Muhammad al-Arifi has said: “Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer. Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be unable to prepare to fight.” So? He has his priorities and you have yours, kaffir! Who are you to judge? After all, last year, the British government let al-Arifi into the country while banning Pamela Geller and me — so clearly, wanting to smash Infidel skulls and hating Valentine’s Day is just fine in Britain today, but working for the freedom of speech and equality of rights of all people before the law is not. They want to guard against spreading hate, doncha know!
“Valentine’s Day is ‘immoral,’ says Saudi cleric,” from Al Arabiya, February 14:
Are you defying your faith by celebrating Valentines’ Day?
According to controversial Saudi cleric Sheikh Mohammad al-Arifi, embracing the romantic occasion makes Muslims “resemble those who are immoral.”
The cleric, who last year called on Muslim youth to join the jihad (holy war) in Syria, while spending his holidays in European countries, added that “TV channels and other media outlets shouldn’t be promoting Valentine’s Day in any way,” Arifi wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
Arifi is infamous for a number of outrageous views and fatwas, this includes advising young girls not to wear revealing clothes in the presence of their fathers to avoid seduction and calling for a boycott of Al Arabiya’s sister kids channel, MBC 3, after claiming that cartoons corrupt children.
Valentine‘s Day has long been a contentious issue to many conservatives in the kingdom.
In previous years, the country’s religious police or the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice religious police – known locally as the “Hay’aah” – have raided floral shops selling red flowers on the occasion.
Will this year be any different?
Religious police chief Abdullatif al-Sheikh denied that the Religious Police had ordered the closure of shops – although he did not specifically mention floral shops – on Valentine’s Day.
“This is not our specialty… we are against what violates the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet,” Sheikh said in an interview to a Saudi newspaper al-Jazirah on Wednesday.
Internet search giant Google, which displayed a pumping heart for international viewers for its “Google doodle,” kept its Saudi-based homepage without any decoration, signaling the kingdom’s desire to shun the occasion….