Fatwa Issued Against Mickey Mouse

20 Sep

From Israel Today:

A prominent Saudi Islamic cleric has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against Mickey Mouse, whom he characterized as an agent of Satan sent to corrupt young minds.

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Munajid told Saudi Arabia’s Al-Majd Television that his beef with Mickey is that he is a mouse, a creature that Islam sees as “repulsive and corrupting.”

Al-Munajid explained that Islamic law refers to the mouse as “little corrupter” and a creature that is “steered by Satan,” and grants permission to all Muslims to “kill [mice] in all cases.”

To quote my friend Geoff, who pointed me at this story through his RSS shared feed, “Wow.”

The Defamer gives us a bit more context:

The fatwa has since proven deeply divisive to Palestineans, who only last year were treated by Hamas to a powerful “Martyred Mickey” episode of the popular children’s show Pioneers of Tomorrow — a crisis of allegorical politics that now stands to shatter the rodent relations so painstakingly advanced over the years. We pray for a swift, peaceful accord; it would be a shame to see Sarah Palin’s foreign-policy skills wasted on such a trifle somewhere down the line.

My head hurts. And yes, my Pal Mickey put on his Ramones shirt, also guaranteed to corrupt young minds.

And hey, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you not to point your kids at the “Martyred Mickey” summary, right?

6 Responses to “Fatwa Issued Against Mickey Mouse”

  1. Jennifer September 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    Update: Apparently cooler heads have prevailed.

  2. mhsn_10 October 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    this is not the true .. if you are realy interested to know the full story .. see this post :
    Kill Mickey Mouse
    http://dabos.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/kill-mickey-mouse/

  3. Jennifer October 13, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    Hmm, interesting link…I can’t vouch for the translation in *any* of the clips on this topic, either to confirm or deny that the fatwa was really issued against that specific mouse.

  4. mhsn_10 October 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    there is no translation in the second clip .. Al-Munajid was talking in english to correct the wrong impression that made by the media

  5. Jennifer October 20, 2008 at 2:14 pm #

    For clarification, what I meant by “any of the clips” includes the original clip, and any other commentary I might have viewed.

    Plus of course, for those of us without previous knowledge of Al-Munajid, there is a certain lack of context for his comments.

    The interwebs….so much data, but often the viewer/reader/etc is left without enough information.

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