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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Help Saudi Arabian Enlightenment II

 8.  Saudi King Introduces Reforms…………

Small step, but a historic one!

We welcome the decision by His Majesty, the benevolent King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia empowering women

Twenty per cent quota has been set apart for women in the shura, the top consultative body.

As per the first amendment (Article 3), women will constitute twenty per cent out of the 150 Shura council members.

 As per the second amendment (Article 22), women will have all the membership rights in accordance with the tasks entrusted to them.

We recognize that the King is under heavy conservative – theological constraints.

Conforming to the tradition, Hijab(Veil) and separate places for office, equipments and prayer are insisted. This amply shows that real reform under Allaah’s scriptural guidance and Shariah is impossible. Another glaring fact is that even enlightened and benevolent rulers cannot bring about satisfactory changes in an Islamic regime where the majority of population is fanatic believers. Though this part of his decision does not come up to the modern humanistic standards and sophistication, we would like to temporarily ignore ‘unrealistic and extreme’ views.

We hope that the women nominated would do their utmost to utilize this opportunity opened before them for the benefit of  all women in the kingdom. 

We hope that their work will make it possible to re-interpret Islamic concepts so as to make them compatible with the 21st century world order. We also hope that His Majesty the king will exert his good grace to bring in an atmosphere of fair chance for free thought and humanistic expressions which will prove beneficial to the welfare and satisfaction of the progressive sections of society.

We extend our best wishes to the King and the people of Saudi Arabia. We call upon the progressive section of the Saudi society to take upon themselves the task of educating the comparatively less fortunate among their people so as to herald a New Enlightenment.

It is up to the Humanist activists, Human Rights agencies and intellectuals with scientific outlook to create ways and means for educating the masses taking in to account the limitations of existing constitutional – legal situation.
Humanist individuals have the potential to create ever widening and increasing ripples. Let us be positive and optimistic.

 We salute Saudi intellectuals,
 Turki al-Hamad, Raef Badawi, 
 Hamza Kashgari, Sultan Assalal ...
 Our brothers in the march for
 freedom  of expression

7. Defend Raif Badawy, a liberal Saudi ,

 accused of "Apostasy"

Saudi rights activist faces apostasy charge

Send Appeals to authorities to drop all charges and release

him unconditionally:



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Spread the word..................................

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6. Women and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women


1. A letter to the Attorney General
 ( Hamza Kashgari )


If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”
 –John Stuart Mill
What does it mean to feel one’s historical responsibility? It is that, after finishing reading this statement and this message, and posting your name at the end, you are reassured that the dream that captured Martin Luther King’s imagination, and Mahatma Gandhi’s, and Dorothy Irene Height’s, and all the free people of the world and in history, who have died without it. For the rights to freedom and justice and equality of their people have been achieved. Therefore we write this statement and this message to the “general prosecutor”, phrased in a manner in which he understands and that is understood by the next generation of our people, so thenext generation can understand the amount of damage and destruction that was caused by those that lived before them. Either they learn well from that lesson, or they can suffer the consequences. On the 12th of February 2012, the Saudi government returned our beloved friend Hamza Kashgari from Malaysia,overwhelmed, on a private jet after he ran from the oppression of the death threats he had received. The world never looked so grim for him. The reason why? Because he wrote what was on his mind, and said of the Prophet (pbuh), “I loved things about you and hated others,” and they became angry with him. How dare he say, “I hated things about you,” and expressed what’s in his soul? Then he said to the Prophet: “I will not pray for you and I will not bow to you and I will shake your hand as your equal,” and voices attacked him, many calls were made to kill him, his addresses were published and the majority of people went with it. Then the King issued an order to arrest him and subject him to the general prosecution and interrogation. Despite leaving the country mere hours before the fact, seeking refuge, it was still of no use as Malaysia deported and delivered him. At the same time as we write this statement and this message, our beloved friend Hamza Kashgari sits behind bars awaiting his unknown fate. The angry voices have not subsided to any extent, until the “general prosecutor” of Jeddah stated to a local paper that a court case is being made against Hamza and all those who encouraged, agreed, and otherwise supported him on Twitter. Then suddenly lists were established and peoples’ investigative courts were initiated; either you reject what he said and demand his execution, thus saving yourself but losing your soul, or go with the other way that many friends have gone, and focus on the fact that Hamza repented and retracted all that he said. In other words, through forgiveness, and you don’t win your soul here, you’d just be lying and deceiving yourself- for this way, you’re with the first group of people, but you accept his repentance and they don’t. So what stands behind the two aforementioned paths? It’s that no one else talks, that people become silent about what is inside them, and they agree with the others on matters that they don’t really agree with them on. That way they lose themselves and their individuality and assimilate with the masses and become hypocritical with them, even if they don’t approve and it’s out of their hands.
So in this message and this statement to the “general prosecutor”, who made the aforementioned statement, we say to him that we, who have written our names at the bottom of the message and in the comments, refuse Hamza’s trial and his being forced to repent and we demand he be released at once and protected. To make matters easier for you in trying to search and investigate and prosecute, we with our names encourage fighting an idea with another using embedded convictions that are strong, not frail. Not using arrests and punishment. We support all of those who would like to speak their minds and express what is in their souls ,and write and speak and raise their voices high with what they want to say. Not with what we want, and not with what the angry mob wants, and with all those international declarations signed to preserve human rights and freedoms, which were signed by the Saudigovernment but were worked against and deviated away from. We make sure to acknowledge that we often disagree with each other and criticize, to the extent that we tell you, the “general prosecutor”, that these names you see and read are ready to sacrifice their lives so any citizen can state and otherwise express their opinion.
 We believe that we are being tested now and either be or not be. We are either true to ourselves and our principles and values that we believe in, for our nation and its future, in calling for its rights and freedoms both in conscience and creed, for every citizen living around us, and standing up to the deviation of the government away from the international accords that it signed, guaranteeing human rights and freedoms.
Or else we are just posers with no principles or values, speaking what we don’t believe, and having no hope that the next generation would be able to resist this governmental deviation. Of freedom and justice and equality, terms thatpass by the awareness of many at this time, and of many others who have not felt the historical responsibility they have towards their nation.

we are :

Ebthal Al-Mubarak , Ahmad Osama Jambi , Anwar Ali Al-Sumaikhy, Albra’a Sameer Falodah, Anoud Bader Al-Qahtani, Alhumaidi Al-Obaisan, Jehad Mahmoud Al-amasy , Hagar Mahdy Hussain, Majid Dohan Al-yammy, Mohannad Adel Najjar, Nada Alqatar mohammad Al-Shehry, Nouf Hadi Al-Harbi, Salem Fawzi bejneed, Sara Bader Al-Qahtani,Sahel Mansour Alruwaily, Sultan Makki Al-sawwaf ,Abdullah Sulaiman Al-Harbi, Abdulrahman Ayman bajawdah , Abdullrahman musa Al-faqeeh , Abdulrahman Salman Al-ali, Abdulrahman harakaty , Essa Salman Al-feefy, Omer Al-tamimy, saleh hameed matar al-anezy, raya Muhammad al-shareef , thumar mahmoud al-marzougi, khobaib zuhair Osailan

* The video version of the letter :

Links to Petitions

One of the first petition captions on this cause is:
Saudi government, Interpol and Malaysian government: Freedom for Hamza Kashgari
And the link to it :

Another one is:


End Death Calls for

Saudi Poet and Blogger

And the link to it:
All the friends are requested to furnish these links also
along with their requests for support to the cause. A smart 

activist can encourage 10 friends a day. Let us make our 

endeavor a historic success!


Your attention is invited to a related event:
Kindly go to the link:

The following ten cases are highlighted:
Hamza Kashgari<http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2012/02/13/freedom-for-hamza-kashgari/>,
Saudi Arabia: 23 year old Muslim, charged with blasphemy for tweeting about
Mohammad and women’s status
Alex Aan <http://ex-muslim.org.uk/2012/01/in-defence-of-alex-aan/>,
Indonesia: 30 year old atheist, charged with blasphemy for saying there is
no god on Facebook
Asia Bibi <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11930849>, Pakistan:
45 year old mother of five, sentenced to death for blasphemy for ‘insulting
Yousef Nadarkhani<http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/middle-class-guy/2012/feb/26/iran-lynch-pastor-yousef-nadarkhani-say-nothing-do/>,
Iran: 34 year old sentenced to death for apostasy for converting to
Nabil Karoui<http://amnesty.org/en/news/tunisia-must-drop-charges-against-tv-boss-over-persepolis-screening-2012-01-20>,
Tunisia: charged with ‘violating sacred values’ for showing the film
Saeed Malekpour<http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1132483--saeed-malekpour-a-canadian-on-iran-s-death-row>,
Iran: sentenced to death for ‘insulting and desecrating Islam’
Muhammad Samiullah<http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/02/02/pakistan-drop-blasphemy-charges-against-17-year-old>,
Pakistan: 17 year old, charged with blasphemy, for ‘derogatory remarks’
about Mohammad on his exams
Adel Imam<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/02/egyptian-comic-adel-imam-jailed-islam>,
Egypt: comic actor jailed for three months for ‘insulting Islam’
Sarwar Penjweni<http://www.mesop.de/2012/02/01/protect-the-life-of-sarwar-penjweni/>,
Iraqi Kurdistan: threatened for researching Islam and Quranic texts.
Lanja Abdulla <http://www.warvin.org/english.aspx>, Iraqi Kurdistan:
Director of Warvin Foundation for Women Issues threatened at a public
meeting for challenging religious authority
The following are the initial signatories:
Houzan Mahmoud, Spokesperson of Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq-UK Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, One Law for All and Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, UK Evelyne Accad, Professor Emeritus University of Illinois and Lebanese American University, USA Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Stoning, Germany Mahin Alipour, Director, Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Sweden Evan Darraji, Writer and Artist, Iraq Patty Debonitas, Iran Solidarity, UK Deeyah, Music Producer, Norway/USA Jani Diylan, Journalist, USA Tarek Fatah, Muslim Canadian Council, Canada Tahir Gora, Editor and Publisher, Canada Laura Guidetti, Feminist Activist (Marea), Italy Maria Hagberg, Chairperson of the Network against Honour Related Violence, Sweden/Iraq Asos Hardi, Director of Awene newspaper, Kurdistan-Iraq Farzaneh Hassan, Writer, Canada Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism is a Women’s Issue, France Sundas Hoorain, Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer, UK Monica Lanfranco, Journalist (Marea), Italy Nahla Mahmoud, Director, Sudan: Non-Religious out loud, Sudanese Humanists Group, UK against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, UK Hassan Radwan, Management Committee, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK Nina Sankari, European Feminist Initiative, Poland Sohaila Sharifi, Women’s Rights Campaigner, UK Issam Shukri, Defence of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq, Canada Sargul Ahmad, Women Organization in Iraq, Canada Abbas Kamil, Unity Against Unemployment in Iraq, Iraq



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