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Fatima Al-Mutairi was killed by her family for becoming a Christian. Here is the
poem she wrote and published on the Internet while locked in her room by her brother waiting for her family to decide her fate.

And We For the Sake of Christ All Things Bear

by Fatima Al-Mutairi

May the Lord Jesus guide you, Oh Muslims
And enlighten your hearts that you might love others

The forum does not revile the Master of the prophets
It is for the display of truth, and for you it was revealed
This is the truth which you do not know

What we profess are the words of the Master of the prophets
We do not worship the cross, and we are not possessed
We worship the Lord Jesus, the Light of the worlds

We left Mohammed, and we do not follow in his path
We followed Jesus Christ, the Clear Truth

Truly, we love our homeland, and we are not traitors
We take pride that we are Saudi citizens
How could we betray our homeland, our dear people?
How could we, when for death – for Saudi Arabia—we stand ready?
The homeland of my grandfathers, their glories, and odes— for it I am writing
And we say, “We are proud, proud, proud to be Saudis”

We chose our way, the way of the rightly guided
And every man is free to choose any religion
Be content to leave us to ourselves to be believers in Jesus
Let us live in grace before our time comes

There are tears on my cheek, and Oh! the heart is sad
To those who become Christians, how you are so cruel!
And the Messiah says, “Blessed are the Persecuted”
And we for the sake of Christ all things bear

What is it to you that we are infidels?
You do not enter our graves, as if with us buried

Enough – your swords do not concern me, not evil nor disgrace
Your threats do not trouble me, and we are not afraid
And by God, I am unto death a Christian—Verily
I cry for what passed by, of a sad life

I was far from the Lord Jesus for many years
Oh History record! and bear witness, Oh Witnesses!
We are Christians – in the path of Christ we tread

Take from me this word, and note it well
You see, Jesus is my Lord, and He is the Best of protectors
I advise you to pity yourself, to clap your hands in mourning
See your look of ugly hatred

Man is brother to man, Oh learned ones
Where is the humanity, the love, and where are you?

As to my last words, I pray to the Lord of the worlds
Jesus the Messiah, the Light of Clear Guidance
That He change notions, and set the scales of justice aright
And that He spread Love among you, Oh Muslims

Such A Religion Cannot Come From God

The martyred poet gives an insight into the allegations against her and to the
attitudes of Saudi Muslims in general toward Jesus, Christians and Christianity.

Her question, and mine, is ‘why does Islam need to kill those who convert to
other faiths’. It is hard to believe that such a religion could ever come from God.

The allegations against Fatimah are that she became a follower Christian (this is enough for death), but also, concomitant to this, that she worships the cross, reviles Mohammed, that she is possessed and that she is a national traitor to Saudi Arabia (her longest stanza).

Of course all that is fabrication, mere window dressing, gilding the lily of her real and only crime which is that she was once a Muslim and is now a follower of Jesus.

In the Hadith of Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57, authoritative for all Muslims:

Narrated ‘Ikrima:
Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'”

Wikipedia says on Apostasy In Islam:

The four major Sunni Madh’hab (schools of Islamic jurisprudence) and the Twelver Shi’a Jafari madhab agree that a sane adult male apostate must be executed. They differ on the punishment for a female apostate – some schools calling for death and others for imprisonment.

This is why converts to the path of Jesus in Saudi Arabia pray the conversion prayer with their own hands around their throat, symbolic of the Sharia penalty, decapitation, should they be arrested for the ‘crime’ of Apostasy. They know that their faith is a death sentence, as Fatima did (‘swords’)

I met an ex-Muslim. He told me His sister said ‘We should kill you’. So, his family know what Islam decrees. They just had the fundamental humanity to ignore it.

‘And every man is free to choose any religion’.

Fatima is amazed and shocked, as I am, that the Muslim faith is so totalitarian that it cannot tolerate any conversion. ‘What is it to you that we are infidels’.

She tries to reason with her family from the Qu’ran that diversity of faith is permitted by referring to Quran 2:256 “There is no compulsion in religion, for the right way is clearly from the wrong way.” – in her words ‘And every man is free to choose any religion’.

Fatima may not have realised that Surah 2 was revealed in the early part of Mahammed’s career when he was militarily weak. No such option was permitted by Muhammad once he had power over the destiny of subjugated populations.

But Fatima certainly did realised she would be killed, hence her martydom poem, published on the Internet.

See here, here and here

What The Learned Do Not Know

Fatima, in Jesus, has discovered that God is love and a good portion of her poem is a prayer for Muslims to recognise and admit that love is absent fom Islam. She notes, in her own family, the cruelty they visit on her, their looks of ‘ugly hatred’ and their ‘threats’, their general malice, for which she advises they ‘pity’ and ‘mourn’ for themselves.

Fatima’s wish for Muslims, the thought she leaves them with even as they kill her, is that they too experience the love that is from God of which they have no experience.

I pray to the Lord of the worlds
Jesus the Messiah, the Light of Clear Guidance
That He change notions, and set the scales of justice aright
And that He spread Love among you, Oh Muslims

Fatima’s father is an Iman. It is to him specifically, amongst the ranks of the learned in general, that she instructs in the elementary truths of humanity and chides for moral blindness.

Man is brother to man, Oh learned ones
Where is the humanity, the love, and where are you?

Illumination

I enjoyed Fatima’s expressions of the spirituality of Jesus in Islamic phraseology e.g ‘Best Of Protectors’, ‘Light of Clear Guidance’, ‘for you it was revealed’, ‘bear witness oh witnesses’.

I hope that her martyrdom poem achieves her prayerful intent, the illumination of many in darkness.

Fielding Stands By Alcopops Tax Block

I felt a little embarassed for Stephen Fielding as his ‘crash or crash through” approach to the Alcopops legislation crashed, leaving him with not a little Smirnoff Original Mudshake Chocolate Breezer on his face.

Green’s leader Bob Brown, who has considerable experience in Balance Of Power politics, described Fielding’s negotiating style as ‘immature’. But maybe Brown is interested in smearing Fielding in order to claim back some minor party turf (his Seat) from Fielding at the next election.

Having watched Xenophon successfully parlay his balance of power position into $900 million worth of funding for the Murray-Darling (admittedly mostly not new money), Fielding obviously felt that for him too, his time had come to make a difference. As Lenore Taylor of The Australian presciently put it

But when one senator claims a victory like this, it encourages all the others to bump up the asking price for their vote in the future, which is precisely why governments give in to this kind of strategy in only the direst of circumstances.

Problem was, Xenophon’s deal on the Murray-Darling could be neatly negotiated with no linkages, whereas Fielding’s proposed immediate delinking of Alcohol funding from Sports would have devestated grass roots sports clubs across the country as well as ripping the guts out of everything from Gorilla-Ball (NRL) to Lawn Bowls.

Fielding’s demand, while principled, simply could not be delivered in the available time frame. It takes more than a working week to completely revamp the nation’s sports funding infrastructure. Stevo must have had too many late nights lately and what he fuzzily construed as a moment of destiny simply wasn’t.

The Grisly Mr. Abbott

I saw Abbott on ABC’s Q&A last week, slugging the Alcopops issue out with Kate Ellis, our work experience Minister for Youth and Sport. Ellis made a good case for the Alcopops tax saying it both fixed a loophole allowing Breezers and the like to be charged lower excise, that Alcopops were the drink of choice for 75% of binge-drinking female youth aged 14-19 along with 64% of male youth in the same category and that the increase in Alcopops excise would fund $53 million in Youth Alcohol Abuse Programs.

Choice Magazine has a great article on Alcopops, noting that 24% of 18-19 year olds think Alcopops have NO alcohol in them and that the jackals in the Brewing Industry have deliberately created Alcopops to lure young people to grog it up. 60% of teenagers in the Choice Magazine trial liked the taste of Alcopops, only 25% liked the taste of beer.

Abbott stuck to the Coalition’s puerile case that their rejection of the Alcopops legislation was principled because it was merely a Rudd Government ‘tax grab’. Abbott, the gun-runner for Howard’s Orwellian ‘Australians For Honest Politics’ knows full well that the only reason that the Libs are rejecting the Alcopops legislation is that Rudd stuck his imprimatur on it.

Obstructionist Baboons

By this I mean that Rudd has gone about with his extra-special best serious face saying what an epoch-making blow his Alcopops legislation is against the GRATE EVUL of Teenage Binge Drinking, so Rudd’s credibility became attached to Alcopops, hence the Libs opposed it.

If Rudd had not said a word about Alcopops excise and just stuck it in as section 499(i) of the Miscellaneous Dog Food Regurgitation Act Amendment Bill, it would have sailed through Parliament unnoticed and unscathed.

But since KRudd-man went all pompous superhero on the issue the Libs were obliged to be obstructionist baboons, a role they are playing with single-minded devotion during the 2008/9 theatrical season.

Back to Xenophon, he got his leg up into politics on the ‘No Pokies’ issue which got him a seat in the SA Senate and has since done remarkably well to get himself into the Big House and active on issues he really cares about. He has really all along been an independent Green.

I don’t actually believe Xenophon cares that much about Pokies. It was just a convenient vehicle to garner the necessary and not too high vote for a Senate Seat. Xenophon’s strategy was much like those ne’er-do-wells Ettridge and Oldfield from the original One Nation troika who stood as the ‘NO GST’ party after the One Nation implosion just so they could grab a populist 4% or so and get their lardy bottoms into Parliament with unlimited access to tax-payer funded chardonnay, ludicrously generous Superannuation and cheap cafeteria meals.

Xenpophon did much the same. Now he’s got a nice cushy well-paying job, balance of power, access to subsidized Alcopops AND … he made a difference.

Gawd. He must wake up in the morning thinking its all a dream 🙂

Disclosure

1. I like Stephen Fielding and agree with most of his policies. I think he mishandled this one. Have a re-think Stevo and take some lessons in strategy from Nick X.

2. I have partaken of Alcopops, but not the current generation. I believe it was 1983 or thereabouts when driving my first car through the local bottle-o I spied an alcopop product which flashed much as bricks don’t through the tastebuds of the sunbaked urban sprawl “Stone’s Green Ginger Wine Cooler”. It was hideous in a delightfully comic way, much like Southwark, South Australia’s monumental practical joke on the nation also was.

Amazingly it appears Southwark is still available. Perhaps as a substitute for Mortein (but how to get a mosquito to drink it) ? In my day only the unsuspecting and those over 60 went near the stuff. Here’s a review.

Message on T-Shirt
seen in Wynyard train station
during the rush hour

“Haiku Are
Interesting But Do Not Make
Refrigerator”

Flexing My Kigo

Haiku Of The Week tell me: “Great Haiku poems are designed to create strong emotions and within a few short lines evoke a similar experience in the reader to what the poet was expressing.”

and Red Ravine (recommended) says:

“Characteristics of haiku:

Simple, direct, non-metaphorical language
Captures a transitory insight or moment in time called satori or the aha moment
Contains a kigo, an image of nature that evokes a particular season
Contains a cutting or pivot word that turns the movement of the poem
Based on experience, speaks of the common, in the moment, just as it is.”

So:

A blurred T-Shirt
Crystallises through the sweat
Cacking myself stupid

or

A T-Shirt message
Stills Wynyard’s sweaty rush
Cacking myself stupid

Rate me out of 575.

Personally I enjoy the ironic conjunction of Australian boofheadery with traditional Japanese forms, and ‘cacking’ is perhaps unparalleled as a ‘cutting’ or ‘pivot’ word, though perhaps the Kigo is not sufficiently subtle. If this were a wine it would be a McLaren Vale Chalk Hill Cabernet Merlot strained through a Shearer’s Crutching Brush, left standing in Oak for serveral minutes then drunk with gusto and a few snags. Basho would roll in his Cherry Blossoms … and then probably cack himself stupid.

But the T-Shirt, yes it was a ripper. You know who you are.