The caliph’s demise

Aasiq Ali al abizz had four wives.

They were aged 14, 15, 16 and 17. He always maintained his wife list in that order. As each aged one year, the 14-year-old slot was refilled, and the one reaching her 18th birthday was retired.

Retirement for the oldest went like this: She was stoned, chopped up into little pieces, sautéed in leftover olive oil, mixed with diced dates and mashed pomegranates and fed to ravenous pigs.

This retirement was, naturally, not revealed to the wives beforehand.

He liked surprises.

Aasiq Ali al abizz was 83 years old and not as fit as he once was, back when he had 32 wives, but even then the retirement process was the same, and so were the ages. There simply were eight wives in each age slot.

camelThe Prophet, of course, promised 72 virgins after death, but Aasiq Ali al abizz was an impatient man, so he enjoyed a new virgin every year, knowing that on his death he would have plenty more.

Aasiq Ali al abizz’s stretch of desert, that which he called his kingdom, by pure luck, abutted the Land of the Jews. On weekends he would lob SA-N-3 Goblet missiles over the border.

Aasiq Ali al abizz bought these from the Russians.

He did this for the pure joy of it, and to please the Prophet. Perhaps a few extra virgins would await him over the rainbow.

Virgin gravy.

He kept the missile fire to a minimum because it was best not to stir the Jews up excessively. They were very tough customers.

But Aasiq Ali al abizz knew Obama had his back.

All told, Aasiq Ali al abizz led a sweet life. Between the four wives and weekend missiles to the Jews, he oversaw his camel flock, his 18 oases, his tents, his rugs, the stonings of other men’s wives, and daily feasts of hurmah, tuffah, dajaj, lahem kharouf and the occasional samak.

But one day he died.

On that day he was naked atop his eldest bride on a massive rug of multicolors just 24 hours before her 18th birthday, and he was relishing the thought of her impending retirement celebration.

Suddenly, he opened his eyes on the far side. Instead of dozens of virgins and dripping honey, he saw nothing. All was black, but there was a sound.

It was the sound of desert wolves, and they were coming closer.

In the darkness, something snarled and bit deep into his leg.

It was no virgin.

10 thoughts on “The caliph’s demise

  1. And I bet those tribal followers are real men too! Just what did they do as their daughters were stoned, cooked, and fed to the swine? I refuse to even suggest an answer.


  2. “daily feasts of hurmah, tuffah, dajaj, lahem kharouf and the occasional samak.”

    I have to look up those delicacies. Or did you invent them? Very ingenious.
    lahem kharouf is lamb with rice.

    Dajaj is pollo asado.
    I haven’t found any info on the rest.

    Don Cuevas


  3. We run the risk of becoming desensitized to the fact that Arabs are human beings. The total number of Arabs living in the Arab nations is 366,000,000, and that doesn’t count the Iranian Muslims, the Turks and those living in Asia. In the 19th century, many Americans believed the only good Indian was a dead Indian.


    1. Andres: Of course, Arabs are human beings. Alas, their part of the world has embraced for centuries now a religion that compels acceptance “or else,” and has developed a stagnant culture that oppresses and abuses women, loathes modernity, and quite a few other characteristics that are negative, to put it mildly.

      True, in the 19th century, and I imagine still today in some quarters, many Americans believed the only good Indian was a dead Indian. Also, many, perhaps most, Indians in previous centuries believed that the only good Indian of a different tribe was a dead Indian or an enslaved one. They did not “embrace diversity” in the slightest. They sole reason we killed most of them instead of vice versa is that we outnumbered and outsmarted them. They would have been no kinder had the tables been switched.

      I am unclear on the connection between American Indians and Mohammedans.


      1. As you know, Islam does preach the only good non-Muslim is a dead one or subservient at least. The West does not have that overall view of Islam.


        1. Patzman: The problem is two-fold. It’s the basically wicked nature of the Mohammedan culture on one side, and the West’s turning a blind eye to it on the other.

          Neville Chamberlains as far as the eye can see.


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