Fatwa of the day: Married on Film, Married in real life

Al Azhar people are really freakin bored these days apparently: they just issued a fatwa stating that if in a movie or TV show there is a scene where two people are getting married, then their marriage counts , because they are going through all the steps, vows and appearance of getting married. This is justified by an old Hadith that says that there is no jest when it comes to divorce or marriage (or letting go of slaves. But Ignore that last part for now.), which means you can not divorce or marry someone in jest and then claim you were kidding or playing. This of course means that many actors are married to each other, and some female ones have or had multiple husbands, which is a big haram no no. So, yeah, they are calling for a stop for all such scenes involving marriage and divorce, just to make sure the people aren't sinning without knowing.

Al Azhar clerics: always tackeling the important issues that impact your daily Life as a Muslim. 

0 comment on Fatwa of the day: Married on Film, Married in real life

  1. mansour
    September 27, 2007 at 10:13 am

    What if someone makes a movie that shows the azhar dudes as rapists and paedophiles? Does that mean they should go to jail? Or get their heads chopped off?

  2. ap
    September 27, 2007 at 10:15 am

    The breastfeeding of all adult males is still a firm favourite though

  3. John Cunningham
    September 27, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Dam. In some ways this reminds me of my cat. Sometimes I put the Animal Planet channel on for her, oh, all right, I admit, for me too, and when there’s cats on she gets a bit excited and jumps up on top trying to get inside the “box” because the cats must be in there somewhere. Can’t wait until you get to the slavery part.

  4. nomad
    September 27, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    following your cat story, it reminds me Al Pacino as ” Benjamin ‘Lefty’ Ruggiero” in “Donnie Brasco”, whose pleasure was also watching Animal Planet channel 😆

  5. JT
    September 27, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Life imitates art. Very funny if not for the fact that it’s just so sad….
    Don’t they know that this is the information age and every fatwa they issue gets on the internet? The world is laughing and they just keep at it though, oblivious to their own insanities.

  6. EgyPeter
    September 27, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Pretty solid fatwa but I agree with ‘ap’ that the Breastfeeding Fatwa is still my favorite.

    And remember when Egypt and Egyptians took great pride in being the CULTURAL (movies, music, artists, poetry) center of the middle east? That was only a short 40-50 years ago too…

    Now, Egypt is becoming the Religious center of the middle east…

  7. Roman Kalik
    September 27, 2007 at 5:59 pm


  8. leo
    September 28, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    This fatwa has huge loophole and can be easily beat.

    “because they are going through all the steps, vows and appearance of getting married”

    Just use different body doubles for each other step and you are safe.

    Incredible …!

  9. Uffe
    September 28, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    What if the movie shows the divorce, but not the marriage? Will the actors then be divorced without ever being married?

  10. Twosret
    September 30, 2007 at 2:04 pm


    You need to read the article again. Al-Azhar didn’t issue the fatwa. It is one Sheikh that uttered this nonsense but it was never approved by Al-Azhar.

    Please read again that article.

  11. Dr. Guy
    October 2, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    You should be aware that the same is the case with Jewish religious law- actors who “get married” in a play on stage or in a movie sometimes have to get divorced, particularly if there is a transfer of a ring involved. The only case where it wouldn’t be the case is if there weren’t two Jewish, Sabbath-observant male witnesses present to corroborate that the act actually took place.

  12. BrooklynJon
    October 9, 2007 at 5:57 am

    Dr. Guy,

    That would potentially be true if the ring (actually any gift of value) was given with the possibility of it being understood by the woman as being intended for marriage. If a guy goes up to a girl that he knows and gives her a gift, there can be confusion, and he may be obliged to offer her a “divorce” to clear up any confusion. In the case of actors in a drama in which the event was scripted, and in which the ring didn’t even belong to the male actor in the first place, it is hard to imagine that there is any confusion in the woman’s mind as to what happened. And so there would be no need for a divorce.

    Incidentally, the absence of two Sabbath-observant males is not the only thing to prevent such a marriage from occurring. The absence of a period of time in which the “bride” and “groom” were in “yichud” (alone together) would invalidate any “accidental” marriage as well, and I’m sure there are more. In New York, omitting the Viennese Table of desserts is reason enough to declare the marriage null and void.



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