hey relax… you’re in Bahrain!

I would like to formally welcome two new newly naturalised Bahrainis to the fold:

Wagdi Ghuneim

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.

latex glove - strip search coming up!

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.

Salah Sultan

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 resumé 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.

Salah does have friends in very high places though, and that might come very handy for the future of our country.

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.

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22 Comments
  • Barry
    7 May 2007

    If only we can get Pat Robertson, Fanatical Christian Preacher and apocalypse believer to get citizenship, you’ll have the other end of the rope in Religious Zealotry in Bahrain! I think that right there heralds the apocalypse.

    :angel:

  • Ehsan
    7 May 2007

    I notice the weirdest things, but if you open that resume in word, go to file->properties, you’ll find a pirated Office XP serial number under the company field. I guess it’s okay to steal from America.

  • Barry
    7 May 2007

    Ehsan: He not only wants to be a martyr, but a pirate. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, matey!

  • mahmood
    7 May 2007

    How do you know it’s pirated?

    This is so interesting and hope it doesn’t reflect badly on the good gentleman. I wouldn’t want Microsoft to go after a legal consultant for breaking international law, one which almost scuppered the Bahrain-USA FTA!

  • Ehsan
    7 May 2007

    A google search on the key shows that’s it’s a widely distributed pirate key. Of course there’s nothing to link it to his personal machine, he might have used a university computer where it’s common for network admins to install pirated versions.

  • Just me
    7 May 2007

    You complain when authorities naturalise celebrities like Asala who have made massive contributions to Bahrain; I mean she was in the middle of serving the people of the country when she was launching a perfume in the Hawaj store and an over-excited official popped out the pre-prepared passport and presented it to her. I for one was extremely proud, launching perfumes is high up on my list of noble endeavours that further the interests of the Bahraini civilisation.

    It is only natural now to couple celebrities’ contribution to our great civilisation with what wahabbi takfiris can offer our nation. Lets ask this Ghunaim what he thinks of Asala.

  • mahmood
    7 May 2007

    Bahraini civilisation

    !

    :ninja:

  • moodZ
    7 May 2007

    I have blogged about this just two days ago, thanks for bringing the issue up, the least we could do is to have our say about it..

    Salah Ali bluntly said that it’s an “honor for the country to have him naturalised ” not the other way around.

    I wonder what the public reaction would be if he was a Shia’a scholar instead of a fanatic muslim brotherhood ex-convict?

  • Abu Arron
    7 May 2007

    “honor for the country to have him naturalised ”

    Que?! Should it have read ‘natural for the country to have him honoured’ ??

    Fact is indeed stranger than fiction. :unsure:

  • M
    7 May 2007

    Well, America’s loss is Bahrain’s gain it seems; I am just heartbroken. :biggrin:

    Personally, I could give a rat’s ass about either of these clowns, but obviously someone in Bahrain does. The real shame is the people who have spent years in Bahrain and who have come to love the island that will never be allowed the same “benefits”.

  • F
    7 May 2007

    I don’t have enough informatoin on these gentlemen to pass on
    my views on them.

    However, I think our country should really put more effort on the selection process (background checks) for naturalisation.

  • Iris
    7 May 2007

    Sweet!

    It seems, mahmood, you will be living in interesting times.

  • excalamation mark
    8 May 2007

    ghunaim might be a good tool to use for sectarian tension ….

  • Sabbar
    8 May 2007

    1) 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.

    2) He should feel comfortable enough here with our excellent health care especially as the poor sole suffers from hypertension and heart problems.

    3) 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.

    4) 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.

    5) how can a person so young gather so many pieces of colourful paper?

    6) 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.

    7) 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.

    Is this some new hight in .. well… hate blogging?

  • Adore
    9 May 2007

    For the past few years, I have been going to the Fakhro mosque in Riffa for the Friday prayers. Unfortunately I’ve had to change my mosque because that bastard Wajdi started preaching there…all I could think about while listening to his sermon was “we have enough Bahrainiretardpreachers, why do we have this Egyptian, sorry, country-less (even Egypt doesn’t want him!) moron to come to our country and brainwash our simple-folk (which we have a lot of in Riffa).
    A bigger reason was the fact was that instead of having a clear mind for prayer, all I could think about while listening to his drivel were four letter obscenities which kinda defeats the purpose of going to the mosque.

    I sincerely hope the government thinks again before giving this bottom feeder a passport. We just cant keep accepting these two-faced hypocrites as our own anymore. Plus he’s bringing in his friends like that other terrorist you mentioned in the article.

    Cheesy as it may sound, seeing these things happen to my beloved country truly bothers me to no end, that our more deserving people are treated like second rate citizens in their own land is truly pathetic and something must be done to stop this wave of bringing in the lowest of the low and giving them something that they never dreamt of in their lives.

    P.S. Salah Ali is half Egyptian, coincidence?

    -Adore

  • Narissa Kapoor
    9 May 2007

    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.

    You misspelled soul

  • Anonymous
    9 May 2007

    You misspelled soul

    It’s “mis-spelled” if we’re going to be that picky.

  • Good night and good luck
    10 May 2007

    Barry! that’s a cracker! :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:

  • Anonymous
    12 May 2007

    Is this some new hight in .. well… hate blogging?

    No it isn’t and you know why. What is your agenda?Do you
    have an opinion of your own about these people?

  • Mohamed Al Mubarak
    12 May 2007

    Thanks Mahmood for bringing this up..

    Some years ago I listened to a taped lecture delivered by Wagdi here in Bahrain, and I was disgusted with his screaming and shouting and cursing. He is one of those hate mongers who preaches simple Muslims to hate and curse others..

    Now we have to welcome him as a fellow Bahraini, what a ….!!!!
    ..

  • AbuRasool
    31 August 2007

    Wagdi is hilarious 😀
    check this

  • Moshe
    26 November 2009

    hey Mahmood. Very Nice and Fancy blog.

    Check out the thread I opened on Salah Sultan on a politics forum 😉

    http://www.politicsforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=112682

    Best regards from Israel 😉
    Moshe.

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