The online newspaper “Emirates 24/7 News” is a treasure trove of articles detailing the lunacy of Islamic law in Saudi Arabia. Usually the stories involve the “feared” Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (aka “Haia”), the group entrusted with enforcing Allah’s laws in the Gulf Kingdom. One excellent example appeared on January 14, 2014. Completely covered women in a park were forbidden from using the swings by officers from Haia. They felt that allowing women to use the swings “could encourage men to harass or molest them.” They’re already covered head-to-toe, for God’s sake! How asinine! There’s one more freedom to add to the endless list of freedoms women, subjugated by Islam, are denied the pleasure of enjoying…the simple pleasure of swinging on a swing.
At the bottom of this same article, it gives details of another case in which the dreaded “Haia” shut down a restaurant in Jeddah “after it was found to be violating local laws, including allowing mixing between men and women…” The restaurant was also allowing people to smoke shisha in private rooms and “obscene” TV channels were being shown. Luckily, for the sake of everyone’s morals, the restaurant has been shut down indefinitely. “Massive violations” such as enjoying simple freedom of assembly…the freedom to mix with those you choose…are NOT something that can be tolerated by Islam. As this article states in its closing sentence: “Gender-mixing is strictly banned in schools, universities and most other places in the oil-rich kingdom.”
The senseless, irrational insistence on Islamic idiocy is borne out in hundreds of other articles. One unlucky woman was jailed for holding an office party that featured not only gender mixing but (the horror!) MUSIC. Another article details how a lovely wedding in a park was broken up by Haia because “the bride was not covering her face and the groom was holding her hand and hugging her sometimes.” Any mixed gender gathering can become a target for a surprise raid by Haia’s crack team of Islamic defenders. In the same article about the bride and groom, another paragraph gives the lowdown on how 42 people were arrested simply for being guests at a mixed-gender party. The last paragraph details how the sinful participants in another mixed-gender gathering “were having drugs and alcoholic drinks and some of them were moving and dancing to strange music…many of them were dancing around a fire as part of their Satanic rituals.” So good to know that Haia is keeping Saudi Arabia safe from the clutches of Satanic people who enjoy such horribly unislamic things as gender mixing, music, and dancing around a fire!
You’re not even safe in your car, in a mall parking lot. Haia’s eyes are everywhere. Just like Allah, Haia sees all, it seems. In both 2012 and 2015, unmarried couples talking in parked cars became a target of Haia’s all-seeing eye. In both cases, mixed-gender couples (coincidentally, both the women were Americans) were sitting with each other, alone in a car, even though they were neither married nor related. Of course, Haia had no choice but to intervene, break up these illicit, depraved liaisons before they led to an even greater occasion of sin.
Saudi Arabians can rest easier, knowing that their diligent, dedicated Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have recently been involved in training so that they will be better equipped “to fight magic and arrest those involved in black art in the Gulf Kingdom… the course covered theoretical and practical lessons on how to deal with magic, destroy black art work and identify magicians and sorcerers.” Haia takes the threat of witchcraft and other related “black arts” very seriously. There have been many executions of people for “sorcery” in Saudi Arabia. Their hunt for those involved in evil practices related to “magic” casts a wide net. “There have been reports of cases involving all forms of black magic, including dowsing, exorcism, money cloning, fortune tellers, healers, bone-setters, makers of potions, herbalists, palmists, animal callers, alchemists, psychics, and empathy.” Whatever your opinion of these various “black arts,” I personally believe that people have the right to gather knowledge about these assorted subjects, and practice them if they choose to. I also believe that people have the right to decide for themselves if consulting with one of these “black arts” practitioners is something they feel might be helpful to them. I find it hilariously ironic that this particular article names “empathy” as one of the “black arts.” Having empathy is a work of the devil; something to be hunted down and punished when it is encountered? Islam is so profoundly ridiculous!
It amazes me that there are STILL some clueless Muslim apologists out there who INSIST that Sharia law is compatible with the US Constitution. In Saudi Arabia, where Islamic sharia is applied most aggressively, women and men are not accorded the same freedom of movement. Freedom of assembly and freedom of association, especially when the genders are mixed, is prohibited. People are discouraged from lifting up their soul with music. People are not allowed to investigate topics they may wish to know more about. People are not allowed to ask for help from those who don’t have quite the same belief system as the repressive government. It’s ridiculous that any foolish apologist can say sharia is compatible with constitutional principles, when the glaring, nauseating example of Saudi Arabia is proving that idea more untrue with each passing day. Islam is obviously a cult that is not in favor of granting even the most basic human rights to its adherents. When MEN do a better job of granting human rights to people than a GOD does…well, isn’t it OBVIOUS that the god under discussion must logically be a false one?