True Is­lam teaches equal­ity

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In her re­cent anti-Is­lam di­a­tribe mas­querad­ing as a le­git­i­mate con­dem­na­tion of fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion (FGM) (“The Is­lam clash in Amer­ica,” Web, April 18) Ch­eryl K. Chum­ley makes some ill-in­formed, in­ac­cu­rate and of­fen­sive state­ments about Is­lam and Mus­lims.

First, let me say the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions’ (CAIR) has long re­pu­di­ated FGM and other anti-women abuses. CAIR has stated: “Amer­i­can Mus­lims join peo­ple of con­science of all faiths in con­demn­ing fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion (FGM), forced mar­riages, ‘honor killings,’ and any other form of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or gen­der in­equal­ity as vi­o­la­tions of Is­lamic be­liefs. If any­one mis­treats women, they should not look to Is­lam to jus­tify their ab­hor­rent, un-Is­lamic ac­tions.”

Ms. Chum­ley falsely claims that “Is­lam, at least when it’s prac­ticed... is in­com­pat­i­ble with our coun­try’s spirit of free­dom, Found­ing Fa­ther prin­ci­ples and con­sti­tu­tion­ally based con­cepts of equal­ity and jus­tice.” In fact, jus­tice and equal­ity are core values in Is­lam. One of the 99 Names of God is “Al-‘Adl — The Just, The Equitable.” The Ko­ran, Is­lam’s re­vealed text, and the words of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) are the best refu­ta­tion of Ms. Chum­ley’s in­ac­cu­rate and of­fen­sive re­marks. Mohammed said: “Who­ever wishes to [en­ter Par­adise)]... should treat peo­ple as he wishes to be treated by them.” He also said the fol­low­ing:

• “All peo­ple are equal as the teeth of a comb.”

• Those who dis­pense “jus­tice will be seated on pul­pits of light be­side God.”

• “For ev­ery day on which the sun rises, there is a [re­ward from God] for the one who es­tab­lishes jus­tice among peo­ple.”

• “Any­one who God has given au­thor­ity over peo­ple, and does not look af­ter them in an hon­est man­ner, will never ex­pe­ri­ence even the scent of Par­adise.”

Mohammed once told a com­pan­ion, “You are not bet­ter than peo­ple [of other races] un­less you ex­cel them in piety.” And he fa­mously said in his last ser­mon: “All hu­mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no su­pe­ri­or­ity over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any su­pe­ri­or­ity over an Arab. Also, a white per­son has no su­pe­ri­or­ity over a black per­son, nor does some­one who is black have any su­pe­ri­or­ity over some­one who is white — ex­cept by piety and good ac­tion.”

Is­lam’s holy text also pro­motes gen­der equal­ity. An ex­cerpt: “So their Lord an­swers their prayers, say­ing: ‘I will never let the (good) work of any of you, whether male or fe­male, be wasted. You are mem­bers one of an­other.’ ” These are all prin­ci­ples that ev­ery Mus­lim learns from an early age.

It is un­for­tu­nate that in­stead of tak­ing a few min­utes to con­duct re­search about what Mus­lims ac­tu­ally be­lieve, Ms. Chum­ley chose to rely on the cot­tage in­dus­try of Mus­lim bash­ers for her dis­torted rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Is­lam and Amer­i­can Mus­lims.

IBRAHIM HOOPER

Na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions (CAIR)

Wash­ing­ton

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