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Interview with The Jewel of Medina’s author

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

So as you dove into this history, what was it that captured your attention and eventually brought you to the idea of writing a book that focused on Aisha?

Sherry Jones: It was the strength of the women that I was reading about – the intelligence, the courage, the participation of women in the early life of the Islamic community. Aisha’s sense of humor drew me to her right away. One of my favorite scenes is when Muhammad, who was angsting over whether he could marry Zaynab bint Jahsh, he said to Aisha, “Allah has given me permission to marry her.” And Aisha
said, “My! Allah certainly hastens to do your bidding.” What a great comeback, and what a woman of verve. She was just so quick witted.

Also, her scholarly abilities... I had read that she could recite a thousand poems, and she knew all the recitations, all the Quran. She was a political advisor, not only to Muhammad, but to some of Muhammad’s successors. Her whole involvement in the political life of her community just fascinates me.

Web Sutera’s note: I don’t have any comment on this interview. Read it and open your mind and heart.

Is Iran emerging as a global power?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It ranks second in global natural gas reserves and has substantial oil reserves with plenty of growth potential in both energy sectors. This guarantees that the Islamic Republic will play a key long-term role in the world's increasingly important energy equation.

The United States has also been engaged in talks with Tehran over how to stabilise Iraq - an acknowledgment that Iran could hold the key to regional security. What does Iran's growing influence mean for its neighbours? Send your opinion to

My opinion is, yes Iran will be a major world’s power, with its Islamic root. That’s why United States (especially George Bush) uses every effort and power at their disposal to restrain Iran from being a nuclear power with Iran’s nuclear program. For George Bush, only America and Israel will have the right to own nuclear weapons. Such an arrogant head!

On June 21, 2008 the Iranian envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh as reported by Voice of America ( says, “Iran's envoy to the United Nations nuclear agency says Iran is continuing with its nuclear program despite a multination offer of an incentives package if Tehran stops atomic activity." He says “the Islamic Republic will continue its nuclear enrichment program, reiterating the country's claim that it is for peaceful purposes.”