Saudi Man Risks Ass To Buy Red Roses
on 2/13/2005 (3)
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's morality police are on the scent of illicit red roses as part of a clampdown on would-be St Valentine's lovers in the strict Muslim kingdom.
|Allah-hoo, Allah-hoo...I'll get some Falafels tonight! |
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi Arabia's powerful religious vigilantes, have banned shops from selling any red flowers in the run-up to February 14.
Florists say the move is part of an annual campaign by the committee -- whose members are known as "mutawwaeen" or volunteers -- to prevent Saudis marking a festival they believe flouts their austere doctrine of "Wahhabi" Islam.
Hopeless Rihad Romantic Saleh al-Sayeri laments the strict Arab code
"I just wanted to buy some red roses for my sweety Sahar! Make no mistake, I am a dedicated loyal servent to Mohammed and the Koran, but for God's sakes, a rose is a rose is a rose! I had to risk my ass runnning to and fro about the shops and kiosks in Riyadh just to buy a dozen! One eager youthful mutawwaeen chased me with a scimitar for 3 city blocks, and I have a most disadvantageous scratch on my backside to prove it! Dear God, I am a Muslim, but am I not also a man?!"
Saleh, clutching the dozen red roses like an Opium smuggler, wistfully pondered
"I hope she appreciates these. If you capture my meaning!"
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