Oddly enough there’s no word on the number of Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Buddhists in the Middle East because of its reliance on slave labor. 1.5% of the population is technically Buddhist.
The UAE has over 200,000 Buddhists. Saudi Arabia has 400,000. Kuwait has 100,000. Despite that the majority of Buddhist temples in the region are in Israel. Meanwhile this is how Saudi Arabia treats Buddhists.
A Sri Lankan youth employed as a domestic aid has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for worshiping a statue of the Buddha, which is considered an offence according to Shariah law.
But by all means… let’s move on to some Muslim whining about the insufficient number of mosques in a Buddhist/Christian country.
Pointing to challenges facing Muslims in South Korea, a new study has revealed that more mosques, halal restaurants and better understanding of Islam were needed to encourage more Muslims students to study in the Asian country.
“Islam is part of their everyday life and many felt there was little in the way of halal food and too few mosques,” Park Hyeon-uk, a member of El Naafidha College’s student group for Middle East studies, told UAE’s The National on Wednesday, October 23.
Clearly what Korea needs is more mosques. Malaysia already paid to have one built back in the seventies. But there just aren’t enough suicide bombings.
Another obstacle that Arab students face in Asia’s fourth-largest economy country is ‘language’. They have been facing difficulty in understanding the Korean language, especially in classes, the study stated.
“It would be nice if they graded foreign students different than Korean students,” said one Arab in a video broadcast to delegates.
I guess they could just give the Muslims an A for Affront. Why would you go to South Korea if you don’t speak the language or intend to learn it? What’s the plan exactly?
“I think the people here need to learn more about the Middle East culture and vice versa,” said Farah Subedar, a presenter on K-Pop music station.
If that happens, it will be even harder for Muslim students to visit Korea.
Hijab was also a main target of “uncomfortable” comments and questions, an Emirati woman, who has been repeatedly asked about her hijab, said.
Meanwhile here’s a problem that Koreans face in the Muslim world.
On Sunday, the Arab satellite TV network Al-Jazeera aired a videotape purportedly from Al Qaeda-linked militants showing a South Korean hostage begging for his life.
Kim Sun-il was a South Korean translator and Christian missionary who was kidnapped and killed. Kim was fluent in Arabic, holding a graduate degree in that language from Seoul’s Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
On May 30, 2004, he was kidnapped in Fallujah — about 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad — by the Islamist group Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad and held as a hostage.
But Muslim problems always come first. Maybe when Koreans are kidnapping and beheading Muslims, instead of not building enough mosques for them, they can complain.