Fanatic


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I remember a few years ago, Ahmad used to work as a Cook at my mother’s place. Ahmad was great at churning out the best bryani, roti chanai and fish curries. He was an expert in roasting the whole lamb for the many dinners my mother hosted. He served tea during tea-time with scones that he baked and marmalades that he bottled himself. The vegetables supplier knew his penchant for selecting the freshest vegetables and knew the market prices for main items. No issues there.

Ahmad was a Pakistani.

He was the perfect Cook save lest for his ideology that the (then) President Benazir Bhutto should not become a President simply because she was a woman. “And a woman”, he ranted on, “in Islam should not and cannot be a leader”.

Huh? I was perplexed. This was a very confused guy. This was the very kind of guy that gives many Western world a wrong glimpse of the religion. With one clean sweep, Islam is labeled as narrow and prejudice.

There he was chopping the onions in the kitchen belonging to a woman who had salvaged him from poverty, gave him roof to live under, paid for the education of his children (he was a divorcee) and paid his salary which was more than a graduate on his first job.

In my humble experience dealing with so many people here that cut across so many races, ethnics, religions and cultural backgrounds, I soon realised that there are really, really insane people out there who declare they are religious and pious but in reality they have come to a point of confusion in what is the true teaching of the holy religion and their own intepretation.

I have observed that these are some of the things that will bring up a heated debate with these so called self professed Muslim religious people:

  1. When a woman decides she needs to work
  2. A woman who decides she needs to work because the household income cant support the entire family
  3. When a woman becomes a Head of State
  4. A married woman earning more than the husband
  5. A woman who speaks more than one language
  6. A woman who speaks well in more than one language
  7. A woman who is aware of her sexuality (yeah, this is a bad one…)
  8. A woman who knows her rights
  9. When a woman who knows her rights made an informed decision

I have had enough listening from these people giving me unsolicited advices on how I should raise my daughter, or how I should (or should not) do in public and…what would be the most suitable job for me to do.

And I said to them…

“Huh?”

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3 Replies to “Fanatic”

  1. It’s a waste of time and energy Hanie to argue with someone such as Ahmed, although we all argue at times. I can’t understand why a religion would culture such thoughts especially about women, The very people who brought us into this world. Here in Jamaica we are going through our own kind of extremism what with the senseless killing of people by gun men. Thankfully, here in Jamaica it is a proud moment when a woman works for herself and is the head of her own “Empire”. Our culture is not steeped in the preachings of Islam although there is a very small “arm” of it here. God help us if our criminals decide to adopt the same practices that caused the death of Benazir Bhutto.

    Keep on doing what you believe in, Help who you can. Guide by example and leave the rest to god (or whatever you call him). Only he has the last word, no matter what religion.

  2. Mikey! Thanks for making your way to my place here and I hope that you would come back often. I dont believe its the religion that taught him that though, its his intepretation. And we must remember that most of the time in Asia its the culture and tradition that dictates ways of lives, and if infused that with fanatical intepretation of religious doctrine (whatever religion it is), you will have a lethal dose of something bigger than an atomic bomb.

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