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Muslim cleric: Gay sex OK in the service of jihad

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David Martosko
Executive Editor

Islam strictly prohibits homosexual behavior, with penalties in some Middle Eastern countries ranging from imprisonment to death. But according to one Muslim cleric who cited a sheik’s fatwa, jihadis who want to smuggle explosives in their rectums can — and should — accept being “sodomized” to make room for the mini-bombs.

Fatwas are pronouncements on Islamic law. They are commonly issued by specialist clerics on narrow religious issues related to integrating Islam with everyday life.

In a video originally broadcast on the Shia Muslim Fadak-TV channel in Great Britain, and posted on YouTube in June, a cleric refers to a Yemeni al-Qaida terrorist named Ibrahim al-Asiri who helped his younger brother Abdullah prepare for a 2009 suicide bombing aimed at Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz.

The older brother’s chosen method of attack: a small bomb inserted into the younger Abdullah’s rear end. Abdul reportedly passed security checkpoints after persuading Saudi police that he was a repentant militant who wanted to surrender to the prince personally. Once inside the prince’s office, he blew himself up. But the prince — then the Saudi interior minister — survived until his June 2012 death of natural causes. He was 84.

Ibrahim al-Asiri was thought to have died in a Sept. 2011 U.S. drone strike on a truck convoy in Yemen, but he has since been placed on the “most wanted” lists of several foreign governments. After the death of his brother, he assembled the “underwear bomb” that the Nigerian-born Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried unsuccessfully to detonate aboard a Northwest Airlines flight near Detroit in December 2009.

In the video, as first reported by the New York-based Gatestone Institute, the cleric tells the story of a Wahhabi student who asked a sheik for permission to follow in Abdul al-Azira’s footsteps and carry out a rectal suicide mission.

“Sodomy is forbidden, and not permitted,” the cleric replies on video, according to a translation The Daily Caller has obtained, “but jihad takes priority because it makes Islam dominant. And if the dominance of Islam cannot be achieved except through sodomy, then it is OK”

“The rule is: ‘Necessities permit the forbidden,’” he added. “So what must be done to achieve a goal becomes a duty. And there is no duty better than jihad. And after you are sodomized you must ask God for forgiveness and praise him more.”

The cleric went on to say that hiding contraband in the anal cavity has become commonplace in the Middle East. “I read in newspapers every day about the arrest of an Afghani who is smuggling drugs in his rectum,” he said. “We are at the point where Kuwaitis search Afghanis’ and Pakistanis’ rectums first, before their luggage.”

A complete translation of the video is on the next page.