Hamza Kashgari, full name Hamza Kashgari Mohamad Najeeb (Arabic:حمزة كاشغري) is a Saudi writer who was arrested and jailed for two year after tweeting statements critical of Muhammad that were deemed "sacrilegious," leading to his nickname as the "Twitter Blasphemer." His arrest was personally ordered by King Abdullah. He was arrested and extradited to Saudi Arabia in Malaysia while attempting to seek political asylum in New Zealand. Human rights groups feared that he would face the death penalty, as blasphemy and apostasy are punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. He was released from prison on October 29, 2013.
Regarding Saudi Arabia:
"Saudi women won’t go to Hell, because it is impossible for them to go there twice"
On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.
On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you've always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.
On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.
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