Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and TANZINA VEGAAPRIL 8, 2014

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A Critic of Islam   Facing growing criticism, Brandeis University said Tuesday that it had reversed course and would not award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a campaigner for women’s rights and a fierce critic of Islam, who has called the religion “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.”

“We cannot overlook that certain of her past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values,” the university said in a statement released eight days after it had announced that Ms. Hirsi Ali and four other people would be honored at its commencement on May 18.

The university said that the president of Brandeis, Frederick M. Lawrence, discussed the matter with Ms. Hirsi Ali on Tuesday, and that she “is welcome to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue.” Universities consider it important to make a distinction between inviting a speaker who may air unpopular or provocative views that the institution does not endorse, and awarding an honorary degree, which is more akin to affirming the body of a recipient’s work.

Attempts to reach Ms. Hirsi Ali late Tuesday by email and telephone were unsuccessful.

At first, it was bloggers who noted and criticized the plan to honor Ms. Hirsi Ali, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Within a few days, a Brandeis student started an online petition against the decision at Change.org, drawing thousands of signatures. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy group, took note, contacting its members though email and social media, and urging them to complain to the university.

On Tuesday, a student newspaper, The Justice, reported on the controversy, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter to Dr. Lawrence, referring to Ms. Hirsi Ali as a “notorious Islamophobe.”

“She is one of the worst of the worst of the Islam haters in America, not only in America but worldwide,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the group, said in an interview on Tuesday. “I don’t assign any ill will to Brandeis. I think they just kind of got fooled a little bit.”

In its statement, Brandeis said, “For all concerned, we regret that we were not aware of” Ms. Hirsi Ali’s record of anti-Islam statements, though those comments have been fairly widely publicized.

“You would think that someone at Brandeis would have learned to use Google,” said Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Arab studies at Columbia University, who said he thought Brandeis had arrived at the right position: not awarding a degree, but welcoming Ms. Hirsi Ali to speak.

Having drawn fire for inviting Ms. Hirsi Ali, Brandeis may now take criticism from other camps, whether for disavowing Ms. Hirsi Ali’s views, or for giving in to Muslim activists.

Even some of Ms. Hirsi Ali’s critics say they understand her hostility to Islam, given her experiences, though they think she goes too far. A native of Somalia, she has written and spoken extensively of her experience as a Muslim girl in East Africa, including undergoing genital cutting, a practice she has vigorously opposed, and her family’s attempts to force her to marry a man against her wishes.

She moved to the Netherlands as a young woman, and she was later elected to the Dutch Parliament. She wrote the screenplay for “Submission,” a 2004 film critical of the treatment of Muslim women. Shortly after its release, the director, Theo van Gogh, was murdered on an Amsterdam street by a radical Islamist, who pinned to the victim’s body a threat to kill Ms. Hirsi Ali as well.

“She has her very real personal story, she has her views, and she’s free to say what she’d like to say,” said Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute, an advocacy group. “But for an institution like Brandeis to choose to honor someone like this is really disappointing.”

In 2007, Ms. Hirsi Ali gave an interview to The London Evening Standard that was, by her own telling, the most unvarnished public expression of her views to that point, including the “cult of death” comment. She advocated the closing of Islamic schools in the West and said that “violence is inherent in Islam” and that “Islam is the new fascism.”

Later that year, in an interview with the publication Reason, she said, “I think that we are at war with Islam,” and said it must be defeated. “It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now,” she said. “They’re not interested in peace.”

Western leaders like George W. Bush and Tony Blair were striking a very different tone, insisting that they were at war with terrorist factions, not Islam as a whole.

Brandeis said last week that it intended to confer honorary degrees on five recipients, including Ms. Hirsi Ali. One of the recipients is Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times.

SOURCE:  New York Times

33 COMMENTS

  1. What is wrong with Somalis that convert to other religions? I am just curious since majority of Somalis who convert to other religions start insulting their community and former religion mercelissly, Look at this woman running around insulting Somalis and Muslims just to get fame and those who hate Islam mainly white Christians roll a red carpet for her claiming that she is a spokeswoman for woman’s rights. We don’t encourage Christian converts to Islam to go to the Universities and offend Christians so why are the white folks doing what they doing? The answer is simple, they hate Muslims and anyone who is willing to discredit Islam is their hero. She said she was circumcised by her parents and her husband beat her badly, really? So who is to blame? is it Islam? no sorry blame the circumcision for your parents and the beating for your husband.

    • well said wadani, I don’t know what this xawayaan talking about. Somali people leaving islam?? why every Somali bitch who wants to be notice by white people talks about her siil . ive been circumcised as a child and I was so happy as I felt grown up and there’s nothing wrong with me now and loves my parents..

      • @ Somali Queen thank you sister for calling this jareer woman the name she really deserves, my sisters are all circumcised and they all happy, do I personally agree with woman circumcision? No but old days our parents circumcised male and female a like, it was tradition not a religion so this woman here is everywhere saying I was beaten, circumcised.

        • Wadani thanks bro.
          They has never been beaten or circumcised , they just wants to be notice and saying they are leaving islam to get citizenship but they will all leave their citizenships behind and it won’t protect them from the hell fire when they meets their maker.

  2. She deserves an honorary degree for taking on Islam and being honest about it. Not all Somalis who leave Islam convert to other religions. Ayaan is an Atheist or perhaps an Anti-theist like Christopher Hitchens.

    While some people criticize her for not being honest about immigration stuff, honestly what Somali was absolutely honest about their immigration and past. Many of us have and would again lie to get out of a situation like that. I dont blame her.

    Most people who attack her never attack her points bc they are true but attack her personally but never her points.

    Brave lady. Many of us are leaving this cult of death and I am happy that younger somalis are doing it, at least from the message boards on exmuslim forums and reddit etc From all over too America, Europe, Australia etc good to see Somalis finally waking up to this nonsense

    • @ NLANDER you finally showed your true color, color which is blind and full of hate, but let me remind you old man that Somalis are 99% Muslims. You forgot to look at the statistics that everyday non Muslims are joining Islam and Islam is number one religion in terms of number of people joining it. You stated that people never attack her points, what points? This woman is being used by those who already hate Muslims to score a point, I don’t care whether she is Atheist or Hindu, but she has no right to offend people. You also have no right to say ” Many of us are leaving this cult of death” which you obviously referring to Islam, many of who? you and your white boyfriend? Oday lixdameeyadii gaaloobay oo hadeer Somalida iyo Muslimiinta kusoo foofaya war de diintaada hayso taydana noo daa

  3. Non Muslims are not joining Islam that is actually a statistical lie. Islams numbers are coming from muslims breeding especially in poor countries.

    Also, the statistic for the few converts Islam does have is that 75% of them leave Islam in the first 5 years.

    Here are some real statistics for you about muslim numbers. Math does not lie.

    http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Muslim_Statistics

    This list shows education levels, birth rates, sexual abuse, rape, pornography consumption in the muslim world, converts and how long they stay.

    Enjoy.

  4. Wadani you’re an adult if you dont like what I say dont read my comments. Why did you comment on this article before me if you didnt want your faith questioned or people to discuss with you?

    If you dont want to be questioned or disagreed with then lock yourself in a cave bc life is full of people who dont agree with you on one thing or another.

    I am a Lander, a Somali, and an Atheist. I am your fellow countrymen we might not agree on religion but that doesnt mean you need to lose your mind, calm the fug down.

  5. Halkaan waa freedom of speech ayada inteey rabto oo cay iyo been ayeey ka sheekta diinteena sharafta leh annane inta aan ka qabno ayda ayaan sheegeyna. Just showing how we feel about her in a poetic manner….
    1. Ayan waa gun gaalnimo halyeey ku ah taa Islaamka waa uu garwaaqsade
    2. Gabari waa eey gafta se ayada ayeey gaar ku ahaatahe adiga maxaa ku gubaa?
    3. Gaalnimadaada iyo gaawaado geyga lagama yaqaane ha ugu yeerin gabdhaha.
    4. Gaabsi iyo gef adaa ku garacyo dhalee ha ugu yeerin gobey Somali
    5. Gebidhacleeynta adeey gaar kuu tahay, gebintaadan cidi gelimeeyso ha ku gaboobin.
    6. Gumeeysi iyo gaalnimo goorahaan guryaheena so ma galayaane gaabso.
    7. Gabdhaha ha isqaawiyeen waa un garaad xume ma gibilkooda la gadi?
    8. Go’aanka wuxuu yahay in la gooyo wixii gabo gabeeyni ummadda oo gaar loo taago.
    9. Garsoore waa Ilaah gaashaankiisa ha ku dhufto gabbood falkaaga.
    10. Giddii ummaddii ku ogaatay in gaalnimdada gelada ku kicin ee gablantaye go’aad ka qaado

  6. Non Lander the more you attack our religion the more we grab and love and protect from guys like yourself that is the Somali way, that shows me that you are not Somali let alone been an ex Muslim we never miss you a day….good riddance!

  7. So just because I dont agree with you on Islam I must be some outsider? Man are some of you people will get a rude awakening. Not every Somali agrees with you on many different things. Religion is just one!

    I never asked you to miss me. Your emotional outbursts are childish. You go from questioning whether I am actually somali, or an ex muslim to telling me that you wont miss me.

    Marwo there is no cay or been walalo the reason I left Islam was bc I actually finished reading the Quran and Hadith after being terrified at what I actually found I went into the tafsiir hoping that mohammed and the sahaba werent as blood thirsty as the sahih hadith made them out to be only to find out it was even worse.

    How many of you fighting me over this have actually finished the quran, the hadith and tafsiir. Many of you’re ignorant of what your religion says.

    Marwo and aragsan do me a favor and find out how mohammed got his wives, go deep dont just take the line that they were widows. Find out how they became widows, go into the tafsiir. Then maybe we can have a discussion. Go to your local Islamic book store and find this stuff out. You have a choice the blue pill or the red bill. See how far the rabbit hole goes lol

  8. Non Lander,
    it is nothing personal, it is you that any time that there is an article about Islam jump and start offending 2 billion people. Islam is a reality of life whether you want or not it is here to stay until the end of time so do not waist your time and energy in trying to tell us something that we will never believe. Furthermore, colonialist, could not change the Islamic mentality of illiterate Somalis let alone those educated ones you stop your childish tantrum of hiding your your head under the sand whenever you hear the word Islam, I know… that must be horrible not to believe in your Creatore and thinking that all this started from no where…and Big Bang it is behind everything.. and I told you before the more you attack the more we love that it is the human behaviour regarding the life of our beloved prophet Mohamed SCW you have your “sources” we have ours so everyone should stick with his or hers, he was sent by Allah in a time where the girls were buried alive and women were inherited like objects… like the time when Pharaoh was killing Jews boys and Moses SCW was sent to stop that. Thanks to Islam what I earn it is mine and still my husband has to give me everything I do not pay my share if I do not want because what it is mine it is mine and what it is his it is ours, I do not know were you or Ayan Hirsi get your “sources” Ayan she wants only fame… but she started with lies and that prompt her to lose even her citizenship in the Netherlands, just to be “liked” cannot make you offend many Muslim people around the planet. As Wadani said eloquentely you stick with your views and we stick with ours and please do not try to convince anyone because it is useless. Peace.

  9. It is very childish to call someone a non lander simply bc they choose to be a different religion from you. Thats like arguing that bc your muslim that you’re not really American or British. What makes you any different from the right wing organizations that attack muslims?

    I am a Lander, I would die and fight for it right along side of you as my family members have before. I would protect Somaliland with my life if need be from the very muslim faqa sh that tried to wipe us out the first time.

    I have every right to wave that flag and be proud of it. You should be ashamed of yourself especially if you live in the west or any democratic society for associating religion with citizenship bc the same rights that you would deny me could be used against you as well.

    Is it just a habit for you to rant without having a clear purpose to your responses?

    The sources I use are the actual Sahih Hadith, the Quran, Tafsiir and also the biographers of the prophet that all muslims at least sunnis agree upon ibn Isaq and ibn hisham.

    You have not discredited any of my points only thrown out mild insults and incoherent sentences that range from the big bang which you do not seem to understand to evolution to telling me to shut up.

    Islam condemns itself much like the Bible and Torah do. Open your own Quran read it from beginning to end, read the bios of the prophet written by muslims, read the tafsiir, read the hadith and then tell me if people like that could ever live in the 21st century and beyond.

    Also, it’s a bit rich to complain about imperialism when Islam was more than willing to colonize large swaths of Africa, Iran, Spain and also parts of Asia, and Eastern Europe. None of these incursions were peaceful. Just like you dont want to give up your beliefs and the beliefs of your forefathers neither did those people but Islam imposed itself on them.

    What makes your chains mental or otherwise any better than the Christians you complain about? One has an Arab face, the other a European none of which look anything like you or have your best interest at heart.

    Thats like a drug dealer that gets angry bc another drug dealer is more successful, why point fingers when both of you were selling the same product just in different bags?

    Since you’re too lazy to even research your own religion let me give you a head start. Dont take my word for it, look up these references in your local Islamic bookstore or better yet ask your Imam

    Start with the one on how mohammed got his wives

    http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Main_Page

    Systematically look these up in the hadith, continue to tafsiir, and then the biographies.

  10. NL Lander

    You are an atheist in a mission!!! For someone who does not
    care about religion you preach a lot…. The reason I am saying this it is
    because I never mention you in my previous posting I was speaking to Ayan Hersi
    but you jumped on the wagon without knowing what was my posting about…please do not be so defensive you are entitled to
    your opinion if you only show some respect and civility to all other readers
    that will be much appreciated….however it is human nature to boil inside when
    thing do not go the way you wish …take a deep breath and relax and start
    knowing more deeply Somali way of thinking.

  11. Non Lander

    Here we go again… I imagine that you have your personal “library”
    and personal references because these things that you mention in your posting
    it is not in the History books so I am guessing you are one of the revisionists
    of the 21 century there is lot of them lately… your postings are so entertaining…please
    keep posting for the sake of making my day I always have my coffee ready when I
    star reading your postings thanks any way, and by the way give a look at the
    history of the Crusaders and Islam and how they met…..and maybe how the
    Colonialism started and how the divided the African pie in Berlin…..So long!

    • lol I like coffee too um they’re in the history books perhaps you should start cracking out more books.

      I am glad someone is amused, I am fighting off like 5 of you all on my own. My fingers are doing cardio on the keyboard.

      All kidding aside. I dont have a problem with people being muslim, its when you assert shyt that just isnt right, and then get angry when you’re challenged on it.

      I have muslim parents and family I love them, they’re not Islam. I left Islam I didnt leave them. We can argue but I just dont take things on faith and I wont stand by while people say nonsense.

      Just imagine I am you’re annoying brother, perhaps you will have less hostility towards me and actually look up what I ask you to look up. If not thats cool too just dont be going saying nonsense then getting mad when I call you on it.

      Enjoy your coffee and stop calling me nonlander or i’ll start calling you fa q ash lover how ya like them apples?

  12. @Nlander
    You are nothing more than an enemy boy. Only reason you are puking everywhere is because you are behind a screen.

    • I didnt start this, i put a comment in support of ayaan and was drawn into a debate if you dont like what i have to say then dont start a convo with me. Simple as that.

  13. Asalaam alaykum,
    Nlander may Allah guide you, amen! Your arguments are very subjective and selective. You claim that you want hard evidence for things, but you rarely provide hard evidence yourself. The Prophet and his companions fought in just wars according to our religious paradigm! If somehow that makes no sense to your paradigm then that doesn’t make it wrong. What makes yours better? Their wars according to us were wars of self defense in most cases, especially during his time. And even the offensive wars according to us saved much more lives and the examples are many. I will pick just one example that many may not take into account and that is the example of how many lives were protected due to Islams’ code of hygiene alone. Most civilizations have suffered from one plague or another, but Islamic civilization has the distinction of not having that problem especially when you consider how big Islamic states got. From ancient India to ancient China plagues killed millions and of course you know about all the plagues that caused havoc on Europe due to their bad hygiene not long ago.

    I don’t have the time to refute you on all your arguments, but I have tried to do so on other posts and admin did not allow me. I don’t know why? I will try briefly. You claim that there is no God, but what is your hard evidence. Simply saying that religion is false, therefore there is no God is irrational. And stop using moral arguments, because if you are a true atheist that is not a realm you should dive into to disprove Allah’s existence.

    If you are as rational and logical as you claim to be then stop this talk about Islam kills or that, because I can provide you with numbers for those that killed for other than religion. Yet, you will never see me disproving atheism based on what atheist have done.

    You are a child of nomads just like I, and they have always believed that there was a “Higher Being.” You would have had a hard time convincing them of these reactionary notions that you have picked in your brief stay in the West. The most virulent form of atheism in world history is a product of the West. No civilization has ever taken atheism to the level that they have. I can’t blame them to some degree, due to false religions that they have had to deal with. You need to separate what is particular to certain civilizations from an ideology that can have universal merit. Even the notion that if Allah is not proven through aristotelian or modern logic; which by the way suffer from the same problems, then therefore he doesn’t exist is irrational and particular to the west.

    As for your secular humanism, well, the expirement with secular humanism in it’s modern form in human history has been very brief, but the social consequences have been immense. Secular Europe can no longer produce enough babies to replace its self, so that my friend is a total fail on the most basic of standards let alone all of its other social ills. If the rates keep going they will have more homosexuals than heterosexuals and how sad is that. They will accomplish something that even animals are not stupid enough to do. And you want us to follow their example?!

    Before there were Dawkins and company there was Anthony Flew and he was not just an agitator, but someone that stuck to what he thought was true. However, he left atheism due to its irrational notions. Please read this short interview http://www.strangenotions.com/flew/

    Till next time……

    • http://www.historynet.com/muhammad-the-warrior-prophet.htm

      Mohammeds military wars.

      Whats this plague business? So bc arabs were nomads and didnt have large cities that is supposed to be supernatural evidence? Nice logic, by that same token hindu gujaratis didnt get the plague either I suppose Krishna had something to do with that?

      Atheism is not saying a higher being cannot exist it simply says that the current religious ideas about said being are wrong. Could a higher being exist? Perhaps but how likely is it that it is anything like what mohammed thought up? Pretty weak, self absorbed, jealous, murderous allah. Not very different from the old testament god mohammed was claiming to reform.

      Have any of you watched The Following? Joe Carrol reminds me soo much of Mohammed and the Sahaba the cult. Just pay attention to that show sometimes.

      It will trip you out

  14. Only reason you read the Quran and Hadith was out of hate and in search of something you can quote and twist and use to bash Islam and its followers. You are entitled to choose what you believe but leave our religion alone we believe it and we love it and happy with it. Is it hard for you to stick to your views and leave others views alone? Surprised to see someone giving so much energy to a faith he doesn’t believe in? Says a lot. What is burning you is that you failed to convince us your stinking atheist view. The light of Allah will keep shining even though you and your ilk hate it.

    • I didnt start this issue. I commented in support of Ayaan and was jumped on. By like 4 of you. I have no interest in it other than to put a comment in support of Ayaan everything else was organic in response to you all asking me questions.

      I didnt bash you I bashed an ideology. You are not Islam you’re a human being, I did not insult you personally. I attacked your belief system, the ideology. Islam is not a race or identity stop trying to make it one.

      It is an ideology just like Christianity, Judaism, Communism, Secular Humanism and it needs to be put on a scale and evaluated and debated like anything else.

  15. Non Lander
    Thanks, I do not want to read your revised “Tafsir , Quran and Hadith” I have my own ! Lakum diinakum walii diini. By the way about evolution, do you want me to think that I evolved from an animal and then I become a human with some sort of brain please….give me a break!…. I thought that this kind of thinking it expired on the 19 century come up with new theories you are so creative

  16. N Lander

    I have a question for you why all the women around the world take their husband’s last name mostly secular. people…giving up the most basic marker of your identity? And if family unity is so important, why don’t men ever change their names and take their wife’s last name ?,,,,, Muslim women for us it is HARAM to do that so we keep our forefathers name please enlighten us……

  17. Riddle me this….

    It is difficult to try to be neutral when describing the enslavement and rape of Safiyyah. I generally try to let the ahadith speak for themselves, which is bad enough, but I think that the story of Safiyyah needs to be told in a manner that portrays its repulsive nature. Feel free to cross-reference everything that I say with Islamic sources.

    After years of virtual stalemate between himself and the Meccan army, Muhammad decided to plunder the Jewish village of Khaybar, to the north of Madinah. Khaybar was a fertile oasis filled with lush palm trees flourishing vegetation. Furthermore, the Jewish inhabitants, many of whom were expelled from Madinah by Muhammad just a few years earlier, were skilled craftsmen with stores of gold and valuable weaponry. Muhammad gathered his troops on the outskirts of the town. Preparing his armies for a surprise raid at dawn, he shouted “When we descend upon their precincts, terrible indeed shall be the morning of those who had been warned!”

    With that, Muhammad’s men descended upon the sleeping town, wreaking havoc, cutting palm trees, killing men, and enslaving women. One of the men that was captured was Kinana. Kinana was rumored to have knowledge of the location of a great treasure. Muhammad had his men torture Kinana to learn the treasure’s location, threatening him with death if he refused to disclose it. After finding the treasure, Muhammad had Kinana killed.

    As the village lay in defeat, the bloodied and bruised bodies of the dead scattered about the rode, Muhammad had his men tie up the women and force them into sexual slavery. The women, bounded by rope and completely distraught, were screaming, wailing, pulling at their own hair and rubbing their faces in dust. Walking by, Muhammad referred to them as “she devils.” He gave orders to his companions to “chose whatever women they wanted.”

    One of those women was 17 year old Safiyyah Bint Huyay. Safiyyah was the daughter of the tribe’s chief. She was also the wife of Kinana, whom Muhammad had tortured and killed earlier. Once Muhammad learned of her status, and of her striking beauty, he ordered her to be reserved for himself. He threw his cloak over her to show that she was his property.

    She was cleaned, beautified, and prepared for the pleasure of the 60 year old self proclaimed prophet—the same man who ordered the raiding of her village, the enslavement of her friends, the murder of her father, and the torture and death of her husband.

    Al- Bukhari Narrates:
    Narrated Abdul Aziz:
    Anas said, “When Allah’s Apostle invaded Khaibar, we offered the Fajr prayer there (early in the morning) when it was still dark. The Prophet rode and Abu Talha rode too and I was riding behind Abu Talha. The Prophet passed through the lane of Khaibar quickly and my knee was touching the thigh of the Prophet. He uncovered his thigh and I saw the whiteness of the thigh of the Prophet. When he entered the town, he said, ‘Allahu Akbar! Khaibar is ruined. Whenever we approach near a (hostile) nation (to fight) then evil will be the morning of those who have been warned.’ He repeated this thrice. The people came out for their jobs and some of them said, ‘Muhammad (has come).’ (Some of our companions added, ‘With his army.’) We conquered Khaibar, took the captives, and the booty was collected. Dihya came and said, ‘O Allah’s Prophet! Give me a slave girl from the captives.’ The Prophet said, ‘Go and take any slave girl.’ He took Safiya bint Huyai. A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! You gave Safiya bint Huyai to Dihya and she is the chief mistress of the tribes of Quraiza and An-Nadir and she befits none but you.’ So the Prophet said, ‘Bring him along with her.’ So Dihya came with her and when the Prophet saw her, he said to Dihya, ‘Take any slave girl other than her from the captives.’” Anas added: “The Prophet then manumitted her and married her.”
    Thabit asked Anas, “O Abu Hamza! What did the Prophet pay her (as Mahr)?” He said, “Her self was her Mahr for he manumitted her and then married her.” Anas added, “While on the way, Um Sulaim dressed her for marriage (ceremony) and at night she sent her as a bride to the Prophet. So the Prophet was a bridegroom and he said, ‘Whoever has anything (food) should bring it.’ He spread out a leather sheet (for the food) and some brought dates and others cooking butter. (I think he (Anas) mentioned As-Sawaq). So they prepared a dish of Hais (a kind of meal). And that was Walima (the marriage banquet) of Allah’s Apostle.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 8, Number 367)

    Ibn Hisham states:

    “Safiyah was born in Medinah. She belonged to the Jewish tribe of Banu ‘I-Nadir. When this tribe was expelled from Medinah in the year 4 A.H, Huyaiy was one of those who settled in the fertile colony of Khaibar together with Kinana ibn al-Rabi’ to whom Safiyah was married a little before the Muslims attacked Khaibar. She was then seventeen. She had formerly been the wife of Sallam ibn Mishkam, who divorced her. One mile from Khaibar. Here the Prophet married Safiyah. She was groomed and made-up for the Prophet by Umm Sulaim, the mother of Anas ibn Malik. They spent the night there. Abu Ayyub al-Ansari guarded the tent of the Prophet the whole night. When, in the early dawn, the Prophet saw Abu Ayyub strolling up and down, he asked him what he meant by this sentry-go; he replied: “I was afraid for you with this young lady. You had killed her father, her husband and many of her relatives, and till recently she was an unbeliever. I was really afraid for you on her account”. The Prophet prayed for Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Ibn Hisham, p. 766)

  18. “Atheism is not saying a higher being cannot exist it simply says that
    the current religious ideas about said being are wrong. Could a
    higher being exist? Perhaps but how likely is it that it is anything
    like what mohammed thought up?”

    Here is the standard Merriam-Webster definition and encyclopedic definition also on their website

    Definition of ATHEISM
    1
    archaic : ungodliness, wickedness
    2
    a : a disbelief in the existence of deity
    b : the doctrine that there is no deity Critique and denial of metaphysical beliefs in God or divine beings. Unlike agnosticism, which leaves open the question of whether there is a God, atheism is a positive denial.

    I know that you tend to jump from a positive atheist to negative atheist according to what suites you at the time. Many if not all atheists do this and I am not surprised. Just because you don’t think we have evidence for what we believe does not mean you are entitled to believe that God does not exist or could perhaps exist. I am not even interested in proving to you that Allah exists. However, I do want you to understand that the position that you hold is irrational and illogical.

    Give your fingers and hands some rest from all that cutting and pasting and go read the Anthony Flew interview. Since you are not afraid of questioning your beliefs you should also go buy his book.

    The more I argue with you the more I see that you are in this to kill time and agitate others. Get away from the keyboard and go make some friends.

  19. I am an agnostic atheist perhaps I failed to mention that and I am not jumping for positive to negative.

    The plausibility of such a flawed creator existing is nil, could there be some sort of mechanism/event that allowed the universe to appear etc perhaps, could that be in any way related to a jealous allah who gets angry when you fail to believe him even though he makes his religion unbelievable by intelligent human beings. Claiming he doesnt need your worship but then threatens you with eternal fire for not doing so etc etc, being pleased at hearing humanity burn while he sits there and listens? How plausible is that?

    Since you’re so fond of definitions here is one for you.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnostic_atheism

    As for Anthony Flew his arguments are logical fallacies. He believed in intelligent design which has since been debunked by scientists. Also consider what he said about Islam “Flew was particularly hostile to Islam, and said it is “best described in a Marxian way as the uniting and justifying ideology of Arab imperialism.”[22] In a December 2004 interview he said: “I’m thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins”.[23]”

  20. Agnostic atheism is just a title that’s there to cover up for logical flaws of being just a positive atheist and nothing else. Being an agnostic is also self refuting, but I will say something about that another time. As for now, just remember that a negative entity plus another negative entity is always negative.

    I know the stuff that you listed about Flew before you even did it, but my reason for posting the interview was to get you to understand that the probabilities are stacked against atheism and that the origin of life cannot be attributed to a “lucky chance.”

    Intelligent
    design is the science that studies signs of intelligence. Note that a
    sign is not the thing signified. – See more at:
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/08/what_is_the_the075281.html#sthash.4EotQVKE.dpuf
    Intelligent
    design is the science that studies signs of intelligence. Note that a
    sign is not the thing signified. – See more at:
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/08/what_is_the_the075281.html#sthash.4EotQVKE.dpuf
    Intelligent
    design is the science that studies signs of intelligence. Note that a
    sign is not the thing signified. – See more at:
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/08/what_is_the_the075281.html#sthash.4EotQVKE.dpuf
    Intelligent
    design is the science that studies signs of intelligence. Note that a
    sign is not the thing signified. – See more at:
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/08/what_is_the_the075281.html#sthash.4EotQVKE.dpufNote that ID is a study of signs of intelligence and not the thing signified(ALLAH). I think that a Deist such as Flew is much better than your position. I just wanted to help you climb the theist ladder step by step. As for me, I don’t take my religion or views about religion from Flew, so his views about Islam don’t rub me one way or another. He is just polluting the air when it comes to that.

    As for your claim that Intelligent Design as been debunked please provide me the evidence. If you claim like some that some natural phenomenons have “bad design,” then I will show you claims of bad design that were later changed.

    You keep making value judgments about Allah’s attributes when you don’t even believe or know anything about his being. Are you sure that due to your assumptions about his attributes he will somehow cease to exist. Very irrational of you my friend!

  21. Also, agnostic and atheist are not mutually exclusive you can be an agnostic theist and and agnostic atheist. You can look up the difference after you look up my last comment and also do me a favor and scroll down and talk to me about the story of how mohammed took saffiyah as a sexual slave after killing her father, husband etc etc etc Since none of you want to answer my questions but constantly throw up other issues. Answer my questions please

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