Cannibalism in Papua New Guinea

An excerpt from the lecture, ‘The Madinan Society: A Tafsir of Surat al-hujurat – Part 9
Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 20th September 2016 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester

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Cannibalism was often practiced by the natives of Papua New Guinea for cultic reasons. It had become a norm in their society while others may deem it to be unacceptable human behaviour. When some who had consumed human flesh were interviewed, they spoke of it as though it were a normal meal.

Allah likens backbiting to cannibalism in the Qur’an. Just as eating the flesh of a human being is detested in society, backbiting must be treated in the same way. It is not befitting for a Muslim to speak ill of another person behind their back and continue as though it is not a sin.

Find out in this excerpt how detested cannibalism is in society and how backbiting is likened to this action.

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