Skip to comments.Saddam Has Koran Written In His Blood
Posted on 12/13/2002 5:59:12 PM PST by blam
Saddam has Koran written in his blood
By David Blair in Baghdad
Decorated with intricate designs, the delicate Arabic script of the Koran seemed to have been written in red ink.
In fact, a skilled artist copied the 605 pages of the holy book using Saddam Hussein's blood. The Iraqi dictator donated three pints over two years and this, mixed with chemicals, was used for every verse.
The resulting Koran was laid out in the Mother Of All Battles mosque in Baghdad, built to commemorate Saddam's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and his subsequent defeat at the hands of the United States and Britain.
The mosque boasts eight minarets. Four are designed to resemble the barrels of AK-47 assault rifles and four are in the shape of Scud missiles. A hexagonal marble building in which the blood-written Koran is on display is crowned with its own minaret - of the Scud variety.
Saddam is seeking to reinforce his grip on power by wrapping the mantle of Islam around his rule. Iraq's ruling Ba'ath party was once an avowedly secular movement and fought Islamic extremists with unparalleled ferocity.
Yet Saddam has launched a "faith campaign", designed to prop up his regime with appeals to the Muslim faithful. Senior Ba'athists have begun learning the Koran by heart, religious instruction has been stepped up in schools and many ulemas, Islamic scholars, receive official funding.
The most visible part of the campaign is the mosque-building boom in Baghdad. The Mother of All Battles mosque was completed on April 28 last year, Saddam's 64th birthday. Among the items on display is a large plaque, at least 10ft long, bearing his signature.
A stone tablet carries his address to the nation when the war with Iran ended in 1988, after eight years of fighting. "Oh brave Iraqis, sons of our immortal Arab nation, oh you brave men in the armed forces, this day is the day of days," said Saddam. The conflict was a costly stalemate that claimed one million lives and gained Iraq nothing.
Another tablet depicts Saddam's words at the outset of his next military adventure. As the allied ground attack began in 1991, he told Iraqis: "Oh God, open everything to our hearts and our vision." Four days later, his army was hurled out of Kuwait.
The mosque shamelessly mixes Islam with Saddam's personality cult and the glorification of warfare. But some interpret its message differently.
Jassam Mohammed al-Jibori, the ulema who leads afternoon prayers, said: "President Saddam Hussein is a real Muslim. He looks for peace. He wants peace. He is a symbol of peace. God is the most powerful and, with His blessing, the Iraqi people will defend their president and sacrifice themselves. They will sacrifice more for him even than the army."
A few miles away, the second-largest mosque in the world, after Mecca, is under construction. A vast skeleton of arches rises among a tangle of cranes, surrounded by the chaotic jumble of an immense building site.
The dome of the Grand Saddam mosque will be the size of a football field. It will rise from the centre of an artificial lake in the shape of the Arab world, from Iraq to Morocco, and four large towers at each corner of the lake will house an Islamic university. Those, at least, were Saddam's original plans when he appointed himself chief engineer and launched the scheme in 1994.
Eight years later, the Baghdad skyline is dominated by an incomplete shell, formed by a circle of eight arches. There is little visible activity on the building site and the cranes are usually stationary.
While Iraq's hospitals and schools fall apart, grandiose projects still capture the imagination of the leader. But as the prospect of an American-led war looms closer, Saddam's most visible legacy to Iraq might be the shell of an unaffordable, half-built mosque.
Because they are brainwashed fanitics. We have a few on this side of the Atlantic.
Good thing you had one handy since you ran out of toilet paper.
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