Saturday, September 16, 2006

No Fatwa Yet Against Pope Benedict's Remarks. Will Perak Mufti Take The Lead?

Pope Benedict was condemned by Islamic leaders across the world yesterday for remarks they said encouraged the belief that early Muslims spread their religion by violence. Some said the Pontiff was trying to revive the spirit of the Crusades in a speech he gave during his tour of Germany.

Many are surprised at the vein and force of his argument. Some observers have explained that it is the first salvo by the Vatican in its efforts to prevent the entry of Turkey into the European Union (EU). An associate member of the EU since 1964, Turkey is currently in the process of accession pending the completion of negotiations. Perhaps some Europeans are worried at the prospect of allowing 70 million Muslims unimpeded access to the whole of Europe. Not that the Turks are waiting to get in, in large numbers to take over menial jobs and plant a few bombs here and there.

But getting back to the papal speech which caused great opposition to his comments in the Muslim World, I had half expected a fatwa of sorts to have been pronounced against the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. After all when the Indian-British author, Salman Rushdie, himself a Muslim, was deemed to have insulted his own faith, Iran's Imam Khomeini promptly issued a fatwa demanding his execution in 1989. That proclamation cost the British several million Pounds in providing security for the still alive author.

The fatwa may of course yet come, although who would take the very brave and daring step to do that and then face the serious consequences of proclaiming it, is not known. Off hand I can think of only two daring men who have the courage and the reckless bravado to carry it out. One is Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the chief cleric of New Delhi’s Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, who urged Muslims to “respond in a manner which forces the Pope to apologise”. Of course he did not elaborate what that 'response' should be.

The other person is The Mufti of Perak, Harussani Zakaria, the one man with the derring-do and guts to carry it through. You can view his other fatwas at the Portal e-Fatwa.

Finally whatever is going to happen next is anybody's guess and although His Holiness Pope Benedict has a right to speak out on religious issues, I personally feel that the timing and contents of his remarks are unfortunate and regrettable.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes,Pope Benedict has a right to speak out on religious issues,but he also got to watch his words too.

Is he implying that we start a holy war?

3:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the Pope said is nothing compare to what the Muslim Taliban Barbarians of Afghanistan did to the Buddhas of Bamiyan !!!!!!!!!!!

10:01 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your remarks seem to cheerlead these two individuals in the hope that they will issue a fatwah. Are you so insecure in your own religion that you cannot tolerate any open discussion?

5:32 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to know for whom the timing of the remarks is unfortunate and regrettable. Is for the Muslims who have been persecuting CHristians for centuries and nearly took over the world if it wasn't for the battle and Miracle of the naval battle of Lepanto or is it unfortunate for the CHristians who live in Muslim countries and a forbidden to build new CHurches and who are threatened daily. Or is it unfortunate for those Muslims who see the hatred in thier faith and desire to become Christian, but are fearful of being put to death?

6:48 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous satan said...

what a shit!! people talking about religion and the mambo jumbo of one thought of the idea of my religion is holier than implied to all!

God never dicriminate & distinguish his creation.. all these shit are set by the so called mortal human..the biggest shit is the religous leader supremely elevated by fucking followers who worship them more than they do to the god himself..

does any of you people really know god?? ever met him before? no fucking mortal should decide who is better or right...hell will tell who is right or wrong..see you in hell!

4:09 PM GMT+8  

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