Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Asha? I don't think so!





Mohammad Asha ..... University of Jordan- Faculty of Medicine (1998-2004)
Yours Sincerely ........... University of Jordan- Faculty of Medicine (1996-2002)

In case you don't know, the faculty of medicine is a really small one, and between the 4th and 6th year students spend all of their time at the University Hospital and less often at other hospitals like Al-Basheer, so many students in these years know each other's faces or names. Although I could not remember this guy despite the good ten minutes I spent staring at my monitor trying to remember him, I'm certain that I ran across him in some hallway or perhaps tried to bypass him in the long standing line at the hospital's cafeteria.


The reason I cannot remember him specifically is that his face looks very familiar. It's the commonest face you encounter in any faculty in Jordan. His beard (according to previous pictures) was not as thick, and that makes him look like 30-40% of male students at the JU.

There are a few reasons why I believe this doc might be innocent.

First, he graduated from the Jubilee school. I'm familiar with this school since I was accepted there in 1994 but was discouraged from joining it by my parents because it was brand new and didn't have a GCE program. However, the school was unique in the way it enlightened its students about other cultures. Its students not only scored well in subsequent years but also were able to study abroad and intermingle with people from other countries extremely well.



Another thing worth-mentioning: It's not only that his father said in an emotional interview with a fox news reporter today that his accused son missed many Fridays prayers and was more willing to read Gray's Anatomy than the Quran, but it's because the Jordanian intelligence mentioned that he had clean records prior to leaving Jordan.

We all know it's not easy easy to have a "clean record" in Jordanian intelligence. They know everything. We know very well that there "Mokhabart" listening to and reading everything any Jordanian says or writes down. They know each person who belong to any Islamist movement inside the university, they know who walks in demonstrations and who organizes them and they know who's friends with who and who are the students who pray in the small prayers places scattered around the university. You might argue whether or not all of this is necessary but my point is that if Asha was really involved with something like Al Qaeda or any militant group he can never have a clean record in the Jordanian intelligence.



Things might have changed after he left to the UK, and we know how fanatic some Islamic movements are there, but their target is usually very young Muslim men who have many financial and/or social problems, and that doesn't apply to Asha. The salaries they give to medical residents there are way better than those they give to residents in the US.


I went through the same life that this person went through for many years, and we had different students/doctors graduating from our class. Yes some were very religious , or even supported Hamas or Hizbullah but I can't buy it that someone would be seriously involved in a militant group or planning an attack on civilians. Our past and present makes it almost impossible for anyone to think of something other than medicine.

Other than beard and the wife I feel I have a few things common with this guy, just like hundreds of other Jordanian doctors who live outside Jordan. We went through the pain of medical school, the the pain of doing it in Jordan which is not a pleasant experience, then going through the process of doing exams and later leaving our homes to focus on starting new lives and all of that making it difficult for me to buy the story of "Doctor Evil". Once in medicine you'll always stay in medicine and, unfortunately, you'd suck in anything else, and that makes it unlikely that Asha had planned for all of this.

55 comments:

Mohanned said...

E7m e7m, But al zawaheri is a doctor right? the 9/11 hijackers were students in the US, some of them engineers..Most of the hate preachers hold PhDs..We all hope he is innocent, but the beard within 1 year says alot..And also recent studies showed the want-to-be terrorists are middle ti high class citizens who are very well educated..
Good luck..

Hala said...

I certainly hope he has nothing to do with it. However, I tend to agree with Mohanned; a beard in one year is too much.

Now I know arguing about his beard might be silly. Yet it does not only reflect a change in the way he looks, but it most probably reflects a change in his lifestyle and maybe his thoughts.

The coming days should clear things up for us.

Hareega said...

mohanned.... Al-Zawahiri was a radical in Egypt many years before he joined Al Qaeda, and those enginners (Bin ladin is one) were clearly radicalized many years before they hijacked the planes. Asha might have started to become radicalized but it's very difficult for him to be the big guy responsible for these explosions in two years after he left Jordan. I'm not even sure Al Qaeda would even allow him to do it just 2 years after joining them. As I said before it takes a long time to make a preofessional terrorist just as a long it takes to make a professional engineer or doctor.

Hala... I think the beard and maybe his friendship wigth some people is what got him in trouble, but as I said above it's not enoguh.

Mohanned said...
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Mohanned said...

My friend, al-qaeda doesn't require a CV to join, you can become al-qaeda by doing exactly what they do, al-qaeda is more of an ideology rather than a group that you can join..
Lets say that asha's wife was egged, what do you think of that? Can't that event radicalize any person?

"As I said before it takes a long time to make a preofessional terrorist just as a long it takes to make a professional engineer or doctor."

No, it only takes an event, a picture or even a piece of news, the hate is already there waiting to be unleashed..Trust me..

Hamzeh N. said...

These debates have gotten to a new level, and I'm not thinking higher when I say level here.

The man has a beard. In one year he grew a beard. Oh my God! Be careful, watch your neighbors folks, if today they are muslims and today they don't have a year, but one year from now they have one, then you'd better move. Don't call the police yet. We're not at that level yet, but we can say it would be safe to move.

Mohanned said...

Hamzeh, I don't know if you are mocking or what, but the beard represents sometihng wether you admit it or not, I have known peole who had beards since hair began to grow on their faces, but they didn't change..Anyway lets just wait and see, I pray to god he is innocent...
!!

Mohanned said...

Oh, and by the way don't blame me for the beard becoming a sign of extremism, you who the blame falls on, and surely it is not me..
Good luck..

Mohanned said...

*you know who the blame

Isam Abu Salhieh said...

all what u said is true ... but who says life is logical ?? all options are open ... Rage doesnt know Age or Social Status ... in fact if u r smarter then ur rage is maore dangerous than people who are less smart and educated.

and blv the beard is a sign ... especially in the west ... its a sign that says ... i dont belong to your society ...

if this man is guilty ... things are gonna be sooooo different ...

yuri said...

am a former Jubilant guy! from the 8th batch! that is exactly 3 years after alasha had graduated from the school! So I don't know the guy very well, he sent msgs through the almuni, and that is the only way I know him! but i can tell you one thing! we are very self steemed people and It is a miracle if you can change any Jubilant guy opinion or even effect him! About the beard people! Most of the people who go to study or live abroad get a one to distinguish your self as a Muslim! a friend of mine is studing there!After he came back last year he was really annoyed because people were asking him the whole time about his beard! While at the states nobody even asked him! What a shame! "a beard in one year is too much" omg!

Hala said...

Hamzeh,

When someone moves abroad to the West, you do not expect them to become more religious, do you? It simply is harder with the surroundings!

The beard did become a sign of Extremism, and I can safely tell you that for the most part, Pakis are the ones who grow beards and tend to be more strict and all.

I hope the guy is innocent, but I cannot help thinking that he might have been brainwashed, especially that the situation in UK is not really what I call normal following the last 'acts of terror' that took place. You can mock, but how would you feel it if turns out that he was actually involved in it? And who knows, the beard might indeed reflect part of who he has become!

yuri said...

am not mocking! I don't mock anybody! but I mean look at us! we started to judge people by shape! and that is a very bad thing! and we sure all wish him to be freed as soon as possible! and I wanted to say that my friend at the states has got a beard but he is not changed from inside! he is like always! watching south park, family guy and other things that I can't mention here ;) sry if i miss spelled but am righting from the univertsity and the keyboard is gr8

Mohanned said...

The guy went to a country hit by terrorism, why grow a beard? If it is just "relegious freedom" then he should have grown his beard in jordan..IF he is smart he would know that he should try to avoid looking like an extremist, IF he was smart he would live by the countries rules not by his rules..
Anyway, Talk will not change anything, and If you want to be "seperated" then you have to accept the fact that you will be sucipicious..

AND PLEASE don't blame "us" for the beard becoming a sign of extremisim.

yuri said...

did I blamed you for anything man?? godness! try to reread more carfully next time!

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Anonymous said...

hey .. mohammad asha is clear from the london attacks..and i was sure from the beginning of this.. because he was in my class and i know him so much!.. so anyone who was speaking like an ediot about him not knowing anything.. let him SHUT UP!

http://www.alghad.jo/?news=382279
TAHANI:)

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