American Muslims Issue Fatwa: Body Scanners Violate Sharia Law

by | Feb 12, 2010 | Headline News | 10 comments

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    It seems that it’s not just Americans who believe that body scanners violate a host of privacy and child pornography laws. The Fiqh Council of North America has issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, denouncing the use of body scanners because they would violate Islamic rules on modesty:

    The Full Body Security Scanners (also called Nude-body scanners) are being installed at various airports in United States and Europe. Several human rights and religious groups have expressed their concerns and disapproval of such scanners on the grounds of violation of privacy and human dignity. The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) emphasizes that a general and public use of such scanners is against the teachings of Islam, natural law and all religions and cultures that stand for decency and modesty.

    It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women. Islam highly emphasizes ‘haya’ (modesty) and considers it part of faith. The Qur’an has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts. Human beings are urged to be modest in their dress. See Holy Quran, 7:26-27; 24:30-31; 33:59. Exception to this rule can be made in case of extreme necessity, such as medical treatment, to investigate a crime or in a situation of imminent danger. There must be a compelling case for the necessity and the exemption to this rule must be proportional to the demonstrated need.

    FCNA fully supports the necessary measures for the safety and protection of all passengers. It is, however, deeply concerned about the use of nude body scanners for this purpose.

    bodyscanner_burka3Inquiring minds want to know if the FCNA could potentially argue against the use of body scanners under the first amendment’s Establishment and Free Exercise clauses.

    Religious law was most recently used as a defense by the Amish to gain an exemption from socialized health care, so it would not be out of the question for the FCNA and other Islamic organizations to argue under the same principles.

    Like the FCNA, we believe that body scanners violate privacy laws, especially in respect to children – and more than likely violate a host of Christian modesty teachings set forth in the bible.

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if, on religious grounds, Muslims would be able to bypass the very security measures that were installed to prevent Muslim extremists from attacking airlines?

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      10 Comments

      1. 20smoney

        Oh my.. now this is getting good. or really really bad depending on your mood.

      2. Lee

        So they stay off airplanes. Where’s the downside?

      3. zukadu

        Works for me. If the TSA wants I’ll bend over and they can look right up my a**. Whatever turns them on ….. turns me on. 🙂

      4. Yassar

        Hi, I just want to say I don’t appreciate the picture!
        Also, there is another option:
        The TSA stressed that the body scanners are “optional to all passengers.” Those who turn them down, “will receive equivalent screening that may include a physical pat-down, hand-wanding, and other technologies. Physical pat-downs are performed by Transportation Security Officers of the same sex as the passenger in a private screening area, if the passenger requests.”

        Chew on that Lee!
        And zukadu, have some shame please!

      5. zukadu

        All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists have been Muslim. If a white guy robs a Circle -K, there is no point in the police looking for a black man or Mexican is there?

        The Muslim community, worldwide, is going to have to step up and take responsibility for their brothers and sisters who are committing murder against innocent men, women, and children, who want to live and let live.

        Muslims, worldwide, must take responsibility for a religious school system that separates boys and girls and preaches hatred and death to the “infidel” to every new generation;  which is basically anyone who doesn’t believe as they do and who are not Arab.

        If  Muslim fanatics want to declare war against everyone else on the planet then the Muslim world must eliminate the threat themselves, or they can’t complain about the collateral damage or casualties: even if that casualty is personal privacy or physical modesty. Muslims can solve the problem, or we will, but the problem is going to be addressed.   Be part of the problem or part of the solution, but in any event: quit whinning! No one likes a cry baby.

        God IS great! Thank you Jesus!

      6. ZogStomper

        zionist jews are the biggest terrorists in the world.  9/11 is proof of this.  They are masters of the false-flag op.  If you don’t believe it, well then, you’re most likely a brainwashed moron.

        • Zog

          Sounds like another Muslim terrorist to me

      7. frost

        i dont really care about the sensibilities of people who dont want to have a full body scan. is it intrusive? probably. embarassing? perhaps.. but its better than having radical towelheads blowing up your plane. .
        also.. it seems to me, that the united states and all western nations need to ask potential muslim immigrants this question: do you agree with sharia?  if they answer yes, they have n0 business in our nation or in ANY nation in the west. muslims who want sharia for  the world. are ALL evil.

      8. Matt

        I think many people automatically assume only “Muslim”  women can wear a burka. How many guys (buddhist, christian or jewish) might not also be hiding behind a burka? Has anyone conducted a valid survey lately? We have only the UN report regarding the rights of the burka wearing transgendered, to guide us.
        All that aside it should be remembered that the wearing of any mask to hide your face, be it a ski mask, balaclava or burka is a no- no for security reasons and that’s why for the benefit of society at large it should be banned. Also with over 10,000 flights a day in USA we really don’t need more delays because it takes 10 times longer to perform a physical pat-down than walking through a scanner.

      9. Ray

        The israelis rejected the body scanners as useless.
        The TSA has not caught one terrorist. It has all been by civilians.

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