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6th January 2011
JUST SO YOU KNOW –
Question: “I am a new muslim and my parents and relatives are muslim. One of my relative has dies recently and i was very close to her. I like to know if i can attend her funeral in church? I wont say any words during prayer just sit there.
Praise be to Allaah.”
Answer: “It is not permissible for a Muslim to attend the funeral of a non-Muslim even if it is a relative, because attending a funeral is a right that one Muslim has over another and it is a kind of showing respect, honour and friendship that it is not permissible to show to a kaafir.”
[Source here – Muslims must not attend the funeral of a non-Muslim relative or friend It is also answered here as forbidden because the service is an act of ‘ibadah and thus should be avoided.]
Oh, FGS! Or even Allah’s!
Next they’ll be telling us that Scots mustn’t play the bagpipes in public because it’s mocking the call to prayer, or that Austrians can’t yodel in their own gardens! Oh, sorry, Austrians – they have already. We Scots will have to wait. A bit.
Clearly multiculturalism is a concept also not accepted by many Muslims, unless of course, it serves Muslims. You can see (below here) more on this dichotomy – a word much used by some Muslim contributors to a recent BBC ‘Sunday’ programme, as I wrote about here. Clearly one religion’s dichotomy is another’s submission.
I was actually researching something else the Fiqh Council is said to have said when I came across this interesting contribution to togetherness. The other information I was looking for will be in a later post.
YOUR MULTICULTURALISM IS MY EXCUSE FOR IGNORING IT
This banning Muslims from non-Muslim funerals of friends and yes even relatives, must be the tit-for-tat that comes from multiculturalism. We tit, they tat.
It makes you wonder what excuse Baroness Warsi would have for being the only cabinet member not to attend the funeral of, say, David Cameron, if the worst were to happen to our present prime minister. I imagine Lauren Booth would find this a toughy too if Cherie fell under the proverbial bus. Even though she is financially indebted to her sister, the newly Muslim Lauren would have to find something else more important to do on that day. Of course if it was only the hated brother-in-law making an early exit Lauren would likely be out there hoop-la-ing ‘Allahu Akbar’. She’d have plenty of fellow bellowers: those who hailed as a hero the caught-red-handed-murderer of the Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who was assassinated in Pakistan the other day; and those celebrating after the murder of 79 Christian Copts in Egypt last week. So she won’t be lonely in that company. Just as well, because when her own life is over there may be one or two surprises, and not just that the 72 virgins are all female.
I wonder if Lauren realises that for the rest of her Muslim life she is forbidden, partly because she’s a woman and partly because it’s forbidden anyway to attend the funeral of ANY of her still Christian relatives. So when her father, and Cherie’s, Tony Booth goes to that great refuge in the sky – the non-shariah side of course – Lauren will have to busy herself elsewhere. I have a feeling Tony Booth might prefer it that way, anyway.
Just let’s hope in the meantime it is not a Christian she actually loves, or who loved her, whose funeral she’ll have to miss.
In the fullness of time Lauren Booth personally will have to deal with all of this, of course. But if, for instance, she chooses not to attend the funeral of her own Christian relatives, because it’s banned by Islam, I doubt if many of her Christian relatives will be keen to attend hers, even if that is permitted.
Now who said that? Oh yes, the man referred to here
There may well be occasions on which clued-up and moderate Muslims have attended non-Muslims funerals. I even thought for a moment that I could recall such a high-profile event recently. But sadly my google search proved fruitless.
It is noteworthy that this Fiqh organisation lays down the Islamic code in such blatantly discriminatory terms. I suppose we can be grateful for their honesty. But where is the inclusivity that we in the non-Muslim world are expected to provide by the bucketful?
I realise there are some in this crazy world of moral relativism who think that I am being selective at times at this blog. I’m not. Unless leaving out the worst bits is being ‘selective’. In my drafts I have several far more damning pieces of information on issues around Islam. Apart from having insufficient time, one of the reasons I do not publish them is that I do not want to infer that every Muslim believes everything they are told from on high – wherever and whoever that is. I realise that the lack of a hierarchical structure in Islam means that all sorts of oddities can set up and call themselves an “authority” on Islam, Muslims, sharia and the law as Islam sees it.
But this FIQH organisation claims that it has plenty of authority. It says it deals with the observance of rituals, morals and social legislation in Islam. Just so we don’t think that all Muslims are all boringly the same, like all non-Muslims, of course, we are told that there are four prominent schools of fiqh, the Madh’hab, within Sunni practice and two schools within Shi’a practice. A person trained in fiqh is known as a Faqih (plural Fuqaha).
(Er, yes. Noted.)
Do you think the freedom-loving peoples of this world give a FIQH?
MUSLIMS ARE STILL EXPECTED
TO ADHERE TO ISLAMIC LAW
EVEN WHEN LIVING IN NON-MUSLIMS LANDS
I have been to many Christian and Jewish funerals, and have met many Jewish friends at Christian funerals, and vice-versa. But I have never been invited to attend a Muslim funeral, although I do have Muslim friends. Have you attended a Muslim funeral? If so perhaps you can tell us a little about it.
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