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I Support Ayaan Hirsi Ali by Lulie I Support Ayaan Hirsi Ali by Lulie
I just finished reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book, Infidel. It follows her life through various Muslim communities in countries like Somalia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia, and how she escaped to the West and broke out of Islam. And it's not just interesting because it's topical; it's an inspiring story about how she came to reach reason and independence, despite all odds.

Put simply, Infidel is an extremely good book. No, better than you think.

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See my other Ayaan Hirsi Ali stamp here.

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[Edit 17/05/08: Updated stamp to better-quality png instead of gif.]
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
This woman is an Islamophobe. Apparently, she never heard of Malcolm X who is considered one of the greatest Muslim leaders and a civil rights leader
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Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this woman is a brave warrior,extraordinary human being.
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palekidsmafia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I read this book before I became Muslim...and honestly, I can see how that book could give a person a bad impression of Islam...I know it did for me...but if you know anything about real Islam, you know that her book makes Somali culture look bad, NOT Islam. Female genital mutilation is a cultural practice, not a religious one. It is practiced among Christians, Muslims, and Animists in Africa. In some sects of Islam though, it's considered good for a woman to have a piece of her clitoral hood cut off...but this has proven to enhance a women's sexual experience since it leaves the actual clitoris more exposed, and thus, more easily stimulated. Anyways...she obviously has little understanding of Islam...this makes sense, considering she's from a hell-hole like Somalia.
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Lulie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you say that Saudi Arabia is also a hell-hole? And Kenya?
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palekidsmafia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Saudi Arabia, for some people.
Kenya, for a lot of people.
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Sniers Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
lol its a bunch of lies
didnt you see the news she's lying everything together thats why she ran away from holland they discoveres her lies duh,,
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Hyllyn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
She lied on her application for assylum which was discovered years laters, and the lie was that she said she had been into a forced marriage, the fact that it wasn't her reality doesn't mean it is less real to other people.

She quite her parlamentary position and left for the U.S with a job offer because of the stupidly politically correct climate in Holland despite the fact that plenty of prominent politicians in Holland considered her an asset to Dutch culture.

And don't worry abotu me replying to you if you wish to ridicule or slander.
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Sniers Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
lol
yeah but she still lies a lot,
like she's saying that the muslim girls in somalia have arranged marriages while this isn't true, ok maybe in the 16th century but there were more countries who did that then.
also in her movie you could see a naked women praying o.O with quran on her body. what's totally wrong and unacceptable in the islam.
In fact women in the islam have more rights then man do if you compare it to the laws then.
also men who aren't treating their women properly, are commiting sins and give the islam only a bad name.
thats why the REAL moslims dont see them as moslims, but as retards
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Teokraten Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008   Writer
We shall all face Allah (SWT) for our lies. Especially the malicious and satanic lies.
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Hermione75 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for educating me [link]
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pharaohartlover Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
It's too bad that she left Islam because of the culture.
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Lulie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is that too bad?
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pharaohartlover Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
I haven't read the book, so please tell me if I'm wrong or right :) Did she leave Islam because she did not agree with the religion, or because of cultural practices that she had to endure?
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Lulie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as I've gathered: sort of both. She argued that it was the religion that made the culture the way it was.

And possibly that the culture made the religion the way it was a bit, too. The idea is that: there's something badly wrong about Islam today, because it's still stuck in an 8th century ideology. Other religions, such as Christianity, have updated their beliefs since then to fit in the modern world better. Most of them have gone through some sort of transformation to fit better with the way people's lives work today.

Islam, on the other hand, has gone through no such transformation. They still have things like female circumcision, murdering you if you try to leave the faith, treating women as slaves, not valuing life (being a matyr is honourable), etc.

She left Islam, basically, because it's bad. The cultural practices were horrible, of course, but I think the main reason was because she disagreed with the whole world view and ideas of it (the religion and the culture).
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pharaohartlover Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
Okay, but the practices that you've listed are definitely all cultural...so, I still don't understand your point...
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Lulie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I think most of the practices I've listed are ordered directly from the Koran and hadith. One might say, "Ah, but they choose to interpret the Koran like that, so it's really just the culture." But the Prophet Muhammad has said clearly not to reinterpret his words -- it is in the religion.

My point was that she didn't like both, but it was more that she didn't agree with the religion's ideology. So it wasn't just the cultural practices.
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pharaohartlover Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Can you please tell me where these passages are? I would like to see for myself.
Thanks =)
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Lulie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops, I think I was mistaken that it was Muhammad. Here's the quote from Infidel, page 179:

"You may not interpret the will of Allah and the words of the Quran: it says so, right there in the book. There is a read-only lock. It is forbidden to pick and choose: you may only obey. The Prophet said, "I have left you with clear guidance; no one deviates from it after me, except that he shall be destroyed.""

She just said 'the Prophet', so I assumed it was Muhammad. Doesn't really make a difference, though. Prophets are prophets.

Because it's translated, there are lots of different wordings, but you can find the general thing on Google: [link]
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Ockeroid Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
This one works a lot better then the other one as a stamp.
. If the text if a little bit thicker it shouldn't have that yucky wobbly bluring thing on them.
. I'd have nudged her picture higher. As it is she's got a lot of fore head taking up space and her chin is cut off. Only by a little bit though, don't want to loose too much fore head. Maybe scale it down a tiny bit to compromise.
. Having her name in caps and a different colour works very well.
. Seems to be a bit of a gap below the 'I' again. Not a big deal, I just keep noticing it.
. Shame about the quality. Really brings the whole thing down. Does it have to be a .gif?
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Lulie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
In order to have the transparent part around the stampy bit, I think it does have to be a .gif, yes.
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roryvincent Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Writer
This is fantastic. Great work, I'll definitely be using it~
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Lulie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :) I made another one here: [link]
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