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Mujahid or sick-minded?

The best drama is that which reflects real life and can be watched decades later to know the situations and problems of the time it represents. Therefore, drama writers and authors should always consider time and place perspectives in their works because viewers, at this age of satellite TV, picture various real-life situations in different countries based on the shows they watch.

The creative Saudi comedian Nasser Al-Qassabi really excelled in the series ‘The Devil’s Egg,’ which was shown a few days ago. The show tells the story of a misled Saudi youth who was provoked and sent to war, tumults, killings and destructions worldwide by some agitators who themselves stay safely at home along with their own kids.

Followers of the show may be appalled by the total number of Saudi young men sent to fight in various hot spots in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kosovo, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Manhattan though those numbers are relatively small compared to the numbers sent in other Islamic countries like Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and so on. Qassabi’s role dealt with the problems fathers have been facing because of their misled sons. He plays the role of a peaceful father who travels to Syria in search of his son and finds him working with a leader known as ‘Abo Soraqa.’ The series reflects daily life under a radical organization, such as IS, where lashing, mass execution and ‘jihadi marriage’ ceremonies are daily scenes.

There’s also the presence of some deceitful criminals and outlaws who have been convicted in their respective countries such as ‘Abo Scroob’ who found a safe haven with such groups. The series did not criticize religion itself but strongly criticized those extremists and continues to expose those twisted leaders’ way of brainwashing those misled young people.

Responding to the series, an imam utilized a mosque podium (when he should be promoting Islam and inviting people to it) in cursing Qassabi, slandering him and describing the MBC channel as an infidel. He later changed his tone and admitted that it was not up to him to decide who believes and who does not. “I do this only to clear my conscience, not out of fear of somebody: I was wrong to describe Qassabi as an infidel, may Allah bless him,” said the imam.

Replying to this, Qassabi argued that the imam changed his mind because he did fear the consequences when someone told him that he would be sued for what he said. And thus, the series is still being shown.

— Translated by Kuwait Times

By Sami Al-Nisf

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This article was published on 23/06/2015