Al-Kawthari’s Darul Iftaa on ‘Sunday Politics’

Posted on November 4, 2013


Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari’s Leicester based Darul Iftaa is often dug out by the media for some its more hardline advice or rulings. It was Andrew Neil’s turn this time, taking a swing at it during an interview with the MCB’s Farooq Murad on BBC’s ‘Sunday Politics’ (thanks to SarahAB for the link).

Al-Kawthari is usually attacked for his take on various issues that may affect Muslim women, this number has frequently done the rounds:

“A pregnant woman will not be whipped until she gives birth to her child and after her post natal bleeding (nifas). However, if she is to be stoned, then this may be carried out straight after giving birth.”

Andrew Neil also concentrated on a couple of quotes relating to women. Al-Kawthari’s views on non-Muslims surprisingly didn’t get a slot, so here they are.

Like Green and Al-Hakeem, Al-Kawthari plucks out a hadith from Al-Bukhari to help demonstrate the correct manner in which Jews and Christians should be greeted:

“If you meet one of them on a pathway, force them to walk on the side.”

When Muslims find themselves in situations where they are ‘allowed’ to greet non-Muslims with “Salam” (like when there’s something to be gained from it) it should not be done out of any kind of respect for the mugs:

“When one greets them for a need, it is not out of respect, thus permissible.”

He advises Muslim women to “observe caution” around non-Muslim chicks because “Fitnahs such as lesbianism have become so wide spread” among them. Kuffar society is not only full of mug-runchers, banging your own family members is rife: “evils such as incest among the non-Muslims is becoming common.”

Muslim girls are warned about their pervy non-Muslim fathers…

“…if there is a fear of temptation (fitna) on either side or you fear that by kissing him, he will have evil thoughts and desires, you must avoid uncovering in front of him and kissing him.”

…because:

“…we live in a time where sexual impropriety is becoming common in non-Muslims.”

On working with non-Muslims:

“…if there is no other way of getting the rights of the Muslims except by working in coalition with the Non-Muslims, then this would be permissible. However, this should be part of a larger effort to ensure the strength and independence of Muslims.”

Non-Muslims shouldn’t be taken as best pals:

“It has been prohibited in this verse of the Qur’an to make close friendship and have intimacy with the non-Muslims…”

On apostasy: “It is not permissible for a Muslim to leave Islam.”

On adultery: “the legal punishment is that he/she will be stoned to death.”

If someone you knew was found guilty of either of the above ‘crimes’, and was facing the appropriate  “legal consequences” in an Islamic country, you might (if you’re a decent bod) try to help them get the fark out of there quick-time. Don’t go thinking you’re a good guy:

 “…it is impermissible and sinful for an individual to flee from the Hadd punishment that he deserves…As such, assisting one in evading the punishment will also be unlawful…”

The full gumpf and links here.

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