October 9th, 2014
09:45 PM ET

Let’s be honest, Islam has a problem right now

By Fareed Zakaria

There is a cancer of extremism within Islam today. A small minority of Muslims celebrates violence and intolerance and harbors deeply reactionary attitudes toward women and minorities. While some confront these extremists, not enough do so, and the protests are not loud enough. How many mass rallies have been held against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in the Arab world today?

The caveat, “Islam today,” is important. The central problem with Maher’s and Harris’s analyses are that they take a reality — extremism in Islam — and describe it in ways that suggest it is inherent in Islam. Bill Maher says Islam is “the only religion that acts like the Mafia, that will [expletive] kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book.” He’s right about the viciousness but wrong to link it to “Islam” — instead of “some Muslims.”

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  1. Ajay

    Precisely. And even the good Muslims are subject to threats if they speak out against violent. Muslims.

    October 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  2. Ferhat Balkan

    Bill Maher.... It was sometime in 2007 when Bill said Buddhists never do be-headings, only Muslims do. Well, In Myanmar, when the Buddhist monks decided to kill all the Muslim Rohingya they beheaded at least 10 people.. But of course it's not a problem with Buddhism right? When a small extremist Muslim group beheads people, it's a problem with Islam? When the cartel in Mexico be-heads people, it's just a crime. They're not Christians, just criminals. When a Muslim does it, it's Islam doing it? When the US goes on a bombing campaign and kills thousands of civilians in search of "terrorists" with their drones, it's OK, that's not a Christian doing it, since the US isn't a Christian country? When Israel goes to bomb innocent Palestinians by the thousands in just a few weeks, it's not Judaism of course. You see what I'm getting at Fareed? Bill Maher is a bigoted idiot. Of course, Islam isn't the problem, of course Judaism isn't the problem, of course Christianity isn't the problem nor Buddhism. None of these religions teach people to kill. Yet the media seems to favor demonizing Islam. It's ridiculous and shameful.

    October 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  3. rupert

    @ferhat. Good points with one exception.
    Islam DOES teach it's followers to kill non-believers, christians, adulterers, and many more.
    Order your Quran today!!

    October 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Thanks Rupert. I do happen to have 3 copies of the Quran and I've read it. You see, I'm a Muslim. Some may say I'm moderate, others will say I'm not a Muslim. To me, Islam and what the Quran says are all about peace and submission to the will of Allah (God). There Quran does not promote violence. The media and all sorts of people will try to distort the truth (including those radical extremists like ISIS). The Quran however, if fully read (in context) clearly prohibits aggression in any form.

      October 9, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        @Ferhat. Sorry. But I think Rachael Anderson is correct.

        October 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        Rupert, you're of course free to believe what you want to believe. The fact is there are nearly 2 billion Muslims around the world. Are they all violent? After all, they're all Muslims following Islam. If all Muslims followed what Rachel below stated, don't you think that the US wouldn't be fighting some 20,000-30,000 radicals in Iraq and Syria, but would be engaged in a war everywhere against 2 billion people? Do you really think that those 20,000 are representative of Islam?

        October 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm |
  4. Charlie

    Terrorism, IEDs, self immolation methodology and suicide belt technology was invented by Indian hinddoous in Sri Lanka. They trained Tamils as suicide bombers and terrorists. They were marketed as Tamil Tigers. The terrorism lasted 35 years. Hundreds of thousands were killed as a result. The hate towards India was so much in Sri Lanka that Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was slapped by a Sri Lankan soldier during an official visit. He was later assassinated.

    October 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  5. Bellamy

    Hindus and their gods wrote the book and the Standard Operating Procedures on terrorism::;:::

    Lord Shiva is god of destruction in Hinduism. He is a head chopper in chief of India. He even chopped his son Ganesha's head. He is the fabric of Hindu culture

    Chopping heads off and stuffing bodies in wells is the hallmark of hindu culture and form of terrorism that has been in existence for centuries . That is why the entire region is reeling in terrorism for so long. The world needs to address the terrorism emanating from India

    October 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Charlotte

      Fareed, please take note. I think you need to focus on a bigger problem in India!! Why are you looking the other way? Hmmmmmm...

      October 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  6. Bellamy

    A catholic nun has been rayped in Orissa state in India.

    The nun was rayped by a Hindu mob in Kandhamal district after riots between Hindus and Christians there.

    The Catholic nun, working with the Divyajyoti Pastoral Centre at Kanjemandi village, alleged that she was dragged out of a Hindu man's house where she had taken shelter along with a 55-year-old priest, Father Thomas Chellantharayil.

    She was taken to an abandoned house where she was rayped by a mob on. She was also paraded naked through the streets.

    October 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • Charlotte

      OMG! Why is UN not getting involved in India? This is soooo terrible.

      October 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  7. Travesty

    Where I come from we feed terrorists like Modi alive to Aghoris or Jeffrey Dahmers.
    One hindu the other American. The comparison ends there ... at cannibalism.

    October 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  8. Rachel Anderson

    Quotes From some moronic people:

    "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant."
    - Omar Ahmad, Co-Founder CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)

    "Muslims are above the law"–Executive Director of CAIR-Dallas/Ft Worth

    "I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to
    be Islamic sometime in the future."
    - Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's current communications director

    "At the end of the day, innocent people, when we say innocent people we mean Muslims...if you are
    non-Muslim then you are guilty... I must have hatred toward everything not-Islam."
    - Imam Anjem Choudary

    "They may say one thing to you in front of CNN but I can assure you behind your backs...
    they are standing with their Muslim brother and sisters... It is an Islamic obligation."
    - Imam Anjem Choudary

    Jerusalem belongs to us, and the whole world belongs to us!"
    - Shaykh Safwat Hegazy, Egyptian member of the Muslim Brotherhood in a recent video threatened all non-Muslims

    "I am telling you that my religion [Islam] doesn't tolerate other religions. It doesn't tolerate.
    The only one law which needs to be spread, it can be here or anywhere else has to be Islam."
    - Cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika in an interview with ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
    in November 2005

    Islam is a revolutionary faith that comes to destroy any government made by man. Islam doesn't
    look for a nation to be in better condition than another nation. Islam doesn't care about the
    land or who own the land. The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind
    to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power in this world that tries to get in the way of that goal,
    Islam will fight and destroy."
    - Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, founder of Pakistan's Fundamentalist Movement

    "Every Muslim should be a terrorist."
    - Dr. Zakir Naik, Islamic speaker

    True Islam permits neither elections nor democracy."
    - Sufi Mohammed, Muslim Cleric

    "The honor of Islam lies in insulting the unbelief and the unbelievers (kafirs). One who respects
    kafirs dishonors Muslims."
    - Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi, in a publication by Islamic Jihad

    "He who withholds the Jizya is an enemy of Allah and His apostle."
    - Muhammad, Prophet of Islam

    "If the West wants to have peace, then they have to accept Islamic rule."
    - Abu Bakar Bashir, Muslim Cleric from Indonesia

    "We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections."
    - Ahmed Yousuf, top Gaza Strip political adviser from HAMAS

    "Muslims must educate their children to Jihad and to hatred of the Jews, the Christians, and the infidels."
    - Saudi preacher Sheikh Muhammad Saleh Al-Munajjid

    "I could be joking and smiling [with infidels] and then cutting their throats in the next second."
    - American Muslim Tarik Shah, statement after being arrested for terrorist-related charges

    "Arabs, rise as one man and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them.
    This pleases God, history, and religion. This saves your honor. God is with you. "
    - Hajj Amin al Husseini on German Nazi radio

    In an interview with La Repubblica, top jihad recruiter, Imam Bilal Bosnic, expressed the group's
    vision on Vatican.

    "We Muslims believe that one day the whole world will be an Islamic state. Our goal is to make sure
    that even the Vatican will be Muslim. Maybe I will not be able to see it, but that time will come,"
    he told the newspaper.

    October 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  9. Rachel Anderson

    the worst barbaric cult! just see what they preach & practice 100%,
    1. “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran2:191
    “Make war on the infidels(non believers of
    Islam) living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123
    “When opportunity arises, kill the
    infidels(non believers of Islam) wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5
    • Qur'an:9:123 "Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find
    harshness in you.
    “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran3:85
    “The Jews and the Christians are perverts;
    fight them.”… Koran 9:30

    “Maim and crucify the infidels if they
    criticize Islam” Koran 5:33
    “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire,
    hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19
    “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims
    to fight them.” Koran 8:65
    “Muslims must not take the infidels(non
    believers of Islam) as friends.” Koran 3:28
    “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures
    other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12
    “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize
    the infidels(non believers of Islam).” Koran 8:60)

    *As the Muslims are allowed to lie to infidels(non Muslims) about
    anything, especially about Islam. There are two doctrines taught in the Koran
    which promote lying. One is called al taqiyya (to lie to protect one's self
    from persecution, emotional harm or physical harm, real or perceived) and
    kitman (to spread misinformation – especially to benefit Islam and to aid its
    spread).
    This outlines the true Muslim agenda: lie when it is convenient, kill when lying fails.
    * A Muslim apostate (one who leaves the faith) must be killed. (Koran chapter 9, verse 12)
    2. Qur’an 2:193 says; “Fight them until there is no more
    Al Fitnah (‘Al Fitnah’ meant Jews and Christians at the time, but in today’s
    context the word means all religious followers including Buddhists&Hindus)
    and religion is only for Allah. And Qur’an 9:5 says; “Fight and kill the
    disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in
    wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

    Referring to Hadith, Ishaq:324 says; “Fight them so that there is no more
    rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must not have
    rivals.” And Ishaq:587 says; “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering
    affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to
    Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will
    fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have
    mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the
    command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established.
    And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

    October 9, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Rachel... Have you even read the Quran? Clearly you're just copying and pasting from a bigoted source that seeks to discredit Islam by taking out small phrases and blowing them out of proportion. This is what the extremists do to recruit radicals. This is also what people like you do to discredit Islam. What you've posted above is not representative is Islam. It's just a tool to spread hatred.

      October 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Reply
      • Ferhat Balkan

        I meant representative of Islam, not "representative is Islam".

        October 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      For those of you who are interested in the truth. Please follow this link and judge for yourselves:

      http://islamnewsroom.com/news-we-need/329-quranmisquotes

      Everything that Rachel posted above is just plain wrong and designed to spread hatred or misguide people about Islam.

      October 10, 2014 at 3:06 am | Reply
      • How

        How can it be wrong if it's in the Koran? You must be killed per the Koran.

        October 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @How: If you follow the link I suggested, you wouldn't ask that question. But to answer your question, there are many wrong translations and misinterpretations taken out of context. That's how.

        October 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm |
  10. Travesty

    Like a totem pole, the hinddoou world in India is ladder like and incremental, essentially defined by a caste system. You suppress the underprivileged and seek satisfaction from the pain and suffering you cause. It is nirvana and brings you closer to being in the good books of deities. Very much as taught by Mahabharata

    October 10, 2014 at 3:07 am | Reply
  11. Travesty

    Raype in hinddoou culture, is the process of hunting the weak, forcing them to submission, and then causing and witnessing their pain and suffering as enumerated in Rig Veda. Thus the inspiration of all evil in that society emanates from hinddoou philosophy that is evil, medieval and dark.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:08 am | Reply
  12. Travesty

    The hinddoous see humans, particulary the weak, as targets of subjugation and domination manifesting as oppression of minorities and raypes of women all in accordance with Ramayana

    October 10, 2014 at 3:10 am | Reply
  13. Travesty

    India is a case in itself. The inspiration of all evil in that society emanates from hinddoou philosophy that is evil, medieval and dark vide Rig-Veda.

    The hinddoous see humans, particulary the weak, as targets of subjugation and domination manifesting as oppression of minorities and raypes of women.

    Sociologically, the gang raypes in India are a manifestation of pack mentality similar to wolves. A purely animal instinct and medieval practice. Recall, animals and reptile representations are essential part of hinddoou mythology.

    The metal rodding, a psychological need to attain nirvana in terms of witnessing and partaking in human pain and suffering. Again deeply embedded in hinddoou preachings.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:11 am | Reply
  14. Travesty

    E.M. Forster, the British Army captain who discovered the erotic temples of Khajuraho in India in the early 19th century was outraged by how “extremely indecent and offensive” depictions of fornicating couples and pundits raping cows and assortment of other animals profaned a “place of worship.” Lord Macaulay thundered against the worship, still widespread in India today, of the Shiva lingam. Even Karl Marx inveighed against how man, “the sovereign of nature,” had degraded himself in India by worshipping Hanuman, the monkey god.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:13 am | Reply
  15. Travesty

    Visiting India, E. M. Forster witnessed the eight-day celebration of Lord Krishna’s birthday. This first encounter with devotional ecstasy left the Bloomsbury aesthete baffled. “There is no dignity, no taste, no form,” he complained in a letter home. Mostly Hijras and Khusras rubbing Krishna's linga and chanting bhajans. Recoiling from Hindu India, Forster was relieved to enter the relatively rational world of Islam. Describing the muezzin’s call at the Taj Mahal, he wrote, “The beauty, grace, and sublimity left me dazzled with a muslim culture so refined and civilized".

    October 10, 2014 at 3:13 am | Reply
  16. Travesty

    HINDUISM EXPOSED : Dr. Robert A. Morey

    “ Hinduism is one of the most evil pagan cult still operational in the world today. While we think of it as the faith of Mother India, it actually traces it origins to a mysterious tribe of Africans called the Afryans who invaded and conquered Northern India from 1500 BC to 500 BC. The dark-skinned Brahmins of Northern India claim to be their physical and spiritual descendants. “

    October 10, 2014 at 3:15 am | Reply
  17. Travesty

    “The Afryans brought with them to India their sacred writings called the Vedas and voodoo practices. They were originally fire worshippers and this is why they believed in cremation instead of burying their dead. They also invented the theory of soul-transmigration in which at death you do not go to heaven or to hell but you are reborn into another body on earth. This next body could be animal, vegetable or human depending on whether you were good or bad. Your past behavior catches up with you in your present life due to the law of karma. You could in your next reincarnation end up a clam, a carrot, a bush or a human being. The highest rebirth you could wish for was to be born as one of the lighter shade of dark-skinned Brahmins who by virtue of their color were considered the “higher” class. “

    October 10, 2014 at 3:16 am | Reply
  18. Travesty

    “The Caste System in India….. The terrible caste system was invented in order to protect the white Brahmins from polluting their sacred whiteness with black blood. You had to marry and to labor in the caste into which you were born. The lines were clearly drawn and on one was allowed to move from one caste to another by marriage or trade. The mechanism of the caste system is tied to the Hindu theory of soul-transmigration in which your rebirth determines your caste. Your rebirth was predetermined by your karma. Your karma was in turn was determined by how you lived in your past life. For example, if you were born with a dark skin to untouchable parents, your life of misery and poverty is your punishment for being evil in your previous life. In other words, you are getting what you deserved. The poor, the sick, the disabled, the dark-skinned, etc. are what they are because of their own fault. The deserve their suffering because they did something bad in a previous life and their karma has caught up with them. We should not interfere with their suffering because if we do, we will doom them to experience it in the next life. Thus the kindest thing to do is to let them alone so they get their suffering over and hopefully have a better rebirth the next time around. “

    “On the other hand, if you were born with white skin to Brahmin parents, your life of wealth and pleasure is your reward for good deeds done in your previous life. You deserve to be rich and white. You earned it. Thus you have no moral obligation to help those less fortunate them you. The social inequities of Hinduism ultimately led millions of lower caste Indians to abandon Hinduism for Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism or Christianity because those religions did not lock them into a rigid caste system. Social and financial mobility required a change of religion. Of course, if you were a rich white Brahmin, why would you convert to a religion which would strip you of your social status and wealth? “

    October 10, 2014 at 3:21 am | Reply
  19. Travesty

    “Social Evils: Being originally fire worshippers, Hinduism developed the grisly practice of burning a widow alive on the funeral pyre of her husband (suttee). If she did not willing jump into the fire, she was often thrown into it by the mob gathered to watch her burn to death. Child sacrifices to animal gods such as sacred crocodiles were common until this Hindu practice was criminalized by the British. The ritual murder and burial of travelers by the Kali cult (the thugees) is another example of Hinduism’s inherently demonic nature and inspiration.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:24 am | Reply
  20. Travesty

    The tourist who used to travel to India’s many temples is often shocked by wall art that depicts s odomy, child s ex, o rgies and bestiality of the grossest kind. Yet, all this is part of what lies at the core of Hinduism.

    The same shock is received when tourists see Hindus drinking urine from animals and humans and smearing dung in their hair and on their body. The smell that emanates from the gurus, monks and holy men of Hinduism is enough to warn us that Hinduism is rotten to the core.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:25 am | Reply
  21. Travesty

    S EX BONANZA IN HINDDOOU SCRIPTURES AND CULTURE::::::
    Incredible India

    In chapter 63 of Adiparva in Mahabharata, open s ex between Rishi Parashar and Satyavati Matsyangandha has been described. They are siblings. Just a case of incest, if you will. Business as usual.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:27 am | Reply
  22. Travesty

    S EX BONANZA IN HINDDOOU SCRIPTURES AND CULTURE::::::;

    In the 104th chapter of Adiparva, it is mentioned that son of Utthat, Dirghtama started having s rx with a woman in front of all the people. She was her mother. Off broadway, I suppose.

    Kautbik s ex (incest) is mentioned in hinddoou scriptures.
    It is mentioned in 'Harivansh' that the daughter of sage Vasishta, Shatrupa believed him to be her husband and therefore used to have s ex with him.

    Harivansh –
    In the same grantha it is mentioned that Daksha gave her daughter to his father, Brahmadev and Narada was born.
    As mentioned in Haribhavishya, Indra dev had s ex with his great grandson’s (Janmejay) wife Vapushtma

    It is bonanza all right but this downright-pardon my parlance- instances of hindu sons f ukking mothers and fathers doing their daughters. Is hinduism a cult, v oodoo, an o rgy, incestual or simply a g ang b ang. It certainly is not a religion !!

    October 10, 2014 at 3:29 am | Reply
  23. Travesty

    INDIA: Game of Ghat Kanchuki ::::

    In India a game called 'Ghat Kanchuki' is very popular in Pune.
    Some chosen elite men and women are made to have s ex for others entertainment.
    The men pull the women’s dresses and then have s ex with them in public.
    The s exual game continues until every man would have slept with every woman. A s exathon of sorts.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:33 am | Reply
  24. Travesty

    THE UGLINESS OF HINDUISM:::

    Use of s ex by hindu brahmins in India to keep domination over the masses is not a new thing. Examples are:::::

    :::: PUTRA KAMESHTI YADNA: Gang Raypes sanctioned by pundits

    October 10, 2014 at 3:34 am | Reply
  25. Travesty

    THE UGLINESS OF HINDUISM:::

    Use of s ex by hindu brahmins in India to keep domination over the masses is not a new thing. Examples are:::::

    :::: the rite called 'ANANG DANA PRARANA' traditions in Gujrath and Rajasthan of sending young child brides before marriage to temple for one night to be spent with the priest, similar tradition of visiting temple priest by one woman from every household for one night during the nine nights in 'NAVARATNA' prevalent in Gujrath and Rajasthan, are all such examples of the s rxual subjugation employed by the brahmins over the masses.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:35 am | Reply
  26. Travesty

    (Hinduism) is the most oppressive cult on record in its suppression of women. it was Charles Manson's inspiration. From conception to death, woman had to suffer in numerous ways:::.

    Child Marriage – Girls are to be married when 5 years old !

    Dowry – Vedas (Hindu holy script) prescribes this practice

    Bride-Burning – if the dowry is insufficient burn her alive.

    No Property, burn her alive.

    Mass Wife-Burning (Jauhar) – Often 100s are burnt at a time.

    Widow-Burning (Sati) – Sanctioned by the Vedas, Puranas, practiced by Hindu Lord Krishna's wives, it still continues in India to this day.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:36 am | Reply
  27. Travesty

    The Aghori or Aghouri is a Hindu cult that is considered to have split off from the Kapalika order in the fourteenth century AD. They have cannibalistic rituals. The streets of northern Indian cities are littered with followers of this cult carrying a kapala, which is a cup made from a skull! These bizarre people will eat anything from rotten food to animal faeces. In order to achieve the highest citadel of enlightenment, the Aghori will perform horrendously crude rituals. The finality of their rituals is attained from eating the decaying flesh of a human.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:40 am | Reply
  28. Travesty

    HINDU KALI – GODDESS OF VIOLENCE/TERRORISM

    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India.

    Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune.

    Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations.

    The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:41 am | Reply
  29. Travesty

    INDIA: Between two Deities: KALI & PANCHALI

    Goddess Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. Disgusting, to say the least. Would you want your kids growing up with such inspiration?

    Meanwhile, goddess Panchali was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures. Decadent ! Immoral !

    Talk about being between a b itch and a tramp!!!

    October 10, 2014 at 3:49 am | Reply
  30. Travesty

    If the Hindu man's wife dies, he is free to go and find another beautiful woman when he wants. But if the Hindu woman's husband dies, not only is she prohibited to remarry but she should be cremated along with her dead husband ("Sati").
    When His "Holiness" Puri Shankaracharya was asked about the fate of the widow's children, he replied – "it is fate! Let the children suffer or die without a mother. But SATI has to be performed according to Hinduism".

    October 10, 2014 at 3:49 am | Reply
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