Monday, 2 August 2010

Temporary marriage

Frits notes that, in Persia, a country so protective of the virtue of its women that it cuts off the breasts of mannequins in shop windows, the authorities in the Province of the Quds’eh-Razavi of Khorassan have thoughtfully “created centers for temporary marriage” just next door to the shrine of the eighth Imam, Imam Reza, in order to “elevate the spiritual atmosphere, create proper psychological conditions and tranquility of mind” for “brothers” on pilgrimage who are “far away from their spouses”. Thus they are advertising for “sisters” between the ages of 12 and 35. The wages are:

5 hour temporary marriage – 50,000 Tomans ($50 US)
One day temporary marriage – 75,000 Tomans ($75 US)
Two day temporary marriage – 100,000 Tomans ($100 US)
Three day temporary marriage – 150,000 Tomans ($150 US)
Between 4 and 10 day temporary marriage – 300,000 Tomans ($300 US)
Sisters who are virgins receive a bonus of 100,000 Tomans ($100 US)

Strange how they convert all the figures given in their own idiotic currency into the currency of the evil empire. Frit is unable to work out why interested sisters should need to accompany their applications with “two full-length photographs” of themselves “fully hijabed and properly veiled”! The reason they are “obligated to donate 5% of their earnings to the Shrine of Imam Reza”, on the other hand, is easier to grasp. That’s what pimps do.
Frit feels sure that anyone reading the advertisement who might be shocked that, in this day and age, public authorities in a country about to obtain nuclear weapons should be offering 12 year old “sisters” jobs in the temporary marriages sector will be suitably reassured by the advertisement’s footnote – “Attention: sisters below 14 years of age require the written consent of their father or male guardian.”

Imam Reza, pictured suspiciously close to some animals, apparently based his claim to being Mohammed’s successor on the “Hadith of the pond of Khumm” as well as on the “Hadith of the two weighty things”!