Jihad Watch: Fatwa bans emoticons
This is Haram - Forbidden:
But this is Halal - Allowed:
Goat Beauty Contest
You - betcha'
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In related news: Translate English to "12-year-old AOLer"
I suggest we use it to translate the Koran, that would make a little bit more sense than to forbid smiley.
And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]...and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah." There is a good case to be made that the overall context of these verses is defensive war, however, there are two worrisome pieces to this passage. The first is that the killing of others is authorized in the event of "persecution." The second is that fighting may persist until "religion is for Allah.
AND SLAY TH3M WH3RAVER YE FIND THAM AND DRIEV THEM OUT OF DA PLAECS WHANC3 TH3Y DROV3 U OUT FOR PERSACUTION [OF MUSLIMS] SI WORSE THAN SLAUGHTER [OF NON-BLEIVERS].AND!111!111111!!! OMG LOL FIGHT THAM UNTIL PERS3CUTION SI NO MOR3 AND RALIGION SI FOR ALAH!1111!!!! WTF LOL THEYRE SI A GOD CAES 2 B MAED TAHT TEH OVERAL CONTAXT OF THES3 VERS3S SI DAFENSIEV WAR HOWAVER THEYRE R TWO WORISOME PEIC3S 2 THES PASAEG!!!1!!!1 WTF DA FIRST SI TAHT DA KILNG OF OTHARS SI AUTHORIEZD IN DA 3V3NT OF P3RSACUTION!11!!111 OMG LOL TEH S3COND SI TAHT FIGHTNG MAY PERSIST UNTIL R3LIGION SI FOR ALAH!1111!!! WTF LOL