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