Lack of Personal Choice
Once born a Muslim, he or she lives and dies a Muslim. To break away
openly, means trouble that may eventually lead to certain death.
People become household property, like the serf of the Medieval Ages
who was bound to the land. Such a person did not have the option or
the means to break away and liberate himself. He accepted his fate
and succumbed to the will of his lord. So is a Muslim. He is bound
by his religious law to seek the association of his own fellowmen.
He is prompted to distance himself from unbelievers. Where he has
the upper hand as a migrant, he criticizes publicly the practices of
other non-Islamic cultures as objectionable. Collectively, Muslim
communities abroad bide their time until their community becomes
large, powerful and influential. Then they start to lobby to
supplant certain civil codes with Islamic laws, such as the use of
the Islamic style headscarf (a distinct head covering for women),
refraining Muslim females from participating in certain sports
activities in school and public gatherings and swim in seclusion in
swimming pools exclusive to females. Such laws suppress Muslim
individuals from independent thinking. Individual Muslims do not
express their personal opinion openly for fear of reprisal. They
lack the freedom of choice to decide and perform according to their
own free will (Hiro, 1989: pp 45, 193; Aburish, 1994: p 75). When
asked, they put on a brave face and deny all charges as malicious
lies. They insist that they lead a free and prosperous life.