“There is no doubt that football, played according to [the accepted international rules], has caused Muslims to adopt some of the customs of the enemies of Islam, who are [preoccupied with] games and frivolity. [This game] causes many abominable and corrupt acts, including:
Abominable acts [that contravene the] religion, such as befriending the infidels and admiring them. One expression of this is admiring football players from infidel teams, praising them and honoring them in word and deed, and [teams] competing to bring in the most expensive infidel players.
A social abomination, manifest in being a fanatic [fan] of a certain team, which spawns hostility between the fans of different teams.
A moral abomination, manifest in players or fans exchanging curses, [engaging in] profiteering, and being aggressive or insulting people whenever their team or club wins.
In light of all this, liking and glorifying football is tantamount to engaging in a public abomination and encouraging it. [It is an act of] distracting sectors of society – men and women, young and old – from important matters, both religious and non-religious, and busying them with trivial matters that do not benefit the nation but only lead to a waste of energy and time. This means that it is forbidden to praise or glorify infidel [football] players…
A top Iranian general’s recent www.politico.com/story/2015/05/irans-anti-us-conspiracies-117509.html
“The religion of Islam was never ever used as a tool for exploitation, for colonization and enslaving. While others (i.e. Westerners) used their religion to better exploit, and to make peoples’ submission easier, Muslims and Islamic states were only after teblig (spreading the word of Allah), were only after conquering the hearts, and elevating the the name of Allah.”
A Saudi cleric Sheikh Bandar al Khobairi trying to explain his theory that the Earth doesn’t revolve around the Sun
A Saudi cleric has drawn ridicule on social media after claiming that the Earth does not rotate, and that the Sun orbits the Earth.
Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, answering questions from students at a university in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, told his audience the Earth is “stationary and does not move”.
To prove his point, Mr Khaibari launched into a convoluted effort to explain his theory using the example of an airplane flying to China.
“If we leave Sharjah airport on an international flight to China… the Earth is rotating, right?” he asked sarcastically. “So, if the plane stops still on air, wouldn’t China be coming towards it? True or not?”
“If the Earth rotates on the other direction, the plane will not be able to reach China, because China is also rotating as the plane rotates.”