Aleppo Street Vendor Of Juice And Coffee
Questions And Muhammad Qatta
Who are the Karaites? the young boy said.
the protestant Karaites of the Crimea
who reject the rabbis and their tradition;
who are the Karaites?
They are Jews, so it is said…
they are Jews, indeed, Jews…
they are the ones who eat chicken fried in butter
and his father spat upon the ground
may their memory be erased!
who are the Shia? the young girl asked.
the protestant Shia of the Iran, the Iraq;
who reject Mu’awiyah and the oral tradition
and remember brave ‘Ali?
They are Muslims, so it is said…
Muslimeen, indeed, they be
sons of the house of faith who hate the Sunni,
and believe when their Mahdi appears
that our Sunni memory be erased!
who are the rebels? the coffee boy asked.
who are these fighting here in Syria?
They are drinkers of good coffee, like all men.
That morning came a band
of rebels, thirsty for the hot,
the black, and the cardamom -
they asked for credit from a poor coffee boy
who said even Muhammad would pay!
and those Salafi erased his memory
for insulting the Prophet,
by their act of devoted killing,
by their prayers of blood.
Muhammad Qatta was a 15 years old:
Muhammad Qatta, 15, was reportedly shot dead in front of a crowd of onlookers, including his parents, for naming the Prophet Mohammed during an argument, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.This is we were complicit in creating by letting Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel Right-wingers, and neo-con minded Americans create the civil war in Syria.
Qatta, a street vendor selling coffee in the Shaar neighbourhood, was abducted and tortured by a rebel group operating in the area, after he was heard saying: "Even if Mohammed comes back to life I won't give it as debt."
Karaites are a Jewish group in the Crimea.