My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Monday, May 17, 2010

Latest Fatwa: Islam does not celebrate birthdays...

I love the comment below about reading between the lines...
In a fresh fatwa, Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deboand has said that Islam does not permit celebrating birthdays.

Responding to a query posed by a woman, the country's biggest Islamic seminary observed that the tradition to celebrate birthdays was started by the Jews and Christians, but Islam does not permit this practice.

The Darul Uloom Deoband has in recent days issued edicts declaring that working in banks and opting for an insurance policy was against the tenets of Islam, sparking a debate.

The seminary had also decreed that it was illegal according to the Sharia or Islamic law for a woman to work and for a family to accept a woman's earnings.

Leading Islamic body Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind's spokesman Abdul Hameed Nomani had maintained that fatwas should not be generalised and should be seen in the context in which they have been issued.

"People must read between the lines and not generalise the fatwas," Nomani had said.


Blogger fernstalbert said...

What a good idea. Think of all the money that is wasted on presents, food and decorations. What a colourless world the fatwatees live in. Cheers.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Frances said...

Interesting about the women working or not. Where was this imam when some Muslem women workers to ?UPS to court for not letting them wear long coats (which they claimed were necessary for their modesty - religious, or course)while climbing up and down ladders retrieving parcels? Also, have seen increasing numbers of headscarves on workers at Sears and other stores. If you're obedient enough to wear the headscarf, are you obedient enough not to work?

1:53 PM  
Blogger fernstalbert said...

Couldn't resist after Frances' comment on working while adhering to modest apparel. I humbling bring up the old adage about "women being uneducated, barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen", seems to fit in this fatwa. Cheers.

2:42 PM  

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