I would like to formally welcome two new newly naturalised Bahrainis to the fold:
Wagdi Ghoneim, the respected Muslim preacher, ex-Egyptian and ex-Ministry of Finance accountant and ex-scholar of Al-Azhar University who has wrongly been thrown out of The Great Satan, refused entry into Canada and has had to endure the humiliation of a strip search in 1998 (not sure if he enjoyed that, the report doesn’t elaborate, but as he asked for financial compensation, I guess not too much) and on top of all that a real Muslim hero for calling a spade a spade, as in people blowing themselves up as martyrs and Jews as pigs and monkeys and all that colourful stuff.
He should feel comfortable enough here with our excellent health care especially as the poor sole suffers from hypertension and heart problems. May Allah give you strength Wagdi.
He will sure add to the cultural mix that we call home, I hope he relaxes here with his seven children (1998 count, maybe the brood has increased since then, I don’t know) and (one? only one?) wife.
The other newly naturalised and now fellow Bahraini is Salah Soltan, who now holds the position of being a high-level consultant at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs whose “vision” in his online resumÃ© is described as a fervent hope “To live happily. To die as a martyr.” What courage!
Uh, okay. I hope his presence in Bahrain will delay that eventuality, but if acceleration is actually required – it is a grandiose vision after all – he might have chosen to reside about 400 or so miles to the north of these islands.
He seemingly is more than adequate for that consultant position though, the list of qualifications are quite impressive and I must admit that I am jealous; how can a person so young gather so many pieces of colourful paper? I wish I had half his energy to pursue one quarter of those certificates. I am sure the minister will find him quite valuable in forming and formulating modern Shari’a laws, especially as it seems that the country is moving fast toward the Islamic Kingdom of Bahrain utopia and his services will be more than needed in that regard.
I am glad that the Bahraini government not only bagged such a talent, but made him a fellow Bahraini too! I am thrilled at sharing a neighbourhood with the good gentleman any time.
These naturalisations are good for our country and I don’t even mind especially bending the constitution just a teeny bit in order to achieve the honour of having these good gentlemen amongst us.
Welcome to your new home guys!
update 8May07: According to Al-Wasat this morning, it seems that Wagdi’s passport application is still pending. I am fairly sure that he will receive the honour of becoming a Bahraini pretty soon.