Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya أ
Strange Arab world people’s Practices / Episode # 1
Arab American Encyclopedia-Hasan Yahya
Equality, Muslim Practices and Islam!
In the April 9, 2002 issue, The Wall Street Journal published the concept of blood money in Saudi Arabia. If a person has been killed or caused to die by another, the latter has to pay blood money or compensation, as follow.
100,000 riyals if the victim is a Muslim man
50,000 riyals if a Muslim woman
50,000 riyals if a Christian man
25,000 riyals if a Christian woman
6,666 riyals if a Hindu man
3,333 riyals if a Hindu woman
According to this hierarchy, a Muslim man’s life is worth 33 times that of a Hindu woman. This hierarchy is not based on the Islamic definition of human rights as rooted in the Quran and Sharia (Islamic law). How can we talk of democracy when the concept of equality in some Islamic countries –(culture and society) is inexistent?
Comment: There is a great difference between Islam as religion and the cultural and societal practices of life ways. The above news is true for certain desert and village environment. I might add the Arab cities dwellers still practice inequality among their brother and sister citizens. Favoritism and nepotism are widely practiced among large portions of the societies and sometimes encouraged, like slogans of Emarati Proud, Jordan first, and Saudi ONLY are some of the slogans publicize love and hate altogether, love of one’s own country or tribe, and hate of those who belong to other tribes or families or faith or race.
In conclusion, these phenomena will stay as far as illiteracy is mastering the top ladder, and absence of citizen’s concept as equal under the law. www.hasanyahya.com
Excerpted from: a Research Paper Presented by the author at Kuala Lampur Conference, 2010 on the Future relations between NATO and the Arab and Muslim World.
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