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According to an article in Egypt Independent, April 14, 2015, religious jurisprudence textbooks at Al-Azhar University teach students that Muslims are allowed to eat the dead flesh of Jews and Christians.
Note: Al-Azhar University is Egypt’s oldest degree-granting university, renowned as “Sunni Islam’s most prestigious university.” Founded in 970 or 972 as a center of Islamic learning, Al-Azhar was one of the first universities in the world and is today the chief centre of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world. Its mission is to propagate Islam and Islamic culture. To this end, the university’s Islamic scholars render edicts (fatwas) on disputes submitted to them from all over the Sunni Islamic world regarding proper conduct for Muslim individuals and societies. Al-Azhar also trains Egyptian government-appointed preachers in proselytization. As of 1996, over 4000 teaching institutes in Egypt were affiliated with the University.
Religious jurisprudence textbooks for Al-Azhar students address, among other things, the issue of eating dead human beings, quoting Mansour bin Yunus al-Bahuti, a scholar of the Hanbali school of jurisprudence who died 500 years ago, as saying that eating dead Jews, Christians and non-believers is halal (permissible by Islam) if it is a necessity, but non-Muslims are not to eat dead Muslims, even out of necessity.
Another textbook quotes Imam al-Sherbini of the Shafi school of jurisprudence as saying that dead prophets of any religion should not be eaten. And when he was told that prophets do not die and that they lie alive praying in their graves according to the Hadith, he said that he meant if they were found dead before they were buried.
He also clarified that the meat of dead Jews, Christians and infidels should be eaten raw, not cooked or grilled.
Other Al-Azhar textbooks say that eating dead Jews, Christians and non-believers can be allowed not only out of necessity, but also as a punishment for heresy.
In the book “Persuasion in Resolving the Words of Abi Shoga” that takes after the Shafi school of jurisprudence, the author says a Muslim warrior may kill and eat infidel men, women and children if they were not warriors themselves.
But bin Abdel Salam recommends eating warrior adults and leaving warrior children for their economic value as slaves.
[…] In the chapter about what is permissible to eat, the book “Al-Sharh al Saghir” for Ahmed Dardir, which explains the Maliki school of jurisprudence. […] says a Muslim may eat a dead human being out of necessity, but not eat pork or wild game that was hunted by a non-believer.
In the video below (beg. at the 1:26 mark mark), an Egyptian scholar is interviewed about the Al-Azhar textbooks that teach cannibalism and holds in his hands an example.
The scholar identifies the textbook as:
Al-Azhar al-Sharif (honorable al-Azhar), Azhari Colleges Section, Central Administration for Books, Libraries & Teaching Aide for 3rd year high-school.
The interviewer points out that it’s not just Jews and Christians who can be cannibalized; Muslims who don’t pray can also be killed and eaten:
The book that is being taught to general high-school students mentions that who doesn’t pray can be grilled and then eaten. Killing him, then grilling him, then eating him…. This means that this is fertile ground for the establishment of committees for Promotion of Virtue & Prevention of Vice that’ll carry out this stuff.
Note: By “committees for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” the interviewer was referring to Islamic religious police. In Saudi Arabia, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), informally referred to as Haia, is a government agency of Mutaween (religious police) who enforces Sharia Law.
The scholar adds, pointing to and reading from the textbook:
Also listen to this: “He can kill the married adulterer, the fighter, whoever gave up praying, and whoever has a punishment on him, even if the Imam did not give his permission for the killing.” Take note. Those are allowing people to go kill other people.
Walid and Theodore Shoebat point out that Egypt also has its CPVPV — “an Islamic mafia” who “roam the streets assaulting, or even killing, those whom they speculate to be apostates.”
Note: Walid Shoebat, born in Bethlehem of an American mother and a Palestinian Arabic father, used to be a member of the PLA involved in terror activities, until he converted to Christianity (Catholicism) in 1994. In 1978, Shoebat’s parents sent him to the United States to study at Chicago’s Loop College where he was recruited for Jihad by the Islamic Association of Palestine. Theodore Shoebat is Walid’s son and a Christian activist.
The Shoebats observe that not only is the CPVPV in Egypt’s new constitution, but that —
“the constitution also mandates that any Islamic edict coming from the government must first go through Al-Azhar university scholars. This means that the okay for cannibalism will be observed in Egypt…. While many people see Islam as a morally conservative religion, akin to Christianity and Judaism, they don’t understand that Islam is Satanic, and of no different spirit than any other pagan religion.”
In 2009, Al-Azhar University co-hosted President Barack Obama’s speech at Cairo University, “A New Beginning,” which empowered the Muslim Brotherhood.
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