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from the Islamic point of view, her marriage is acceptable.The second issue that the Western Media always talk about is the Hadith that emphasizes theMuslim belief prohibiting graven images of the prophet (or any other human). We can relate thisto the violent riots caused by the disrespectful cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad SAW.Prophet Muhammad SAW was a man. He was not a saint or a god, but a simple man. The lovethat Muslims have for him is intense. Creating statues or graven images of this man can leadpeople to see in him something more than he was. The prohibition on images of the Prophet,therefore, is to keep our understanding of him simple and without excess of imagination. There isenough evidence for us to know what he was like, without visual representations. Unfortunately,the cartoons in France and elsewhere have not only depicted the Prophet, but have done so in away that vilifies and pokes fun. Many people in the West do not understood what all the fuss hasbeen about. The only comparison I can give is that of someone who draws graffiti on a wallabout another person’s mother or grandmother, in such a way that she is mocked or disrespected.Imagine how hurt that person would be to see it. Having said that Prophet Muhammad, SAW, was called many derogatory names (Q81:22, Q68:2, Q7: 184) during his life time, he himself never fought people or became angry aboutit. The third issue that the Western Media obsessively talk about is that women areoppressed as a result of being forced to wear Islamic dress. Relatedly, the media focus on thefollowing characteristics: in the congregation of men and women, only men are allowed to leadin prayers; and men give them out in marriage. Additionally, they cannot travel alone. Because
4pressure mounted on Saudi Arabian authorities to lift the prohibition on women driving, they arenow allowed to drive. All these and many more prohibitions are being discussed more often thannot. Regarding the women, the media cite a Hadith that prohibits Muslim men and women frommixing freely or touching unnecessarily. This can be used to explain why Muslim men andwomen do not shake hands with each other. Western media sometimes view this gesture as