Tagged with fatwa

NEWS: YUP Reignites the Row over the Danish Cartoons

Yale University Press has announced its decision to remove the 12 controversial Danish cartoons from a forthcoming book called The Cartoons that Shook the World. Written by Jytte Klausen, a Danish-born professor of politics at Brandeis University, the book deals with the orchestrated campaign of ‘protest’ following the publication of Prophet Mohammad cartoons in Jyllands-Posten … Continue reading

NEWS: Yoga Celebrated, Despite Fatwa

The Indonesian island of Bali recently held a week-long yoga festival to promote “spiritual tourism” on the island, bringing people of various ethnic and religious groups together to practice this traditionally Hindu form of meditation, chanting, and exercise. Indonesia’s Islamic Ulema Council issued a fatwa ordering all Muslims to stop participating in yoga, stating that … Continue reading

NEWS: Saudi King Introduces Reforms on Valentine’s Day

While the religious police were busy with detaining salesmen for selling Valentine gifts, King Abdullah removed the chief of the religious police on the banned holiday. The incoming chief, Abdul-Aziz bin Humain is known to be more moderate than his predecessor, Sheik Ibrahim al-Ghaith whose harsh decisions were criticized by many people. The king also … Continue reading

NEWS: Indonesian Ulemas Council Bans Yoga

Just a few months after Malaysia formally banned yoga, the conservative Indonesian Ulemas Council has issued a fatwa prohibiting the practice of yoga by Indonesian Muslims. The religious edict is the latest in a series of controversial decrees, including the one banning non-Islamic banking, which resonates with Islamic revivalism in the largest Muslim country. Although … Continue reading

NEWS: Sharia Scholars Paid $100,000 per Fatwa

While thousands of experts are losing their jobs in the world financial sector, the $ 1 trillion Islamic banking sector is desperately looking for sharia scholars who can give expert advice on many financial issues facing the sector. Whereas there is an increasing demand for adjusting all financial contracts such as mortgages and bonds to sharia, there … Continue reading

NEWS: Mickey Mouse is one of Satan’s soldiers!

Expounding on the position of Shari’a law regarding mice, Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid referred to them as ‘little corrupters’. ‘The mouse’, the Saudi sheikh asserted, ‘is one of Satan’s soldiers and is steered by him’. Al-Munajid suggested that the western media is to blame for the unfortunate popularity of Mickey Mouse and Tom & Jerry … Continue reading