Sheik Saleh al-Lihedan – chief of the kingdom’s highest tribunal, the Supreme Judiciary Council has issued a fatwa making it permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV stations that show “immoral” content. Another Saudi cleric has recommended that the cartoon character Mickey Mouse should be killed, because under Islamic law, rats and mice are considered ‘repulsive’ and as ‘soldiers of Satan.’
The fatwa about killing TV station owners has caused considerable anxiety and fear. According to Khaleej Times, “Several channels based in Dubai declined comment. One network representative said the staff was taking the fatwa very seriously, but he did not want his name or channel revealed. ‘Why select yourself as a target by commenting on it?’ he said.”
This controversial fatwa will only serve to prove that Muslims are fanatics who will kill anyone without any reason. It may be remembered that two men were killed in Pakistan after some mullahs in a religious talk show said that killing Qadianis is permissible in Islam.
Will these so-called guardians of Islam ever change their mindsets and start living in the twenty first century? I doubt it.