Today’s UAE news includes reports of a maid who was kicked out of her job on September 10 which still being owed three months of back pay. After being kicked out on to the streets, she had no place to go, and she couldn’t remember the location of villa where she had been working nor the identity of the employment agency that handled her contract. The difficult state she was in prompted her to attempt suicide by standing in the middle of traffic. A policeman intervened, talking her out form the middle of the street. Today a court has fined fined her the equivalent of USD$272 for attempted suicide.1
Several weeks ago I wrote articles in response to Imam Hashim Islam’s anti-protest fatwa (“What is a fatwa? Who can issue one?”) and the fatwa sanctioning the destruction of structures associated with graves in Libya (“Libyan graves”). Since then, clips from the “Innocence of Muslims” film have gone viral, prompting a flurry of “death fatwa” aimed various people involved in the film. A Google search for
fatwa "innocence of muslims" returns 317000 results. Restricting the search to news sources alone returns 2190 results.
(nb: I was asked something related to Dar al-Ifta and its fatwas. My reply didn’t address their question as well as it should have, but it spilled over into some issues that may be of interest to other ṭullāb al-‘ilm.) Are you asking about Dar al-Ifta as an institution, and if so are you asking … Read more…
This is where I’ll be sticking things that are longer than 140 characters and just might be worth keeping around for the future.