Strange but true …the croissant, that dainty and delicious amalgam of butter, more butter, and just enough flour to hold the liaison together, is in the crosshairs of a group of radical Islamists in Syria. A sharia committee in a rebel-controlled part of Aleppo has issued a fatwa on the French pain quotidian based on its “colonial” origins, according to the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat.
The fatwa, which declared croissants ‘haram’ or forbidden under Islamic law, said the pastries’ trademark crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims. Restrictive fatwas have recently proliferated in areas of Syria under Islamist influence.
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And yet not all Muslims agree with the nutbags (rhymes with “slutbags”) on the council. Asad Ahmed, associate professor of Arab and Islamic studies at the University of California at Berkeley, said:
It has indeed been the case that, in the past, temporary bans on products — such as tobacco — took place in certain parts of the Muslim world. This was the case because, in such circumstances, these products were considered to be not just a health hazard, but also a commodity of economic and imperial oppression. I am not sure one can say the say of croissants.
You can’t kid a kidder. Prof. Ahmed is obviously a closet devotee of croissants.
The question that remains unanswered is why the committee never thought to issue a death warrant for bagels.