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02
10
thedailywhat:

Hamza Kashgari, a young writer for the Saudi daily newspaper Al Bilad who fled his homeland after being charged with offending Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, was seized upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and will be sent back to Saudi Arabia to face a possible death sentence.
Kashgari took to Twitter last week, prior to the anniversary of Muhammad’s birth, and wrote down a series of seemingly innocuous reflections.
“On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more,” the 23-year-old tweeted.
The response from tens of thousands of Saudis was immediate and unequivocal: Kashgari was a blasphemer and deserved to die.
He attempted to withdraw his comments and apologize — even beg — but the damage had been done. A short while later, King Abdullah personally ordered his arrest, and Kashgari became a fugitive.
He managed to escape Saudi Arabia, but didn’t get very far. “The Malaysian authorities are coordinating with Saudi Arabia to hand Kashgari over,” the Saudi newspaper Al Youm reported.
The country’s powerful Islamic Fatwa Committee has released a statement saying Kashgari must be punished in accordance with Islamic law. In other words: Execution. 
[emirates247 / dailybeast.]

thedailywhat:

Hamza Kashgari, a young writer for the Saudi daily newspaper Al Bilad who fled his homeland after being charged with offending Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, was seized upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and will be sent back to Saudi Arabia to face a possible death sentence.

Kashgari took to Twitter last week, prior to the anniversary of Muhammad’s birth, and wrote down a series of seemingly innocuous reflections.

“On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more,” the 23-year-old tweeted.

The response from tens of thousands of Saudis was immediate and unequivocal: Kashgari was a blasphemer and deserved to die.

He attempted to withdraw his comments and apologize — even beg — but the damage had been done. A short while later, King Abdullah personally ordered his arrest, and Kashgari became a fugitive.

He managed to escape Saudi Arabia, but didn’t get very far. “The Malaysian authorities are coordinating with Saudi Arabia to hand Kashgari over,” the Saudi newspaper Al Youm reported.

The country’s powerful Islamic Fatwa Committee has released a statement saying Kashgari must be punished in accordance with Islamic law. In other words: Execution. 

[emirates247 / dailybeast.]

  1. judith-greene reblogged this from happywaves and added:
    Why do bigots want to drag us back into the cave? We only just fucking got out and the air is so fresh. Fuck man I wish...
  2. happywaves reblogged this from filthyorphan and added:
    Time and time again my government has embarrassed me. I am so ashamed. This is not right. Death sentence is not justice....
  3. noirkitsch reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    This is what happens when organised religions fail to exercise humanity, compassion and mercy. What’s more alarming is...
  4. lemongrabmypenis reblogged this from wherethingsbreakdown
  5. wherethingsbreakdown reblogged this from pynchonian
  6. lorenzomakesthings reblogged this from captain-sonic and added:
    A human life has less value than a message left on twitter. :(
  7. captainpenelope reblogged this from sinidentidades
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  9. sinidentidades reblogged this from sanityscraps
  10. kawaii-world-order reblogged this from thedailywhat
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  15. approachinglightspeed reblogged this from thereisnogod and added:
    ^^^ Whatever happened to divine retribution?
  16. thereisnogod reblogged this from goodreasonnews and added:
    Religion amazes me when a mere mortal could hurt a god.
  17. johnnypsychopath reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    this is insane.
  18. rudums-wee reblogged this from thefistofartemis
  19. vivicon reblogged this from the-nomad
  20. the-nomad reblogged this from thedailywhat
  21. kavaliier reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    malaysia handed him back to saudi arabia yesterday. this is not good, he will not receive a fair trial and will very...
  22. boozedup-wanderlust reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    Ugh. It still amazes me...shit like this still happens
  23. vergiliusmaro reblogged this from salmonidae-of-doubt
  24. salmonidae-of-doubt reblogged this from atomicyawn
  25. hanoona said: Seems there is missing information. No one would get the death sentence for this, or have people being caught in other countries over some tweets.
  26. angelahaha reblogged this from royceduong
  27. abszurdisztan reblogged this from ronbarak and added:
    Now you guess what chances democracy in the Muslim world has…
  28. hellorjeezy reblogged this from thedailywhat
  29. wordsonaplatform reblogged this from the-metres-gained and added:
    Places I’m ever going to visit: Malaysia
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  1. judith-greene reblogged this from happywaves and added:
    Why do bigots want to drag us back into the cave? We only just fucking got out and the air is so fresh. Fuck man I wish...
  2. happywaves reblogged this from filthyorphan and added:
    Time and time again my government has embarrassed me. I am so ashamed. This is not right. Death sentence is not justice....
  3. noirkitsch reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    This is what happens when organised religions fail to exercise humanity, compassion and mercy. What’s more alarming is...
  4. lemongrabmypenis reblogged this from wherethingsbreakdown
  5. wherethingsbreakdown reblogged this from pynchonian
  6. lorenzomakesthings reblogged this from captain-sonic and added:
    A human life has less value than a message left on twitter. :(
  7. captainpenelope reblogged this from sinidentidades
  8. actually-kanyewest reblogged this from sinidentidades
  9. sinidentidades reblogged this from sanityscraps
  10. kawaii-world-order reblogged this from thedailywhat
  11. pynchonian reblogged this from sanityscraps
  12. captain-sonic reblogged this from sanityscraps
  13. sanityscraps reblogged this from thedailywhat
  14. zockafella reblogged this from thedailywhat
  15. approachinglightspeed reblogged this from thereisnogod and added:
    ^^^ Whatever happened to divine retribution?
  16. thereisnogod reblogged this from goodreasonnews and added:
    Religion amazes me when a mere mortal could hurt a god.
  17. johnnypsychopath reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    this is insane.
  18. rudums-wee reblogged this from thefistofartemis
  19. vivicon reblogged this from the-nomad
  20. the-nomad reblogged this from thedailywhat
  21. kavaliier reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    malaysia handed him back to saudi arabia yesterday. this is not good, he will not receive a fair trial and will very...
  22. boozedup-wanderlust reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    Ugh. It still amazes me...shit like this still happens
  23. vergiliusmaro reblogged this from salmonidae-of-doubt
  24. salmonidae-of-doubt reblogged this from atomicyawn
  25. hanoona said: Seems there is missing information. No one would get the death sentence for this, or have people being caught in other countries over some tweets.
  26. angelahaha reblogged this from royceduong
  27. abszurdisztan reblogged this from ronbarak and added:
    Now you guess what chances democracy in the Muslim world has…
  28. hellorjeezy reblogged this from thedailywhat
  29. wordsonaplatform reblogged this from the-metres-gained and added:
    Places I’m ever going to visit: Malaysia