Although it will sound harsh to many in the West, I think the Tunisian courts decision is a good one.

‘Tunisia sentences British DJ for Muslim prayer remix’

BBC News reports

A Tunisian court has sentenced a British DJ to a year in jail after he played a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer.

London-born Dax J, was charged with public indecency and offending public morality – but had already fled the country before the court case.

He had also issued an apology.

The nightclub was shut down after footage of the weekend’s event was shared on social media and sparked outrage.

A court spokesperson told AFP news agency that the court dismissed charges against the nightclub owner and an event organiser, but the prosecution has appealed saying the two should have checked what the DJ would be playing.

The event was part of Orbit Festival in Nabeul in the country’s north-east.

The footage showed clubbers dancing to music played by two European DJs.

The music included a dance version of the call to prayer, the religious act that Muslims perform five times a day.

“We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred,” the governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, said when the club was shut down.

Earlier in the week, the organisers of the Orbit Festival apologised in a post on the event’s Facebook page, but said that they did not accept responsibility for the playing of any offensive music.

The DJ “did not realise it might offend an audience from a Muslim country like ours,” they said in the post (in French).

Dax J has offered his “sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at Orbit Festival in Tunisia on Friday”.

“It was never my intention to upset or cause offence to anybody,” he said.

Dax J has performed at festivals and nightclubs around the world including techno festival Awakenings in Holland and the UK’s Glastonbury.

He runs a studio in Berlin, where he also works as a sound and mastering engineer, according to his management company.

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41 replies

  1. “We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.” I wish the western people and their Governments would take the same courageous stand.

    Even if the DJ did not intend to upset or cause offence, he should have known that it was a boundary that should not be crossed, and that in a Muslim country it would surely cause offense.

    This is also how the Desanctification of the sacred starts. The envelope is pushed and pushed incrementally until, in the end, there is no respect left for religious feelings and the sacred, and all that is holy is desecrated in the name of “free speech” and “entertainment” as has happened in the West. So very sad.

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  2. I thought you said you were indifferent on blasphemy laws in Islam, Bilal?

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  3. “I also find it funny that you say you’re his follower, do you worship God like jesus did, or do you worship the ‘divine’ jesus, which the human jesus never worshipped.”

    I worship the divine Jesus. And a time will come when you Muslims will do the same…

    “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:9-11‬ ‭

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    • “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name”

      In other words Jesus was not God. You just refuted your religion.

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    • Au contraire, Bilal, au contraire.

      It’s actually a fulfilment from the OT that shows Jesus is God and Saviour.

      “Declare what is to be, present it— let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, ‘In the LORD alone are deliverance and strength.’ ” All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.”
      ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:21-24‬ ‭

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    • Wrong.

      Sometimes in the Bible the title of God is given to human beings: Psalm 45 & Isaiah 9:6. & Phil 2.

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    • Those passages you cited are prophecies about Jesus’ divinity, Paul.

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    • No they are not. None mention Jesus. None are prophecies.

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    • “None mention Jesus.”

      It doesn’t have to. Psalm 45 is quoted in Hebrews 1:8 and is a reference to the Messiah who is also called God.

      Isaiah 9:6 is a prophecy about Jesus, not Ahaz.

      Philippians 2 does mention Jesus and calls Him God.

      For an ex-evangelical Christian you’re quite clueless on biblical theology.

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    • ‘Isaiah 9:6 is a prophecy about Jesus’ – where in Isaiah does it say this?

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    • Inconsistent.

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    • When it calls the child mighty God.

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    • Thats how the Jewish scriptures spoke about people sometimes.

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    • Funny indeed. Previously Bilal fought tooth and nail to deny that text was about a person- he insisted it referred to collective Israel because some scholar he like said so. Now he conceeds the point because he is the fan boi of a new scholar with a new theory. Liberal theology at its finest.

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    • that was Isaiah 53. This is about Isaiah 9:5. Do keep up.

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    • Isaiah 9:6 actually, Bilal. You should try to keep up too.

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  4. And slowly the true colours find come out. If you think this is acceptable, I wonder what you think all the kafirs who comment here deserve?

    If you endorse that no Muslims are forced to adhere to shariah, you’ve now shown us that you don’t believe that there should be no compulsion in religion.

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    • I’m not a western liberal secularist like you Paulus.

      God has rights.

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    • Paulus as usual conflates the issues in an attempt to misrepresent our position.

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    • Clearly. You are becoming more radicalised by the day.

      “God has rights”

      Simplistic. And that is exactly what the Muslim terrorist in London believed a few weeks ago.

      If there is no compulsion in religion, why are you happy that a non Muslim is being punished in jail for a year because of Muslim law?

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    • He broke the law of the land. Simple.

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    • Son of Issam.

      I don’t know your position. Feel free to explain. Bilal’ changes basically every months.

      Clarify for me- would you be happy for me to be punished for blasphemy because I believe, and state publically, that Muhammad was a false prophet who engaged in numerous immoral and heinous acts?

      Or do you believe that I am free to criticise Islam because there is no compulsion in religion?

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    • Paulus,
      Thank you for addressing me by my name, I am proud to be my honorable father’s son.

      I believe in mutual respect.

      Like Furiou$ I too expect people to criticize my religion, and I prefer to let Allah be the Judge and decide between us (Qur’an 109:1-6). I have no problem with those who wish to question Islam, in a decent, fair, academic, inquiring or critical way, but at least be respectful. At the same time I will do my best to peacefully answer and explain verbally and in writing in defense of my religion.

      Although I may criticize and question Christianity, I try to hold myself to some basic standards:
      -I NEVER insult or profane or slander the name of Jesus (as) or any of the Prophets. That is a form of respect that I rarely see given in return to Prophet Muhammad (sws) by many Christians..
      -I NEVER work to spread fear and hatred towards any particular faith, something which I see some Christian’s often doing towards Islam.
      -I NEVER intentionally work to misrepresent and misportray a particular religion as something it is not, something which you and your fellows are often guilty of towards Islam.
      -I NEVER try to intentionally antagonize Christians by mocking what is holy to them, I may criticize and question, but I don’t intentionally insult, degrade, debase, slander, lie, deceive others about your religion. Nor do I sit on high and speak down to others from a place of religio-cultural superiority.

      Mutual Respect goes a long way Paulus, you might try it sometime.

      In regard to blasphemy laws, I recognize that they can be abused and misused, but so can any law. I do think that there should be certain boundaries, which should not be crossed, such as those that fall into the categories of hate speech and incitement to violence. Since I live in a western country I am content to follow the laws of the land, as that is what Islam advises me to do. So the answer to your question is no, I would NOT like to see you punished for blasphemy, but I would like to see you tone down your rhetoric since it is often insulting and not really helpful to your own cause.

      You are right, Qur’an says there is no compulsion in religion and no one here is forcing you to become a Muslim.

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    • “I NEVER try to intentionally antagonize Christians by mocking what is holy to them, I may criticize and question, but I don’t intentionally insult, degrade, debase, slander, lie, deceive others about your religion. Nor do I sit on high and speak down to others from a place of religio-cultural superiority”

      It took me literally about 1 minute to demonstrate that this is all a lie, something you claim you don’t do…enjoy!

      “Furiou$ writes his name with a dollar sign, which must indicate that he is a disciple of the Christian Minister and charlatan Creflo T. Dollar.

      So he must be infuriated because after all that praying……..he is still broke.”

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    • Poking fun vs. Hate speech and misrepresenting. Try to get the point Paulus.

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    • So you poke fun but don’t intentionally mock, insult or degrade. What’s the difference exactly?

      Your semantics aren’t convincing anyone.

      You just told Sam he has “lame rebuttals”. If that isn’t intended to be an insult, then call me a muhammadan (don’t worry, I was just poking fun there not deliberately insulting)

      As you say, mutual respect goes a long way. So does consistency.

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    • I was speaking about mutual respect for what we each consider sacred. Stop conflating.

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  5. Thank you Paul for proving yet again why islam is cancer and does not belong in the West.

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  6. @poitierfrance

    This is not a matter of freedom of expression. This is being welcomed in other people’s country, only to play a nightclub dance remix of their call to prayer (which contains the Islamic shahada). Do you think it’s okay if people were dancing to verses from their holy book too?

    By the way, you can get in serious trouble in France and many other countries if you disrespect symbols of the state. Strangely that doesn’t shock anybody.

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  7. I’d rather see some soft-pedaling here. The guy was probably completely ignorant or on drugs. Maybe he was fascinated by the “musical” qualities of the Adhan that go straight to the heart?
    He apologized. It was probably a dumb mistake. Spread hummus!

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