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I didn’t know Cricket is against Islam

Posted by The Mindset on April 28, 2012

I was reading the news that Bangladeshi Cricket Team has cancelled their tour to Pakistan and now looking for South Africa. This is because of 3rd March 2009 attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team by terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed and/or Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the outlawed militant groups with close links to Al-Qaeda.

In 2004 Lashkar-e-Taiba had issued a fatwa against playing Cricket calling it against Islam.

Here is the news report:

Islamists wage war against cricket, ‘the other religion’
CRICKET is akin to a religion in Pakistan, which might explain why it is so loathed by Islamic extremists there.

While few believe Tuesday’s terror strike on the Sri Lankan team was designed as a specific attack on the sport of cricket, the ambush has highlighted one of the more peculiar preoccupations of Islamic extremists.

Following the Indian cricket tour of Pakistan in 2004 — the first in a decade — the Lashkar-e-Toiba terror group in Pakistan issued what amounted to a fatwa against the sport.

“The British gave Muslims the bat, snatched the sword and said to them: ‘You take this bat and play cricket. Give us your sword. With its help we will kill you and rape your women’,” the LET magazine Zarb-e-Toiba said in its April 2004 edition.

The magazine article commented: “It is sad that Pakistanis are committing suicide after losing cricket matches to India. But they are not sacrificing their lives to protect the honour of the raped Kashmiri women. To watch a cricket match we would take a day off work. But for jihad, we have not time!”

More fitting for a mujahid (or holy fighter), the magazine said, were the sports of archery, horseriding and swimming.

“The above are not just sports but exercises for jihad,” Zarb-e-Toiba told its readers.

Things like honor killings, acid attack on women, beheadings of innocent infidels do not insult Islam, but a harmless sport like cricket surely does. Muslims, you can’t do anything about them.

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