Friday, June 13, 2014

Sheik issues 'fatwa' against ... soccer

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini once said, 'There is no fun in Islam.'  He's right.  this is of course another example of why Islam and Western values cannot co-exist.


Sheik issues 'fatwa' against ... soccer

Sport causes 'many abominable and corrupt acts'

Published: 24 hours ago

Bob Unruh

Saudi supporters at World Cup Asian qualifying playoff soccer match

The anticipation is building among fans of the world’s most popular sport as the World Cup opens this week in Brazil.

A senior Saudi sheik, however, has made it clear that any enthusiasm for the game expressed by Muslims is a moral, social and public abomination.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, ‘Abd Al-Rahman Al Barrak has “proclaimed that football (soccer) is an abomination that causes people to waste their time, to adopt the depraved customs of the enemies of Islam, and to glorify ‘infidel’ football players.”

MEMRI monitors publications and broadcasts from the hotbeds of Middle East unrest and translates and analyzes them.

The “fatwa,” or religious ruling or edict, against soccer was posted on his website at, MEMRI said.

“There is no doubt that football, played according to [international rules], has caused Muslims to adopt some of the customs of the enemies of Islam, who are [preoccupied with] games and frivolity,” the sheik said.

He charged that the game “causes many abominable and corrupt acts.”

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