Tuesday, September 16, 2008

‘Execute’ all TV fortune-tellers

A Moslem cleric, Sheikh Salih al-Fawzan, a senior Islamic preacher, has said that all TV fortune-tellers (which the BBC Monitoring service translates as “sorcerers”) should be executed.

Sheikh Salih al-Fawzan is quoted as saying that if these people appearing on many Arabic TV channels prove to be sorcerers, “they will be committing a sin and violating the Holy Book, the Sunnah and the consensus of Muslims”.

This latest appeal for a crack-down on broadcasters comes hot on the heels of a similar “fatwa” from Shaykh Salih al-Luhaydan, chairman of the Higher Judicial Council in Saudi Arabia, having called for putting on trial the owners of Arabic satellite channels which promote debauchery and insolence and encourage corrupt beliefs. He noted that it would be permissible for the authority to kill them if they were punished and insisted on their corrupt behaviour.


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