“Halal-certified” pigs & prostitutes

Youssef Sourgo of Morocco World News wrote about Nord Presse‘s report that a special bar will soon open in Amsterdam. What’s special about this bar is that it will offer the services of halal-certified prostitutes. Three imams were involved in establishing criteria to make everything halal-certified. The imams stipulated that the prostitutes must abstain from drugs and alcohol, be encouraged to perform their prayers – even while working, and observe certain limits in specific sexual acts.

Halal-certified prostitution bars are a major victory for halal-certification. Courageous halal-market entrepreneurs will soon be able to fill a market gap and provide a badly-needed service to individuals interested in pursuing extramarital pleasures without committing a single haram.

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Synthetic tissues and Islamic bioethics fatwas

A recent Daily Anatomy’s Photo concerned products from synthetic medical product manufacturer SynDaver Labs: SynDaver™ Labs manufactures the world’s most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts. The SynDaver™ Synthetic Human bleeds, breathes, and employs hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs, and vessels which are made from materials that mimic the mechanical, thermal, and physico-chemical … Read more…

Concerning guide dogs, police dogs, and other work dogs

Since writing “Comments on the recent ‘Dogs are not impure’ article”, several people have asked about contemporary uses for working dogs, particularly the use of guide dogs for the visually and hearing impaired, and police dogs. Several recent writings from scholars of Islamic law mention many use case and consider them analogous to the three mentioned in the ḥadīths.

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Irshad and fatwa: clarifying what is meant by Singapore’s MUIS

A few days ago I shared an irshad (“irsyad”) from the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) regarding the use of guide dogs. The MUIS website includes fatwas and irshad. Although there are stylistic resemblances, the distinction between fatwa and irshad is not immediately clear. Irwan Hadi, MUIS fatwa council secretary, clarified the difference. Irwan … Read more…

Comments on the recent ‘Dogs are not impure’ article

I have been asked several times about the recent article titled ‘Dogs are not impure,’ says prominent Islamic scholar. I have not seen the television show or the fatwa mentioned in the article so I can comment only on the article itself.

The bulk of my reading over the past two months has been about dogs,1 so I am familiar with the issues mentioned in the article. I find the article to be poorly researched and written. Almost every paragraph contains statements that are either misleading or false. I advise readers to ignore the article and to seek their information from a reliable source.

Given the overall unreliability of the article, I would like to provide a very brief summary of the basic rulings related to the purity of dogs, keeping dogs, and keeping dogs inside the house.

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#iḥsānology – collection 4

This is the fourth collection of short summaries of content from Shajarat al-Maʿārif which I post to my Twitter and Facebook accounts. See week 1 for more details; see also week 2 and weeks 3–4. The numbers at the end of entries refer to the item number in the printed text in order to facilitate its reference.

This collection covers from 12 April 2014 through to 1 May 2014. Most of the entries here concern prohibitions related to excellence in inward matters, such as intentions, attitudes, and perspectives.

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