08 November 2005

Thou shall not be stupid.

On riots in France - from today’s on-line edition of Guardian:

The violence does not seem inspired by Muslim extremists, as some officials have suggested, and the Union of French Islamic Organisations, a large umbrella group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, issued a fatwa condemning the chaos and destruction late on Sunday.

"It is formally forbidden to any Muslim seeking divine grace and satisfaction to participate in any action that blindly hits private or public property or could constitute an attack on someone's life," the edict said. "Contributing to such actions is an illicit act."

But Dalil Boubakeur, the president of France's Muslim Council and rector of the moderate Grand Mosque of Paris, yesterday criticised the fatwa, saying it equated Islam with vandalism.

Oh, the celestial logic of a high priest! Oh, the poetic license and sense of…er… sensitivity that transcends common sense! Oh, ...

Shortly - some people are so full of it they squeak!

So, let’s see what is going on here. One group of Muslims issues a statement. A sound one, since it explicitly forbids acts of senseless violence. Pay attention – not ALL acts of violence, just SOME of them. Still, a positive development. Can anyone read between the lines of this sensible fatwa and discern an offence to Islam here?

It appears that someone succeeded in this endeavor. Another Muslim (rector of the moderate Grand Mosque of Paris) finds that this seemingly sensible advice is offensive to Islam. Why? Because it says, in a gentle way, that it is not nice to commit acts of vandalisms and kill people?

It’s a mystery to us, and shall remain a mystery. Should all Christians and Jews be eternally offended by ten Commandments? After all, some of them forbid some stuff too:

Thou shalt not kill.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Thou shall not steal.

Do the Commandments equate Judaism and Christianity with vandalism?

You answer this.