Re: Moslems in the arctic (was: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Whittet (
15 Oct 1995 00:34:03 GMT

In article <45p8m7$>, says...
>Whittet UL'ed:
>>Prayer call comes five times a day. During the Iraq Iran war soldiers charging
>>dug in machine gun positions stopped in mid charge to lay down their prayer
>>rugs and pray to Allah. They escaped unscathed because the gunners they faced
>>were busy praying also. Inshallah

Steve Fiegel, Fiber Optics Engineer, Dharan
>>A friend who was responsible for instructing Saudi helicopter pilots in
>>auto rotation reports that when he turned the engines off and the chopper
>>began to drop, they just threw their hands over their faces and began
>>praying loudly. Inshallah

Robert Edgerton, VHS engineer, Al Khobar
>>It has been my own experience that Arab auto inspections check that the
>>horn works but neglect the brakes. There is no thought of attempting to
>>slow down before the inevitable impact. Inshallah

After blowing an engine in the Rub al Khali I spent two weeks in the
desert living with bedouins and waiting for replacement parts. After that
I was a bit more careful about checking out my ride. A lot of the
mechanics are pretty good, some aren't.

>>The road I commuted to work on averaged four fatalities a day.

Personal experience; they leave the wrecks by the side of the road
and you drive by them, The Layla road from Khamis Mushat to Al Kharg
is two lanes undivided, mostly very big trucks traveling at 120 km/hr
with an occasional datsun pickup weaving in and out between them
and a 1m drop off on the side so you can't get out of the way,
interspersed with camels walking in front of the traffic and
blinding sandstorms.
>>A Saudia plane caught fire on its final approach. It was instructed to circle
>>because a member of the Royal Family had priority to land. After patiently
>>waiting its turn the pilot managed a safe landing. He then led the passangers
>>in prayer before allowing anyone to disembark. No one aboard exited the plane
>>and all the passangers were asphixiated by the smoke.

I heard this one rather frequently from a variety of sources, it had the status
of urban legend, but was repeated by the Saudis as well as their hired help.

There were half a dozen other equivalent tales related to Saudia air travel,
which is probably what I get for hanging out with a bunch of pilots, but that
particular incident was confirmed by A to Z, a Saudi pilot with a taste for
sediki and a passion for four wheeling on two wheels.

>>While I was in Saudi a phillipino girl hired as a maid was repeatedly abused
>>by every male member of her household.
>>Women are not allowed to drive or appear in public, let alone to argue
>>with the decisions of a man, but finally she could stand the rapings and
>>beatings no longer and fought back, stabbing one of her attackers.
>>Her case came to the attention of the local mosque who judged her quilty of
>>disobedience and beligerance and promptly beheaded her in a very public
>>execution for daring to question the rights of a man.
>This one is particularly, since it bears some similarities to a case
>currently causing an international incident. Cite?

Newspapers and TV c August, 1993, I was in Bahrain at the time and
remember it as an incident because a friend of mine used it to launch into
a discussion of her own somewhat similar experiences.

>Clay "cite?" Shirky