May 13, 2013.
FBI agents were called to the Michigan home of a Saudi student who was spotted walking around with a pressure cooker — only to learn that he was using it to bring food to his friend's house.
Talal al Rouki
Talal al Rouki told the Saudi daily Okaz he was visited by several FBI agents last Friday after a neighbor apparently called in to report his "bullet-colored" pressure cooker.
"They asked me about my major, when I arrived in the US and what I do in my spare time," al Rouki is quoted as saying.
He then showed the agents his cooker, which he had just used to cook kabsa, a traditional Saudi dish consisting of rice, meat, and vegetables.
Satisfied, the agents withdrew, but not before one of them told al Rouki to "be more careful moving around with such things."
*****Comment: This is so funny it borders on tragic idiocy. There is so much wrong with what happened to Talal al Rouki.
There is even more wrong with the mentality behind calling the FBI.
I liked one of the comments below the Gawker story that said it boils down to (my pun and intended by the way) "cooking while Muslim".
So don't speak Arabic on a plane or just about anywhere dumbass Americans are on the prowl for brown skin terrorists and definitely don't cook your rice in a pressure cooker and then take it over your friend's house to share.
When I was in graduate school in Indiana (late 80s) I would often eat with Saudi students who cooked kabsa and carried it over to my flat in a pressure cooker.
We never blew a damn thing up. I really miss those innocent kabsa-eating days.
In other news it seems the Daily Maverick has just broken a story that is ... well, broken. It purports that there are Al-Qaida training camps in South Africa run by a prominent Muslim family just about everyone in the Indian community knows - the Dockrats.
You should come over for dinner tonight so we can talk more about the US/UK pressure to turn the focus on South African Muslims and their make-belief tendency to train and harbor terrorists.
|Coconut Burfi (Credit)|
We serve halal food with a side of radical salad for eternal balance.
And since at least half of my genetics come from Gujarat in India - the same place the Dockrat family's ancestors come from - we will even throw in some masala tea and burfi for desert.
You'll like it. Promise.