Muslim Scholars Say Full Body Scanners Violate Laws of Islam
Airport security is and will continue to be an important topic in the post 9/11 world. There is a fine line between security and the invasion of a traveler’s privacy.
Many are claiming that the new full body scanners at some airports that show images of the human body in detail are an invasion of privacy.
The full body scanners were first detailed in 2009 and show anatomically correct images of the person being scanned that are only seen by the operator. After a failed Christmas day bomb scare on a Detroit-bound flight, speculation arose after that Obama could decree the wider use of full body scanners in airports.
Britain has now adopted a no scan, no fly policy where a traveler who refuses to be scanned on request will not be allowed to board a plane.
Full body scanning at airports is now under attack by Muslim groups who claim that the scanners violate the Teachings of Islam. A statement was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America stating, “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 FCNA continued, “It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women. The Qur’an has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts.”
Muslim groups are asking followers to refuse scanning and ask for pat downs instead reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The FCNA has asked that changes be made to the software of the scanner to only show body outlines.