Muslim Clerics in Kenya declare fatwa on condoms

by Kal El on May 13, 2008 · View Comments

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The ignorance of islam is limitless.

GARISSA, 12 May 2008 (PlusNews) – Muslim leaders in Kenya’s North Eastern Province have resolved to campaign against the promotion of condoms as a means of preventing HIV.

The decision was made after a recent meeting on the theme of “Islam and Health”, attended by more than 60 Muslim scholars and teachers in the provincial capital of Garissa.

“A lot of money is being wasted to poison our community … a huge amount of money is spent on buying condoms, buying immorality,” Sheikh Mohamud Ali, of Garissa district, told IRIN/PlusNews.

The leaders agreed to actively preach against the use and public promotion of condoms as a strategy to contain the pandemic and prevent pregnancy. They also agreed to oppose the distribution of condoms in villages and educational institutions across the northeast.

“We are not opposed to the Ministry of Health’s campaigns to fight HIV/AIDS, but we are concerned that they are using the wrong way, which is not acceptable to our tradition and religion,” Ali said. “We cannot use the same means to fight these problems all over the country, and we must be involved in the campaigns and our suggestions accepted.”

They oppose condoms on religious and traditional grounds. Right. Molesting little children is fine. Raping non muslims (male and female) is fine. Using a condom? That’s a fatwa.

It get’s better.

Misconceptions abound

Abdi Welli, a taxi driver in Garissa, told IRIN/PlusNews he agreed with the clerics that condoms should be banned. He believed the widespread myth that condoms and contraceptives were laced with the HI virus. “We know the condoms are not safe … if you want to contract the virus that causes AIDS, then use [a condom],” he said. “After all, we have heard in the past that the Western world is using the condom to eliminate Africans, and Muslims in particular.”

I feel a great deal of pity for a person so ignorant they believe that condoms are intended to spread HIV. If this wasn’t so potentially deadly to millions of people living in ignorance, it would be a little funny. A fatwa on condoms…

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  • jen tha rednek

    The islamic propaganda in Africa is so strong and the education level there is so low that these idiots would believe the world’s flat!! HIV being spread thru the use of condoms….the ignorance hurts my head!!!

  • http://amboytimes.typepad.com/ kevin

    Greg, you should be embarrassed.

  • Infidelesto

    Greg’s comment has been deleted. Blatant racism is not tolerated here

  • lifestylecondoms

    There are so many choices, so many brands, and so many types. People really need to awareness of it.

  • JEWHAWK

    “We know the condoms are not safe … if you want to contract the virus that causes AIDS, then use [a condom]“

    How clever.It's pure islamic wisdom.

    See a great prove of how RECKLESS muslims are.Check this out:

    http://www.globalhealth.org/news/article/3634

  • Adam Susanowo

    Why can't Islamdom declare a fatwa against STDs and overpopulation instead?
    Or would that make too much sense?

  • Adam Susanowo

    Why can't Islamdom declare a fatwa against STDs and overpopulation instead?
    Or would that make too much sense?

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