Anglican Samizdat

February 11, 2010

Bring on the airport body scanners

Filed under: Islam — David Jenkins @ 5:54 pm
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I was under the impression that airport body scanners were a complete waste of time and that profiling was the answer to ferreting out terrorists. This has changed my mind; about the body scanners, at least:

Airport Body Scanners Violate the Teachings of Islam, Says Muslim Group

A group of Muslim scholars says it supports airline safety, but it is “deeply concerned” about the use of airport scanners that show nude images of the human body.

“The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) emphasizes that a general and public use of such scanners is against the teachings of Islam, natural law and all religions and cultures that stand for decency and modesty,” the group said in a Feb. 10 statement posted at Islam Online.

“It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,” FCNA explained. The group noted that Islam emphasizes modesty, considering it part of the faith. “The Qur’an has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts” and to be modest in their dress.



  1. Ironic really.

    Comment by Stuart — February 12, 2010 @ 4:37 am

  2. Does the Qur’an also specifically command the believers to not hide explosives or weapons under their clothes? Does the Qur’an also specifically state that the believers MUST be allowed to be passengers on any type of public transport?

    The situation is really quite simple. Submit to the scan or find another way to travel. I understand that people can still cross the oceans on cruise ships, so it is still possible to go to mecca without submitting to a body scan. So what is the problem?

    Comment by AMPisAnglican — February 12, 2010 @ 8:35 am

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