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  • ‘Islamic cars’


    by Sunny
    20th November, 2007 at 8:50 am    

    The City Circle blog links to an amusing story about Iran, Turkey and Malaysia getting together to build an Islamic car. With tongue firmly in cheek, they add:

    You can just see an Islamist-run advertising agency positioning the new product:

    “The Islamic car is superior and will dominate over all other cars. If you want a fast-track to paradise you must buy the Islamic car, not drive those filthy decadent kuffar cars on their one-way street to the hell-fire. No need for a Satnav when our in-built Qur’an is the only guide you need. Choose any colour, as long as it’s green. No need to follow secular man-made traffic laws any more, Shariah law applies whilst driving. Women drivers must be accompanied by a close male relative. Should you get killed in an accident you will be considered a martyr. And of course no need for car insurance”.

    Brilliant! The comments are funny too.


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    1. vader — on 20th November, 2007 at 9:36 am  

      Cars are kuffar devilry anyways.The muslim faithful should stick to camels and donkeys.

    2. Sofia — on 20th November, 2007 at 10:34 am  

      has anyone read the comments on the city circle blog? hilarious…and spot on…
      wat a load of bs…don’t these ppl have anything better to do?

    3. Katherine — on 20th November, 2007 at 10:40 am  

      Women drivers?! So, it won’t be marketed in Saudi Arabia then…

    4. Sofia — on 20th November, 2007 at 11:00 am  

      hmm..wat they could do is have an automatic device to detect non relative male presence…and then have an eject seat to do away with the undesirables..

    5. The Heresiarch — on 20th November, 2007 at 11:20 am  

      Presumably a Christian car would run on Holy Spirit. A Jewish car would refuse to start on a saturday. And a Buddhist car would go round and round in circles until finally coming to rest in the Ocean of Being.

    6. Refresh — on 20th November, 2007 at 11:40 am  

      Excellent - typically its caught the imagination here in the west.

      Far more interesting are some of the tongue-in-cheek comments about what the Islamic car really could well have been. And perhaps will be.

      It has to be one of the most environmentally friendly and is not for the poseur.

      It should be made from materials which are not scarce; it should be easily maintained to ensure it can stay on the road for years and upgraded readily, component by component, to minimise use of scarce resources but at the same time keep up with engine and exhaust technology.

    7. Sofia — on 20th November, 2007 at 11:59 am  

      why this desire by muslims to have everything labelled Islamic blah blah…what’s next…the Islamic computer? telephone? calculator?

    8. Refresh — on 20th November, 2007 at 12:10 pm  

      Sofia, there is no particular desire. Its a simple marketing exercise.

    9. sonia — on 20th November, 2007 at 12:39 pm  

      heh yep Sofia, and exactly Katherine.

      yeah refresh, and presumably a marketing exercise that is based on somethiing - i.e. an assumption that the term islamic will reverberate with someone or some people! and why not, for some people, ‘ethical’ has no meaning until someone substitutes ‘islamic’ for it. look at all the climate change efforts, how do you think its being ‘marketed’ to some - as ‘islamic’ that’s what.

    10. Refresh — on 20th November, 2007 at 12:54 pm  

      Of course it would be based on something Sonia.

      I think you’ve totally misunderstood what I am trying to say. To the extent that I do not see how your approach could move anything forward or persuade anyone to action.

      Think about it. How do you move the general public forward on ethical policy - years of campaigning and media coverage and hopefully government backing. But what is it based on? It didn’t just materialise in the 60′s and 70′s hippy era.

      To cut a very long story short, it would be an excellent move to remind the billion + people of their ethical heritage, central to their faith.

      Do you think ethical policies only comes from media recognised sources?

    11. Kismet Hardy — on 20th November, 2007 at 12:58 pm  

      Will it blare out the azaan when you press the horn?

      Will the sat nav always point you towards Mecca?

      Will furry dice be replaced by the crescent and a star?

      Will women passengers be allowed to read the map wrong?

      Will it be small enough to fit your parents, children, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces the way you can fit them all in a Datsun Cherry?

    12. Jai — on 20th November, 2007 at 1:12 pm  

      Will it blare out the azaan when you press the horn?

      There are actually cars in India which have been modified by their owners to play the “Navratri Arti” (“Om Jai Jagdish Hare” — you know the one) whenever the car reverses, usually when it’s being parked. Very loudly. Even if it’s the middle of the night. I’m not kidding.

    13. Rumbold — on 20th November, 2007 at 1:16 pm  

      Reminds me of that ‘Asian Top Gear’ sketch with the Sikh couple (deocrative tissue box, glove compartment drops open to reveal picture of Guru Nanak and candles instead of an airbag).

    14. Jai — on 20th November, 2007 at 1:16 pm  

      Will it be small enough to fit your parents, children, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces the way you can fit them all in a Datsun Cherry?

      I believe that, as some kind of weird 1970s assimilation/integration protocol in Britain, it was actually compulsory for all Asian men from the older generation to own a Datsun Sunny or Cherry (closely followed by some kind of Peugeot, in the case of the Nairobi contingent), along with a brown tweed jacket with leather elbow-patches.

      70s desi uncle uniform. Standard.

    15. Rumbold — on 20th November, 2007 at 1:23 pm  

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU2WUyCmhAQ

    16. Morgoth — on 20th November, 2007 at 1:24 pm  

      Will the sat nav always point you towards Mecca?

      Reminds me of the quite funny Jeremy Clarkson remarks about a new BMW - the Satnav only goes to Poland and its engineered to last a thousand years.

      I recall the PC brigade were quite pissed off with Clarkson.

    17. Rumbold — on 20th November, 2007 at 1:26 pm  

      Morgoth:

      “Reminds me of the quite funny Jeremy Clarkson remarks about a new BMW - the Satnav only goes to Poland and its engineered to last a thousand years.”

      Heh.

    18. Sofia — on 20th November, 2007 at 1:57 pm  

      we had a datsun cherry and was very sad to see it go..had many adventures what with it breaking down and the numerous accidents…*sigh*

    19. Anon — on 20th November, 2007 at 2:07 pm  

      Do the rich Arab Sheikhs use Islamic cars ? Or just the BMW, Mercedes, Rolls Royce …

    20. sonia — on 20th November, 2007 at 3:12 pm  

      Refresh I think you have completely misunderstood what I said. Why on earth would you think I think an ethical policy should come from a ‘media source’? Where did I say that?

      But never mind that, you should think about what you are saying!

    21. Refresh — on 20th November, 2007 at 4:23 pm  

      Sonia, I probably did misunderstand what you said. What did you mean?

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