“You are Christian and it is a good deed to kill you.”

April 15, 2010 at 5:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“You are Christian and it is a good deed to kill you.”

The line above is an excerpt from two death threats Hector Aleem’s family has received (scroll to the very bottom of this note to read a summary of who he is). They have been allegedly sent by Sunni Tehreek (ST). Literally meaning ‘Sunni Movement’, ST is an Islamic movement known for its violent tendencies.

Read them once, and then read them again, and imagine it was your family that received it. Suppose you were in prison for ‘blasphemy’, and your beloved family members are threatened with death and rape unless they convert to Islam:

“Kausar Parveen, wife of Hector Aleem,

“We know where you and your children live. This blasphemer [Hector] has been arrested because of us, now take care of yourself. As I told your husband, no one will be left from his generation. We will destroy your whole generation. You are Christian and it is a good deed to kill you. My Allah will be very happy if I kill you.

“That bastard’s bail had been rejected because of us. Now it’s your son’s turn. I will keep your daughters, and then you can call your Americans and Germans. Your husband is a traitor and his torment has just started, you just wait for your turn. We are very close to you. You can’t hide from us. If you all want to save yourself then there is only one condition: Just embrace Islam. Allah will be happy for you; we only want this.”.

“Kausar Parveen, wife of Hector Aleem,

“Toilet cleaners, Christians. You all deserve to be shot with a gun. First your husband blasphemed against our beloved Prophet Muhammad, and now you don’t want to get punished? Remember! If there comes a bastard judge who releases your husband, then we won’t leave your husband. Even If you try to leave this country, then we won’t let you go easily. I am proudly announcing that Sunni Tehreek will be responsible for your death. Go and show this letter to anyone. We can sacrifice every life on our beloved Prophet.”

I’m angered that a bunch of bullies are making the life of this human rights activist’s family a living hell, only because he insisted on standing up for his and others’ right to worship as they please.

It is no longer enough for us to feel sorry for the Islamic bullying the Aleems are facing. We must act. Every person of every religious (or non-religious) affiliation needs to stand up to the ST thugs and say, “No to your intimidation. No to your subjugation. No to your hatred. No to your violations of the Golden Rule. No to your dhimmitude, jizya, death, right hand possessions, and destruction of our places of worship.”

Please act now. If you have already signed the petition, please also write to Hector, to human rights groups, to your politicians, and to Pakistani officials.

Below is a list of specific items you can do:

Spread the word.

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About Hector Aleem:

Christian human rights activist and director of NGO Peace Worldwide, Hector Aleem, was taken into custody in January 2009 because a militant Islamic group accused him of sending a ‘blasphemous’ text message from his cell phone. If convicted, he faces the death penalty under Pakistani law.

Prior to the 55-year-old’s arrest, Aleem was threatened by Islamic groups with assassination attempts and lawsuits because he objected to the illegal destruction of a church by Islamabad’s capital development authority (CDA). Muslim leaders threatened to kill him and his sons, and to forcibly convert his daughters to Islam.

Although a heart patient, Aleem has not been allowed to consume his medication and he has been denied visitation in prison. He was denied bail because Islamic mobs filled his trial courtroom and threatened to kill the judge, Aleem, and Aleem’s lawyer.

Aleem is the recipient of a peace award by Pakistan’s Prime Minister.

Islam: Rape and Its Four Witnesses

February 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A new friend I met was expressing her concern about the mistreatment of women in the Islamic world. One issue that resonated strongly with her was that of male rapists going scot-free, while raped women are often blamed for the rape and can even be punished under some Sharia courts.

Before getting to the Islamic roots of many of these illogical views on rape Islam has, we need to learn a bit about a rumour the Islamic prophet’s youngest child bride, Aisha, suffered from:

(This note isn’t intended to be a thorough analysis, but just some quick insights. This issue can take up volumes, I am sure.)

Details on a scandal involving Aisha is well-documented in Islamic texts of the Hadith and Sira (e.g. Sahih Muslim, Book 37, Number 6673; Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 48, Number 829).

The stories narrated are long, but to summarize, Aisha was accompanying a Muslim army, and she was one day erroneously left behind. A Muslim who lagged behind the army found her and she accompanied him back to the Muslim army.

Some Muslims spread accusations against her that she had had intercourse with the man. Aisha strongly denied this and was very hurt, but the rumours continued.

Eventually, Quranic revelations were revealed in which Aisha was declared innocent of the rumours being spread:

Quran 24: 13-16
Why did they not bring four witnesses of it? But as they have not brought witnesses they are liars before Allah. And were it not for Allah’s grace upon you and His mercy in this world and the hereafter, a grievous chastisement would certainly have touched you on account of the discourse which you entered into. When you received it with your tongues and spoke with your mouths what you had no knowledge of, and you deemed it an easy matter while with Allah it was grievous. And why did you not, when you heard it, say: It does not beseem us that we should talk of it; glory be to Thee! this is a great calumny?

سورة النور
لَوْلَا جَاءُوا عَلَيْهِ بِأَرْبَعَةِ شُهَدَاءَ ۚ فَإِذْ لَمْ يَأْتُوا بِالشُّهَدَاءِ فَأُولَٰئِكَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْكَاذِبُونَ
وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ لَمَسَّكُمْ فِي مَا أَفَضْتُمْ فِيهِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ
إِذْ تَلَقَّوْنَهُ بِأَلْسِنَتِكُمْ وَتَقُولُونَ بِأَفْوَاهِكُمْ مَا لَيْسَ لَكُمْ بِهِ عِلْمٌ وَتَحْسَبُونَهُ هَيِّنًا وَهُوَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ عَظِيمٌ
وَلَوْلَا إِذْ سَمِعْتُمُوهُ قُلْتُمْ مَا يَكُونُ لَنَا أَنْ نَتَكَلَّمَ بِهَٰذَا سُبْحَانَكَ هَٰذَا بُهْتَانٌ عَظِيمٌ

Quran 24:4 states that those who fail to bring four witnesses would be flogged:

And those who accuse free women then do not bring four witnesses, flog them, (giving) eighty stripes, and do not admit any evidence from them ever; and these it is that are the transgressors.

سورة النور
وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ الْمُحْصَنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَأْتُوا بِأَرْبَعَةِ شُهَدَاءَ فَاجْلِدُوهُمْ ثَمَانِينَ جَلْدَةً وَلَا تَقْبَلُوا لَهُمْ شَهَادَةً أَبَدًا ۚ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

From this, Islamic theologians stated that, in order to prove adultery or similar types of sexual misconduct, four male witnesses should be produced. The witness of a female is at most worth half that of a man’s, and limited to financial transactions (Quran 2:282).

As I understand it (and as I was raised to understand it), the rule of four witnesses was intended to protect Muslim women from being falsely labeled as having had forbidden intercourse (zina). That said, some Islamic clergy extended this rule to a bizarre situation: A woman claiming to have been raped will need to produce to the Sharia court four male witnesses to prove her case against the rapist. If she cannot produce four witnesses, her case turns into a chastity crime and is thus punished accordingly. Alternatively, she may be punished for making perceived false accusations. Also, at least one school of jurisprudence considers pregnancy sufficient evidence for sexual misconduct, so if a rape victim becomes pregnant and she cannot prove the rape, she can face lashing or death by stoning.

For example, Pakistan had been implementing the Hudood Ordinance for more than two decades, and it provided the requirements described above regarding rape victims. It was only relatively recently that a Women’s Protection Bill was passed that allows rape victims to charge their rapists under civil law. It was strongly opposed by religious Pakistani party members.

In Iran, Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi faced the death penalty for defending herself and her niece from being raped. As she defended herself with a knife, she stabbed one of the attempted rapists to his death. Without four male witnesses, she faced the death sentence. (She was released due to intense international and media attention.)

I also found a decent article on these issues on BBC: Debate rages over women and Sharia.

There’s also an impression, among a large number of Muslim followers, that if a woman is raped, it’s usually her fault; that her mere presence in the street without a veil, for example, has ‘tempted’ the poor man to rape her. A notorious example of this mentality among Western Muslims is a 7th century misogynistic Australian barbarian called Taj El-Din Al-Hilali, who said in a Friday sermon that if a woman gets raped, it is mostly the woman’s fault because she wasn’t in her home. He also said:

“If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it … whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem.”

Bigots come and go, but what’s disturbing in his case is that he is a leading Muslim figure in Australia, and that the Friday after his remarks were publicized, 5000 Muslims in Australia actually cheered in support of his remarks. Other Muslim leaders supported him, too (example).

I will need to make it clear and obvious that raping Muslim women is absolutely forbidden in Islam. However, there are some Muslims who go on raping rampages on non-Muslim women in Western countries, and they find justification for it, partly because “it’s the woman’s fault for going out without the veil”, and partly because of verses like Quran 4:24 and Quran 23:6, which permit a Muslim male to take non-Muslim women after a battle and keep them as war booty and as slaves (see my detailed note on this here). Those rapists tend not to look at the West favorably and consider themselves at war with it already, so they find their women legitimate for them. I have not heard of any scholar explicitly allow this though. There’s a very disturbing account of immigrant rape trends here.

To the readers who feel surprised: Never take one’s word for anything. Do your own research and ask other people for their points of view. I’m not perfect; it’s stupid people who think they’re always right.

Whom to Send Cards to on the Holiday Season

December 21, 2009 at 12:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A few years ago, I made it a habit to send holiday cards during this time of the year – to celebrate different traditional occasions in December (Christmas, Hanukkah, Yalda, Eid ul Adha, Maunajiyaras, Anniversary of death of Zoroaster) and to celebrate the new year.

I usually send them to friends, but I also send a few more to others, whom I suggest you mail to as well:

  • Canadian Soldiers

    These brave servicemen and servicewomen are away from their homes and their families, and yet the are the ones who deserve a well rested holiday the most.

    Here are three different addresses you can mail to:

    OP ATHENA
    PO BOX 5058 STN FORCES
    BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6
    CANADA

    Provincial Reconstruction Team
    OP ATHENA
    PO BOX 5005 STN FORCES
    BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6
    CANADA

    OP ACCIUS, ARCHER and ARGUS
    KABUL 100
    PO BOX 5058 STN FORCES
    BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6
    CANADA

    You can find other addresses at the National Defence and the Canadian Forces’ Addresses for Overseas Operations.

  • United States soldiers

    The world tends to look down on America’s soldiers. Yet remember that when someplace in the world needs international intervention, it’s the American soldiers who are first to liberate, to provide aid, and to give up their lives for the prosperity of the people in need of help.

    America is the greatest country in the world. I can only wonder how the world would be without this mighty nation. Let’s stop the anti-Americanism that seems to pervade our country. They’re our friends, our family, our trade partners, and our combat partners.

    Please mail to:

    A MILLION THANKS
    17853 SANTIAGO BLVD, #107-355
    VILLA PARK CA 92861
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • Sick Children

    The S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic is a free 24-hour clinic for homeless children and their mothers. They accept holiday cards to sick children.

    Please mail to:

    ATTN: MS. YVONNE HARPER
    S.A.Y. FAMILY CLINIC
    211 GLENDALE
    HIGHLAND PARK MI 48203
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • Fathima Rifqa Bary

    Fathima is 17-year-old girl who converted from Islam to Christianity. As a result, her father has threatened to kill her and her family planned to send her from their home in Columbus, Ohio to Sri Lanka to be ‘rehabilitated’ or honor killed. Instead, this brave soul escaped her family and is now under the care of the Columbus authorities. She’s been undergoing a lot of psychological abuse, as her family and CAIR lawyers are trying to prevent her from seeing fellow Christians, and have gone out of their way to malign her as being brainwashed by a ‘cult’ (as though that’s an excuse to threaten her or send her to Sri Lanka).

    Please send her a Christmas card at:

    MS. RIFQA BARY
    C/O ANGELA LLOYD
    255C DRINKO HALL
    55 WEST 12TH AVE
    COLUMBUS OH 43210

    Pamela from Atlas Shrugs is doing a fantastic job keeping everyone posted on Rifqa and informing of upcoming rallies.

  • Kareem Amer

    Kareem is an Egyptian serving jail time for expressing views critical of Mubarak and of Islam – on his personal blog.

    You can read details on how to mail him here.

  • Happy holidays to all!

    Formatting

    October 9, 2008 at 9:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    One thing I detest about WordPress is how difficult it is to present material in a consistent format. Every blog post I make seems to have a different and random font size/style. I realize it’s frustrating for the reader, and I’ll be asking other friends about how to fix this.

    Thanks for your patience.

    Female Cleric: Mickey Mouse is not agent of Satan

    September 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    Update on this post.

    Great, so it seems to be resolved… I’m not the one who said women are “deficient in intelligence”. It’s the “uswa hasana”, “al insaan al kaamil” who did.

    Now can she or any other cleric go a step further and condemn the more serious edicts related to religious supremacism, violent jihad, and misogyny? More importantly, can that be done without facing death threats or without denying the sacred and canonical texts?

    Surprise me.

    Egypt cleric says Mickey Mouse is not agent of Satan

    An Egyptian Muslim scholar has called for an end to risible religious edicts after a Saudi cleric said Mickey Mouse was an agent of Satan who should die, local media reported on Wednesday.

    Sheikh Mohamed al-Munajid, a cleric who often appears on Saudi television and who is also a former Saudi diplomat in the United States, said last week that mice were “agents of Satan” and should be killed.

    “Sharia (Islamic law) calls for the extermination of all mice. That includes the rodents as well as ‘the famous cartoon mouse’,” he said.

    He blamed Mickey Mouse for causing people to become soft on mice.

    However, Suad Saleh, a woman preacher who hosts a popular television programme on fatwas, or religious edicts, told the English-language daily Egyptian Gazette that Munajid’s ruling “tarnishes Islam’s image.”

    […]

    Saleh said Muslim clerics should learn to become more media savvy.

    Note the emphasized sentence. In other words, she’s saying, ‘do a better job at hiding your true image through dissimulation (taqiyya)’.

    Saudi: Mickey Mouse Must Die

    September 14, 2008 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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    I can’t believe how some people make a living out of spewing this crap:

    Mickey Mouse must die for the good of Islam, a leading Saudi cleric said last month in a broadcast on al-Majd TV.

    You can view the video with English subtitles from MEMRITV: Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid: Mickey Mouse Must Die!

    Does this mean Farfour, the jihad-preaching Mickey, is off limits too?

    Muslims Desecrating their Own Mosques

    August 30, 2008 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    A quick addition to my Debate on ‘US Marine in Masjid’ post: While the scholar is upset that US soldiers enter a mosque to fight terrorists hiding inside, I doubt she would protest how her own terrorist brethren are desecrating their own Baghdad mosques by using them as torture chambers:

    CNN: Chain wrapped around ‘old man’s body’ found in mosque

    “There are the bloodstains on the wall, and here it is dried on the floor,” Abu Muhanad said as he walked through a torture chamber in a Baghdad mosque where more than two dozen bodies have been found.

    “And here, a woman’s shoes. She was a victim of the militia. We found her corpse in the grave.”

    Chunks of hair waft lazily across the floor in the hot Baghdad breeze.

    “This was the torture room,” said Muhanad, the leader of a U.S.-backed armed group that now controls the mosque.

    “This is what they used for hanging,” he said, pointing to a cord dangling from the ceiling. “Here is a chain we found tied to an old man’s body.”

     

    Even some Muslims have sufficient common sense to enter a mosque once it’s used for more than just prayer:

    AFP: Palestinian police arrest 10 in Hamas mosque raids

    HEBRON, West Bank – Palestinian police raided two mosques linked to the Islamist Hamas movement in the West Bank, seizing weapons caches and arresting more than 10 people, an official said on Saturday.

    Security forces loyal to president Mahmud Abbas raided the two village mosques overnight, seizing Hamas pamphlets and weapons, Nidal Abu Sneini, the director of intelligence services in the nearby town of Hebron, told reporters.

    Islam: Muslims will Kill the Jews before Judgment Day

    August 30, 2008 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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    Here’s a collection of sahih (authentic) hadiths that foreshadow the killing of Jews by Muslims, with divine aid through talking trees and stones:

    From Sahih Al-Bukhari:

    Volume 4, Book 52, Number 176
    Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

    Allah’s Apostle said, “You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.’ “

    Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177
    Narrated Abu Huraira:

    Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

    Volume 4, Book 56, Number 791
    Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

    I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The Jews will fight with you, and you will be given victory over them so that a stone will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; kill him!’ “

     

    From Sahih Muslim:

    Book 041, Number 6981
    Ibn ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew (hiding himself behind me) ; kill him.

     

    Book 041, Number 6982

    Ubaidullah has reported this hadith with this chain of transmitters (and the Words are):” There is a Jew behind me.”

     

    Book 041, Number 6983

    Abdullah b. ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: You and the Jews would fight against one another until a stone would say: Muslim, here is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.

     

    Book 041, Number 6984

    Abdullah b. ‘Umar reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The Jews will fight against you and you will gain victory over them until the stone would say: Muslim, here is a Jew behind me; kill him.

     

    Book 041, Number 6985

    Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

     

    Advocating Genocide Today

    These hadiths foreshadow an inevitable war between Muslims and Jews (and one in which Muslims will kill all Jews, it seems). This sets a mindset in the Muslim world that there can never be a long term peace with Jews. (This is why Palestinians only have hudnas with Jews. A hudna is a temporary cease fire that can last up to 10 years, and that Muslim can break any time if they feel they are strong enough to fight the ‘infidels’ – all following the example of Muhammad’s Hadaybiya treaty.)

    Here’s a sample of contemporary Friday sermons in which these hadiths are invoked:

    Sheikh Bakr Al-Samarai delivers a sermon during Friday prayers in Iraq in February 2003

     

     

    Excerpt:

    The Americans and their president and the British and those that follow them and the Zionists, the spoiled offspring of the entity. Allahu Akbar! If Allah permits us, Oh Nation of Mohammed, even the stone will say, “Oh Muslim, a Jew is hiding behind me, come and cut off his head.” [Samarai pulls out a scimitar and waves it in the air.]

     

     

    Palestinian Friday Sermon by Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris: Muslims Will Rule America and Britain, Jews Are a Virus Resembling AIDS

     

    Excerpt:

    The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews – even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew.

     

     

    Palestinian Clerics on Jews, Pigs, Apes, and the Liberation of Al-Aqsa Mosque

     

    Excerpt:

    Al-Aqsa will be liberated in the path of the Prophet Muhammad, as he said: “The Jews will fight you and you will be imposed as rulers on them until the Jew hides behind stones or trees, and the stone or tree will say: Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him except for the Gharqad, which is a tree of the Jews.”

     

     

    Friday Sermon in Bahrain: Treachery Runs in the Jews’ Blood
    Excerpt:

    They [Jews] are behind all moral corruption and perverse thinking. In the Hadtih of the Prophet Muhammad, he said, “Judgment day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims will kill the Jews, and then the Jews will hide behind stones or trees, and the stone or the tree will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him – except for the Gharqad, which is a tree of the Jews.”

     

     

    Friday Sermon On Egyptian TV by Sheikh Ahmad ‘Omar Hashem

     

    Excerpt:

    Our Prophet made us a true promise, “You will fight the Jews until the Jew hides behind a stone or a tree, but the stone or the tree will say: Oh servant of Allah, Oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” When will this promise be, Oh Master of the Universe?

     

    Note that these preachers are not a fringe minority of extremists. Sheikh Ahmad ‘Omar Hashem is Al-Azhar University’s former President. Al-Azhar is Sunni Islam’s most prestigious institution for Sunni Islam. Sunnis do not dispute the rulings of its clerics.

    CSIS Asks Overwhelming Majority of ‘Ordinary’ Moderate Muslims for Help & Gets Snubbed

    August 27, 2008 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    From The Globe and Mail: CSIS wants help from ordinary Muslims.

    Toronto’s senior spy has told a group of Muslims he is frightened of potential terrorist attacks on Canadians and wants their help to “de-demonize” Canada’s national-security agencies.

    […]

    Mr. Ellis said he found it unfortunate that attendance was small. Prior to the meeting, certain opinion-makers in the Muslim community had circulated e-mails suggesting it was best to give the meeting a pass, since no high-level political officials from Ottawa were there.

     

    Expected. That’s what their holy book tells them to do:

    Quran 5:51

    O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.

     

    Therefore there is no need for them to attend unless there is some benefit to it, such as propagating Islam.

    The Wall Street Journal: You Still Can’t Write About Muhammad

    August 23, 2008 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    The Wall Street Journal has an interesting opinion piece on how liberal academia is preventing even somewhat fictitious novels about Islam to be published in the United States: You Still Can’t Write About Muhammad.

     

    Starting in 2002, Spokane, Wash., journalist Sherry Jones toiled weekends on a racy historical novel about Aisha, the young wife of the prophet Muhammad. Ms. Jones learned Arabic, studied scholarly works about Aisha’s life, and came to admire her protagonist as a woman of courage. When Random House bought her novel last year in a $100,000, two-book deal, she was ecstatic. This past spring, she began plans for an eight-city book tour after the Aug. 12 publication date of “The Jewel of Medina” — a tale of lust, love and intrigue in the prophet’s harem.

     

    It’s not going to happen: In May, Random House abruptly called off publication of the book. The series of events that torpedoed this novel are a window into how quickly fear stunts intelligent discourse about the Muslim world.

     

    […]

     

    This time, the instigator of the trouble wasn’t a radical Muslim cleric, but an American academic. In April, looking for endorsements, Random House sent galleys to writers and scholars, including Denise Spellberg, an associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Jones put her on the list because she read Ms. Spellberg’s book, “Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of ‘A’isha Bint Abi Bakr.”

    […]

     

    In an interview, Ms. Spellberg told me the novel is a “very ugly, stupid piece of work.” The novel, for example, includes a scene on the night when Muhammad consummated his marriage with Aisha: “the pain of consummation soon melted away. Muhammad was so gentle. I hardly felt the scorpion’s sting. To be in his arms, skin to skin, was the bliss I had longed for all my life.” Says Ms. Spellberg: “I walked through a metal detector to see ‘Last Temptation of Christ,'” the controversial 1980s film adaptation of a novel that depicted a relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. “I don’t have a problem with historical fiction. I do have a problem with the deliberate misinterpretation of history. You can’t play with a sacred history and turn it into soft core pornography.”

     

     

    This paragraph begs me to raise a number of remarks:

     

    1. Isn’t it hypocritical that Ms. Spellberg doesn’t mind watching films depicting Jesus in a manner offensive to Christians, and yet minds a novel on Islam?

     

    2. “I don’t have a problem with historical fiction. I do have a problem with the deliberate misinterpretation of history.”

     

    Fiction is a distortion from reality. So her two statements here contradict each other.

     

    And to set the record straight, there is nothing fictional about Muhammad raping Aisha when she was nine years old, demonstrated by a large number of Sahih (authentic) hadiths like these:

     

    Sahih Muslim: ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old.

     

    (The novel sets Aisha’s age of consummation to be 14, though.)

     

    3. “You can’t play with a sacred history and turn it into soft core pornography.” Muhammad and his companions did not mind talking about his sexual adventures with his harems, so what’s the problem with that?

     

    Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 6, Number 298:

    Narrated ‘Aisha:

    The Prophet and I used to take a bath from a single pot while we were Junub. During the menses, he used to order me to put on an Izar (dress worn below the waist) and used to fondle me. While in Itikaf, he used to bring his head near me and I would wash it while I used to be in my periods (menses).

     

     

    Bukhari Vol.1 Book.6, Number.299
    ‘Aisha said: “Whenever Allah’s Apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses), he used to order her to put on an Izar (dress worn below the waist) and start fondling her.” ‘Aisha added, “None of you could control his sexual desires as the Prophet could.”

     

    Bukhari Vol.7 Book.62 Number.6
    Narrated Anas: The Prophet used to go round (have sexual relations with) all his wives in one night, and he had nine wives.

     

    Bukhari Volume 7, Book 71, Number 660:
    Narrated Aisha:
    Magic was worked on Allah’s Apostle so that he used to think that he had sexual relations with his wives while he actually had not (Sufyan said: That is the hardest kind of magic as it has such an effect).  

     

     

    Sahih Muslim, Book 8, Number 3460:

    Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to me: Jabir, have you married? I said: Yes. He (again) said: A virgin or one previously married? I said: Messenger of Allah, with one who was previously married, whereupon he said: Why didn’t you marry a young girl so that you could sport with her and she could sport with you, or you could amuse with her and she could amuse with you?

     

    Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 5, Number 268

    Narrated Qatada:

    Anas bin Malik said, “The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number.” I asked Anas, “Had the Prophet the strength for it?” Anas replied, “We used to say that the Prophet was given the strength of thirty (men).” And Sa’id said on the authority of Qatada that Anas had told him about nine wives only (not eleven).

     

    Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 5, Number 270:

    Narrated Muhammad bin Al-Muntathir:

    on the authority of his father that he had asked ‘Aisha about the saying of Ibn ‘Umar(i.e. he did not like to be a Muhrim while the smell of scent was still coming from his body). ‘Aisha said, “I scented Allah’s Apostle and he went round (had sexual intercourse with) all his wives, and in the morning he was Muhrim (after taking a bath).”

     

    The opinion pieces continues:

    “She thinks there is a very real possibility of major danger for the building and staff and widespread violence,” Ms. Garrett wrote. “Denise says it is ‘a declaration of war . . . explosive stuff . . . a national security issue.’ Thinks it will be far more controversial than the satanic verses and the Danish cartoons. Does not know if the author and Ballantine folks are clueless or calculating, but thinks the book should be withdrawn ASAP.” (“The Jewel of Medina” was to be published by Random House’s Ballantine Books.) That day, the email spread like wildfire through Random House, which also received a letter from Ms. Spellberg and her attorney, saying she would sue the publisher if her name was associated with the novel. On May 2, a Ballantine editor told Ms. Jones’s agent the company decided to possibly postpone publication of the book.

     

    On a May 21 conference call, Random House executive Elizabeth McGuire told the author and her agent that the publishing house had decided to indefinitely postpone publication of the novel for “fear of a possible terrorist threat from extremist Muslims” and concern for “the safety and security of the Random House building and employees.”

     

    This is not the first time publishers of books on the embarrassing aspects of Islam face pressure against their work. However, this case is unique because the dhimmi publisher had not even faced any public pressure from Muslims to cave into in the first place. To my knowledge, the publisher has not received any

     

    This is an indication that Muslim terrorist tactics have worked on some dhimmis. Their violent reaction to any novel on Islam, any criticism of Islam, and any silly cartoon on Muhammad, has successfully made some publishers think twice before allowing anything about Islam to be placed on paper. It’s an extremely unfortunate reality that, even in America, we have dhimmis who are allowing Muslims to censor others.

     

    The irony is that, while Ms. Spellberg attempted to stifle Ms Jones’ book through fearmongering, Ms. Jones is getting so much publicity on the matter that she will likely find another publisher easily.

     

    Sherry Jones had a blog here this month, but it’s no longer there. Clueless as to why.

     

    (By the way, be sure not to do your business with Random House.)

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