Thursday, July 30, 2009

Remind anyone of anything?

So I've been putting together a short post on Lubna Hussein and responses to the situation I've found on this thread and elsewhere, and one of the posts offering the best information was here at ProgressiveIslam.Org.

Checking out the site, I couldn't help but notice this delicious post - "Fatwa on eating mermaids" - which made my day*:

I am a bit of a collector of what the 16th Century Humanist and Protestant Reformer, Sebastian Castellio described as the follies and vanities of theology. A rich source of ludicrous religious injunctions from Islam may be had at the "Islam Questions and Answers" site run by the Saudi shaykh, Muhammad Salih an-Munajid.

Now just when you thought it could not get any more absurd, the worthy shakyh discusses the permissibility of eating mermaids. He pontificates, inter alia:

"Many of the fuqaha’ mentioned mermaids and differed on the ruling concerning them. Some of them said that they are permissible (to eat) because of the general meaning of the evidence which says that whatever is in the sea is permissible. This is the view of the Shaafa’is and Hanbalis, and is the view of most of the Maalikis and of Ibn Hazm and others. And some of them regarded it as haraam because it is not a kind of fish. This is the view of the Hanafis and of al-Layth ibn Sa’d. "

The shaykh concludes:

"The correct view is that nothing is excluded from that, and that all the sea creatures which can only live in water are halaal, alive or dead, because of the general meaning of the verse – i.e., “Lawful to you is (the pursuit of) water game and its use for food” [al-Maa’idah 5:64]."

So, next time you sit down to a fine meal of seafood and your host dishes up roast mermaid, you can tuck in with great gusto, safe in the knowledge that mermaid is halaal.

Something oddly familiar about the whole thing...

*and reminded me of a certain piscine character who shall remain unnamed.

1 comment:

  1. A fish connoisseur made paella with Mermaid;
    He thought the aroma was nice.
    With garnish of seaweed (his sycophants “oui-oui-ed”)
    And saffron infusing the rice.
    He clarified butter, and started to mutter
    “It tastes like it’s really Mazola”
    Then added blue cheeses: “the trick, if you please, is—
    With Gorgon, you need gorgonzola!”
    With minimum bluster, he gutted and trussed her;
    You see, in his studies, he’d learned
    That the delicate features of mermaid-like creatures,
    If left unattended, get burned.
    The succulent breast of (as well as the rest of)
    The meal, would make proud its creator;
    I was told that one bite would bring utter delight,
    And I could not refuse… so I ate her.