Suffer the Little Children

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This picture has haunted me. I’m posting it here, rather than the link, because for some odd reason, the server where the picture lives stays very busy. I wonder why? According to (delinked) LittleGreenFootballs:

In a story that has outraged Morocco, a six-year old girl at an Islamic school accidentally stepped on the imam’s prayer rug—who then finished his prayer, stood up, and savagely beat the little girl. Here’s a translation of the story: Tetouan: a imam attacks a young girl. (Hat tip: TheReligionofPeace.com.)

Makes you want to vomit, doesn’t it? Barbaric, savage disregard for a precious child. The same age as my darling niece. And the saddest, sickest part of it all, is that it’s accepted and expected and praised by this vicious cult of death.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14, NIV)

7 Comments

  1. March 12, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    […] don’t forget to beat up little girls for stepping on prayer rugs. The lunacy goes on and […]

  2. Bowes said,

    October 27, 2007 at 6:05 am

    Do you recall the murder of Victoria Climbié in the UK in February 2000? She died at the age of nine following months of barbaric abuse at the hands of her guardians, both of whom were evangelical Christians. She had been burnt with cigarettes, tied up for over 24 hours on several occasions, and hit with bike chains, hammers and wires. She died on 25 February 2000, a day after being admitted to hospital suffering from hypothermia, multiple organ failure and malnutrition, on the day her guardians’ local church, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, was planning to hold a service of deliverance for her – they believed she was possessed and intended to cast the devil out.

    Would we attribute this barbarity to Christianity? Local churches all had contact with the child during the abuse, but turned a blind eye, as has been documented in the course of the enquiry (http://www.victoria-climbie-inquiry.org.uk/). Couldn’t we then attribute this barbarity to Christianity? The answer of course is no. What of the cases of child abuse that have come to light in recent years at the hands of Roman Catholic and Anglican priests in the United States, the UK and Ireland? Would we attribute these acts to Christianity? The answer, again, is no. We recognise that every community has good and bad people.

    If you were to read the traditional sources of the Muslim faith yourself, rather than relying on information published on a racist website, you would discover that the barbarism described in your post is not in fact “accepted and expected and praised”. There is the story in which one of Muhammad’s young grandchildren climbs onto his back while he is prostrating in prayer and plays with his garments; rather than casting him off, Muhammad lengthened the prostration until the child climbed off on his own. He also told his followers that any man that did not show affection to his children did not have proper faith. Indeed the clue is in the quotation: the story has outraged Morocco – a Muslim country – indicating quite the opposite, that such behaviour is in fact rejected and condemned.

    Islamic tradition actually considers the child pure, for there is no concept of Original Sin — reflecting the latter part of your quote from Matthew’s gospel, the Muslim faith holds that the child that dies in infancy will go straight to paradise. Muhammad said these children will meet their parents on the day of judgement and grab them by their garments or their hands to no end other than that God will enter their parents into Paradise. The position of the Church on such a child by contrast is a little ambiguous – ranging from the view that unbaptised child moves into a realm of limbo in the hereafter to the view that the child is not “saved” and will thus go to hell. It was for this reason that my mother, as hospital chaplain, had to go out in the middle of the night on a number of occasions a few years ago to perform “emergency baptisms”.

    I don’t think the Muslim position on children could be clearer. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion. But I might also end with a quotation from the Bible.

    For example… “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).

    Or… “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21)

    After all, didn’t Jesus say, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28)?

  3. Obi's Sister said,

    October 29, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Bowes,
    First of all, how do you know if I HAVEN’T read the “traditional sources of the Muslim faith” for myself? I won’t get into a scriptural debate with you, over yours or mine. There is plenty of examples of bad behavior all around.

    Secondly, if Muslims are urged to mimic the Prophet (using your example of his gentle behavior with a child), why didn’t THIS IMAM do just that? Instead of breaking her nose and who knows what else?

  4. FreeVoice said,

    November 6, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    You can’t help it when people do such things. Sure he beat her up, and said it in the name of Islam, but does that make it the truth? NO! Just because some people do horrible things and say it in the name of God doesn’t make that the meaning of the religion. Just because there are tarrorest running around saying all the bombings and killings are in the name of God, doesn’t mean they are. Yeah and about mimicing the Prophet, it is urged, it doesn’t mean people do. I’m an ahmadi muslim, and my people are killed in alot of contries. I don’t go around saying the face and people of islam are liers and they don’t fallow the rules. Sure some don’t, but most do.

  5. Tra said,

    November 9, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Bowes,
    Puuuuleeeeaas, you come of as an educated individual so I would hope that you have read the original Koran and hadiths not the watered down western versions that we see. If you had you would surely know that to follow the prophet’s example is far more horrific and brutal than most could imagine.

    Also, please share with me just one example of LGF being a “racist” website? Put up or shut up I believe the ol’ saying goes chap.

  6. tabarak said,

    November 22, 2007 at 1:09 am

    as a muslim woman i would like to say if that story is true this imam will go to hell just for doing that with out any qutions.

    When ever prophet muhammad started to pray at home his grand sons Imam Hassan And Imam Hussain would start jumping on his back, holding him down, he never moves untell they get off him. Becuase he knows they are just young pure kids who do not know the meaning of the prayrs.
    my advise to that imam to go and read some islamic books, not just call him self imam.

  7. toufou said,

    October 28, 2008 at 9:30 am

    it s a horrible story but the imam is stupid when he explain his acte with ” it s the islam “


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