When Yemeni sheikh Abdul Majeed al-Zindani isn’t coloring his beard with rust, he’s actively trying to fight against the progress of human rights. The rector of al-Iman University, al-Zindani is not an uneducated fellow. However, that doesn’t stop him from choosing religion over logic when it comes to societal issues. He and sixteen other religious leaders and political figures signed a fatwa aimed at eliminating the minimum age of marriage in Yemen. Though his own genitals likely don’t work anymore due to old age, al-Zindani probably figured he was doing his pedo bros a favor by trying to eliminate the controversial law that prohibits people from making like Muhammad, pigs be upon him, and marrying children.
The signers of the fatwa, including al-Zindani, asserted that the marriage-age law has no basis in Islam and actually contradicts sharia, which is the foundation of law in Yemen. The law does contradict sharia because Muslims are told to follow in the example of the prophet and the law prevents them from doing so, though Muslims are not explicitly commanded to marry and/or molest children.
al-Zindani founded the Commission on Scientific Signs in the Quran and Sunnah, a group aimed at attempting to prove the fairytales in the Qur’an. The group recruited many middle eastern scientists and religious figures to its cause. However, when they attempted to convince non-Muslims of their dubious “findings,” the non-Muslims immediately became skeptical when they realized numerous quotes had been taken out of context and expensive gifts were being thrown around between Commission members and their guests. al-Zindani stepped down from the Committee in 1995.
Aside from supporting child marriage and pseudoscience, al-Zindani also supports… wait for it… al Qaeda. He has served as a spiritual guide for many of al Qaeda’s most notorious members, including sheikh Osama bin Laden. al-Zindani also founded a charity that terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki served as vice president of for a time. He also called US and international intervention forces in the middle east “invaders.” With those factors considered along with al-Zindani’s connections to terror group Ansar al-Islam, the US government banned him from entering the country, a matter on which the sheikh did not comment.
When Yemeni newspapers printed the controversial Danish cartoons of Muhammad, pigs be upon him, that stirred riots across the world, al-Zindani immediately pressed charges against all of them. The newspapers’ purpose was to both incite outrage at the disrespect of Muhammad and to encourage debate on the subject. However, at least one of those papers wasn’t so lucky – its editor earned a year behind bars and it was ordered to cease production for 6 months for disrespecting a 7th-century pedophile. Sometimes I have trouble taking Muslims’ endless whining seriously. This is one of those times.
Many Muslims accuse infidels in the west of being promiscuous sluts who get HIV/AIDS, but al-Zindani took a more progressive approach on the subject. His al-Iman University did research on the virus, and al-Zindani claims the university’s researchers found the cure. When health officials at the national level moved to dispute the questionable findings, al-Zindani then decided to apply for a patent on an herbal HIV cure. Hmm, where have we seen that one before?
In conclusion, this Muslim somehow still has the respect and admiration of thousands across the middle east despite his obvious pseudscientific and jihadist beliefs. That says a lot about not only him, but his fellow Muslims as well.