A CLERIC'S call to ban partying and dancing in the Shiite holy city of Karbala has triggered a heated debate among residents, just when they had begun living without fear of hardline militias.
In his Friday sermon, Sheikh Abdel Mahdi al-Karbalaie, the representative of revered Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on residents of Karbala to put a halt to dancing, partying, listening to music loudly and displaying "provocative" women's garments in shops.
"Too many negatives have appeared lately in Karbala. Unfortunately, nobody is stopping them and dissuading people from them," Sheikh Karbalaie said.
"It is the responsibility of all... the state, the NGOs (non government organisations) professors, according to their abilities, to practise the principles of Islam. Everyone is responsible in front of God."
The call from Sheikh Karbalaie, aide of Ayatollah Sistani who is known as a moderate religious leader, has divided the local population, with many welcoming the sermons and others terming it an attempt to return to the "dark old days".
Sunday, October 26, 2008
It's Great To Be An Infidel
Jesus, what a stupid life Muslim live around the world.