The contrast of the romantic drippings of the apparently hugely popular dubbed Turkish soap GÃƒÂ¼mÃƒÂ¼s and the criminal bombings in that country yesterday as well as those in Iraq and India which left over 100 dead and many more injured, cannot be brought more into focus than the exclusive and vociferous condemnation of the television serial by the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia – its highest religious authority:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is not permitted to look at these serials or watch them. They contain so much evil; they destroy peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ethics and are against our values,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the mufti during the closing ceremony of a forum, which took place in Riyadh on Friday. He added that these Ã¢â‚¬Å“maliciousÃ¢â‚¬Â Turkish soap operas corrupt individuals and spread vice in society.
Yet we heard not even a shy beep of objection by the same respected gentleman against the cowardly and criminal bombing acts perpetrated by his own co-religionists against other human beings. To him and his ilk, it seems that a little romance is much more devastating than bombs which rip people to shreds.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Any TV station that airs them is against God and His Messenger (peace be upon him). These are serials of immorality. They are prepared by people who are specialists in crime and error, people who invite men and women to the devil.Ã¢â‚¬Â – ed: my emphasis
Someone should remind the gentleman to reset his priorities, don’t you think? While he would probably not hesitate an instant to call those perpetrators of terror across the world as “martyrs” in the full knowledge of their heinous crimes simply because they call themselves Muslims and belong to his clique, he wantonly discards a whole television station and its millions of viewers from God’s mercy.
I wonder if someone reminded the gentleman of the fact that the owners of said offending station are actually his employers, would he change his mind and be the first to plaster himself in front of his own silver screen in anticipation of more syrupy words of love from the effervescent Mohanned imparted to the luscious Noor?