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‘Selfie’ and Imams

Among the outstanding shows during the holy month of Ramadan is ‘Selfie’ by Saudi actor Nasser Al-Qasabi and broadcasted over MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center). ‘Selfie’ is a comedy show that carries purposeful content and frank criticism of events, especially of extremist groups carrying the banner of religion, like the beastly group, Daesh.

Hardly half of Ramadan elapsed and with it the show’s episodes, when a storm brewed from those who claim to be religion’s sheikhs, to a point where an imam of a mosque uttered words that is no way appropriate for a person who knows the values of Islamic religion! Ugly words were uttered by a Friday preacher in Saudi Arabia against Qasabi like “dayoth” (cuckold) and “zindeeq” (irreligious) and MBC was not spared from the descriptions of the Friday preacher as he called MBC, the channel of blasphemy and atheism!

The religious sheikh mentioned words that violate the honor of Qasabi’s family, which is not allowed in both religion and criticism, and made a random criticism of those who install satellite dishes at home and follow MBC, the channel of unbelievers and secularism!

This is not the first time Qasabi was subject to ugly attacks and descriptions, as a Saudi preacher attacked Qasabi and his family to a point where he called for killing Qasabi because of the ‘Tash ma Tash’ comedy series!

The joy of Daesh is so great, as they made a fatwa (religious decision) to sever the head of Qasabi, as if it was the first beastly operation by Daesh, when it is not, since they trade in the bloodletting of innocents!

We feel the pain, just as much as the woes of the Saudi father who appeared in ‘Selfie’ looking for his son between Daesh’s execution brigade, for the fate of Muslims and innocent civilians in various parts of the world from groups who are out of the law and the forgiving Islamic sharia (canonical law based on the Quran).

We hope that speeches as those by religious sheikhs are faced by Saudi authorities decisively to protect the society from them who do not differentiate between advice and expiation!

Those preachers need psychological rehabilitation so they may clean their thoughts and get rid of extremist inclinations, so that they can carry their mission, if they can!

We are in need of television shows like ‘Selfie’ to professionally shed light on dangerous challenges the Gulf society is facing from groups that are killing in the name of religion.

— Translated by Kuwait Times

By Khalid Al-Tarrah

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This article was published on 15/07/2015