Two Scribes in Islam

Flicking Angels

I was about 8 years old when I first learned about the Islamic belief in two angels on our shoulders who make note of all our thoughts and acts. Scribes, they’re called – one noting all things good, and the other all things bad.

I felt quite uncomfortable with this. I thought, “I’ve already got God watching me.  Do I really want two more sets of eyes over my shoulders?” I looked to the left, and then discerningly to the right, with Eastwood-esque squints, and flicked them.


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      I couldn’t find another space on this site in which to ask this question so here goes with hopes it will generate a response.

      What effect do you think the recent ruling of the US Supreme Court on Marriage Equality will have on the average Muslim’s perception and beliefs about the GLTG community. (Those newly interested in the subject are also finding out that 21 other countries also do not discriminate against same sex couples.)

      I lived and worked in Muslim countries for almost 13 years and found attitudes about ‘Gayness” on a par with my western society’s as it was 50 years ago. Do you think it will evelove in the Muslim world as well?

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        It’s coming up as a point of conversation again. And you’re right as far as view on “gayness” goes when it comes to first generation immigrants. In my experience, the younger generations may not support it but they’re also more understanding of lifestyle differences among people. I’d love to get more thoughts from you on this with your decade of experience living in a Muslim country. Feel free to email me at editor (at)

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