You would think the Muslim world would want to forget this ever happened, since it was such an embarrassment the first time.
You would be wrong. At least, in some parts…
Saudi scholar’s fatwa wades into controversy
A Saudi scholar has waded into controversy after he said 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.
According to Shaikh Abdul Mohsin Al Abaican, a consultant at Saudi Arabia’s royal court, a man who often entered a house and came in contact with the womenfolk there should be made symbolically related to the women by drinking milk from one of the women.
Under the fatwa, the act would preclude any sexual relations between the man and the donor woman and her relatives.
However, Al Abaican said that the donor woman should not breastfeed the man directly.
“The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman,” Al Abaican said. “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 said, quoted by Kuwaiti and Saudi media on Saturday.
In the first instance, a scholar at the premier university in the Sunni sphere said it would be okay for unrelated men and women to work together, as long as the woman suckled the man, first. Oddly, many people objected to the cleric’s ruling. So, Mr. Abaican helpfully came up with a compromise: no need to suck on your best friend’s sister’s breast to make it okay to visit his house, she can just give you a glass of warm milk….
And yet some close-minded bigots still object. Amazing.
As Marisol at Jihad Watch points out, Mr. Abaican is just following Islamic precedent, as laid down by Muhammad himself:
‘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)
And, since Muhammad is a perfect example of conduct to be emulated for all time, well, who can argue?