Updated: April 11, 2013 7:01AM
During the March 5 snowstorm, I was driving home on Oak Forest Avenue when I spun out and got stuck in the snow. Thankfully, I was OK and my car was OK.
I just want to say “thank you” to the many people who stopped to help, to make sure I was OK and to try to push my car out. I want to thank the tow truck driver from Tinley Park Auto who pulled my car out of the snow.
And I want to thank the Tinley Park police officer who stayed with me the entire time, tried to dig me out and, when we realized that I needed a tow, stayed and talked with me until the tow truck arrived. When I was ready to leave, I believe he followed me part of the way home to make sure everything was all right.
So thanks again to all of those who took their time to help me when it was needed.
Raise the minimum wage
I read in the paper that someone from Midlothian said minimum-wage jobs are for unskilled, entry level and inexperienced single people. I do not know what kind of job this person had or has, but this is the reality for thousands of families — both parents working and making only the minimum wage.
Many of these people are workers who had a good salary until the severe downturn that crushed the economy and led them to being laid off.
Some people who were earning a $30,000 to $40,000 salary cannot even get a minimum-wage job today because the employer knows that he or she is overqualified and will leave ASAP for a better job.
I believe that the minimum wage should be raised to $12 an hour so more people can support their families and not have to scrape by.
An Islamic woman’s perspective
Imagine yourself living in Arabia 1,500 years ago. If you are a woman, your treatment is equivalent to that of a slave. You have no rights, no property.
You are the property of a man, whether it be your father or your husband. You could be sold or abandoned by your husband. A woman was considered worthless and limited in intellect and spirituality.
In the 6th century with the advent of the Prophet Muhammad, the status of women drastically changed. The Quran grants women the same spiritual status as men. They are both servants of God, and if they do good deeds, they are equally entitled to the same reward.
Islam also stresses that education is equally important for men and women. Most Muslim women are well educated. In Islam, a woman’s main duty is to God Almighty. After that, she must fulfill her duties to her fellow beings.
Her foremost responsibility is to take care of her husband and children. She is not restricted to this role and is allowed to work if necessary. By defining the role of women in Islam and giving women dignity, Muslim women feel satisfied.