Death threat: Posters issuing a fatwa against Theresa May have appeared in South London
It is beginning to look a lot like the Islamic world. But no doubt there will be a big campaign to accuse everyone of being a racist for expressing concern. In the Islamic world politicians are threatened with death regularly. It might be feasible that Muslims accept this as normal and perfectly in line with Islamic practise. 500 clerics in Pakistan signed their names in support of the slaying of the Pakistani governor.
Site link: http://theresamayfatwa.com/
Posters issuing a fatwa against Home Secretary Theresa May have appeared in South London following reforms of control orders for terrorism suspects, prompting an investigation at Scotland Yard.
The Metropolitan Police are seeking the source of the Wild West-style posters, which claim the fatwa has been issued 'for the abduction, kidnapping and false imprisonment' of various radical clerics.
A fatwa can - but is not always - be interpreted as an incitement to kill, and is an order issued by scholars in the Islamic faith.
|Website: The posters direct people to this online page|
In Sunni Islam a fatwa is considered non-binding, while in Shia Islam it could be considered by an individual as binding.
A link on the posters directs people to a website which houses a statement that reads in part: 'The current reality of Muslims living in Britain has unfortunately become very bleak; what was initially perceived by some, to be a malicious smear campaign against the Muslim community has now turned into something far more sinister.
'Subsequently, as a response to this extremely critical situation and having been left with no other alternative, a Fatwa has been launched against the head of internal affairs and national security, Theresa May.
'We understand the seriousness of this religious verdict, and will be releasing further information in due course.'
The posters have been spotted on phone boxes, bus shelters and walls in Balham and Tooting and are being treated 'as graffiti' by Wandsworth Council, which is treating them with a no tolerance policy.
'As soon as we see them or they are reported they will come down.' said a spokesman for the council.
'We urge residents if they see them go up again somewhere else to let us know and we will get rid of them.'
Yesterday in Westminster Mrs May unveiled a long-gestating reform of control orders for terrorism suspects that has been attacked for retaining controversial overnight curfews and electronic tags for terror suspects.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attempted to save face with his backbenchers by having the control order regime watered down and re-named Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, or T-Pims.
But he was mocked after trying to claim that forcing a suspect to stay in a fixed residence overnight for up to ten hours was not a curfew.
It was a central issue of the reforms on which Mrs May, acting on advice from MI5, refused to budge.
Mrs May has been told about the posters by Sadiq Khan, MP for Balham and Tooting.
A spokesman for the Home Office said: 'We are aware of the posters but we never comment on matters of the Home Secretary's personal security. It is a matter for the police.'
Scotland Yard is trying to trace the people behind the posters.
'We are aware of the posters and we have liaised with the local authority as to their removal,' said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police.
'Enquiries are ongoing.'
It is unclear how seriously the Home Office and Scotland Yard are taking these unofficial-looking posters, given that a fatwa can be interpreted as an incitement to murder.
The author Sir Salman Rushdie was the subject of a fatwa issued by Iran's Ayatollah Khomenei in 1989 after the publication of his book Satanic Verses in 1989.
Rushdie was forced to go into hiding and given round-the-clock protection from police for nine years.
The order, which urged all 'zealous Muslims' to execute the author, was lifted in 1998 when Iran's leadership said the threat of assassination was no longer a possibility.
However, he recently revealed that he receives a reminder every year from Iranian extremists that they still want to kill him.
The author said the threat comes in the form of a 'sort of Valentine's Day' card each February 14th.
Mr Rushdie said the card was a reminder from Iran that it had not given up on its 21-year-old promise to kill him.