Hamza Kashgari

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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."[1] His arrest was personally ordered by King Abdullah.[2] He was arrested and extradited to Saudi Arabia in Malaysia while attempting to seek political asylum in New Zealand.[3] Human rights groups feared that he would face the death penalty, as blasphemy and apostasy are punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.[4] He was released from prison on October 29, 2013.[5]

Quotes

Regarding Saudi Arabia:[1]

"Saudi women won’t go to Hell, because it is impossible for them to go there twice"

Regarding Muhammad, tweeted on Mawlid holiday, deemed blasphemous by the Saudi government:[6]

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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