Muslim cleric says ‘selfies are sinful’

Muslim cleric says ‘selfies are sinful’

Felix Siauw, a Muslim cleric in Indonesia, has declared selfies ‘sinful’, claiming that those who take them are succumbing to pride, ostentation and arrogance

He also reported here as saying via Twitter that because selfie-takers are desperate for social media views, they’re being ostentatious because taking a selfie makes people feel ‘cooler’

We’ve fallen into the worst sin of all – arrogance.

However, there was a huge Twitter backlash against his messages by Indonesians. Hundreds have posted selfies on the social media site using the hashtag # Selfie4Siauw.

Many were taken by women, dozens by men – and some purely for comedy purposes, with a camel and great white shark uploaded with the hashtag.


It follows a prominent religious scholar in Saudi Arabia giving the cold shoulder to snowmen – by issuing a fatwa against them.

Last year the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the United Arab Emirates issued a fatwa against … living on Mars!

The committee argued that an attempt to dwell on the planet would be so hazardous as to be suicidal and killing oneself is not permitted by Islam.

The astronauts, the committee said, would end up dying for no “righteous reason” and would face the same punishment in the afterlife as someone who’d committed suicide.

The GAIAE has issued around two million fatwas through its Official Fatwa Centre since its inception in 2008.

In Malaysia, meanwhile, Muslim clerics have issued fatwas banning everything from yoga to Valentines Day in a bid to stop the influence of Western culture.

To ensure Muslims can keep pace with the rules, an “e-fatwa” site has been started. The issue recently came to a head at a dog-petting festival for Muslims, with the organiser receiving threatening phone calls.

Muslims are taught that canines are unclean.

Malaysian activist Zainah Anwar, recently wrote that Muslims are:

Sick and tired of being told, yet again, of more categories of Muslims and practices to be denounced, hated and declare deviant.

Her women’s rights group, Sisters in Islam, has also been targeted. It was issued with a fatwa for pushing “liberalism”. It had pushed for Muslim women to be able to enter beauty pageants.

The group were challenging the ruling.

Botox is banned, but can be used if medically necessary.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

21 responses to “Muslim cleric says ‘selfies are sinful’”

  1. Daz says:

    “The GAIAE has issued around two million fatwas through its Official Fatwa Centre since its inception in 2008.”

    They may want to consider changing their name to The Church Of Nuggan.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    What a happy, fun-loving bunch of people religiots are.

  3. Barry Duke says:

    Know why we call em fundies, AC? Because when they come out of the woodwork, fun dies.

  4. Lurker111 says:

    Christ Almighty. They might as well say that Breathing While Muslim is sinful, and be done with it.

    (Incongruous juxtaposition of belief references done on purpose.)

  5. Lonbo says:

    If the remedy for violating any of more than two million fatwas is decapitation, we should soon be relieved of one of the three Abrahamic religions of peace.

  6. Cali Ron says:

    “We’ve fallen into the worst sin of all – arrogance.” So he believes that arrogance is worse than rape, murder, torture, genocide…. With over 2 million fatwas issued surely every muslim has violated some of these and should be put to death. Now if they would just get on with it we could cure the “muslim problem” once and for all.

  7. Trevor Blake says:

    No fatwa against sex with pre-teens or slavery, since Mohammed practiced both and therefore they cannot be banned in Muslim eyes.

  8. Brummie says:

    An example of GAIAE Pride perhaps?

  9. Cali Ron says:

    Can’t wait for the GAIAE pride parade with the marching band with only drums and flag girls in burkas. And sharia law enforcers making sure no one is having any fun!

  10. Caute says:

    Arrogance….really? The most arrogant people I know are muslims. They know they are right, know what god wants, know that their dogma is the final and unalterable word of god…and they know that if I don’t believe it too then I deserve to be murderered by some self appointed stupefied halfwit thug. Well Felix Siauw,deluded bullying bigmouthed puffed up fuckwit that he is,can get in line and kiss my arse. And if he every comes near me with that annoyingly admonishing digit I will snap it off and insert it up his rectal passage.

  11. Caute says:

    That evil crow Ayatolah Khomenini said there is No Joy in Islam. How true. It is the only thing the evil bastard said that I agree with.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    @ Barry Duke

    Nice one!!!

  13. Adam Tjaavk says:

    Islam – Sharia – Fatwa

    Islam ‘submission’ – the faith requiring complete submission to the will
    of Allah and covering every aspect of life at every level of society.

    Islamic Fascism 101
    Victor Davis Hanson – CBS News

    Defending Islamofascism
    It’s a valid term – Here’s why
    Christopher Hitchens – Slate


  14. Paul Cook says:

    Shame there’s no fatwa for being an idiot.

  15. Alfred shearing says:

    I’m issuing my own fatwa against that shirt!

  16. barriejohn says:

    Yes – that shirt is far too ostentatious!

    TBH I got sick of this sort of nonsense from the Plymouth Brethren, only the words that they would use would be “worldly” or “fleshly”. It all amounts to the same “God didn’t mean us to enjoy life”.

    I wonder whether this sort of selfie breaks his rules?

  17. Rob Andrews says:

    @Alfred shearing:

    Yeah… that’s a good one! Both him and that shirt look kind of gay; and I should know
    To keep a few suckers around, there are preachers
    Outragious, rubbish spewing creatures
    To attrack attention
    Nothings to stupid to mention
    Religion of any sort isn’t one of their features


  18. L.Long says:

    Who wants to see some woman selfie which nothing more than a black tent???
    Great news about Mars—NO MUSLINS allowed!!!!!!
    When Can I move in????

  19. Alan says:

    Add that to the ever growing list of sinful/offended blah, blah, blah.

  20. Newspaniard says:

    Interesting what was said about suicide being illegal in islam. How does that square with the islamofascists using suicide bombers? Maybe using bombers with learning difficulties, who won’t question the islamic legality of such actions, is OK as they will be going to hell anyway.

  21. Brian Jordan says:

    Surely among those millions of fatwas there’s one against shaving. He’d better not go near IS or the Taliban, clean-shaven like that.