Archive for June, 2010

Ancient Law, bypassed.

June 15, 2010

As part of Islamic law, men and women are forbidden to be alone together, unless they are blood relatives or have established maternal relations, in order to prevent sexual contact.

As a way to avoid breaking this rule – which can result in lashings or prison time – Sheikh Al Obeikan, adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, Saudi Arabia, told Gulf News that women should give their breast milk to male colleagues, acquaintances or anyone with whom they come into regular contact.

“The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman,” Al Obeikan said, according to Gulf News. “He should drink it and then becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam’s rules about mixing.”

While Al Obeikan advises that milk should be pumped and then given in a glass, another Saudi sheik, Abi Ishaq Al Huwaini, argues that men should suckle directly.

Simple Truth

June 13, 2010

The foremost thing in blogging is catching readers attention. Most bloggers do this by captivating pictures and a dashing caption. But once reader starts reading, its the matter contained keeps him going. A recent study has revealed that the blog readers on an average read only about 360 words in a blog. The rest of it they just skip. Therefore, it is imperative to bloggers to keep their message real short and to the point.  In fact, this short messaging can be used quite effectively to divulge anything one want to.

The second important point made in this study is that the readers comprehend only about 60% of what is written, however simple it may be.

So I am warned.

Enuf is Enuf, Enough is too much

June 12, 2010

During the recent National Spelling Bee contest, demonstrators from the American Literacy Council and the London Based Spelling Society, picketed outside the venue, demanding rationalization of English spellings.

Their main demand is to simplify English spelling to sound of the word. The biggest pitfall in this sort of improvement in English orthography is English language is pronounced in hundred ways by different people. This will again give raise to a set of rules for spellings, the whole process may not become very different from what it is now. If the change is only for the sake of change, it will not be very popular.

An overhaul of English spelling would be not without its pitfalls. Even if you could get every printer, publishing house, signmaker, and blogger to agree on a new system, there would still be the problem of those who have learned only the new system of spelling being unable to read literature printed in the old one.

English is different, let it remain like that.

Niqaab – Arab Culture

June 10, 2010

Universally people find niqaab (the face veil) and the head to toe black garb that usually accompanies it sinister, frightening and repulsive. As it symbolizes Islam, it makes them recoil from Islam.

The full covering of face is originated from Arab culture. As per learned scholars it is not made compulsory in Islam. As the Islam is deep rooted in Arabic culture, the Muslims world over tried to adopt it.

Today, it is taken as a political statement. The women, in the western countries, generally wear it to show their defiance to the authority of Western Civilization in their own backyard.

The muslimahs who advance the conservative views on female affairs, are adamant that they wear niqaab. In fact it is a facet of fundamental Islam, where one want to stick to the stricter aspects of Islam.

Any progressive “think-process” would have definitely scrapped this medieval system. But not Islam, it requires a big push from outside to reform. And the outer world is hesitating.


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