Fatwas and reasoning


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Fatwas and reasoning
By Zan Azlee

If the issue of touching dogs is the epitome of Islamic discussion in Malaysia and how it will determine whether your or faithful or faithless towards god, then we are on a sad spiritual path.

The easy labelling and accusations of liberalism and pluralism towards others without a clear definition of what it really means is another sad turn.

And now with the case where the halal logo is being used next to an image of a Hindu deity becoming a national outcry, I think sad has taken a turn towards pathetic.

If we really want to be that petty, there are many issues we can actually raise:

Start paying our zakat in rice
Since we’re so fussy about following the Shafi’i mazhab to the letter, then we should pay our zakat in rice. According to the mazhab, we are not to pay our zakat in cash and should pay it in the main food source of a certain region. But other mazhabs like Hanafi allows for it to be paid in cash. Why then do we pay in cash?

Threaten all smokers and force them to apologise publicly for insulting Islam
If touching dogs is such a sin that it justifies making threats towards the organiser of the ‘I want to touch a dog’ campaign and accusing him of insulting the religion, then we should be fair and do the same thing to smokers.

In 1995, the Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan had declared smoking haram. So that means that the millions of Malaysian Muslims who enjoy tobacco, nicotine and tar are being unIslamic.

If the fact that dogs are so dirty that it is a major health risk for human beings to come into contact with them, then I guess something that has been scientifically proven to kill human beings through diseases should be treated the same way. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

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