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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Ask the Imam...

The FBI might be a little slow to respond sometimes.

In this case it took three years for them to decide to investigate a concern called in by a director of a commercial trucking school.

It seems that the school was concerned about the applicants for commercial truck licenses who had not attended their school.

Eslinger said the truck driving program's director, Dean Proffitt, said he had first contacted the Highway Patrol in 2003 after noticing what he called a suspiciously high number of names that appeared to be Middle Eastern among those who walked in for the driver's test.

Do you get the feeling that the FBI didn't think it was something important?

Of about 520 people who did not train at the school but took the test there from May 2004 through December 2005, over 300, or about 60 percent, had names that could be Middle Eastern in origin.

I don't think you could call it profiling if these people don't live in or around your community either.

Missouri can issue commercial driver's licenses to noncitizens residing in the state if they provide proof of identity, training and legal residence in the United States, according to the Department of Revenue Web site.

West Plains, about 100 miles southeast of Springfield near the Arkansas border, is a town of about 11,000 people in Howell County, where the population is over 95 percent white, according to the U.S. Census. The largest immigrant population is Hispanic.

``We don't have any community of Middle Eastern immigrants,'' Howell County Commissioner Larry Spence said, adding he was not aware of any similar immigrant groups in neighboring counties.


Trucks can carry tons of stuff. Good stuff, bad stuff...

Oklahoma City knows what an average size truck can do.

Can you imagine an 18-wheeler loaded down with explosive materials?

By the way, another bounty has been posted.

This time it is from a government guy in India.

A minister in India’s Uttar Pradesh state government has offered a reward of $11.5 million to anyone who would kill any of the cartoonists who drew the images of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

So... in my search for wisdom and knowledge today I ran across the Muslim American Society's "Ask the Imam" page.

I was tempted to ask a question.

You know, something like...

"How come you guys insist on everyone being a Muslim?"

or...

"Why do you guys want to kill everyone who doesn't convert to Islam?"

But I didn't.

Though I did find an interesting post (my emphasis added):

Name: binta

Question: As salaam alaikum. I am an American born revert woman. I would like to know if it is true that a woman has to have her husband's permission to go outside the home. I love my husband and he is good to me. When I ask, he almost always says yes, but I find it humiliating and oppressive to have to ask, so most of the time I stay home rather than ask. This is depressing to me and I fear I can not live like this longterm. I want to go out to lectures, museums, and things like that, because I need the intellectual stimulation. My husband is not interested in these things and works most of the time. He can not relate to my need for these things. What should I do?

Answer: Marriage never means ownership of a wife, nor is it full dominance over a wife either. Marriage means that the two spouses joined each other for improving their life under Islamic affect and guidance. Husbands have the right of leadership of the family, which includes the power and authority for managing every member of the family for the interest of the household and family welfare. Of course, a woman cannot leave the household without having her husband's approval. Usually, a good husband is not a dictator when he says "no", he should have a good reason, but the leadership of a husband for matrimoial business is needed, without which the family life will be in chaos. Allah (swt) describes a good woman by being obediant. I do not see any good logic for saying "I should be free" whereas you would accept "dos" and don'ts" by a boss when we are employees.


Which brings me to a question that I might consider posting on the "Ask the Imam":

Can you get *unconverted* from Islam, or do you have to die first?

later...

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