Beware! Tomatoes are a Christian fruit
While ISIL are issuing fatwas pertaining to when one can have sex with their slave wife, their Islamist cousins in Egypt are busying determining which foods a Muslim can eat. According to the Salafist Popular Egyptian Islamic Association tomatoes are a Christian food that should be avoided by Muslims. Why do they associate tomatoes with Christianity? Well if you cut a tomato in the appropriate manner, the cross section produced looks disturbingly similar to a Christian Cross (see the above image).
The group’s facebook page said:
“Eating tomatoes is forbidden because they are Christian. [The tomato] praises the cross instead of Allah and says that Allah is three [in reference to the Holy Trinity]. … I implore you to spread this photo because there is a sister from Palestine who saw the Prophet of Allah in a vision and he was crying, warning his nation against eating [tomatoes]. If you don’t spread this [message], know that it is the devil who stopped you.”
Now the group has clarified that Muslims can eat tomatoes as long as they don’t cut it in a way that reveals the cross.
As far as I can tell this is not a joke or some satire piece by the Onion, this is an actual ‘fatwa’. I really have nothing else to add here, the story speaks for itself, however I think now is the perfect time for me to enjoy a tomato salad.