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To Sachin, from Pakistan with love…

By Ghazala Akbar:

If Indian cricket were officially declared a religion, this would be its Mantra:
‘There is no God but cricket and the Messiah is Sachin at the wicket!’
Devotees of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar will probably go a step further. He is no mere
mortal, they will say. He is a Demi – God, a Deva. Monotheists, privileged to see him play are inclined to agree somewhat. If not a deity, he is certainly divinely-inspired, a man who uses his God-given talent to perform jaw-dropping miracles that are simply
out of this world.

We, in Pakistan should know. The first of his batting ‘miracles’ began in Peshawar
in 1989. Consider the scene: an ODI is reduced to twenty-overs because of bad light.
The match is re-designated as an unofficial ‘friendly’. But no encounter between the
two sub-continental rivals can ever ensue without an edge or a twist. Pakistan posts
a formidable157. The Indians are way behind the target when a diminutive, cherubic, Krishna-like kid comes out to bat. He is just a bit taller than the bat he is wielding.

The crowd jeers. The Pakistani players giggle. A16-year-old against the wily Abdul Qadir? No contest. The boy takes guard. Qadir characteristically licks his spinning
finger, takes a step backward, then forward. Give him some milk and put the lad out
of his misery, somebody remarks raucously. The boy is silent. He lets his bat do the talking. 6-0-4-6-6-6! He scores 53 of 18 balls. All present realise they are witnessing something special. The Sachin Tendulkar show officially hits the road.

Soon the feats of the flashing blade go global, earning him fame, fortune and the grudging respect of many a strong opposition. The measure of his reputation can be judged by the value they put on his dismissal. His is the prized scalp, the feather in
every bowler’s cap. The resume isn’t quite complete; you haven’t truly arrived, until there is S. R. Tendulkar against your name.

Wherever he comes in to bat, the likes of McGrath, Warne, Walsh, Ambrose, Gough, Caddick, Waqar, Shoaib, Donald, Pollock, Ntini, Vaas, et al huddle with their advisers. They plan, they plot. Surely there are weaknesses they can exploit. Theories are put to the test. Fields are set. Sometimes they get lucky. Very often not. A few silken cover drives,
a leg-glance here and a straight drive there, they are scratching heads again: is there a plan B against this fellow?

In a career spanning twenty-three years, it is hard to remember a special innings. There are so many. But for me, (no cricketing historian) three stand out tall: Chennai 1999. Sachin Tendulkar versus Pakistan. At 82 for 5, chasing 270 on a crumbling pitch he digs in deep. Swing, spin, they try everything. He will not be tempted. He accumulates 136 playing a marathon 91of the 95 overs they bowl. When he leaves, they fold. Pakistan wins… but only just. He has reduced the margin to 12 runs. Most of us have few nails left to chew.

Then there was the innings, I nearly missed. India versus South Africa, Durban 1997. Batting second after a mammoth 500 plus, it was time to change channels at 53 for 5.
Lucky, I didn’t. Sachin and his captain, Mohammed Azharuddin began a calculated counter-attack. Shock and Awe. Alternating elegance with controlled aggression, he matched Azharuddin, shot for shot. It was like Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan involved in a ‘jugalbandi’.Who was the soloist, who was the accompanist, one really didn’t know! After Azhar departed, he continued to play — the last man out and the follow-on saved.

Fast forward to Gwalior 2010. On a hot humid evening, he is a man possessed. Where younger men wilt, he belies his age of 35 years. Cricket fans have waited 40 years for this moment: the first double-hundred in a one-day international.100 of those runs are in boundaries alone. Manna from Heaven. It isn’t Zimbabwe, it isn’t even Kenya. It’s the mighty South Africa who is the hapless opponent. At an age when most of his contemporaries are hanging their boots, checking their blood pressure, he is walking on water or turning it into wine.

I’m not being facetious, I’m not being flippant but perhaps my most memorable Sachin moment is the time he got a rare golden duck. Rewind to Calcutta 1999. India is sitting pretty at 150 for two. Rahul Dravid has just had his leg stump uprooted but the crowd doesn’t care. Sachin is next. The applause can be heard as far as Lahore. Then disaster strikes. The young Shoaib Akhtar shatters his middle stump. 100,000 adoring fans are stunned into silence. As Sachin walks back, he nods at the bowler, acknowledging his success. The gesture says it all. Even in adversity, he is gracious, a class-act.

Fast forward to the fourth innings. India is battling hard to win the match. At a crucial moment, against the run of play, Sachin is run out, in a freakish sort of way. The fielder, (Shoaib again!) inadvertently stands his ground. They collide. Sachin makes it into the crease but the collision has caused his bat to hang precariously, inches from the ground. The throw from the deep crashes into the stumps. He is out on a technicality. He doesn’t
rant or rave, just accepts the decision with equanimity and grace.

The Bengali crowd is enraged. Deliberate obstruction, they scream. The Umpires take no notice. Stones and bottles are hurled. Play is halted. The riot police get ready to escort the Pakistanis out of the ground. It’s getting uglier by the minute. The crowd is turning into a mob baying for blood. Enter Sachin. He walks round the ground and calms everyone down. They listen and obey. He has power and charisma that politicians envy. Not even Jyoti Basu, the octogenarian Chief Minister of West Bengal commands such respect.

Is it any wonder that Pakistanis have a love-hate relationship with this man! So many of his runs came against us, we are entitled to a volcanic eruption seeing the back of him, at last. How can we forget the way he decimated Shoaib at the World Cup in 2003! Made a 300 plus total look as if it was only 30! Spoilsport! But deep down, we respect, admire and yes…even love him… simply because he is so infuriatingly good at what he does. We love him because there’s no hint of swagger or arrogance. Even when he is putting his opponents to the sword, he is a smiling assassin.

We love him because as South Asians we can share in his reflected glory, bask in his success. He’s a son of the soil. He’s the genius next door, whose exam results make the neighbours proud. In summing him up, the breadth of his talent and the scale of his achievements must override and outweigh any narrow, pettifogging chauvinistic bias. Like the other prodigious Maharashtran, Lata Mangeshkar, their winsome winning ways spill over borders, erode hardened boundaries and find their way in, melting and opening up hearts and minds. Happy semi-retirement Sachin. You are always a treat to watch. This is from a Pakistani, with thanks and with love.




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119 Responses to "To Sachin, from Pakistan with love…"

  1. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Cricket historian or not, what a graceful and complete tribute, even for us cricket philistines! This is the one Sachin should mount and hang where he can see it every morning and night.

  2. Mohan United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    One of the best tribute for Sachin I have read. Thanks Ghazala.
    -
    When Sachin used to go out to bat, this is what people used to say

    ” Commit your crimes now, as God would be busy watching him play”

  3. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    maggu and mohan i agree with both of you.he is living legend.happy new year to both.

  4. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Woaw Ghazala : Cricket is cool, but whats your take on doing C.A. Why dont you guys write about some Start Up. ? I’m not Peter Theil – yet how bout giving it a thought. To each his own.. but I think Swimming is better. Cricket is so repulsive to my sense of aesthetics. A damn feudal game!

    I donno a single name of the people you have written about. I read the first four lines of your column… Swimming..Athletics..Cycling.. are better sports.

    There are other words that start with the alphabet “C”. For instance, “C”hemistry., “C.” A. rather than “C”ricket….

  5. Vijay Goel India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Tx Ghazala. Really good for Aman ki Asha. Pakistan has produced more world class cricketers.Gr8 to commend each others achievements.

  6. Kaalchakra United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    I am not sure I like Sachin that much. He is like Amitabh Bacchhan, Lata Mangeshkar, Madhuri Dixit, and APJ Abdul Kalam – all RSS members and Thakre followers.

    A happy new year to all (except those five).

  7. Mohan United Arab Emirates Safari iPad says:

    Even Salman Khan is RSS member and Thakrey follower. He performs Ganpati puja every year.

  8. NDelhi India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Wish he was born a muslim , he can be converted even now. Allah needs endorsements from mortal humans!!!

  9. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Why this crap here? A simple tribute to a simple sportsman.
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    Lets take the AK47s someplace else please

  10. Ahmad Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    You are right ghazala for pointing this out. Thanks. Credit must be given where it is due.

  11. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Even Salman Khan is RSS member and Thakrey follower

    mohan salman khan is saluting them because they are extending dates of his court cases.otherwise he is normal human being.amitabh is hated by many as he is a bit mean. lata and sachin is loved by all.apj is different and great.

  12. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Even Salman Khan is RSS member and Thakrey follower. He performs Ganpati puja every year.

    mohun, tum aur sandhu bache rahoge.chulbul pandey ka rol karne se chulbul pandey ho thodi jate hain.

  13. Naseer Aali Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    Once again a masterpiece written written on one of the greatest masters of the game. While the game itself is shrinking and has no depth , thanks to T20s.
    In ten years time when tes cricket and ODIs forgotten , there will not be much to remember of Sachin, a true legend. 15 /20 years from now , we maybe watching the ” black & white” matches of cricket.
    The kids of tomorrow would remember him as once upon a Dilip Kumar or Clark Gable of these times.

  14. Deb; India India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    One of the best article I have read in a small matter of 23 years.
    The beauty about Sachin is that even when he fails as a batsman, he doesn’t fail as a cricketer. And the author captured that beautifuly.

  15. kaalchakra United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Mohan

    Let’s not be too shy to say it: Salman Khan IS a member of the RSS. The only Bollywood actor who does not belong to RSS is Amir Khan who is a grandson of Abul Kalam Azad. Don’t forget that Salman Khan’s mother is a Hindu and such close Hindu influences can be quite debilitating in many cases – as happens in Bollywood. In contrast, Amir Khan went on Haj recently, and that is the first thing I intend on doing once I convert to Islam.

    (Having said that, one is not opposed to giving the devil his due, just to keep Hindus in good humor.

    http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/sachin-was-us-and-we-were-sachin/ )

  16. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Amir Khan who is a grandson of Abul Kalam Azad

    kaal jee happy new year,

    amir belong to pathan family while maulana azad was arab.so no connection.maulana azad was great drinker.i think like allama iqbal he also never went to haj.brhmn doosron ko ganga snan pe bejhta hai khud nahin jata hai.
    amir is from middle class family of shahabad,near to shahjahanpur.salman is under pressure.same shahrukh.both are good muslim.

  17. Shafiq Hamid Kuwait Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I won’t be the first to say Tendulkar was the best batsman ever seen on a cricket field. The only Indian batsman one never really minded getting runs even against Pakistan. He has this shot past the bowler, absolutely straight bat showing the bowler the label on the bat which to me is like a symphony composed by J.C. Bach. Every time I have watched him bat – I pray for him to play that shot – delightful!

    What I like most of the man was his graciousness – he was (speaking of him in the past tense seems cruel) a complete sportsman. Patriotic and did everything possible to win. But when his side didn’t quite get home and win – He was the first to sincerely acknowledge the other side.

    You can have immense God given talent, train hard and be commendably skillful. But what is so admirable about Tendulkar was his politeness, impeccable mannerism under any circumstances.

    That doesnt happen by training – you have to be born like that. Tendulkar – born spostrman with everything you could ask for and more.

    Great read Ghazala – keep writing.

  18. Mishra, Yorkshire United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Fast forward to Gwalior 2010. Cricket fans have waited 40 years for this moment: the first double-hundred in a one-day international.100 of those runs are in boundaries alone. Manna from Heaven. It isn’t Zimbabwe, it isn’t even Kenya. It’s the mighty South Africa who is the hapless opponent”

    kaal convert to Islam, but shut up here. Stop your nonsensical poison. Learn some grace from Shafiq Hamid and Ghazala. At least keep an article on Sachin free of your crap. Many thanks

  19. kaalchakra United States Safari  Android 4.0.4 LG-MS770 Build/IMM76I says:

    Misraji
    The good Pakistanis you mentioned can appreciate Hindus because thanks to the Great Quaid they don’t have to live with Hindus. Can you people not have big enough hearts to let us poor Indian Muslims even express the. deep agony of our daily existence? In the name of goodness I beg of you.
    drone, we are being silenced!

  20. Vijay Goel India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Hiiiiiii Kal HNY. Glad to know u r an Indian Muslim. U can best tell us our faults though u do exagerate.But np. Many RSS people exagerate much more. U r right since u feel the pain. As Tulsidas said Nindan nede rakhiye which means keep people who criticise near you because they help u to recognise yr shortcomings. The journey is long but willy nilly we are moving.

  21. Mohan United Arab Emirates Safari iPad says:

    Kaal is not a Muslim but is trying to be more than a Muslim. A combination of three musketeers – Drone, Tajender
    and Rex – plus AKB. Good luck to him.

  22. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Tulsidas said Nindan nede rakhiye which means keep people who criticise near you because they

    this is not from tulsidas but from sant kabeer.

  23. Rashid Delawar India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Thank you Ghazala. This is an absolutely brilliant rendition from your pen. More than Sachin’s cricket, I have enjoyed your masterpiece. We need more people like you on both sides of the fence. God Bless you.

  24. Vijay Goel India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Tx for the correction Tejendra. Yes Kabir and Rahim wrote more on the correctness of Human ehaviour.

  25. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    All Muslims must read MS Golwarkar’s “Bunch of Thoughts” and VD Savarkar’s books… to realise the depth… and the immense danger that HinduTVA (not HinduISM… cuz its not a religion but an eco system) poses to Muslims first – and then to Humanity at large.

    Thanks be to God .. Allah.. that people are waking up. US+Can, EU.. have woken up.. Whats the point in wasting one’s effort on powerless persons.. At the creme-level.. Harvard.. Stanford.. Princeton.. Yale.. Columbia.. Sorbonne.. Bonn.. Oxford.. Montreal.. Peking.. Singapore.. Melbourne.. DANKA BAJAA DIYA GAYAA HAI. AUR DANKAA KAAFI KAAMYAAB RAHA. Its from God. Man’s duty is to strive.. make an effort.. and catch the hand of the rapist/criminal with the fullest force of his hand.. his pen.. hard power.. and soft power i.e.

    EVIL SUCCEEDS – only when the GOOD remains silent. So dont be a spectator. Get up.. Be proactive. Act – within your means. Raise voice. Make an effort..

    JAPAN ki Advisory abhie tak nahin aayi. JAPANESE tourists must be informed that coming to India is risky.. to their life.. honor.. and baggage. JAPAN is extremely important.. cuz Japan sets the tone for Far-East. Once the advisory from Japan comes.. the others (Esp. S’pore) will follow.

    Institutional Banker.. IHT.. NYT.. Le Monde.. Der Speigel.. have all been “covered”. Now the real challenge is to create literature !

    The rape and murder of a British Girl in GOA ! (a year back.. Her mother came and followed up on the case.. but nothing happenned. The rapist is the son of the local RSS/BJP leader.. and is scot-free!). The beautiful story of this teenage British girl.. and her mother’s effort to secure justice for her.. could be made into a beautiful movie : “Mommy’s Struggle”… A masterpiece movie could be crafted.

    Similarly “BUS TO DWARKA”.. could be a block-buster. It could be an avant-grade movie.. but needs someone like Steven Speilberg to weild the megaphone. It has the makings of a “Classic”.

    When girls watch it.. the fact that INDIA IS UNSAFE.. Life/honor/property at risk 24×7. No police. No Law.. when this is branded.. it stays for a generation. You cannot wipe the Kalank off ! It takes decades., nay centuries ! BRANDING IS KEY. For that… soft-power.. stories.. poems.. paintings.. sculpture.. M-O-V-I-E-S (Hollywood).. and reaching out to Bankers.. Institutional Investors.. RICH FOLKS.. is key. Should stop RICH FOLKS. We should save the lives and honor of these wonderful – rich – people.. cuz if they come to India.. their life.. honor.. and investment are @ risk… as there is NO LAW.. and NO POLICE.. and NO JUSTICE. THIS IS A FIGHT TO SAVE THE “ASMITA” OF THE WORLD CITIZEN.. AND THE “ASMITA” OF THE INNOCENT INVESTOR.

    This is the highest service to humanity.

    Why travel to India.. spend your money… and get molested / mugged / raped / killed ? Be safe.. Be alive.. Invest elsewhere. There are far safer places in the world.. where there is LAW AND ORDER on the streets.. and where human life is sacred.. Where they dont burn people alive.

  26. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Rape Country, Puducherry, January 03:

    In yet another shocking incident of sexual assault of women, a minor girl was kidnapped and raped here by 2 Hindus, including a bus conductor.

    Police have arrested the conductor.

    The girl, belonging to a poor family and studying higher secondary in a government school here, was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government Women and Child Hospital.

    The victim was reported missing since the afternoon of January 1 after she left for her nearby village Kothapurinatham after attending a tuition class here.

    MUTTHU (NOTE THE NAME), the Conductor, approached her when she was waiting for A bus stating that her mother had met with an accident and wanted to see her. Reposing faith in his words, the girl went along with him.

    After making her unconscious by some means while travelling in the bus, he and his accomplice abducted her to a place in neighbouring Villupuram where the duo raped her.

    They then left her back at the bus terminal in Villupuram on Tuesday night. She contacted her parents over phone from a public TELEPHONE booth asking them to come over there.

    The parents filed a complaint with police at Thirubhuvanai and rushed to Villupuram and brought her back to Puducherry yesterday.

    Since Muthu and his friend are members of RSS/BJP., NOTHING will happen to them. The case will drag on for 60-70 years., by which time they would die a natural death ! (In the interim, they may rape hundreds of innocent girls, though !).

    NO LAW + ORDER
    NO SAFETY TO LIFE/HONOR/PROPERTY/INVESTMENT.
    NO JUSTICE.

    THIS IS HINDUTVA on the GROUND. RAPE-RAPE-RAPE 24X7 IN EVERY LANE, BY LANE, THRU-OUT THE COUNTRY. ON ANY GIVEN DAY, 100,000 INNOCENT INDIAN GIRLS ARE BEING RAPED BY RSS/BJP WORKERS IN INDIA.

    HINDUTVA BRIGADE IS DOING THEIR DAILY WORKOUT (FULL BODY EXERCISE).

  27. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Rona-Dhona-Choodeya – Is this sexual frustration? The way you want rapes picturized etc makes me think of some amateur psychology on your possible penile frustration.
    .
    Start believing in Hindu dieties, perhaps you will get reincarnated with more adequate equipment and whine less.

  28. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    RonaDhona: Or, since you see Hindoos and rapists everywhere, were you physically abused in an unnatural way by some hindoo?

  29. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    RSS/BJP WORKER GAVE A BOILED EGG AND RAPED A 3 YR OLD.

    A hindu/rss-bjp worker lured a 3-yr old by offering her food and took her to a park. A 3-year-old girl, who is a kindergarten student at school in Vasant Kunj (North), was molested by the security guard of the school.

    RAJU (note the NAME) was caught by the security guard of another school in the neighborhood.

    After school hours on December 22, Raju lured the child after offering her food and took her to a secluded park in the area.

    In his statement to police, the guard who caught Raju said: “A man who works as driver told me that someone was misbehaving with a child in Vasant Vatika park, which is next to the school. I immediately went to the spot and saw that RAJU (RSS/BJP WORKER) was sitting naked inside a dry pool with the girl.”

    RAJU (Note the name) had stripped the child, made her sit on his lap and was trying to molest her. The girl was holding Rs 30 in her hand and was crying. I rushed to her rescue. On seeing me, the accused tried to leave the girl and flee but I chased him and caught hold of his collar. I slapped the accused and also made a PCR call.

    The child was carrying a school bag and a water bottle. The accused told me that he lured the girl by offering her BOILED EGGS.

    A beautiful movie can be made : “BOILED EGGS” (Delhi is extremely cold these days).. and how RAJU (A RSS/BJP worker) lures a 3-yr old and tries to rape her. THIS IS THE FRUIT OF HINDUTVA. ADVANI’S 1992 RATH YATRA HAS BEGUN TO BEAR POISONOUS FRUITS. LAW AND ORDER IS NOW PRACTICALLY DEAD IN INDIA.

    INDIA’S GONE WORST THAN SOMALIA. There is No LAW and Order there, anymore. Life/honor/property/investment are at grave risk 24×7. Apni apni rakshaa karo. There is NO ONE to protect the weak.. and the innocent.

    A police source said: “The parents of the child were called and a medical examination was conducted to ascertain if the accused had attempted rape. The report stated that she was not raped. It was found that the accused was misbehaving with the girl by touching her inappropriately.”

    Police are trying to ascertain if Raju has previous similar cases against him. “In most such cases, the accused are habitual offenders. The accused had been working in the area for over a year. We have registered a case and investigation is underway,” police said.

  30. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    DEMONSTRATION @ HARVARD, Boston MA. Woaw. ‘Twas a success. When you have covered Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Stanford. you have influenced a generation ! Thanks to God / Allah.

    I think we need to take out “MOCK FUNERAL PROCESSIONS” – a black coffin – symbolic (rape victim). Y’day I was with my frens.. and i told them : “The girl was raped because she didnt have a car”. (In effect – she was raped – as she was poor). If she had a car – she would have been “safe”. So her POVERTY was the reason why she was trapped.

    People have forgotten the criminal ASHWIT MARWARI (The Grocer.. of Bangalore.. who raped 15 yr old RAZIA completely). ASHWIT is a free man.. while the Victim is in Jail. Such mis-carriage, nay murder of justice.

    These MOCK FUNERAL PROCESSIONS (Black coffin – symbolic march).. must be taken out at the TOP CLASS world Universities.. Banks.. and TOP world class Corporations. When I say TOP.. I mean the top Fortune 500 companies.. The top 50 world-class Universities.. BANKS.. and most importantly in JAPAN.

    Most of these poor girls were raped – simply because they were vulnerable. They were poor.. so they were abducted – raped – and killed. And RAM SINGH Driver – and Vijay Sharma, Asst. Gym Instructor., and the Criminal Mukesh who pulled the instestines of the girl out : ARE REPRESENTATIVES OF HINDUTVA.

    THAT message must be meshed in such a way.. that it must trickle down. It is a huge intellectual challenge. A procession in SORBONNE FOLLOWS.

    Verbum Significantum – Verbum Omnificum – Verbum Perdo.
    Verbum Significantum …………………………….

  31. jamai United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Drone,

    I hope you will also talk about Akbarudeen owasi (or whatever his name is)

    Et al,

    I am suprised that you cant see thru Kaal’s sarcasm!!!

    RSS/BJP zindabad!!

  32. jamai United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Gazala,

    ty for the writeup. Brilliantly written

  33. Milestogo United States Safari iPhone says:

    Owaisi is the Mahdi…

  34. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Still image from YouTube video capture of Al Jadeed broadcast.

    January 3, 2013

    Progressive news organization AlterNet has fallen for and disseminated a story, pushed by Zionist, Islamophobic and Iranian outlets, claiming that a prominent Saudi cleric issed a religious edict authorizing sex-deprived fighters in Syria to rape women there.

    Earlier today, AlterNet claimed:

    A prominent Saudi cleric has issued a fatwa (a religious ordinance) that calls for the gang rape of Syrian women. Expressing frustration that the “warriors of Islam” fighting in Syria may be getting weary for the lack of sexual pleasure, the religious leader issued a decree that promotes hours-long “intercourse marriages.”

    The story was later updated to include a statement that the cleric, Muhammad al-Arifi, had issued a denial. But the story has – as of this writing – not been retracted (see update below), and even worse, it was picked up by Salon.com whose story has not – as of now – been amended with the denial (see update 3 below).

    Al-Arifi is an ultra-conservative Wahhabi cleric with 3.5 million Twitter followers and more than 1.4 million Facebook fans.

    He has been prominent in calling Syrians to join the armed opposition to the government of President Bashar al-Assad and demanded that other countries intervene militarily and send weapons to overthrow it.

    Al-Arifi has openly engaged in sectarian incitement against Shia Muslims, for example in this video from February 2012, which has more than 1.1 million views.

    The claim about the “gang rape” fatwa should raise immediate red flags. It is reminiscent of other recent shocking claims about Muslims that turned out to be libels disseminated by Islamophobic organizations.

    These include a false story – disseminated credulously by LGBT magazine The Advocate – that a Muslim cleric had issued a “fatwa” declaring that sodomy between men was permissible if it was for the purpose of widening their anuses for the insertion of explosives to carry out “jihad.”

    There was also the libel of a Muslim “rape epidemic” in Norway that The Electronic Intifada debunked a year ago.

    Al-Arifi’s denial
    الشيخ محمد العريفي يكذّب فتوى زواج المناكحة
    A video posted on YouTube on 1 January shows al-Arifi ridiculing the supposed fatwa, saying such a thing could never be said by any “sane person” and warning that he knows of at least nine social media pages that impersonate him and try to attribute words to him that he hasn’t spoken. He also said that such falsehoods were disseminated by stations – which he did not name – whose goal is to harm the image of Sunni Muslims.

    Al-Arifi also posted a denial on his Facebook page and on Twitter.

  35. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Milestogo says:
    January 5, 2013 at 4:46 am
    Owaisi is the Mahdi
    can equate him to ganpati.

  36. Maggu India Google Chrome  GT-N7100 Build/JZO54K) AppleWebKit/535.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/18.0.1025.166 Mobile Safari/535.19 says:

    RONADHONA : A most brutal gang rape has happened in calcutta in full public view and you havent raised your voice. Please shout and raise your voice in le monde, nyt peoples daily etc
    =============
    Do watch the full details on Star cricket highlights

  37. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    KAAL ANOTHER VISHKANYA………………… एसडीएम ऊषा चतुर्वेदी द्वारा रेप विक्टिम का बयान लेने के समय पुलिस द्वारा दबाव डाले जाने की बात को बेबुनियाद बताते हुए उन्होंने इस बात पर हैरत जताई कि आखिर एक महिला होने के बावजूद कैसे वह इस तरह का गलत बयान दे सकती हैं। उन्होंने देखा था कि कितनी मुश्किल स्थिति में, कितनी तकलीफ के बीच उस लड़की ने अपना बयान उन्हें दिया। इसके बावजूद इस तरह का झूठा आरोप लगाकर खुद उन्होंने उस पूरी प्रक्रिया पर पानी फेरने का काम किया।

  38. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    KAAL I TOTALLY AGRER WITH HER STATEMENT…………………………………………………….महिलाओं के साथ क्राइम के लिए महिलाएं बराबर की जिम्मेदार’
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    VIBHA_RAO
    नवभारतटाइम्स.कॉम | Jan 5, 2013, 02.24PM IST
    नई दिल्ली।। गैंग रेप की घटना और महिलाओं के खिलाफ बढ़ रहे क्राइम को लेकर आम लोगों के बीच देश भर में जहां गुस्सा देखा जा रहा है, वहीं गैंग रेप की घटना के बाद महिलाओं पर दोष मढ़ने के बेतुके बयान थम नहीं रहे हैं। छत्तीसगढ़ महिला आयोग की अध्यक्ष विभा राव का बयान इस कड़ी में ताजा है, जो महिलाओं के खिलाफ बढ़ रहे अपराधों के लिए महिलाओं को बराबर का दोषी ठहरा रही हैं। उनका कहना है कि महिलाओं के खिलाफ हो रहे क्राइम के लिए वह खुद भी जिम्मेदार हैं। हालांकि, एक न्यूज चैनल के साथ बातचीत में विभा राव ने कहा कि मेरे बयान को तोड़-मरोड़ कर पेश किया गया है।

    अंग्रेजी अखबार ‘द हिंदू’ के मुताबिक, राव का कहना है कि महिलाएं वेस्टर्न कल्चर को अपनाकर पुरुषों को गलत संदेश दे रही हैं। उनके कपड़े, उनके व्यवहार से पुरुषों को गलत सिग्नल मिलते हैं। उनका कहना है कि वेस्टर्न कपड़े पहनकर महिलाएं अपना जिस्म दिखाती हैं और गलत हरकतें करती हैं। वह इस बात से अनजान है कि उनकी इन हरकतों से क्या संदेश जाएगा

  39. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Japan ki Advisory kahan hai Bhai ? We have to save the life and honor (AND INVESTMENT – that is “ASAL”) of our Jap-bro’s.. (+ Far-eastern).

    “LOOK EAST” Policy : I shalt concentrate next couple of days on S’pore.. Japan.. (Top Elite). We have to warn them.. coming to India could lead to both loss of life and loss of investments. Afterall it is an “Internal” matter of humanity – and respect for human life.

    This is to save human lives.. and most importantly.. the Businessmen’s “INVESTMENTS” from being washed away by the Tsunami of violence and hatred.

    Bankers Conference in NYC next week. At that Conclave.. this will be highlighted in just 2 SIMPLE SENTENCES. It would be 2 Punch-Lines.. infact.

  40. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    RONADHONA….RONADHONA..
    .
    Aur koi kaam nahi hai? You must be leading a really pathetic and miserable life…. to have nothing else to write about. Well, considering where you live, no surprise. The Sauds go to London to enjoy their bars, cars, men and women. They leave you behind to do the Ronadhona

  41. kaalchakra United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    tajender

    I can’t read those darn squiglies. Anything in that script has to be uninspiring. LOL, sorry, what does it say, brother?

    —————-

    drone, I love Electronic Intifada! What a beautiful, uplifting concept to save and promote the truth about Islam and Muslims.

    And the best part about Electronic Intifada is that EVERYONE joins in – from the leftiests of our lefties to the sufiest of our sufis to the so-called salafiest of our salafis and the rightiest of our righties AND all non-Muslim liberals and Sarat Bosis worth their names.

    Electronic Intifada is truly God’s work.

    ———————————————-

    Drone, a major setback. I heard someone say that a Hindu has been elected to the Congress in the US. Too upsetting for me to really check this out. Is that true? Not that the US can survive the combination of its follies and our Electronic Intifada (if we are serious about it) for long, but still, the news is not good for anyone who cares about promoting virtue and forbidding vice.

    What can we do to brand Hindus and Hinduism further and in darker terms (that is, truthfully, as you do) and contain them both within India and abroad?

    ——————

    Maggu, there is no such thing as Saud or non-Saud. We are all one. No differentiation or discrimination – at least as far as non-Muslims like you are concerned. Even if we think like you, Hyderabad is already Saudi. We have family members there (and everywhere else in India)

  42. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    SOFT POWER CREATE KARO. High School students to write “Essays” and post it on School Notice Boards. I asked my bro. to take out A MOCK FUNERAL PROCESSION at his School… about this girl raped on the “BUS TO DWARKA”> The reach : 100 students (out of 50 would laugh and joke.. but it would stay for a lifetime with 20).

    Women must write in women’s magazines. Men should discuss it at the Gym… and at the Pool.. or on the Tennis Courts.. Ideally this must be taken up with Bankers.. Institutional Bankers… Treasury Heads.. IT Honchos.. Venture Capitalists like Hz. Peter Theil.. World Leaders in Technology.. (BANKERS are key.. cuz they are connected to all). Euromoney and II covered… I covered IHT as well.

    Some more effort is needed as regards Japan. Language is a problem there.. but will surmount that. A friend knows the language quite well.. and he offered to help.

    A friend promised me he would stage a demonstration at Nanking this week. Nanking is very important for me.. its a world-class University.. and i want it there.

    The main motive is to starve the RAPIST/KILLER HINDUTVA DEMON let loose on earth… OF MONEY. This is the least one could (and should) do. If you give money to the HIndutva-Rapist, he will rape and kill more. So this is a very silent.. subtle way.. but its message will reach the rapist.. in the form of ‘starvation’.

  43. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    RAPE COUNTRY : Wardboy Rapes Patient (a foreigner) ! India is now unsafe for Patients who come for Medical Treatment (YES, it is cheaper in India., sure., but Doctors have very bad bed-side manners., plus they are RAPING THE PATIENT.. and chances of post-operative infection are IMMENSE.. SO watch out. Safe your life and save your honor and save your ASMITA).

    Bengaluru : 5 Jan 2013. Police arrested seven RSS/BJP members for running a kidney transplantation racket, involving government officials and major hospitals in the city.

    Arrested RSS/BJP Members are :

    Ranjan, Revenue Inspector,
    C D Shrikanth, Food and Civil Supplies Office Magadi

    and five others including an Travel Agent / Massage Parlor owner (wonder if he ran a HINDUTVA-based Pimping and Sex Racket !)

    Ram Nagar SP Anupam Agarwal said probe team, set up to bust the racket, has exposed a KIDNEY SALE NETWORK thriving in and around Bangalore.

    The initial breakthrough came December 31 with the arrest of 2 RSS workers who were engaged with the task of luring poor people to donate kidney for monetary benefit.

    Documents pertaining to the transplantation of kidney and DUPLICATE (fraudulent) voters identity cards were seized from them, he said.

    Agarwal said their interrogation led to the arrest of SHRIKANTH (a RSS/BJP office bearer) who was allegedly behind creating and providing fake documents for kidney transplantation.

    A computer, a scanner, an hard disk which were used to create duplicate voter ID were also seized, he added.

    Agarwal said the racket involved getting the kidney transplantation done after getting approval by producing fake documents.

    They collect between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh from the recipient out of which only 10 to 20 per cent is given to the donor and rest distributed among RSS Office Bearers !

    About 25 illegal kidney transplantations are done DAILY !

    Blore North Taluka Revenue Inspector (Puttwarie) RANJAN and ANANTHA were arrested subsequently.

    Investigation is on regarding the alleged involvement of authorities from various hospitals, but nothing will come out., as most hospitals are owned by BJP Ministers/MPs/MLAs !

    So the file will be closed after a few weeks with the remark “AAL IZZ WELL”.

    MORAL OF THE STORY : INDIA IS UNSAFE FOR PATIENTS. BOTH FROM MEDICAL POINT OF VIEW AND ETHICAL POINT OF VIEW. THEY MAY LOSE THEIR LIFE (OR ATLEAST A KIDNEY) AND ALSO HONOR IF THEY COME TO INDIA FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.

    SO WHAT IF ITS CHEAP. YOUR HONOR AND LIFE ARE MORE PRECIOUS. SO AVOID INDIA FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.

  44. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    1. RSS WORKER OFFERS BOILED EGG TO A CHILD – AND RAPES HER.

    2. ALLAHABAD: A Panchayat (Village Governing Council) in Uttar Pradesh offered Rs 50,000 as compensation to a 13-year-old rape victim (Muslim girl) to withdraw her police complaint against her rapist. The bizarre decision was taken by a Panchayat in Pratapgarh District’s Maulai village Thursday while hearing the case of the minor girl who was kidnapped, taken to Maharasthra and raped in captivity for days.

    The girl alleged that a RSS Office Bearer from her village had sexually assaulted her in the village and then kidnapped her at gunpoint. She was taken to Hegdewar Bhavan, RSS Headquarters Nagpur and raped for days on end by RSS Office Bearers and Pracharaks (workers).

    A week later miraculously she managed to escape !

    She might be killed in a car accident / bus accident / to wipe off the stain (KALANK).

    Police has refused protection to the rape victim. She is under Allah’s protection now.

  45. kaalchakra United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Drone, amazing incident. But Islamic history is chock-full of such amazing incidents and miracles of Allah. That’s what makes Islam so beautiful, drone.

  46. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    How to reach ANG LEE ? Its important.. because… for a very emotinal reason.

    On the night of the attack, the girl and her friend had just finished watching the movie “LIFE OF PI” (Oh My God !)…. at an upscale mall and were looking for a ride home.

    Autorickshaw Driver Mahendra Singh declined to take them…. so they boarded a private bus with the six assailants inside (pretending to be passengers).

    Oh ! ANG LEE… you have to research about this Rape.. and “The Bus to Dwarka”………………………………………………..

  47. ANG LEE Netherlands Google Chrome Windows says:

    Mr Dronacharya

    Did you remember me? I am busy looking into the targeted rape of Hindu girls by Muslims in Pakistan. After that, you may present incidences of Hindus raping you. I would like details of the manner and the locations in which Hindus penetrated you and whether you can present four witnesses to testify that you were raped.

    ANG LEE

  48. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    The families of the Rapists must be done-away with, “Rang De Basanti” style. The Rapists would get out with light sentences (1-2 yrs). The case would be diluted in time., and the matter would die a natural death. The only way left is that the Rapists and their whole families will have to die. I know this is harsh…. some members of the Rapist Family in the Ravidas Slum may be good… but they must die. Because the whole house-hold was member of RSS/BJP. They had trained their sons/brothers/cousins/fathers/husbands to RAPE Muslims.. for 80 yrs now. Such mothers/sisters/wives have no right to live. I would have written harsher things… but the least is : death for them all. While the 6 rapists are in jail – their families must be despatched to hell, “Rang De Basanti” style.

    IF RSS/BJP is not contained – it will destroy India and turn it into a heap of rubble. Congress is a toothless tiger – busy with protecting its useless 45-yr old youth (Budda).

  49. Maggu India Safari iPad says:

    “manner and the locations in which Hindus penetrated you ”
    .
    Ang lee Saab, if he can prove it he will be guilty of sex outside marriage (zina) and thus liable for death by stoning.

  50. ANG LEE Netherlands Google Chrome Windows says:

    Maggu

    As a Muslim Dronacharya cannot allow himself to be penetrated by those who are not Muslims. If Dronacharya has indeed been penetrated by Hindus then death by stoning will be his great personal pleasure and reward for following Islam.

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