Islamic Cleric Issues Fatwa Against Smoking
Having been to Jordan, I know how much Arabs enjoy smoking, including pious Muslims. Now according to their religious laws, smoking is illegal. Will that stop them from smoking or move them toward a more progressive form of Islam?
From Reuters here:
Muslims who smoke and try to portray themselves as pious are worse than cows which defecate in the street, a top Malaysian Muslim cleric and politician said.
Recently, Indonesia’s top Islamic body passed a fatwa or ruling banning smoking. Malaysia’s top Islamic body has also banned smoking.
Despite the ban in Malaysia, where over half the population of 27 million is Muslim, 50 percent of the male population smokes.
And of course, if anyone is to be punished for violating this law it will be the women first.
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