I have been taking a break, the first since I have been here,hope you have missed me! I certainly have.
The reasons were many ,but the most important one was that I was a bit fed up with constant arguments and bickering, and a few times I looked in there were so many cloned identities, talking about peoples private lives, not very nice I thought.
Anyway am here as well i have set up a word press page for myself,so when the mood takes me , I go there and vent my spleen.
, Am here to ask your advise. In past I have always talked to all of you, about my life and whatever is happening,and you have never failed me. So here is another one for you.
I have been asked to be a guest in a debate in Glouscter, on the 24th of this month. I am thinking about it, it looks as if I will be the only woman on the panel. Now the same radio station did a programme from a Mosque,or rather a make shift place in my town,i was the guest and they wanted to ask if women are oppressed in Islam. It was a resounding yes from me, the trouble was that despite a lot of publicity,and me trying to ask a lot of muslim women to come,no one turned up. i was in a room of a group of hostile looking men, looking at me daggers drawn.,( I did a blog at the time).
Recently,some 4 weeks ago , 4 burly men turned up at my doorstep. beards, skull caps and traditional garb, they asked for my husband just by his surname,when I said he wasn’t “in’, they said they were looking for me, I asked why,and they said they wanted to talk to me about religion! But will not come in as i was on my own. I just shut the door.
I live in a close where all of my neighbours are friends and very protective of me. They were not amused and advised caution, I have a friend who is a serving police offer , I emailed her,she was very concerned,made a note and said she will get the local intelligence team to keep an eye on my house.
I never do talk about religion,so was a bit miffed. And the local mosque denied all knowledge of the men’s where about.
So in light of all this,should I attend the debate/
Here is the flyer for it.
Hosted by BBC’s Manny Masih
Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter
Past Teacher and Lecturer in Religious Education
Sheikh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia
A Scholar of Islamic Traditions and Founder of Darul Qasim
Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield
Bishop of Swindon, Diocese of Bristol
An Orthodox Sikh and an Education Officer in Sikh Traditions
, Inderpal Kaur
An Orthodox Sikh and a Sikh Scholar
Dr Gopalakrishna Rao
A Hindu Scholar
Has a Muslim background, with strong views on women in Islam