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April 2nd, 2011
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Living under the headscarf

Editor’s Note: "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door" features the Muslim community of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where sisters Dima and Lema Sbenaty grew up and live. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt. Watch “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” airing at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET April 2 on CNN.

By Elizabeth M. Nunez, CNN

Few items of clothing inspire as much controversy as the hijab, or headscarf. To some it represents oppression or radical Islam.

But to American-born Muslim sisters Dima and Lema Sbenaty, the hijab is a source of pride.

“Before I thought it would bother me to wear a scarf in public. I was surprised to feel that I was proud of my religion and all of my friends," says Dima Sbenaty, 20.

"We all go out together and they’re all wearing headscarves as well. It’s nothing that I’m ashamed of, and that’s part of my strength with my religion.”

The sisters have lived most of their lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Now they are students at Middle Tennessee State University. Lema, a chemistry major, wants to become a pediatrician and dreams of tending to children in Ethiopia. Dima, a biology and chemistry double major, is working toward becoming a dentist. Neither has decided if she will permanently wear a hijab, but both cover during daily prayer.

In Arabic, hijab roughly translates as “barrier” or partition. In Islam, it refers to the principle of modesty in behavior and dress, as described in the Quran: "Say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments.”

Women raised in the faith like the Sbenaty sisters say the moment to start wearing a hijab is theirs to choose.

For others who convert to Islam, like Ivy Balloul, a blue-eyed American raised as a Methodist, the hijab comes with her adopted faith. “This was part of me converting to Islam," she said. "You can’t divide it up into little pieces and pick and choose what you want. It’s a whole package.”

Ivy, married to the imam of the Murfreesboro mosque, has received negative comments for wearing a hijab. “One man said to me in the post office that I can take off my scarf, that I’m free here. Another woman felt like I was a traitor. A man called to me one day from his car telling me that, uh, I should go back home.”

But these experiences do not discourage her from covering her head.

“I feel like I have more respect. Before, I could be pumping gas in my car and some guy would whistle or make some type of catcall. It was an uncomfortable situation," she said.

"When you put on a scarf ... [you] know that people can’t look at you as a sexual object. The first time I put it on I felt more comfortable in my own skin.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Muslim

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  1. Ombiaz

    Oh my goodness. There is so much hate on this forum. Guys I seriously think some of the people on this forum need a brain surgery.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • FifthApe

      Religion and hate..... hand in hand.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • BG

      Brain surgery? Glad you asked. Yet another Islamic invention!
      (of course they always make the initial "incision" below the chin...)

      Well, like anything else, it's a process, you know. It takes time to perfect the minor issues.

      April 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  2. Victor Chief

    People should take their head gear, crosses and yalmukes and just cram it where the sun don't shine.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • FifthApe

      Music to my ears.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • How Silly

      Lol I actually agree with you. I am Muslim but I think all religion should just be outlawed!!! Then again we'd find something else to fight about, no?

      April 2, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  3. norcalmojo

    So besides one or two comments, they've been welcomed and accepted.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • How Silly

      Yes, just like besides one or two comments, blacks have been welcomed in this country.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • norcalmojo

      Probably not yet, How Silly, but someday we may see a Muslim president, too.

      April 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  4. Gumpsion

    Jesus not born on the 12/15 ? How do you know? So ask your uncle, what day was Jesus born ? Maybe he was there, to give witness and set the records straight. Getting back to head scarfs . . . and antiquated, restrictive dress for women . . .

    April 2, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  5. annie

    intolerance. america stands for freedom. where will you send me if i wear a scarf–i am second generation american and unknown early american pioneer. what happened to the melting pot pride.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Hypothesis

      It's not a melting pot when you force a nation of people to bend to the will of the foreign peoples entering the country. A melting pot is the US between roughly 1880 and 1920 when millions of immigrants came to this wonderful country and learned the language and basically conformed to what America was. Now, we have millions of immigrants, a lot of them illegal, who require us to learn their ways and accomodate their wants and needs. I think there is a huge difference, but you're free to have your opinion.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  6. Gumpsion

    Catholic nuns, right- we regard them as separate, almost out-side of society, as least I do. And they ain't married. At least they don't cover their faces .

    April 2, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • How Silly

      And at least rapists aren't murderers. At least a person that killed one person didn't kill 2 people. She makes a cent over minimum age, at least she doesn't make minimum wage. Your argument is silly.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  7. Hany El Sharkawy

    So we are complaining about a single report about islam, promoting the hijab is not forced on most women and that is their choice of life ... strange how the world works sometimes :)... anyways it is a nice report and thanks for issuing it CNN 🙂

    April 2, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  8. FifthApe

    Where is this from?

    21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • observer

      In the Torah there is a death penalty for a number of crimes. From what I remember there were only two ways that the penalty was carried out.
      1. Stoning
      2. Rope wrapped around the throat, pulled on by two men on each side
      Jews never performed crucification, burning at the stake, hanging or be-heading. Even today in Israel the only prisoner ever executed was Adolf Eichmann.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  9. paperjihad

    @Abdulameer,

    You've read the Old Testament, right?

    April 2, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • FifthApe

      The monster that stalks the pages of the Old Testament is one of the most evil characters in all fiction.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  10. prophet

    To this day it shocks me that not just Muslim women but also non-Muslim onlookers cannot recognize the hijab for what it truly is: an item of control placed upon women by insecure men in the early centuries. As a generalization, most American men would feel comfortable with their girlfriend walking around the mall in shorts and a tank. However, I feel that some, even most, would not appreciate that same girlfriend walking around in a skimpy, suggestive bikini because it draws a lot of unwanted attention and thus makes the male feel insecure and threatened, as this attention has the potential to lure the girlfriend into the wrong direction. Muslim men take this mild and very natural insecurity to an entirely new level with the hijab. Those who conceptualized and put into practicality the hijab sought to cover up their women entirely so as to feel no threat from other men because the beauty of their partner could not be seen. These women have today been brain-washed into believing it is admirable and "empowering" to wear the hijab. This blind conformity mirrors that which plagues many Americans on a much larger scale.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Finger Puppet

      Agree. But it's not just Muslim societies. It's everywhere in the West also. Hello. They're called nuns. Dressed head to toe in black, veils, small opening for the face, prayer beads either on their waist or in their hands.

      April 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Jean

      While we are on the subject of head coverings, why do brides wear veils? Is it just a fashionable item to accent the dress, or do women wear wedding veils because their mothers did, or is it because society and/or males expect them to wear one? Is there some deeper message that women have unknowingly accepted.

      April 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  11. alshabbah

    Modesty is in the heart not in covering up . I have seen first hand what goes in Muslim countries under their scarf and burqa. I used to think. OMG it is good they have the scarf and burqa, if not morality will be gone in the wind.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  12. Nancy

    The ironic thing in this article is that these people "chose" to wear the hijab and it describes why. But this is NOT a choice in very traditional muslim areas. That's why this whole article is an oxymoron.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • paperjihad

      Walking around bare-breasted isn't a choice in the US either; it's a matter of standards.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  13. Lee S

    You choose what you wear and where you live. Unless your a slave to something....

    April 2, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  14. LB

    The comments on this article are plain ridiculous!

    April 2, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  15. bethe123

    CNN is such a joke. How many more Islam biased stories should we expect?

    April 2, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Chewy

      As many as there are Christian Judean stories.Personally, I'd like to see more Taoist and Buddist stories. You don't see much violence in those stories, except for when they are being oppressed. Oh, I guess that would be true when anyones religious pracices are oppressed.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • norcalmojo

      Isn't it hilarious?

      I'm hoping next week they'll do a story on that one time a Mexican guy commented on how pale I was at the beach. In May!

      April 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  16. truth00

    Have people forget about the nuns? And even those catholics who wear the robes in their gatherings and even the paintings of jesus in the robe...My wife use to be a nun, born and raise in milan italy, alot of things regrading christians belief seem to got watered down by the americans, mostly over the years and during slavery. Every faith is free from the crimes of the people, but the people aren't free from they what do. white american try to justify the slave movement and refuse to apologize, the crime of that dosen't compare to the lives that was lost during 9/11. christian here take their creed as a joke, go to church on sunday and sin through out the week, drinking, gambling, dealing, fornication and yet we called this democracy and freedom, if one was to truly practice his faith, he be called a radical\. but isn't it radical to disobey your own faith and creed????

    April 2, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Wendy

      When is the last time a nun blew herself up as an act of Jihad? Poor comparison. I can understand why Muslims are not welcomed next door. Not saying I agree, but I definitely understand the negative association.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  17. Reality

    Some of the reasons Muslims are not welcomed next door:

    The koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror :

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    April 2, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Dood

      Makes sense to me.

      April 2, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • ABC

      Should all christians be blamed on 60 milions killed in WWII or bombing of Hiroshima and Nakazaki?

      April 2, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Eoin

      As somebody else rightly pointed out ... "Should all christians be blamed on 60 milions killed in WWII or bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?"

      April 2, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Call4Peace

      wow you really have time to compile news against Muslims. Could you please make a list of Muslims burnt alive by extremist Hindus in India, people killed by Christians in world war 1 and 2, civilians killed in nuclear attack on Hiroshima, Nagasaki.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • peace

      Criminals are not considered muslims. Any one who kills are against Islam and muslims. Terrorist are not considered muslims. Every nation has criminals and terrorist. We can not blame all muslims for the criminal acts. Islam is a religion of peace. If Talibans brain washed certain people to kill, they are not considered muslims. Because killing in islam is against religion of Islam. You got certain facts and waste your time by typing here. Everyone knows those facts that commit in certain places. But try to get some time to read about islam and the book of god without wasting your time. Or you have wrong intenation. Mabye like Talibans in Afghanistan who brain washed certain groups and uneducated people to go and kill. You are also brain washed by certain group, organization, or you are belong to some other religion groups who just teach hatered. Maybe you are belong to certain groups who give you money for this job. Nowadays people are smart knows which is good and bad. Who are trying to damaged Islam to get benefit. Nowadays many countries around the world hired people like you to come in the net and create hatred among muslims and non muslims. For your knowledge, Islam is peace. This religion of peace is the fastest growing religon in the world. Therefore, some organization or groups working to stop this religion. But this religion is protect by god no one can stop from growing up.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Yassen

      To Reality
      Some of the reasons Christian are not welcomed next door:
      1- In first world war: christian countries killed more than 10 million people (christians and muslims).
      2- Second world war: U.S. explosion 2 atomic bombs and killed more than 100,000 people.
      3- Second world war: Christian countries killed more than 15 m people from each other.
      4- Serbian killed more than 100,000 muslims in Bosnia.
      5- France force killed more than 1 million of Algerian people.
      Above are very small examples of Christian countries act !

      April 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  18. Jean

    Oh, no! Does anyone realize how many churches put on Christmas Nativity plays and put a veil on Mary's head? Most Christian religious paintings, icons, statues, etc., do show women with veiled heads. Perhaps this year we will see Nativity scenes without Mary's veil?

    April 2, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Reality

      But said scenes are not historical facts:

      Christmas, the embellished story of the birth of a simple, preacher man named Jesus.

      As per most contemporary NT exegetes, his parents were Mary and Joseph although some say Jesus was a mamzer, the result of a pre-marital relationship between Mary and a Roman soldier.

      http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      Jesus was not born in Bethlehem at least the one we are familiar with and there were no pretty, wingie thingies singing from on high, no slaughter of the innocents by Herod, no visiting wise men and no escape to Egypt.

      April 2, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • jonn

      and Jesus was not born on 25th December. Jesus was really an Arab yet you all hate Arabs. Santa Claus is a lie. Easter Bunny is a lie.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • agathokles

      @Reality: For the most part, I'm with you. But you lost me when you insisted that you KNOW there were no angels singing on high, etc. You weren't there, were you? I mean, I agree that the accounts seem fanciful, but unless you were there, how can you refute an article of faith? Also, I'm not impressed with hiding behind the phrase, "Some say...." Come on! "Some say" a lot of things.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Gumpsion

      Indeed, in depicting life 2000 years ago. And when the wind is blowing, I too will cover my head, but out of common sense, like others, I'll remove it when functionally not needed. With this religion, regardless of the elements, such antiquated head-covering is a ### requirement, for the women and not the men ! I don't see many smiles on these women.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Li

      @jonn

      Jesus was an Israelite, and not an Arab. He spoke Aramaic, not Arabic

      April 2, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • agathokles

      @Jonn: Jesus was not an "Arab." Hebrews and Israelites are both "Semitic" peoples (as were Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, etc.). But to call Jesus an "Arab" is akin to calling an oak tree an apple tree. They're both trees...

      April 2, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • ironemos

      there is a difference between a historic traditional costume and a mandatory religious one like Hijab. neither judaism not christianity consider veils a religious duty.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Chewy

      It seems funny to me that back in the 50's and 60's, wearing a scarf to cover the female quaff was quite the fashion statement and no one had an issue with it. But if you attach religion customs to it, OH now people get upset. I think it's sad that religious practice would dictate that women needs to hide thier God given beauty in the name of God.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • observer

      The reason Mary wore a headscarf is because she was Jewish. Religious jewish women cover their hair after marriage. Even if she wasn't married it would have felt uncomfortable to be carrying a child and not covering her hair.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Finger Puppet

      @Reality
      Exactly, correct.
      Also why is it that the religions keep saying both that Jesus was decended from the lineage of David, and that Mary was a virgin ? Either Joseph was his father or he wasn't. Can't have it both ways. Either the prophesies were fulfilled, or not. If Joseph was not the father, then "Houston, we got a problem".

      April 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Finger Puppet

      @Reality,
      LOL. Love that "wingie thingie" crack. My new name for angels. Your comment reminded me of a question I have. Why was it naughty for Herod, (that nasty brute), to "slaughter the innocents", while it was OK for the god of Israel to kill the innocent firstborn sons of the Egyptians back in the "plague" days before the exodus ? "Splain" me that one OK ?

      April 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Finger Puppet

      @Reality,
      Oh wait, .......... you don't think they just made it up later to do the mental gymnastic trick of reminding the Jewish audience that if the baby Jesus went back to Egypt there might be a new exodus ? Nah, that couldn't possibly be true. Oh well.

      April 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  19. Lucious Hamilton

    I address several issues in my blog article "The Last Federalist" on Islam in the U.S. Feel free to follow the blog articles on Facebook.

    April 2, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  20. markv

    Fairness and tolerance in Islam? If a non-muslim is converted to Islam it is a celebration. But if a muslim converts to any other faith, a good muslim MUST kill him.

    April 2, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • farmerboy

      wrong

      April 2, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • bethe123

      farmerboy – In Islam, the penalty for changing your mind and leaving the faith is death.

      April 2, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Uli

      Fairness and tolerance in Christianity? If one is gay then they must be put to death. If a child is disobedient then the child must be killed. If one is a non-believer then they must be stoned to death. etc...

      April 2, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Li

      farmerboy, you're wrong. he's right. it's in the Qur'an

      April 2, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Mary

      It is a time for a serious debate why religion still exists at all in an advanced society. How can any rational person believe in cosmic genie that directs peoples lives. It's one thing for a person deep in the rain forests that have never been educated. The ironic thing, they are more connected with the way nature and the Universe works than many Muslims and Christians in the "advanced west".

      Religion is dangerous, it asks people to deny reason to believe in something that supernatural that is sustained by irrational fidelity to family, culture and a sense of tribal pride. It is a tough bond to break, but as a society we must promote reason above irrationality.

      How is it we think people are crazy if they believe in aliens, but if they believe in God, oh well that's ok. It's not, it's a dangerous manifestation of a corrupted or uneducated mind.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • greg

      not only in the Qur'an but many islamic countries have crimiinal penalties including death for converting from islam

      April 2, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • paperjihad

      @markv

      #Fail. This is your own projection rather than allowing Muslims to speak for themselves. Under a theocracy, apostasy is usually considered a form of treason and punishable as such. This is true of any theocracy, because that is how theocracies define treason. Take a look at historical Christian theocracies to see what I mean. Likewise, we find similarities in Judaism. However, shariah commands Muslims to abide by their covenants, and that includes the social contracts of living in secular societies. In other words, Muslims can't just take the law into their own hands.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • paperjihad

      Just as a quiz, what is the penalty in Judaism for practicing witchcraft?

      April 2, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Zain

      To Markv, bethe123 and Li: 1.You are absolutely wrong. 2. It is not in the Quran.
      Here is what is in the Quran: "Let there be no compulsion in religion" (Quran 2:256).

      April 2, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • TheTruth

      It is not they have to kill them.

      They have to "honor kill" them.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Bing

      True. To a Muslim, all fellow Muslims are good people, especially so when compared with a non-Muslim. When/where an injustice done to a Muslim by a non-Muslim is an offense warrants the harshest punishment, but an injustice done to a non-Muslim by a Muslim has to be provoked by a non-Muslim and therefore the Muslim perpetrator is totally exculpatory. Mercy is never reserved folr a non-Muslim unless he/she is to convert to a Muslim. This is how Muslims understand and accept the terms of their relationship with non-Muslims.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • TorontoR

      Arabs are just as much semites as are the Jews, remember they are cousins of each other, originating from the two sons of Abraham.

      Also, all this talk of atiquated head scarfs, why the hypocrisy of the purity when the headscarf is worn by nuns? When a muslim woman chooses to wear it, all these fools are quick to condemn and say 'go back home.' Strange such bigotry still exists, sad really. All this backward thinking and the new isolationists in the US of A are the reason why the domination in the world is declining so darn quickly. The empire is no more, and it is rising rapidly in the east. Educate yourselves before its too late and be more inclusive.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Chewy

      Where "exactly" does it say thisin the Quran, verbatim? It seems to me that it may be subject to interpritation. Perhaps the death of ones faith. As Muslims believe there is no other true God.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • peace

      Markv, you said " If a non-muslim is converted to Islam it is a celebration. But if a muslim converts to any other faith, a good muslim MUST kill him. You are wrong. First of all any non muslim is converted to Islam there is no celebration at all. If some one converted to Islam there is no benefit for muslims. Actually it is benefit for that individul who converted to Islam.
      In addition, if muslims converts to any other faith, no one kill them. Actually it is the way of your thinking. Please do not say anythig wrong information before you educated yourself about that topic especially about religion.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • bethe123

      peace– You should take your own advice and educate yourself, for you have no idea what you are talking about.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • TorontoR

      Per wikipedia:
      The Qur'an states that God (in Arabic, Allah) despises apostasy, with severe punishment to be imposed in the hereafter, but not mentioning explicitly any earthly penalty for apostates. Except 16:106-109, the verses that discuss apostasy all appear in surahs identified as Madinan, that is, they belong to the period when the Islamic state had been established, whereas some traditional Islamic scholars think that the prophet needed more time and/or power to legislate death as the penalty for apostasy.

      It should also be noted that according to some Muslims there are numerous Qur'anic verses from which it can be inferred that apostasy is not a capital offence.[

      April 2, 2011 at 11:41 am |
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