Egyptian Blogger Arrested, Expelled From Al Azhar For Exposing The Truth:

March 20, 2006

The (Not-So) Strange Case of Kareem Amer
By J. Ahmed Salib, M.D.

Al Azhar, the biggest and most prestigious Islamic university, expelled one of its promising law students this past Friday after the 22-year-old, Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman (nicknamed “Kareem Amer”) was called in to a disciplinary hearing where he expounded upon his blasphemous thoughts and ideas.

You see, Abdelkareem is a champion of human rights and women’s rights, which totally contradicts the fact that he is, in fact, a Moslem.

This newest happening in the life of young Abdelkareem shows that life, indeed, does bring us full circle.

The Egyptian youth, who lives in Alexandria, was an innocent bystander in the October Maharram Beh Riot that happened in the same neighborhood that he lives in.

He wrote an article on 23 October 2005, condemning the riot, and, indeed, the entire Islamic religion, and was subsequently arrested on 26 October 2005 for the inflammatory not-quite-rhetoric, entitled “The naked truth about Islam as I saw it in Maharram Beh.”

It first appeared on his blog (in Arabic), but you can read my translation here:

“The Muslims have taken the mask off to show their true hateful face, and they have shown the world that they are at the top of their brutality, inhumanity, and thievery.
They have clearly shown their worst features and have shown that in dealing with others they are not governed by any moral codes.

From what I have seen yesterday of the events at Maharram Beh, which were quite shameful, and have shown me more facts that they have tried to cover over the centuries.

They have indicated that Islam is a religion of peace and forgiveness, but their true face has been uncovered to show barbarism and thievery and fanaticism and not acknowledging others, and attempting to remove them from existence.

Some may think that the actions of the Moslems does not represent Islam and has no relationship with the teachings of Islam that was brought by Mohamed 14 centuries ago, but the truth is that their actions is not different from the Islamic teachings in its original form when it has urged people to deny others and hate them and kill them and take their property, things that they know well but they try to deceive people by falsely defending the teachings of Islam by extremists and they are hiding from the truth and they prefer living a lie.

I have seen with my own eyes the thugs as they break into our Christian brothers’ stores after the whole area of Maharram Beh was completely out of control of the government authorities, and I saw them as they ransack the contents of the store right and left, amidst cheering and shouting extremist Islamic slogans, and I saw them stealing the money from inside the drawers of the cash registers and splitting it among themselves as if it is justified by being owned by what they call the infidels and the worshippers of the cross.

I saw them break into a liquor store owned by a Coptic merchant Labib Lotfy and I saw them smash everything they can get their dirty hands on, including the refrigerator and the scale and the boxes and liquor bottles. I saw some of them stealing liquor bottles so they can get drunk after a hard day’s work against the Coptic infidels.

It is worth mentioning that although some people may think that this Christian-owned liquor store was particularly targeted because the owner is selling the forbidden alcoholic beverages that is forbidden in Islam, but another liquor store in front of the Christian-owned store happens to be owned by a Moslem merchant, and none of the thugs dared to attack, as they did with the Christian-owned store. Now you can see the hateful sectarian actions.

What the Moslems did yesterday in a very vulgar and criminal and horrible way proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that they don’t acknowledge others or their rights of existence or their rights to live with the freedom of expression and also consider them less than them, and these actions should be fought and exterminated for is it right to leave these horrible human beings to do what they want and kill, destroy, steal, and burn??!!

The Islamic teachings that was brought by Mohammed 14 centuries ago should be faced with courage and boldness, we should expose and show its faults and warn humanity of its dangers. We should, even though we are different –look with reason to these teachings that urges people, human beings, to become monsters that don’t know anything in life except killing and looting and plundering and raping and pillaging.

We should stand courageously and boldly against these teachings that became a plague on humanity and is not supported except by extremists like bin Laden and al Zarqawi and al Zawaheeri and the thugs that assaulted our Coptic brothers and burned their homes and stole their properties, and tried to assault their religious men and destroy their churches.

We should take off the religious and sectarian gown and look at matters in a more humane way. We should hold trials to all the acts of terrorism and extremism, that our Islamic history have kept their names and their criminal actions starting with Mohamed ibn Abdullah and his company of murderers like Khalid ibn el Waled and Omar ibn el Khattab and Saad ibn Abbi Waqqas and Moiizah Bin Shaabah and Samra bin Gandab and the kings of Beni Ummaya and Beni al Abbass and al Osman, and ending with the Moslem criminals of the modern day that became more famous than movie stars and singers.
We should show the world the truth of these criminals that unfortunately have become role models for our youth and our children and our women. We should expose their false teachings and show the world that they are a big danger that should be exterminated and removed from its roots.

Before you put on trial the people that are responsible for the crimes that occurred on Black Friday in Maharram Beh, you should first put on trial the dirty teachings that caused them to go on a rampage of stealing and plundering and looting.. put Islam on trial and sentence it and its symbols with a figurative execution so that you can be sure that what happened yesterday will never be repeated again.

For as long as Islam exists on this planet all your efforts to end wars and disputes and upheavals will fail because Islam’s dirty finger will be found behind every catastrophic event to humanity.”

I am very surprised that it’s taken all these months for Abdelkareem to be expelled from Al Azhar, which is not only the biggest Islamic university in Egypt, but in the entire Islamic world!

There are two things to consider before taking sides, however. First, if Abdelkareem is so anti-Islamic, why should he waste his time at a school that is dedicated to Islam? Here is what his blog said this week about the matter:

“I am not sad! Would one be depressed and sad when he recuperates his freedom? As I was being investigated, I discovered- for the first time- that being a student at El Azhar University means I was a slave owned by it.

Would I be sad because I recuperated my freedom? Would the slave be depressed when he manages to forcibly extract his freedom from the grasp of that who considered himself a master? Would he who wins over injustice, slavery, and intellectual restriction cry? I extracted it from them as they were bargaining with me over it.

They were expecting me to deny or evade responsibility of my free and courageous opinions – they were awaiting for me to give birth to a second personality during the investigations – but how preposterous!

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.

I thank it for having opened its doors to me so I could see the laboratories of brain-washing and two-legged bombs, where an innocent kid becomes a rotten swamp after a couple of years, from whom emanates the odors of hatred, violence, and rejection of the other! “ (Source:

The second thing to consider in this matter is that Al Azhar is actually financed by all the Egyptian taxpayers, which means that, in a rational system, everyone should be allowed to attend, since they all pay taxes. This is not the case in Islamic and anti-Coptic Egypt, however.

Did Abdelkareem blaspheme? He did. Is that a reason to have kicked him out? It depends.

In the U.S., it would be declared unconstitutional. Egypt, however, is not known for allowing free speech, no matter how true it is. Because I agree with young Abdelkareem: Until the tumor that is Islam is excised from the tissues of Egyptian society, and the world, for that matter, Egypt will never be a safe place for Christians and moderate Moslems. Any thinking person knows, however, that there is no such thing as a moderate anything, and especially not a moderate Moslem.

Abdelkareem hit the nail on the head, Osama bin Laden is a shining example of a practicing Moslem. Anyone to label themselves “secular Moslems” should realize that this is a sham, and officially convert out of Islam. This is like the wonderful lady Dr Wafaa Sultan. She spoke against the religion, but if she doesn’t practice it and she disagrees with it, then she should be called an atheist or something, rather than a secular Moslem. It is a toss-up about which label is worse to an Osama bin Laden-type: Secular Moslem, Infidel, or Western-Sympathizer.

May God keep Dr Sultan and Abdelkareem safe from the arrows of the Devil, from the clutches of the true Moslems, and lead them into the loving Arms of the Father.

J. Ahmed Salib, M.D.


16 Responses to “Egyptian Blogger Arrested, Expelled From Al Azhar For Exposing The Truth:”

  1. thank you of all my heart …

  2. […] For more information on Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, read “Egyptian Blogger Arrested, Expelled from Al Azhar for Exposing the Truth […]

  3. […] Kareem is a writer who always found the courage within him to keep speaking his mind freely in the name of not only freedom of speech, but the freedom to think in an otherwise sheltered society. Because of that, he was interrogated and arrested this morning, but apparently not for the first time. We stand by and fully support Kareem through these difficult times and will continue working on this campaign until he is freed. […]

  4. anonymous muslim Says:

    i am completely opposed to the detention of abdulkareem. i think it is a violation of basic human rights, and the fact that it has happened to him is appalling.

    but anyone who believes that bin laden is a “practicing muslim” clearly has islamic fundamentalism confused with islam as a world religion. the notions of islamist regimes and islamist groups must be separated from the religion itself. the solution is not to put islam “on trial” but rather to put those who abuse it to achieve their own personal interests on trial.

    and yes, there ARE moderate muslims. people who live their lives piously, without harming others; and these people also fear and despise islamist regimes and fundamentalism. to classify all muslims who pray five times a day, for example, as being “tumors that must be excised” from any society, is reminiscent of rhetoric that is as racist as hate speech coming fundamentalist islamists. it is also not exactly intellectual by any means. please do not fall into the trap of generalization. i would suggest you read bassam tibi’s “the challenge of fundamentalism,” or any works by mohammad akroun.

    once again, i truly hope abdulkareem will be freed and that no harm comes to him.

  5. […] A friend blogger, Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, has been arrested for saying what was going on his mind in his blog. Unfortunately, he was born an Egyptian. He was even expelled from University in Egypt for that. University, a place where freedom of knowledge, freedom of speech, freedom to pursue one’s wishes should be the basic standards… and to think it is the one of the best Universities in Egypt. […]

  6. Anonymous Says:

    What a joke.
    What kind of person stays in the top Islamic school in the world when he despises Islam?
    Some people have no point in their lives at all.

  7. ahmedsalib Says:

    IT’s called keeping your friends close and your enemies closer, and why should he–and all Christians–be kept out of something our taxs ‘dollars’ are going towards supporting? It may not be a free country, but even in Egypt do we citizens have rights! The government is caving in on us because we–Christians and Moslems alike–are letting them do it. We should stop infighting (for we are, after all, brothers!) and take back our homeland and make it a prosperous land of freedom, equality, and humanity. God bless you.

  8. hi Says:

    i am very happy that you are in jail hahaha

  9. […] (or Kareem) is no stranger to facing the wrath of Egyptian authorities, as he was previously harassed for condemning the riots by his fellow Muslims against Christians […]

  10. rachael Says:

    i love those decorations!

  11. […] Notes: • The article below is an English translation of an article Kareem Amer published on his blog on October 22, 2005, the day following the Alexandria riots that occurred in Moharram Bek (Maharram Beh). • Kareem was arrested for this article in the same month. He was held for 18 days, then released on November 13 with the help of human rights groups. • The original Arabic text can be found below, or at his blog. • This translation was produced by J. Ahmed Salib. […]

  12. […] We have updated the What Kareem Said section with a translation of an article he published one day after the 2005 Alexandria riots that occurred in Moharram Bek: Kareem Amer: The Naked Truth about Islam As I Saw It In Maharram Beh. This translation was produced by J. Ahmed Salib. […]

  13. […] Το blog του Kareem είναι εδώ, ενώ την αγγλική μετάφραση έκανε ο J. Ahmed Salib. […]

  14. […] Blog einen extrem islamkritischen arabischsprachigen Artikel. Übersetzt lautet der Titel „Die nackte Wahrheit über den Islam wie ich sie in Moharram Beh gesehen habe“. Kareem bezeichnet den Islam darin als grundsätzlich unfähig zu Frieden und Freiheitswerten, […]

  15. wacky Says:

    it is amazing how a person with the name AbdulKareem, quite literally the ‘slave of Kareem (GOD)’ could be so ignorant in his belief. we may be quick to judge his actions, but his words ring truly of ignorance of which we were warned 14 centuries ago. The Quran as it has been sent down from the heavens mentions how the Christians will only suffer due to their ignorance. Putting this man into jail is the right thing to do, because it is people like him who are infectious diseases that eat socieities from within and it his type of people that really need to be excised.

  16. […] Blogger Kareem Amer durch die die Medien, als er zu vier Jahren Haft verurteilt wurde – wegen einem kritischen Artikel. Ich habe eine Facharbeit u.a. über seinen Fall geschrieben: Kareem Amer ist das Pseudonym des […]

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