FREE KAREEM! (Update on Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman)

November 7, 2006

As all of you know, Abdelkareem’s freedom has been a pet project of mine since I heard of his “strange case” back in October or so of last year.

This article to follow is from Sara Ghorab, who has picked up the torch. I hope that many writers and bloggers and news agencies will pick up his story, just as they did for Alaa, whose cause was noble, but not as noble as Kareem’s.

Every friend of freedom, democracy, and AMERICA should forward this story (or any Kareem story) to as many people as she or he can.

Click the link below to read the whole thing.

“Bel Ro7, Bel Damm, nfdeeek ya Kareeeeem!!!!!!!”

Egyptian Blogger Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman IMPRISONED For Anti-Islamic Comments

By Sara Ghorab

Anyone who knows about the wonderful freedoms today’s Islamic Egypt affords her citizens will be surprised to hear that a harmless 22-year-old blogger who wrote an anti-Islamic essay was thrown into jail recently.

Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, 21 at the time, actually saw late 2005’s Moharam Bey riots firsthand, and then wrote about them on his blog. He also labeled the religion of his birth, Islam, a “dirty religion” and spoke of its dangers. Shortly thereafter, he was taken in for questioning and detained for several days. Fast forward to the start of this year, and he was actually expelled from Islamic university Al Azhar. (Read this http://www.annaqed.com/english/under/expelled_from_al_azhar_for_exposing_the_truth.html article for background and a translation of his inflammatory blog posting.)

All was well for a while, but then the trouble began again. Abdelkareem was profiled on an Al Jazeera documentary about bloggers, making his face—which had previously appeared on his blog and on the first “Free Kareem” campaign—even more famous.

While many Moderate Muslims (some of them bloggers) defended him despite his defamation of their religion (and keep in mind that he himself was born Muslim), many of the people Abdelkareem daily came into contact with began to treat him differently. For example, one source tells me that several businesses took him aside and kindly asked him to stay away from their shops until the hubbub died down. Other shopkeepers were not so kind in their requests.

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2 Responses to “FREE KAREEM! (Update on Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman)”

  1. Egypeter Says:

    Thanks Ahmed!! Since I’m unable to operate my own blog I’ve linked to his sites on the blogs that I follow.

    I hope and pray that he’s returned to his loved ones!

    Salaam Ahmed.

  2. Esra'a Says:

    We started a campaign yesterday morning:

    http://www.freekareem.org

    Sign the petition, please.


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