Top Palestinian Cleric Issues Swine Flu Marriage Fatwa

Source:
Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority Chief Justice Sheikh Tayir Tamimi made an Islamic ruling ordering that marriage contracts can only be issued after the couple has proved that they are not infected with the swine flu virus, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Tuesday. According to the DPA report, Tamimi issued a "fatwa," (religious ruling) determining that religious courts must not conclude matrimonial proceedings unless the couple has produced a Health Ministry document. He was quoted as saying that the ruling would stop the spread of the H1N1 virus in the West Bank, where there have been over 60 reported cases.