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Thursday
May052011

Was Osama bin Laden an anti-smoker?

Lots of hand-wringing about the death of Osama bin Laden.

According to one Facebook entry:

He was unarmed. There were no guns at the compound. His daughter said he was killed after he was captured. The President said he was killed after the fire fight (that never happened). The CIA called this a kill mission and the AG said that bin Laden would never be taken alive. They have repeatedly lied about the events on the ground. There is more than enough reason to think this was murder.

More interesting (to me) is the revelation, reported by the Telegraph, that Osama bin Laden banned smoking in compound.

Anti-smokers – they're everywhere!

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Non-smoking by Islamic extremists? ... how dare they? ... oh, wait a minute

"Their list of what is illegal grows daily: music, movies and television, picnics, wedding parties, New Year celebrations, any kind of mixedÄsex gathering. They've also banned children's toys, including dolls and kites; card and board games; cameras; photographs and paintings of people and animals; pet parakeets; cigarettes and alcohol; magazines and newspapers, and most books. They've even forbidden applause, a moot point, since there's nothing left to applaud.

"Under the regime, cigarette smoking is severely punished, yet in every Taliban office I entered in Kabul, even that of the head of the department of Virtue and Vice, Mullah QalamÄadÄDin, from whom most of the restrictions originate, used ashtrays were always in evidence." (Jan Goodwin, editor of On The Issues)

Hypocritical politicians, glad we don't have them in the UK/EU. :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11:27 | Unregistered CommenterSmoking Hot

I've also read several times that Al Qaeda is anti-smoking.

It totally put me off the idea of becoming a suicide bomber.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11:36 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Davis

The antis have already begun equating smokers with terrorists especially in Fascist Australia - looks like the truth is finally out. it is the anti-smokers who are terrorising all of us.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11:40 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

There are some Islamic scholars who have even gone as far as issue a Fatwa (legal ruling) that smoking is haram (forbidden) if you are a Muslim.

"In view of the harm caused by tobacco, growing, trading in and smoking of tobacco are judged to be haram (forbidden). The Prophet, peace be upon him, is reported to have said, 'Do not harm yourselves or others.' Furthermore, tobacco is unwholesome, and God says in the Qur'an that the Prophet, peace be upon him, 'enjoins upon them that which is good and pure, and forbids them that which is unwholesome'" (Permanent Committee of Academic Research and Fatwa, Saudi Arabia)."

http://islam.about.com/od/health/a/smoking_fatwa.htm

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 8:42 | Unregistered CommenterDave Atherton

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