Published in the dominant Afghan languages of Dari and Pashtu, the textbooks were developed in the early 1980s under an AID grant to the University of Nebraska-Omaha and its Center for Afghanistan Studies. The agency spent $51 million on the university’s education programs in Afghanistan from 1984 to 1994.
During that time of Soviet occupation, regional military leaders in Afghanistan helped the U.S. smuggle books into the country. They demanded that the primers contain anti-Soviet passages. Children were taught to count with illustrations showing tanks, missiles and land mines, agency officials said. They acknowledged that at the time it also suited U.S. interests to stoke hatred of foreign invaders.
“I think we were perfectly happy to see these books trashing the Soviet Union,” said Chris Brown, head of book revision for AID’s Central Asia Task Force.
AID dropped funding of Afghan programs in 1994. But the textbooks continued to circulate in various versions, even after the Taliban seized power in 1996.
Officials said private humanitarian groups paid for continued reprintings during the Taliban years. Today, the books remain widely available in schools and shops, to the chagrin of international aid workers.
“The pictures [in] the texts are horrendous to school students, but the texts are even much worse,” said Ahmad Fahim Hakim, an Afghan educator who is a program coordinator for Cooperation for Peace and Unity, a Pakistan-based nonprofit.
An aid worker in the region reviewed an unrevised 100-page book and counted 43 pages containing violent images or passages.
The military content was included to “stimulate resistance against invasion,” explained Yaquib Roshan of Nebraska’s Afghanistan center. “Even in January, the books were absolutely the same . . . pictures of bullets and Kalashnikovs and you name it.”
During the Taliban era, censors purged human images from the books. One page from the texts of that period shows a resistance fighter with a bandolier and a Kalashnikov slung from his shoulder. The soldier’s head is missing.
Above the soldier is a verse from the Koran. Below is a Pashtu tribute to the mujaheddin, who are described as obedient to Allah. Such men will sacrifice their wealth and life itself to impose Islamic law on the government, the text says.
Taliban – “Students”
I bet even the Taliban would be shocked if they knew whose “students” they really are and who taught them Jihad.
Well because it kills Muslims ….
A total of 2396 terrorist incidents occurred across the world during the said period, thereby killing a total of 4204 people and injuring 7614.
The country worst hit by terrorism, no surprise, is Iraq with 857 attack in 2007. The country ranked second worst hit was Afghanistan and third was Pakistan.
Figures compiled by the country’s elite intelligence agency show that Pakistan suffered 28 suicide attacks during the first eight months of 2008, killing over 471 people and wounding 713 others, including innocent civilians as well as the armed forces personnel.
On the other hand, the war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq, despite facing a higher digit of suicide bombings during the same period, underwent lesser number of human losses. Available figures show there were 42 incidents of suicide attacks in Iraq between January 1 and August 31, 2008, claiming 463 lives, besides wounding 527 others.
In contrast, 436 people were killed and 394 injured in 36 suicide attacks that took place in Afghanistan during the same period.
Thats only till August. In the days following the publication of the above article, Marriott was attacked. The figures on civilian toll of terrorism are incomplete & often contradictory. But what they are more than everything else, are horrifying.
The problem of Islamic Terrorism, plagues Muslims – Not the west. Its Muslims that are blown to bits. Muslim Families destroyed, body parts scattered.
This is the true face of Islamic Terrorism.
One morning Arwa Abdu Muhammad Ali walked out of her husband’s house here and ran to a local hospital, where she complained that he had been beating and sexually abusing her for eight months.
She was the second child bride to come forward in less than a month; in April, a 10-year-old named Nujood Ali had gone by herself to a courthouse to demand a divorce, generating a landmark legal case.
Together, the two girls’ stories have helped spur a movement to put an end to child marriage. The average age of marriage in Yemen’s rural areas is 12 to 13 & not surprisingly The country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
The issue first arose because of Nujood The trouble started on the first night, when her 30-year-old husband, Faez Ali Thamer, took off her clothes as soon as the light was out. She ran crying from the room, but he caught her, brought her back and forced himself on her. ( One of the ten year old )
Nujood complained repeatedly to her husband’s relatives and later to her own parents after the couple moved back to their house in Sana. But they said they could do nothing. To break a marriage would expose the family to shame. Finally, her uncle told her to go to court. On April 2, she said, she walked out of the house by herself and hailed a taxi.
When Nujood’s case was called the next Sunday, the courtroom was crowded with reporters and photographers, alerted by her lawyer. Her father and husband were also there; the judge had jailed them the night before to ensure that they would appear in court. (Both were released the next day.) “Do you want a separation, or a permanent divorce?” the judge, Muhammad al-Qadhi, asked the girl, after hearing her testimony and that of her father and her husband.
“I want a permanent divorce,” she replied, without hesitation. The judge granted it.
After Nujood’s case became public, Ms. Nasser said she received angry letters from conservative women denouncing her for her role. But she has also begun receiving calls about girls, some younger than Nujood, trying to escape their marriages.
One of them was Arwa, who was married last year at the age of 8 here in the ancient town of Jibla, four hours south of Sana. As with Nujood’s case, Arwa’s situation aroused a legal and social outrage.
A third girl, Reem is still waiting for the court’s decision and says her two ambitions are to get a divorce and go to college.
Married at 12, she describes the moment when her 30-year-old husband insisted on sex. When she resisted, he choked and bit her and dragged her by the hair, overwhelming her with force.
Just so we know who it is we are talking about. There is no underestimating the bravery of individuals. Of these three little girls – of the legal precedent they set. To me one or two girl saved from regular rape and beatings is less important to me than the precedent the Yemeni judicial system has set.
A precedent that might save hundreds of thousands of girl!! She became a heroine in Yemen.
As far as my limited knowledge goes – This was the first time a Child bride sought and got a divorce on her own because she was forced into a marriage.
And as far as I know – that still has never happened in Pakistan. Children given in marriage usually stay in that marriage despite any opposition they might have had to that marriage.
In the months since – that girls courage galvanized Yemen, in those months two more Children given into marriage sought legal help ( & were not killed ).
Nujood became a celebrity in the western world when her story became more popular. Appearing for Interviews and featured in Glamour Magazine voted women of the year by them. That one girl saved herself & that is why she is the exception.
When Ideas mix, better Ideas come from them!! Its what we call ‘awareness’
Granted what we say reaches too few people and too many of them already share our Philosophy – but those Ideas do make their way through society. Its just a question of time.
So thats that.
“When a Jew does this, Jews feel ashamed by proxy. I’d like to
Jews are also grappling with the implications of Mr. Madoff’s deeds for their public image, what one rabbi referred to as the “shanda factor,” using the Yiddish term for an embarrassing shame or disgrace. As Bradley Burston, a columnist for haaretz.com, the English-language Web site of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, wrote on Dec. 17: “The anti-Semite’s new Santa is Bernard Madoff. The answer to every Jew-hater’s wish list. The Aryan Nation at its most delusional couldn’t have come up with anything to rival this.”
How the fuck did Madoff swindle 50 billion dollars – Why did his sons give him up …. more importantly Why is this article the most popular article on NYT’s website for the date of December 24.
The Jewish community was very quick in condemning madoff even though how he conducts his business has no real relationship with him being a Jew.
Muslims on the other hand fail to condemn and definitely fail to have that condemnation heard by the masses, when Muslims are the culprits of crimes. Some of those crimes even originating from wrongly held Islamic belief.
4:34 Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).
Is a Translation of the verse. With one very important screw up.
The word ‘beat’ ( & lightly – which doesnt exist in the Quran at all )
We’ll get to that shortly. Lets start slowly.
Lets start with this!!
“faalssalihatu qanitatun” – Translated as “Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient”
In this verse the word “qanitatun” is translated as “devoutly obedient” or simply “Obedient” by Pickthal suggesting that righteous women are obedient to their husbands.
A quick glance through the Quran reveals the meaning of the word. The same word appears in 66:5 and this time is translated not as ‘devoutly obedient’ but simply as ‘devout’. Devout to God. Not to a husband as is suggested in 4:34.
Infact the word appears in 2:116, 2:238, 3:17, 16:120, 30:26, 33:35 ( addressing both men and women in 33:35 ), 39:9 & 66:12!! Each time being translated as devoutly obedient to ALLAH.
Another word oddly translated is “Nushoz” translated in the verse 4:34 as “disloyalty and ill-conduct”. The odd thing is that the verse appears again in the same Surah – appears again in 4;128 in the EXACT same context. But this time its not the the man who fears “Nushoz”!! Its the women.
4:128 If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband’s part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves
Of course here we are talking about divorce.
lets recap. If a man fears “Nushoz” he is to admonish her, refuse to share beds and finally ‘beat them’ – but if a women fears the same she may seek divorce without blame. You’d think the religion that first preached equal rights for the genders wouldnt have such a glaring difference and you would be absolutely RIGHT.
Now we come to the word “idriboohunna” from Daraba ( zarab in Urdu ) which is translated as ‘Beat’. Daraba is a word of MANY meanings. I looked up a few other meanings it has in the Quran which include To travel, to get out, To set up, To give (examples) ( appears more than 10 times ), To take away, to ignore, To condemn, To seal, to draw over, To cover and To explain!!
One particularly interesting translation is “idrib”, which means “get out”. “idriboohunna” Thus means to cast them out.
So why choose one translation over the other?? Because it fits. Nushoz ( regardless of its actual meaning ) is an issue that has been addressed for both men and women. In the woman’s case the end result is divorce – only makes perfect sense that the same should be true for men. You only have to look at 4:35 to see it all more clearly.
4:35 If ye fear a breach between them twain, appoint (two) arbiters, one from his family, and the other from hers; if they wish for peace, Allah will cause their reconciliation: For Allah hath full knowledge, and is acquainted with all things.
So 4:34 end with divorce and 4:35 starts with Divorce. WHY anyone would wish to translate ‘daraba’ as beat in this verse is beyond me.
Besides – the Other translation makes no sense.
The “beating” is supposed to be symbolic or so they say!! So the first step is to ‘admonish’ – the second step is not to share beds, an increment from the first step and the last step is purely symbolic?? Its ridiculous!!
The first & the second steps makes sense the increment with the third and last step is a divorce.
Patience towards those who mock & jeer Islam & Muslims has become unthinkable. Tolerance & Freedom have become foreign sentiments. From Rushdie, Theo van Gogh to Jylland Posten all have been witness to our growing distance from Islamic Values in favor of Mullacratic Intolerance!!
But Did we Stop to listen to the Quran?
20:130 Therefore be patient with what they say
50:39 Bear, then, with patience, all that they say
4:140 Already has He sent you Word in the Book, that when ye hear the signs of Allah held in defiance and ridicule, ye are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme:
6:68 When thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme.
28:55 And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant.”
3:186 Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly Hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere patiently, and guard against evil,-then that will be a determining factor in all affairs.
faayya ayati Allahi tunkiroona -> & which of the ayat of your lord will you deny??
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