Canadian imam Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak, president of the Islamic Forum of Canada, likes to talk about getting stoned. However, this variant of getting stoned isn’t the kind where you lounge around with insatiable hunger for hours on end. Abdur-Razak is actually talking about being stoned to death, the ancient punishment for all sorts of horrible criminals including people who have sex outside of marriage and homosexuals. The crazy cleric claims that having your face smashed in by a bunch of flying rocks is spiritually beneficial for “sinners.”
“There’s something else that this stoning does for the believer. For he bleeds, for Shaytaan is rejecting him, and rejecting his attempt to influence us. But for the believer, there’s an important benefit.” The benefit is allegedly the purification of the soul – yep, because being hit in the head with rocks until you die is a spiritual and profound experience. He claims that Muslims who are sentenced to be stoned to death understand the punishment, and welcome it to cast out Shaytaan.
I mean, sure, there are a lot of weird “holistic spiritual cleanses” out there, most of which are peddled by lonely 50-year-old cat ladies. However, none of them advocate dying as part of the process – that’s Islam’s trademark twist on everything: just add violence and death. Abdur-Razak, though often considered an interfaith ally and semi-moderate cleric, is now under public scrutiny for his comments, and will hopefully be ousted from his position at the Islamic Forum of Canada.