Humoud bin Aqla Al Shuabi, a prominent religious figure in Al Qaseem,
Saudi Arabia, has issued a fatwa, calling for famous Kuwaiti artist,
Abdullah Al Rwaishid, to be sentenced to death for using a chapter of
the Holy Quran in a song.
In a telephone conversation yesterday, Sheikh Al Shuabi, who heads the
Aqidah Department, University of Imam Mohammed bin Saud, confirmed
that Al Rwaishid would be unable to deny his guilt as he had in his
possession a cassette containing the material. He also claimed that he
had received confirmation from reliable Arab sources that Al Rwaishid
had sung Surat Al Fatiha, the 'Fatiha Chapter' from the Holy Quran,
which is considered outright abuse, and he should, therefore, be put
to death "without being asked to repent".
Sheikh Al Shuabi expressed surprise that his fatwa had been rejected
by sections in Kuwait. He said no zealous Muslim can reject such a
fatwa under any justification. He called on all Muslims to join
together to implement the fatwa so that Al Rwaishid would become an
example for what others should not do. Some have recently claimed that
the fatwa is religiously illegal because it is issued by an unauthorized
person. Sheikh Al Shuabi replied by saying that he has been authorized
to issue fatwas for a long time now.
To a criticism that he acted unilaterally without coordinating with
other religious men in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Al Shuabi
replied that he possessed evidence, in the form of a cassette, showing
that the artist was abusing Islam, while other religious men did not
have that evidence so far. The Saudi House of Ifta refused to
comment on the fatwa, and said it had no evidence that Abdullah Al
Rwaishid sang sections from the Holy Quran.
Source: Gulf News©