Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Various neo-con bloggers, including the incorrigible Tim Blair, have posted about this statement by Islamic scholar Muhammad Al-Munajid, made in an interview on Al-Majd TV:

INTERVIEWER: What is the position in Islamic law with regard to mice?

SAUDI CLERIC MUHAMMAD AL-MUNAJID: The Sharia refers to the mouse as “little corrupter” and says it is permissible to kill it in all cases. It says mice set fire to the house and are steered by Satan. If a mouse falls into a pot of food, if the food is solid, you should chuck out the mouse and the food touching it. And if it is liquid you should chuck out the whole thing. Because the mouse is impure. According to Islamic law, the mouse is a repulsive, corrupting creature. How do you think children view mice today - after Tom and Jerry? Even creatures that are repulsive by nature, by logic and according to Islamic law have become wonderful and are loved by children. Even mice. Mickey Mouse has become an awesome character, even though Mickey Mouse should be killed in all cases.

I wouldn't have said that Mickey Mouse was all that awesome, but I'm a little out of touch with what the kids are into these days. That aside, I'm appalled that Tim published this little snippet of the interview without including the followup questions, which place the cleric's contentious statements in a clearer context. In the interests of fairness to Muhammad Al-Munajid, I'd like to post the rest of the interview, in which he clarifies his position on mice and other rodents:

INTERVIEWER: Well, what about rats? Aren't rats worse than mice?

AL-MUNAJID: Assuredly! Rats are the Handmaidens of the Evil One. They spread disease and eat through electrical cables and write for 'The Village Voice', espousing loose morals and wantonness.

INTERVIEWER: What about gerbils?

AL-MUNAJID: Sons of the Sodomites! Agents of the Great Satan! Take your eyes off them for two minutes and they've logged onto your computer and installed a Naughty Nurses screensaver.

INTERVIEWER: And squirrels?

AL-MUNAJID: Insidious fiends! They must be covered in kerosene and set alight! Otherwise they will steal all the food from your bird feeder, then smuggle Jews into your house to drink your children's blood.

INTERVIEWER: Porcupines?

AL-MUNAJID: Pointy whores!

INTERVIEWER: Chinchillas?

AL-MUNAJID: Filthy vermin responsible for 85% of all email scams.

INTERVIEWER: And capybaras?

AL-MUNAJID: Adorable.


AL-MUNAJID: Simply adorable. So fat and cute and cuddly. I just want to grab them and pinch their chubby little cheeks.


AL-MUNAJID: No. Really they are the Nephews of the Devil.

I hope that this puts the cleric's words in context. Peace be to all you goodly people and mouse-smushers.

They that call the Prince of Darkness "Uncle".


Anonymous TroyG said...


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Blogger an9ie said...

I love capybaras. The expression on their faces look exactly how I feel.

8:56 PM  

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