Thursday, August 22, 2013

Preacher suspended over Muslim Brotherhood support {with my comments}

By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
Published: 15:59 August 20, 2013

Manama: Kuwait has suspended a controversial preacher from delivering Friday sermons following statements deemed supportive of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt.

{Yet another example of progressive, liberal Muslims, whose liberalism stops short when it faces any other Muslims' political awareness, and activism}

Shafi Al Ajami was informed in a formal letter that he could no longer deliver speeches until further notice, Kuwaiti media reported on Tuesday.
Sources at the endowments ministry said that the preacher had used his Twitter account to post his remarks about developments in Arab countries, local Arabic daily Al Qabas said.

{That was his crime. An Arab man, addressing Friday sermons delivered to Arabs, used his Twitter account to comment on political events happening in the Arab world. Boy, the enormity of the crime! Could've beaten General Sisi!}
“The ministry is keen that preachers do not use mosques to divide the society or promote any form of sectarianism,” the sources said. “Imams and Friday preachers should serve as role models in their ideas and social orientations,” they said.

{Read: Imams should be politically impotent. Not aware. Numb. Mum. Quiet. Should only keep Islam at the masjid, not extend it as a "deen" to any part of the human existence. Especially not politics!}
Kuwait has welcomed the change of political leadership in Egypt that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood and said that it would support it.

{As I said earlier, no surprises there. This is a mark of "liberal Muslims" who think Islam and politics don't go together. But oppression in politics is okay, even if it comes from secularists/liberals themselves.}
Nine Egyptians who last week took part in pro-Muslim Brotherhood rallies in Kuwait City have been deported and more could follow as the authorities continued their investigation of the demonstrations.

{Yes, curtailing the rights of residents to protest against oppression is so cohesive, isn't it? No division of society here. But imams commenting on their Twitter is promoting division. Makes absolute sense.}
Foreigners involved in organising or participating in “illegal rallies” in Kuwait are often deported.
At one of the demonstrations, Al Ajami reportedly said that $100 (Dh367) would be given to each of the families of the victims of the army assault in Egypt.
Hundreds of people were killed on Wednesday in the clashes that pitted the military against supporters of deposed President Mohammad Mursi.
In June Al Ajami said that a 12,000-man army was being raised and armed to confront members of the Lebanese military group Hezbollah.
The “mujahideen” will not be afraid to fight and will take on members of the Lebanese party and will torture them, Al Ajami said.
The “mujahideen” have large sections of lands in Syria under their control, he added.

His speech prompted angry reactions from lawmakers who said that his statements incited sectarianism and deepened tension.

{Think about it. This imam takes a particular opinion about Syria. And is persecuted for it. The entire Kuwaiti regime takes the side of Sisi in Egypt. And that's perfectly okay! Was he really expected to stay deaf, dumb and blind on world events? If so, then why wouldn't Kuwait remain deaf, dumb, and blind on Egypt? Do you see the contradiction?}
Earlier this week, a Kuwaiti manager of an Islamic TV channel was fired by the channel’s owner, Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal for alleged membership in the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Waleed claimed that the firing of Tarek Suwaidan was due to the channel’s non-partisan policies.

{If the unfortunate manager of the TV channel had sided with Sisi, what would have happened then, I wonder. It seems that it all depends on who the government is siding with. If the West had come on all out and attacked Syria, probably the Kuwaiti imam would still have his job. And if the West had come on all out and condemned Sisi for his actions, then most likely the TV manager would have stayed too.}


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