Posts Tagged ‘greed’

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Imam demands wife’s salary

January 4, 2011

Shia imams love their khums and Sunni Saudis love zakat enough to plaster their mosques with sales pitches to fund terrorism.  The clerical establishment of Islam loves money, has ample traditions from the Hadith and verses from the Koran to back them up, and they use it for a variety of personal, religious, and criminal activities.

Greedy.  Rapacious.  Exploitative.  And this from an imam who strives to emulate the prophet Muhammad.  Who’d have thought?  From the Arab News on Dec. 30 (h/t RoP):

JEDDAH: A Saudi woman who claims her husband threw her out of the family home because she refused to give him her salary has been denied accommodation at a women’s shelter in Jeddah.

“The woman informed the police about her plight. We contacted a women’s shelter and prepared a letter asking them to give her accommodation. However, the shelter rejected our request saying the woman does not qualify for shelter as she has not suffered any kind of physical abuse,” said First Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq, spokesman for Jeddah police.

“The victim told us that she has already filed a lawsuit against her husband, who is the imam of a mosque, asking him for her dowry and a divorce (khulaa), and compensation for defamation. The police are now looking into this,” he added.

Saeed Al-Asmary, director of media affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs, said, shelters are instructed not to accept individuals who do not have the proper paperwork.

“Shelters will not accept individuals who do not have legal papers issued by a relevant government department. We need to make sure that the person has not been responsible for a crime and is not running away from justice,” he said.

“In this case, this woman does not need a shelter. What she needs to do is make peace with her husband and get back with him. There are far more complicated cases in which people are in desperate need for a roof over their heads,” he added.

After being thrown out from the family home, the police called her husband asking him to pick her up from the Al-Salama police station. “He, however, refused to do so, saying that she had filed a lawsuit against him and that he doesn’t want anything to do with her until this is over. We later contacted her brother who came and picked her up straight away. She is now with him,” said Al-Bouq.

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Weekly word: Khadija

July 28, 2010

Okay, so it’s more of a person than a “word,” but this week we look at Khadija, the first of Muhammad’s sixteen wives.  Just look (h/t Zombietimes) at Khadija in her veiled glory (or scandalous display of neck and face, depending on your point of view):

Khadija, Muhammad's rich, older wife

Chick Publication's illustration of Muhammad & Khadija

But who was this lady?  The love of Muhammad’s life?  Her soul mate?  No—his sugar mama!  From A Dictionary of Non-Christian Religions:

Khadija.  The first wife of the Prophet Muhammad, and during their twenty-four years of married life his only wife.  Khadija was a rich merchant’s widow, who first of all employed Muhammad in her service.  She was said to have been married twice before, with children of her own.  She was about forty years of age, but bore Muhammad seven children.  Their marriage was happy, and Khadija encouraged Muhammad after his visions and during his early preachings, being virtually his first convert.  Her cousin Waraqa (q.v.) was a Christian and no doubt this helped to make her sympathetic to Muhammad’s teaching of one God.  Her death in A.D. 619 was a grievous loss to the Prophet, and only then did he take other wives.*

If you can’t strive (for jihad) with your own wealth (Q. 9:41), why not strive with someone else’s?  Of course, many important men throughout history would never have made it so far if they hadn’t married a rich woman.  Isn’t it inspiring for the prophet of one of the world’s biggest religions to have done so?

In addition to Khadija’s money, Muhammad amassed personal wealth in his lifetime through his role in early Islam including Safi (special gifts from the spoils of war), khums tax revenues (both as the prophet who was entitled to one-fifth of khums and as a Muslim soldier who was entitled to an individual share for four-fifths of the remaining ghanima), and 100 percent of the spoils of Khaybar, the oasis he stole from the Jews.

Muhammad understood that to be Prophet, he needed profit.  Money, both the legal acquisition of and the illegal confiscation of it, were central to fueling Muhammad’s rise to power and the spread of early Islam.

*Parrinder, Geoffrey, A Dictionary of Non-Christian Religions (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1971).