Shams Bandar: Why Do We Pin All Our Problems on the West?


I’d never heard of Saudi-born singer Shams Bandar before, but after watching the brief clip of her in discussion below, I’d be pleased to hear from her again.


“Why do we pin all our problems on the West? For 1,400 years we have been slaughtering one another, just because one of us prays one way and another prays a different way.”

Of course, The West deserves its share of criticism for meddling in foreign affairs, but as Bandar points out, this excuse simply will not fly as the sole explanation for every atrocity and human rights violation in Muslim countries.

It should be clear to anyone by now why theocracy and man-made ideology strives to subjugate women and deny them a voice. Religious zealots are afraid of smart, vocal women like Bandar. And they should be.

h\t to Ali A Rizvi

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  • Truthful lips endure forever.

  • I’ve come across Shams Bandar before and was blown away then by her conviction to state the unpalatable truth to her islamic audience.
    Today muslims are keen to hold the western countries responsible for all their problems, but that would mean sometime before when there was say no Western foreign policy, muslims were be living in pease! Its total BS.

    I as an Indian always wonder what my country India did wrong to be subjected to centuries of islamic violence. Does blaming the West foreign policy still apply?

    It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:
    “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) promised that we would invade India. If I live to see that I will sacrifice myself and my wealth. If I am killed, I will be one of the best of the martyrs, and if I come back, I will be Abu Hurairah Al-Muharrar.”

    It was narrated that Thawban, the freed slave of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), said:
    “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘There are two groups of my Ummah whom Allah will free from the Fire: The group that invades India, and the group that will be with ‘Isa bin Maryam, peace be upon him.'”


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