President Obama’s reply to an Indian lady accusing Pakistan of terrorism

Check out the above video which records President Obama’s reply to an Indian lady who accuses Pakistan of being a “terrorist state”. President Obama gave a very good reply to the questioner. Pakistan is not a “terrorist state” but a country which is currently being attacked by terrorists.

Female Genital Mutilation banned by Islamic leaders in Mauritania

Among the things that Islamophobes usually accuse Islam of, it is the issue of female genital mutiliation (FGM) which is often cited as “evidence” that Islam “oppresses” women. Although the practice of FGM has no basis in either the Qur’an or the Sunnah, it is still widely found in mainly North African and South Asian nations, particularly due to local customs and tradition which are not found in Islam.

Today, 24 religious and national leaders from Mauritania have issued a fatwa forbidding FGM. This is a significant step as this shows that FGM is not permitted in Islam, unlike what the Islamophobes and anti-Islam haters would want their audience to believe.

Female Genital Mutilation Banned by Islamic Leaders in Mauritania
This week, 34 well-regarded Mauritanian religious and national leaders signed a fatwa, or Islamic law, banning female genital mutilation (FGM). The fatwa is considered a huge stride toward women’s rights in the Islam world.

Female genital mutilation, or genital cutting, is a form of female circumcision. It entails removing all or part of the external female genitalia, including the clitoris and labia.

It is often practiced on girls between the time they’re born and their early teen years. After the circumcision is complete, many experience severe bleeding, difficulty urinating, childbirth complications and, in some cases, death.

According to the World Health Organization, the procedure has no medical benefits.

Female circumcision is not a religion practice. However, it has become a “law by custom,” says Jacqueline Castledine in an article posted on the Mount Holyoke College website.

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Former German MTV host promotes Islam with new autobiography

In 1991, Kristiane Backer had the life thousands of young people dream of: She had been selected among thousands of contenders as the first German VJ for MTV Europe. Still, she was empty inside. “I am feeling so low,” she wrote in her diary. Then, in August 1992, she fell in love with Pakistan’s most famous cricket player Imran Khan. The relationship ended two years later, but Backer went on to convert to Islam in 1995.

Her story was recently published in a book entitled “From MTV to Mecca, how Islam changed my life.”

In the biography, Backer talks openly about the superficiality of the television and music business – which almost broke her, she says – and about her two failed marriages. As a convert to Islam, she has been living between two worlds, not feeling fully accepted by either. Having grown up as a Protestant in Hamburg, the 43-year-old Backer now prays five times a day to Allah and follows the Muslim law of abstaining from alcohol. She donates money to the poor and observes the Ramadan fast.

“I would be happy if my book inspired people to discover their spiritual side and to open themselves up,” said the former VJ. “On the other hand, I want to help clarify some prejudices against Islam. I want to build bridges and help support the dialogue between different religions and cultures.”

Continue reading her story here.