[quote=Emad]Hello all. In Islam anyone who believes in the pillars of faith and doesn’t deny any of the main and basic beliefs is considered a Muslim. Even though that person maybe a sinner. We don’t have the right to call other people non-Muslims if they believe in Islam. Does being violent, or a drug dealer, or a prostitute etc take someone out of the fold of Christianity?
JP2Admirer said: “Fundamentalist Muslims hold the idea that the infidel is “less human” and therefore they can be killed.”
This is not true. A Muslim can’t kill anyone unjustly. We also don’t think of non-Muslims as less human. If you look at the life of the Prophet peace be upon him you will see many examples of him being very close to non-Muslims. The Prophet peace be upon him was asked to judge between a Muslim and a Jew, and he judged in favor of the Jew.
JP2Admirer said: "These same fundamentalists, I’ve read, also deny women their full humanity (their testimony in court is half that of a mans, their inheritance is half that of a mans, etc.) "
This is a long topic and I really don’t want to get into it. However I will explain them both briefly. In Islam being a witness is something serious and at times can be quite difficult. Sometimes a witness has to spend hours in a court room going through a long a very exhausting trial. Islam wishes not to put a woman in such a situation, so it made it harder for her to be a witness.
As for the inheritence. In Islam women must be looked after by their husbands, fathers, brothers etc. It is obligatory on them to spend on their female relatives. Therefore when a man gets double a woman in inheritance, it doesn’t really mean much because he has a family to look after, while the woman is one of those being looked after. It would not be fair if they both got the same amount of inheritance and he still had to spend on her, therefore giving her part of his share. If the woman is in need of any money, he must give her. In Islam a woman is always financially and materialistically secure, while the man is not. That is why he gets double the female.
I hope I have clarified these issues.
Thank you Emad! I don’t believe all Muslims think it is okay to kill someone unjustly, as you pointed out. That is why I modified it by using “fundamentalist.”
Also, I understand the chivalrous aspect of not wanting women to be put through such things as court, but I still believe to limit their testimony to half of a man’s is not chivalrous, but sexist. That idea to me suggests they have less dignity, and in many Muslim countries, that is exactly the result. Anyway, this is a bit off the topic of this thread, so maybe I’ll start it as a new thread.