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SHEIK NOW ONLY PARTLY PRIMITIVE

Sheik Faiz Mohamad—earlier posts here, here, and here—apologises. Sort of. Almost. Partially:

A Sydney Muslim leader has apologised for making controversial comments that rape victims had no-one to blame but themselves ...

The sheik backed away from his earlier comments, claiming he had been misunderstood and had made a mistake.

“I know I said something not thinking at that time. However, with all honesty from the depths of my heart I never meant it like this,” Sheik Mohamad told the Ten network.

“Maybe I should have said it another way meaning they are attracting to themselves and are partly to blame but not fully to blame.”

At least he’s updated his views from mid-16th century to somewhere close to 1743 or so. The Nine Network has video.

UPDATE. Australian Muslims reject the Sheik:

Sydney’s Islamic community has condemned one of its own leaders who claimed rape victims had no one to blame but themselves.

Angry Muslims inundated Arabic-speaking radio stations to deplore the controversial comments of Sheik Faiz Mohamad.

Arabic radio station 2ME morning host Anis Ghanem said he was inundated with calls from people outraged by the comments.

He said the station had received more than 100 calls, with just three defending the Sheik’s right to free speech ...

An on-line poll on the IslamicSydney website registered 280 votes, with 87.5 per cent disagreeing with the Sheik’s comments.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/28/2005 at 11:17 AM
  1. Does anyone buy his retraction for one second?

    Posted by James Waterton on 2005 04 28 at 12:26 PM • permalink

  2. He should get together with Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    Posted by dorkafork on 2005 04 28 at 12:26 PM • permalink

  3. Partly to blame? How long before a more “conservative” cleric issues a fatwa against him for this apostasy?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2005 04 28 at 12:38 PM • permalink

  4. I consulted Ask the Imam on this one.  In response to the request, “Could you please give me a detailed analysis of what a Virgin women should do after being raped ” the helpful Imam suggested:

    If a female was raped due to her not maintaining the laws of Hijaab, she is
    partly to be blamed as the rapist will be considered as being seduced by her
    revealing form and shape. She should make Tawbah (sincerely repent) by also
    adhering to the laws of Hijaab.

    and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

    Muslim readers may correct me, but I would assume from this that the Sheik’s view was mainstream Mohammedan.

    Posted by rexie on 2005 04 28 at 12:44 PM • permalink

  5. I think he thinks he means it.  To me, it’s just another indictment of fundamentalist Islamic thought.  To them, if the woman weren’t at fault, the rapist would have to blame himself.  And to them, Muslim men cannot be wrong, about anything, ever, because the Koran says they’re not.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 04 28 at 01:45 PM • permalink

  6. Oh look, another claim of being “misunderstood” by an Islamist caught speaking his mind. Were his original remarks in English or Arabic?

    Posted by Rob Crawford on 2005 04 28 at 02:42 PM • permalink

  7. So, Sheik Blame-The-Woman-Not-The-Rapist “repents”.  Sort of.

    Why am I not surprised?

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 04 28 at 03:21 PM • permalink

  8. “He said the station had received more than 100 calls, with just three defending the Sheik’s right to free speech ... “

    Can’t one defend his right to free speech and think that what he said was both wrong and morally vile, and that the station ought not broadcasst it?

    It’s not, after all, like there aren’t other radio stations, or like the State would be preventing him from speaking, yes?

    Posted by Sigivald on 2005 04 28 at 03:51 PM • permalink

  9. So, if somebody were to be ‘seduced’ by the revealing form and shape of the Sheik’s comments into kicking his sorry ass, would the Sheik be partly or wholly to blame?

    Posted by Achillea on 2005 04 28 at 04:20 PM • permalink

  10. It is good that the Islamic community can actually condemn such an outrageous piece of blame shifting.
    Having said that, I do think that quite a few girls these days are using a nuke to crack a nut, so to speak.
    Its not that difficult to attract guys! Just being a girl used to be enough.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2005 04 28 at 05:38 PM • permalink

  11. He said the station had received more than 100 calls, with just three defending the Sheik’s right to free speech

    THAT is a scary insight into the mind of the journo.

    Posted by murph on 2005 04 28 at 05:39 PM • permalink

  12. Its not that difficult to attract guys! Just being a girl used to be enough.”

    Not if you live in Sydney.

    Posted by amortiser on 2005 04 28 at 06:50 PM • permalink

  13. the IslamicSydney website registered 280 votes, with 87.5 per cent disagreeing with the Sheik’s comments.

    Great! So only 12.5% *agree*. Fantastic.

    Posted by cal on 2005 04 28 at 06:56 PM • permalink

  14. If someone lets me see their wallet, with all that alluring cash, are they partly to blame if I rob them?

    Can I say I was seduced by the clink of the cash, as I saw them fondling the folding?

    Posted by pog-ma-thon on 2005 04 28 at 08:28 PM • permalink

  15. So that means that 35 nappy-headed neanderthals with access to a computer agree with this dingbat. If I lived in sydney and had a teenage daughter, she’d be accompanied at all times by a large, violent and well armed eunuch. Welcome to the new Caliphate.

    Posted by Habib on 2005 04 28 at 08:32 PM • permalink

  16. Crusades.  What a good idea.

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 04 28 at 08:39 PM • permalink

  17. cal: Exactly, if that’s a representative sample, 12.5% of the Australian Muslim population are fundamentalists. Doing the math… 1996 there were 200k, 2001 there were 280k, extrapolating… now there are approximately 350k Muslims and likely more who haven’t been counted. i.e. We now have only 43.5k people in Australia who take the Koran to heart.

    http://www.brisinst.org.au/resources/brisbane_institute_kabir_moore_muslim.html

    I feel so much safer now!

    Posted by taspundit on 2005 04 28 at 10:35 PM • permalink

  18. TRJ, maybe you should exercise your new pet in Bankstown?

    (not PC, but just a thought!)

    I have a 20 year old niece who lives with my mother in Bankstown - mum worries, ever since the attacks on Australian women in Bankstown, about my niece going anywhere unaccompanied.

    It’s true that we don’t hear enough Muslims protest these rants by their ‘religious leaders’.

    Posted by kae on 2005 04 28 at 11:04 PM • permalink

  19. What a sweet guy.

    He should still be jailed. With luck, he’ll get a 135 kg cellmate called Butcher who feels really lonely, and he can then get a taste of what it’s like “asking for it.”

    Posted by Kyle Schuant on 2005 04 28 at 11:30 PM • permalink

  20. taspundit: could you go into your email settings and deselect the “enable notifications” function? And check your email—I’m getting bounces.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 04 28 at 11:38 PM • permalink

  21. When he admits the earth is round, we’ll know we’ve made real progress.

    Posted by Patricia on 2005 04 28 at 11:59 PM • permalink

  22. LOL, Kyle!  That would be poetic justice.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 04 29 at 01:55 AM • permalink

  23. Uh, kae?  Post #18…..my pet?  If I had a horny male gorilla, I might sic ‘im on the Sheik, but I am confused.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 04 29 at 01:57 AM • permalink

  24. Thanks Andrea, disabled now.

    Posted by taspundit on 2005 04 29 at 04:01 AM • permalink

  25. TRJ, no, I am confused. Sorry!

    Posted by kae on 2005 05 02 at 08:52 PM • permalink

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