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Woman in Black meme

Hypocritical BabeNote: Not trying to make a general statement about hijabi or niqabi women being self-righteous. Just satirizing a common attitude observed here in Pakistan.

Bigotry Invades New York Subways

“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

You might have seen this bit of hate speech in the subways, if not in the newspaper. I’m surprised how lightly the Muslim world has taken this ad which, in my opinion, is far more offensive than the infamous film recently released.

Offensive, because it implies that Muslims are savages. It Mordor-izes the Islamic world in its entirety, or at least the Palestinian people if you interpret it naively enough, and hails Israel as the benign force against them. The woman behind the ad, Pamela “Cuntolicious” Geller (Oh, she wouldn’t mind me saying that. She’s really into free speech!), believes that portraying Muslims as savages does not count as hate speech.

Now as a Pakistani atheist, I’ve spewed more than my fair share of vitriol against certain parts of the Islamic ideology, but I refuse to develop a general hatred for Muslims. “Jihad” isn’t just a holy war that Geller and her ignorant pals believe it is. It’s a “struggle” for prosperity of Muslims, which involves peaceful means as well. It’s a fundamental Islamic belief that is not necessarily the same as “killing infidels”.

Thank you, New York, for setting a precedent that hate speech is acceptable if it’s popular enough.  It’s not even a spoken word anymore. It’s in the form of a poster that’s right in your face, like that classic stench of vomit that greets you in half the stations city-wide.

You wouldn’t approve an ad using expletives in the name of “free speech”, would you? Can I post an ad across New York calling Pamela Geller a fuckface? Probably not. Apparently the first amendment does not give you a right to say anything anytime anyplace.

How about we keep all the fucks and shits in these ads, and instead ban the hate speech that’s impeding our efforts at interfaith harmony? Wouldn’t that be a more worthy prohibition?

Fight your battle against the ideology, NOT the people.

I Am Muslim, Hear Me Roar – II

The “Innocence of Muslims” is such a poorly directed, low-budget film, that even without the sacrilegious content it should be marked as “offensive”.  The movie portrays Muslims as violent, barbaric people who go around mindless killing people. Naturally, some Muslims decided to prove them wrong by storming the US embassies and mindlessly killing people. I may just have blown an irony fuse. Continue reading

Ramazan: “I can’t eat, so neither should you!”

I probably committed an unpardonable sin just by typing the traditional, South-Asian word “ramazan”, as opposed to the Arabic word “ramadan”. Since the wave of Arabization in the late 70’s, many of our Urdu terms have been replaced with their Arabic equivalents because Arabs are incidentally “more-Muslim-than-thou”.

Ramazan is that joyous time of the year where Muslims do me the colossal favor of not eating and drinking from dawn till dusk. Yes, it’s a personal favor to the non-Muslims, judging from what they expect of us during this month. I cannot eat a sandwich in a public place without inviting an angry stare. Some are even kind enough to approach me and remind me of how insensitive it is to eat food in front of the “rozaydars” (fasting Muslims).

Considering the hypoglycemic state that rozaydars are generally in, and understanding that hypoglycemia provokes irritability and aggression, I avoid engaging such a person in a rational debate. I put the sandwich down, and slowly move away from it till the expression on my fellow citizen’s face lightens.
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Why I don’t believe in the Quran

Note: This blog post isn’t intended to offend Muslims. It’s an attempt to highlight various flaws in the arguments commonly made by Muslims in favour of the Quranic scripture.

Living in an Islamic country, the only thing you get to hear publicly about Quran is praise. One’s usually not even made aware that there’s another side of the debate. There’s a reason why many people don’t believe in Islam, and perhaps some effort should be made to understand their point as well.

When I tell a Muslim that I don’t believe in the Quran, his first assumption is that I haven’t read the book. That’s rather condescending. It doesn’t occur to many that a person may have chosen not to believe it despite adequate knowledge of what he’s rejecting. How many Muslims have read Bhagvad Gita or studied the Old Testament in detail before rejecting them both?

Based on this assumption, I’m always presented a series of arguments about why I should believe in the Quran. I shall now address them separately. Continue reading

The World Map (As Islamists See it)

Note: One must be able to distinguish a Muslim from an Islamist. Islamism is a  fundamentalist, Islamic revivalist movement, with members generally exhibiting stark intolerance and paranoia concerning non-Islamic elements and ideologies. Not every Muslim is an Islamist.

The Muslim Feminist, and Other Mythical Beings

Calling oneself a feminist is an easy way to show the world how progressive and modern one is. It doesn’t require any real credentials either. If you say, “I’m a scientist”, you may be questioned about the nature of your research, and the degrees you hold. But granting yourself the title of a “feminist’ wins you a cheap nod, without any real inquiry to confirm if your claim is true.

A Muslim feminist does not exist. Trying to be one creates a kind of cognitive dissonance that can only be settled by:

a) Making extremely twisted and convoluted interpretations of straight-forward verses from the scripture

b) Drawing yourself away from the religion, or establish “separate magisteria” protocol, where your religious beliefs do not influence your social dealings. In other words, the word “Muslim” fades away until it becomes unreadable, and you’re left behind with just “feminist”. Continue reading