27 March 2010

Wacky week in Doha

Pic courtesy of omarsc View of the Fanar Centre from the Souq

So I've been in Doha for almost a week now. Came with very low expectations - not about life here, but about the archaic and insanely slow pace of things - most especially the administration. Its been an interesting week, catching up with old friends and making new ones, learning my way around and getting a feel for what the job is going to be like. There have been no major highlights yet, and my most spine chilling, blood boiling, infuriating moment was during the Jumah that I attended at the Fanar Centre. The finger waving 'angry imaam' had a massive audience of hundreds of English speaking expats from all over the world. This is some of the speech. So shocking it will leave you speechless:

This is a religious war. It is a conflict based on faith. This is based on ideology, on Aqidah.

Salahudin took an oath to not have any relations with his wife until he liberated al-Aqsa and he went and fulfilled this. People say that we don't need to fight, that we need to find nice ways of sorting this out - while they continue to occupy our lands, and our homes.

Very few people speak out, very few governments speak out. May Allah give those that do speak out the strength to continue.

We have a history with the Jews that didn't just start with the Balfour declaration and the Nakba. These very people used to make fun and mock the Prophet. These people even killed Prophets of God. They believe in books that say Rabbis have authority of God. They even say that to slap a Jew is to slap a divine being- they say that they are the chosen people. They think they are everything and everyone else is nothing. They believe that those outside their faith are filthy pigs. They are the ones who insult Jesus. These are teachings of Jews.

They wrap pages of Quran on heads of pigs throw them in al-Aqsa.

And if in some bizarrely unlikely case it is not clear that I totally disagree with this type of ideas and speech, I'd like to clear it up: this is not the messages that Muslims should spread or accept!