Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali
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A Muslim cleric's claim that women who do not wear the veil are like 'uncovered meat' which attracts sexual predators sparked outrage in Australia.
Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, the nation's most senior Muslim cleric, compared immodestly-dressed women who do not wear the Islamic headdress with meat that is left uncovered in the street and is then eaten by cats.
Politicians including Prime Minister John Howard, community leaders and a large number of Muslims condemned the mufti's comments amid calls that he should be deported to Egypt, his country of origin.
He has since been forced to apologise for his remarks.
In a Ramadan sermon in a Sydney mosque, Sheik al-Hilali suggested that a group of Muslim men recently jailed for many years for gang rapes were not entirely to blame.
There were women, he said, who 'sway suggestively' and wore make-up and immodest dress "and then you get a judge without mercy and gives you 65 years. But the problem, but the problem all began with who?" he said, referring to the women victims.
Addressing 500 worshippers on the topic of adultery, Sheik al-Hilali added: "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."
He went on: "If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab (veil), no problem would have occurred."
For details on the rape case the Sheik was referring to see my post:
In western Sydney in 2000, gangs of Muslim men and youths of Lebanese descent targeted and raped white girls. One girl was called an "Aussie pig" and told: "I'm going to f*ck you Leb style."
In Australia's New South Wales Supreme Court in December 2005, a visiting Pakistani rapist testified that his victims had no right to say no, because they were not wearing a headscarf.
And earlier this year Australians were outraged when Lebanese Sheik Faiz Mohammed gave a lecture in Sydney where he informed his audience that rape victims had no one to blame but themselves. Women, he said, who wore skimpy clothing, invited men to rape them.
A few months earlier, in Copenhagen, Islamic mufti and scholar, Shahid Mehdi created uproar when – like his peer in Australia – he stated that women who did not wear a headscarf were asking to be raped.
And with haunting synchronicity in 2004, the London Telegraph reported that visiting Egyptian scholar Sheik Yusaf al-Qaradawi claimed female rape victims should be punished if they were dressed immodestly when they were raped. He added, "For her to be absolved from guilt, a raped woman must have shown good conduct.”
So this juicy meat theory is nothing new to Islamic Clerics. And as for "If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab (veil), no problem would have occurred..." Well, that is not quite true. Many Muslim men rape their wives, daughters, servants, house guests, or goats whether they are veiled or not - it's just the Muslim thing to do. And wearing a hijab is no guarantee that a woman won't be as tantalizing as a good steak:
Jihadi Du Jour, Muslim leader blames women for sex attacks
Hmmm...I had this same discussion with a fundamentalist Christian friend over the question of thongs at the beach.
Uncovered meat, indeed.
Somehow I don't think this is exactly the same thing as it is not likely that the thong wearer would get raped, TRIED, AND HANGED for brandishing the "weapons of enticement".
Hot Air - Aussie mufti to women: Stop making us rape you, Excerpt: This is the senior-most Islamic cleric in Australia, mind you. I wonder, how did a member of the tiny minority of extremists rise to such prominence? Are Aussie Muslims disproportionately radical? Doesn’t sound like it — the article notes that his statements were roundly condemned.
Daily Mail - EU boss Barroso blasts veil as 'obstacle to communication', Excerpt: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has called veils worn by Muslim women obstacles to communication, throwing himself into the highly charged debate that has broken out in some European countries.
I know what you are thinking: I am just throwing sexy photos of Scarlett Johansson into this discussion of Muslim intolerance of Western Culture because I am a sick, demented, obsessed-with-beautiful women pervert.
Yes, It is true. I am an All-American Male.
Our entire entertainment industry of music, film and games which feeds all the other services of Cable, wireless, Broadband, Network TV, advertising, magazines, etc. is in large part possible because we adore beautiful women. But doesn't the Islamic world also have TV, magazines, films, advertising and so on? Can't you have burqas and a vibrant entertainment industry?