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Egypt, 2012: The Year In Fatwas

02/01/2013 2 comments

Marrying minors is good. Peace with Israel is evil. Greeting Christians is banned. Read the full article below for a good listing of more inspiring, logical fatwas being decreed in the enlightened era of a modern 21st century Egypt …

By Raymond Ibrahim, Frontpage Mag – “In previous decades in Egypt, the fatwas, or legal decrees issued by learned Muslims and based on Sharia law, revolved around questions like proper prayer, when and where women should wear the hijab, and if smoking was forbidden or permissible.

That was then.

The fatwas issued in the year 2012—the year when Islamists, spearheaded by the Muslim Brotherhood, assumed formal power—are, as one would expect, markedly different, that is, much less restrained.  The popular Egyptian Arabic website El-Watan News recently compiled a list of 2012’s most ‘notable’ (a euphemism) fatwas.  I translate a summary of their findings below, augmented with additional observations:

Destruction of the Pyramids and Sphinx

In November, Sheikh Murjan Salem al-Jawhari, a Salafi leader, called for the destruction of all idols, relics, and statues in Egypt, specifically mentioning the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids.  He called on Muslims to destroy such ‘idols’ just as they destroyed the Buddha statues in Afghanistan.  Of course, several months earlier, in July, I reported how several prominent Islamic clerics were calling on President Morsi to ‘destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As [the first Muslim invader of Egypt] could not.’ Then and now, the MSM scoffed at the very idea, portraying it as a ‘hoax.’ To date, reports from Egypt confirm that ‘some of the statues have already been destroyed by those belonging to the political Islamist parties.’

Marrying Minors (i.e., Pedophilia)

Dr. Yassir al-Burhami, Vice President of the Salafi Da‘wa movement, and thus an authoritative figure among Egypt’s Salafis, who are playing a prominent role in Egypt’s new parliament, opposed setting a minimum age in the new constitution concerning the marriage of minor girls, saying ‘they can get married at any time,’ while insisting that Sharia law is clear on this matter.  Indeed, earlier, another cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, after saying that girls can be married ‘even if they are in the cradle,’ explained the fundamental criterion of when they can copulate: whenever ‘they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men,’ which has less to do with age and more to do with individual capacity.

Permitting Lies and Hypocrisy

Dr. Yassir al-Burhami also permitted wives to ‘lie to their husbands’  about their whereabouts—if they were going to go and vote ‘yes’ on the Sharia-heavy constitution in Egypt, and if their husbands would otherwise have disapproved. The ever-expedient Salafi leader also permitted Read more…

The Real Muslim Brotherhood Reveals Itself

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Yet even while these true colors come to light, many leaders in the West still choose to remain selectively colorblind

By Michael Weiss, NOW – “A nice sociological experiment would be to ask any child of average intelligence what he thinks a fit occupation is for a man who believes all at once that Jews are a subspecies who somehow maintain a monopoly on America’s sources of information, that commercial aircraft piloted by al-Qaeda agents did not destroy the Twin Towers on 9/11, and that everything one needs to learn about life is encoded in the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ film. I might question your sample pool if your responses varied far beyond ‘squeegie-wielder’ or perhaps ‘syndicated AM radio talk show host.’ Yet it is remarkable the ease with which a whole intellectual-industrial complex has sprung up crediting the fitness of such a person for the presidency of the most populous Arab country.

In the last month, we have learned that Mohammed Morsi thought, as few as two years ago, that Jews, or ‘Zionists’ as he likes to call them, are ‘bloodsuckers’ and ‘descendants of apes and pigs’; that Egyptians ought to ‘nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred’ of them; and that a boycott was in order of all countries that support Israel, including the United States, which only provides Egypt with $1.5 billion in annual subsidies. When confronted with these comments from his not-so-distant past by a delegation of discomfited US senators, Morsi clarified that this was all a big misunderstanding, or rather a willful misinterpretation of what he’d intended. As one senator summarized the Egyptian president’s clarification, ‘Well, I think we all know that the media in the United States has made a big deal of this, and we know the media of the United States is controlled by certain forces and they don’t view me favorably.’

As a certain force in the media that doesn’t view him favorably, I think I know what Morsi meant by this. What I don’t know is what the New York Times meant in its editorial on the subject, wherein it claimed that such statements, which were revealed after Morsi had arrogated to himself dictatorial powers leading to mass riots in Egypt, ‘raise serious doubts about whether he can ever be the force for moderation and stability that is needed.’ What would confirm those doubts for the Times? And why is the presumption of ‘moderation’ still bestowed on a man and an ideological organization that have worked overtime to prove the opposite about themselves, much as excuses are still made on their behalf?

The original definition of an intellectual was someone who grappled with the Jewish Question and came out on the right side. Today, it seems, that definition has widened to encompass defenders of those who don’t even know or care that such a question ever existed. Yet ‘apes and pigs’ isn’t the half of it. Decades of tracts, sermons and observed behavior did little to prompt a serious investigation into the totalitarian nature of the Muslim Brotherhood by a truly impressive array of policymakers, journalists and academics, some of whom continue to resist the dawning of a new consensus by resorting to pure silliness: comparing Morsi to Abraham Lincoln, or reading in his ‘constitutional declaration’ of November 22 – in which he obliterated judicial review of his executive powers and declared himself the sole steward of the Egyptian revolution – the lineaments of a committed democrat.

Consider first that becoming a Muslim Brother takes as long as becoming a Read more…

Muslim Persecution Of Christians: November, 2012

02/01/2013 2 comments

Matthew 10:22, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

By Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute – “Reports of Christian persecution by Muslims around the world during the month of November include (but are not limited to) the following accounts. They are listed by form of persecution, and in country alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity:

Church Attacks

Egypt: Following Friday afternoon prayers in northern Cairo, Salafi Muslims went to the construction site of a Coptic Orthodox Church service center, hanging a sign that read, ‘Masjed El Rahman,’ or ‘Mosque of the Merciful.’ They claimed that the church did not have the necessary permits to exist, even though local officials confirmed the church did have them. The Salafis occupied the construction center for some 24 hours. One of them reportedly said: ‘We have a small mosque at the end of the street and the presence of a church here will offend us.’

Indonesia: Authorities in West Java sealed shut the worship building of yet another Christian Church (HKI) congregation that had been meeting for 20 years, after prominent Muslims persuaded residents to withdraw their signatures approving the church’s existence.

According to Indonesian law—and echoing Sharia law, which requires local Muslim approval for non-Muslim endeavors—60 Muslim signatures are required for the church to exist. Because many Muslims withdrew their signatures, police sealed off the building. ‘While other churches in West Java have faced loud protests from Islamists dedicated to close them down, last week’s closure took place quietly in 10 minutes,’ said one source. Also, a mob numbering in the hundreds and grouped under an Islamic banner surrounded two separate churches, threatening to use force to stop the congregations from building additional structures in their compounds. Some 200 police and military held them at bay.

Kenya: A blast at a church inside a police compound in the town of Garissa killed a police officer, who also served as the church’s pastor, and injured at least 13 other people. The Islamic terrorist organization, al-Shabaab (‘the Youth’) is believed to be responsible. Their latest strategy is to hire ‘poor youths from Christian backgrounds’ and use them to bomb Kenya’s churches. ‘Using Muslims with a Christian background make it difficult to identify and stop would-be attackers, as they can seamlessly blend into a Christian congregation,’ say church leaders.

Nigeria: November 25 was yet another bloody Sunday for church goers in the Muslim-majority north of Nigeria: 11 people were killed when the Protestant church of St. Andrew was attacked by two consecutive suicide bombings: Shortly after mass, one suicide-bomber drove a minibus, loaded with explosives, into the church. Then, after a group of soldiers and civilians gathered on the spot, another jihadi detonated a car bomb, leaving Read more…

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