Saudi Woman Converts to Christianity

A 28 year-old Saudi woman has decided to become Christian after she was convinced by Lebanese coworker to join the Christian religion. Saudi woman who is named Mariam left Saudi Arabia. The Lebanese Coworker along with Saudi man Helped Mariam to go to Bahrain then to Lebanon. The family of the girl is now suing the 2 guys in Saudi Arabia accusing them of misleading and deceiving their daughter.

Mariam appeared in video on youtube religious channel called   talking about how god showed her that Christianity is the right religion in her dreams. She says” I have asked god to show me the truth in my dreams and within a week  god showed me that Jesus is his son , if you are uncertain about your religion, if you feel lost, ask god to guide you and he will”

The above video shows Mariam talking to guy who was also Muslim and converted to Christianity. The video is in Arabic with no English subtitles.

Saudi twitter users have created 2 hashtags to talk about it  ‎#لبناني_ينصر_فتاة_سعودية‏ ‎#مريم_السعودية

Saudi people seems to be very angry and blaming that mix working environment, meaning both men and women working at the same place was the reason why she became christian and some has blamed it on her parents for not rising her well. Other people have accused her of being Shiite.  Some Saudis wrote in twitter that they want the Saudi gov to drag her back to Saudi Arabia and charge her with crime of apostasy. Yes, choosing a different religion that is not Islam is considered a crime in Saudi Arabia, and if a person proven that  she or he has left Islam, she/ or he will be facing death plenty after giving three chances to return back to Islam.

If Mariam brought back by the Saudi government, she will be charged for apostasy, and she will be given 3 chances to return to Islam, if she didn’t she will face death plenty,  in other term ” beheading”.

Mariam is not the first Saudi woman who converted to Christianity, Fatima Al Mutairi is believed to be murdered by her religious Muslim brother. It is believed that her brother has burnt her alive. I personally has read some of what she wrote back in 2008 in religious christian website, Fatima has never left Saudi Arabia. She was murdered by her brother. The Lebanese christian channels and website are the only one who reacted when they found out she was murdered. Very few Saudis know about Fatima Al Mutairi.  The website where Fatimah use to write is blocked. Unfortunately I lost the link but you can google the story of Fatimah.

Saudi online newspaper http://www.news-sa.com/snews/4780-2012-07-25-07-21-40.html

I am very sure now after I publish this post Saudis will accuse me of encouraging people to convert to Christianity or would say I’m not a muslim. Just so you know I’m Muslim, but I don’t hate other people just because they read from different book.

”My choice is what i chose to do;
and if I’m causin no harm,
it shouldn’t bother you.
Your choice is who you chose to be;
and if your causin to harm, then your alright with me.”

Ben Harper

Omaima Al Najjar being investigated by the religious police

 

Two undercover Muttwas caught me yesterday in Rabwa area  in exit 14 in Riyadh city for doing a deal with a foreign man. The religious police were very happy to  caught a lady that is not covering her face with unrelated man, they were so happy that they let the man who I was doing the deal with go and they parked their cars in away that it would obstruct the road so I won’t be able to escape.

Anyways, they Muttwas asked the  Saudi taxi driver in a very serious voice tone to leave the car. The taxi driver who drove me to Rabwa area was so scared that he got out of the car immediately while I was still sitting in the back seat. One Muttwa held the driver so he won’t try to runaway. Few seconds later, I saw the other Muttwa approaching me, he was walking to the car where I was in so I opened the window to talk to him.

The Muttwa: what were you doing with the guy in the ford?

Omaima: I was buying a thing from the internet called online shopping..!! and I am here to get the product and pay him the money .

The Muttwa: I am not a fool, I am going to call for back up from the religious police.

Omaima: Whatever..

The Muttwa: why are not covering your face, aren’t you a Saudi woman?

Omaima: Yes I’m Saudi.

The Muttwa: where are you from?

Omaima: Eastern region.

mean while there was also another Muttwa ( from the religious police) investgating with the taxi driver.

It didn’t take time for the back up  religious police to get to the location. 2 other Muttwas came with their black jeep car and they both got in the car and started asking me questions like  are you Shiite?? do you believe in god? are you muslim??

it was really awkward!! I never thought that I look like atheist!! lol!!

The Muttwa  asked me what happened and when I told him that it was a deal he said ” how can you prove that it was just a deal? ”

I said you can ask the taxi driver he heard me talking to the man on the phone and I’ll call the man who I made the deal with to come and speak with you. Then ,he asked me to call the man and put it on speaker so he would hear how the man would talk with me. I said ” alright”.

I called the man and ..

Omaima:  Salam Mr. B

Mr. B: sounded like he was surprised that I called after an hour, walikum alslam.. whats wrong sister? you didn’t like the product??

Omaima: No, it’s not about the product. I am with the religious Police and they are investigating with me for talking to you, they think that the deal we had is more than just a product. They asked me to prove that I’m innocent and I told him that perhaps you can tell them that we had nothing  going on between the 2 of us.

Mr. B: Sure, I’m coming now sister.

Man you can tell that the Muttwas were very disappointed when the man kept calling me sister…!!!!!!!! lol

It was strong proof that I was buying the product from him when he was the first  to talk about it saying: ” whats wrong, you didn’t like the product?”

So I told the Muttwa .. see I told you… now I am going to sue your mates of  wasting 2 hours of my precious short life and for  committing Qathf.

In Islamic Shariah law if you launch an outrageous accusation like prostitution or having sex for money   and then the accused woman or man  prosecutes you in courts and you didn’t prove that accusation then you’ll be sentenced to 80 lashes (the punishment of committing Qathf).

I was literally threatening the religious police . Then, I demanded apology for the driver and for me.  they had apologized to us and told me to call the man ( whom I was making the deal with) back  and tell him things are alright now and that he don’t have to come.

Although it was cold yesterday, yet I was sweating because I was really angry!!!

There was a point when the religious police and I were just yelling at each other and non of us listening to what the other party has to say. Things got really out of control but when I told them I’m going to sue them since they don’t have proof other than seeing me exchanging money in the street with unrelated man and yet they are insisting that it was more than that, they started to back up. I went to school today and told my friends about it and they were very shocked that I went to Rabwa area, they said that the main building for the religious police is located right there and this area is full of Muttwas and I should have chosen other areas!!!!

Honestly, I didn’t know that this area is full of Muttwas but now I know, I will never go there again.

Later on I asked the driver what kind of questions did they started asking him and my mouth dropped to the floor when he told me they were asking questions like..  ” does she ask you to take her to weird places where unusual things happen?”

”have you ever noticed anything on the way she talks or dress that may indicate that she is not a good girl?”

”does she pay you money to take her to work?” . .. ” is she married?” ” have she ever tried to approach you?” .. etc..

Basically, they wanted the driver to say anything bad about that would be enough for them to take me away and charge me of committing prostitution or something, specially that they saw me exchanging money with the man,isn’t this outrageous??!!!!!!

When I was 20 years old, I have had a similar ethical issues with 2 men belong to rich and well-known family  and I went to the court alone and sued their A**es and I won the case. That tought me a lot on how to confront sheikhs and how to speak up for myself. Sometimes I feel frustrated on how hard it is to do the simplest thing that would probably be normal if I was living somewhere ales. Yet, I feel happy living independently and solving my problems on my own knowing that not a lot of Saudi single girls lives away from their parents.

Copy of the complaint letter against My Islamic culture teacher

Dear Ms. Sareh

I would like to call your attention in two matters regarding Islamic culture 4 class under Ms.  Al Enizi.

During our midterm exam Ms. Hanan was handing out the exam sheets to the students but when she got to me, she disrespectfully threw the exam sheet on table next to other student. It was very offensive but I didn’t discuss or argue about it since we are having our exams. However, a few minutes later I asked her to clarify a couple of questions and she refused to answer me.  On the other hand, she was answering other student’s questions. After insisting over and over again she eventually answered me briefly but it is very obvious that she is discriminating against me, many students noticed that Ms. Hanan is being rude with me and I complained about it to Dr.  Al Sayyed but I didn’t get a respond from her yet. Anyhow, there was a tricky question in the exam that I believe is way too hard to be answered for many reasons.

The question in Arabic as it’s written in the exam sheet,

س / يجوز للشعب او الرعيه ازاحة الحاكم اذا كان فاسقا او يظلم الرعية ( صح او خطاء)؟

The literal translation of the question in English: (true of false) People have the right to remove ” the governor or the guardian” from the power if he is being dissolute and unfair to people.

Now what makes this question tricky is that the book says different things in this matter.

1/ صفحه 92 : ان طاعة ولي الامر فقط تكون في غير معصية الله ( الفسق و ظلم الرعيه هي معصيه لله)

2/ صفحه 93: ان طاعة ولى الامر واجبه و لا يجوز الخروج عنه حتى لو كان فاسقا, فالله كفيل بمحاسبته.

3/صفحه 99: ان قوعد الشريعه تمنع الاستبداد و الظلم و تمنع الحاكم و الولاة من تجاوز هذه القواعد.

1-    Page 92: obeying the guardian as long as we are not disobeying god or religion. I personally believe that being dissolute and unfair or not applying justice is disobeying god and religion.

2-    page 93:  we must obey our guardian no matter what, even if he was dissolute because god then will punish him for that later.

3-    Page 99: Islamic law prohibits unfairness or not applying justice and do not allow guardians or governors crossing the law of Islam.

Note Ms. Sareh that the book keeps mentioning that applying justice is very important and it is of the conditions considering when choosing a ruler is that he treats people fairly. The answer in such an argumentative question can be true and false for the mentioned reasons above.

In a second page of the exam sheet there is a question that ask us to write examples of evidence that proves that there were old carees present in mecca in the pre-Islamic period, the answer consist of two points, one of them Is taking care of people who comes for Hajj and I wrote the answer but Ms. Al-Enizi gave me Zero. When I asked Ms. Al-Enizi why she gave me  Zero, she said ” عليه ربع درجه و انتي كتبتي مثال.. كان كتبتي تسة عشر المثال الموجودين في الكتاب”

”I put 0.5 marks on the question and you wrote half of the answer so you lost. 0.25 .. and if you want to get the other 0.25 you should have write 19 exmples as its written in the book” And as she was telling me that she had a very mean smirk on her face. Although, Ms. Hanan said that we must write two examples and each will be for 0.25 which makes a total of 0.50, I wrote one example only and yet she gave me Zero!!!! Ms. Hanna has been bullying me up in the class to no end! and I am finding it very hard to learn in such hostile environment and unreasonable discrimination. I am being verbally and non verbally abused by Ms. Hanan since the begging of the semester and I tried to talk to her in person and work things out but she wouldn’t listen to me. All the bullying and the harassment I have gone through have made me feel very uncomfortable in the class. Therefore, I am kindly asking you to help me with his matter.

I was shocked that Ms. Al-Enizi discourages nursing students from working. She once asked the students ” what would you prefer? Working hard for long hours as a nurse with day and night shifts and have to deal with a lot of career problems or stay home and treated as princess? Be honest girls!” she said.

Few students said yes it would be better to stay at home and not work. What made me very concerned is that Ms. Hanan seemed very happy once she heard the student saying yes as if she was waiting for that answer. I was the only one who said no and the rest of the students didn’t want to say anthing. Ms. Al-Enizi criticized me with irritated voice tone ” you are different as always, you always have a different opinion”. When I asked her, what about you Ms. Hanan What do you think? She refused to answer the question and said” I am an exception” and In different occasion Ms. Hanan was encouraging students to stay home rather than work outside she said:

” المراءه لها مخرجان, مخرجا من بيت ابيها الى بيت زوجها و مخرجا من بيت زوجها الى قبرها”

The literal translation of what Ms. Al-Enizi said: a woman has two exit doors, one from her father’s house to her husband’s and from her husband’s to her grave”. Which is a metaphor meaning of that woman should never go out of the house and it’s better for them to stay at home until they die.  

It really worries me that mentioning the negative aspects of the nursing career and emphasizing of career problems related to working hours or day\ night shifts and enforce the idea of ” staying home is better ”  to nursing students would discourage them. I believe that the staff in the college of nursing encourages nursing students to continue their education and work as nurses in the future and would want the nursing students to be positively encouraged by other staff members as well.

Associated link:  https://omaimanajjar.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/culture-contradicts-with-islam/

Divorced at the age of Ten

CNN interviewed this young girl back in 2008. The poor girl is divorced at the age of Ten.
Her parents forced her to marry an older man.
the little girl was beaten and raped by her ex-husband when decided to go to her parents home.
the young girl said she wanted to get divorce and speak with the judge herself. The judge ordered her to pay her ex-husband money if she wanted to get the divorce. The man was not punished because the they believe that Muslim men have the right to marry 9 years old girls and beat their wive as well.
this is an extremelly sick!
those perverts rape children and beat them in the name of religion!

Associated links:

how to beat your wife? the Islamc rules. ( my frist post) https://omaimanajjar.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/hello-world/

 Baby bride               https://omaimanajjar.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/baby-bride/

A joke about living in Saudi Arabia

hello guys..

just read this joke about living in Saudi arabia, I thought it was funny so wanted to share it with you all.

Three women died and went directly to the doors of heaven. An angel says, “Only one of you can come inside, the other two are not allowed.” The first woman says, “I’m a doctor, I helped sick people.” The door moved slightly, but did not open. The second woman says, “I’m a teacher and I spread knowledge.” The door moved a little, but did not open. The third woman says, “I lived in Saudi Arabia.” The door quickly opened and the angel says, “Go to heaven, my dear child, you’ve been in hell for so long!”

Polygamy in Saudi

This is an arabic post I found in Islamic website, I just translated that post into English.

A Saudi man asking the Grand Mufti of Islamic law in Saudi Arabia Bin Baz.

Question: Some women prefer living in western countries because polygamy is not allowed, unlike here in Saudi Arabia. What do you think of that?

The Grand Mufti Answers: those who hated polygamy or alleged that stopping polygamy is better, are none believers and An apostate of Islam (left Islam). The penalty of apostasy is execution.

What is grand mufti? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Mufti

Reference: the official website of the grand mufti of Saudi answering the man’s question Arabia  http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/18069

Saudi Men believe that they have the right to marry 4 wives,as it says in the Quran or as law of Islam.

Bin Uthameen another Grand Mufti listing stupid reasons why Islam is allowing polygamy.

1-     It’s necessary when the wife is too old or too sick and he has kids from his wife that he can’t just divorce her and yet he can’t have sex with her for the mentioned reasons.

2-     Polygamy is a way of communication in sense that bonds a lot of families.

3-     Protecting women in the sense of providing home and whatever needed as the husband is the primary financial provider.

4-     Some men have strong sexual desires that one woman is not enough, so god’s was merciful in this matter by allowing Muslim men to marry more than one wife.

5-     Sometimes after the marriage finds out that the wife can’t have children or she is sterile so better than divorcing his wife, he can just marry another one and keep the old wife.

6-     Some men travels a lot and they feel lonely.

7-     A lot of men died during wars so there are more women than men. Therefore, 1 man for every 4 women.

8-     A married man might like a woman and the only way to have a legal relationship with her is to marry her.

9-     Sometimes the couple would fight and the man divorces his wife, then he marries another woman. But later on he finds out that he wants to get back to his old wife, so rather than divorcing his new wife, he can just remarry his ex-wife.

10- Having more children as Muslim needs ( increasing the number of Muslims)  to enforce the army with more soldiers for Jihad to fight the non believers ( non muslims ).

11- The woman will have time to do her studies or whatever she have to do as the husband is hanging around with the other wife.

12- Polygamy is good because it gives a break so the couples miss each other when it’s the other wives shift or turn.

Reference: http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vb//showthread.php?t=41035

Culture and it’s contradictions with Islam

Every Monday I attend 2 hours of Islamic classes. Although I’m a Nursing student yet Islamic courses are mandatory . In Saudi Arabia  you keep studying Islamic culture classes for ever, I have been studying Islam since I was in the 1st grade, now its my 4th year in the college of Nursing and still studying Islamic culture!! .. shouldn’t I become A Shaikh or get a PhD degree after all that classes!!!

Anyways, My Islamic teacher is so strict that I wouldn’t be surprised if she ever said that she  is Osama bin Laden’s biggest fan!

yes I know this is a serious statement and its no joke.

well actually she already believe that  the death of Saddam Husain was tragedy and the Iraqis should have obeyed their master.

to tell you the truth guys .. she hates me as if I was a jew or something.  I always question everything written in the book and a lot of times I disagree with whatever the book says or whatever she says. Therefore, she treats me badly and give me a really mean eye look. She tought me last semester and again she is teaching me now, so this attitude ”  rudeness and saying inappropriate things for me and detecting marks for nothing etc.. has been going on for a while now. I actually complained to the head of the department Ms. Sareh  about it this semester when I found out that Ms. Al Enizi  is teaching me again!! I was like O.o what the F***?!

Ms.  Sareh is not only the Head of the department but she is also My Academic advisor, so she really worked hard to help me out with the problem, she was investigating and asking questions, tying to find out who is telling the truth and all that, specially that Ms. Al Enizi denies everything.

she was asking questions like ” are you being naughty in the class Omaima? are you trying to  tease her or provoke her with some facial expressions or certain behavior?”

the answer is NOOOOOOO, Never. I just question what the book says and sometimes what she says and she don’t like that.

Eventually after going to Ms. Sareh’s office million times complaining about the maltreatment and all that, she suggested that I should go to the associate dean Dr. Al Sayyed.

Right now I’m  in the middle of my spring break, but will speak with Dr. Al Sayyed as soon as I get back to school.

Now guys .. let me clarify some stuff here

culture and it’s contradictions with Islam is stupid tradions and rules that does not make sense made up by some stupid ppl to brainwash women

a good example would be what Ms. Al-Enizi was saying last monday

“”المرءه لها مخرجا  مخرج من بيت ابيها الى زوجها و من بيت زوجها الى القبر””

 

 

 

 

 

which means that women have 2 Exist doors

  •  from her father’s house to her husband’s.
  •  from her husband’s house to her grave.

the 2 exit doors is a metaphor of that a woman shouldn’t go out and hang around anywhere untill  she dies!!  because she is a source of sins, in the sense that they will attract men and that leads to bad things.

then she proceed asking the students , what would you prefer staying home and having a man serve you  while you are at home happy and comfortable having everything you need and not having to work hard for 12 hours as a nurse and with night shifts and all that?

she apparently trying to convince the student that  staying home is much better than going outside and working with men as a nurse. Specially that she believes that working with men is a ” taboo”.

another thing is that we had an exam and there were 2  really strange questions.

True or false

 People are entitled to remove governor/ guardian that is not applying human rights, from power. (……)

if you said true.. then you are not a good muslim!

the correct answer is false. We must obey our masters and guardians no matter what.

well .. I got the answer wrong..!!

And when I flipped the page to go to the other question that says what are the advantages of having islamic law?

the answer is to stop human slavery! 

isn’t this so ironic?

now wouldn’t that be SLAVERY .. I mean letting a guardian takes control of you even if he is not treating you like human and yet you  MUST OBEY HIM.

 

P.S I’m not criticising Islam, I am criticising what the Islamic teacher is saying.

 KSA is not following Islam or teaching the right Islam but a very backward triable culture in the name of religion.

 

associated linkes:  https://omaimanajjar.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/copy-of-the-complaint-letter-against-islamic-culture-teacher/

How to beat your wife?

Wife Beating in Islam – The Rules!

Noble Verses 4:34-36 “(34).  As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them(first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them).

واللاتي تَخَافُون نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ واهْجُرُوهُنَّ في المضاجعِ واضْرِبُوهُنَّ)[ سورة النساء : آية 34.]

 

Islam and Muslims have long been accused of mistreating women. though, Prophet Mohammad (peace upon him) has never mistreated any of his wives. Yet Muslim men are perceived as aggressive, brutal and barbaric towards women. Domestic violence statistics have been rapidly increasing in developed countries; there is no real numbers because a lot of women are suffering in silence.

 

The reason that such horrible behavior does occur in the Muslim world is that because a lot of Muslims are using this verse as an open license to beat their wives, there is no doubt that culture and media played a rule in leading to women abuse but beating a wife or a woman in the name of religion makes a valid excuse for a lot of Muslim Men.

 

A lot of religious people interpreted the verse differently; some said this verse means beating your wife but ” lightly”. However, I believe that there is no such a thing called ” hitting lightly” in the adults world, once a man starts a physical fight it turns ugly. Saudi television host, Rania Al Baz who was beaten up badly by her husband and almost got killed is one of the most famous stories of women abuse in Saudi Arabia.

 On the other hand, others believe that it means   ” wadrobohn” which is an Arabic word that has different meanings such as strike or hit that this verse means the separation or divorce as last option.

 

I found this interesting video on you tube of a religious man instructing Muslim men how to beat their wives!

Isn’t this ironic?!!!!!

How about Muslims women who want to know how to beat their husbands?

 

Mistreatment and abuse of women, and wives in particular is condemned by Islam, Considering the following Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira in Tirmidhi: the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,” The one most perfect in his faith is he whose conduct is best and the best amongst you is he who behaves best towards his wife.”

 

 

Saudi Tv Host, Rania Al Baz