Adult Breastfeeding Fatwas Return
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#1 Apr 12, 2012
Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar Universitys 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 others company. According to the BBC:
He said that if a woman fed a male colleague directly from her breast at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work.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.
#2 Apr 12, 2012
Atiya based his fatwa on a haditha documented saying or doing of Islams prophet Muhammad and subsequently one of Sharia laws sources of jurisprudence. Many Egyptians naturally protested this decreehadith or no hadiththough no one could really demonstrate how it was un-Islamic; for the fatwa conformed to the strictures of Islamic jurisprudence. Still, due to the protestsnot many Egyptian women were eager to breastfeed their male coworkersthe fatwa receded, and that was that.
However, because it was never truly rebutted, it kept making comebacks.
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. But unlike Atiyas fatwa,the man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman. He should drink it [from a cup] and then [he] becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islams rules about mixing.
Now, a report titled Kuwaiti Activists: Husband Breastfeeding from Wife not Prohibited, published earlier this month by Arabic RT (see also Garaa News) opens by announcing that The adult breastfeeding fatwa has returned once again to the spotlight, after Kuwaiti Islamic activists supported the adult breastfeeding fatwa issued by the Egyptian Salafi, Sheikh Jamal al-Murakbi [different from Al Azhars Sheikh Atiya]. This time around, the Kuwaitis examined the adult breastfeeding fatwa in the context of relations between a man and his wife.
While the Kuwaiti sheikhs all essentially agree that the activity is not strictly forbidden according to Shariaonly disliked(literally makruh)they are divided over the particulars:
Sheikh Nazim Misbahi, head of the Fatwa Committee of the Islamic Heritage Revival Society in Kuwait, supports the decree, agreeing that it is not forbidden [haram] for a man to breastfeed from his wife.
Sheikh Bassam al-Shatti, a Sharia professor, specifies:If the husband deliberately sucks to obtain milk from the breast of his wife, this is forbidden; however, if it happens unintentionally during foreplay with his wife, then there is no problemthough it is disliked according to the four schools of Sharia.
Sheikh Sad al-Anzi stressed that if the man, while being intimate with his wife, sucks her nipples, it is nothing, considered foreplay; but if the milk reaches his mouth, he should spit outeven if goes down in his stomach, i.e., vomit.
Consider for a moment the significance of these Islamic edicts: whether women breastfeeding coworkers (Egyptian fatwa, 2007), whether men drinking female breast-milk in a cup (Saudi fatwa, 2010), or whether Kuwaiti minutiae concerning bedroom foreplaysuch fatwas are reminders of the inescapable strictures of Sharia law: while these sheikhs offers various circumstances and interpretations concerning adult breastfeeding, they are all confined to the words of the prophet of Islam.
This is precisely why, despite all the claims that Islam is perpetually being misunderstoodby terrorists, by Islamophobesunderstanding what Islam commands and forbids is actually quite a simple matter: along with the Koran, determine what the prophet said in canonical hadiths.
It is, after all, no coincidence that the above mentioned Kuwaitis, like Sheikh Misbahi, were members of the delegation that recently went to ask Saudi Arabias Grand Mufti about Islams position on churches in the Arabian Peninsula: the same source that compelled the Grand Mufti to declare that all churches must be destroyed, is the same source that advocates adult breastfeeding: Muhammad and his teachings. All very straightforward, really.
Since: Oct 06
#3 Apr 13, 2012
Thanks for the article, George.
Do these guys have nothing better to do? I hope they're not getting paid for this stuff....
#5 Apr 15, 2012
The women can't show their faces but allow male co-workers to suck at their breasts? Hmmm. Even in the so-called "moral depravity" of the western world this is not done.
There seems to be a way to circumvent anything in Islam, hadith or no hadith.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
#6 Apr 16, 2012
The article began by stating, "One of Sunni Islam's most prestigious institutions is to discipline a cleric after he issued a decree allowing women to breastfeed their male colleagues." It was not approved by the institution.
Actually, it is agreed upon that Islamic law stipulates that such feeding to establish a kinship bond must take place before the infant reaches the age of 2 years. To be valid, there must be three complete feeds--not just a swallow of milk.
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