Haram, or just libel? Saudi mufti reportedly issues fatwa allowing man to eat wife

Published April 9th, 2015 - 12:25 GMT

Rumors of Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority issuing a fatwa allowing a starving man to eat his wife have circulated local papers.

The London-based daily al-Quds al-Arabi reported that the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said the consumption would display the wife's obedience to her husband, according to Jerusalem Post.  

The Grand Mufti has since denied the reports. But he had previously issued controversial fatwas, such as a decree allowing the marriage to minors under the age of 15. 

The news had become widespread on social media as Saudi Twitter users expressed their shock at the strange fatwa news, al-Quds al-Arabi wrote.

Saudi Arabia follows the ultra-conservative and equally controversial Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam. 

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