November Detained Egyptian Blogger, Today Expelled from the Sunni University of Al Azhar for Writings on Islam
Do you remember the Egyptian blogger/writer Nabeel Abdul Kareem (Abdolkarim) (21 years old)who has a blog under “Kareem Amer” in Arabic who was detained last November for his writings about Islam's reform, lack of freedom for women in the Muslim world and how few have hijacked the religion to carry terrorist crimes?
Kareem was a law student in Al Azahr University, the largest Sunni institution in the Muslim world. The university referred him to a disciplinary council that decided on expelling him from the university because of his writings on Islam on his blog and for his progressive views.
I wrote before on his detention: In his article, he called for the rejection of hatred in Islam to non-Muslims, hinting to the position of the Egyptian Copts. He witnessed himself the sectarian violence in Moharm Bik district in his home city of Alexandria. He gave in his blog an example how some Islamist thugs burned a liquor store owned by an Egyptian Copt while at the same time allowing a Muslim man to sell alcohol.
Today, I read Kareem's last blog post on his university decision. He seems to be in pretty good spirit. He does not sound defeated, in fact he says he has been liberated. Free Copts translated his last blog on the expulsion.
Parts of what Kareem has wrote from Free Copts blog:
"The University of El Azhar is a racist university, with all that the word "Racism" entails. Its Imams and scholars always decry countries of the West, which reached a high caliber in terms of human rights, for having been racist countries at one point of their history.
Would those turbans void of brains remove the speck from their eyes first before blaming others for actions carried out centuries ago? It is a racist university for; in spite of the fact that it is a public university financed by all Egyptian taxpayers - Muslims and Christians alike - it only accepts Muslim students! Isn't that racism?
It is a racist university because it separates male and female students and places them in separate campuses. It even goes as far as banning its female students from studying certain specialties. Isn't that racism? If there is one thing for which I would like to thank that university of El Azhar, it is for having showed me its unveiled face that I would not have been able to witness had I not been one of its students."
Karem's writings may send him to prison in Egypt. Muslim clerics (Sheikhs) has the power to lobby the society against him that may lead to some people taking legal actions against him to jail him. He may not only lose his university education but his entire future for having a criminal record. The consequences could be grave. And Karim (Abdel Kareem) is not a Danish journalist in Denmark. He is a Muslim Egyptian living in Egypt not Denmark.Do you know now why so many progressive Muslims prefer to live in the shadow? SOCIAL PERSECUTION.