“Women Who Swim In The Sea Commit Adultery,” Fatwa Says

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Fatimah Mazhar
Did you know that if you are a Muslim woman and swimming in the sea you are committing adultery?

Did you know that if you are a Muslim woman and swimming in the sea you are committing adultery?

Well you are, according to a fatwa (religious decree) issued by the two main Islamist groups in Egypt, which were politically influential during President Mohammad Morsi’s term.

No wonder Egypt was deemed as the worst Arab country to be a woman in.

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The fatwa which stated that “women who swim in the sea commit adultery and should be punished” was listed in a recent report published by Al Azhar, one of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic universities in Cairo.

"When a woman goes swimming – as the word for sea is masculine – when the water touches the woman's private parts, she becomes an 'adulteress' and should be punished.”

Is this a joke?

The report titled "The misguided Fatwas of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis," also revealed that Islamists regarded women as nothing but“strange creatures who are created solely for sexual intercourse.”

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Out of the 51 fatwas studied by the Al Azhar committee, the one referencing sea water allegedly molesting a woman’s body stood out because of its absurdity.

Other bizarre “fatwas” included the following:

·         Eating or even touching vegetables or fruits such as cucumbers or bananas was prohibited due to their ‘sexual’ shapes.

·         For girls to attend school more than 25km away from their homes was considered inappropriate.

·         Women could be used as human shields during violent demonstrations and protests.

Nothing more needs to be said.

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