Cairo/ bikyamasr: An Islamic cleric based in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any “sexual thoughts.”
The unnamed sheikh, who was featured in an article on el-Sawsana news, was quoted saying that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as a father or a husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve them.
He said that these fruits and vegetables “resemble the male penis” and hence could arouse women or make them think of sex.
He also added carrots and zucchini to the list of forbidden foods for women.
The sheikh was asked how to keep an eye on women when they are out grocery shopping and whether holding these items at the market should be banned for them. The cleric answered saying this matter is between them and God.
Answering another question about what to do if women in the family like these kind of food, the sheikh advised that a family male member would take the food and cut it for them in a hidden place so they cannot see it.
The opinion has stirred a storm of mockery and denouncement among Muslims online, with hundreds of comments ridiculing the cleric.
One reader said that these religious clerics give Islam “a bad name” and another commented “he is a retarded person and he must quit his post immediately”.
Others called him a fame-seeker, but no official responses from renowned Islamic scholars have been published on the statements.
Editor’s note:Though this story lacks enough investigative journalism, as the name of the sheikh was not specified, nevertheless, I decided to mirror it in Pyramidion … you know I’ve heard and seen such weird stories so many times before, I don’t find them unfamiliar anymore. But this sanctimonious silliness was too hilarious to pass unflagged.