Breast feeding an adult puts an end to the problem of the private meeting

Al-Azhar University lecturer Ezzat Atiyya a Member of the Brotherhood Finds the cure for Sexual Harassment in Egypt.

The below article demonstrates the madness of some so called Islamic Scholars. These self proclaimed prophets deem they have every right to interpret Islam as they see fit. They then abuse their status and attempt to impose those interpretations upon all Muslims under the edict of a "Fatwa". In this instance, the Fatwa was nothing short of total degradation of women. To suggest that a woman should pull out her breast to and allow a male to "breast feed on her", to suppress his sexual urges is total madness and nothing short of sexual abuse. I would submit such an edict will only serve to promote further sexual acts including rape. Does this scholar think the barbaric Arab Muslim will stop at breast feeding? It is extremely difficult to fathom how such a suggestion would any any way serve to suppress the sexual harassment that is rife in a country with less than 90% Muslim population.

CAIRO: Breast feeding. Yes, breast feeding, was the cause for controversy after Al-Azhar University lecturer Ezzat Atiyya issued a fatwa that suggested women should allow their male colleagues to breast feed in order to limit sexual harassment. "Breast feeding an adult puts an end to the problem of the private meeting, and does not ban marriage," he ruled. "A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed."

Of course, it sparked outrage from conservative and liberal Muslims alike.

They questioned "the sanity of the religious scholar and demanded a retraction".

After being threatened with disciplinary action by the university, Atiyya finally retracted, arguing the fatwa was "a bad interpretation of a particular case" during the time of Mohammad and that it was based on the opinions of only a minority of scholars.

The resulting controversy led Egypt’s minister of religious affairs, Mahmoud Zaqzouq, has called for future fatwas to "be compatible with logic and human nature."

But, with so much consternation and a lack of acceptance of the supposed "Islamic edict" as so often translated in English and Western press, the question should not be about which fatwa is issued, but really, what is a fatwa and why they don’t matter, many scholars argue.

"A fatwa is the opinion of a religious sheikh and while we would like to believe they are binding, history tells us otherwise. We have no clergy in Islam and only Allah and Sunna (deeds and sayings of Prophet Mohamed) are truly binding," said a prominent sheikh at Al-Azhar’s office of conversion recently when asked about a fatwa that Muslim children should not name their teddy bears after the Prophet. "They are kids and they are having fun. It should be taken as a sign of faith, not bigotry," he added. During the early years of Islam, a fatwa was provided in order to give guidance to followers, who would ask questions on how to live their lives in accordance with the Qur’an. This was due to the infancy of the faith and the need for scholars to help Believers follow the Islamic path. Today, it appears that almost all religious leaders, are able to use a fatwa in place of an opinion. A fatwa is just that, an opinion, says Samer Ali, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. "In both classical and modern times, a fatwa is simply a legal opinion by a religious scholar and does not have the force of law," he argues. This would agree with the results of the breastfeeding and teddy bear fatwas. Nobody seemed to notice or take them seriously. When Ayatollah Khomeini issued his famous death threats fatwa against writer Salman Rushdie over "Satanic Verses" Muslims in Britain, Ali says, paid little to no attention to the demands to kill the Indian author.

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