Saudi cleric denies issuing fatwa 'allowing husbands to eat wives in case of extreme hunger'

Published: April 10, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh has denied issuing a fatwa (religious decree) allowing a man to “chop up and eat his wife’s body” in the event of extreme hunger, according to Al Arabiya news.

However, reports of the fatwa being issued are likely a hoax, as none of them carried any evidence or specified where or when such a fatwa had been issued.

In a statement issued to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Grand Mufti dismissed the media reports as “attempts by enemies to distract society from their main cause at the moment, which is standing together behind our wise leadership against attempts to distort the ummah [the world’s Muslims].”

“This is also falls under attempts to distort the image of Islam which has honored the human-being without discrimination between men and women.”

Earlier reports had suggested that the top cleric has issued a fatwa legalising cannibalism, claiming it would allow the couple to “become one as their bodies will fuse together after the husband eats his wife”.

Reportedly, the unsubstantiated fatwa “allows a man to eat his wife or parts of her body, if the husband was afflicted with a severe hunger.”

“The fatwa is interpreted as evidence of the sacrifice of women and obedience to her husband and her desire for the two to become one,” it added, according to the International Business Times.

“The truth is that this is fabricated and made up from its basis. These ill thoughts cannot come from any Muslim, regardless of a great scholar who Muslims refer to from around the world. It was made up to create this confusion and damage,” Khalid ben Abdel-Rahman El-Shaye’, assistant secretary general of the Global Commission for Introducing the Messenger, affiliating to the Muslim World League, told CNN Arabic.

The Saudi grand mufti has been involved in controversial statements before as earlier he declared social networking site Twitter the source of all evil. The cleric was also embroiled in a controversy after he said all the churches across the Middle East need to be destroyed.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Stranger
    Apr 10, 2015 - 4:30PM

    Aww geez.. cannibalism .. now thats worth a thought . Recommend

  • Ozair
    Apr 10, 2015 - 5:48PM

    They should sue the news agencies who published this what i call smear campaign against IslamRecommend

  • akbar
    Apr 10, 2015 - 7:56PM

    Silly journalism by IB times and express tribune for quoting it. There is one common principle known as verifying the news before publishing it. No professional ethics at all.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Apr 10, 2015 - 8:03PM

    another atempt to disgrace islamRecommend

  • syed
    Apr 10, 2015 - 9:06PM

    I will not be surprised by this cleric issuing this fatwa, not only him but Saudis are know to disgrace Islam.Recommend

  • Rana Asim Wajid
    Apr 10, 2015 - 10:12PM

    I don’t believe this for a second… But this guy has said some very, lets say “controversial” things in the past.Regaldless the sensationalist media should be ashamed of even bring up this crap. Allah alone knows best.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Apr 11, 2015 - 1:15AM

    Stone age Neandrathals,in the garb of religious scholars.
    The whole rotton lot,Recommend

  • Snorre
    Apr 11, 2015 - 3:26AM

    Since when have wahhabism represented Islam ? Like having death cults in Mexico representing worldwide christianity, or something..Recommend

  • Czar
    Apr 11, 2015 - 3:49AM

    Nonsense! Don’t these mullahs have anything better to do in life instead of talking nonsense. The very idea is beyond common sense.Recommend

  • zahida
    Apr 11, 2015 - 6:12AM

    Sorry west. sec general (whoever you are)! are wrong in saying Muslims all over the world follow him. I dont follow such an idiot. May be the Saudis will bear this , many of . Recommend

  • Shakti
    Apr 13, 2015 - 10:21AM

    Yet another example of why a 1000-year old philosophy does not fit in today’s world. Adapt or suffer.Recommend

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