Well, if the Muslims refuse the body scanners, then who you going to
scan, the Amish?
Saying that body scanners violate Islamic law,
Muslim-American groups are supporting a "fatwa" — a religious ruling — that
forbids Muslims from going through the scanners at airports.
The Fiqh Council of North America — a body of Islamic
scholars — issued a fatwa this week that says going through the airport scanners
would violate Islamic rules on modesty.
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"It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or
women be seen naked by other men and women," reads the fatwa issued Tuesday.
"Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of faith. The
Quran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private
The decision could complicate efforts to intensify
screening of potential terrorists who are Muslim. After the Christmas Day
bombing attempt in Detroit by a Muslim suspect from Nigeria, some have
called for the use of body scanners at airports to find explosives and other
dangerous materials carried by terrorists. Some airports are now in the process
of buying and using the body scanners, which show in graphic detail the outlines
of a person's body.
But Muslim groups say the scanners go against their
religion. One option offered to passengers who don't want to use the scanners
would be a pat down by a security guard. The Muslim groups are urging members to
undergo those instead.
Two members of the Fiqh Council are from Michigan, Imam
Hassan Qazwini of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn and Imam Ali
Suleiman Ali of the Canton Mosque. "Fiqh" means Islamic jurisprudence.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has a
chapter in Michigan, says it endorses the fatwa.
"We support the Fiqh Council's statement on full-body
scanners and believe that the religious and privacy rights of passengers can be
respected while maintaining safety and security," said Nihad Awad, national
executive director of CAIR.
The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) is affiliated
with ISNA, which is a Muslim Brotherhood group. The Brotherhood is
dedicated in its own words to "eliminating and destroying Western
civilization from within." The FCNA issued a flimsy, loophole-ridden condemnation of terrorism
several years ago. And CAIR, of course, is an unindicted
co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the
Justice Department. CAIR operatives have
repeatedly refused to
Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have
been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR's
cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief
spokesman (Honest Ibe Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements.
And so now these groups say that body scanners are un-Islamic. Very
well. There may be plenty of reasons to oppose body scanners, but when
they put it this way, they suggest they'd be just fine with some sort of
exemption from such scanning for Muslims. That would mean that the one
group that would be subjected to lighter airport security checks than
any other group would be…Muslims. And that would in turn make things
easier than ever for jihad terrorists. Surely that can't be the
objective of the FCNA and CAIR, now, can it?
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