Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul are prohibited from owning pet cats under a new fatwa issued by the ISIS terrorists occupying the city.
“Islamic State’s Central Fatwa Committee issued a fatwa against the breeding of cats inside houses in Mosul,” Iraqi’s Al Sumaria reported on Tuesday.
ISIS terrorists subsequently announced a door-to-door campaign to find residents committing the blasphemous act of harboring felines in their homes.
The new fatwa, according to ISIS, supports their “vision, ideology and beliefs,” though they fail to provide a clear explanation as to how keeping a pet cat in one’s home offends Allah.
Senior ISIS clerics previously issued a fatwa banning pigeon-breeding, claiming that “the sight of the birds’ genitals as they fly overhead is offensive to Islam.”
“All those who keep pigeons above the roofs of their houses must stop doing this entirely within a week of the date of the issuing of this statement,” the document read. “Whosoever violates it will be subject to consequences of reprimand including a financial fine, imprisonment and flogging.”
A fatwa is a legal degree issued by an Islamic country’s top mufti. ISIS has a Central Fatwa Committee, comprised of senior clerics and other religious figures, and a religious police force to enforce the edicts.
The Central Fatwa Committee ruled last year that ISIS followers are authorized to execute children with Down Syndrome or congenital deformities.