By Chris Pleasance
The Taliban has begun beheading shop mannequins in Afghanistan for offending their strict interpretation of Islam.
Shopkeepers in the western province of Herat were told to hack the heads off their mannequins after Islamist officials ruled the statues were ‘idols’.
Idolatry, or the worshipping of idols, is considered a grave sin in Islam which bans the worship of anyone or thing other than Allah – considered to be the only God.
The ruling was issued this week by the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Herat, which is responsible for administering the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islam.
Initially, the ministry had ordered shops to remove the mannequins completely but shopkeepers complained, saying it would destroy what little business they have left.
After listening to the complaints, Sheikh Aziz-u-Rahman – head of the ministry – ruled the mannequins’ heads should be cut off instead.
But business owners say hacking their mannequins apart still represents a significant financial loss at a time when Afghanistan’s economy has more-or-less collapsed.
Abdul Wadood Faiz Zada told Italian newspaper Repubblica: ‘The heads of the mannequins should be covered, not removed.
‘Each mannequin costs $100, or $80 or $70, and beheading them will be a huge financial loss.’
Mohammad Yusuf added: ‘The Taliban have not changed, there will be restrictions once again.
‘They have not gained international recognition, but should they obtain it, they would bring back even stricter limitations.’
Source: Daily Mail
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