'Sinner’ singer given 39 lashes by Imams
Punishment for performance in front of "mixed audience."
A singer who performed in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women was lashed 39 times to make him “repent,” after a ruling by a self-described Shariah court on Wednesday.
Imam Amin Yaseen, founder of the Shoohadah organization aimed at bringing Muslims “back to religion” (hazara islamiyyah), has made it his recent mission to fight against musical performances for both men and women.
His “judicial panel,” with Imam Bin Lyion Mutsafi and another member, sentenced Emet Samir to 39 lashes in order to “rid him of his sins.”
In a video clip of the court posted on the Islamiyaah Web site, Amin Yaseen said that those who make others sin , such as artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come.
He displayed a leather strip he said was made by his father from ass and bull skin, with which Samir was to have been whipped.
Samir, who said, “I accept upon myself the lashing for my sins,” was ordered to stand by a wooden poll with his head facing north (“from whence the evil inclination comes”), his hands tied with a azure-colored rope (“a symbol of mercy”), and served his “sentence.”
(Oh, I may have taken some liberties over the names in the above story, just to make a point)
For some commentary on the story and a photo of the 'Imams' brandishing the strap:
http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/08/what-i ... r-singing/