Wednesday, February 28, 2007

In a Satirical Poem, Saudi Author Laments Conditions in the Islamic World

The following are excerpts from the poem:


"When you cannot find a single garden in your city, but there is a mosque on every corner - you know that you are in an Islamic country…

"When you see people living in the past with all the trappings of modernity - do not be surprised, you are in an Islamic country.

"When religion has control over science - you can be sure that you are in an Islamic country.

"When clerics are referred to as 'scholars' - don't be astonished, you are in an Islamic country.

"When you see the ruler transformed into a demigod (agent of God) who never dies or relinquishes his power, and whom nobody is permitted to criticize - do not be too upset, you are in an Islamic country.

"When you find that the large majority of people oppose freedom and find joy in slavery - do not be too distressed, you are in an Islamic country.

"When you hear the clerics saying that democracy is heresy, but [see them] seizing every opportunity provided by democracy to grab high positions [in the government] - do not be surprised, you are in an Islamic country…

"When monarchies turn into theocracies, and republics into hybrids of monarchy and republic - do not be taken aback, you are in an Islamic country.

"When you find that the members of parliament are nominated [by the ruler], or else that half of them are nominated and the other half have bought their seats through bribery… - you are in an Islamic country…

"When you discover that a woman is worth half of what a man is worth, or less - do not be surprised, you are in an Islamic country…

"When you see that the authorities chop off a man's hand for stealing a loaf of bread or a penny, but praise and glorify those who steal billions - do not be too surprised, you are in an Islamic country…

"When you are forced to worship the Creator in school and your teachers grade you for it - you can be sure that you are in an Islamic country…

"When young women students are publicly flogged merely for exposing their eyes - you are in an Islamic country…

"When land is more important than human beings - you are in an Islamic country…

"When covering the woman's head is more important than financial, hunger, jobs, and administrative corruption, embezzlement, and betrayal of the homeland - do not be astonished, you are in an Arab country…

"When minorities are persecuted and oppressed, and if they demand their rights, are accused of being a fifth column or a Trojan horse - be upset, you are in an Islamic country…

"When women are [seen as] house ornaments which can be replaced at any time - bemoan your fate, you are in an Islamic country.

"When birth control and family planning are perceived as a Western plot - place your trust in Allah, you are in an Islamic country…

"When at any time, there can be a knock on your door and you will be dragged off and buried in a dark prison - you are in an Islamic country…

"When fear constantly lives in the eyes of the people - you can be certain that you are in an Islamic country."

3 comments:

Gayle said...

This Saudi Author hits it on the head exactly, Serendip! He only left out one thing that I can see:
"When you see Imams ans parents training their children to hate, you are in a Muslim country!"

SERENDIP said...

Brilliant Gayle. I'm sure I'll be coming up with a few more in a few days and I will just add it to the list...LOL

Jungle Mom said...

Thought provoking!