Friday, November 13, 2015

To all the French Nationals who read this blog

 
I just read the news and learned of the attacks on Paris.

To all the French nationals who read our blog, inshaAllah it is my deepest hope and prayer that all your friends and relatives are safe after the recent Paris attacks. Such acts are inexcusable, and murder. I don't know if this was Al Q, or ISIS, or Muslims, and as always, I pray not, but feel, as it seems to be the growing trend globally... If it is, I am deeply, deeply sorry and ashamed at the state of ignorance affecting my people, the Muslim ummah, that twisting and taking-out-of-context, our peaceful religion is so easy for Muslims these days.

{A wee added bit to this post, pertinent, as always, from fiercely honest blogger Ange, who has said it rightly http://www.diary-of-ange.com/pray-for-more-than-paris/ }.
That said, I have been saying for a long-time France has been making itself a target. Even myself, being a "peaceful" Muslim would be hard pressed not to deeply dislike and feel and express anger at the French for their treatment of Muslim women concerning not being allowed in government places and schools wearing hijab and the total ban on wearing the niqab(face veil), effectively making these women not citizens despite hypocritically declaring "liberty fraternity equality" and all that Republican b.s.. I have many French Muslim friends who have become expatriated in order topractice their religion despite having a deep love for their french culture and aspects of its heritage (not its history with Algeria of course).
Generally most women in the world love Paris, us hijabis not excluded. We don't judge the entire culture and people by some recent stupidness. And I would like to say on our behalf, that murder of non-violent persons, is murder in Islam, and I hope the organizers of the attacks, and their perpetrators, are caught and punished. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

To the French people, stay strong, and don't let the acts of a few change you. Carry on as if nothing has changed. That's what terrorists don't want from you.They want a severe reaction to justify their targeting you.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salamoualaykoum
silent french reader near Paris here. I have to say i'm devastated for the victims families and i think that living in France will be more and more difficult for muslim people as i feel i'm taken in hostage by the terrorists and i'm afraid of reprisals as i'm a "visible" muslima.
Althought i'm french by roots, we are planning to move in Tunisia next summer InchaAllah, it was planned for a long time but now i realize it's really the best thing to do for my kids and for us.
Thank you, barakAllahoufiki to stand and for your kind words.
OumSanaa

Anonymous said...

I say this as a long-time reader who loves your blog: shame on you, OPNO, for giving justification for the attackers' acts in this post. We should of course remind those who are suffering not to retaliate against the innocent, but to say France has been "making itself a target" is extremely offensive and wrong. (When innocent people are killed in American drone strikes, do you shrug and say "Pakistan has been making itself a target"?) Anger is appropriate, political agitation is appropriate, slaughter and destruction are not.

Anonymous said...

I really don't think France can carry on like nothing has changed. The President said this is an act of war. I'm a little confused by you saying France is making itself a target. You have no reason to "deeply dislike" France. This isn't America. France is a Catholic nation, with an established culture. If people want to come, they must assimilate and accept French values and way of life. Not the other way around. France should not have to bow to Islam and change the face of it's nation into some multicultural hell-hole. Vive la France!

Anonymous said...

This problem could be solved by sustained carpet bombing.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Oum Sanaa: I wish it would be safe for your to remain in France! wa alaykom e salaam. Too many French people seem to think that all Muslims are immigrants....

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

First listed Anonymous: Maybe you misunderstand me, I think (and I stated) there is never an excuse for MURDER... but understanding mindsets is another thing... do I think drone attacks on Pakistan make America a target for terrorism, yes I do actually. Do I think terrorists have a justification to murder other people---never. Those are two core and very different----although related issues. Although I do not think the terrorists' acts are justified...I could see France as a target for a bunch of screwed up people to try and justify their acts of terorrism, for Muslims are very mistreated in France right now.

Anger would and will be appropriate if it is directed at the responsible parties (not innocents), political agitation (probably not---legal and internal security--- yes), (and when did I say slaughter and destruction are okay?---I said they aren't most clearly).

I am confused that a long time reader would misread me so.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Second Anonymous: An act of war would usually be from a country, and thus, as is not, it is an act of terorism, as terrible and wicked and evil and militant an attack as it has been against France.

Despite France being a deeply Catholic nation (that I actually respect and aplaud) I despise that as a Republic they state to value the freedom, equality, and brotherhood of their people but actually discriminate against religious minorities (many of whom are not immigrants, but of long French ancestry). For example, myself, while not a resident of France, am descended from Normandy. I have no Arab in my bloodline, but my ancestors immigrated to Quebec in the 17th century. Yet I am a Muslim. Not an immigrant. Laws that forbid me from practicing my chosen religion (despite hypocritically claiming I have the freedom to choose religion and way of dress) is something to deeply dislike, I find. I do not think it an excuse for murder and killing however.

But as for "carrying on as if nothing has changed" my suggestion comes from my observation that terrorist violent angry people want you to mistreat French ethnic Muslims, to give them a better recruiting base for their terrorist ideals, so they can say, that they are in the right, since non-violent Muslims, are the ones being targeted yada yada, please understand what I mean. I don't mean you shouldn't do screening of immigrants who want to be French citizens for terrorist tendancies ect and be strict about their education levels and beliefs. But don't give them any means to try to justify this act. Be strong. Don't let them change what IS good about France, or what France still claims, is good about France.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Anonymous: Sustained carpet bombing? Yes, because that has always worked in history... not. Anyways... just the mindset I think is bad (if you are pro-terrorist) and will affect badly France (if you are pro-France). Anyways....

minka said...

AS for restrictions on niqab in France: I don't think it is the French obligation to re-interpret 'Liberté, égalité, fraternité' for Muslims. That is a Muslim task. Find a country where women and men can freely practice the above according to Islamic values and principals, then criticize France. Show the west how Liberté, égalité, fraternité can be made to be compatible with Islam. Do your job, don't nag the West to do your job. I hate that whining. It is the shrill denial of responsibility for the contradictions and pathologies of the Middle East.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

And for any future commentators who think I should not write in the same post, about how deeply disgusted I am, both by the murders and terrorism in France, and how I think Muslims are badly treated in France these days, because they are seperate issues, and I am thus confusing people as to my true feelings of sadness for the victims and their families, I say to you, while they are different issues, they are intrincically linked these days, and will be more so in the future I fear. So I pray, people act as stronger people, with hearts of understanding for another. Muslims, for the French, who do not know our beliefs and our desires, and us, who do not understand the fears of others, and how bad we look to them, in cultural suppression and segregation of women, and in acts of violence.

For what I dislike from the recent French laws against the practic of my religion, comes from misunderstandings about it. That all Muslims are immigrants (untrue). That all women who wear hijab or the face veil are forced to wear it (untrue). That wearing hijab disables women from being free (untrue).

Just as I know the terrorists are either deliberately or ignorantly misunderstanding Islam: to say that to kill civilians is justified because there is no way to fight for Islam otherwise (untrue). That French Muslims are so put down upon, that that could excuse hurting and oppressing others (untrue).

Both sides either purposefully or ignorantly try to misunderstand eachother and use this as an excuse to oppress or hurt one another.

That I feel strongly about that, says nothing against or for one country or religious group, but shows that as a human being, I am involved in mankind, and wish others would seek to see other human beings, as they wish themselves to be seen.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Minka: Indeed, the MiddleEast is worse in their treatment of human beings... but they do not claim to espouse freedom and equality and brotherhood, do they;) ?

Freedom is not just for Westerners. If a country espouses freedom, it is freedom for all of their citizens, not discluding anyone, regardless of faith or race, not suppressing anyone.

And since I am a westerner, a Canadian, not a French citizen, and ethnically so, being a founder of the nation despite my French origian, I always found it most disrepectful to be told by my own country men, to find another country in which to practice my religion, when I would rather do it there, and example how it is done... But to be so discriminated against, that people should say to me, when men threaten to RAPE ME FOR WEARING MY FACE VEIL that it is my fault, they did so, because my veil is foreign to them and against women despite my free choice and desire to wear it, and yet say I am free? What freedom and equality is that?

As a Westerner, I feel I can freely blame Canada, America, France. I am not an Arab or a Middleesterner, or an immigrant. I can complain about my country and other countries the same as mine. It is my duty to, in fact, remind them, they are forgetting freedom and equality and what it truly means. It means I should defend others, even if I disagree with them, to dress how they want, as I do so here in Oman, for my non Muslim and even my Muslim friends who do not share the same interpretation of modesty and appropriateness of dress as I do.

I am not whining. I have lived in the West and tried my best to be example of what you are asking of Islam, despite being threatened, hurt, and generally treated as less than others, despite education, example, and origans (not being an immigrant).

And I do the same here, in Oman, not my country, not my people, just my religion, and I tell Muslims and Arabs, when they are being backwards, injust, cowardly, whining but doing nothing.... (which are correct statements on your part, although made to the wrong Muslim, being I am not Arab or MiddleEastern and try to do what you say I should do;) ).

But why should I be silent on the issue? Me, as a person, what should I do? Why should I not criticize France? What in my morals, my intelligence, my understanding, discludes me from the right to speak out against wrong or hypocrisy?

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...
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Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

That is like saying, because I am a white Westerner of a Norman-French caucasion decent, with a decent educational background, and no long history of impoverishment, am disqualified to speak against ISIS-types and terrorist Muslim types.

That's the same type of reasoning these terrible Muslims use when I speak to them and their audience and say how wrong they are. They try to discredit the Islamic evidence I quote against their teaching and hatred and sexism, that "I don't speak enough Arabic" "I am not one of them, truly" "I am not following the right Islam and am making stuff up" etc...

Both sides say the same kind of things to discredit the truth, terrorist-so-called-Islamists, and anti-Islamists, in any country.

"You can't talk because you're not one of us, or enough like us." {end ridiculous argument}

But to me, wrong is wrong, and the truth doesn't grow untrue based on the person speaking it's ethnic/socio-political background, or the cover of their passport.

A Saudi doesn't necessarily know Islam better than me because he is a born Arabic speaker or has an Arab passport and an apartment in Mecca.
A French person is not free, equal, and kind to other citizens, because they are Catholic or atheist and don't wear religious clothing. Freedom is the availability of choice. Equality is not exclusive to race, sect, gender or other but bestowed upon all.

Brotherhood... that is an ideal every country in the world and every religion, and almost every individual person, lacks, because that requires we want for others, what we want for ourselves. I won't critisize France, or the Muslim population (ummah) of the world for lacking that, because that is the hardest thing for all true believers, says the Bible, says the Qu'ran, both. If we had that, there would be no hijab ban, no ISIS, not terrorists, probably no countries or border either. So until that UTOPIA arrives.... I'll keep myself hung up on other issues, like Islam against terrorism and violence, and the rights of Muslim women, and Western countries being less hypocritical in regards to purporting freedom and equality, and speaking out against the oppressive acts against their minority citizens;).

minka said...

I don't respect the complaints of Muslims against French restrictions on niqab when there are no, none, nada, zero complaints of Muslims against Saudi authorities to allow any shred of Christianity in that country. There is only one thing it appears is important to Muslim critics: freedom for me, not for thee. It is obvious how Saudis go to Europe to escape their cultural restrictions and gleefully drop their veils. But that is about acting out. They do it without respect for the French.

I respect you for asserting your unpopular values in a Muslim country. That is brave. But you should not impose religious practices on a country that disavows public religion. That is oppressing and distorting France. You don't need to go there. If you go there, be polite.

Anonymous said...

"First anonymous" here. Thank you for responding. Just to clarify, I asked whether you would say *Pakistan* has made itself a target (I know the answer is "no"; it was a rhetorical question).

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Minka: DO you think all Muslims are Saudis then?

I don't understand your line of thinking otherwise.... It is erred rationalization and no logic.

Because what about ethnic French Muslims living in France? Not Saudis, not ALgerians, not Arabs, but Burgundians, Normans, Alcase-Lorian peeps? I mean, you are forgetting that France went on the crusades in the 11th-12th centuries... there are some ethnically French Muslims, without even getting into your convert Muslims who believe in freedom and equality and brotherhood etc...

First of Saudi Arabia is not a Muslim country. It is a non-democracy, ruled by a bloodline, not an elected Islamic state, i.e. a Caliphate. It doesn't practice all Shariah law. It is a TERRIBLE example. It doesn't claim to be a democracy, it doesn't claim to hold equal rights for its citizens....

While France HYPOCRITICALLY does. Thus the need for me to be angry, as a non-Arab, a non-Saudi, as a WESTERNER.

If France claimed that it was no longer a "free" and "equal" country with the ideal of "brotherhood" but simply a country that disavows public religion, and thus, got rid of nuns rights to wear habits, or Christians to wear crosses, as well, I'd not complain of hypocrisy.

But it simply doesn't does it?

First anon: I know;). But I was answering what the true answer is. Drone attacks make US not Pakistan a potential target. America isn't good at making friends with its international foreign policy usually... I always think of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the murder of democratically-elected President Pierre Lamumba to prove my point there...;)

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Minka: And Muslims criticize Saudi ALLL THE FREAKIN TIME! They don't even accord Muslims their rights... of course they are gonna treat other religions worse. Muslims complain about this ALL THE TIME. Even some Saudis (quietly, of course, since they can be jailed for doing so or like assassinated).

Oman allows churches, bibles, Christians. So why can't I as a Muslim here, complain?

France is hypocritical, ugly, oppressive, and messed up, in how it treats Muslims (niqab, hijab, etc.) That's the truth. Saudi Arabia is hypocritical, oppressive, ugly, and messed up, in how it treats 90% of other human beings, that's also the truth. I don't see how saying "we're not as bad as KSA" about "france" makes French hypocrisy suddenly "okay" or "right" or something people can't complain about, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Atheist, Agnostic, etc...

And P.S Saudi Arabia is ACTUALLY Al Queda's BIGGEST and first and PRIMARY target. Osama Bin Laden actually led an assault on Mecca once... anyways...