To which he is asked, “Isn’t marriage meant to be out of pure intentions? Weren’t you conning God this way?” More Islamic — specifically Shia — legalism, wherein fulfilling the letter of the law is all that matters. Oh, and by the way, this former Hizbullah member, as a 14 year-old teenager, stabbed his sister for being a “sinner,” i.e., for probably “shaming the family” by not wearing a hijab. What’s with this rather “assertive” form of teenage “piety”?
“Former Hizbullah Member Rami ‘Aleiq: We Used to Have Sex with Syrian Prostitutes after Signing Temporary Marriage Contracts With Them,” from MEMRI, March 3 :
Following are excerpts from an interview with Rami ‘Aleiq, the former head of the Hizbullah Students Union at the AmericanUniversity in Beirut, which aired on Rotana Music TV on August 25, 2008.
Interviewer: “When you were young, you were a thug. You stabbed your sister with a knife because she didn’t want to wear the hijab. You were 14 years old at the time.”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “Right.”
Interviewer: “You accused your family of apostasy, saying they were infidels and sinners. Such a criminal worldview in a teenager… Who shaped it for you?”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “First of all, I’m not sure I agree with the word ‘criminal.’ This is the product of society. It was shaped by the street. Three things influenced my personality, as they influence the personality of any teenager or child…”
Interviewer: “Stabbing is not a crime?”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “Taken by itself, it is a crime. But crimes have underlying social circumstances. I was just a child, a minor. [A child is influenced] by the school, the street, and his home. My home was moderate, and so was my school, but the street was overflowing with extremism. The influence of the street culture prevailed.” […]
Interviewer: “After this, you secluded yourself for three days in an old church, you developed a desire to learn about Jesus and Christian teachings, and you performed Christian rituals. Were you baptized with holy water in accordance with Christian rituals?”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “Yes. I was baptized with holy water. I did this out of my own free will, but just to be clear, I did not convert from Islam to Christianity. I kept my Islamic faith, and still do. I added the Christian way to my religious practice, because I distinguish between religion and faith. Faith has no identity, and the goal of religion is to reach faith, to reach God.”
Interviewer: “Are you for or against sex before marriage?”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “I’m for it.”
Interviewer: “But all religions forbid this.”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “I think that the way this issue is viewed is subject to social development, and religions need to be aware of social developments.”[…]
Interviewer: “[In your book,] you write: ‘When I went on trips, I used to go secretly with several young friends to the Al-Marja neighborhood in Damascus. We would go to a hotel in order to have sex with prostitutes for 500 Syrian liras per half hour.’ To justify this, you write: ‘None of us would make physical contact with the girl he chose before signing a formal pleasure-marriage contract with her.’ Isn’t marriage meant to be out of pure intentions? Weren’t you conning God this way?”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “You’re right. Pleasure-marriage means conning God, as well as ourselves. I am against this way of relating to sex and to women.
“This is something that still goes on. It is wrong.”
Interviewer: “Back then you were an observant Shiite Muslim from Hizbullah, weren’t you?”
Rami “˜Aleiq nods.
Interviewer: “How did you ever dare to sign a pleasure-marriage contract with a nine-year-old girl?”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “In our culture, in order to be able to touch a girl or a woman, there must be a contract of pleasure-marriage.”
Interviewer: “We are talking about a nine-year-old girl…”
Rami ‘Aleiq: “Sure. In Islam, and this is what we were taught, a girl is mature from the age of nine. This is true with regard to Sunnis as well as Shiites. You are focusing on Shia Islam, because I am a Shiite, but according to religious jurisprudence, a girl is mature at the age of nine. This is where we got this idea. I was a child, and so was she, so I was not allowed to touch her, if I didn’t form with her the kind of relation that permitted this.”