Sunday, April 02, 2006

My Conversation with an Egyptian Taxi Driver

My car broke down and I had no choice but to take a taxi. In Egypt, we do not usually sit at the back of the cab out of respect to the driver, so I sat in the passenger seat next to him. I should have known better. This was a very long ride from Nasr City to Maa’adi and I had to put up with this man’s conversation about women, religion, and Mubarak.

He started the ride by complaining about his wife and how she uses sex to manipulate him. The man does not even know me, yet he is telling me about his sex life! He said that women are the lowest creature God ever created and he praised the prophet for asking men to discipline and punish their wives. He then spoke about the greatest danger that faces Egyptian families: the satellite channels. He was deeply concerned about movies that show men who maintain their erections for hours. He was also worried that his wife would humiliate him if she was to watch any of these movies.

The driver then spoke about religion. Interesting transition huh! He said that the prophet was very wise in allowing men to marry more than 4 wives. Wait a minute, the man cannot get it up and he wants to marry more than one woman!!! He said that every man is worth four women, so he deserves 4 women. He then spoke about what he called the “genius of Muhammad” but could not elaborate on why he thought this way about that man. I was so tempted to tell him that Muhammad’s genius lied in getting away with screwing a 9-years-old child, but I did not.

Of course, Egyptians do not know how to have a dialogue. This man was obviously giving me a lecture and was not interested in my opinion. I was so bored with him and I kept nodding my head without saying much back to him. I realized that this man’s moral development is so primitive and there was no point of conversing with him given his utter ignorance and immaturity; however, I could not help it when he started talking about Egyptian Christians. See, he is too delusional to think that I am Christian because he has no capacity of seeing anyone who is different from him, so he proceeded to talk with me assuming that I am a Muslim. He said: “Do you know why Egypt is so messed up a country?” I looked interested without saying anything. He said: It is because of the blue bones.” “Blue bones” is a derogatory term given to Christians in Egypt (Copts). The word is self-explanatory: Coptic Christians’ bones are crushed by Muslims till they became blue.” In a culture of violence where people take pride in their aggression and hostility a word like that describes the weak and the oppressed. Muslims in Egypt really take pride in crushing and humiliating Christians and using the word blue bones to describe them is no surprise!

I became interested in this shit-head and asked him “why do you think this is?” He said, “They do not pay el Gezyah.” Gezyah is a poll tax all Christians used to pay until recently. If they wanted to stay Christians they have to pay this tax. If not they were either beheaded or they were forced to convert. He said that Mubarak is a wimp for not forcing Christians to pay this Gezyah and he will die like his predecessor for not following Allah’s order to do that. As I listened to this man, my blood was boiling, but I wanted to get to my work. However, I could not help it, I decided to give him a bad taste in his mouth by saying: "You know it is sad that Mubarak does not do that but it is even more depressing that Bush is making all Arabs pay Gezyah to him." He asked: “What do you mean?” I responded by saying that Bush controls Arab oil and is taking money from Arab leaders to protect Iraq from Osama ben Laden. I looked at his eyes and he was speechless. I could also see how my words created the same discomfort that he created in me. I finally made him to shut up and his sick monologue came to an abrupt and painful end. Alas, he played a tape of the Qur’an during the remainder of the trip!


Blogger Egypeter said...

That just shows the level of sheer and utter ignorance that pervades the average tax-cabe driving Arab that is polluting the Egyptian streets. It is a sad state that Egypt is in and needs a lot of prayer and work. I'd like to say that this guy's views are in the extreme minority but I'm pretty sure that's not the case at all.
Fundementalists, like this cabbie, want to kill us and most moderates tell us to keep quite or else the wrath will be unleased by us. It's a dismial situation, truly. You just gotta find the secular muslims and band with them. Pretty bleak.

10:32 PM  
Blogger xavier said...

So it's the Copts fault that these invaders screwed up Egypt?! Moslems are really secure about themselves and have such high self esteem eh?
I loved your retort that Bush exacts jizah from the Arab leaders. ;) Freak him out why don't you? ;)
Yeah, how indiscreet. Didn't he violate some Mohammedian directive?

I really don't see how it'll be possible to change such deeply entrenched attitudes.

10:53 PM  
Blogger maged salamah said...

I still think that the expression moderate Muslims is an oxymoron. Even if we assume that they are selective in taking some good values from Islam and rejecting many bad ones, their apathy and lack of compassion for their follow Egyptians deserve nothing but disdain and disgust.

6:27 PM  
Blogger maged salamah said...

I can remember the humiliated look at his eyes when I reminded him with what Bush is doing to them. See, Muslims do not know who they are screwing with. They just had a good match.

6:29 PM  
Blogger xavier said...

Thanks. I concour with you. For every Bigparaoh and sandmonkey, you have tens of thousands of ordinary Moslems who are deeply apathetic about the fate of the non-Moslems in their presence. Guess that's what happens when a nomadic tribe settles down but never become part of the conquered civilization.
I look at European history and the Germanic, Slav and Magyar tribes were possiblely more backwards than the Arab tribes yet the former fused together with the Latins and Celts (to a lesser extent the Basques) to create Europe. They destroyed at first but once Christianized, they contributed so much.
Arabs appears to have sterilized whatever they've occupied.

10:37 PM  
Blogger maged salamah said...

Islam is a very destructive ideology. Muslims do not contribute to the well being of humanity in any shape or form. They consume and they do not produce. They are racists, sexists, and oppressive. They are a burden on the world and they contribute to its unrest.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Bent El Neel said...

hehehehehehh!!! Brilliant retort Maged :D
Although it is sad how ignorance has enveloped our country. That poor man never developed a thought of his own, he's just regurgitating what some imam said in a Friday prayer, or on a cd he listened to once. Think about it, if the educated elite are buying into the whole:
crap...what do you expect from your taxi driver friend???

10:49 AM  
Blogger maged salamah said...

Bent el neel,
He is among the majority of brain dead people in our country

9:36 PM  
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2:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i like your site.. i only wish there were more of them in Egypt, but what can you do.. i am writing a paper on the Copts and the deragatory term 'blue bones' i believe originated from the persecution of a Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim, when he made Christians wear a 5 pound wooden cross, till their bones were blue. keep up the site!!!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

I have to comment on moderate Muslims. Muslims who do not follow jihad, who do not agree with war or violence in Allah's name are BAD Muslims, or as the Qur'an says, they are "hypocrites" who will burn in Hell along with the infidels.

[Qur'an 9:67 "The Hypocrites enjoin what is forbidden, and forbid what Islam commands. They withhold their hands (from spending in Allah's Cause [Jihad]). They have forgotten Allah so He has forgotten them. Verily the Hypocrites are oblivious, rebellious and perverse."]

In other words, in Islam you only get rewarded for doing EVIL, not GOOD. Most right-minded, sane human beings abhor violence. So for this we are EVIL? To hell with Allah, to hell with his "prophet". Christians of all colours need to reject Islam completely. We have no need whatever to recognise this "religion" at all. To us it is false, and demonstrably so. Don't believe me, read Revelation 22:18-19.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Modern Pharaoh said...

This taxi driver is an extremist Idiot, such as yourself!!

You are the same as the fundementalist Muslim Idiots you speak about!! your a hateful coward! i did not know you this blog was a direct attack on Islam..This is like blaming the crusades on stupid! Muslims do not alway represent Islam Mr Maged!

ps: Eat a D*ck

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This converstaion is a figment of your idiotic imagination

No Muslim believes the Prophet wrote the Quran or decided its laws- if you believe the Quran is from Muhammed saw and not God you arent Muslim

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahh am soo happy I found ur blog hehehe I am an american living here and thnk GOD am american and not born an egyptian women that I was shown the difference and not oppressed as a women u know I read alot of what u all said and my country Is not perfect we have alot of crazy people and crime am not stupid but we also have opportunity and as a women we can choose our destiny in the bible jesus said you the man is the head of the household so and jesus is the head of the church I think in some ways its fine to be respectfull to ur husband but not like the quran said I've studyied alot with my friend she's taught me soo much and I tried to wrap it around my head this religion of islam and it seems they took bits of the bible that they find good for their cause and what they didn't they said was'nt true lol and then I had no doubt when they said that adam and eve had free will and GOD forgave them WHAT! GODS whole plan was for us to live here 4 ever if he forgave us then that makes him a liar think about that! he couldnt forgive us that's why he sent jesus but i geuss they sat down and said ok tell them all adam and eve had free will and GOD forgave them then we can say jesus was just a profet and that wasn't him that really died it was judus I thought about it long and hard and anybody that has common sense would say that the christians are right umm and their r soo many farmers here stupid ppl like that cab driver thank 4 ur blog keep it up!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the poor Christian people? 2 million were beheaded because they couldnt pay el gezyah..

6:10 AM  
Blogger delightfulsin_vittorio said...

man are you stupid or ARE you stupid ? islam is bigger and stronger than u think..

read this u prick, and check out what the cnn had to say about islam, and this goes for all of u who doubt islam, and im sorry to inform u that all of ur efforts are as fruitless and as vain as ur life..

Fastest-growing religion

The second-largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam is also the fastest-growing religion. In the United States, for example, nearly 80 percent of the more than 1,200 mosques have been built in the past 12 years.

Some scholars see an emerging Muslim renaissance as Islam takes root in many traditionally Christian communities.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims are uneducated filth.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Robin Marie Ewers said...

Wow you are an unbelievable journalists and truth speaker....everyone around the world is fooled by this so-called democracy in Egypt. Thank you thank you for posting!

10:05 AM  

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