Fatwa For Zardari

A Pakistani Islamic cleric has issued a fatwa against Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin and Pakistan’s President Zardari. Why?

Because of this awkward moment when the two leaders met in late September 2008:

From Pak-Tribune:

ISLAMABAD: Khatib Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Ghafar issuing a decree against President Asif Ali Zardari and US Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin termed it un Islamic and said that the President has shamed the whole nation.

Addressing sermon on the occasion of Jummat-ul-Wida Khatib Lal Masjid said that President Asif Ali Zardari’s gestures and repeated praise of a non mahram woman is not only un Islamic but is unbecoming of a head of state of a Muslim country.

He said that Asif Ali Zardari has shamed the whole nation and the manner in which he had shook hands with Sarah Palin is intolerable and shameful.

Lal Masjid Khatib issues decree against Zardari

Putting aside all of the religious extremism, I thought the man acted inappropriately for someone in his position, and he certainly didn’t make Palin feel comfortable.

The Lord’s Prayer

Here’s The Lord’s Prayer in three Old English dialects. Click on the little players to the upper right of the texts to hear the pronunciation.


Happy Ramadan!

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is being celebrated in Iraq as:

a victory over terrorism amid an overall drop in violence across the country.

In Pakistan Ramadan merits:

a suspension of military operations

but Sergei doubts that the Taliban will “honor” this suspension.

Coincidentally, (more…)

What Have You Been Learning At School?

Perhaps you’ve been asked this or similar questions by your parents or friends after a semester of college. The best way I’ve found to answer this question is to present a copy of an A+ paper, about half a paragraph in, when you see the puzzled and perhaps frustrated look on the readers face, all curiosity should be quenched.

But what about our favorite academic in Iraq? You know, Moqtada al-Sadr. What has he for us to read? Professor Hamoudi has obtained some of Moqtada’s work and has translated the Arabic. It seems someone’s been hanging around the European football fields when he should have been studying. Hamoudi provides a link to the original Arabic, and the professor has never put forth a false document in anything of his that I’ve read thus far, however, I’m having trouble believing that this is real. There are only three paragraphs and Hamoudi prefaces the translation with a few remarks, the first is as follows:


Neo-Stalinism Part 2: Saint Stalin

Back in March I tried to clarify what I mean by the phrase “Neo-Stalinism,” which I have used to refer to the Vlad Putin and the regime in charge of Russia. I’ve given some explanation for this term here, but I’ll re-cap and elaborate in this post. Surprisingly, no. This has nothing to do with murdered journalists, the conflict in Georgia or the soon-to-be conflict in the Ukraine. First a quick review.


New World Order: How Secret Organizations Control Society Through Actors, Musicians and, of course, Politicians

I never used to give conspiracy theories much thought. In fact, if you look at some of my early posts, especially those regarding my good buddy (a)(c)(e), you’ll see that I was unwilling to take his or her ideas seriously.


It’s Part of Islamic Teaching, So It Has To Be Right!

The Guardian UK’s website has an opinion blog post about how ethics “in Islam” (well, what the author really means is in Iran) does not hold back scientific progress.

Indeed, “Iran’s geneticists are unhindered by doctrine.”

Astonishingly, the author explains: (more…)