News from the Arab World

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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Then Burhami made clear what the issue at hand was: Apostasy—if Muslims have the right to leave Islam and convert to other religions. In the words of Burhami:

For example, is it the right of the Muslim to convert to Christianity or another religion? Of course this is not a right; this is a matter that Sharia has clearly addressed, according to the agreed upon hadiths. It is impermissible, for any reason, for a Muslim to leave the community. Of course, you cannot coerce any infidel to enter into Islam [Koran 2:256]—except for the apostate. It is impossible to let the apostate remain in [a state of] apostasy, deeming it a form of “freedom.”

For the record, the “agreed upon hadiths” that Burhami indicated are, in fact, unequivocal in regards to the crime of apostasy. The most canonical and oft cited among them simply has Muhammad saying: “Whoever leaves his religion, kill him.”

Egyptian Sheikh Makes Female U.S. Official Wear Hijab

According to El Badil, Sheikh Ahmed al-Mahlawi recently gave a sermon in his popular Alexandrian mosque, warning the ulema (Islam’s scholars and theologians) from “appearing on TV programs with women who do not wear the hijab.” He pointed out that some Islamic leaders make the excuse that, because they see non-veiled women all the time in the streets of Egypt, sitting with one at a TV studio should be fine as well.

For Sheikh Mahlawi, however, the ulema have no choice about seeing non-veiled women in the streets, “since that is imposed on them,” but, where they have a say—such as whether to appear on TV with an unveiled woman—they must say no. He then proceeded to brag about how a female official from the U.S. Consulate wanted to meet with him, but he made her wear the hijab first. Finally, he culminated his sermon by saying “those who do not wish to apply Allah’s Sharia” are also those who “love the West, and wish to implement homosexual marriage.”

Saudi Arabia: Child Flogged and ‘Severely Beaten’ by Koran Teacher

In Saudi Arabia, it was recently revealed that a 5-year-old boy was “severely beaten” and whipped by his teacher, with “wounds appearing on various parts of his body.” According to Garaa News, it is unknown why the teacher scourged the child, and the teacher’s identity has been withheld to protect him from the boy’s father who is attempting to press charges.

What is known, however, is that the man was a teacher of Koran studies and memorization, and the location of the school is Mecca, the holiest city of Islam—two facts that speak for themselves, and Islam, much more honestly than the ongoing depictions of Islam as the “religion of peace” championed by Muslim apologists in the West.

Egypt: Taqiyya in Action

Here is an interesting anecdote of taqiyya—the Islamic doctrine that permits lies and hypocrisy whenever Muslims fear their stronger adversaries, including fellow Muslims: Soon after the clash between Egypt’s military and Islamists at al-Abbassia, Sheikh Hassan Abu al-Ashbal, one of the leaders of the Salafi party, declared a full-blown jihad against the military—only to retract it, once the Egyptian media exposed it. Backing down, al-Ashbal said that he was “angry at the spilling of innocent blood by the military,” and so he “spoke words he did not mean,” including his “declaration of war and the raising of the banner of jihad in Egypt.”

Instead, the sheikh redirected his rage at those who exposed him—the “rabid media,” which he proceeded to blame for the chaos in Egypt. This, of course, is reminiscent of the recent threats Egypt’s On TV received from the “Jihad Group to Cleanse the Country,” which blamed the media station of “seeking to destroy the nation and create chaos to implement the American and Zionist agenda.” Apparently, some Egyptian media are not as sympathetic or apathetic to the Islamist agenda as are their counterparts in the West, no doubt because the threat is much closer to home.

Lebanon: Church Pastor Abducted for Baptizing Muslim Girl

One of the classic rules of dhimmitude, recorded in the infamous Pact of Omar—which mandates several debilitations and humiliations for non-Muslims living under Islam (it was first ratified with the conquered Christians of Syria)—commands Christians never to convert Muslims to their religion. If they do so, their blood becomes halal, or free game.

Some fourteen centuries later, not much has changed. According to Al Ahram, on May 7, “unknown persons” tracked down and abducted the Christian pastor of Our Lady of Assistance Church, in Baalbek, Lebanon—a Hezbollah stronghold. The reason? He baptized a Muslim woman who, after being trapped in her parents’ house, escaped and came to him, wishing to become Christian.

Jordan: Bank Fires Women for Refusing to Wear Hijab

Several Arabic news reports appeared yesterday, Tuesday, May 22, exposing the new hijab policy of the Jordanian Dubai Islamic Bank. Under new ownership, bank management recently decreed that all females must wear the hijab, the Islamic veil, or be terminated. According to Najem News—which says the bank’s policy “contradicts Jordan’s laws and constitutions”—the bank “fired all female employees who refused to wear the hijab, after warning them that it is mandatory, despite the fact that some of the employees are Christians.” There are also suspicions that, along with Islamizing the bank’s atmosphere, this new policy was further set to target and terminate the Christian employees, since it is they who are most likely to reject the hijab.

One female Christian employee who had worked at the bank for 27 years is among those just fired. Though not available for comment, an associate of hers said in response to the new hijab rule: “Is this to be the new approach in Jordan during the Arab Spring revolutions—suppression of freedoms, intolerance for others, the exercise of intellectual terrorism, the quantization of minds, and the imposition of obligations in the name of religion?”

Some may be tempted to draw parallels between this and similar precedents in the West. For instance, some Western banks refuse to serve Muslim women in full hijab. However, this is done for security measures—shown by the fact that the hijab is not singled out, but also hats, hoods and sunglasses—whereas the Jordanian Dubai Islam Bank is basing its policy entirely on religious discrimination. More to the point, forcing Christian women to wear the hijab is no different than forcing Muslim women to wear a cross.

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  • KarshiKhanabad

    We "infidels" are not at war with Islam, but the Muslim world is at war with us. Why is that so difficult to understand?

    "If a man says he hates you and wants to kill you, then believe him."

    • Snorbak

      Stop talking in riddles & simplify what your trying to say:-)

  • davarino

    And yet the head demi, Obama, loves them and is feverishly working in tandem with them.

  • Mach1Duck

    Shutup…I will Kill you…So says the Religion of Predation.

  • Linda Rivera

    A Muslim's commitment is NOT to the nation they reside in. A devout Muslim's commitment is to the commands of the Koran. The Koran commands Muslims to conquer all nations. Obama slipped up, and told the TRUTH.

    Obama: "My Muslim Faith" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGdkqfBICw

    Islam HATES non-Muslims. Jews are especially hated by Islam, as Jews are the ones who were given God's Laws:

    YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.

  • Linda Rivera

    Since moderate Mubarak's ouster, Muslim attacks on Christians, their homes, churches and businesses have increased enormously. And so has the kidnappings, rapes, violent conversions to Islam and forcible marriage of Christian female children and women.

    Centuries ago, Egypt was a Christian nation that was conquered by Muslims. The horrendous suffering of Egyptian Christians under Muslims is a stark warning to Europe and the UK who have deliberately imported/colonized many millions of Islam's foot soldiers into their countries, to such an extent, that these countries within years will become Islamic nations ruled by Muslims. This is ethnic cleansing. An international crime.

    It is the greatest BETRAYAL by nations' leaders in all of human history.

  • Linda Rivera

    Comment addition to above comment:

    Ethnic cleansing is the replacement of indigenous people with another people. In this case, the other people are Muslims – who openly declare their goal is Muslim conquest of their host countries and the imposition of barbaric sharia law.

  • Noah

    It is unfortunate that the world is forced to tolerate such a high level of intolerance.

  • marios

    So far world tolerate it as Western politiciasn and elites prefer not to think about tomorow by live comfortable life today. They betray not only their citizens but their own children. For our country BHO must be one term president. Or good by America we love so much.

  • wctaqiyya

    So, Islam isn't really the religion of peace? Shocking. It may be time for the west to have it's own cultural revolution and send them Muslim folks back to Africa. All of them. Or, hold them hostage and demand ransom?

  • Omar Kahlid

    Amazing to know I should be in prison. I just took a dump and believe it or not it looked just like old Moo. If it were not deadly serious islam would make you laugh to death.

  • Horace Yo

    If some bank, foreign or domestic engaged in racial discrimination, or demanded segregation in its business practices, it would be boycotted by the NY Times-NPR-BBC-CBS-NBC-ABC etc. liberal university gang with demands to divest from it etc., etc.(as in South Africa)
    How much you wanna bet the leftist hypocrites will do nothing or actually invest more in this bigoted Islamic bank?
    Lefties work for the same boss as the Mohammedans- Lucifer. That's why they always go along with whatever the lying, murderous sharia and jihad thugs want, They cant help it. Too late, they've already sold their souls.

  • Ghostwriter

    And yet,Muslims continue to wonder why Americans have so little respect for their religion.