“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” — Ayatollah Khomeini
Anyway, why did anyone threaten Nasser al Qasabi? Don’t all Muslims everywhere reject the understanding of Islam proffered by the Islamic State? John Kerry has some splainin to do!
“Nasser al Qasabi branded an ‘apostate’ over new show mocking ISIS, religion,” Al Bawaba, June 21, 2015:
The Saudi and Arab community on Twitter has gone crazy over Saudi comedian actor Nasser al Qasabi’s satirical TV series “Selfie,” but in particular over the episode in which he mocks ISIS, according to Al Quds Al Arabi.
Viewers of the show, which Nasser dubbed as a “social comedy with a message,” were in two minds about the way he portrayed the terrorist group and made fun of their head-chopping antics, sex jihad, employing jihadists, amongst other things.
Since the episode aired on the second day of Ramadan, the Arabic hashtag “سيلفي #” (#selfie) has been trending throughout the Middle East.
The episode revolves around a father, played by Nasser, who travels to Syria in search of his son, who joined ISIS. When he arrives in the troubled country, he finds himself involved with the jihadist group, as well.
While many praised the funny man for his witty way of addressing the ISIS crisis – and mocking religious scholars in the first episode, others were much less impressed and bombarded him with cursing, and even death threats from ISIS, along with being branded an apostate by a Saudi Imam, reported Al Araby news.
Impressed with Nasser’s bravery, @SultanAlQassemi tweeted, “Watching @algassabinasser’s Selfie, a Saudi show based on comedy sketches poking fun at ISIS & Al Qaeda filth. Very brave & necessary.”
@hussainyalhejji loved the episode and said, “Thank you very mush. You illustrated everything about #ISIS for those who turned off their minds.”
Meanwhile, @LilyJoesef wrote, “Brave, smart and incredibly humane. I applaud you for such an honest and enlightening episode.”
@tahirmessi10 thought that “There isn’t any better way than comedy to deliver a thought and Nasir did that in a perfect way,” while @ShakesAlDabbous agreed that this is “Showing terrorism at its finest #سيلفي thank you Nasser al Qasabi.”
However, a tweep by the name of Jaleeb al Jazrawi sent a threatening tweet to Nasser, warning him, “I swear to Allah that you will regret everything you have said. The Jihadists will not calm down until your head has been chopped off.”
This triggered a rival hashtag under the name “Nasser al Qasabi’s head is wanted.”…