In the name of Allah, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Peace be with you السلام عليكم
Remember that poem "First they came..." about people not standing up for the rights of others? Well this whole niqab debacle which I still believe is a red herring to distract us from issues like our failing economies is proving very fruitful for the opposition. Because at best they diverted our attention from their lack of leadership or inaction on tough issues and at worst they passed something that further hinders a woman's right to dress how she wants, plus it will make excellent talking points on the campaign trail when they try to represent how conservative they are. Anyway I recently posted a link to an article on Niqabis on facebook about Europe's burqa wars and this excerpt is what caught my attention the most.
Wilders's party gained in recent local elections, and with general elections scheduled for June, he will probably gain more seats in parliament. Last fall, Wilders suggested a 1,000 euro excise tax on headscarves, which he dubbed a "head-rag tax."read more here.
I wonder if they will then used that money to further oppress people? And yes, its this June 2010 that this man and his party may become the ruling party in the Netherlands. All you need is one person to set the precedence and others will soon follow.
So, is it convenient for you to act now? or are you going to wait until laws are enacted that make it legal to strip a person of their right to live based on their religion, race, social status or age? I know its kind of extreme but history seems to teach us otherwise. I think people fail to realize that corrupt people rarely go for the kill without first testing the waters. They test out how people react by letting a racist remark slip, will they be held accountable or given a pass? Then they up the ante until they have reached their goals. Its not unlike shaytan, he doesn't come to you and tell you "disobey Allah swt" because your reaction will be "HELL TO THE NO!" What he does instead is slowly get you to indulge in what is halal and then start introducing things like not praying your prayers at the beginning of its time but wait until it is almost up. Sooner or later you will miss your first prayer. Perfect example would be the story of Barsisa and you will see how Shaytan got this great worshiper of Allah swt to prostrate before him by slowly breaking him down.
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
"First they came ..." is a famous statement attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.
Who will speak for you?