As many of you already know, YDM will be ending (for real this time) after YDM800. However, there’s one final surprise I have in store for you.
Instead of a Muslim of the Year poll this year, the Muslim of the Month winners will duke it out to see who will be crowned Caliph of YDM! The winner will be immortalized with their Muslim of the Month piece permanently pinned at the top of the site.
The first round of polls will be 1 vs 1 and will happen weekly, every Monday. Share these polls and tell your friends – the more votes, the better! Without further ado, here’s poll #1!
Homaidan Ali al-Turki – Saudi Muslim who was arrested while on a visa in the US for sexually abusing and torturing his family’s maid for over four years. He then refused to enter a sex offenders’ program in prison because it would require him to look at images of scantily-clad women, which he claimed was against his religion. al-Turki blamed his prosecution on Islamophobia: “You cannot ask somebody from a different religion to be American to the fullest. You cannot ask them to go dancing, go to the bars. We are Muslim. We are different. The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors is a focal point of the prosecution.”
Mehdi Nemmouche – Former Islamic State (ISIS) militant originally from Algeria who shot four people to death at a Jewish museum in Belgium. He is quoted as saying: “Do you know what happens when I go into a Shiite home? First, there’s the grandmother — I only use one bullet on her, she’s not worth more — then the wife. First I rape her, then I cut her throat. Then I come to the baby. Ah, a baby! You cannot imagine the pleasure you get from cutting off a baby’s head.”