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Temporary marriages can be the solution to Islamic economies

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Submitted by John Bastile (Malaysia), Oct 10, 2005 at 03:49

Despite the fact that muslims officially represent 20% of the world population and own natural resources in abundance, their economies are mostly in shambles, with the exception of few sheikhs with petro-dollars. The uneducated mass become easy recruits for the Islamic radicals. Quote a few verses from the Quran, and they become ready soldiers of Islam - ready to kill all infidels.

One solution come to mind. Help the muslims to promote "muta" as a industry. Organised corporations can recruit virgin girls from the poor muslim families and offer muslim males the opportunity to marry. Since a muslim can only marry up to 4, unlike their perfect prophet who can marry more as Allah has made it halal for him, these organised corporations can work out a system, similar to time-sharing, to enable muslim males to maintain the halal number of wives.

There will be tremendous benefits for many parties:

Firstly, the muslim males will have easy access to their sexual needs. They could even have sex with more than 72 virgins with a good wife-rotation system of regular and systematic mariages and divorces. Thus, they may be swayed from seeking a jihad death. The appeal factor will be - why bother blowing up yourself to earn the 72 virgins in heaven when you can get access to them here on earth?

Secondly, there will be job opportunities for the imans. Since madrasahs churn out thousands of religous muslims without proper qualifications for meaningful employment, they normally preach Western oppressions. Instead of becoming recruiting agents for radical Islamists, they can now contribute to the "muta" industry. There'll be demand for imans as calls for marriages and divorces occur throughout the day. After making tonnes of money, they may not feel that they are being oppressed anymore.

Thirdly, it's good that for once, the Islamic nations can find something to export instead of oil beneath the ground, besides terrorism of course. Since they are poor in all other areas such as science, technology, sports and finance, they can now excel in one of the world's oldest industries. Perhaps, they can even open franchises in Amsterdam and Las Vegas.

Fourthly, it can be used as an effective faith propagation. If the muslims can issue a fatwa pronouncing that they no longer will kill apostates, this "muta" industry can go global. Imagine, a non-believer can utter one sentence, get converted into a muslim, then marry a muslim girl, have sex with her, divorce her the next day, and then renounce the faith. There's no sin.

Lastly, the poor girls that are to be recruited. Considering their current fates as being born into poor muslim families, their state will be no worse. Perhaps, with the improving ethical codes of the muta organizers, these girls may be able to have money and achieve freedom - something that they may not be able to do so now.

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