Saudi Arabia orders skirt-wearing girl to become fat

Saudi Arabia was shocked to the core by a video of a girl wearing a short skirt without the obligatory leggings underneath it. The official state of of Islam(TM) deplored and abhorred the video that showed that which should not be shown in public, unless you’re a royal family member spending some time outside the Saudi Kingdom. The authorities response was fast and decisive, the pretty girl was ordered by the Rightthink committee to become fat and live the rest of her life a fatty fat cow as punishment for daring to be something beautiful in the land of magical stones and corpses that don’t decompose.

Saudi Arabia has been taking slow but steady steps towards women’s, highly debatable, rights. Yet still, females can’t drive, an issue that has been facing international rage. The Saudis are listening though. The Rightthink committee has presented the King with some solutions that may allow women to finally drive their luxurious cars. One suggestion addresses the biggest problem with women driving -genital stimulation resulting from motor vibrations- and sees female genital mutilation becoming mandatory for any girl wanting to drive. “We are really blowing up two birds with one explosive belt, women will be able to drive, and without succumbing to the need to have sex, ever, no matter how great the stimulation is,” said Karaman Bandooch of the Rightthink committee.

Do you think Saudi Arabia is on the right track? Keep your opinion to yourself.

 

Beyond The Racist White Male

In an interview with Joe Rogan, firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos said Islam will not have its era of enlightenment. Since I speak English, I can look past the few Europeans and Americans with racist views on Arab Muslims and see the legitimate concerns some westerners have regarding the Muslim world’s ability to live in harmony with the west, especially considering the influx of migrants from the Middle East. What Milo said rang a bell in my head because: A) The Muslim world rejected modernity and chose to seek answers in Islam before science and reason following the departure of western occupiers. B) The Muslim world has never allowed any ideas critical of Islam to be discussed publicly and has condemned any lifestyle that goes against what Islam teaches (as interpreted by the Sheikhs of Islam).

The word Muslims use to refer to a Sheikh is particularly interesting because it’s the same word used to refer to a scientist, which is “Aalem”: someone who is knowledgeable about something. Men of god and men of science are essentially the same thing in the discourse of Arab Muslims.

In Egypt, Islamists, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists, were able to systematically exploit multiple factors to cement Islamism as an identity in the minds of most Egyptians. Islamism means Islam is a religion, a state constitution, and a guide for almost every action. The Muslim Brothers and Salafists were also able to make themselves the sole guardians and interpreters of Islam, enabling them to directly control millions of Egyptians. Islamism has contributed greatly to further strengthen intolerance of any ideas Islamists don’t condone, particularly in the realm of intellectualism and public discourse. The ideas of Islam, like all ideas, without challenges and antitheses rot and atrophy. If Islam is a constitution and is also the absolute truth, then fighting to assume power in its name is justified, silencing others is justified: a holy war. President Sisi cannot risk approaching reforming the understanding of Islam without extreme caution and meticulousness, because if Islamists sense that Islamism, their source of power over millions, is seriously being threatened they will mobilize millions of young people against him. The separation of the mosque and the state, once there is a capable will to execute it -and currently I see nothing but feeble secular movements without enough popularity or power to induce any change-, is thorny.

As long as Islamism is popular, the Muslim world will never be able to live in harmony with what the western world stands for, westerners worrying about this is understandable. In fact, more than a few Muslims, not only Islamists, believe that the mere existence of the west – as a collective power with anti-Islam ideals that plays a lead role in managing the world’s affairs – poses an existential threat to Islam and constitutes grounds for Jihad, one meaning of which is waging war. No matter what the west does to accommodate Islamism, it will always remain the enemy. Under Islamism, fully tolerating Muslims is not enough, others must conform. In the Muslim world, there is no criticism of Islam in the public discourse, alternative lifestyles are fiercely fought, minorities must jump through hoops to grab their basic rights, arts are heavily censored, polemicists are always looking over their shoulders, writers get thrown into jail for “assaulting the collective moral fabric”, and women get physically harassed for wearing sexually provocative clothes, or not. This is the culture of one obsolete ideology running crazy.

So yes, the questions by some westerners about Islamism’s willingness to coexist with the western civilization should be taken seriously.

Sick of terrorism, Copts convert to Islam to experience its peace

In the wake of the latest terrorist attack on Egyptian Copts, where gunmen stopped their vehicle, ordered them out, and executed them on site, dozens of Copts have converted to Islam hoping to experience the Islamic peacefulness and tolerance they have always heard about but never witnessed.  

“It was time we got a taste of that sweet Islamic peace,” M.K.L. told our reporter minutes after performing his first Asr prayer, “it feels really good, Muslims are now accepting of my beliefs and I’m free to pray wherever and whenever I want, we can even build new mosques with great ease, as a Christian, I couldn’t do that,” he added with a look that either reflected satisfaction or faked it.

But being a Muslim does not mean full protection from Islamic terrorism. The Takfiri ideology justifies labeling Muslims who don’t practice Islam strictly, according to particular fundamentalist texts, as infidels and allows killing them. For now, however, these new Muslims are enjoying some peace of mind, and you can tell they needed it. 

مسيحيون يتحولون للدين الإسلامي للتمتع بسماحة الإسلام

ترك عدد من المسيحيين عقيدتهم وتحولوا للدين الإسلامي طمعا في التمتع بسماحة الإسلام اللذي طالما سمعوا عنها ولم يروها أبدا. “أنا الآن في أسعد أيام حياتي، المسلمون يرحبون بي وبأفكاري بعد أن دخلت في دينهم، يمكنني الصلاة وبناء المساجد في أي وقت وفِي أي مكان، لأول مرة أشعر بسماحة الإسلام، أستطيع الآن فقط أن أقول إن الإسلام دين سلام فعلا إذا فهمت العبارة فهما صحيحا،” كان هذا ما قاله المتحول ح.ب. بعد إتمام أول صلاة عصر له. 

كانت نقطة التحول في عقول المسيحيين بِعد حادث المنيا الأخير حيث قام أشخاص لا تمثل الإسلام بتوقيف حافلة تنقل المسيحيين للصلاة – أغلبهم من الأطفال- وإعدامهم في الصحراء. 

A kind of Horror

Another man would have devoured her, torn her clothes off and surged through her flesh, but not Mr. Nadi. On a Thursday night, he takes her out to buy the newspaper. Before they leave, he spends a minute to check if his hair and mustache look good, they don’t, they are crimes against humanity, think the matte black hair and moustache of a plastic doll, he doesn’t notice though, he likes them. Nadi works for a data entry department in one of the Egyptian government’s many administrations. He makes sure names, numbers, and signatures are entered correctly five hours everyday for three thousand pounds a month, enough for ordinary clothes and food with a nice meal every now and then. His hopes and fantasies are relegated to the afterlife.

 

Mrs. Nadi put a shawl over her shoulders and covered her hair, yet her curves screamed underneath the black satin gown. She is told, now that she is forty-two, that her sex drive is gone, but there is this tickling between her legs, the French would bring wine to this place. He’s asking if they have enough eggs for breakfast and she’s thinking about her next bath, her time alone, “yes, we do,” she answers anyway. This was his idea of a conversation to kill time and be a good husband, do we have enough eggs? Did you see the tiger attack at the zoo yesterday? What are you cooking today? She played the part. They arrive at the newsstand and he decides to crack a joke, “should we get New Meal Everyday? I bet we would need ingredients from a sorceress to prepare one of their dishes, ha ha ha.” She smiles, attempts to laugh, but stops at showing her teeth, he doesn’t mind, he takes whatever response he can get, deep underneath the barrier of communicating with language they both acknowledged and were at peace with the roles they have decided to play, or rather parody, until they no longer have to. On the way back they stop at the supermarket and he buys eggs anyway, she doesn’t break her silence, she’s thinking about her bath, she still waxes her blood rose clean.

 

Why hadn’t her father mutilated her sexuality? Why bring a living girl, genitally unmutilated, to a dead world? She often thought. She saw women her age dressed in weird, eye-stabbing costumes without taste content with watching Turkish mind-killing dramas where women have complete intact sexualities and men with erect swords venture forward, and she wondered, why does life have to be behind a screen? She wondered and wondered, until the bathroom door closed and she was finally naked, she then wondered no more.

The Voodoo of fighting terrorism while cradling Islamism 

Following every terror attack in Egypt, secularists, myself included, engage in long conversations on the necessity of combating Islamist ideologies [Islam as a religion and constitution] for the sake of our country’s national security. We also urge the state to allow Muslim reformers to speak freely without fear of getting thrown in jail and to prevent government senior officials, especially in the ministry of Islamic affairs and Al-Azhar, from promoting extremist, fundamentalist, and Islamist ideas. High on adrenaline, we tend to forget that most Muslims in Egypt actually put Islam high above the Egyptian state: they are Muslims living in Egypt not Egyptians who believe in Islam. It is one of the reasons why some Europeans are rightly concerned about the increasing numbers of Muslims in Europe alongside declining birth rates. Islam, unlike Christianity now, supersedes the state. Sharia courts and FGM in England come to mind.

Islamists in Egypt, including the ones in the government and Al-Azhar and Salafists, hold great sway over the minds of Muslims, particularly younger ones. Islamism gives these men of God the moral and executive authority to mobilize millions of youths towards a particular goal should the situation arise and the need for action is true enough. If Sisi challenges the core ideas that enables Islamists to control Egyptian Muslims without a meticulously calculated plan implemented incrementally, the outcome can be devastating for him and Egypt. Islamists will not watch helplessly as the rug is pulled from under their feet and the authority they worked years to achieve evaporates. Sisi is surely well aware of what happened when Saddam Hussein and his party tried secularizing Iraq in an economy much better than Egypt’s. Islamists have the know-how and texts to label him an enemy of Islam if they sense he is sincere about delegitimizing the authority they derive from the interpretation of Islam they promote, preach, and write literature for; they also have the capability to turn millions of youths against him and Christians, like some of them do now but on a mass scale. It is delusional, for example, to think that Salafists believe in anything but an Islamic State, they are just currently relaxed because the government allows them to freely, absolutely freely, propagate the ideas ISIS is putting into action and instill them in the minds of children.

Islam Beheiry, who had been jailed for criticizing extremist interpretations of the Quran and Hadith, says Al-Azhar University’s curricula must be updated to remove all hard-line stipulations derived from the Quran and Hadith such as the ones on fighting infidels and hating non-Muslims or discriminating against them. According to Beheiry, former head of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawi had actually taken this step before the current Grand Imam Ahmed Eltayeb rescinded it. Sisi, on more than one occasion, called on Al-Azhar scholars to actively combat extremist texts, not Islamism, but was met with deaf ears time and time again. And while it is true that Sisi’s authority is unchecked and he can pretty much get away with anything, when it comes to religion, if his vision of reforming and modernizing Islam, which neither denotes nor connotes rejecting the principle of Islam as a religion and state constitution, is not fully aligned with the Islamists and Salafists inside and outside his government he can find himself up against a volcano of terrorism and disobedience.

Taking small but real and effective steps, and cementing them, towards a secular Egypt is the only viable way. Sisi, however, still seems reluctant to take it. Sisi and many Egyptians seem to think terrorism can be fought without challenging Islamism, but if the statement Islam is a religion and state constitution is true, does it not follow that Men of God should rule or fight until power is in their hands?!!

Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali shatters the liberal illusion

More than any other critic of Islam, liberals really cannot stand Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Why?
Because she’s a woman.
She’s an ex-Muslim, now apostate.
She’s a Somali refugee.
She’s university educated.
And she’s also black.

She shatters every single illusion of the worldview promoted by the vocal, metropolitan, liberal elite running amok in our Western societies. That worldview claims that “Islamophobes” (translation: anyone who dares to criticise Islam) are white, working-class men who are uneducated and from predominantly Christian countries in the West.

It’s why, for example, a photo of Birmingham-Pakistani girl Saffiyah Khan apparently confronting a bald, white EDL protestor last weekend went viral. For liberals, this was propaganda of a ‘Category A’ variety and reinforced every stereotype they want you to believe. For anyone who watched the full video and subsequently investigated Khan’s Facebook page, you’ll know what a complete media stitch-up that whole episode was.

The truth…

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