Comments on: Pope Francis includes women, Muslims for first time in Holy Thursday rite Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: ShakeelD Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:09:45 +0000 Norky51, do you see anywhere in the article it mentions Muslim female inmates. I would practically say this could be media propagation as there is no way to confirm the authenticity of this washing.

By: Norky51 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:12:50 +0000 I am very surprised that Pope Francis included muslim females in this act. The two females allowed him to touch them, in violation of the Muslim law, as they should know and obey the laws of their religion.
I hope this traditional act of humility don’t cause any problems for Pope Francis or the two females.

By: Tom Heneghan Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:07:41 +0000 What is this “Rule 193″? On whose authority was it issued? If this is a Jamaat document, does Jamaat speak for all Muslims?

By: domchrist Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:28:48 +0000 More important than the liturgical statement Pope Francis may have intended to telegraph is that, in doing so, he may have overlooked, neglected, or disregarded, if not violated Muslim law.according to the Code of Ethics for Muslim Men and Women—Rules Related to Socializing:

The Rules of Touching

193 – Rule: Body contact is not allowed with one who it is not allowed to look at, and every kind of touching of the body to any part of the other one’s body is haram and one must refrain from this; unless it from on top of the clothing and it is without the intention of lust. ABGKLMS
While the Pope may have intended this particular footwashing to be “a positive sign” in the life of the Serbian Muslim inmate whose foot he washed, strict Muslims may take offense.

Like Pope Benedict XVI, it may not be long before Pope Francis finds himself being challenged by an Imam who issues a fatwa. In October 2006,Prominent Jamaat leader Hafiz Saifullah Khalid said that in the present circumstances, jihad has become obligatory for each Muslim. Muslims are being declared terrorists and our battle for survival has already started.

Eschewing protocol can be refreshing and prove reinvigorating. It can be a sign of love and respect, fulfilling the spirit of the law” rather than living according to the “letter of the law.”

In retrospect, it can also cause unintended problems.In retrospect, it can also cause unintended problems.