Your Daily Muslim: Abdel Hamid al-Atras
Abdel Hamid al-Atras
Egyptian Islamic cleric Abdel Hamid al-Atras, aka Fatwa Factory Inc., has issued some of the most asinine and ridiculous fatwas to date. Here are a few of his gems:
Facebook is forbidden. After reading that 1 in 5 divorces in Egypt was caused by infidelity with someone met through the scandalous sex site Facebook, al-Atras decided to issue a fatwa against it in the interest of preserving families. Since, you know, Facebook has never helped a family stay connected.
Any Muslim country that helps the US or Israel is sinning. He cited the Qur’an passage that states “believers are brothers” when issuing this decree, saying that Muslim nations must not help non-Muslim nations.
Jews should be banned from Islamic holy sites. Under the false belief (much like Islam) that Muslims cannot enter Jerusalem, he stated that the Islamic concept of reciprocity thus forbade Jews from entering Muslims’ holy places. I doubt most Jews would want to go to terror training camps, though – hence why I suspect very few Jews were dismayed at the fatwa. On a similar note, November 2012’s Muslim of the Month Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa against Muslims visiting Jerusalem.
Hopefully al-Atras’ next fatwa is as comical as his previous bunch. I bet it’ll have something to do with boobs.