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Sodomy for Jihad or Islamophobic Hoax?

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Sodomy for Jihad or Islamophobic Hoax?

The Sodomy for Jihad hoax is making rounds all across the looniverse, on hate sites like Jihad Watch, Frontpage Magazine, and Winds of Jihad. Canada’s right wing Sun News also published the story and featured commentary from the ubiquitous native informant, Tarek Fatah.

The story even made its way onto an well-known U.S. based national gay and lesbian news magazine before it was debunked by the Electronic Intifada.

Sodomy for jihad? Venerable LGBT magazine The Advocate spreads vile Islamophobic hoax

by Benjamin Doherty

Screenshot from The Advocate article The Religious Exemption: Sodomy for Suicide Bombers that shows a photo collage with an erroneous caption.

Note: This post contains a translation of a sexually explicit and defamatory joke targeting Muslims

The Advocate, an important US-based national gay and lesbian news magazine, has published a homophobic, racist, sectarian and Islamophobic hoax as if it is actual news.

An article headlined “The Religious Exemption: Sodomy for Suicide Bombers” by Advocate.com editor Lucas Grindley published 12 July 2012 makes the following astonishing claim:

Suicide bombers were allowed to ask fellow militants for anal sex so it would be easier to hide explosives in their rectums — at least according to a researcher at a conservative think tank.

Raymond Ibrahim, a fellow at the conservative David Horowitz Freedom Center, said he’s found a 2010 Arab news video in which a Muslim cleric is caught explaining why sodomy is permissible if part of “martyrdom operations.”

“Is it permissible for me to let one of the jihadi brothers sodomize me to widen my anus if the intention is good?” someone asks cleric Abu al-Dema al-Qasab, according to Ibrahim’s account.

Although the cleric reminds everyone that sodomy is forbidden, he offers an exception.

“Jihad comes first,” he said, according to Ibrahim’s translation, “for it is the pinnacle of Islam, and if the pinnacle of Islam can only be achieved through sodomy, then there is no wrong in it.”

Origins of a Hoax

This claim reported by The Advocate is pure nonsense. It is a hoax purveyed by someone affiliated with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an extreme right-wing organization whose founder and namesake is well-known for uncivil and racist attacks on liberal, progressive and leftist political groups.

The Advocate’s source is Raymond Ibrahim, a fellow at the Horowitz Center and at the Middle East Forum, who claimed that the religious directive was contained in a “2010 Arabic news video that aired on Fadak TV” and was advice given to Abdullah Hassan al-Asiri, who blew himself up in an attempt to assassinate Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayif in 2009. Some press reports stated that al-Asiri had carried explosives in his rectum.

In his post on the Gatestone Institute, Ibrahim elaborates:

Apparently a cleric, one Abu al-Dema al-Qasab, informed al-Asiri and other jihadis of an “innovative and unprecedented way to execute martyrdom operations: place explosive capsules in your anus. However, to undertake this jihadi approach you must agree to be sodomized for a while to widen your anus so it can hold the explosives.”

This is the video he’s writing about.

To a non-Arabic speaker, it would be reasonable to believe that the person speaking in the video is “Abu al-Dema al-Qasab” because Ibrahim does not give any context to the video. Apparently The Advocate believed this, because it posted a screenshot of the man from the video next to a photo of al-Asiri with the following caption:

Cleric Abu al-Dema al-Qasab (left) reportedly said suicide bombers like Abdullah Hassan al-Asiri (right), who hid explosives in his rectum, were allowed anal sex.

However, the person in the video is Abdallah al-Khallaf, host of “The morals of the Prophets, Peace Be Upon Them,” a show broadcast on UK-based satellite channel Fadak TV whose target audience is Shia Muslims.

In the video, al-Khallaf tells the audience that he is going to read an item from a website called “Muntadayat Usud al-Sunna” (Lions of the Sunnah forums).

Al-Khallaf reads the item from the website as if it is real. He also characterizes the alleged protagonists as “Wahhabis.” It appears his intention is to incite his audience’s disgust at the supposed thinking and behavior of Wahhabi Sunni Muslims who, he suggests, will justify anything in pursuit of their goals.

“one Abu al-Dema al-Qasab”

I found the likely source that Abdallah al-Khallaf reads in the video. The Internet Archive includes a forum post from 28 August 2009 on montdiatna.com.

The text appears to be at best an extremely vulgar joke and at worst sectarian defamation. It is written in a style commonly used for stories in which both the teller and listener know it is a joke or fiction.

The Electronic Intifada has translated this text into English. Please be warned that it contains very explicit language and imagery:

It is said that the terrorist who blew himself up in an attempt to assassinate Prince Muhammad bin Nayif inserted capsules of explosives in his anus like suppositories.

It is said – only God knows – that before he acted, the terrorist asked a sheikh, that he intends to insert explosive capsules in his rectum, seeking jihad, in order to carry out jihad operations, in desire for virgins.

The terrorist asked the sheikh the question in the following way: Our Sheikh, May God give you martrydom and virgins in paradise. I want to carry out a martrydom operation and so I presented myself to “Sheikh Bloody Butcher” [Sheikh Abu al-Dema al-Qasab].

He told me we devised a completely new and unprecedented way for martyrdom operations and that is to put explosives in your rectum. And in order to train you for this method of jihad you must agree to be sodomized for a period in order that your anus will be widened such that your rectum can take the explosives.

And my question, God have mercy on you: Is it permitted to offer my anus to one of the mujahidin brothers if the intention is pure and the goal is to train for jihad, and to widen my rectum?

And the sheikh offered praise to God and said: In principle sodomy is forbidden and out of the question. Except that jihad comes first, it is the pinnacle of Islam. And if the pinnacle of Islam cannot be achieved except through sodomy then there is no wrong in it.

The jurisprudential rule says: necessity overcomes what is forbidden. And if the only way to carry out a duty is with a certain thing, then that thing becomes a duty, and there is no greater duty than jihad.

After you are sodomized you must ask forgiveness from God and praise him abundantly and you must be certain my son that on Judgment Day, God rewards the mujahidin according to their intentions, and your intention, God willing is the victory of Islam.

This text, or versions with slight variations, can be found on several other websites by searching for the name “Sheikh Abu al-Dema al-Qasab” in Arabic.

Several features identify this story as a tasteless joke, especially the name “Sheikh Abu al-Dema al-Qasab.” It translates to Sheikh Bloody Butcher. This is not a real person. The post is peppered with phrases like “it is said” and “only God knows” which indicate storytelling.

The Advocate’s ongoing Islamophobic crusade

The Advocate was a cornerstone of the LGBT civil rights movement, providing serious journalism and analysis since 1967 for a community that suffered discrimination and even violence as it struggled for legitimacy and recognition…

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15 Comments »

  1. What’s interesting is that EI seemed more upset about Islams association with sodomy then the religions association with suicide bombing.As for EI’s concern about The Advocates “Islamophobic Crusade” perhaps those associated with The Advocate oppose Islam because of the execution by hanging of homosexuals in Islamic countries such as Iran.

  2. Sounds like you have a problem with gays. The anti-Islam movement must be homophobic for opposing the Muslims who kill gays.

  3. In spite of the official anti gay stance, the word is that due to the general unavailability of women, there is a lot of male homosexuality, eg. Saudis being sods and use of little boys.

  4. Anon,

    I personally have interviewed at least 21 Muslim militants all of whom were in police custody. I came to know that they were pretty much sincere in their sadist mission. Therefore, they were not allowed to have sex with women, let alone men. Because, if they were caught doing so, they themselves would be executed by their comrades/superiors and believe me, that execution would not only be brutal but prolonged also so that the perpetrator receive more pain. Though the militants justify their crimes in the name of Islam, they never have the courage to engage in sex, be it with man or women, before they go on a mission.

    Now come to the Saudis. The Saudis are not humans, but truly a race of distorted, carnal pleasure seeking swine. They don’t consider other, particularly poor nations as humans. In the 1950s, they used to come to our country for help. Now with the discovery of oil, they consider themselves as superhumans and others as worms of the netherworld. So, I think you may give a second thought before mentioning Saudis as examples.

  5. Interviews with militants might make a good book. I think they are similar to the freebooter gangs of pirates and robbers that used to roam the world in centuries past. Then as now there was a thin crust of educated people and huge masses of ignorant rabble.

    The people fleeing Mali say that the men harassing them are a mixture of nations and tribes.

    The saudis are surely financing some of this.

  6. In order to maintain a theocracy one might need huge masses of ignorant rabble.

  7. If no one questions the accuracy of the translation I don’t know how it can be considered a hoax.

  8. What I meant was, the cleric and fatwa may be bullshit but Fadak TV is to blame. The way you describe things make it seem that the video was just invented by islamophobes.

  9. Its on Act for America page i am blocked from commenting on their i questioned this post on my sons account and he is blocked also now.They have a picture of some girls kneeling in prayer at a mosque during a field trip on their page now and they are going crazy.

  10. I try to understand this post but I can’t see past exploding homosexuals… Buttsecks sheesh.

  11. This is what happens in the Internet age: anybody can call himself an authority, and turn an obvious dirty joke into news.

  12. The internet also makes it easier to establish what is a joke and what is real.

  13. The internet means that nothing remains hidden anymore. There have been articles written about Saudi Arabia and the level of gay activity among the men there.Some have called Saudi Arabia the gay capital of the world. From The Atlantic magazine.

    The Kingdom in the Closet

    Gay courting in the kingdom is often overt—in fact, the preferred mode is cruising. “When I was new here, I was worried when six or seven cars would follow me as I walked down the street,” Jamie, a 31-year-old Filipino florist living in Jeddah, told me. “Especially if you’re pretty like me, they won’t stop chasing you.” John Bradley, the author of Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis (2005), says that most male Western expatriates here, gay or not, have been propositioned by Saudi men driving by “at any time of the day or night, quite openly and usually very, very persistently.”

    Many gay expatriates say they feel more at home in the kingdom than in their native lands. Jason, a South African educator who has lived in Jeddah since 2002, notes that although South Africa allows gay marriage, “it’s as though there are more gays here.” For Talal, Riyadh became an escape. When he was 17 and living in Da­mas­cus, his father walked in on him having sex with a male friend. He hit Talal and grounded him for two months, letting him out of the house only after he swore he was no longer attracted to men. Talal’s pale face flushed crimson as he recalled his shame at disappointing his family. Eager to escape the weight of their expectations, he took a job in Riyadh. When he announced that he would be moving, his father responded, “You know all Saudis like boys, and you are white. Take care.” Talal was pleased to find a measure of truth in his father’s warning—his fair skin made him a hit among the locals.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/05/the-kingdom-in-the-closet/5774/1/

  14. yes, it is definitely Soddy Arabia

  15. When they hanged 2 gay guys in Iran, one of them was asking why are we being hanged? Everybody’s doing it…

    See, this is what happens when you lock up or cover up women too much. Too much to expect chastity in most men.

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