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Iran’s first encounter with 3G technology chastised by Fatwa

Iran’s first encounter with the 3G mobile technology was disrupted by four ayatollahs’ fatwa stating the new mobile operation system to be a leading cause to sin. (Retuers)

Iran’s first encounter with the 3G mobile technology was disrupted by four ayatollahs’ fatwa stating the new mobile operation system to be a leading cause to sin. (Retuers)

By Al Arabiya ..Four grand ayatollahs issued a fatwa that strips Iran’s third mobile phone operator from its rights to use a new 3G mobile internet operator.

The fatwa was issued towards Iran’s mobile service provider, Rightel, which enables customers to use video calling and multi-media messaging technology. The service uses 3G technology which is Iranian’s first encounter with telecommunication expansion.

Iran’s conservative parliament and the four grand ayatollahs are working on shutting down the 3G operator. Ayatollah Alavi Gorghani said providing this technology to the public would inflict damages on the country’s political and religion systems. Another ayatollah said the 3G service Rightel is leading to corruption of Iranians rather than benefiting them.

“It will cause new deviances in our society, which is unfortunately already plagued with deviances,” said ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi.
Residents of Qom, a religious city in Iran, signed a petition against Rightel on Feb. 10, the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Republic accusing the phone company of facilitating “access to sin and decadence”.

Despite what the Iranian government labels Rightel’s 3G service, citizens in Iran are delighted to experience the speedy internet.

Saudi Arabia: Mufti says media attention drives preachers’ fatwa frenzy

Really?Like this is believable, maybe they should quit doing fatwas on allowing rape and incest then..

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz aal-Sheikh said preachers who often issue controversial fatwas are driven by a desire for media attention. (Photo courtesy of Arab News)

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz aal-Sheikh said preachers who often issue controversial fatwas are driven by a desire for media attention. (Photo courtesy of Arab News)

By Al Arabiya Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz aal-Sheikh criticized on Sunday the arbitrary releasing of religious edicts by various Muslim preachers.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Aal-Sheikh said preachers who often issue controversial fatwas are driven by a desire for media attention.

“Their love to appear in the media led them to issuing fatwas,” he said.

He warned that chaotic and arbitrary issuance of religious rulings may lead to the spread of “heresy” and “lechery.”

He added that Shariah rulings cannot be made based on “wrong perceptions.”

“Issuing Shariah rulings is controlled by the laws of the Shariah, which is against heresy and lechery without proof or evidence,” Sheikh said.

Meanwhile, Preacher Sheikh Ali al-Maliki partially blamed satellite TV stations for what he said was the spread of chaotic religious rulings.

“It’s no longer secret that some channels, even if linked to religious figures, seek to make profit and compete in spreading peculiar concepts,” Maliki said.

According to Maliki, some media outlets gave the chance for some figures who are not experts in sharia to appear through them and called for differentiating between jurists and preachers.

“Preachers not basing their fatwas on knowledge of Sharia may be doing so because they like to make public appearances or because they want to dishonestly compete with others,” Maliki added.

He urged preachers to differentiate between local fatwas and fatwas that concern the entire Muslim world.

“I support the Mufti’s call, and I hope [Muslim] scholars and [sheikhs] continue to serve the interests of Muslims,” he added.

“A fatwa was announced in a mosque on May 11, stating that any woman using a cell phone will have acid thrown in her face”

Phone-veil.jpgThe niqab won’t help

“Pakistani Women Writers Denounce Islamic Clerics’ Fatwas Against Women’s Use Of Cell Phones And Access To Secular Education,” from MEMRI, May 20 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Former Pakistani lawmaker and cleric Maulana Abdul Haleem recently issued a fatwa (Islamic degree) against secular education and justifying honor killings of women.[1]The fatwa was issued in a sermon during a weekly Friday prayer in Kohistan district in Pakistan‘s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Haleem also threatened that women from secular NGOs who visit Kohistan district may be married off forcibly to local men. In a similar incident, a cleric announced a fatwa in a mosque in Noshki town of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, justifying acid attacks on women who use cell phones.Both fatwas elicited no condemnation from the main Pakistani media. However, two Pakistani women – an author and a blogger –slammed the clerics’ fatwas, arguing that there is an urgent need to stop such fatwas against women. In an article titled “Fatwas Against Women: From The One Who Wears Bangles,” Fouzia Saeed – an author and a social scientist – stated: “I think it is time for our society to forcefully stop such people who not only violate the dignity and safety of women citizens, but also give a bad name to Islam…”

In another article “Our Stunted Society,” blogger and communications consultant Tazeen Javed argued that such fatwas are breeding narrow-mindedness. She wrote: “A country like ours can ill-afford adventurism of any kind, but most dangerous is the practice of resorting to a fatwa to get a point across. Not only does this breed a narrow and rigid view of issues, it also leaves no room for dialogue, debate, and consultation, making us an increasingly ‘stunted’ and intolerant society.”

Fouzia Saeed: “A Fatwa Was Announced In A Mosque On May 11, Stating That Any Woman Using A Cell Phone Will Have Acid Thrown In Her Face”

Following are excerpts from Fouzia Saeed’s article:[2]

“Fatwas against women are becoming common again. In Noshki, Baluchistan, a fatwa was announced in a mosque on May 11, stating that any woman using a cell phone will have acid thrown in her face. Another fatwa was issued in Kohistan about two weeks ago, warning ‘NGO women’ that they would be forcefully married to their local men if they dared to enter the area. There was a time when such fatwas were more common, resulting in serious punishments inflicted on women who dared to venture beyond the four walls of their homes.

“However, over the last four years there has been a steady improvement in creating space for women to be more visible in public. After decades of repression, women have turned the cycle in a different direction by building a high level of solidarity among women from many backgrounds. The awareness that one woman’s advancement is linked to breaking the shackles of others has gained ground. Not just women; many men are fully in support of this process of change.

“Who will tell the ‘fatwa guys’ that they are nearly an extinct species? Who will tell these men that they need to wake up to 2012. Who will tell them that our interest in them is limited to a single news item? Perhaps they should be kept in a museum with the caption ‘we used to have people like this who thought work for women was ‘un-Islamic’ but marrying them by force was ‘Islamic.’ Idiots who thought talking on a cell phone was ‘un-Islamic’ but throwing acid in women’s faces was ‘Islamic’!’

“I think it is time for our society to forcefully stop such people who not only violate the dignity and safety of women citizens, but also give a bad name to Islam, a religion which places a priority on the dignity of women.”…

Uh huh.

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