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Thank you Muhammad for sharing this nice story.

Anyone familiar with modern political history finds it hard to believe, but it happens to be a fact. Not only that there is a vast cultural overlap between the two religions, more significantly, theologically, Judaism and Islam happen to be the two closest religions. Historically, the two peoples have had their best time together and lived in peace and in the spirit of cooperation for long stretches of time.  Even when the Jews were persecuted in all Christian lands as “God killers” and “social parasites”, Muslims embraced them as the respected “people of the book”.

This story is only but a small testament to the veracity of that brotherly relationship. One can only hope and pray that the contemporary nasty fight between the two Semitic cousins, over a piece of real-estate, could be resolved amicably, though the current attitudes do not seem to be heading in that direction.

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Paradox of veiling in Islam

Some years ago, when I came across this article from Karen Armstrong, I could not but agree with her thesis. Since then, I see more and more truth in it.

On the surface, what looks like a resurgence and revival movement within Islam in the recent decades, up-close is really a search for self-identity. In the face of increasing social pressures – partly because of the neocolonialism of the West – Muslim masses, including the highly educated class, search for ideological symbols – veil is only one of them.

If you disagree, here’s the litmus test: observe the way of life of these veiled women closely. You’ll find that most do not feel much compunction missing Morning Prayer but would be adamant about covering each hair on thier head. Men, with little scruple, lie cheat and beat their wives but would be resolute on wearing long beard etc. Unless someone has his priorities completely twisted, this is neither Islamic resurgence nor revival.

Read Armstrong’s article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2006/oct/26/comment.politics1

…where the veil is forbidden, women hasten to wear it.

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