Face of the day

Ever wonder why so called Moderate Muslims do not speak out against so called true Islam? Wonder no more. Today’s face of the day, Soheil Arab’s fate is the answer.

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Blogger and photographer Soheil Arabi with his 5 year old daughter Rojan

A 30-year-old blogger and photographer has been sentenced to death in Iran for “insulting the prophet of Islam” on Facebook, drawing renewed attention to the country’s notorious human rights record.

If he is killed by the Iranian government he will be hanged to death.

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Iranian police officers -barenakedislam.com

The man, Soheil Arabi, was convicted in a Tehran criminal court in August after admitting to posting the defamatory content. His lawyers argued that he had done so while “in poor psychological condition,” according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, and that he was merely sharing views held by others. But Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the conviction late last month and went a step further by adding a charge of “sowing corruption of Earth.” This charge is also punishable by death and cannot be pardoned, according to Arabi’s lawyer.

Human Rights Watch this week called on the Iranian government to halt Arabi’s death sentence, but government officials have shown no sign of leniency. “Currently, there is no pardon, and he’s been convicted of ‘corruption on Earth,'” Gholam Ali Mohseni Ejei, deputy head of Iran’s judiciary, told reporters Monday. “But there has been a request for his case to be reviewed again.”




-Poto: (Printscreen YouTube)


Iran has long taken a hard stance on online dissent, and appears to have stepped up its efforts in recent months. According to Reporters Without Borders, at least 65 activists, journalists, and bloggers were currently in prison because of their online activities as of July.

In May, seven people were arrested for dancing to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” and publishing the video online. They were given a suspended sentence of one year in jail and 91 lashes, on the basis that the video violated Iran’s Islamic laws. In July, eight Iranians were arrested and sentenced to a combined 127 years in jail on charges of colluding against the state and spreading propaganda on Facebook.

Who in there right mind would want to visit or live in Iran, a country where you get one year in jail and 91 lashes for dancing to a song about being happy? More to the point who in their right mind would be attracted to Islam, a political ideology that has medieval punishments including death for daring to disagree with the teachings of a Man who made child brides acceptable under Islamic law and married his own wife when she was only 6 years old.

Soheil Arabi and his wife Nastaran Naimi

Nastaran Naimi, Arabi’s wife, claims her husband was forced to admit guilt under pressure from agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Both she and her husband were arrested in their homes in November 2013, and while Naimi was soon released, Arabi was held in solitary confinement for two months. In a separate case related to the same Facebook posts, he was sentenced to three years in prison on September 4th for “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting the leader.” One of the Facebook pages he operated was titled “The generation that no longer wants to be the burned generation.”

According to Amnesty International, Arabi’s conviction marks the second time that an Iranian has been sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. In August, an engineer named Rouhollah Tavana was sentenced to death after allegedly insulting the prophet in a video clip. Amnesty, like Human Rights Watch, has called upon the government to halt Arabi’s hanging and release him immediately.

-the verge.com

Islam is a brutal political ideology that lives up to what it means. Islam literally means submit, and that is exactly what this brutal system of government does. You submit or you die.

Soheil Arabi from the photos above looks like a loving father and husband. He tried to make Iran a better place for his daughter to grow up in and is going to pay with his life. It is a terrible price to pay and is the price that anyone who tries to oppose Islam has to be prepared to pay.

Is it any wonder that so called ‘ moderate ‘ Muslims everywhere say nothing and do nothing?

Only a day after an extension was announced on the nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Tehran, news broke that Iranian courts confirmed the death sentence for the Internet activist who was imprisoned for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammad.


Jan. 2, 2015

Soheil Arabi will soon have a rope around his neck. The 30-year-old father is languishing on Iran’s death row. Yet Mr. Arabi did not kill anyone. He did not rape or steal. The “crime” Mr. Arabi committed was writing several Facebook posts that were deemed religiously offensive.



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  • HunuaRanger

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim.

    • spanishbride

      Sharia law is not moderate and it is the law prescribed for Islam by the Qu’ran. If you do not follow Shar’ia law are you a true Muslim? Under Sharia law it is acceptable to beat your wife. In Great Britain now (unbeleivably ) the British Government have allowed Shar’ia courts where they wait for it…wait for it… judge domestic violence cases. It would be a joke if it was not so tragic. Living in a so called democracy is no protection for a Muslim woman from Domestic violence.

      • Nic C

        Are you serious SB??
        I knew it was getting out of hand over there, with the self-appointed ‘Sharia Police’ patrolling the streets of East London, harassing, intimidating and assaulting anyone wandering past that they consider an affront to Sharia Law (which is bad enough in and of itself)… but no matter how narrow or specific their jurisdictional brief, for the UK govt to now allow Sharia Courts to operate legitimately within their system, is incredibly worrying and should be a cause for much alarm in similar western/commonwealth countries….

        … especially in light of what we’re now seeing here in NZ, on an ever more regular and increasing basis… surely this can’t be the case in the UK??!!

  • steve and monique

    Another reason to reconsider immigrants from these countries.

    • Imogen B

      Although it isn’t difficult to see why so many want to get out of there!

    • Rex

      Not “reconsider” at all. Just not allow any Muslims in at all. After WW11 Shintoism was banned in Japan. Time for Islam to be outlawed in the West. Would not be easy but it could be done with strong, very strong leadership.

      • mike

        Is that why 80% of Japan practices Shinto?

        Shinto was not banned, it was blamed as a contributing factor in the Ultra-Nationalism of Japan leading up to the War… but it wasn’t the only factor.

        The Shinto Directive issued by the US abolished State Support for the Shinto religion therefore making Japan a secularist state.

        If you are going to condemn a religion please use facts not conjecture.

  • Korau

    The more I hear about Islam and the practice thereof, the more I believe it is some kind of mental disease.

    • ex-JAFA

      ALL religion is mental illness. The reasons some people attribute to their conclusion that Islam is one are the same reasons others attribute to their conclusions about other religions.

  • MAWG

    We have to ask the question, How does this thinking and actions co-exist in a modern, secular society?

    The answer is, it does not.

  • williamabong

    Just another example of Islam the cult of evil, as a country we should never allow the followers of Islam to establish even a toehold in this nation lest we finish up like the failed social experiments in Europe.

  • Nige.

    On one side we have so called martyrs who blow themselves up to get their demented message across…..and then on the compassionate side we have a normal father risking his own life for a message of sensibility.

  • Mad Captain

    Wait until they develop nuclear weapons. Dark ages ideology with the ability to vaporise those who disagree with them. Let’s hope someone is working on Stuxnet 2.0

  • intelligentes candida diva

    I’m lost for words the more incidents of almost tyrannical outcomes I read about.

    This is sad news but hope lives on while he remains alive and in his courage to vest his right to speak his views.

    Iran is not new to having religious prisons as well as criminal prisons, I know of a person once held for 4 months in a prison in Iran around the time of the Iran Iraq war…..

    I understand why moderate Muslims do not speak out in the likes of Syria, Iran and Iraq but what about NZ, Australia USA, why are they not speaking up against these atrocities, because I am via commenting you are by posting this story as are many other non Muslims, so I do continue to wonder….

  • steve and monique

    And this sort of thing is why I am outraged that a Muslim creche is to be opened in Hamilton. Although they say that they will accept any children, the children and parents have to be open to their teachings. I myself find that frightening, next thing you know we will have a new generation of suicide bombers, murderers, rapists all under the guise of a religion based on submission. If only we could start a petition pleading with John Key and co to take a serious look at our immigration policy as it stands and rightly ban all immigrants from these dangerous countries. Apparently we can’t start a Facebook page because it violates rights.

    • spanishbride
      • steve and monique

        That’s why I am literally frightened for my children. I never thought i would say this but I am almost afraid to let my sons be anywhere in the vacinity of this religion or it’s mosques. I have no doubt there are genuinely lovely Muslim people out there but it feels like we can’t trust any of them with their refusal to integrate into the Western world and it’s way of co existing which leads me to question “if you don’t have any intention to adjust to new surroundings, why come?” The creche should never have been allowed to be opened but I guess if we have total Maori immersion schools then there isn’t a case. We made the rod for our own back and now is the time to change it. I vote Judith Collins for immigration Minister, she would have more kahunas than most.

  • All_on_Red

    Here’s a glimmer of hope for reformation of Islam
    “Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an extraordinary speech on New Year’s Day to Cairo’s Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry calling for a long overdue virtual ecclesiastical revolution in Islam. This is something no Western leader has the had the courage to do, certainly not Barack Obama, despite his Muslim education.

    Accusing the umma (world Islamic population) of encouraging the hostility of the entire world, al-Sisi’s speech is so dramatic and essentially revolutionary it brings to mind Khrushchev’s famous speech exposing Stalin. Many have called for a reformation of Islam, but for the leader of the largest Arab nation to do so has world-changing implications.”

    • spanishbride

      Expect an unfortunate accident to befall him or a blatant assassination sometime soon. He is in the minority.

      • All_on_Red

        I think he’s been anticipating that. Iirc he’s arrested over 1000 members of the Muslim Brotherhood and sentenced about 200 of them to death. So just another despot supported by the military in the mould of Saddam Hussain et al.
        Is that what it takes to keep peace and rule in the Middle East? Seems so. Interestingly he has been supporting Israel against Hamas. Recently he closed one border and tightened up on smuggling. I suspect he’d like to see regime change in Gaza. No surprise as Egypt is probably sick of the constant drama on their border.
        There are probably ties between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood too, so weakening Hamas weakens the MB- and that’s good for him.
        And us actually.

  • Bert Piepoint

    Their religion was originally “designed” to be a sort of handbook for survival in a hot desert environment. There are numerous examples of the reasons behind the do’s and do nots in the Qu’ran. But now move on a couple of thousand years and many of the “rules” are redundant. We have refrigeration so pork does not go off, we have better santitary conditions so the need to wash before prayers 5 times a day is redundant and so it goes on.

    • ex-JAFA

      The rules of most religions – or at least the Abrahamic ones – were really hygiene controls when medicine and health were little understood. Added to the food hygiene ones you mention, there’s eating with the right hand (IIRC) and wiping bums with the left, and male circumcision to avoid the nastiness of sand under the foreskin.

  • Tom

    Their country, their rules.

    • JohnnySees

      agreed, but the question asked appears to be “why are no Muslims speaking out against the extreme elements of Islam?”. The above article explains why you cannot speak out if you live in Iran, but what about those supposed moderates living in NZ, or Aussie etc? Why the silence?

    • oldmanNZ

      Is UK also becoming “their” country, their rules is creeping in.

  • ElZorrodePlata

    I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I think simplistically it can be broken down to some thing that was superbly described in this line from the Matrix Reloaded… “What is it that men with power want? More power!”

    It’s not about Islam, religion, or anything else, but power under the guise of religion. Using the name of religion to subjugate and control the masses by violence and the threat of violence is about as low as you can go. I suspect that the majority of loyal followers want the usual basic things… some form of income to procure the basic amenities, to bring up their family in a safe environment… etc, just like we enjoy in here.

    • Isn’t this what religion has always been about, power over others? OK, many have mellowed over time but pretty much all have gone through periods of less than subtle control.

      • ElZorrodePlata

        Indeed, take the various inquisitions that ravaged Europe. And yes, like Islam it was convert to Christianity or die. But I think that after the Protestant reforms, security, economy and freedom have drastically improved for the countries that embraced them.

      • nath

        I agree John, to me all religions seem to be a way to control the masses into being better slaves, more willing tax payers etc, what more of a powerful threat to have over people – the ability to dictate the terms of ones “eternal afterlife existence” heaven & hell – bs,
        bit like a reverse mortgage really, play now pay later….all religions mimic early Egyptian beliefs around worshipping the sun etc, others have just followed suit with a little customization to fit their societies a little better, to seem more convincing to those subjects..allowing for easier population control & taxation.

        I’m not quite an athiest, i have an open mind, but living in 2015 and being highly educated I require some hard evidence that this stuff is all real, so far i’m far from convinced….

        Did you know that you can start a religion in NZ of your own ?
        Great tax breaks, and great income from tithing, just look at Destiny….

        • aero13

          Nath – being highly educated is one great obstacle to understanding Christianity, which is a belief based largely upon faith. Science has given us the new religion of “global warming”, politics has given us “multiculturalism”, I prefer a belief in the Word of God.

          • nath

            go door knocking often ?

  • Damon Mudgway

    Mohammad is a donkey’s rear end.

    I await my condemnation and punishment. Oh that’s right…I live in a democracy where I am free to say what I like, and people are free to feel offended. If that’s not worth fighting for then my kids, and their kids, are doomed to same fate as Arabi.

  • timemagazine

    Everybody can probably understand why moderat Islamists don’t speak out in Iran and other places like this.They would put their lives and the livese of their loved ones at risk. But what is impossible, at least for me to understand, is why are so called moderat Islamist in western countries not standing up and speaking out aginst it. Why is everybody avoiding to speak out? Like the Mintos and the Smalleys of Western nations?

    • ElZorrodePlata

      Ask Salman Rushdie… He spoke out and there was a huge outcry. It’s significantly easier for the Minto’s and the Smalley’s of the world to poke at targets that can’t or won’t defend themselves like a radical Muslim would. And sometimes its the squeaky wheel that gets the most attention.

    • Catriona

      Nope, they won’t pop their heads over the pulpit and pontificate on this issue.

  • Catriona

    This is just awful for this man and his family.
    The big lesson to learn here is that we don’t accept Sharia Law – or any other countries laws for that matter.
    “When in Rome do as the Romans do” as they say.
    Everyone these days seem to be obsessed with their ‘rights’ – not so much about their responsibilities.

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