Friday, 21 March 2014

Response to: 'Saudi Issues Fatwa Allowing Jihadis to Rape Syrian Women' (Sheik Mohammad Al Arifi)

If you ever come across a claim that a Saudi cleric made some weird fatwa, be sceptical!

Islamophobes latch onto any old hoax and run with it. As long as it fits their agenda of demonizing Muslims they just run with it. They run with hoaxes, regardless if it's the hoax of Jihadis being allowed to rape or have temporary marriages (Muta) with Syrian women or the one of husbands being allowed to have sex with deceased wives.

Despite this hoax being at least a year old, one particular anti-Muslim blog still runs with the fabricated story:

Sunni Cleric Muhammed al-Arifi Calls for More Prostitution among Muslims Fighting in Syria

This particular anti-Muslim site dresses their post up by talking about Muta (temporary marriages) and presenting quotes which they don't understand - somebody needs to tell them Muta marriages are not allowed in Islam (see video by Dr Yasir Qadhi here) Perhaps the anti-Muslim blog don't know it's a hoax or perhaps they don't care.

Here is the Saudi cleric confirming this claim was a hoax:

Here is a snip from LoonWatch commenting on it:

On January 2nd, the story of a Saudi Sheikh issuing a fatwa that condoned ‘intercourse marriage’ or gang rape in Syria exploded over the internet.

According to various sources, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Arifi had stated that foreign fighters in Syria had the right to engage in short term marriages to satisfy their sexual desires and boost their determination to fight against the Assad regime. Syrian girls and women from age 14 upwards were considered fair game and apparently secured their own place in heaven if they participated in these ‘intercourse marriages’.

By the evening a simple Google search of the words, ‘Saudi Sheikh’ , Syrian, and ‘women’ brought up some 5 million references and at least 3 pages of links to articles spreading the news. Not surprisingly there was immediate online uproar too, though as one commentator put it, much of the discussion was about whether these arranged temporary marriages technically constituted ‘rape’. This in itself is worrying.

There was also skepticism from many quarters about the veracity of the report, particularly among savvy Mideast experts.  Rightly so. The story, much like the one a few months ago about Egyptian Islamist MPs proposing laws that permitted sex with a deceased spouse up to 6 hours after his/her death, turned out to be a gross lie.  Sheikh Al-Arifi has issued a denial via his Facebook page.

Muslims and Non Muslims on the internet

Be wary of hoaxes on the net. Don't be so naïve so as to believe in such claims. For the Christians, even if the said claim is on a Christian site by missionaries - be sceptical. I can tell you there are a number of anti-Muslim Christians operating on the net who do play real loose with authenticity and accuracy.

Christians having dreams and converting to Islam:

Invitation to Islam

Jesus taught people to do the Will of God (according to Mark 3:35) in order to become his brothers, mothers or sisters. A Muslim means one who submits to the Will of God. Do you want to become a brother of Jesus? If yes, become a Muslim.

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