Monday, March 08, 2010

Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif: "Atheists, Christians, and Fornicators Are Responsible for Human Rights Treaties"

Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif
(Image from Memri)

Finally, an issue upon which atheists, Christians, and fornicators can agree: human rights. According, anyway, to Saudi Arabian Muslim cleric Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif, who informs us:
"We are committed to international treaties as long as they do not violate Islamic law. If they violate Islamic law, we should throw them out, because they are not worth the ink they were written with. With all due respect, the international treaties are worthless."
Worthless? Why would that be? The unvarnished truth from Mr. Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif:
"Who is responsible for the human rights and international treaties? The atheists, the Christians, and the fornicators, with all due respect."
Muslims, atheists, and Christians are, I suppose, mutually exclusive groups, but none of these exclude actual fornicators, who can always be found everywhere. Mr. Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif, however, is referring to 'fornicators' who exist only in his mind, where they multiply their numbers and conspire with 'atheists' and 'Christians' also present there to foment for thoughts of human rights and against thoughts of sharia.

But the conspiracy is even bigger than Mr. Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif imagines, for some 'thoughts' remain hidden even to himself, specifically, the 'Jews' of his mind who stand behind the scenes manipulating the 'fornicators', 'atheists', and 'Christians' . . . all in the interest of human rights.

With all due respect, Mr. Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif, you haven't yet figured out the entire conspiracy, so try to introspect just a little bit more.

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At 4:35 PM, Blogger John B said...

Is that a completely accurate translation? The definite article "the" puzzles me -- I thought I was an atheist, Christian, or fornicator (two out of three, at least) but I was in no way consulted on these human rights treaties. Have I been living a lie? Am I not REALLY an atheist, Christian, OR fornicator?

How can I join?

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Definite articles are definitely problematic in translations. Unfortunately, I am no expert on Arabic.

But you are right about consultation . . . i.e., the lack of it. I also was not consulted. So why the "the"?

That is why I suspect that we are peering into Mr. M. M. Al-Sharif's mental universe rather than any real world.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:36 PM, Blogger Jules Aimé said...

I do worry, however, that Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif may have a point about the ultimate worth of these international human rights treaties. And there are a lot of people in Sudan who would, however reluctantly, agree.

Well, they would agree if they hadn't already died horrible, brutal deaths while the international treaty that was supposed to protect their fundamental human rights remained inactive because the people so proud of human rights couldn't bring themselves to use the word "genocide" to describe a genocide.

Is there any reason to believe it will be different next time? Because there will be a next time.

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Ironically, he does have a point, now that you mention it.

There's always an 'ever again' . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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