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A Fatwa I Can Understand!

fatwa.jpgAccording an article on Cellular News (Click here: A Fatwa Against Ringtones), an iman in a Saudi mosque issued a fatwa after a cellphone played someone's ringtone during a prayer service.  Now that's a fatwa I can understand! 


An imam at a Mosque in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa against mobile phones after one rang during prayers on Saturday. A report in the local newspaper, Al-Watan said that the imam had begun the Taraweeh prayer (Taraweeh is an Arabic phrase referring to extra prayers given by Sunnis at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan) when the sound of Arabic pop music began playing from the audience.

The imam turned to the crowd in the Mosque and issued his own fatwa. The fatwa states that the next time somebody allows their phone to go off in the congregation, the imam could throw the guilty person out of the mosque.

After a degree of shouting at the congregation, the imam regained his composure, turned around, and continued with the Taraweeh.

A fatwa, is a legal pronouncement in Islam made by a mufti, a scholar capable of issuing judgments on Sharia (Islamic law).


Next time a cell rings during a sermon or the Lord's Supper, I know what I am going to do!


Reader Comments (8)

"After a degree of shouting at the congregation..."

Our beloved, cool-headed, German-stoic, Reverend Riddlebarger, shouting?

"The Look" is a much more painful chastisement. This is why unusually long eye-brow hairs are necessary to get the effect!
October 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
I agree robin. I think Pastor Kim should decree his own fatwa on cell phones interupting the Lord's Day service.
October 9, 2006 | Unregistered Commentertiminator
I think the offending worshiper should be escorted to the front of the sanctuary, where he should be ordered to drop his cell phone in a "cell phone crusher," insert the required fee (Visa or MasterCard accepted), and watch the crusher go into action.

This would also serve as a warning to the rest!
October 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Rohde
Kim's "look" is definitely fatwa enough. We could call it the Kimwa.
October 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDana
He should have to have his conversation amplified so everyone can hear it. That should embarrass the poor creature badly enough to make him want to put the phone in the crusher.
October 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterturmeric
You people never read your Bible

“Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:20

No need for fatwas, one secret prayer to God to take vengence on the phone with faith like a grain of mustard seed and BOOOOOM! (Like Magneto from X-Men destroying metal guns)
October 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSan
The Kimwa.....

that's fantastic.
October 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJon
Pretty soon we'll start seeing Kimwas against various things here!
October 13, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterturmeric

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