Fresh perspectives on today’s news by: Whymrhymer

“If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it … whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem.”

By now most readers will be familiar with that quote (translated) from a sermon delivered by Australia’s leading Muslim cleric, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali. The sermon was, ostensibly, a sermon about adultery, delivered at his mosque in Sydney Australia. What has not been made clear in many media reports, however, is the ‘backdrop’ against which this sermon was delivered.

In Sydney, in 2000, four Lebanese Muslim brothers committed a series of rapes. One of which, the brutal gang rape of a sixteen year old girl, was widely publicized. The brothers were finally brought to justice; in 2003 they were found guilty and in 2004 they were sentenced to a combined total of 70 years in jail (read the Sydney Morning Herald story HERE. Through a long series of appeals their sentences were reduced.

The appeals process ended in July of this year. Skeik al-Hilali’s sermon was delivered while the story of the final sentencing was still big news in Sydney. It is therefore doubtful that any of the 500 or so Muslims who heard Sheik al-Hilali’s comments, left the mosque that day with any doubt about what the Sheik was referring to. He was attempting to justify the rape of a sixteen year old girl because the girl in question chose to dress in what he calls an immodest fashion. The Australian News this past week, reported that along with the “meat” analogy that has the Sheik in hot water, he also made these comments:

“If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred.” (It is a matter of conjecture whether the “she” referred to in this quote was a reference to any rape victim or one of the victims of the recently sentenced Muslim rapists .)

“Women (are) ‘weapons’ used by ‘Satan’ to control men.

“It is said in the state of zina (adultery), the responsibility falls 90 per cent of the time on the woman. Why? Because she possesses the weapon of enticement (igraa).”

This mindset that blames the woman for the man’s inability to control his sexual urges reveals the truly uncivilized side of Islam. In pre-Islamic Arabia, before Muhammed and before the Koran, women had no rights and were treated as property they were not considered, as men were, to be ‘real people.’ In some segments of Muslim society that has still not changed. That is apparently where Sheik al-Hilali has his focus — that was also the mindset of the Taliban in Afghanistan before the U.S. took its revenge for 9/11/2001 and is the mindset of the practitioners of “Honor Killings, a practice that is carried out today in many parts of the Muslim world.

Sheik al-Hilali is clearly unfit to retain his position as the leading Muslim cleric in Austrailia (or anywhere else) . . . he, and those like him are unfit to even exist in civilized society.

The good news in this story is the revulsion the Muslim community in Australia feels for al-Hilali and his views and the fact they are openly speaking out against him. Maybe this is a trend that will soon have the decent Muslims around the world publicly denouncing the terrorist tactics that are turning so many countries into ‘killing fields.’


The Austrailian News: Muslim leader blames women for sex attacks

The Sydney Morning Herald coverage of the 2004 sentencing of the brothers: Gang rape brothers jailed for 70 years

National Geographic News, an overview of “Honor Killings”: Thousands of Women Killed for Family “Honor”

Elsewhere on the Blogger News Network:

Sayings of the Cat-Meat Mufti

Cover it up, ladies

Whymrhymer’s fresh perspectives on today’s news, as published at BNN, also appear at My View from the Center. You are always welcome there!

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