THE utterly childish nature of Islam is again in the headlines, this time with a report that Saudi Arabia’s Information Minister had to reach for a hanky after reading nasty things written about his dumb-assed religion by a young journalist, Hamza Kashgari.
Abdul Aziz Khowja said:
When I read his articles, I wept and got very angry …
And the infantile apparatchik announced:
I have instructed all newspapers and magazines in the kingdom not to allow him to write anything and we will take legal measures against him.
Worse, Kashgari, 23, offended the king of that basketcase of a country, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who ordered the journalist’s arrest.
A statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency earlier this week revealed:
The Monarch today issued orders to arrest and try Kashgari for his offences against the deity and the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) … The order came after many scholars, dignitaries and citizens in the kingdom sent messages to the Monarch expressing indignation at Kashgari offences.
Kashgari had the good sense to flee the country as devout Muslims began baying for his blood, but today we learned that he has been arrested in Malaysia.
According to this report, he was seized as he arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The Saudi Arabic language daily Al Youm reported:
The Malaysian authorities are coordinating with Saudi Arabia to hand Kashgari over.
In a separate report, newspapers quoted a statement by the kingdom’s Islamic Fatwa Committee calling for Kashgari to be punished:
In line with Islamic law, which means he could be executed.
King Abdullah’s order to arrest the writer, a columnist in the Saudi Arabic language daily Al Bilad, followed public furore in the kingdom over some of his articles, considered as abusive of Islam and the Prophet.
Ajel Arabic language daily said yesterday:
The order came after many scholars, dignitaries and citizens in the kingdom sent messages to the Monarch expressing indignation at Kashgari offences.
Other papers reported that thousands of readers and schools sent letters to the local media and posted online messages demanding Kashgari’s prosecution.
After the arrest order, many Saudi newspapers carried a letter written by Kashgari on his Twitter page apologising for any offence, which he said was inadvertent.
My tweets were posted during a [difficult] psychological state. I erred and I pray to God that He will forgive me for what I did. I declare my repentance and I distance myself fully from all the misleading ideas that had affected me and made me write expressions that I do not support. I bear witness that Mohammad is the messenger of God. I shall live and die firmly believing in it. I declare my repentance and I strongly adhere to the testimonies that there is no deity but Allah and that Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.
Ahead of Big Mo’s birthday, Kashgari used Twitter to reflect of the occasion, saying:
On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.
Nasser al-Omar, an influential cleric, called for him to be tried in a sharia court for apostasy, and, in a YouTube video, called on the faithful to express their indignation to the media and the authorities.
Your duty is to defend our religion against those atheists and not let it pass by with no punishment — you must write in the papers, in the Internet, and write the government, and not be silenced.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn