Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Fatwa Against Statues...

Egypt's top religious leader has issued a Fatwa against the displaying of statues saying this edict is based on the words of the "prophet".

"The fatwa did not specifically mention statues in museums or public places, but it condemned sculptors and their work.

Still, many fear the edict could prod Islamic fundamentalists to attack Egypt’s thousands of ancient and pharaonic statues on show at tourist sites across the country.

“We don’t rule out that someone will enter the Karnak temple in Luxor or any other pharaonic temple and blow it up on the basis of the fatwa,” Gamal al-Ghitani, editor of the literary Akhbar al-Adab magazine, told AFP.

Gomaa had pointed to a passage from the hadith that stated: ”Sculptors would be tormented most on Judgment Day,” saying the text left no doubt that sculpting was “sinful” and using statues for decorating homes forbidden.

Gomaa’s ruling overturned a fatwa issued more than 100 years ago by then moderate and highly respected mufti Mohammed Abdu, permitting the private display of statues after the practice had been condemned as a pagan custom." (source)

Other Egyptian-Islamic Fatwas:
-Arabic version of 'Who wants to be a millionaire' (show was cancelled)
-Beauty pageants
-Watching solar eclipses
-Bull fights

...yet Blonde Sagacity remains fatwa-less. Go figure. ;)

Something there is NO fatwa against:
-Female genital mutilation

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