Introducing my blogroll page called Edumacation. I’m still tweaking it and have subcategories and additions to make in sha Allah.
During discussions on the exclusion of women from masajid in the UK and on the Aisha Azmi case, it occurred to me that often in disagreements, the person I am disagreeing with tries to educate me. Apparently, the fact that we hold differing opinions is due to a lack of proper education, research, and learning on my part. Always on my part and not on the part of the other person.
If I oppose women’s exclusion from the masajid dominated by Hanafis from the subcontinent then clearly, “you have to understand that these people are from a culture that… and a school of thought that… and MPACUK is… and so on.”
If I say that much of the anti-Muslim bias permeating the debate in western countries is tinged with prejudice and racism then clearly I haven’t understood that this is a matter of “common sense” and “putting the community before the individual” and “integration, communication, education, and security, I mean “there could be a terrorist under that niqab”.
If I do not support celebrating the mawlid then clearly I haven’t understood “1400 years of tradition, adhering to the four madhabs…”
If I find all of the focus and attention on the Palestinian/Israeli issue obnoxious then clearly I “haven’t understood that Palestine is the sixth pillar of Islam”.
If I find it absurd that the Brass Crescent Awards pretend to be inclusive of the “global Islamsphere” by including the token Middle East/Asia Blogger award while ignoring other Muslim lands and reinforcing stereotypes about Islam then clearly I “haven’t understood that most Muslims come from these areas and consider these areas more important than the rest of the Muslim landscape”. By the way, voting is now open.
I used to get a little upset when people would make these condescending remarks in their sincere attempt to educate me because I would say to myself, “do you think I am stupid, what makes you think that just because we disagree I am unaware of these issues and realities?”
But now, I see that it’s not so much that they think that I am dumb but rather just that they think that I am ignorant because the mark of true education would be for us all to agree on the issue.