Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ask Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khameini

During Ramadan there are more restrictions than usual for Muslims. Here are some questions put to the 'Dear Abby' of Iran, the most powerful political and religious figure, and apparently the smartest guy in Iran, Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khameini, on his website:

Q - "If somebody masturbates during the month of Ramadan but without any discharge, is his fasting invalidated?"

A - "If he do (sic) not intend masturbation and discharging semen and nothing is discharged, his fasting is correct even though he has done a harām (forbidden) act. But, if he intends masturbation or he knows that he usually discharges semen by this process and semen really comes out, it is a haram intentional breaking fasting."

Q - "Once in the holy month of Ramadan, I forgot to brush my teeth, and some tiny bits of food remained in my mouth. I swallowed the bits unintentionally. Do I have to perform the qada (repent) for that day's fast?"

A - "If you did not know that some bits of food remained between the teeth, or you did not know that they would reach the throat, and they were swallowed unknowingly and unintentionally, then you are not liable to make (repent) of the fast."

Q - "Can a man conclude a marriage contract for a year with a European girl after getting her agreement with the purpose of going to her country?"

A - "There is no problem in that if they are serious in contracting marriage and it is done with her father's permission if she is virgin."
Other bits of wisdom imparted by the sage are also posted on the website:

** Only jockeys are permitted to gamble on horse races.

** One is allowed "to drink water while standing" at night

** It was "not permissible" to take part in meetings attended by both men and women,

** "In Islam's view, rulers and governments exist just to serve people and carry out works in the interest of the public and this is what God demands us, as authorities, to fulfill," Khamenei told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Is it really so surprising Muslims run around wanting to kill people? These questions and answers are just plain nuts. That these questions should even be asked is crazy.

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atheling2 said...

Good God!

Moral scrupulosity at its worst!

Edge said...

This reminds me of the laws the Jews had to follow. It was minutia. Jesus came and set them straight on all their "works". Mind numbing how stupid some of this stuff is.


atheling2 said...

Pharasaic, indeed.

Indigo Red said...

If mind numbing is what their after, Islam is most assuredly the opiate the doctor orgered.

Tom said...

You are right - trying to fill your head full of this stuff would either drive you crazy or have it explode!