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  • Salman and Salman: the case of the two fatwas

    by Rumbold
    25th January, 2008 at 11:57 am    

    When many in the West hear the word fatwa, their minds immediately turn to the infamous one issued against Salman Rushdie. The very word conjures up dark images, but in fact a fatwa is simply a ruling by a mufti on a particular subject, which can range from the important (marriage), to the mundane (types of shoes). Thankfully, some fatwas come along to help put the word in a less scary light:

    “A Bollywood actor has had a fatwa issued against him for allowing Madame Tussaud’s in London to make his image in wax. Salman Khan, star of more than 50 movies, unveiled the statue himself last week and described it as an honour. Most Indians would agree, but Mufti Salim Ahmad Qasmi, a Muslim cleric in India, said the statue is illegal according to the Sharia, which forbids depictions of all living creatures, Mohammed in particular.

    The Dioband Seminary which the mufti runs has already issued a fatwa against Khan for dancing at a Hindu festival last month. The actor says his “bad boy” image is to blame as fellow Muslim and even bigger star Shah Rukh Khan is also in the wax museum and hasn’t been singled out.”

    Shah Rukh Khan was not included in the fatwa because the person who complained to the mufti about the waxwork of Salman Khan did not realise that Shah Rukh Khan’s statue was in there as well (the full story is in the Times of India print edition).

    Other Indian Muslim stars have also faced such rulings in the past, especially Sania Mirza:

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    Miss Mirza has had to face repeated calls about the length of his her skirt, as well as her decision to play doubles with an Israeli. These sort of idiotic rulings demonstrate what can happen when clerics try to micromanange people’s religion.

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    1. Sofia — on 25th January, 2008 at 12:28 pm  

      Funny how they didn’t issue a fatwa against him allegedly running over a few ppl…hmmm…

    2. Kismet Hardy — on 25th January, 2008 at 1:15 pm  

      Salman Khan has two fatwas now. Anyone know why he got the first one? For dancing at a Hindu festival. I kid you not

      Tolerant religion my arse

    3. Kismet Hardy — on 25th January, 2008 at 1:17 pm  

      Why didn’t Shah Rukh Khan get a fatwa? He’s in Madam Tussauds and blatantly a Muslim.

      Moral of story: Get in the papers for dancing on top of trains and not for being a bad boy and you’ll be okay

      These fanatic Muslims should love Salman Khan though. He’s been accused of beating women, most famously his ex-Aishwarya Rai (also in Madam Tussauds). You’d think that kind of accolade should be right up their streets

    4. Sid — on 25th January, 2008 at 1:18 pm  

      More posts with gratuitious photos of Sania Mirza in progressing stages of undress please.

    5. Sofi — on 25th January, 2008 at 1:28 pm  

      Oh Dear.

      Salman is obviously not in the cleric’s good books; perhaps he needs to seek advice from his contemporary, Mr Shah Rukh Khan.

    6. Sofia — on 25th January, 2008 at 1:47 pm  

      I’m not sure how i feel about I laugh at the stupidity of it all..i mean sinead o connor ('Connor) wasn’t exactly in the pope’s good books and neither is Madonna,( but is this the rather funny side of religion, or do we sit here and analyse the demise of any reasoned debate amongst so called religious leaders???

    7. Random Guy — on 25th January, 2008 at 2:50 pm  

      Yay, another post about muslims that will be eventually be inflated into a stream of brainless generalisations and idiotic comments (for the most part)! Well done!

    8. Sid — on 25th January, 2008 at 3:04 pm  

      I think we should sit back and enjoy the attention Random Guy.

    9. Sunny — on 25th January, 2008 at 3:38 pm  

      I see the chip on your shoulder is getting bigger by the day Random Guy. Happy to bash others as well if you want. But any post with pics of Sania Mirza and having a laugh at Salman Khan are always welcome in my books.

    10. Don — on 25th January, 2008 at 3:48 pm  

      ‘…forbids depictions of all living creatures’

      How is a photograph or a movie not a depiction of a living creature, but a waxwork is?

    11. Random Guy — on 25th January, 2008 at 3:50 pm  

      Hmmm Sunny, I take your point about Sania Mirza (though I could have sworn her name was Shazia Mirza)…and btw, MEOOOWRRRR!

      And lets not compare chips on shoulder eh? You may find that your monosaturated fat content is much higher than mine…

    12. Random Guy — on 25th January, 2008 at 3:58 pm  

      Hey Sid @ 8, how do you think we should enjoy the attention best?

      Given that some of our ‘brethren’ have taken to the streets in angry protest in the past, I would suggest putting on a pair of shades, getting some reclining chairs, and protesting on a beach in a warmer climate (while I sip my non-alcholic beverage)…..aaaaah, now thats what I call ‘protest’.

    13. saqib — on 25th January, 2008 at 5:50 pm  

      I don’t know if a fatwa was issued or not, theologically it is fairly straightforward that this form of human representation is not permissible. I suppose it only made the headlines because this guy is famous, and the media like a bit of trivia controversy at the expense of real news.

    14. Jai — on 25th January, 2008 at 6:00 pm  

      Small-but-significant typo in the main article:

      Miss Mirza has had to face repeated calls about the length of his skirt

      Should be “the length of her skirt.”

      It ain’t that kind of party, folks…..

    15. Jai — on 25th January, 2008 at 6:03 pm  

      Unless Rumbold knows something we don’t, of course. Which opens a whole other can of worms. I think the Great British Asian Public deserves to be told.

    16. sonia — on 27th January, 2008 at 2:40 am  

      hilarious. heh well we dont know that someone won’t take it upon themselves to blow poor salman or his wax version up do we, taking it upon themselves to extend mufti who’ever’s instructions.

      there is something really weird about worrying about a waxwork, i mean, are they really that paranoid the Great Maker is going to start worrying we’re getting close to His inventions? He must be a very paranoid HUMAN with a great big inferiority complex. Threatened by art indeed!

      I’d suggest Mr. Mufti turn his attention to some more serious issues, like poverty or something…

    17. Rumbold — on 28th January, 2008 at 8:50 am  


      Heh. Thanks for that.

      Random Guy:

      As others have said, it was mainly an opportunity to laugh at Salman Khan and post pictures of Sania Mirza. On a broader note though, it is important to laugh at these sort of things, rather than taking them to seriously.


      Did you get my e-mail?

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