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Arabisc: Moderate Muslim Voices

It’s not only the English language bloggers from Middle East who are continuously trying to bridge the cultural gaps, but Arabic language bloggers are facing similar tough battle at home, within the Arabic blogsphere itself.

Muslim moderates are criticizing some of the taboos of their system. One of them simply pushed away the unworthy books he was reading, another challenged his authorities to treat Christians alike Muslims treated in the West, but worst is to get kicked out of your school for practicing your freedom of speech.

From Egypt…

Kareem Amer was kicked out from his school because he spoke freely on his opinion about Islam. Last year he was detained for some time in reference of what he published online, and what he argues on forums that discuss critical issues about Islam, especially of what is going on Egypt.

Few days ago he wrote that he broke Al Azhar chains. He said:

لست حزينا ! ، وهل يكتئب الإنسان ويحزن عندما يحوز حريته مرة أخرى ، لقد إكتشفت أثناء التحقيق معى ولأول مرة أن كونى طالبا فى جامعة الأزهر يعنى أننى عبد مملوك لها ، هكذا ودون أية مبالغة ، وجدت قانون تنظيم الأزهر ولائحته الداخلية تقيد طلاب الأزهر داخله وخارجه وتحظر عليهم التعبير عن آرائهم خارج إطار الخطوط الحمراء المرسومة لهم .
هل أحزن لأننى إستعدت حريتى ؟؟ ، هل يكتئب العبد عندما ينجح فى إنتزاع حريته قسرا من قبضة من كان يعد نفسه سيدا عليه ؟؟ ، هل يبكى من ينتصر على الظلم والإستعباد وتقييد العقول ؟؟ ، لقد إنتزعتها إنتزاعا من بين أيديهم وكانوا يساوموننى عليها ، كانوا ينتظروننى أن أنكر وأن أتنصل من نسبة آرائى الحرة الجريئة لشخصى ، كان ينتظرون ولادة شخصيتى الثانية أثناء عملية التحقيق ، ولكن هيهات هيهات لما كانوا ينتظرونه منى !!
I'm not sad! Would someone get depressed or sad when he reclaims his freedom again? I discovered during the first investigation that being a student at Al Azhar University means I'm a slave owned by the University, just like that, no exaggeration. I found out that Al Azhar internal regulations and laws tie the student hands inside and outside and forbid students from freedom of expression that goes beyond the frame of drawn red lines.

Should I be sad because I reclaimed my freedom?? Would a slave get depressed when he succeeds in extracting his freedom forcibly from the hands of his masters?? Would one cry if he wins against persecution, slavery and mind enchaining?? I forcibly extracted it from there hands when they were haggling for it, they expected that I denounce and controvert from my free fearless personal opinions. During the investigation, they waited the rebirth of a second character, but how impossible that is from what they waited for!!


In Kuwait…

Jandeef is upset by the way his country's authorities treat non-Muslims. He quotes clips from local newspapers which present the reactions to authority refusal to grant a piece of land for the Catholic Church. Jandeef then writes:

قرارات وتصريحات كهذه تجعلني أستحي على دمي كل ما دخلت مسجد مدينتنا.

نحن من نطنطن بأن ديننا دين تسامح واعتدال واحترام للآخرين ، ونردد كالببغاوات “لكم دينكم ولي دين” ، هذه فعايلنا ، لو تم رفض طلب لنا لبناء مسجد في أميركا أو أوروبا ، تجدنا أول من يعايرهم بحرية الاعتقاد واحترام الأديان.

Such announcements and decisions make me feel ashamed of myself every time I enter my city mosque.

We claim that our religion is a one that calls for forgiveness, toleration and equinoctial and respecting others, and we repeat like parrots “you have your religion and I have mine”, this is what we do, if a request to build a mosque in America or Europe get rejected, you will notice that we would be first to disgrace their claims of religion freedom and respecting others religion.

In Saudi Arabia…

Fuad Al Farhan reviews some of the new novels, written my Saudi females. He notices something that all these novels share and he writes:

الموضة القصصية السعودية حالياً هي الإثارة الجنسية الممنوعة مضافاً إليها شخصية الشاب الجهادي المتطرف الذي ينكد حياة أبطال القصة. هم أحرار فيما يكتبون, ولكن هل فعلاً نسوا أنهم سيحاسبون على كل حرف كتبوه؟
Recently, the Saudi novel fashion is the forbidden sexual excitement adding to it a Jihadi extremist guy who harasses the hero’s life. They are free with what they write, but did they really forget that they will have to give account for every letter they wrote?

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  • Arabisc: Moderate Muslim Voices

    This is a cross-posting. It was initially published at Global Voices!
    The following is an abbreviated translation from some of the Arabic-language blogsphere.

    It’s not only the English language bloggers from Middle East who are continuously tryin…

  • […] This is a cross-posting. It was initially published at Global Voices! […]

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