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Hate Messages in UAE Mosque Toilets (Racist Comments, Vulgar Rawings, Messages Supporting Terrorism)
Gulf News ^ | March 15, 2012 | Faisal Masudi

Posted on 03/14/2012 10:55:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Racist comments, vulgar drawings, messages supporting terrorism deface mosque washrooms

Mosque washrooms in Dubai and Sharjah are being defaced by racist slurs, vulgar remarks and hate messages, a random XPRESS survey revealed.

The offensive posts — mostly too graphic to be shown or talked about here — were found scribbled behind toilet doors in restrooms attached to mosques. XPRESS visited several restrooms at mosques in Dubai, including those in Deira, Bur Dubai, Karama, Mankhool, Satwa and Al Safa, and also mosques in Rolla and Abu Shagara in Sharjah. On an average, only four out of around 15 were found to be completely graffiti-free. Vandals have attacked nationalities, political parties, religious groups and even glorified terrorism. Some notes, jotted down with permanent markers and ball pens, also promote gay sex and fornication in the UAE. Some of them were random curse words featuring sexually-explicit drawings.

Hurtful graffiti

"Long live Al Qaida!" one slogan read. In a restroom of a mosque in Karam a message in Hindi sought mobile numbers of those interested in joining the organisation.

In Sharjah's Abu Shagara neighbourhood, a mosque washroom message praised late Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, claiming that he is still alive and well.

Another post in the same place claimed his recent killing was Western propaganda because Bin Laden "died in 2006". Disgruntled elements also attacked the UAE, with one writing in Urdu at a mosque bathroom in Dubai's Mankhool district: "The UAE is the source of all problems in your life, why would you come to such a horrible place?" Some examples of "for Muslims only" notices were also spotted in toilet facilities within mosque compounds in both cities. Some also bear initials of Hindu-centric groups like the RSS and BJP. A couple of posts, supposedly by Indians and Pakistanis, have also told each other to "get out".

Behind a toilet door in a mosque complex near Spinney's roundabout in Sharjah, one person requested "gay boys sms me", while another suggested expletives with "Bengali girls" because they have "big hip".

Some are calling for an end to the graffiti — by also scribbling it down. "Don't write abuse," one plea said. "Don't writing [sic] here, we are good community," another one requested.

It is not clear what action is being taken against the practice as many quotes date back several years. However, an official of the government body that oversees Dubai mosques — Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACAD) — said legal action will be taken.

Hassan Al Hashmi, head of mosque services section at IACAD, said: "We are sending our inspectors frequently to check mosque facilities and re-maintain them. "We urge the public not to vandalise mosques and show respect to all faiths. We plan to launch awareness campaigns on this issue, through sermons, posters, and publications." He added: "Also, we plan to inform imams of all mosques in Dubai under IACAD supervision to be vigilant regarding vandalism attempts. Legal action will be taken against those found committing vandalism at mosques.

"It appears it is mostly anti-social elements from the youth who are behind this illegal practice.

"Mosques are there for you to come and purify your sins, not for earning more sins by violating its sanctity. If someone is keen to write, they can seek proper channels for that — washrooms or public property is not the place for that."

Furqan, a Bengali mosque assistant in Sharjah's Rolla district, said "Cleaners sometimes give up because the messages keep reappearing. It's a rotten habit."

Mohammad Rasoul Hashmi, an imam (prayer leader) in Sharjah, added: "I urge people to stop sinning and show respect. The mosque is a holy place for prayer, not for writing graffiti."

Graffiti on public property is banned by federal law and punishable by imprisonment and a fine.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: dubai; uae

1 posted on 03/14/2012 10:55:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Nasty people, those followers of Islam.


2 posted on 03/14/2012 11:02:04 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: nickcarraway

What will they find if they analyze restroom graffiti in rest stops along the interstate????? Or in colleges???


3 posted on 03/14/2012 11:03:14 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: nickcarraway

What will they find if they analyze restroom graffiti in rest stops along the interstate????? Or in colleges???


4 posted on 03/14/2012 11:03:14 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: nickcarraway

As Steve Dahl sang, “The writin’s on the wall, of this here bathroom stall” . It was a mock song, but it was a great song.

Or, as Peter Shickele put it, “Truth is just truth, you can’t have opinions about truth.”


5 posted on 03/14/2012 11:03:40 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

Life in the shiite house.


6 posted on 03/14/2012 11:10:43 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: nickcarraway
Graffiti on public property is banned by federal law and punishable by imprisonment and a fine.

Maybe the government there should consider prohibiting support for global terrorism, too.

7 posted on 03/14/2012 11:13:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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Was the graffiti in Engrish?


8 posted on 03/14/2012 11:14:00 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: a fool in paradise
Offending Islam
9 posted on 03/14/2012 11:16:10 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The media and politicians scream that all criticism of Barack Obama is racist but the LA Weekly ran this drawing of Condi Rice without such criticism.


10 posted on 03/14/2012 11:20:26 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: nickcarraway
I'm sittin' here on the porcelain can,

givin' birth to another Imam.

11 posted on 03/14/2012 11:41:38 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

‘tis better to leave a shi’ite than to take one.


12 posted on 03/15/2012 12:39:41 AM PDT by Blado (Hey libs - write in Mick Jagger - he's the Real Authentic American Black!)
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To: nickcarraway

You can’t deface a mosque, just as you can’t deface a turd.


13 posted on 03/15/2012 12:41:40 AM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: TigersEye

Here I sit on a fecal Iditerod

Giving birth to another Amadinejad


14 posted on 03/15/2012 12:43:39 AM PDT by Blado (Hey libs - write in Mick Jagger - he's the Real Authentic American Black!)
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To: nickcarraway

Here I sit
with a broken heart.
took my last pill
now my bomb won’t start.

FUBO

For a good time call
1-800-FLUKESLUT

Mohammed was here.
Piss be upon him.


15 posted on 03/15/2012 12:48:29 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Got that right. Who really gives much creedance to stuff on a bathroom wall...that’s really stretching.


16 posted on 03/15/2012 1:36:12 AM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: stuartcr

When I was in the Navy back in the Seventies, some bored sailor had written on a wall in a toilet stall B.O.C. (Which as anyone from that time knows stood for Blue Oyster Cult.

Someone came along and spelled out the words vertically downwards “Brothers Of Communism”

Seems laughable, but that outrage worked its way up the chain of command until the entire ship had to undergo an indoctrination lesson!


17 posted on 03/15/2012 3:11:07 AM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Bathrooms attached to Mosques. I think the analogous question would be,

What will they find in the bathrooms attached to Christian churches?


18 posted on 03/15/2012 6:48:07 AM PDT by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)
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To: tet68

2 ply!


19 posted on 03/15/2012 9:16:17 AM PDT by Yehuda (Muck Fislam and it's useful infidel - dhimmie supporters.)
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To: Blado

LOL


20 posted on 03/15/2012 1:55:41 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: RoadGumby

Lots of pastel crochet work would be my guess.


21 posted on 03/15/2012 2:00:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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