» 10/24/2008, 00.00
In Malaysia fatwa condemns tomboys
Young women are told not to crop their hair or walk, dress and act like males. Last year Muslims were told not to go and see a movie in which the leading actress sported a shaved dome.
Islamic guidelines for praying in space
Two Malaysians are candidates for a Russian space mission. Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council has come up with new religious guidelines since praying, ablutions and turning towards Makkah are difficult to do in a spaceship circling the Earth 16 times a day. Ramadan fasting can be postponed until return to the Earth.
Islamic figures reject fatwa of ulemas against yoga and smoking
Religious leaders and representatives of society call the directives "unconstitutional and unnecessary," because they risk destroying the idea of "national unity." In the past, the council of the ulemas has issued controversial edicts, contrary to pluralism.
Fatwa against "house husbands"
More and more men stay at home to cook and raise children whilst women go to work. A group of imams calls the trend "unIslamic" that must be avoided.
Political uncertainty and corruption favor greater role for sultans
Opposition leader Anwar is seeking their support, promising to restore their old privileges. In the face of government excess and weakness, the public role of the royals is increasing.
14/04/2010 SAUDI ARABIA
For Council of Supreme Scholars, terrorism violates Islamic law
Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority issues fatwa that outlaws attacks that target public resources, planes or buildings. Giving financial assistance for such deeds is against the law. Terror actions by al-Qaeda are unlawful.
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