Ms. Ibrahim’s explanations go a long way toward clarifying misconceptions and ignorance with respect to Islam. However, she avoids some of the issues that confuse us. To wit, why do Muslims, e.g., Sunnis and Shiites, viciously fight each other while each sect claims Muhammad as their spiritual leader under Allah? Why have all the recent major terrorist attacks in the United States, France, United Kingdom, and Germany been carried out by Muslims? If Islam honors and reveres women, as she states, why are women stoned to death in Saudi Arabia for adultery, not allowed to drive, and are considered inferior to men? Ms. Ibrahim highlights the kind and gentle aspects of Islam while ignoring much of its teachings and practices that are troubling.
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