Theodore's World: Court Issues Fatwa On Cartoonists

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February 21, 2006

Court Issues Fatwa On Cartoonists


Court issues fatwa on cartoonists

An Islamic court in India has issued a fatwa, or religious decree, condemning to death the 12 artists who drew the controversial images of the prophet Mohammed.

The decree was issued on behalf of the Idar-e-Sharia Darul Kaza Islamic court in northern Uttar Pradesh state by its religious head in the state capital, Lucknow.
"Death is the only penalty for the cartoonists who had drawn sacrilegious cartoons of the prophet," Maulana Mufti Abul Irfan, the religious head of the court, said overnight.

The court's ruling is binding on Muslims, but can be challenged under Indian law.

Mr Irfan said it was clearly written in the Muslim holy book, the Koran, that anyone who insulted the prophet deserved to be punished.

He said the fatwa was applicable wherever Muslims live.

Jaffaryab Zilany, a member of the authoritative national body of Muslim clerics, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, said however that although the fatwa was legitimate under Islamic law, it had no legal binding in India.
The sentence comes days after a minister in the state government, Mohammed Yaqoob Qureshi, offered a reward of $US11.5 million ($15.6 million) for the beheading of any of the cartoonists.

The cartoons, drawn by 12 artists, were first published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September and later reprinted in other mainly European dailies. They have sparked protests worldwide, some of them deadly.

On Saturday, a cleric in Pakistan offered a $US1-million ($1.35 million) reward and a car for the death of any of the cartoonists responsible for the drawings, one of which portrayed the prophet with a bomb in his turban.

Muslims consider any depiction of the prophet to be blasphemous.

Muslims make up about 130 million of mainly Hindu India's billion-plus population. While there have been large demonstrations against the cartoons in India, they have been mainly peaceful.

Protesters threaten to join al-Qaeda
HUNDREDS of Afghans shouted support for Osama bin Laden and threatened to join al-Qaeda during a protest today against cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

Today, students gathered in the campus of the university in Jalalabad chanting death to Denmark, America and France, a witness said.

They also chanted death to Mr Karzai and demanded President Hamid Karzai close the embassies of Denmark, the United States and France and expel their forces from Afghanistan.

"If they abuse the Prophet of Islam again we will all become al-Qaeda," the students shouted.

Wild Thing's comment.....
So much for members of the death cult and their frenzy.
Has anyone heard one single Muslim sound off about how horrible all this protesting is and the killings and threats? Me either!

* Ranting Right Wing Howler thanks for the graphic

* Six Meat Buffet has more on this.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 21, 2006 12:30 AM

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"Has anyone heard one single Muslim sound off about how horrible all this protesting is and the killings and threats? Me either!"

Not a peep. They're either afraid to do so or agree with the insanity.

Posted by: RightToCarry at February 21, 2006 08:18 PM

RightToCarry yes there is that too those that are afraid. Thanks!

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 21, 2006 11:14 PM

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