Taslima Nasrin claimed in her blog that Saudi cleric Mohammed al-Arifi issued "a fatawa to rape!". She quoted the following excerpt from this liveleak post as evidence.

A Wahhabi religious cleric in Saudi Arabia, Muhammed al-Arifi, who is very influential in Jihadi circles, has recently issued a fatwa (religious edict) that permits all Jihadist militants in Syria to engage in short-lived marriages with Syrian women that each lasts for a few hours in order to satisfy their sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians. He called the marriage as ‘intercourse marriage’. It requires that the Syrian female be at least 14 years old, widowed, or divorced.

Is it true or false?


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It's fake.

Electronicintifada.net reports:

The claim about the “fatwa” was made on Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed channel (New TV) at least as early as December 29. Al-Jadeed does not provide any evidence of the “fatwa” or say when, where or by what means it was supposedly issued. As of now, no one has produced any evidence that the “fatwa” exists, which means that no responsible news organization should behave as if it does.

News of the “fatwa” was then disseminated widely on social media in Arabic, particularly by personas eager to discredit opponents of the Syrian government.

After that, Iran's English-language based Press TV published a report citing Al-Jadeed channel:

Iran’s English-language Press TV carried a report on the alleged fatwa on its website. However it is not the Iranian report that appears to have been the most influential.

The original video of Al Jadeed channel was edited and posted on youtube (link) by a Syrian pro goverment twitter user:

Effort to discredit Syrian opposition

On 29 December a Twitter user called @Eretz_Zen tweeted the New TV video except now with English subtitles and a logo with the words “Eretz Zen” obscuring the New TV logo.

Twitter user @Eretz_Zen’s bio claims to be “A secular Syrian opposed to having my country turned into a Taliban-like state.” This is of course completely unverifiable

On 1 January, RadicalIslam.org (a website run by clarion project) forwarded the report (Link):

Zionist and Islamophobic connections

On 1 January the English-subtitled “Eretz Zen” video was embedded in a report on the website RadicalIslam.org with the headline “Cleric Issues Fatwa Allowing Gang Rape of Syrian Women.”

RadicalIslam.org states that it is supported by the Clarion Fund, which several years ago distributed tens of millions of copies of a virulently anti-Muslim film titled Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.

As Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton reported, Clarion Fund is closely tied to the Israeli organization Aish HaTorah, and the group is at the center of a web of ultra far-right Islamophobic, Zionist and anti-Palestinian organizations. One of its “advisors” has been notorious anti-Islamic and anti-Palestinian agitator Daniel Pipes.

Another key figure in this anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic network is Frank Gaffney, another Clarion Fund advisor. Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy sponsors Latma TV, an Israeli “satirical” show responsible for producing virulently anti-African propaganda and disseminating the Norway “rape epidemic” hoax.

The report then appeared in Alternet.org and Salon.com. On January 2, Alternet admitted it's false and posted an apology:

AlterNet has posted an apology and analysis of the story’s origins.

On January 2, AlterNet was one of several outlets that published what turned out to be an article based on a false report. We would like to apologize to our readers for the error.

Salon also deleted the article:

At approximately 15:30 UTC on 3 January 2013, Salon deleted their story which was sourced from AlterNet.

Primary Source, Electronicintifada.net

Huffingtonpost writes:

... the fatwa was fabricated and widely disseminated by the Syrian regime and its allies, namely Hezbollah and Iran, to send a twofold message. The first one is directed to the Syrian conservative community with the aim of tarnishing and stigmatizing the jihadist rebels, who allegedly authorized prostitution in the garb of temporary marriages.

The second message is to the international community to lose faith in the FSA, which mainly comes from Syria’s Sunni majority, and to question its ability to build a free democratic Syria.


  • +1 for citing electronicintifada.net over the other trash first. Dec 1, 2016 at 21:16
  • @EvanCarroll The facebook msg I sent you or the comment on your answer? Dec 1, 2016 at 21:26

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