Editor: So, are you still a journalist or a novelist?
Tom Friend: Same thing out here….
Editor: Make something out of it. And if you can’t do that, sir, then make it up! — From the cinematic classic Masked and Anonymous
The victimhood industry is big business. It stirs up resentment against the West, deflects attention away from jihad activity, and wrings concessions from clueless dhimmis. And when Muslims aren’t victims, make it up! Making it up in Denmark: “Islamophobia; Tasting wine and pork A necessity to graduate in Denmark,” from the Ahlul Bayt News Agency, February 18 (thanks to Maxwell):
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The Danish capital, Copenhagen, witnessed a controversy after forcing the students attending Copenhagen Hospitality College to taste wine and pork, which was rejected by the Muslim students and others who abstain from consuming such forbidden foods or drinks.
This controversy found its way to the Danish parliament and the Danish Board for Equal Treatment that is looking into the matter. In the meantime, the representatives of the alliance of the left-wing parties confirmed that it is necessary that Minister of education interferes to put an end to the conflict that took place, after a Muslim student who is majoring as a nutrition assistant refused to taste wine and pork, yet the college’s administration confirmed that he will not graduate if he does not fulfill all the requirements of his study, including tasting wine and pork.
Every religious group has its singularities and religious freedoms that ought to be respected; thus, the issue is not subjected to laws and the like. Rather, it has to do with one’s beliefs that if he is asked to violate, he would actually be offending his identity and personality in a community that supposedly adopts democracy and human rights, which we significantly count on, just as we count on many educated and aware individuals who understand these issues and their dimensions”¦
On the issue of intoxicants, His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), says that the Ayah: “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination of Satan’s work; eschew such (abomination),” (05:90) attributes the same characteristic to the acts mentioned in the Ayah, and that is enough to justify why people should keep away from them and that they are all a form of “abomination of Satan’s work.” Abomination is that filthy thing that one should eschew from. Perhaps this word is used in the form of a metaphor, considering all the damages and negative consequences they entail to the extent that had people known them, they would eschew from them the way the keep away from other clear filthy things”¦
His Eminence (ra) continues to say: Allah wants people to look thoroughly into these issues to find out their repulsive characteristics that should drive man to avoid them due to the damages they inflict upon one’s life, belief and conduct, rendering them morally filthy”¦ Alcohol intoxicates man and makes him lose his sense of responsibility and consciousness due to the state of intoxication he would suffer from, which drives him away from the reality; thus, making him lose his balance amidst all that”¦
[(Interpretation) inspired from the Quran, vol. 8, p: 331]
As for the issue of pork, His Eminence (ra) interprets the following Ayah: “He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine,” (02:173), saying that it is narrated that these forbidden categories also includes certain worms that are harmful to man’s health due to their harmful nature, including the Trichina worm that nurtures on swine flesh and reproduces rapidly, knowing that it causes several illnesses to man, such as anemia, nausea, fever, diarrhea, pain in joints, nervousness”¦ etc.
[(Interpretation) inspired from the Quran, vol. 3, p: 190]
Allah organized man’s private and general life; thus, He drew limits to all his private and general affairs and He did not give him the freedom to hurt himself and his life, whether by food, drinks or anything else, for he does not own his own life and he cannot use what belongs to Allah except by His permission. This is how the legislations interfere in man’s private life, pressuring his freedom and limiting it to what realizes his real interests”¦
[(Interpretation) inspired from the Quran, vol. 8, p: 32]