Moe's Pirate News: "Pirates shouldn't target ships of Muslim countries"

*That’s the spirit! Jihad is what unites us! Stealing from other Muslims is unislamic, so lets get this right:


Somali jihadist spokesman: Pirates shouldn’t target ships of Muslim countries

Islamists raid port in hunt for pirates

* Somali rebels condemn gang that hijacked ship of ‘fellow Muslim country’

* Somebody is listening: Egypt calls on infidels to pay the jiziyah to stop piracy

Robert Spencer: “Pirates shouldn’t target ships of Muslim countries”

Of course, as for those of non-Muslim countries, he does not say one way or the other. But the Islamic tradition regarding the property of unbelievers is clear:

“I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform a that, then they save their lives an property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah” (Sahih Bukhari1.2.24).


“If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle” (Sahih Bukhari 4.53.392).


In addition, this story lends credence to the idea that jihadists’ pledges to fight piracy will involve a great deal of hair-splitting about when piracy is “really” piracy, not unlike apologists’ hair-splitting with respect to when jihad is “really” jihad.

“Islamists say they’ll fight Somali pirates,” by Mohamed Sheikh Nor for the Associated Press, November 21:

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A radical Islamic group in Somalia said Friday it will fight the pirates holding a Saudi supertanker loaded with $100 million worth of crude oil.

Abdelghafar Musa, a fighter with al-Shabab who claims to speak on behalf of all Islamic fighters in the Horn of Africa nation, said ships belonging to Muslim countries should not be seized.

“We are really sorry to hear that the Saudi ship has been held in Somalia. We will fight them (the pirates),” Musa told AP Television News.

In the past two weeks, Somalia’s increasingly brazen pirates have seized eight vessels including the huge Saudi supertanker. Several hundred crew are now in the hands of Somali pirates. The pirates dock the hijacked ships near the eastern and southern Somali coast and negotiate for ransom.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Friday that the Saudi government was not negotiating with pirates and would not do so, but that what the ship’s owners did was up to them. […]


Hijacked Saudi oil tanker Sirius Star‘Not just pirates’ 
Somali man says world ignores their real problems 

November 20, 2008

Somali pirates demand $25m ransom for supertanker

Somali pirates who hijacked the Saudi-owned super-tanker Sirius Star today demanded $25 million in ransom and set a 10-day deadline.

“We are demanding $25 million from the Saudi owners of the tanker,” said Mohamed Said, one of the pirates, in a phone interview from the ship anchored off the Somali coast.

“We do not want long-term discussions to resolve the matter. The Saudis have 10 days to comply, otherwise we will take action that could be disastrous.”

The Sirius Star with its full cargo of two million barrels of oil has set new records as the most audacious hijack the pirates have yet managed, the largest ship yet taken and the attack furthest away from Somalia.

Seized at the weekend in the Indian Ocean some 500 miles (800 km) off the coast of Kenya, the vessel is now anchored at the Somali pirate lair of Harardhere, according to local officials.

Yesterday Prince Saud al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, confirmed that the ship’s owners were in talks with the pirates, but the company that operates the Sirius Star has remained tight-lipped about the claims of negotiations.

“We cannot confirm, nor deny” reports of negotiations with the hijackers, said Mihir Sapur, the spokesman of Vela International, a subsidiary of Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco.

The tanker’s crew of 25 include two men from Britain, alongside 19 from the Philippines, two from Poland, one Croatian and one Saudi.

“The families of (Chief Engineer) Peter French, from County Durham, and (Second Officer) James Grady, from Strathclyde, greatly appreciate the concern that has been expressed by people throughout the UK and beyond, about Peter and James. They hope that Peter and James will be home safely to their families very soon,” said the families of the two Britons, in a statement issued through the Foreign Office last night. Mr French is married and has a 17-year-old daughter.

Today Saudi Arabia joined other Arab states with Red Sea coastline at an emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss the threat of piracy off Somalia.

Senior officials from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen met for the talks, amid growing international frustration over a situation described by the International Maritime Bureau as “out of control.”

With three more ships captured since the Sirius Star was taken, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said his government would consider all possibilities in dealing with the crisis.

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4 thoughts on “Moe's Pirate News: "Pirates shouldn't target ships of Muslim countries"”

  1. A-Ha! A computer with a mind of its own.

    Probably been ‘filtered’ by the Canberra Nazis, KRudd and Conroy!

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