Saturday, May 12, 2012

Throroughly Moderate Mullahs

This one goes out to Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, a noted Twelver and one of Toronto's more, ahem, outspoken "moderate" Shia clerics:

Everyone today is thoroughly mod'rate.
(Check their "new" theology.)
Everyone today is low-key and bland.
(Such is their psychology.)
While those Khomeinists stone
Gay guys in Iran.
They know sharia
Is banned here in Canuckistan.
In the Shia school they teach about Jewry.
(Hate 'em 'cuz they're horrible.)
Ev'rything's okay--they've apologized.
(Taqiyyah is adorable.)
Good God, good gravy we're
So naive--and how.
Go back to sleep 'cuz
Here come throughly mod'rate mullahs now.

Update: How moderate is Rizvi? You could say he's moderate in the sharia sense of things. In his book Marriage and Morals in Islam he writes, for example:
In the Islamic legal system, homosexuality is a punishable crime against the laws of God. In the case of homosexuality between two males, the active partner is to be lashed a hundred times if he is unmarried and killed if he is married; whereas the passive partner is to be killed regardless of his marital status. In the case of two females (i.e., lesbianism), the sinners are to be lashed a hundred times if they are unmarried and stoned to death if they are married. (See the chapter on "hudud" in Sharaya and Sharh Lum'a also al-Khu'i, Takmilah, p. 42-44.)
Why is Islam so severe in matters of fornication, homosexuality and lesbianism? If the Islamic system had not allowed the gratification of the sexual urge by lawful means (without even associating guilt with it), then it would be right to say that Islam is very severe. But since it has allowed the fulfillment of sexual instincts by lawful means, it is not prepared to tolerate any perverted behavior.
As you can see: he's very non-severe, as is sharia.

Update: The cleric attempts to do damage control re "the media's agenda" vis-a-vis "the crisis":

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