August 19, 2003


It’s a fatwa against jihad:

Leading clerics in Saudi Arabia have issued a religious ruling, or fatwa, that acts of terrorism by Islamic extremists are serious criminals acts which are against the will of God.

Next we need a hatwa against hijab:

In 1981, Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic, announced that "scientific research had shown that women's hair emitted rays that drove men insane." To protect the public, the new Islamist regime passed a law in 1982 making the hijab mandatory for females aged above six, regardless of religious faith. Violating the hijab code was made punishable by 100 lashes of the cane and six months imprisonment.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 19, 2003 04:55 PM

That NY Post article is fascinating. I had no idea that the hijab head-dress for women was a recent invention.

Posted by: Evil Pundit at August 19, 2003 at 05:07 PM

Some time ago a bunch of academics got their usual enormous amount of liberal media publicity for their 'research' into what makes a conservative.

Here's the other side of the coin, sourced from the same organisation as the above story.

Posted by: ilibcc at August 19, 2003 at 05:27 PM

I think the Mullah has misread the scripture; it has nothing to do with the hair on their heads.
Why not run it past the Imam?
I sent him one asking what was the best cross-over to use with double bass boxes being fed by bridged 200 watt amps in a turbo Supra, but he was no use whatsoever.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 05:36 PM

Why are you bridging the amps? Why not just run them as a stereo pair?

Posted by: Ferg at August 19, 2003 at 05:41 PM

David Letterman back around 1982 said:

"Ah, Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr... the finest
name in Bani-Sadrs.... whenever your Bani
gets a little loose, just take out that
Abol-Hassan Bani Sadr".

Posted by: zapatista baby at August 19, 2003 at 05:41 PM

Someone forgot to tell the Imam about this:

1. Yes, the compulsion of Hijaab is established from the Qur’aan and Hadith. Hence, abandoning Hijaab is a major sin.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Muhammad Kadwa


Posted by: DF at August 19, 2003 at 05:45 PM

But it doesn't say it has to be worn on the head- the hijaab may in fact be an islamic mini-skirt.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 06:06 PM

Apparently Clinton got a hijab in the Oval Office.

Posted by: Ferg at August 19, 2003 at 06:25 PM

Who cares what they wear on their stupid heads? Its typical that they worry about about females covering their heads (lest they send out beams that drive men crazy), instead of worrying about issues - like, I don't know, maybe the widespread poverty and illiteracy in the Muslim world? Or the fact that there is not one prosperous Democracy? Or that the oppressive policies of Islamic governments are creating millions of refugees? But why even think about those issues when they can rant about whether or not women cover their heads - a matter of real importance, obviously.

Posted by: dee at August 19, 2003 at 06:34 PM

Are these the same rays as the ones emitted from boys' bodies in the (Moslem)men-only swimming pools that drive mullahs mental?

Posted by: Rob (No 1) at August 19, 2003 at 06:35 PM

"A woman is only a woman. But a good cigar is a smoke."

Anyone else here feel that these categories have been forever collapsed?

Posted by: Ferg at August 19, 2003 at 06:38 PM

You guys are a bit tough on Islam.

On 16 Sep 94 the Saudi Gazette in the Questions of Faith section carried the following lines: Coming to the subject of dinosaurs, it may be that they were living on earth at the time before the creation of Adam. Once their existence is established as a scientific fact, and not science fiction, there will be no hesitation in accommodating them within the universal view of the creation of Allah.

On 26 May 95 Arab News began an an article headed: A Fight until Submission, with the following: What the Qur'an teaches - Fight against those among the people of the book who do not believe in God or the last day, and do not forbid what God and his messenger have forbidden, and do not follow the religion of truth until they pay the submission tax with a willing hand and are utterly subdued. Repentance, At-Tawbah: 9;29.

On 20 Oct 96, the Saudi Gazette reported: Dr Ahmad Al-Qadi, a cardiologist and head of the Islamic Medicine Institute in the US, proved that the Holy Qur'an increases the efficiency of the immune system and improves resistance to all kinds of diseases.

I have just typed these up from some of the many clippings I kept from my 5+ years time in Saudi.

Surely you have to agree that any religion that orders battle with Christian and Jewish unbelievers, believes a semi-incomprehensible book cures disease and denies the existence of dinosaurs, deserves respect. How could you think otherwise particularly, when the luvvies in local government in Victoria reckon Islam is the cat's meow?

Posted by: HRT at August 19, 2003 at 06:44 PM

Except the cat is an unclean animal.
You can only fuck them, you can't eat them.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 07:13 PM

Mind you, that may make them meow a bit.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 07:13 PM

A mullah who hailed from Bahrain,
Collapsed in the pool, quite insane,
You see he'd spied a boy's locks
While checking out cocks,
And they zapped rays right into his brain.

Posted by: Rob (No.1) at August 19, 2003 at 07:38 PM

What would happen if a woman shaved her head? No hair = no harmful crazy rays. Maybe Sinéad O'Connor should give it a go.

Posted by: vaara at August 19, 2003 at 08:32 PM

What you doing slumming here, Danger man?


Posted by: Ferg at August 19, 2003 at 08:57 PM

A woman who shaved her head,
And was fussy 'bout who she would bed,
Was viewed by a Mullah,
Who said 'still uncovered,
Let's make this terrible slut dead.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 09:59 PM

Live Action: Religious tolerance Muslim Style



19/08/2003 : 09:00 GMT

Barnabas Fund has been contacted urgently by a partner in the Coptic Orthodox
Church this morning with the urgent news that St Anthony's Monastery on the Red
Sea is under siege by the police at this very moment.

Some 200 - 300 police officers equipped with 14 bulldozers have closed and
blockaded the roads outside the monastery, which is situated in a mountainous
region of Egypt's Red Sea coast. Monks from the monastery are protesting
outside the building trying desperately to protect their home. The police
officers were acting on orders from the Red Sea Governorate based in Hurghada.
It would seem that prejudiced Muslim officials who are hostile to the Christian
Church in Egypt are misusing and violating the law to attack this historic
Coptic monastery which dates back to the fourth century.

The crisis has arisen because the local governorate claims the walls of
the monastery have been constructed illegally and has issued the police with
orders to destroy them. However, official permission to construct the walls was
obtained in 1992 and they were built some 4 - 5 years ago. Permission was given
because the monastery had experienced problems with Muslim extremist groups and
it was recognised that a perimeter wall was needed for protection.


Posted by: Ralph at August 19, 2003 at 11:04 PM

A bint once discovered the feeling
Of shaving her head. Now she's reeling,
'Cause of statements they make
That she looks like a snake.
She burned her scalp: how un-a-peeling!

(I regret any inconvenience any 'slumming' may cause. Tim's a nice bloke, so I'm sure he doesn't mind...)

Posted by: vaara at August 20, 2003 at 01:47 AM

Pushing for the hijab was obviously shrewd, think-ahead planning on Mr. Bani-Sadr's part: because when the revolution turned on him and he had to run for his life, he escaped by dressing as a woman. Apparently nobody thought to check under the burqa.

Posted by: AdaKizi at August 20, 2003 at 01:47 AM

Dear Imam,

Can I use hijab to cover my satar?


Confused and Curious in Akaba

Posted by: E.A. at August 20, 2003 at 02:49 AM


Only if someone's head is in the hijab at the time.

Posted by: Imam at August 20, 2003 at 11:38 AM