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A Saudi Arabian Nightmare

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4 comments to A Saudi Arabian Nightmare

  • Marasmusine

    Can’t trust the Daily Fail, but the original story can be found at arabnews.com

    To me, the photo looks like a screen capture from a TV show :/

    There was a follow-up story on the 26th: “MAKKAH: A clinic in the Eastern Province that provides treatment to people possessed by jinns has volunteered to help Turki”, followed by some extremely poor reporting.

    “The father said he has taken Turki to see medical doctors and psychiatrists who have all been unable to diagnose his illness or treat him.” … “He added that all of the sheikhs who have seen Turki are unanimous that he is possessed by a female jinn who refuses to leave him. “She’s supposedly very powerful and said she is of royal stock and will not leave Turki until he dies,” he said.”

    It looks like the father simply refuses to accept that his son has psychological problems.

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  • pip

    It sounds to me as though this poor man may be suffering from a brain tumor or other serious medical condition, that initially caused his epilepsy and has now caused him to become semi-comatose. Wikipedia reports that Saudi Arabia is governed by sharia (Islamic law), and that it has the seventh most authoritarian regime from among the 167 countries rated. I don’t think there’s much hope that this young man will be rescued.

  • Nick Andrew

    That’s a great ending line, Evan. I’m reminded of a line Bill Maher said regarding Islam … “civilised people don’t threaten each other – we sue each other. Threatening – that’s some old school desert shit, and I’m sorry you can’t bring that to the big city.”


    Judaism, Christianity, Islam … the rituals and beliefs are all embarrassing throwbacks to a primitive past age. The priest at the altar, genuflecting, lighting candles and murmuring latin invocations remind me of nothing so much as a scared tribe huddling within a cave, praying that their god won’t bring thunder or a sabre-toothed tiger. The self-flagellation reportedly performed by Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta reminds me that we still, as a species, haven’t grown up.

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