DEAR ABBY: As a devoted Muslim reader, I support Mavis Leno's efforts for the women of Afghanistan.
The purpose of my letter is to inform your readers that the suppression of women in Afghanistan or any other Muslim country is falsely attributed to the teachings of Islam. In fact, the acts of emancipation promoted by the Prophet gave women a place of honor and respect in seventh-century Arabia. For instance, during the battles that were fought in the beginning of Islam, women worked in the field, nursing and comforting the wounded. They were neither sheltered nor shunned.
In my readings of the Holy Koran and Hadith, I have not seen any edict that would justify the treatment meted out to these hapless women in these so-called Islamic regimes. -- NO NAME IN N.J.
DEAR NO NAME: Since most of my readers are unfamiliar with the teachings of the Koran, thank you for making it clear that the plight of the Afghan women originated in the hearts of fanatics, and not in the Koran.