Muslims mark prayerful holiday at Angel Stadium
By MATT HANLON / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
ANAHEIM – Beneath the shadows of Angel Stadium, the morning was not so typical – as 15,000 Muslims on tidy rows of woven prayer mats stretching from the infield to deep center field bent forward quietly in prayer, most wearing brightly colored robes and hijabs.
Muslims from across Orange County flocked to the stadium to celebrate Eid al-Adha with prayer followed by the khutba, or the sermon, beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The event, held for the second consecutive year at the stadium, was organized and funded by the three largest mosques in Orange County: the Islamic Center of Irvine, the Islamic Institute of Orange County in Anaheim and the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove. [Can you say “Muslim Brotherhood”?]
Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, celebrates Prophet Abraham’s obedience to God to sacrifice his only son, Ishmael. The Quran details Abraham and Ishmael’s willingness to obey God and how their faith is ultimately rewarded; God stops Abraham as he is about to kill Ishmael, [you all got that, right? Ishmael, not Isaac. See, Allah was here before God, and the Jews and Christians have been hiding that story all along and corrupting Allah’s word, therefore Allah finally got fed up enough to get the word right and appointed Muhammad (he of the “last and best prophet” title) to bring the real word of Islam to the world] telling him to instead sacrifice a sheep.
“The festival of sacrifice is to commemorate what Prophet Abraham did and also realize that we need to make our own sacrifices in life,” said Shaykh Mustafa Umar, Islamic Institute of Orange County’s director of education and outreach who helped organize the event. “So it reminds us that we have a connection to Abraham and we have to make our own sacrifices.”
The holiday also marks the end of Hajj, the annual period when millions of Muslims make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha through prayer, sacrifice of a sheep, goat or cow, and an exchange of gifts with friends and family members; families who are financially able sacrifice an animal each of the three days following the Eid al-Adha, and share the meat with the poor.
The event will likely not be held at Angel Stadium next year because Eid al-Adha falls on October 4, 2014, during baseball season. If that’s the case, the three Islamic centers will not co-host an Eid, because there is no other venue large enough in Orange County, Umar said. [Oh, I can see it now: Orange County is about to get pummeled with permission requests for planning and building the US’s most gigantic mosque!]
“Our Holy Pilgrimage will be Complete Once We Have Killed You, Ripped Out Your Hearts and Raped Your Women.”
[Blue is Greenfield. Black is a newspaper article.] Muslims in America are trained to spend a lot of time complaining about Islamophobia. But some Muslims from Dearbornistan only learned what the real thing was when they made their pilgrimage to Mecca. Like so many Dearbornies, they were Shiites. And Saudi Arabia is a Sunni country.
A group of Americans visiting Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj were threatened and attacked earlier this week on Oct. 16 by a radicalized group of extremists. When they encountered a group that identified themselves as not only Americans, but also as Shiite Muslims, they were threatened and attacked by the group of men, who were apparently armed with knives and other blades.
In continuing the assault, the men also shouted “We’re going to do Karbala [essentially the Hatfield/McCoy feud that began the Shi’a/Sunni split way back on October 10, 680 — Dorrie] all over again.” The Americans fled the tent area, which the Saudi government had specifically designated for American and European pilgrims. During the escape, many of the group, almost entirely U.S. citizens and mostly hailing from Dearborn, Michigan suffered bruises (in one case, due to an attempted strangulation), concussions, broken bones, and black eyes.
During the attack, the men reportedly shouted “Our [holy pilgrimage] will be complete once we have killed you, ripped out your hearts and eaten them, and [then] raped your women.”
Nothing says Holy Pilgrimage like a little heart-eating and woman-raping. And who are we to judge their heart-eating rape culture anyway? Radicalized extremists? So that must mean that the heart-eaters and rapists weren’t representative of the moderate Saudi population and government in general.
Victims of the attack reported that nearby police refused to take action, and in some cases were openly laughing at the attack. The Americans approached other officers, including one described as a “lieutenant with stars on his shoulder pads.” They reported the attack and showed police video footage of the attack taken on cell phones. The “lieutenant” confiscated the phones and immediately deleted the videos in front of onlookers. Without comment, he returned the phones to their owners and left.
It’s almost like the Saudi population and government is a bunch of radicalized extremists. But we all know that’s impossible.
“I personally thought it was the end,” said one of the victims of this attack, a dentist from Michigan, not wishing to be identified for fear of reprisal from the Saudi police or other extremists.
So the Saudi police are now “extremists”? Doesn’t that mean the entire Saudi system is “extremist”?
The attackers are believed to be of the Salafi sect, more popularly known as Wahhabis, who are often associated with strong anti-Shiite viewpoints. Critics believe that many of Al-Qaeda’s members subscribe to the Salafi belief system.
Really? There are Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia; a Wahhabi country? I’m shocked. So that’s only a tiny minority of twenty million extremists.
Members of the group also turned to the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia for assistance, but were told help could only be provided if members of the group had died in the attacks.
Non-Saudis turning to the US embassy whose sole task is to funnel Saudis into the United States at the directive of a State Department that asks how high every time the Saudis tell it to jump. Surprising that didn’t go well. In countries run by our “moderate” oil-rich allies, the US embassy is every bit as helpful as the local authorities. That is unless you’re a Saudi with terrorist ties looking for a visa to the US.
This incident is the latest in a string of attacks against Westerners in Saudi Arabia. In different incidents in past years, Shi’ite Imams from the United States and Canada were either assaulted or arrested for complaining about assaults. The previous incidents, as well as this week’s attack, all required medical treatments.
And if Shiites owned Mecca and were a majority in the region, then Sunnis would be treated about as well. Human rights and separation of mosque and state are alien notions in the Muslim world. Whoever has the most power kicks around everyone else. That’s what the Syrian Civil War is really about. The Dearbornies might have gotten away from all that in the United States, but instead they’ve chosen to push Islamization, which perpetuates the same conflicts that they found in Saudi Arabia.