Saudi women have responded creatively to top cleric Sheik Abdel Mohsen Obeikan’s recent recommendation that they should share breast milk with colleagues to get round no mixing Islamic rules, by launching a campaign this week called ‘We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners.’
The wannabe women drivers came up with their scheme after the Sheik advocated sharing breast milk with men they regularly came into contact with, to establish a religiously approved maternal bond, based on the assumption that it would remove the threat of sexual intimacy occurring between couples.
"The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman," the Sheik ordered (according to a report in Gulf News), "He should drink it and then becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam's rules about mixing,” he added.
In more Fatwah news, Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi issued a decree banning Muslims from keeping dogs as pets this week, claiming Islamic tradition regards them as ‘unclean’.
“Friendship with dogs is a blind imitation of the West,” the Grand Ayatollah reportedly said, “There are lots of people in the West who love their dogs more than their wives and children.”
His assessment matched that of an Indian travel writer who several years earlier recommended tourists be extremely careful about interacting with animals when vacationing in the UK.
“Try never to make disparaging remarks about any pet; you will be viewed with extreme suspicion,” he advised in an article in the Hindu newspaper published on 2003.
“I have concluded that ill-treating a dog or any other pet in England is a crime far worse than uxorcide (wife-killing),” he added (Sunday Times).
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