Saudi cleric calls chess ‘work of the devil,’ issues fatwa
Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric has issued a fatwa against chess, saying it is like gambling and is forbidden by God. The mufti said the game was a waste of time and stirred enmity among people.
“Chess is like alcohol and gambling that God has forbidden,” Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Aziz al-Sheikh announced in one of his broadcasts that has appeared frequently in the last months.
The cleric expressed his views in a Saudi religious television channel called Almajd.
Chess buffs in the country said they were upset by the mufti’s statement. “The mufti has no background about chess and its modern systems,” Moussa Bandr, an official of the Saudi Chess Association, told journalists of the dpa news agency.
“This fatwa could open the door for the religious police in the kingdom to have a legal reason for stopping us from organizing chess tournaments,” Bandr said, adding that a chess event had begun on Friday in Mecca without any problems.
Meanwhile, chess mogul Garry Kasparov came to the rescue, condemning the fatwa and demanding that Riyadh concentrate more on human rights and democracy.
Chess is popular in Saudi Arabia, where men play the game at home or in coffee houses. Riyadh follows a very strict interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism which imposes strict restrictions, including the segregation of men and women in public and a ban on women’s driving.
mg/bw (dpa, AFP)
– via DW.COM
Except to say this is one of many ways to make sure your people continue to wallow in irrationality and illogic.
This Blog post started when I saw a headline meant to SHOCK “Immigrants BANNED from pool in Germany”
It’s not until you get well into the article that, almost as an aside, the author mentions that one of the immigrants was molesting a 3 year old boy.
Up to that point the author appeared to be writing as a proper SJW, implying that the “Mean Germans” were denying immigrants pool time.
The author of that piece (which I can’t find now) didn’t mention all the other incidents at the pool, OR any of the incidents at other pools throughout Germany.
New information is coming to light about the behavior of Middle Eastern immigrants in public places. And indirectly how this information is being suppressed.
There was a leaked report to Bild (the link takes you to the article,) which in part, explains the decision to close the historic Johannisbad baths in Zwickau, Saxony.
I was able to find a number of references to pool closures and immigrant bans in Germany. None of them were racist. The bans and closures are for just cause.
The list of offenses is disgusting.
Masturbating to ejaculation in the Jacuzzi. (Ok, who hasn’t had sex in their Jacuzzi? The difference is I owned the jacuzzi, so it was my mess to clean up. I’ve NEVER done it in a public shared Jacuzzi or where there were children watching)
Defecating in the children’s pools (Apparently public pools in Germany have shallow pools set aside for children.)
Groping incidents in the saunas (when the employees tried to intervene the immigrants ignored or threatened them. So the employees closed the saunas. Then the immigrants were banging on the doors insisting that women were inside and demanding access.)
Groping of girls and women throughout the pool complexes.
What’s happened is the locals are being run out of these facilities. The facilities are having to close to clean up the mess.
The immigrants are costing the German people yet more money, while at the same time making the German people feel unsafe in their own Facilities / Towns / Streets / Country.
Then there was the 16 year old girl whose video went viral. She’s calling out Merkel asking why are the elites safe and she’s not?
TRANSCRIPT: (From Breitbart)
Hello, you can read the newspapers but this video is about the real situation in Germany. I would like to tell everyone about this on Youtube and Facebook. I am almost 16. I would like everyone to know what is going on, what I am authentically feeling at this moment.
And I am so scared everywhere. For example, if my family and I go out together, or if I see a movie with my friends. Usually I stay at home, but sometimes I stay out until 6 pm in winter, and it is so scary. It is just very hard to live day-to-day life as a woman.
I just want to say that I am not a racist. But one day, a terrible thing happened at the supermarket. I ran all the way home. I was so frightened for my life. There’s no other way to describe it.
My aunt and her friend have said you have to grow up. Why should we, children, have to grow up in such fear? It’s not just me, my friends too. You can see on Facebook, a 17 year old attacked, a 15 year old attacked, two 12-year olds attacked, so many. It is really so sad that this is happening … because of YOU PEOPLE. 🙁
I cannot understand why they do this. But more importantly, I cannot understand why Germany is doing nothing! Why is Germany standing by, watching, and then doing nothing? Please explain, why. Men of Germany, these people are killing your children, they are killing your women. We need your protection. We are so scared, we don’t want to be frightened to go to the grocery store alone after sunset. The politicians live alone in their villas, drink their cocktails, and do nothing. They do nothing! I do not know what world they live in, but please, people, please help us! Please, do something! I cannot understand why this is happening. One day, my friend and I were walking down the street, and a group of Arabs were protesting and demonstrating. They shouted, “Allah! Allah! Allah is the one God! Kill those infidels! Allah Allah!” What should I do? Should I wear a burka? Why should I have to convert to Islam?
It’s fine if you believe in Allah, but why do you want to make everyone else believe in Allah too? I just think it would be better if there were no religion. Stop trying to make everyone else believe in your God when they do not want to.
Please, people of Germany. Do something!
When I try to tell the authorities about what has happened, they hold their hand up towards me and they say it is a problem and then ignore it. and they laugh. It is unfair. They laugh at us. They say we are dumb. They think this not only of me, but of the entire state of Germany. They don’t care about our fear. Please help us. This is an emergency! There are more and more of them.
One time in summer, the Muslims said we were sluts for walking outside in a t-shirt.
Yes, we were wearing t-shirts. It’s summer!
Another day, I was wearing this. My friend and I purchased it while shopping hehe. If we feel like wearing it, we will wear it! And you Muslims have no right to physically assault or rape us for it! God willing, never in my life. You have no right to attack us because we are wearing t-shirts. You also have no right to rape.
The life of Germany has changed because these people cannot integrate. We give them so much help. We support them financially and they do not have to work. But they only want more babies and more welfare and more money. Men of Germany, please, patrol the streets and protect us. Do this for your women and your children. If you do that, I believe that we will have a chance.
This sort of action would be wonderful. We would be so grateful and thankful. So many thanks, if steadily, more men would come to protect us. We are so scared.
I am so upset about what Merkel has done.
Thank you, Angela Merkel, for killing Germany! I have no more respect for you, Merkel. I do not think you know what you have done. You do not see how our lives have changed. Open your eyes! Is this normal? Should I, a 16-year old who is almost 17, be so scared to walk outside my house? No, it is not normal. You have killed Germany!
This is the truth. We are no longer allowed to walk outside. We are no longer allowed to wear our clothes. We are no longer allowed to live the German life. This is the sad truth.
I think it’s about time to end this video. I believe I have given a full account from a normal person. I hope others can see this and understand.
I only want to end with one message: Men, please, help your women. Help your children. I am so scared. My friends have the same fear. We are shocked that this has happened. I hope this video can convince you, and that this terrible events can stop.
I don’t think she’s just exhibiting teen-aged angst. I think she’s the canary in the coal mine. We know what happens historically, when Germany becomes nationalistic.
I think the question is, how much more will the “average” Germans take.
Oh and “Note to Self, Don’t go swimming in Germany’s pools right now.”