Islamic cleric issues fatwa against Mickey Mouse

Our ‘Religious Insanity Award of the Day’ goes to Islamic cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid — for obvious reasons:

A fatwa against Mickey Mouse

Maybe Islamic cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid is just more of a Bugs Bunny sort of guy?

In an interview with Al-Majd Television the sheikh, a former diplomat who once served in the Saudi embassy in Washington, condemned cartoons that endear rodents to their viewers.

Islamic law, he said, sees the mouse as “a repulsive, corrupting creature” while children today see mice as loveable and “awesome” because of animated shows like Tom and Jerry, and Disney staple Mickey Mouse.

“Mickey Mouse has become an awesome character, even though according to Islamic law, Mickey Mouse should be killed in all cases,” Al-Munajid tells the interviewer.

“The shari’a refers to the mouse as ‘little corrupter,’ and says it is permissible to kill it in all cases. It says that mice set fire to the house, and are steered by Satan. The mouse is one of Satan’s soldiers,” he goes on to say.

In August the cleric, well known for issuing creative fatwas, slammed the Beijing Olympics as the “bikini Olympics,” referring to them as “satanic.”

– Source: A fatwa against Mickey Mouse, Ynet (Israel), Sep. 16, 2008

Our view:

Muhammad Al-Munajid should keep his tongue off of Mickey Mouse, the olympics, or other things that do not concern him.

If he does want to make his opinions known, there are far more pressing things that he could — or should — address.

For instance, if he wants to talk about something ‘satanic,’ he should turn his attention to the following fact:

Once Al-Munajid has cleaned up that mess someone may actually give a hoot about his opinions.

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Religion News Blog posted this on Wednesday September 17, 2008.
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