"Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers," goes the "last sermon of Prophet Mohammed," according to Islam for Today. Isn't that special? Did they ever think to ask the women what they thought? How about "Treat your men well and be kind to them for the are your partners and committed helpers," for starters? (Islam for Today photo)
A Muslim family moved into one of the apartments in the old house next door, and at first we enjoyed the sounds of daily life and little-girl laughter through the screened window that opens onto our side yard. But today we heard extended screams and ran across the yard to speak through the open window. "Is anything wrong? Why is the child screaming? What's going on?" we asked frantically, imagining the worst based upon all the horrific things we've read of late about many Muslims' hatred and fear of girls and women. Grand silence. Then a little girl ran through the room, her eyes wide with terror. No adult emerged to calm our concern. We finally retreated to our own home. We're probably reading into things -- We always do. Plus, you could say we bought our ticket, living in a place like Chelsea, waystation to waves of immigrants for over a hundred years. But even so, who wants neighbors like that?