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  • Papa Benedict XVI :

    "Aratati-mi doar ce Muhammad a adus nou si o sa gasesti numai lucruri rele si inumane, asa ca el comanda sa imprastie sabii pentru lupta el predica." (Quoting 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos)
  • Regina Margareta a Danemarcii:

    "Noi am fost provocati de islam acesti ani. Gloal ca si local. Este o provocare pe care trebuie sa o luam in serios. Noi am permis sa lasam aceasta problema sa pluteasca prea mult timp pentru ca suntem prea toleranti si lenesi. Noi trebuie sa aratam opozitia noastra islamului si noi avem acum o perioada riscanta, hotarata, etichetata pusa pe noi pentru ca acolo cateva lucruri pentru care noi trebuie sa ne expunem si sa nu toleram. Si cand noi suntem toleranti, noi trebuie sa stim sa infrunteam pentru convenienta ((pentru ca e usor) sau convingere (pentru ca noi sa ne convingem)."
  • Regele Ibn Saud, Arabia Saudita

    “Verily, the word of Allah teaches us, and we implicitly believe it, that for a Muslim to KILL A JEW, or for him to be killed by a Jew, ensures him immediate entry into Heaven and into the august presence of Allah.” (1937) -Foarte, lumea lui Allah ne invata pe noi, si noi implicit credem, asta pentru musulmani sa UCIDA UN EVREU, sau pentru el sa fie ucis de un evreu, ii asigura lui imediat intrarea in Rai si intrarea in august in prezemta lui Allah (1937)- “The Democratic system that is predominant in the world is not a suitable system for the peoples of our region…….The system of free election is NOT suitable to our country.” -Sistimul democratie este predominant in lume nu este un sistem potrivit pentru lumea din regiunea noastra. Sistemul de alegeri libere nu este potrivit pentru tara noastra-
  • Profetul Muhamed spune :

    ”No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir” (infidel) - "Nu musulmani trebuie sa fie ucisi pentru uciderea kafirului (infidelitatii)" Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol 9:50 ... “Daca musulmanii delibereaza crima, alti musulmani cad sub legea vendeta si trebuie legal sa fie pusi la moarte de rudele apropiate. Dar daca un nemusulman care moare in mainile musulmanilor trebuie oproape toata viata sa fie de obicei nemusulman, penaltiul cu moartea nu este valid. In loc ca musulmanii sa fie criminali, artrebui sa plateasca cu bine si trebuies pedepsiti cu bicuire ... De cand islamul a considerat nemusulmanii ca pe un nivel micsorat al credintei si convigerii, daca un musulman ucide un nemusulman atuci pedeapsa lui trebuie sa nu fie una cu moartea, de cand lupta si convingerea care o poseda el este mareata atungi asta este de la barbatul nimicilor … Islam si poporul sa fie pe deasupra infideli si niciodata sa nu permita nemusulmanilor sa dobandeasca barea Domnului pentru ei.” — Sultanhussein Tabandeh, A Muslim Commentary on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, F. J. Goulding, translator, London, 1970.
  • Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:

    “Turcii sint o natiune buna chiar dinainte ca ei sa adopte islamul. Adeasta religie nu ajuta arabii, iranienii, egiptenii si altele sa uneasca cu turcii intr-o natiune. Transformarea a stabilit turcii in relatiile nationale; a amortit nationalitatea turceasca sentimental si entuziasmal. Acesta a fost natural pentru Mohamedaism care a fost bazat pe nationalism inaintea tuturor nationalitatilor” 1930s Primul Ministru turc, Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Minaretii sint sabiile noastre, soarte sint vindecarea, moscheele sint casele noastre, credinciosii sint soldatii nostrii. 1999
  • Ce Spune Musulmanii ‘Moderat’ :

    Profesorul M A din indonezia Universitatea islamica Syarif Hidayatullah: “Este adevarat ca acolo este certitudine islamica perceputa care nu este compatibila cu drepturile omului universale” In islamic Malaezia “moderat”: numai musulmanii sunt ca cetatenii malaezieni. Noiembrie 2007: Profesorul malaezian Mohamed Hashim Kamali, in Maldive pentru ca a sfatuit in amendamentul din constitutie, a spus clar ca idea ca ‘nimenii nu poate fi cetatean Maldivian, cu exceptia musulmanilor’ este 100% islamic.
  • [EX-Algerian President] Houari Boumedienne :

    In 1974 spoke before the General Assembly of the United Nations : "One day millions of men will leave the southern hemisphere of this planet to burst into the northern one. But not as friends. Because they will burst in to conquer, and they will conquer by populating it with their children. Victory will come to us from the wombs of our women." -In 1974, a vorbit Generalul Assembly al Natiunilor Unite: "O data milioane de barbati vor pleca din emisfera sudica a planetei sa explodeze in emisfera nordica. Dar nu ca prieteni. Pentru ca ei vor exploda ca sa cucereasca, si ei vor cuceri inmultindu-se cu copii lor. Victoria va veni la noi din pantecele femeilor noastre-
  • More Quotations from Prominent Muslims :

    Curtea suprema a Pakistanului, Muhammad Taqi Usmani : “Musulmanii trebuie sa traiasca LINISTITI in tari ca Marea Britanie, unde lor le trebuie libertate sa practice islamismul, NUMAI pana cand castiga destula putere sa se angreneze in lupta. Jihadul (agresiv) este legal si permisibil impotriva nemusulmanilor din tarile generoase care au permis predica islamului. Chiar in aceste zile (de Muhamad) AGRESIUNE JIHADULUI ESTE AMENTITATA … pentru ca a fost SINCER COMANDATA PENTRU STABILITATE SI GRANDOARE DE RELIGIA LUI ALLAH.” Saudi cleric, Sheikh Saleh al-Fozan : “There are no, neither will be, any liberal muslims. When there are muslims hoping for liberal islam, they can forget it. Liberal islam goes against the will of allah”

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Intifada Musulmani in Paris

Posted by antikafirphobia on November 28, 2007

More Muslim Rioting in Paris, 27/11/2007 :

Rioting broke in one of Paris’s tinder box suburban housing estates for two nights now after two [Muslim] young boys were killed when their moped collided with a police car. The boys who died were said by locals to be “aged between 12 and 13”. Police insisted that their car had not been chasing the boys, and that the officer driving suffered facial injuries in the incident, which happened soon after dusk.

The scenes are reminiscent of the disturbances in 2005 which led to two months of serious [Muslim] rioting across much of France.

Just kids protesting about marginalisation ? 

The rioting youths in France have injured more than 130 police officers, several seriously, with some youths vowing to continue until there are deaths. Of the six in serious condition, four were hurt as a result of gunfire. One of the four lost an eye and another officer’s shoulder was shattered by a bullet after some of the youths used hunting shotguns as well as more conventional guns, firebombs and rocks.

“We are sitting targets,” said Sophie Bar, a local police officer who stood guard outside. “They were throwing rocks at us and it was impossible to see where they came from. They just came raining over the roof.”

Molotov cocktails were thrown, and cars and plastic bins set on fire following the tragedy in Tolinette, a notoriously crime-ridden district of Villiers-le-Bel, some 20 miles north of the centre of the French capital.

One police station was set alight and another, in a neighbouring suburb, was ransacked after youths threw cocktails, and set bins alight and upturned cars.

  Jean-François Illy, a regional police chief, came face to face with a mob of immigrant youths armed with baseball bats, iron bars and shotguns. What happened next has sickened the nation. As Illy tried to reassure the gang that there would be an investigation into the deaths of two teenagers whose motorbike had just collided with a police car, he heard a voice shouting: “Somebody must pay for this. Some pigs must die tonight!”

The 43-year-old commissaire realised it was time to leave, but that was not possible: they set his car ablaze. He stood as the mob closed in on him, parrying the first few baseball bat blows with his arms. An iron bar in the face knocked him down.

“I tried to roll myself into a ball on the ground,” said Illy from his hospital bed. He was breathing with difficulty because several of his ribs had been broken and one had punctured his lung.

Police union officials expressed concern that the violence was more severe than the fighting that had occurred in the Paris suburbs in 2005. “The violence over the last days has been worse than two years ago in terms of its intensity,” Mr. Debuire said.

The violence had grim echoes of the disturbances which followed the electrocution of two youths in a sub-station as they fled police in the nearby suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois in late 2005. It directly led to two months of serious rioting across France, with a state of emergency being declared.

The good old times in PARIS -October 2005 :

Paris Burning for two months, just after the holy month of Ramadhan 2005 … Quran 9:5 When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful. 


Ishaq:587 “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established. And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

Ishaq:576 “Allah and His servant overwhelmed every coward. Allah honored us and made our religion victorious. We were glorified and destroyed them all. “

Cost of 20 days Muslim rioting : 10,000 cars torched, 3,800 attacks on police officers ; 130 police officers wounded; some 100 factories and industrial buildings vandalized and/or set ablaze; the same thing happened to some 100 schools, kindergartens, sports centers and (other) government buildings, as well as to at least 13 Christian cemetaries, chapels and churches, plus at least 4 Jewish centers and synagogues. There was also one attempt to set fire to a mosque. Three people were murdered: 56-year old Jean-Claude Irvoas was beaten to death in front of his wife and child, and 61-year old Jacques Le Chenadec was kicked to death when he tried to extinguish a burning dustbin in front of the apartment block where he lived, an African woman burnt to death in the bus torched by peaceful Muslims.

Jihad in Eropa caused by poverty and marginalisation ?


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Intifada Musulmani in Brussel

Posted by antikafirphobia on November 28, 2007

Ramadhan Rioting in Brussel, October 2007

Tonight (Wednesday evening) heavy rioting erupted in Turkish quarters of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Buses and trams were attacked. Several cars were torched and shops destroyed. Police forces were unable to restore law and order in the boroughs of Sint-Joost-ten-Node and Schaarbeek where since last Sunday the animosity among Turks is running high. Turkish flags are omnipresent. In some streets the Turkish crescent and star adorns almost every house.default.jpg (in Dutch language)

The events in Brussels indicate that in admitting large numbers of immigrants Belgium has also imported the ethnic quarrels of the Middle East.

At least 100 people have been arrested and several cars have been set ablaze. The police is out in full force with about 200 policemen and a water cannon, charging in from time and time and following groups of youth among the evening traffic.

April 1, 2007: Tensions between Turks and Kurds

February, 2007 : Tension between Sunnis & Shiites

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Intifada Musulmani in Anglia

Posted by antikafirphobia on November 28, 2007


 London, anti cartoon demo, 2006

Remember Burnley, UK, 2001:

Remember Oldham, UK, 2001 :

BRADFORD, UK, 2002 :


And whenever you jail them, their ladies will always quicky lend their support :

Remember recently : the Scotland/Glasgow bombing, June 2007

And the failed Airline Terror plot to bomb UK aircrafts flying to the US :

 Heightened security on every airport in the world : This is the reason why every soul on earth, including romanians, flying anywhere in the

world are not allowed to carry bottles containing liquid of more than 100 ml. A plot to blow up planes in flight from the UK to the US and commit “mass murder on an unimaginable scale” has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said. It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled in hand luggage on to as many as 10 aircrafts.  Police are searching premises after 21 people were arrested. Three US airlines are believed to have been targeted. Had the attack gone ahead it would have caused a loss of life of “unprecedented scale”.

Recently, the head of Interpol, Ronald K. Noble, was reported to have criticized Britain’s checks of travelers to the UK against its global database. Noble was reported to say: “We have the passport numbers, fingerprints and photos of more than 11,000 suspected terrorists on our database. But the UK does not check it against immigrants coming into the country or foreign nationals it has arrested. The guys detained last week [car bomb suspects] could be wanted, arrested or convicted anywhere in the world and the UK would not know.”

BASESCU, can we -Romanians – possibly handle onslaughts like these ?

  Remember : the London Bombing July 2005. Islam: a religion of peace ?  Muslims INSIST it is, and they show it proudly !! Just look at their latest London campaign.

It is so ironic that each time we see this, our teeth hurt and our stomachs churn !

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Femeile nu pot merge la universitate

Posted by antikafirphobia on November 22, 2007

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Pentru femeile olandeze care vor sa practice islamul, a fost editata o carte: “Femeile in islam”, publicata de Project Dien. Co-autoare este Janette Ploeger, care are legaturi cu scoala islamista Er-Riseleh.
Iata cateva lucruri sustinute in aceasta carte:

Femeile n-ar trebui sa intre in cladirile universitatilor. Orice sala unde se tin
cursuri, cinematografe sau mijloace de transport trebuie evitate pentru a impiedica atingerea accidentala de catre un barbat.

Femeile olandeze musulmane nu ar trebui sa se asemene celor necredincioase nici
in modul in care se imbraca
. Pentru ca a se imbraca asemeni lor ar insemna sa fie ca ele. Femeile din islam trebuie sa priveasca in jos si sa nu se machieze. Numai fata si mainile pot fi la vedere in public. Ele nu au voie sa poarte pantaloni, nimic prea modern sau dragut. Ele nu pot da mana cu barbatii cu exceptia cazului cand exista o batista in mainile lor si se spala pe maini imediat ce s-au salutat astfel. Cine nu indeplineste aceste cerinte nu se poate astepta numai la o pedeapsa ingrozitoare, in focul iadului.

Versete :

… o femei imbracata nu trebuie se arate ca barbatii. “Profetul a condamnat barbatii care imita femeile si femeile cara imita barbatii.”  

… nu trebuie sa arate ca necredinciosii. Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani spune ca orice asemanare cu necredinciosii trebuie sa fie indepartate, si la rugaciune, si la sarbatoare religoasa si in imbracaminte. Curanul spune putin, dar Sunnahul contine mai multe detalii. Unul din versete spune : “deci credinciosii nu trebuie sa arate ca necredinciosii asa ne da in scriptura inainte de asta …”’an.htm

Privitul este ilegal – si atinsul. Ilegal este sa privim, si ilegal este sa si atingem

Imam Hussein (a.s.) repete Profetul Islamului spune : “Orice femei care sa parfumeaza si pleaca de acasa este blestemate de ingerii si nu ia binecuventare dela Allah pana cand se intoarca acasa.”

‘Spune femeilor credintoase ca trebuie sa se uite in jos si nu trebuie sa arate goale.’ Cur’anul (24:30).

Aceasta este o carte pentru musulmanele practicante si pentru cele aspirante la convertirea la islam. Este o carte in care oprimarea femeilor este evidenta, o carte in care ele sunt aruncate in evul mediu, considerate inferioare barbatilor, aceasta pozitei contrazicand flagrant ideea egalitatii intre barbati si femei in lumea noastra moderna. Este cu atat mai trist ca pozitia lor inferioara promovata de islam este considerata de natura pozitiva.

Oricat de mult ar incerca asa numitii musulmani “moderati sau liberali” sa ne convinga ca nu acesta este adevaratul islam ar trebui sa-i intrebam pe ce se bazeaza si de ce aceasta acuzatie nu este directionata catre cei ca Project Dien.


Ali este jurnalist si scrie descrip positia femeilor in Arabia Saudita. Ali nespune :

“femeile nu pot conduce o masina, nici macar in jurul locuinte”
“femeile trebuie sa gateasca si sa stea acasa”
“femeile nu pot calatori singure”
“femeile nu pot da mana cu barbat strain”

Ali comentaza zambind :
“Noi, barbatii, le luam creierele si le pune in a le noastre. Noi gandim pentru ele.”
[Citit Coranul 2:282 : cuvintele unui barbat sunt egal cu doi femei. Cu alte cuvinte, inteligenta unei femei este la jumatatea unui barbat] 

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Intifada Musulmani in Amsterdam

Posted by antikafirphobia on November 7, 2007

Dispatch from the Eurabian Front, 23 October 2007

AMSTERDAM: Zonele urbane delicate ale Europei se multiplica. Sunt zonele unde politia nu are curajul sa mai mearga si unde islamistii detin puterea. In fiecare noapte inca de la inceputul saptamanii trecute, tineri emigranti au incendiat masini si s-au confruntat cu politia in districtul Slotervaart din Amsterdam. Incidentele au inceput pe 14 octombrie cand o politista l-a impuscat mortal pe Bilal Bajaka (nu photo), un tanar Marocan de 22 ani, dupa ce el a intrat intro circa de politie si a injunghiat-o pe aceasta si pe o colega de mai multe ori. Ele au avut rani pe piept, fata, gat si spate. Chirurgii de-abia au reusit sa le salveze viata. 

De la acest incident, Slotervaart a fost sub semnul revoltei. Marokanii din Amsterdam sunt ‘socati’ ca o femeie kuffar a ucis pe unul dintre ei. Potrivit familei lui, Bilal Bajaka avea probleme mentale si era obsedat de sinucidere. Ahmed Marcouch, primarul socialist de origine Marokana a Slotervaartului a criticat autoritatile Olandeze pentru lipsa de ingrijire medicala potrivita pentru problemele mentale ale lui Bajaka.

Totusi el era prietenul personal al lui Mohammed Bouyeri, jihadistul care l-a sacrificat ritualic pe regizorul Olandez anti Islamist, Theo van Gogh in 2004. Atacul lui Bilal a avut loc exact la doi ani dupa arestarea fratelui lui Abdullah Bajaka, liderul unui complot de a distruge un Boeing al companiei israeliene (EL AL) in aeroportul Amsterdam. Familia lui Bilal nu este de loc de origini umile. Una dintre surori este doctorita, alta judecatoare.


Mohammed Bouyeri, van Gogh’s killer

Theo van Gogh, lying dead in the street

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Despre cum Sauditii impiedica exprimarea libera in Occident

Posted by antikafirphobia on November 7, 2007
Larna Farhat-Holzman: Lupta impotriva jihadului urmarind provenienta banilor investiti

[How the Saudis stifle free speech in the West.
Laina Farhat-Holzman: Fighting jihad by following the money]

October 21, 2007

Aproape imediat dupa atacurile de la 11 Sept 2001, Statele Unite a inceput sa caute sursa fondurilor pentru a descoperi cine finanteaza jihadul si cum se transmit acesti bani. A fost inceputul unui lung proces inca in desfasurare care continua sa intalneasca multe obstacole.

Unul dintre aceste obstacole este miliardarul Saudit, Khalid bun Mahfouz, care a dat in judecata sau a amenintat sa o faca cu 36 autori care l-au identificat pe el ca finantatorul principal al haosului islamist. El s-a folosit de tribunalele britanice pentru ce Anglia are legi impotriva defaimarii care favorizeaza drepturile individuale mai mult decat pe cele publice. Mahfouz a reusit sa impiedice vanzarea unui numar de carti care ar fi expus fundatiile de caritate si banca lui Saudita personala ca suporter al al-Qaeda si alte organizatii teroriste. Cand el da in judecata un autor tribunalele britanice impun daune, scuze publice si distrugerea tuturor copiilor cartii respective.

This apparently happened to J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins, who wrote a scholarly compendium, “Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2006. They yielded to the court and most copies of their book vanished. Amazon and Barnes & Noble both list the book as “unavailable.

Asta s-a intamplat cu J. Millard Burr si Robert O. Collins care au scris un compendiu, “Donatii pentru Jihad: Caritate si Terorisme in Lumea Islamica,” publicat de Cambridge in 2006. Majoritatea copiilor cartilor a disparut. Amazon si Barnes & Nobles prezinta cartea ca “epuizata din stoc.”

Aceasta carte [una dintre cele 36 de carti cu acelasi subiect foarte greu de gasit], prezinta o harta a asociatilor de caritate musulmane, prezinta lideri si incotro se indreapta banii. Sunt specificate nume si banii sunt urmariti in Aghanistan, Sudan, Balkani, Rusia, Asia Centrala, Asia de Sud-est, Tara Sfanta, Europa [pentru islamisare] si Amerika de Nord. Aceasta carte este stiintifica detaliata dar in niciun caz senzationala.

Din fericire, nu fiecare autor este pasiv ca Californienii Burr & Collins. O femeie, Rachel Ehrenfeld, autoarea “Investitii in Rau: Cum este Finantat Terorismul si Cum sa il Oprim”, a intimpinat acelasi impediment: un proces intentat de Khalid bin Mahfouz. Ea a pierdut in tribunalele britanice, care au penalizat-o cu $225,900 si i-au impus sa isi ceara scuze in public si sa distruga cartea. Ea a refuzat sa recunoasca jurisdictia tribunalului britanic si decizia lui si adus cazul intrun tribunal american, stiind ca poate apara continutul cartii ei in fata lui Mahfouz.

Ea a castigat procesul pentru ca decizia britanica ii viola drepturile stipulate de Primul Amendament (dreptul la exprimare libera). Ca rezultat cazul va fi audiat din nou din cauza implicatiilor asupra tuturor autorilor si editorilor din Statele Unite al caror drept la libera exprimare din primul amendament sunt amenintate de regulile in privinta calomniei. Cazul va fii audiat pe 15 Noiembrie.

Asa cum Ehrenfeld spunea: suntem in razboi cu niste inamici enorm de bogati si hotarati. Trebuie sa ii impiedicam sa-si foloseasca averea uriasa in scopul de a-i opri pe autorii Americani in incercarea lor de a le expune faptele ce ne ameninta siguranta si libertatea.”

Laina Farhat-Holzman is a historian, lecturer and author. You may contact her at or

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Regele Saudit huiduit in timpul vizitei sale controversate in Europa

Posted by antikafirphobia on November 7, 2007
October 30, 2007

LONDON: Un protestatar costumat in regina Elizabeta II in timpul demonstratiei in drumul lui Abdullah II

Si Printul de Wales citind posterele ce denunta violarea drepturilor omului din Arabia Saudita

LONDON: Regele Abdullah II al Arabiei Saudite a fost intimpinat cu huiduieli inca dela inceputul vizitei sale de stat cand multi demonstranti au protestat in legatura cu nerespectarea drepturilor omului din Arabia Saudi.

Amnesty International arata ca o statistica Saudita oficiala mentionaza 3.000 de prizonieri politici retinuti fara proces in statul Arab. Discriminarea si ura impotriva ne-musulmanilor, homosexualilor, femeilor, decapitarile, taiarea mainilor si executarea fostilor musulmani, sunt fenomene normale in Arabia Saudita.

Guvernul Saudit condamna al Qaeda dar asta nu a dus la oprirea extremismului intolerantei si ideologiei Wahhabi din intreaga lume.

4 tractate publicate de ministerul Islamic de externe au fost prezentate musulmanilor britanici in 1998 de catre Regele Fahd, predecesorul actualului monarh. Ele au fost produse in numar mare si distribuite gratis.

Unul numit Credinte Corecte si Incorecte a fost gasit la multe moschee si afirma ca Musulmanii care si-au parasit credinta trebuie ucisi. Sangele unuia care a renuntat la credinta lui trebuie varsat.

Alt tractat Saudit intitulat Avertizare in Legatura cu Femeile Musulmane, ataca pozitia femeilor care vor sa lucreze in afara propriei case.

King Abdullah and  the Queen : luckily Her Majesty does not follow Islamic law.

Pope meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (to be translated)
VATICAN CITY, November 6, 2007: Pope Benedict XVI lauded the contributions of Christians in Saudi Arabia — a country that embraces a strict version of Islam, restricts worship by other faiths and bans Bibles and crucifixes — in the first meeting ever between a pope and reigning Saudi king.

Benedict and the Vatican’s No. 2 official raised their concerns during separate meetings with King Abdullah, the protector of Islam’s holiest sites.

The Vatican counts 890,000 Catholics, mainly guest workers from the Philippines, among the estimated 1.5 million Christians in Saudi Arabia. Christians (or any non-Muslims) are barred from opening churches in the desert kingdom where Islam’s holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, are located.

“The Vatican authorities expressed their hope for the prosperity of all the inhabitants of the country, and mention was made of the positive and industrious presence of Christians,” said the Vatican communique on the meetings referring in diplomatic language to the religious plight of non-Muslims in the kingdom.

Benedict greeted the king warmly, grasping both his hands before heading into 30 minutes of private talks in his library. At the end of the meeting, Abdullah presented Benedict with a traditional Middle Eastern gift — a golden sword studded with jewels — and a gold and silver statue of a palm tree and a man riding a camel. The pope admired the statue but merely touched the sword.

Islam is the official religion of Saudi Arabia and the kingdom requires all Saudi citizens to be Muslims. Only Muslims can visit the cities of Mecca and Medina.

A fatwa issued on July 3, 2000 by The Permanent Council for Scholarly Research and Religious Legal Judgment, an organ of the Saudi Ministry of Religious Endowments, forbidding the construction of non-Muslim houses of worship in Muslim countries

“All religions other than Islam are heresy and error. Any place designated for worship other than [that of] Islam is a place of heresy and error, for it is forbidden to worship Allah in any way other than the way that Allah has prescribed in Islam. The law of Islam (shari’a) is the final and definitive religious law. It applies to all men and jinns and abrogates all that came before it. This is a matter about which there is consensus.”Those who claim that there is truth in what the Jews say, or in what the Christians say – whether he is one of them or not – is denying the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad’s sunna and the consensus of the Muslim nation… Allah said: ‘The only reason I sent you was to bring good tidings and warnings to all [Koran 34:28]’; ‘Oh people, I am Allah’s Messenger to you all [Koran 7:158]’; ‘Allah’s religion is Islam [3:19]’; ‘Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him [3:85]’; ‘The unbelievers from among the people of the Book [i.e. Jews and Christians] and the polytheists are in hellfire and will be [there] forever. They are the worst of all creation… [98:6].’

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