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Don’t mess with this big black magic box

Don’t mess with this big black magic box

Images of the Kaaba – a large cuboid thingie that sits in the centre of a mosque in Mecca – are not to be tampered with in any way whatsoever.

Just how sensitive Muslims can be about their big black magic box became clear a few years back when some joker started a Facebook page called “Kaaba is a Hindu Temple”, and posted an image similar to the one above.

(If you click on the link below, you’ll see that the Kaaba was made to look like a buttplug.)

A Muslim “state of emergency” was quickly declared, and a Causes campaign was established by one Hasanul Arifin to pressurise Facebook to close the page down. And of course it did.

But what’s put on the Internet stays on the Internet, and the picture (or one like it) recently resurfaced elsewhere on Facebook.

It was spotted by an unnamed Indian man in Saudi Arabia who then made a grievous error. He “liked” the picture, which then made it viewable to his mates.

Saudi’s Internet police were immediately on the case. According to this report, the unfortunate Indian was arrested for posting the “offensive” picture – a crime that could cost him his freedom and a great deal of dosh.

Saleh al-Ghamdi, a lawyer and former member of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution said the man’s crime deserves a maximum of five years in prison and up to SR3 million ($800,000) in fines.

He added Saudi Arabia’s information crimes prevention charter outlaws offences such posting, sharing, saving and creating offensive content that violates the general law, religious values, societal principles and privacy on the Internet.

Another lawyer and former member of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution Saad al-Malki said the man had committed “a grave crime” by posting the photo and should be dealt with by the Jeddah Penal Court.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake

10 responses to “Don’t mess with this big black magic box”

  1. L.Long says:

    And Once gain isLame shows its true colors of hate-bigotry-and shoveling their stupid BS up other peoples asses.

  2. John the Drunkard says:

    And why is there no international boycott of Saudi Arabia? They can hold the world economy hostage by turning the oil-tap, but they cannot REQUIRE respect for their despicable behavior and corruption.

  3. Laura Roberts says:

    Sounds like a job for atheists! Time to “like” those images as much as humanly possible.

  4. Newspaniard says:

    As long as Saudi Arabia keep buying our arms and aircraft, they will remain the nice guys. As always, “Business is business”.

  5. Trevor Blake says:

    I had my feelings hurt when I saw the hundreds of beheading carried our by Muslims this year. Where do I file my grievance? Nowhere? I see. The full force of the state to protect magic pictures when religion is offended but human lives are as nothing when religion is offended.

  6. Vanity Unfair says:

    We only have to put up with this until ISIS gets there.

  7. Marky Mark says:

    What the Fu*k is suppose to be in that thing anyway….Aili’s carpet ??

  8. Robster says:

    Is this the same black box in the movie 2001? Al and Mad Mo returned it from Jupiter on a magic flying horse, completely avoiding a clash with the more powerful than God HAL9000.

  9. Vanity Unfair says:

    To Marky Mark:
    http://www.islam-watch.org/Lennard/Islam-Sacred-Stone-of-Mecca.htm
    What is supposed to be there is a black stone. It is most probably a meteorite but since nobody is allowed to examine it properly it just might be the right hand of Allah on Earth. Or a rock. Apply Occam’s razor.
    It is described as the corner stone of the Ka’aba although no mason would put a corner stone in the position it occupies: so, probably a metaphorical corner stone. The Ka’aba itself seems to be the re-built temple of Q’re, a pre-Islamic moon goddess, formerly worshipped on the site so the meteorite hypothesis would seem to be apposite. It might even explain the shape of the viewing window.
    The stone has been stolen, broken and returned so it might not even be the original. The stone is venerated (and most certainly NOT worshipped) because of its association with Mohammed who, when “he” destroyed the hundreds of idols in the Ka’aba kept this manifestation of divine providence. I think the reasoning is; it did fall from heaven so if not from Q’re then it must be from Allah. Correction is invited.
    All-in-all perhaps it’s heartening that something with such a non-Islamic history should hold a so-central (literally) place in Islam that each year hundreds of pilgrims are prepared to risk death in order not to see it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_during_the_Hajj