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Jordan Islamists issue apostasy fatwa

Jordanian opposition clerics have issued a fatwa describing as “apostates” journalists of a weekly newspaper that published an article deemed insulting to Prophet Mohammad, a statement said Wednesday. The powerful Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, said a group of its scholars found journalists of the independent Al Hilal weekly “apostates,” warning they will “burn in hell.” Although the decree fell short of calls for blood, the statement said Islamic law “deems those who undermine or insult the prophet, or slander him or his message, as apostates who will burn in hell for eternity.” The fatwa came less than a week after the authorities arrested three Al Hilal journalists and shut the newspaper for a half-page article that discussed the “mythology of sex in Islam” by referring to Prophet Mohammad’s relations with his spouses, especially his youngest wife, Aisha. Full Story

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