Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sex and Nudity

On January 8, Agence France Presse had a blurb on the recent theological debate in Egypt as to whether nudity was permissable during sex. Rashad Hassan Khalil, the former dean of the Faculty of Shari'ah of Al Azhar University, had issued a fatwa that "being completely naked during the act of coitus annuls the marriage".

This led to an immediate controversy. Suad Saleh who heads the Women's Department of the Faculty of Islamic Studies at Al Azhar rejected the edict that nudity during sexual intercourse could invalidate a union. She pleaded for "anything that can bring spouses closer to each other". Another scholar chipped in to dismiss the religious decree mentioning that "nothing is prohibited during marital sex, except of course sodomy".

Eager to bring the vexed issue to a close, Mufti Abdullah Megawar, the Chairman of the Al Azhar Fatwa Committee argued that "married couples could see each other naked but should not look at each other's genitalia". He suggested that "they cover up with a blanket during sex".

Blankets anyone?

5 comments:

Kuttan said...

I wonder how these folks are going to monitor if anyone is breaking these rules.

Primary Red said...

Leonard Cohen had predicted this very scenario in his classic song "Everybody Knows"
(http://www.leonardcohen.com/lc12_03.html)!!

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

Best regards.

cynical nerd said...

In addition before the actual act, one should utter "Bismillah Allahumma Jannibna al-Shaytan, wa Jannib ish-Shaytanu ma Razaqtana.", though one wonders what it means?

Kishan said...

These fellows are crazy!!!

If they are so offended by nudity, probably they will be better off
cutting off their member altogether!!!

nukh said...

slow down guys.
one can assume some support for this fatwa - at least now the children forced to marry older men, through out the land of pure, do not have to view their husbands vomit inducing......

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