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  1. They are free to protest any laws they want, but being a minority (assuming without significant power), they are not likely to cause a change. Also, how many Islamic laws really directly affect them personally any more than another legal system? There may be a few public things, but people are usually free to whatever in privacy. Just like secular states, with different lines drawn. These laws are promoted by certain factions of government and society (usually right wing), who only occupy a portion of influence (even if we concede it’s rising at the moment), but plenty of other factions oppose these laws. Also nothing stops Muslims from forming their own faction of influence as a countervailing force.
  2. Are you implying Muslim = foreigner in the European context? There a lot of born Muslims in these countries too (and reverts). Obviously they have a right to protest laws in their own country that target them, just like any other domestic interest group does? Or should they flee to another country and learn a new language? Which is more practical?
  3. Finding a “Muslim” face for your Hollywood film, TV series, Christian conversion video, humanist foundation, neoconservative think tank, beauty pageant, or anything else is pretty easy. There’s one billion people after all.
  4. This caveat in the law is a blatant slam dunk legal definition of discrimination since an argument can’t be made it pertains to multiple groups, hence not discriminatory. Its clearly crafted to affect Muslims only. Not sure how the law works in Austria/EU but a court would easily declare it in this case. This was used to dismiss Trumps “Muslim travel ban” in US court as well. Anyone know about Austrian (or EU) law?
  5. This is an important question. I know that it’s common to use modifiers like “conservative Muslim” or “Indian Muslim” or “revert Muslim” to give context if needed, but how long does the “revert” modifier last? When does somebody stop being a “revert” and become simply “Muslim”? Is it a lifetime branding?
  6. I believe the video playlist I posted above covers the Madinah series. Not sure though.
  7. Racist posts or videos depicting racism will be removed. Read message above and ShiaChat guidelines.
  8. Communities need financial capital (along with human capital, spiritual capital, etc) to function. A big source of financial capital is through accumulated inheritance, which grows into more wealth over generations. In other words, it takes money to make money. Typically this requires ancestors who jump start the process. If your ancestors were slaves, you can see how this can’t happen too readily. Explains why rich countries stay rich and poor countries stay poor over time, unless a significant investment, new source of wealth, war, or pillage takes place. You’re giving cliche slogans but have to realize the practical facts on the ground. With a huge asterisk. On this website, we talk about events 1400 years ago as being relevant today, but events 200 years ago don’t? And millions of descendants alive today?
  9. The difference between absolute truth and postmodern relativist “truth” should be emphasized.
  10. Perhaps this whole discussion thread underlies why many would be discouraged. These issues seem markedly complex, and explaining it (properly) to English speaking non-Muslims or non-Shi’as with variable biases (which I assume would be the intended audience), would require providing hours of background context, citing of multiple sources, and long, dry commentaries branching everywhere. This doesn’t translate well in mediums like YouTube or social media, which need to be short, bite sized, and easily watchable and shareable, yet require prerequisite knowledge and presumptions that many people simply won’t have. Very few want to read books or listen to long lectures about another religion or school of thought. For whatever the flaws, at least Islamic Pulse recognizes early 21st century communication. If anything, it’s a launching pad, or introduction to further study. However, in this day and age, many people’s exposure to this subject would probably stop with his video, snd that’s a tough burden for him to have. Which maybe explains why many others don’t try (considering all the inevitable criticisms from everywhere). Also, the internet is often a cesspool of echo chambers and agenda seekers. Is the effort to counter malicious material (with lots of funding and work behind it) worth it? If clerics became more tech focused and savvy, would it create an impact? Perhaps for a few seeking individuals with sincere doubts, but the masses may still be asleep, no matter the efforts. Not to mention internet algorithms and policies can be manipulated by nefarious forces. Maybe the truth is still inherently an “off the grid” matter? I really don’t know. How did the Prophets and Imams share these concepts to the masses? Or, like now, there is a hierarchy and gap between expert and popular knowledge, which will always exist?
  11. A coordinated and well funded media and outreach strategy is important, with far greater impact than the sum total of a few informed, but scattered individuals.
  12. Easier to do a podcast.
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