Saudi cleric al-Ghamdi: Abaya is not mandatory as per Islam’s teachings

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Sheikh Ahmed al-Ghamdi, former head of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Mecca, said that the statement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman regarding the “abaya” not being obligatory (all black cloak or dress), is consistent with the teachings of Islam. He pointed out that the black color is not the only one permitted by Islamic law, but it happened due to the exploitation of certain fatwas by “Al Sahwa” group, and the promotion of ...

The stubborn jurist and the fate of extremists

Monday, 26 March 2018

In the Spring of 1991, several angry youth gathered around sheikh Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Athemein following the Asr (afternoon) prayer. The sheikh agreed to meet the persistent guests in a mosque room. Three of the guests had previously set a police chief’s car ablaze because it was “secular” according to them, and set a video rental shop on fire in two different cities. They did not need a fatwa from Bin Athemein to carry out their deeds, but they required one for recruiting ...

Mansour Alnogaidan

How the rapid pace of life calls for renewed change

Thursday, 8 February 2018

It’s said that a man once headed to Mecca to perform pilgrimage, and he violated some details so he called a sheikh he knows for a fatwa (religious edict). He demanded a strict fatwa that asserts it will redeem his violations. After insisting that the sheikh issues a suitable fatwa, the sheikh finally mockingly told him to slay 10 camels and to personally distribute their meat in the mountains around the Great Mosque at night. This story reflects the tendency to adopt extremist approaches ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Book says Pakistan clerics issue fatwa against ‘un-Islamic’ suicide bombings

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, a book due to be unveiled by the government on Tuesday says. Suicide attacks are frequently condemned as fanatical and immoral, especially when civilians are killed, but insurgents view the tactic as their most effective weapon. Seeking to curb “terrorism” that has resulted in tens of thousands of casualties since the early 2000s, the clerics declared suicide bombings to ...

How Egypt’s Al-Azhar aims to crack down on unauthorized ‘TV fatwas’

Sunday, 17 December 2017

In a press conference held at the Egyptian Supreme Council for Media Regulation, a list of the names of 50 scholars authorized by al-Azhar, Egypt’s top religious authority, to issue religious edicts fatwas in Egyptian media outlets was released. According to the council, this step aims at putting an end to a series of groundless fatwas issued by unqualified preachers who appear on TV shows until a legislation is issued to regulate religious discourse in the media. The council, which in ...

Houthi cleric says internet is ‘haram’, prompting crackdown on Wi-Fi routers

Monday, 25 September 2017

Mufti of the Houthi militia in Yemen, Shams al-Deen Sharad al-Deen, has issued a fatwa (religious edict) which forbids the use of the internet “because it leads to corruption.” The Mufti called on internet investors to pull out. Armed Houthis responded to the fatwa and forcefully implemented it in Qabal village located in Hamdan district of Sanaa governorate. According to the villagers, the Houthis shot down several houses hosting a Wi-Fi router. Speaking to Al over the ...

Egyptian preacher who issued ‘sex with dead wives’ fatwa banned from TV

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Egypt's Supreme Council for Media Regulation issued a decision to ban preacher Dr. Sabri Abdel Raouf from making TV appearances after he issued a fatwa (religious edict) granting husbands the right to have intercourse with their dead wives. The decision bans Sheikh Sabri from appearing on private or public satellite channels or to be hosted on radio stations. Makram Mohammed Ahmed, chairman of the media body, said on Monday that the council had taken the decision because Sheikh Sabri ...

Saudi imam refuses to issue fatwa allowing man to marry his wife to friend

Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Syrian national who lives in Saudi Arabia with a visitor status contacted Saleh al-Humaid, the imam of the Great Mosque of Mecca, to request a fatwa (religious edict) that allows him to marry his wife to a friend so he can bring her to the Saudi kingdom. The strange request was made to Humaid during the television program Light on the Trail. The man asked the imam if his wife, a Syrian who lives in Syria, can marry his friend who has residency status in the Saudi kingdom in order to help her ...

Office of the Two Holy Mosques responds to ISIS’ fatwa on Jihad

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, published a video clip on Tuesday responding to the fatwa issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which says that non-fighters should not issue advisory opinions to militants. This came in a tweet from the office’s official Twitter account: “Non-sense, they are tempering with meanings when they claimed that non-fighters shouldn’t issue advisory opinions to those fighting. The attractiveness of words leads them ...

Pokemon, fatwas and terrorism

Monday, 18 July 2016

The focus on fatwas is based on the premise that clerics have a strong hold on the conscience of the average Muslim

Abdullah Hamidaddin

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