Islamic Leader’s Anti-West Messages Are Lies
Friday, September 11, 2009 7:49 AM - Tawfik Hamid
An open letter to Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri
Dr. al-Zawahiri, many years ago, as a student at University of Cairo Medical School Mosque, when I joined Jammaa Islamia, I sat in front of you, and listened fervently to your sermons. At that time, I looked up to you as my mentor who was going to guide me through the correct path to the divine. I cannot forget your fiery speeches, enthusiastic, extraordinary charisma and your dedication to the cause of Islam.
Once, I remember you placing your hand over my shoulder, telling me that my generation is the hope for Islam. I was truly captivated; I was so young and mislead by your appealing charm as many others were. As I looked deeply into your eyes, I hoped that you would lead me to find my path to spirituality. Instead, you led me into the corridor of hatred and violence. I was deceived by your sharp authoritative look and your powerful speeches, but after all, I was fortunate to recognize early enough that I was on the wrong course.
You taught me and other members of the JI that the West is evil because it does not implement Shariah law. You explained that it allows women to dress as they wish, and provide them full freedom. Back then, I was deceived by your statements. But let me ask you now, which is preferable; the western system that respects basic values of freedom for women or the Salafi Islamic system that you follow that suppresses and justifies beating women, allows polygamy, permits slavery, and still promotes stoning women to death for adultery?
Dr. al-Zawahiri, after all these years, I discovered that the values that you promoted for “modesty” of our Muslim women are not sincerely values of modesty as you claimed, but rather immoral means to enslave them. According to our Shariah system, a Muslim woman engaged sexually with a man on her free will, should be punished by death, yet if a man sold the same woman as a slave to the same man to engage in sex with him — against her free will — it is until now acceptable in our Islamic laws. Do you consider that moral or just? Obviously, the entire issue is not modesty for Muslim women as you claimed but rather a way to control them.