Thursday, June 28, 2007

Quraneyeens: The Egyptian Police Latest Victims

15 Egyptians now languish in prison. Their charge? They are Quraneyeens. Now I bet very few people in Egypt know about the El Quraneyeens. They’re Muslims who believe in the Quran, and only the Quran.

In traditional Sunni Islam, religious jurispudence and law are mainly derived from two main books: the Quran and the Hadith. The Quran we all know. But what about the Hadith? These are the actions and deeds of the Prophet Muhammed. The issue with the Hadith is this: they were written over 150 years after the death of the Prophet. Before that they were transmitted orally in a way that would make their utter authenticity pretty doubtful.

Even today no scholar or religious figure can dare to declare that the entire volumes we have now at hand are all authentic. This is the reason why the Hadith are classified into strong and weak Hadiths.

Another issue with the Hadith is the fact that many of Islam’s controversial issues are found in the Hadith and not the Quran. Things such as the status of women and Sharia’s penal code were derived from the Hadith. Even the adult breast feeding fatwa has its roots in a Hadith.

Now, after the controversy caused by the breast feeding fatwa, there has been increasing voices calling for the “purging” of the Hadith by removing or discrediting Hadiths that contradict common sense. The highest religious authority in Turkey has already done that.

However, since I live in a country that prefers to brush controversial issues under the rug instead of confronting them, whomever ventures into this topic either gets silenced by the religious figures here or gets arrested by the regime that appoints these figures. This is what happened to the Quraneyeens. Just a few weeks ago, the police arrested 15 Quraneyeens, among them authors and editors in the group’s website Ahl El Quran (people of the Quran) (English version here). The website is headed by the Quraneyeen’s most popular figure: Dr. Ahmed Sobhi Mansour.

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Dr. Ahmed Sobhi Mansour (pic above), a former professor at Al Azhar University (Sunni Islam’s most prestigious learning institution) was sacked from his job after he wrote a book arguing against the authenticity of the Hadith and calling for the sole dependence on the Quran. Mansour did not only lose his job, but he was arrested in 1988 and had all his books confiscated. He was released and went to work with the late thinker and author Farag Fouda who was murdered by terrorists in 1994. Mansour now lives in the U.S. and is a member of Free Muslims, the only American Muslim organization that held an anti-terror rally.

Now a quick browse through Mansour’s articles on his website shows that he argues against the hair cover, the killing of those who converted out of Islam, and the stoning of adulterers. That’s pretty cool stuff. Cool stuff that makes infidel souls such as myself stop being infidels!

Update: Reader Steven Dzik emailed me telling me of the resemblance that the El Quraneyeen have with the Karaites, the Jewish group that rejects the Talmud and rely on the Torah. That’s very true. The two groups are very similar.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Haifa Wahbi Escapes Death

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Lebanese pop singer Haifa Wahbi had a near encounter with death when a plane hit her head! She was filming her newst video clip and in the clip a plane was supposed to be chasing her car. The plane then accidentely hit her head causing minor injuries, however, the doctors and those on the set said that she would have surely been killed if the plane hit her otherwise. She was filming the clip in a Lebanese military airfield.

It was so disgusting to read many of the comments on Al Arabiya. People were lamenting the fact that she was saved and didn’t die. Why were so many people upset that Haifa is still alive? Because she wears short skirts in her video clips and thus “corrupts” people (i.e. sexually frustrated men). Reading these comments was so discusting. I’d rather have Haifa’s mini skirt than the false religious ideology that prevails in this messed up sexually frustrated vagina fobbed region.

Get well soon Haifa. You’re better than many people.

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Menachem Begin in Ataba Square

There is place in Ataba Square (downtown Cairo) where they sell thousands of rare and old Arabic and English books. I was passing by today and decided to have a look. I went to this shop that had heaps of very old English books on the pavement. My eyes immediately fell on this book, located on top of one of the piles:

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An old book written by Israel’s former prime minister in Ataba Square! How on earth did this book reach this little shop.

White Nights detailed Begin’s life as a prisoner in a soviet jail in Siberia. I have a thing for old political books and this is the reason why I didn’t think twice about buying this book.

“How much,” I asked the seller.

“10 pounds ($1.8),” he said.

“No, that’s too expensive for such an old torn apart book. I’ll pay only 5,” I shot back.

“OK, you can get it for 8.”

“OK.” “Do you know how old this book is?”

“No,” he replied.

“It was written in 1957 by Menachem Begin. Do you know who Menachem Begin is?” I asked.

The young man looked at me bewilderly. “No, who is he?”

“A former prime minister of Israel, the guy who made peace with Sadat.”

“Oh”

“In the book he writes about his life as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union before he moved to today’s Israel.”

“Is this holocaust thing real? I heard Jews made it up,” he asked.

“It’s real. You can’t make things up from a thing that happened only 60 years ago. You can fabricate facts from things that happened 200 or even 100 years ago, but not 60,” I answered.

“So there are people alove today who witnessed the holocaust right?”

“right”. “Thanks for the book.”

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The definition of irony

The guy who left this comment on my blog:

Elizabeth II must be killed for blasphemy towards the Holy Prophet! Under Sharia, it is a crime punishable by death for a Muslim or non Muslim to insult Allah(SWT) and His Rasul(SAW).

has a blog named, among all names: Critical Thoughts!

Save me God!!!

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Egypt Blasts Iran Over Gaza

Egyptians foreign minister Ahmed Abul Gheit accused Iran of encouraging Hamas to takeover Gaza.

“Iran’s policies encouraged Hamas to do what it has done in Gaza and this represents a threat for Egypt’s national security because Gaza is a stone’s throw from Egypt,” Ahmed Abul Gheit said in Al-Masri Al-Yom newspaper.

“The Iranian influence in Iraq also represents a threat for Egyptian and Arab national security. This obliges Cairo to restrict its relations with Tehran,” which were already broken off in 1980, the foreign minister said.

Now, I have just been looking on our borders with Gaza on Google Earth. God damn it, Gaza is tiiiiiiiny. How on earth is Hamas able to dig tunnels and smuggle arms, why is this tiny tiny tiny border so porous, how on earth does money from Iran reaches Hamas in such a small portion of land??? I just don’t have a clue.

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New Egyptian Police Brutality

I didn’t see this video before. Sick sick. I feel so happy when I post videos of the brutality and unfairness found in our police stations. There is nothing I can do about it. I can’t change the police but I do feel a sense of joy in exposing these bastards. Bastards who think that they can treat poor people like slaves simply because they’re poor and they don’t have connections. *spit*

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Elizabeth II joins the club

I just had a conversation with a friend. An educated friend. “The knighthood of Salman Rushdie by the Queen of Great Britain is a clear indication that the west will do anything to offend Muslims, the West hates Islam,” he angrily told me.

“Can’t you for a second try to think? Well, I don’t blame you. You have never been to the west. Go to any bookstore in Europe or America and you’ll probably bump into books attacking the Christian faith and books claiming Jesus was gay and books claiming the virgin mary had an affair with a Roman soldier and her relative Joseph married her to cover her up,” I said. “The West honor the atheist, the Jew, the Christian, the Muslim, and the follower of Sathya Baba. They don’t base their judgment on whether what was said was right or wrong simply because everyone has the right to say whatever he wants.”

When will Muslims grow up?? Islam will be saved from the dire state it’s in and Muslims will be a little bit more wiser once they grow up. They just need to grow up.

I am hopeful though. If Christians and Jews grew up, why wouldn’t Muslims?

Poor her Majesty, she just joined Lurpak butter.

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Egypt Moves Ambassador to West Bank

Egypt has decided to move its ambassador to Palestine from Gaza to the West Bank. This actions is a clear indication that the Egyptians government, which is extremly worried at the new neighbours who showed up on our door step, is backing the new government appointed by the Palestinian president.

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Hamas Kills 2 Peace Protesters

Hamas militians shot and killed 2 peace protesters when around 1000 Palestinians marched down the streets of Gaza under the banner “Stop the Killing”

Before noon, two civilians were killed during a protest held in Gaza City under the banner “Stop the Killing.” Some 1,000 Palestinians marched in the city, calling for an end to the fighting, but when they approached a Hamas position, militants fired at the protesters, killing two.

Two employees of UNRWA, which provides Palestinian refugees with assistance, were also killed yesterday. The organization announced that it was suspending its operations in the Strip.

Two women from the Bakar clan were killed in the evening, when a missile struck their home.

Ummm, Hamas kills 2 peace protesters, 2 UNRWA employees, and 2 women. Now, the one million dollars question is this: where is the outrage?? UN, Amnesty, the Arabs, Al Jazeera, the far left European intellectuals?

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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Death of Alexandria

Alexandria is my favorite city in Egypt. Even though I never go swimming there, for reasons you will know now, I do enjoy walking along its courniche and walking down its old streets. For you who don’t know the history of this city, Alexandria was equated with its European counterparts because of its beauty. Today only remnants remind us of this beauty.

I remember a few years ago my mother took me to see her Italian grandfather’s old house in Alexandria. We went up the flat and knocked on the door. An office boy opened the door informing us that the apartment now houses a trading company. We entered the flat and my mom started walking around the flat telling me what each room used to be. “From this window I used to tiptoe and order zalabya (a kind of oriental sweet pastry) from the sweet shop” she told me.

I will never forgot this visit. A visit to the past. I felt so depressed. Knowing Egypt’s past and looking at its state now is what crushes me the most.

Hazem Hindawi from the Associated Press wrote an excellent report on Alexandria. Alexandria back and now. Read it all and weep.

What really caught my attention the most in the report was what a young girl said about her relationship with her Christian neighbors. “We cannot be close friends with Christians, but we can be civil to each other,” she said.

So sad these words are coming from someone living in a city that once housed Jews, Armenians, Greeks, Italians, English, Swiss, and the list goes on and on.

May God curse whomever is responsible for the death of Alexandria.

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