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Campaigning group Human Rights Watch has petitioned King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to halt the execution by beheading of a "witch" who in 2006 was convicted of "witchcraft, recourse to jinn [supernatural beings], and slaughter of animals". Fawza Falih Muhammad Ali is currently languishing in Quraiyat Prison having "exhausted …

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Alien

Djinni

JonB writes:

> Of course, if you're a muslim you know that jinn don't exist - for there is

> only one god. Therefore she can't possibly be guilty of recoursing to them,

> because they aren't there.

Not so, Jon. Have a look at the Q'ran; it's full of them. Allah made Adam out of a lump of clay, but made djinni out of "smokeless fire". (The word is usually transliterated as "djinn", plural "djinni", hence the "genies" that pop out of lamps and jars in the Tales of the Arabian Nights.) According to the Q'ran, shooting stars are bolts hurled by Allah to deter djinni who stray too close to heaven.

Folk belief in djinni is widespread in North Africa and the Middle East. An English author recently wrote a book about his experiences of doing up a house in Morocco. All the local workers were terrified of the djinni who they assumed would have taken up residence while the house was empty, and placated them with offerings of food, even going so far as to drop raw chicken down the well and making the whole family very ill.

Djinni can be helpful or mischievous, unlike angels, who run errands for Allah and cannot do other than obey His will. The Q'ran was dictated to the Prophet Mohammed by the archangel Jibreel (Gabriel in western traditions).

I asked Ed Hussain, author of the "The Islamist", at a book-signing, if he believed in djinni. He declined to be drawn directly, but did say that he believed in "spiritual beings".

("Alien", since I've no idea what a djinn looks like.)

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Don't be too smug

Sure the Saudis are barbarians, but Western so-called civilization has nothing to be proud of these days. Just when it seemed that Reason was going to have a change Superstition dragged the world back to the dark ages. Anyone that believes in any version of the Invisibleskydaddy is mentally defective and should be sterilized for the betterment of the species.

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Jobs Horns

And folks think.......

And folks there we're still in the dark ages. I guess the judges and torchorers must be glad the "witch" so graciously didn't put a spell on them.

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Land of make believe

Just imagine for a moment, if we were to follow the recent well-thought-out suggestion of introducing Shirah law to Britain (after all, the Arch Bishop should have a say in all important decisions affecting this country and he should be free to suggest anything that pops into his little head). In 100 years or so when we give in to Islam, the country will be such a wonderful, happy and magical place.........

"you're living in a land of make believe, with elves and fairies and little frogs with funny green hats!" (Homer Simpson).

We would leave behind such evil things as computers, television and free health care. Woman would be back where they belong, devoid of rights, mere submissive slave meat. Men, who naturally cannot control their urges, would be saved from daily temptation by wrapping said woman head to toe in armour. Those Men who fall victim to their urges (may see an exposed ankle or something) and commit rape could then cover their tracks by organising a charity stoning or a even a burning depending on the time of day.

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