Parrot Fatwa

You sometimes have to admire the comprehensive ambitions of Muslim scholars. They have to have a ruling for everything.

Hence my favorite fatwa of the week. Some guy asks if he is religiously obligated to return an “al-salaamu ‘alaykum” greeting spoken by a parrot. The scholar duly answers, comparing the parrot situation to tape recordings.

Too bad casuistic reasoning has fallen out of fashion in popular Christian circles. It can be so entertaining.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University


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