'Women Must Stay Away From Bananas, Cucumbers'
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In a repressive and absurd proposal, an Islamic cleric residing in Europe has said in a ruling that women should not touch or be anywhere close to bananas and cucumbers, in order to avoid "sexual thoughts".

An unnamed sheikh was quoted in a religious publication, el-Senousa News, as saying that if a woman wished to eat cucumbers or bananas, it should be sliced into pieces, preferably by her husband or father, before she eats them, in order to avoid any lustful thoughts. Egyptian English news site Bikya Masr reported the proposal.

According to the cleric, bananas and cucumbers "resemble the male penis" and therefore could arouse women or "make them think of sex." The cleric also added carrots and zucchini to the list of blasphemous foods for women.

The sheikh was also asked if simply holding these vegetables, while out shopping, would be "harmful" for women. He replied that it was a matter between God and women.

The sheikh's comment has become a target of online mockery, with a flurry of comments denouncing the Islamic repression of women. Many of the commentators are Muslims themselves, who have expressed their anger against the cleric for making Islamic religious practices appear unreasonable.

Islamic clerics of Saudi Arabia have been in the headlines recently when they spoke out against lifting the driving ban on women. The argument in that case suggested that "all women will lose their virginity" by indulging in pre-marital sex due to the mixing of genders (which, it is feared, will occur if women were allowed to drive).

The "scholarly" report by the clerics of Majlis al-Ifta al-Aala, the country's highest Islamic council, warned there would be "no more virgins" in the country within 10 years of lifting the ban because driving will lead to a "surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce."

The declaration urging the driving ban on women was closely followed by another ludicrous proposal - one requiring women to cover their eyes.

According to existing Sharia laws, Saudi women are required to cover themselves from head to toe, with a long black cloak called the "abaya", except for their eyes.

However, Saudi Arabia's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice found that even women's eyes could sometimes be too attractive for men and drafted a new proposal, which states that women with "tempting" eyes need to cover them.
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Dec 14, 2011
01:06 PM

As Editor of Bikyamasr.com, I am disappointed that I did not catch and hold this piece. The “Islamic cleric bans women from touching cucumbers, bananas for sexual resemblance,” article should not have run when it did. Arguably, it should not have been run at all. We should not have published about an “unnamed sheikh” in an unnamed European country unless we were able to garner more information on the issue, both on the sheikh himself and the news website the information was gathered from, independently.

We realize that as a growing news organization with a growing reputation and readership, we have an increased responsibility to not only verify our own material at the highest levels, but further investigate the quotes and articles of other news organizations before referencing their work.

This is our error. We apologize for the poor judgment on the matter. It is inexcusable. While the exact quote reported by Assawsana.com may well have been exactly what it was reported to be by that website, without a name and location behind this person and comment, it is difficult to find the information credible.

We recognize our pitfalls and their repercussions. The fact that this story was quoted by a large number of news organizations across the globe shows that our error in judgment can have serious, detrimental effects. For this, we would like to apologize to our readers for the inadequate editorial judgment I, as Editor and Founder, made in this instance.

fine, delhi
Dec 14, 2011
09:42 AM

Next time we see these vegetables/fruits, invariably we will think of the male reproducutive organ,  A classic example of back firing. All the best to the Mullahs

venkat, Erode
Dec 13, 2011
08:27 PM

What about moolis?

Ali, Panchkula
Dec 12, 2011
09:59 AM

Anwaar doesnt like bananas !!

Jo Mb, kolkata
Dec 12, 2011
03:57 AM

Bewildering crazy fellows!

Samirajan, Portland
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