Sunday, October 10, 2010

Public outcry after Salafi preacher’s fatwa on antiquities

Al Masry Al Youm

A group of Egyptian citizens have filed a complaint to the office of the attorney-general demanding the cancelation of a Salafi preacher’s television program after he issued a fatwa (a religious edict) on the sale of antiquities.

A Facebook group has been set up by those concerned on which they say that they have filed a complaint to attorney general Abdel Maguid Mahmoud to ban the live television program presented by Sheikh Mohamed Hassan.

Hassan, a prominent preacher, currently presents a program on the Salafi-affiliated al-Rahma channel. The program, which is aired live, features inquiries via phone calls and he answers them on the spot.

In response to a telephone call regarding Islam’s position on selling antiquities, Hassan said, “If it is found on land that you own, or in your house, then it is yours by right and you are not doing anything wrong.”

As for antiquities which are found on a public land, Hassan explained, a Muslim is prohibited from selling them, advising that he should re-bury them.

1 comment:

Mercury said...

"Right and wrong and individual entitlement"

This is a curious piece on artifacts:

If an artifact is found on one's property, then it belongs to the individual and they can do whatever they wish the artifact, but it is against Islamic law [tradition?] to acquire, own, or sell artifacts from public properties. No citation of such a requirement is provided and I just wonder where this notion was derived. The United States and similar [nonreligious] laws regarding such items concerning artifacts [natural and human] and even laws on mineral rights.