Lizzie Schofield of the Pfander Center for Pandering, recently published an article after many lengthy seconds of searching a fatwa (Islamic legal opinion) website for the keyword, “halala” (she refers to the act of Googling as consulting Islamic scholars). Br. Abu Ayoub of MAP and Simply Seerah, recently refuted her, after having done an excellent article explaining why she was wrong. One can read Lizzie’s latest article here.
Unfortunately for Lizzie, the rest of us are interested in honest and sincere dialogue. We do not seek to misinform, misquote, or misinterpret those we disagree with. Therefore, I find it quite embarrassing that Lizzie did not read the sources she was quoting from. See, Lizzie quoted a fatwa from a specific group in Islam, Deobandis. She quoted a fatwa from that group, because according to her statistics, 45% of British Muslims belong to that group:
So, if this is the advice from the group that controls 45 per cent of Britain’s mosques, and almost all of the Islamic training in Britain, is the BBC right to assert that halala marriage is something “the vast majority of Muslims are strongly against?” Can the BBC provide any independent research on this subject?
However, what Lizzie failed to acknowledge, see, or accept, was that the same group, in a fatwa on ‘halala’ explicitly says:
“If Nikah was performed on the condition of Halala or by fixing a fee to be paid to the second man, then this is a grave sin and unlawful.
i.e. if the marriage was performed for the sake of, and with the condition of ‘halala’, it is a grave sin and unlawful.
All she had to do was properly read the website she was quoting from, before rushing to make an article that misrepresented the Islamic faith. In the end though, can we really expect anything different from Lizzie Schofield? If this is her way of inviting people to Christianity, I can see why the faith is losing so many members.
and God knows best.