Saudia Arabia Islamic Police stops non-Muslim celebrations, including "New Year's"

Yahoo News (news.yahoo.com) reports that the Islamic Police of Saudia Arabia is making sure no one is able to celebrate New Year's:

RIYADH (Reuters) - Morality police in southern Saudi Arabia plan to conduct raids to ensure that shops do not sell flowers, candles and gifts to those planning to celebrate New Year, a local newspaper has reported.

The Arabic-language al-Watan said the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (APVPV) in Aseer province was determined to uphold a ban by the conservative Muslim kingdom on non-Muslim celebrations.

"Patrols will be dispatched to gift and flower shops in the next two days before the New Year to ensure that ornaments are not sold for New Year celebrations," al-Watan quoted the local APVPV head as saying.

The authority -- a pillar of the ultra-conservative kingdom since its founding -- had also banned Christmas ornaments from shops. It also bans shops from carrying Valentine's Day gifts.

"For Muslims, there are only two holidays in a year: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha," the official said, referring to the Muslim feasts that follow the annual fasting month of Ramadan and the haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

I copy the rest of the article below. Got the link on the excellent LGF.





Saudi morality police to ban New Year trinkets
Mon Dec 29,10:11 AM ET, Link

RIYADH (Reuters) - Morality police in southern Saudi Arabia plan to conduct raids to ensure that shops do not sell flowers, candles and gifts to those planning to celebrate New Year, a local newspaper has reported.

The Arabic-language al-Watan said the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (APVPV) in Aseer province was determined to uphold a ban by the conservative Muslim kingdom on non-Muslim celebrations.

"Patrols will be dispatched to gift and flower shops in the next two days before the New Year to ensure that ornaments are not sold for New Year celebrations," al-Watan quoted the local APVPV head as saying.

The authority -- a pillar of the ultra-conservative kingdom since its founding -- had also banned Christmas ornaments from shops. It also bans shops from carrying Valentine's Day (news - web sites) gifts.

"For Muslims, there are only two holidays in a year: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha," the official said, referring to the Muslim feasts that follow the annual fasting month of Ramadan and the haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Located near the border with Yemen, Aseer is a traditional route for militants and arms smuggling into the kingdom.

Answerable only to King Fahd and separate from ordinary police, members of the authority patrol the streets with police escort, ensuring that their strict interpretation of Islamic customs are upheld.

The APVPV role has come under unprecedented scrutiny in Saudi Arabia, which is battling extremism and militant attacks linked to Saudi-born al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden (news - web sites).

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terrorists are cawards. their father or whomever whoever support them are bastards. their father is the devil himself and their mother are called Hate.
"By their fruits you will know them." If you can love your neighbor.. your religion is vein and your wisdmom demonic."

Posted by: didiertosso@yahoo.com at January 14, 2004 09:43 AM


These Muslims come to other countries and expect special treatment - CAIR is an example, yet in their own countries they treat others like crap. We should deport all these Sharia loving crazed fanatics who want to live in the 6th century to go to Saudi Arabia. If people only heard about the slaughter of Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians in hell holes like Pakistan and Bangladesh would people know the true evil of Islamic terrorism. They make say they do it for Allah, but Allah must be crying what have these people done misusing my name. Oh also loved your entry on the solar panels, definitely will try that.

Posted by: Rupinder Singh at March 29, 2009 10:19 AM


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