Ethanol Might Be Sinful Suggests Islamic Scholar al-Najimi

February 27, 2009

Looks like Bentley Motors can eliminate staunch Islamists from the list of potential buyers for its "greenest car ever," the E85-powered Continental Supersports that debuts at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Green Car Reports’ Editor-in-Chief John Voelcker reported yesterday that Sheikh Mohamed al-Najimi, an Islamic scholar, suggests that simply riding in an ethanol-powered vehicle might well be a sin for Muslims.

Al-Najimi, of the Islamic Jurisprudence Academy in Saudi Arabia, reached this conclusion based on a statement by the prophet that declares any dealings with alcohol - be it purchase, sale, transport, consumption, or manufacture - is strictly ممنوع (“forbidden” in Arabic).

Voelcker reports that the sheikh was careful to note that the statement was only his opinion, and that the scholar suggested the issue of ethanol-powered vehicles be studied by other Islamic scholars. The sheikh did claim that if a consensus to ban the fuel is reached, it could have far-reaching implications beyond Islamic countries potentially affecting tourists, students abroad, and others.

Aww, poor old ethanol just can’t get no respect. Last year Marty Padgett reported that a New York Times article revealed even a group of ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews up in arms about ethanol in the tanks of temple members in a New Jersey synagogue. On April 1. Ahem. Well, at least they have a sense of humor about their dietary restrictions…

[source: Green Car Reports]

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