Syrian Clerics Say the Darnedest Things

This time, I’m not kidding:

Following are excerpts from an address by Syrian Sunni cleric Karim Rajeh, which aired on Al-Hiwar TV on January 27, 2013.

It has come to my attention that some of those who claim to manifest manhood and honor, upon learning that one of their daughters has been raped by criminals and shabiha during this revolution, permit the killing of that daughter. They consider such killings to be a matter of honor, and they believe that if they allow these daughters to remain alive, they themselves will be left without honor.

I hereby issue a religious ruling, and declare, loud and clear, that anybody who does such a thing is himself without honor. He lacks reason, and is a fool, who understands nothing, while the girl is one of the more noble people – if not the most noble of all. She heroically defended her honor and her dignity, but the rapists were stronger than her. Then she returned, broken-spirited and in pain.

Will you reward her, oh honorable one, by killing her? You are a murderer, to whom the following words of Allah apply: “If a man intentionally kills a believer, his recompense is eternal Hellfire. Allah’s wrath and curse are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him.”

I urge young men to marry these girls, for they are honorable. There are no girls more honorable than them. These girls were unwillingly harmed. It was rape. The blame lies with those who gave the order and who carried it out. If they had even a shred of dignity, they would not have done such things.

Dear people, respect your daughters.

Who let this guy into the clergy? I’m not kidding when I say it actually brought a tear to my eye.

PS: Now, this is more like it:

A Saudi Arabian cleric is calling for all female babies to wear the burka, an all-encompassing garment that includes a veil that covers the face. In Saudi Arabia, grown women already wear the burka.

Sheikh Abdullah Daoud issued the fatwa apparently with good intentions: in a television interview on Islamic Al-Majd TV about six months ago, Daoud said that he believed wearing the face veil would protect baby girls from sexual molestation in the kingdom.

A former judge at the Saudi Board of Grievances since attempted to undo the damage to Islam’s image by telling the news outlet that he too believes the ruling is denigrating to Islam and Shari’a, and makes Islam “look bad.”

As if that could ever happen!

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