Clerics in Damascus have issued a religious ruling that allows starving people
to eat cats and dogs.
The clerics appealed for humanitarian
“How does the world sleep with full stomachs while there are hungry
people, and not far from the main city [Damascus],” a leading imam said on
Monday. The Southern Damascus Media Office broadcast the report, and Al- Arabiya
TV picked it up.
While Muslims are busy on the hajj to Mecca, “there are
people who died from hunger,” the imam said.
“Haven’t you heard the
fatwas that have filled our streets and mosques by permitting people to eat
cats, dogs and other animals that have already been killed by the bomb attacks?”
he said. “Are you waiting for us to eat the flesh of our martyrs and our dead
after fearing our lives?” An imam in the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in
southern Damascus also issued a fatwa permitting the eating of cats, dogs, and
donkeys, the London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.
camp and several other areas in Damascus have been under siege for more than
three months and the Syrian regime has sealed off the area and prevented the
entry of food.
Last year a similar fatwa was issued in the Syrian city of
Homs allowing the eating of cats, dogs, and donkeys.