Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

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In Iraq, tough shift in rules of engagement

Regarding your Aug. 5 article "Portrait of a US combat casualty": I am a staff sergeant with the 3rd Infantry Division, recently back home from Iraq. Although we did not lose anyone from my company, I did lose some friends within the brigade during the war.

It's articles like this that let Americans know what we go through daily. More than half my division is still there, and so is the 101st Airborne. We fought the war, and now we are expected to do peacekeeping as well. It's much harder now. The enemy is invisible and within the civilian population. The rules of engagement have changed, making life more dangerous for us. I should be happy to be back to the safety of my home, but I often find myself sad and feeling out of place, knowing that so many are still in harm's way. I pray for their safe and quick return home so they, too, can be reunited with their loved ones and take pleasure in everyday things that so many take for granted. Felipe C. Chuab Columbus, Ga.

Islam and women

Regarding the Aug. 4 Opinion "Tailor Muslim practices to fit life in America": The problem I see with Ahmed Nassef's account of Omid Safi's negative experience (women having to use the entrance near the trash bin) is that it confuses two separate issues and attempts to find a solution that throws the baby out with the bath water. The segregation of genders is intended to maintain an atmosphere of propriety and reduce the problems that arise from free mixing and open display of physical charms.

These norms were prescribed by the Koran and the teachings of the prophet Muhammad (on whom be peace), and their underlying wisdom does not change with time. The fact that in certain cultures women have been treated poorly is due to the ills of the culture itself and its failure to assimilate a proper understanding of Islam's enlightened teachings into its worldview.

The solution to this is not to jettison the prescribed norms of Islam, but to understand them correctly. …

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