Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Drinking Mohammed's Urine

From Little Green Footballs:

Here’s much more than you really want to know about the bodily fluid fatwa recently issued by the Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Gomaa: Egyptian Mufti: The Companions of the Prophet Blessed Themselves with His Urine, Sweat and Saliva.

When not issuing these freaky fatwas, the good Doctor can be seen meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, discussing how to improve the teaching of Islam in Britain.

In his book Religion and Life – Modern Everyday Fatwas, Egyptian Mufti
Dr. Ali Gum’a wrote that the companions of the Prophet Muhammad would bless
themselves by drinking his urine, and described an incident of urine-drinking
from a hadith: “Umm Ayman drank the urine of the Prophet, and the prophet told
her: ‘This stomach will not be dragged through the fire of Hell, because it
contains something of our Lord the Messenger of Allah...’

”This blessing,“ Al-Gum’a added, ”[can also] be done with the
honorable saliva, sweat, hair, urine or blood of the Prophet. This is because
anyone who knows the love of the Messenger of Allah is not repulsed [by these];
just as a mother is not repulsed by the feces of her son, this is even more so
[in the case of] our Lord the Messenger of Allah, whom we love more than our
fathers, sons, and wives. Anyone who was or is repulsed by the Messenger of
Allah must recant his faith.“

Following the ensuing uproar, Gum’a came to the defense of his
fatwa, saying: ”The entire body of the Prophet, whether exposed or hidden, is
pure, and there is nothing in it– including his secretions – that [can] repulse
anyone. His sweat smelled better than perfume. Umm Haram would collect this
sweat and distribute it to the people of Al-Madina.“

Dr. Gum’a added: ”The hadith of Suhail bin Omar at Al-Hudaybiya
says: ‘Oh Lord, I was with Kisra [the ruler of Persia] and with Kaisar [the
ruler of Byzantium] and I saw no instance in which the leader was glorified like
the Companions of the Prophet glorified Muhammad. The second Muhammad spat, one
of them would immediately hasten [to grab his saliva] and smear it upon his
face.’ Hence, the ulema, including Ibn Hajar Al-Askalani, Al-Baihaqi,
Al-Daraqutni and Al-Haythami, determined that the Prophet’s entire body was