Ridiculous Fatwas of reputed Islamic scholars that can expose and damage Islam.
While Islam has no Pope type figure to lead most Muslims, the fact that Islam's two holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, are in Saudi Arabia, means that the chief cleric of that Islamist run country is an important Islamic figure.
So it did not help Islamists' credibility when the late chief cleric of Saudi Arabia, Grand Mufti Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz, the Chancellor of the Islamic University of Medina (1970-1975), and the Chairman of Saudi Arabia's Department of Scientific Research from 1975, issued a based-on-the-Koran "fatwa" (pronouncement concerning Sharia law) in 1976, which claimed that the Earth is flat, and anyone, who said otherwise, was blaspheming.
The same cleric had issued another Koran-based fatwa in 1966, which said that the Earth did not revolve, or orbit the Sun; instead the Sun orbited the Earth. He issued yet another fatwa in 1982, which reiterated his belief that the Sun orbited the Earth, and that anyone, who did agree with him, would be declared an infidel [to learn about those 2 fatwas, read Judith Miller (1997) God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting from a Militant Middle East, Simon and Schuster, New York p. 114; Mark Weston (2008) Prophets and Princes: Saudi Arabia from Muhammad to the Present, Wiley, Hoboken, 196; and Malise Ruthven (2004) A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America, Granta Books, London, p. 148-149).
Judith Miller's book mentioned the fact that Egypt's anti-Islamist, Arab nationalist dictator, Gamal Abdel Nasser, encouraged Egyptian journalists to use the 1966 fatwa to mock Saudi primitiveness, but other Saudi clerics have proved that their country -- which is the source of a lot of modern Islamist thought, because Saudi oil money funds the building of huge numbers of mosques and madrassa (Islamic schools) around the world -- has an Islamist culture, which is a lot more primitive than even the 1966, 1976, and 1982 fatwas of Imam ibn Baaz suggested.
Sheikh Muhammad al-Munajid -- who may have partly learned his gift for making hilarious statements from Grand Mufti Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz, under whom he studied Islamic law -- was widely mocked in Western media in 2008 when he said that Mickey Mouse was a soldier of Satan, who should die along with Jerry of the "Tom and Jerry" cartoon, because Sharia law calls for all mice to be killed.
The same Saudi cleric also issued a fatwa, which discussed whether it was permissible to eat mermaids.
Another fatwa by an unnamed Saudi cleric, translated by the New York Times from the Saudi newspaper "Al-Watan", recommended 15 ridiculous changes to the international rules of football to ensure that Saudis do not play that game as people of other religious beliefs do. For example:
"6. Do not play in two halves. Rather play in one half or three halves in order to completely differentiate yourselves from the heretics, the polytheists, the corrupted and the disobedient."
In 2010, Sheikh Abdul Mohsin al-Abaican, a consultant at the Saudi royal court, was also widely mocked in Western media for issuing a breast-feeding fatwa, which said that women can get around Saudi Arabia's ban on unrelated men and women mixing by feeding their breast milk to men, as doing so would make those men sons of those women.
The Sheikh said that women should not breastfeed men, just feed them their breast milk, but another Saudi cleric, Sheikh Abi Ishaq Huwaini, quickly disagreed with the fatwa, because, in his opinion, women had to actually breastfeed a man like she would breast her baby.
Gamal Abdel Nasser might have thought that such primitiveness was confined to Saudi Islamist circles, but in 2007, an Egyptian cleric, Dr. Izzat Attiyah of Egypt's Al-Azhar University – the most prestigious educational institutions in the Sunni Islam world – also issued a fatwa, which too said that women can breastfeed men to get around the Islamist ban on the mixing of sexes.
Moreover, in 2001, Egypt's top Islamic cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa, issued a fatwa, which said that drinking the urine of the prophet Mohammed was a blessing.
He did not explain how a man, who has been dead since 632, could produce urine for people to drink.
Another crazy Sunni Islamic scholar, who approves of doing disgusting things, is Morocco's Abdelbari Zamzami, who has recently issued a fatwa which says that necrophilia is permitted.
It is not that only Sunni Islamic clerics issue such ridiculous statements. In 2010, Iranian Shi'ite cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi blamed scantily clad women for earthquakes, as this Los Angeles Times article explains.
Those, interested in exposing the inanity of Islam, should to put more effort into unearthing crazy Islamic statements of the past, so that they can be spread around the world online for people to laugh at, which will be an effective weapon in damaging Islam. Many Muslims have said that silly fatwas by Muslim clerics are damaging Islam, which means that Islamists could lose influence as a result of people laughing at such silly fatwas of theirs.
You only have to read in book 41, number 6985 of "Sahih Muslim", the second-most reliable hadith (biographical notes of Muhammad), that Mohammed himself believed that trees and stones would talk to Muslims:
"Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews."