Reformist Saudi Author: Religious Cassettes Advocate Jihad by Emphasizing Martyr’s Sexual Rewards

In a November 15, 2005 article in the Saudi daily Al-Iqtisadiyya, Sa’ad Al-Sowayan, a reformist Saudi researcher and columnist argued that religious cassettes, which are widely available in Saudi Arabia, advocate Jihad by emphasizing the sexual reward awaiting the martyr in Paradise. This is aimed at tempting teenagers who can find no sexual release in conservative Arab society. An English translation of the article was published in the Saudi Gazette on November 17. [1]
The following are excerpts from the translation:

Religious Cassettes Promoting Jihad

“So ubiquitous are the religious cassette shops that they are outnumbered only by groceries… The bulk of cassettes sold in these stalls are motivational. On closer scrutiny, you will realize that their contents are confined to a system of thought that serves to prepare youth to accept its ideas, yield to them, and adopt its Jihad program.

“These cassettes mostly urge people to carry out Jihad through taking up arms, without specifying the zero hour or the Jihad battlefield. As such they advocate Jihad for Jihad’s sake. It’s a mobilization campaign in which Jihad becomes a state of mind, a mode of living. They want you to give up this foul and mean earthly life, renounce worldly pleasures, devote your life to Jihad, and seek to die in the Jihad battlefield so as to win martyrdom.”

Spiritual Martyrdom is Reduced to Jihad for Lust

“The basic Islamic issue – carrying out Da’wa (Islamic propagation), calling people to Allah, spreading monotheism (Tawheed), security and Islam, establishing justice, and treating people on equal terms – is reduced to a marginal matter in comparison to the pleasures in the Hereafter that the martyr can win, pleasures that supersede worldly pleasures and must be given up.

“The modern martyr has thus reduced spiritual martyrdom [for the sake of Allah] to a Jihad for lust, for the utmost pleasure and intoxication a Nirvana state of mind.

“The Jihad cassette describes the path that must be followed in order to win martyrdom and deserve the Hoor Al-Een fair females with wide, lovely eyes. It reduces the lofty objective of spiritual martyrdom to mere lust and a selfish search for sexual pleasure, regardless of what martyrdom can achieve for the public interest or for upholding Allah’s word.

MEMRI provides excerpts a translation of an opinion piece appearing in the Saudi Arabic Al-Iqtisadiya. According to the article, extremist imams are using the medium of cassette tapes to leverage the pent up sexual desires of young men to turn them into terrorists. The author calls for a reappraisal of the issues of sex and relations between the sexes as a critical means of reducing the attraction toward death and jihad. And interesting piece, worth reading the whole thing.


November:24:2005 - 12:00 | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink
One Response to “Dying for Sex”
  1. 1
    jenny Said:
    July:05:2006 - 18:00 

    This is very interesting site

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

spacer
antalya escortizmir escort
  • Advertising Info

    Interested in sponsoring Crossroads Arabia? Contact me for more information.

  • Copyright Notice

    All original materials copyright, 2004-2014. Other materials copyrighted by their respective owners.

    The fact that this blog permits one to use RSS to read content does not constitute permission to republish content. All requests for republication must be submitted through the Contact form on the menu above. Violations of copyright will be dealt with through applicable law.

nedir