Al Azhar Mufti issues “strange” fatwa to circumvent gender-mix ban

SHAFAQNA – An Egyptian Mufti issued a fatwa under the authority of Al Azhar – a prominent Sunni Islamic institution – calling on women to “breastfeed their male co-workers” in view of circumventing social religious requirements on gender separation.
The controversial fatwa is said to be basing its “value” on several hadiths and Salafi-inspired interpretation of the Holy Quran.

Some Salafi muftis say Islam allows adult men to be breastfed by women and they quote some hadith to this effect.

It is interpreted that the milk he drank was from a cup and not from her breast .

Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University’s Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic legal decree, saying that female workers should “breastfeed” their male co-workers in order to work in each other’s company.

For instance, three years later in 2010, a high-ranking Saudi, Sheikh Abdul Mohsin al-Abaican issued a fatwa confirming that “women could give their milk to men to establish a degree of maternal relations and get around a strict religious ban on mixing between unrelated men and women.”

Al Azhar has so far refused to comment on the issue.

Several Sunni Imams across Europe and Canada have warned Salafis and Wahhabis are slowly re-writing Islam, stripping its texts and traditions from their real meanings and values.


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