Tuesday, April 18, 2006

More on the anti-sculpture Fatwa

" More than 1,300 years after the Muslim conquest swept through Egypt, one of the country's highest religious authorities has declared that its ancient sculptures are forbidden by Islam.
In his fatwa - or religious ruling - issued earlier this month, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa quoted a saying of the prophet Muhammad that sculptors will be among those receiving the harshest punishment on Judgment Day. Artists and intellectuals here say the edict, whose ban on producing and displaying sculptures overturns a century-old fatwa, runs counter to Islam. They also worry that extremists may use the ruling as a pretense for destroying Egypt's ancient relics, which form a pillar of the country's multibillion-dollar tourist industry."
See the above page for the full story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ancient Egypt belongs to the world not to any religion. The fatwa would have us negate history. That can never be allowed to happen.
Ken, Port St Lucie, Florida.