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Saudi Arabia: Kingdom’s First Female Olympic Athletes Called ‘Prostitutes’

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Saudi Arabia will be sending two female athletes to the 2012 London Olympics, which officially begin tomorrow (July 27). Wojdan Shaherkani (Judo) and Sarah Attar (athletics) will be the first two women to ever represent the kingdom, where conservative religious clerics forbid the participation of women in competitive sports.

The two Saudi women taking part in the London Olympics. Photo from the official delegation page on www.london2012.com

The two Saudi women taking part in the London Olympics. Photo from the official delegation page on http://www.london2012.com

On Twitter, their anticipated involvement in the games set off a flurry of reactions, including a hash tag which described them as the “Prostitutes of the Olympics.”

Saudi Arabia’s earlier announcement that women would be excluded from London 2012 was faced with a call [2]for banning the kingdom from the Olympics.

The participation of women under the Saudi flag comes under conditions: that they would not compete in mixed games and that they would dress up conservatively, among others.

On Twitter, Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran shares the line up of athletes representing his country at the Olympics and quips:

@Ahmed [4]: List of Saudi athletes who will compete in London Olympics. Interestingly, Sarah Attar appears without a headscarf http://www.london2012.com/athletes/country=saudi-arabia/index.htmx

On his own blog, Al Omran further elaborates [5]:

To appease the clerics, Saudi most senior sports official Prince Nawaf bin Faisal announced a set of rules for women’s participation at the Olympics. Athletes can only take part if they do so “wearing suitable clothing that complies with sharia” and “the athlete’s guardian agrees and attends with her,” he told local daily al-Jazirah. “There must also be no mixing with men during the Games,” he added.

On Twitter, a Saudi Twitter user allegedly called Sultan Al Hilali spread the hash tag [6] #عاهرات_الاولمبياد which translates to The Prostitutes of the Olympics, reportedly in reference to the Saudi athletes taking part in the games. The hash tag got many angry responses, as well as a few in its support.

Aljohara responds:
#عاهرات_الاولمبياد‬‏ تذكرونني بأوربا العصور المظلمة, تشتمون هذا و تقذفون تلك باسم الدين. الدين براء منكم.
@SkittlesFairy [7]: You remind me of Europe in the Dark Ages; you insult this and slur that person in the name of religion. This religion has nothing to do with you.
Screenshot of the tweet which called Saudi female athletes prostitutes [8]

Screenshot of the tweet which called Saudi female athletes prostitutes

Rasha Al Dowasi adds:
المسلمات من شتى الدول الاسلامية يشاركن في الاولمبياد منذ سنين..لكن لا تكون الرياضة عهر إلا اذا مارستها سعودية؟ ‎‫#عاهرات_الاولمبياد‬‏
@Rsha_D [9]: Muslim athletes from Muslim countries have been participating in the Olympics for years. Sport only becomes prostitution when Saudi women practices it

Many netizens also called for the prosecution of the Twitter user who came up with the hash tag. A screen shot of the tweet which calls the women taking part in the games as prostitutes is making the rounds online. The aim is to name and shame the person behind the hash tag.

Saudi blogger Eman Al Najfan shares her thoughts on Saudi women and the Olympics here [10] and here [11]. The two articles are also cross-posted in The Guardian.

Other countries sending female athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time are neighbouring Qatar and Brunei.

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What we summarily know about Iraq as Muslims

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1. The Garden of Eden was in Iraq.
2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq , was the cradle of civilization!
3. Noah built the ark in Iraq .
4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq
5. Abraham was from Ur , which is in Southern Iraq !
6. Isaac’s wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq !
7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq .
8. Jonah preached in Nineveh – which is in Iraq .
9. Assyria, which is in Iraq , conquered the ten tribes of Israel .
10. Amos cried out in Iraq !
11. Babylon , which is in Iraq , destroyed Jerusalem .
12 Daniel was! in the lion’s den in Iraq !
13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the Fiery furnace!)
14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the “writing on the wall” in Iraq .
15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq .
16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq
17. The wise men were from Iraq
18. Peter preached in Iraq .
19. The “Empire of Man” described in Revelation is called Babylon , which was a city in Iraq !

And you have probably seen this one. Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq ! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible The names used in the Bible are Babylon , Land of Shinar , and Mesopotamia . The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers . The name Iraq , means country with deep roots.

Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible

No other nation, except Israel , has more history and prophecy associated it than Iraq .

And also, This is something to think about! Since America is typically represented by an eagle. Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages..

The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)

Koran (9:11 ) – For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace.

(Note the verse number!) Hmmmmmmm?!

By: Abbey Semuwemba