Reform in the Muslim World… What Would It Look Like?

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Just daydreaming…

A Muslim boy whose parents fear his increasing radicalization and association with fundamentalist Imams is surprised when his father allows him to join an online Islamist Gaming Site called Teen Muttawa.

The boy logs on, and soon finds himself with two or three friends who show him the duties he must perform as a good Muslim, without questioning, despite his misgivings; Islam is submission, he is told, not interpretation; the Human conscience is not to be trusted in the face of the Word of Allah, as represented by the Shari’ah.

After a time he is allowed to join in a “game” that shows information about Muslims who have become apostate in the eyes of the group. The members vote after each revelation at to what the group should do, pursue, or relent, show mercy or show none, punish or kill. Random high ranking members are assigned to carry out and record the verdicts. The virtual world being embraced by Shari’a excites the boy.

After three days of almost solid “gaming” the boy finds himself viewing a girl in proper niqab walking in a part of town no girl the boy knew would go to.

He votes to pursue… recalling inunctions from his mentors that even his sister can sin and bring dishonor if she strays or is tempted from Islam.  The majority agrees.

The next shot shows the girl from a distance, obviously not escorted, in a secluded place. The boy is so offended by her behavior, he contrasts it to his sisters unfailing modesty and purity. This makes him want to punish the girl for the dishonor she is putting on HER family; who must be already shamed of her; how could such a person not show signs of their rebellion?

He votes to pursue. The majority agrees.

Now he sees the girl talking to a man labeled as haraam to her; then a shot of her embracing him, and another of the man leaving the scene. The boy recalls how his own sister had not even spoken of a boy once their father had declared against him.

The boy votes to arrest. The majority of “Muttawa” agree.

Information is brought in that the girl met her school friend whom she had fallen in love with. Her family had forbidden a marriage and he was moving to another city; she had met him to say goodbye though not even a kiss would she allow herself of him.

The boy votes to execute; the families honor is stained regardless if adultery occurred.  The majority agree.

Later that morning, as he finishes his prayers and prepares to finally sleep he gets an email with the results of the “verdict“. This is an exciting moment, when he can see the reality of his participation in the holy system of Allah’s punishment and reward for those who submit and those who pretend they may not.

He opens the email, loads the attached jpg; it is his sister… whom he realizes a moment too late is standing behind him with a baseball bat, and three similarly armed, and condemned, friends.

(optional Hitchcock style TV apologia can have parents intervening after boy is “scared straight.”)