Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Adult Suckling Part II

An update to the fatwa on adult suckling to enable adults to be alone together- the lecturer has been suspended because of all the media attention.

The lecturer, Ezzat Atiya, had drawn on Islamic traditions that forbid sexual relations between a man and a woman who has breastfed him to suggest that symbolic breastfeeding could be a way around strict segregation of males and females.

In the meantime, the university is looking into the validity of his arguments.

The Dubai-based channel Al Arabiya quoted him as saying after five breastfeedings the man and woman could be alone together without violating Islamic law and the woman could remove her headscarf to reveal her hair.

Yep, she'd be able to reveal the hair on her head after a work colleague had suckled from her breasts five times.Right...

But a committee from al-Azhar said his proposal contradicted the principles of Islam and of morality....

It sure does sound weird but as my earlier post noted, he was drawing on the example of Mohammed when he arrived at his theory. More from Dhimmi Watch-

This bizarre ruling is based, of course, on Muhammad's words.

'A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Salim, the freed slave of Abu Hadhaifa, lived with him and his family in their house. She (i. e. the daughter of Suhail came to Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) and said: Salim has attained (purbety) [sic] as men attain, and he understands what they understand, and he enters our house freely, I, however, perceive that something (rankles) in the heart of Abu Hudhaifa, whereupon Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said to her: Suckle him and you would become unlawful for him, and (the rankling) which Abu Hudhaifa feels in his heart will disappear. She returned and said: So I suckled him, and what (was there) in the heart of Abu Hudhaifa disappeared. (Sahih Muslim 3425)

Muhammad tells the daughter of Suhail to suckle Salim. This will make her unlawful to him, that is, he won't be able to marry her because he will be her foster child. Thus it will be lawful for him to be in the house with her, and Abu Hudhaifa will no longer be angry.

There are related ahadith here.

Be interesting to see how this one turns out. Perhaps we're looking at the beginnings of a pro and anti-breastfeeding schism?

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