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Saudi Arabia Beheads Man for Being a Sorcrerer

If you have magic powers of any kind, avoid Saudi Arabia. There are a lot of good things about Saudi Arabia, like the distance between it and the civilized world or its rate of cousin marriages, but it’s not a good place to pull rabbits out of hats.

A Saudi national was executed in the northern city of Qurayyat for practicing black magic and sorcery, SPA reported.

Muhammad Bakur Al-Alaawi confessed to his crime and the death sentence was upheld by the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judiciary Council.

Sorcery is much worse than murder in Saudi Arabia, because if you murder someone you can always pay a blood price to the family to get out of it. But the Saudis have no tolerance for Harry Potters.

While Muslims in the US frequently accuse us of witch hunts, their countries are the ones that actually hunt witches.

While the Saudis operate a revolving door for Islamic terrorists, including the ones we send over to them for rehabilitation, they take important things like witchcraft seriously. A Saudi Al-Qaeda terrorist can expect to spend a little time at a plush rehabilitation facility before being set free to head off to the next conflict zone. But Saudi witches and sorcerers mercilessly have their heads chopped off in car parks.

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. While American liberals insist that Islam is as modern as microprocessors and as moderate as vanilla ice cream, in the holy land of Islam, Sharia thugs are storming the dens of palm-readers, faith-healers and old women with too many cats around the premises in a 7th century witch hunt conducted with 21st century technology.

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.

In Qatar, home of Al-Jazeera, the police are also on the lookout for rogue magicians. The same goes for Oman, where dedicated enforcers keep watch for magic amulets, bones or love potions. While the police forces of the Muslim world are not terribly good at combating terrorism, they spring into action when someone claims that a witch cast a spell on his goats. Most of those arrested are usually foreigners; many of them are Africans, which is not surprising in the racist tribal heartland of Islam.
The difference between Saudi Arabia and ISIS is smaller than most in Washington would like to admit.
By Daniel Greenfield

Saudi religious police monitor social media

Around 41% of Internet users in Saudi Arabia are on the micro-blogging site Twitter, with many accessing the site on their mobile phones. (File photo: Reuters)

A Saudi columnist has encouraged the country’s religious police to monitor social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, targeting “evil” accounts that “promote pornography, magic and sorcery.”

In a column published in the Saudi-based al-Madina newspaper on Friday, Lulu al-Hubaishi noted that efforts by the Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice to target such “vices” should be bolstered.

“The decision of the Haia (religious police) to activate its awareness and to monitor social media violations, which are difficult to control and purify in terms of contents, is extremely important in order to protect society and the youth, especially those who frequently visit social networking websites with good intentions,” wrote Hubaishi.

The writer went on to say that the police force should look beyond popular platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Shocked

“They [the religious police] are shocked by those exploiting these websites to spread moral decay without any deterrent. What remains to be done is to expand the hunt so that other authorities will join the Haia in this campaign. They should cover all websites exploited by evil and immoral people and not only on Twitter alone. They should include Keek, FaceBook, Gamezer and others,” Hubaishi added.

President of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, admitted the presence of extremists in its ranks. (Saudi Gazette)

The most popular social media site in the kingdom is Twitter.

Around 41% of Internet users in Saudi Arabia are on the micro-blogging site, according to a BI Intelligence survey conducted at the end of 2013. The survey also found that Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Twitter users relative to internet users in the world.

But the move to monitor social media has drawn scorn.

Erasing ‘immorality’

“The Saudi religious police need to educate the people, you don’t just erase immoral actions by blocking the users or monitoring the application itself,” Saudi-based technology and social media expert Khaldoon Said told Al Arabiya News on Saturday.

“They need to educate the public on the disadvantages of being ‘immoral’ and the advantages of being moral as they are not fixing the root cause here, they are just delaying things by not allowing people to communicate freely on the most well-known social media tool used here.

“These people will still be immoral in nature, but they just won’t be allowed to use the channels they are used to and they will find other channels to do this,” Khaldoon added.

The religious police force is tasked with enforcing Sharia (Islamic law) as defined in Saudi Arabia.

Recently however, some of its practices have landed the religious authority in hot water.
Last October, the death of two brothers who were involved in a car chase with members of the religious police sparked anger across the country.

Their deaths forced Sheikh Abdullatif Al Sheikh, the head of the religious police, to admit that members of his authority were involved in the deadly car chase and that an investigation was underway into the incident.

In what was deemed a “charm offensive” by media observers, Sheikh was also pictured consoling the father of the men who died in the pursuit.

Enforcing a moral code

“The Saudi religious police has enforced on society rules and regulations for what Saudis are allowed to see, what they are not, when they have to pray, what they should wear,” explains Saudi media analyst Omar Al-Mudwahi.

On the topic of monitoring social media, Mudwahi believes the balls are no longer in the religious police’s court.

“Twitter, Facebook and other similar social media sites have been the first real platforms that the Saudi society has used to voice their thoughts freely, without censorship.”

“When the internet was first introduced to Saudi Arabia in 1979, it had been monitored by several government and security bodies to fight cybercrime.

Search for cybercrimes

“The religious police will not search for cybercrimes. Instead, the authority will focus on social media accounts that incite moral and social controversies,” Mudwahi added.

But how can the Islamic authority go about doing this, defeating obstacles such as user anonymity online?

“On Twitter, it’s easy to be anonymous, anybody can pretend to be whoever he or she wants to be and so the technicalities of monitoring such activities are hard,” explained Said.

“The religious police as an entity will not be able to do this alone, and so will most probably be assisted by the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission to monitor the 26 million users,” the analyst added.

Saudi Islamic Police Ban Women from Giving Birth Without Male Guardian

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Saudi Arabia’s Islamic police have pushed girls back into a burning building because their hair wasn’t covered and they’re not about to let a little thing like childbirth get in the way of Islamic morals and Sharia law.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) has officially prevented women from visiting medical clinics without male guardians.

This came after a member of the Council of Senior Scholars issued a “fatwa” (edict) prohibiting women from visiting male doctors without having male guardians present.

“Islamic law does not permit women to visit their doctors without male guardians,” said Qais Al-Mubarak, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars. “Women are prohibited from exposing body parts to male doctors in Islamic law, especially during childbirth. This does not include medical emergencies. Islamic jurisprudence makes exceptions,” he added.

Male guardians can only be the next of kin in Islam. They are sons, grandsons, husbands, brothers, fathers or uncles.

I’m sorry, if your husband isn’t available, you’re not allowed to give birth. There’s a Fatwa.