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10 Weird Fatwas

1. Breastfeed male co-workers

In 2007, Dr Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University’s Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic decree, saying that female workers should “breastfeed” their male co-workers in order to work in each other’s company.


“A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed.” (Source)

2. Bend it like Beckham, ahh


In 2015, a Saudi cleric issued a fatwa against women who watch football. The cleric announced that women “do not care who wins the match, all they care about is watching the player’s thighs.” (source)

3. Opps Bananas are naughty, like really?

In 2011, an Islamic cleric residing in Europe issued a fatwa that women shouldn’t get close to banana or cucumbers in order to avoid sexual thoughts.


4. Having Sex Naked almost equal to a divorce!

IN 2006, Rashad Hassan Khalil, a former dean of Al-Azhar University’s faculty of Sharia (or Islamic law) issued a decree that indulging in sexual intercourse while being naked invalidates the marriage.


5. Pokemon is Zionist

In 2016, Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheik, Saudi Arabia’s mufti or high priest, warned Muslim parents to “beware of this game.” He urged parents to prevent their children from playing with Pokémon cards and games in order to “protect their religion and manners.”


He said the Pokemon possesses the mind of the children and it promotes Zionism and gambling. (source)

6. Sitting on chair arouses women

In 2014 ISIS, issued a decree “banning” women from sitting on chairs.  The fatwa said by sitting on chairs, women may move the wrong way and thus get sexually aroused. (source)


7. Their driving has always been under suspicion, now we know why

In 2013, Saudi Arabia’s Sheikh Lohaidan issued a fatwa that Women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and producing children with clinical problems, according to a conservative Saudi cleric.



8. Rapist father-in-law made husband 

In 2005, In a particular case, a woman was raped by her father-in-law in UP and instead of punishing him, an Islamic court in Deoband issued a fatwa saying that because of the father-in-law’s act, she should now be treated as his wife, and hence, her husband would now be her son. (source)

9. Because it requires too much of mind

In 2016,  Grand Mufti, Saudi Arabia sent shock-waves through the world of chess by issuing a fatwa that it is forbidden in Islam. (source)



10. Ho Ho Ho Santa cap is haram



In 2016 only The Indonesian Ulema Council issued a fatwa that people should respect Christians’ right to celebrate, including by wearing Santa hats, but should not join in because it is ‘haram’ i.e. not permitted in Islam. (source)

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