Sunday, September 5, 2010

UN nuclear watchdog cheif ElBaradei accuses Egyptian government of smear campaign over Facebook photos of daughter

Laila, an investment lawyer with a practice in London, in a swimsuit

The Facebook group also published a snapshot of what it said was Laila’s profile in which she presented herself as agnostic, a claim that is likely to be seen by some as further evidence of western decadence in the ElBaradei family.

Ramadan ~ marked most in the Muslim calendar by Muslims controlling each other.

ElBareadei's daughter admirably has made a conscious decision as to what she wants to believe. Muslims say you should not force a woman to wear a headscarf ~ but you also cannot force her to believe in Islam.

To suggest that Islam could forever hold humanity in its grip by force ~ is a folly!



The Egyptian government has been blamed for the emergence of photographs of Mr ElBaradei's daughter Laila variously dressed in swimming costumes or sitting in places were alcohol was served, in an attempt to outrage more conservative members of Egyptian society.

The photographs, apparently taken from her Facebook profile without her knowledge, were posted elsewhere on the social networking site under the title "ElBaradei's Family Secrets".

Although the creator of the group by claimed to be a friend of Laila's who was opposed to her father's activities, Mr ElBaradei told a local newspaper that he believed the government was behind the Facebook group because he had called for "democracy and economic reform" in Egypt.

"Such a campaign is the usual and only response of the regime towards whoever demands democracy," he told the independent Dustour newspaper.

Since he returned to Egypt in February, after serving 12 years as the head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr ElBaradei has emerged as the most recognisable dissident in the country which has been ruled by President Hosni Mubarak for nearly three decades. Mr Mubarak, 82, is widely believed to be preparing his son Gamal for succession.


Neither Mubarak has indicated whether they will run in elections next year and the ruling National Democratic Party has distanced itself from a petition and poster campaign supporting Gamal for president.

Many in the conservative Muslim country may look askance at the pictures. Islam forbids alcohol and advises women to dress 'modestly'.

The Facebook group also published a snapshot of what it said was Laila’s profile in which she presented herself as agnostic, a claim that is likely to be seen by some as further evidence of western decadence in the ElBaradei family.

Her marriage to a European investment banker also raised eyebrows among conservatives in Egypt.
Laila is married to financier Neil Pizey, and the couple live in London. Comments on the Facebook group expressed concern as to whether Mr Pizey was a Muslim.

"The pictures of Laila will have an effect, as personal matters do in politics, anywhere," said Dia Rashwan, a political analyst with the Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies.
"And they were posted in Ramadan, which is a month of piety."

Telegraph

1 comment:

McMimoz said...

This Allat goddess amulet was uncovered in Adumattu, Arabia. Notice the moon and star symbol was in use before Islam. Allat was one of the three daughters of Allah of the Arabian Kaaba, Koran 53:19

Well, Actually you didn't complete the verses:
They are not but [mere] names you have named them – you and your forefathers – for which Allah has sent down no authority. They follow not except assumption and what [their] souls desire, and there has already come to them from their Lord guidance.
53:19

But still, nice try

Salam Allah Alaikum!

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