A leading Saudi Arabian cleric has denied issuing a controversial fatwa allowing a husband to chop up his wife and eat her body in the event of extreme hunger.
Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti who is the highest religious figure in Saudi Arabia, has said the alleged fatwa was peddled by anti-Saudi forces and was not issued by him.
In a statement released via the Saudi Press Agency, the cleric said: “The fatwa attributed to us is wrong. It is nothing but lies … It has been circulated to distort the image of Islam, which has elevated and granted a dignified status to men and women without exceptions…”
The fatwa, an Islamic edict, was widely attributed to the mufti of Saudi mufti though it was not formally announced. Religious authorities were quick to point out the Saudi mufti did not issue any such fatwa to quell the speculation.