Sampling Islam: The Farag Foda Case
Editor’s Note: Samples do give the consumer a flavor of the actual product. Below is a “sample” of Islam. The late Egyptian thinker who meant to harm no one, but expressed his views about things, provides us a flavor of the actual product; Islam.
Farag Foda (Egyptian Arabic: فرج فوده, IPA: [ˈfɑɾˤɑɡ ˈfoːdæ]), also Faraj Fawda, (1946 – June 8 1992) was an important Egyptian thinker, human rights activist, writer, and columnist.
Based in Cairo, he was noted for his critical articles and sharp satires about Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt. In many newspaper articles, he demonstrated weak points in Islamic ideology. Among other things he exposed Egypt’s most popular preacher, Abd al-Hamid Kishk, for “telling his audience that Muslims who entered paradise would enjoy eternal erections and the company of young boys draped in earrings and necklaces,” and promising them “an eternity of blissful pederasty.”
Before his death, Farag Foda was declared an apostate and foe of Islam. An Al-Azhar scholar, Mohammad Al-Ghazali, a witness before the court, declared it was not wrong to kill a foe of Islam. Al-Ghazali said: “The killing of Farag Foda was in fact the implementation of the punishment against an apostate which the imam (the state) has failed to implement (undertake).”
One of Foda’s killers, Abd al-Shafi Ahmad Ramadhan, was sentenced to death on 30 December 1993 and executed on 26 February 1994]. The other was executed for another murder.
Books of Farag Foda: All in Arabic with no translations in Sight:
- “Before The Fall” – 1st Print 1985. 2nd Print 1995
- “Discussion on Secularism” – 1st Print 1993. 2nd Print 2005
- “The Warning” -1st Print 1989. 2nd Print 2005
- “The Played With” – 1st Print 1985. 2nd Print 2004
- “We Be or Not to Be” – 1st Print 1988. 2nd Print 2004
- “Pleasure Marriage” – 1st Print 1990. 2nd Print 2004
- ^ Judith Miller, God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting From a Militant Middle East 
- ^ Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), `FARAJ FAWDA, or the cost of Freedom of Expression`, see par. THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST FAWDA
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