Remember when we said the assessment of blame for the “anti-Islam” toy gun promised to be entertaining? Someone is bound to blame Israel or America at some point, but this explanation is actually rather creative for a change.
Sheik Muhammad Al-Amin Ismail blames Shi’ites, due to the antagonism between Ali and Aisha. Ali is accepted by Shi’ites as the first imam and legitimate successor to Muhammad. Muhammad’s child bride, Aisha, was not only the daughter of Abu Bakr, the first “rightly guided” caliph for Sunnis, but also never forgave Ali for noting to Muhammad that there were plenty of other brides to choose from when Aisha was accused of adultery.
And if you believe the Sheikh, the Shi’ites decided to stick it to the Sunnis with… a toy gun that plays offensive sounds. While stories of raids have been more recent, the toys have apparently been on the market for at least a few weeks before them. “Sudanese Preacher Sheik Muhammad Al-Amin Ismail Accuses Shiites of Distributing Anti-Sunni Toy Guns,” from MEMRI, September 30:
Sheik Muhammad Al-Amin Ismail: I’ve brought you an example [of toys manufactured by Shiites]. We all hope that the brothers who supervise these products, and their import and export, will ban products such as these.
Holds up a toy pistol
The sound might not be so clear through the microphone.
Why do they do this?
Shoots the pistol, which emits shooting sounds and a metallic voice:
“Go, go, go. Pull over. Save the hostages.”
Sheik Muhammad Al-Amin Ismail: It says: “Shoot ‘Aisha” [the Prophet Muhammad’s wife]. This is for children. “Shoot ‘Aisha.”
Pistols. This one costs five Sudanese liras, this one costs seven liras, and there is a large one that costs 20 liras. Again, the sound goes: “Shoot ‘Aisha.”
Toy pistol sound: “Go, go, go. Pull over. Save the hostages.”
Sheik Muhammad Al-Amin Ismail: “Shoot ‘Aisha.” Until when?