Friday, February 12, 2010

American Muslim Council Claims Airport Scanners To be Un-Islamic


Apparently they might stop terrorists so they're not halal: The Detroit Free Press: Airport body scanners violate Islamic law, Muslims say

Saying that body scanners violate Islamic law, Muslim-American groups are supporting a “fatwa” – a religious ruling – that forbids Muslims from going through the scanners at airports.

The Fiqh Council of North America – a body of Islamic scholars that includes some from Michigan – issued a fatwa this week that says going through the airport scanners would violate Islamic rules on modesty.

Of course the real reason is to make stopping future attacks more difficult:
The decision could complicate efforts to intensify screening of potential terrorists who are Muslim. After the Christmas Day bombing attempt in Detroit by a Muslim suspect from Nigeria, some have called for the use of body scanners at airports to find explosives and other dangerous materials carried by terrorists. Some airports are now in the process of buying and using the body scanners, which show in graphic detail the outlines of a person’s body.


After all, this same group is against having police dogs present in searches of Muslims as that's un-Islamic too.

A bit about the group behind this proclamation:
An earlier version of the group started in the 1960s with the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada. The chairman of the Fiqh Council is Muzammil Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Society of Orange County in California and former president of ISNA.
You will of course note that "Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada" is the North American branch of The Muslim Brotherhood, known in various spots as The Muslim Bortherhood, or HAMAS, with an even more violent off-shoot named Al-Qaeda.

So we have supporters of terrorists and their aims claiming that anti-terrorist measures are un-Islamic - how very convenient.

It's too bad there's not a fatwa from them on committing acts of terrorism against civilians - without any qualifiers.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there any sort of ruling in the Koran that muslims can fly? Maybe stressing that the lack of permission means it is forbidden will render the need for full body scans moot.

Me said...

Simple solution: No muslims on aircraft.

Aaron said...

Anonymous- there's a flying carpet and flying foreign aircraft for the purpose of promoting jihad exception to that rule.

Me- might be a solution but certainly there's no political will to say "no scannee, no flyee".

Tam said...

"Saying that body scanners violate Islamic law, Muslim-American groups are supporting a “fatwa” – a religious ruling – that forbids Muslims from going through the scanners at airports."

If they had just done this ten years ago, it would have saved everybody a lot of grief.

Mark @ Israel said...

I think the emphasis there has nothing to do with the violation of Islam as a religion but it has something to do with security. And I believe that one should obey such rules to avoid untoward incidents later.