actually also want to point out I told Paul to slit his own throat because he called the author a of this article a terrorist, which while, yeah, it wasn't rig...no, never mind, I still want him to kill himself.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • pico

      Mike: –i have a lot of respect for people like you that admin their mistake thas what make a difference from educated people and ignorant.
      Ignorant never admin their mistake.But your views on islam still are wrong.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Mike

      I'm aware Pico. I've been doing research and finding the very, very, very, very, very, very white society I live in is very brainwashing to a point where you just have beliefs, I dunno, cemented in your brain as fact. I mean, I've known that, but you never really KNOW your wrong about something until your faced with something....otherwise you're just always under the impression what you've been fed is correct. I really should go to a Mosque and try and educate myself or something.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Carly

      @ Joe- And how do you KNOW Muslim women are forced to cover their heads? Have you ever spoken to one? Or are you just making an assumption? Because I went to school with quite a few Muslim women and they all told me they chose to wear the head scarf. My dad always told me, when you assume you make an "ass" out of "u" and "me"...something to think about.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • tahreer

      no that is not true we are not brainwashed into doing anything just because we dont go dressing half naked like all the other girls we actually believe in gaurding our chastiy and taking care of bodies....doesnt mean being brainwashed....FYI...no one is being forced to wear anything in our religion there is no forcing its our choice and whom ever decides to make that choice is indeed wise!!!!! ..
      .....get a life

      April 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
  20. ralph

    They now say she had told her husband she wanted a divorce.
    He is now on the suspect list and has gone to iraq......
    So 2 stories both gotten wrong by the media......
    http://www.10news.com/news/30837032/detail.html

    April 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • AMAZED

      ISNT THIS DEAD MUSLIMS HUSBAND A SUSPECT NOW WHO HAS GONE TO IRAQ????? I FIND THAT MORE BELIEVABLE THEN AMERICANS KILLING THIS WOMAN. MUSLIMS KILL MUSLIMS ALL THE TIME. OHH WAIT – MAYBE THIS WAS AN HONOR KILLING. ITS SAID THEY LET UNEDUCATED MUSLIMS POST ON CNN. I BET SHE GOT THIS JOB BECAUSE OF HER HOODIE – COMPLETELY USELESS ARTICLE. NO TRUTH, NO RESEARCH DONE, NO PREPARATION, MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE – WHAT A WASTE OF TIME.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • helpinghand

      @amazed
      if you think this article is usless no one is forcing you to post or read on this blog. so keep your two sense to you self.

      April 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
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