It’s easy sometimes to forget what we’re dealing with in the Muslim world. Beneath all the titles and technology, the trappings of modernity is a culture so medieval that it makes the dark ages seem enlightened. (via Religion of Peace)
Journey with us now to Ras Al Khaimah, one of the UAE’s Emirates, in the year 2012 (1434 in the Islamic calendar) for a ride along with the police forces of one of the wealthiest places in the world.
Ras Al Khaimah authorities arrested three Moroccan waitresses working in a coffee shop for luring clients using magic and witchcraft, an official at Ras Al Khaimah told Gulf News on Wednesday.
Official said that the police acted upon receiving a tip-off following complaints from a residential area about the coffee shop that was open round the clock.
Undercover policemen were deployed in that area to observe the coffee shop and to make sure of the accuracy of the information. Police raided the place after confirming the accuracy of the information received.
The three waitresses were found guilty at the time of arrest. Police have referred the case to the public prosecution for further action.
Since the waitresses have already been found guilty, further prosecution seems redundant, but you can never be too careful when dealing with that old black magic.
While other countries use undercover police to catch drug dealers in the act. The UAE has undercover witch hunters. Again a reminder that the only thing separating the UAE from the 7th Century is a whole lot of money and foreign talent.
This case isn’t some aberration. The fight against magic is a major law enforcement priority in the Muslim world as I documented in my article, “Muslim Witch Hunts.”
A Saudi witch hunt is not a committee hearing; it is an actual unit of the Islamic religious police which is tasked with fighting witches and sorcerers, who according to the authorities, in the absence of the Jews, are responsible for most of the problems in the land.
In the Maldives, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed called for the passage of an Anti-Sorcery Act. The Maldives already has its own witch hunts and in 1993 arrested a witch for giving magic scrolls to a presidential candidate to help him win an election—a novel form of electoral fraud.
Black magic is also a serious problem in the United Arab Emirates. In non-Muslim countries airport security personnel screen for Muslim terrorists carrying explosives and weapons; but in Muslim countries, the local equivalent of the TSA searches for magic wands and potions. Vigilant security personnel at Abu Dhabi International Airport caught one such would-be Harry Potter trying to enter the UAE.
“The airport staff suspected the passenger, so they inspected his luggage and found books that contained spells, mostly in unknown languages, and some suspicious tools which seem to be used for black magic,” said Colonel Rashid Bursheed, the head of the organized crime section at the Criminal Investigations Department.
A magic potion that might only be punishable by seven years in a dungeon in a liberal place like Dubai might make a man lose his head in properly Islamic Saudi Arabia.