Breast-Feeding a Man in Islam
26 May, 2009
Is it acceptable in Islam for a woman to breast-feed a man then stay with him legally in one room?
The answer to this question makes the difference between true Muslims who faithfully follow the footsteps of Mohammed and the hypocrites who modify their religion to follow their desires. Allah described them as such in the Quran: Q.28: 50… they only follow their own desires, and who is more astray than one who follow his own desires…
The issue of breast-feeding men is currently a hot topic in Egypt
and has been the focus of the media in many Middle Eastern
countries. It all started when Dr. Izzat Attya who is the head of
the department of Hadith in Al-Azhar, which is the world’s most
prestigious Islamic University, issued a fatwa, or religious
opinion. The fatwa declared that, it is legitimate for a working
Muslim woman to breast-feed her male colleague to avoid the sin of
‘khulwa’ (staying with a stranger in one room). Similar fatwas had
been issued in the past by many sheikhs in many Middle-Eastern
countries, but this is the first time it comes from a high level
academic of Al-Azhar.
A Modern Islamic problem, an old solution
Dr. Attya noticed that Muslim women frequently work with men in the same offices, with the inevitable possibility that a woman may find herself sitting alone in the same room with one or more of her male colleagues, which, in Islam, is a grave sin. Some of these women are deeply religious, but they need to work. Both the state and the society are forcing these women to sin without doing anything about it.
The erudite scholar of Al-Azhar, Dr. Attya was asked about the previous fatwas quoting a sahih (= authentic) hadith. His answer was that the quoted hadith is certainly accurate and, if necessary, a Muslim woman is allowed to follow the example set by the prophet.
We may have different opinions about Al-Azhar and the integrity or political affiliation of its staff, but there is one thing about this institute that remains beyond doubt: its sheikhs (ulama) are second to none in their knowledge about sunni Islam. All other Islamic universities in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, rely on Al-Azhar for academic support. It can be argued that Dr. Izzat Attya is probably the most learned man in the speciality the science of ahadith. He knows every nuance about the texts of the ahadith, their isnad (chain of narrators) and their degree of accuracy. When he says something about ahadith, we better believe him.
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Dr. Attya proposed an Islamic solution that came directly from the prophet. In the early days of Islam, Muslim women faced a similar problem and the prophet fixed it immediately.
It all started when Mohammed decided to marry Zainab, the beautiful wife of Zaid, his adopted son, which was impossible under the prevailing laws of Arabia. Mohammed, however, always had under his sleeve the magical trick called the Quran. He ‘revealed’ some verses renouncing the practice of adoption as nonsense and ordered Zaid to divorce his wife, thereby clearing the way for Mohammed to marry her. The plan worked well for Mohammed but created problems for many others.
Abu Huthayfa and his wife Sahla, had an adopted son (a freed slave) called Salim, who used to work and live in the house freely. As Salim was like a son to her, Sahla used to rely on him to help in the housework. She could stay with him in the same room without having to cover herself from his looks. When Mohammed cancelled the principle of adoption, Salim became a stranger in the house and could no longer be alone with Sahla, Abu Huthayfa’s wife. The Lady complained to Mohammed who immediately provided her with a genius solution- he asked her to breast-feed Salim, after which she would again be allowed to keep him as a son with her in the house. She said: ‘but Salim is a man and has a beard!’ Mohammed smiled to her and said ‘I know that’.
Mohammed’s wife, Aysha, was very happy to hear the news because she also had problems in allowing men in her house. The new ruling came handy particularly after Mohammed’s death because Aysha needed more flexibility in meeting and talking to men about Islam. Aysha was a strong advocate of this practice; she encouraged the daughters of her sisters and the daughters of her brethren to breast-feed those men whom she (Aysha) wished to allow in her home.
Dr. Attya’s vision is that women are better off making use of this authorization given by Mohammed and breast-feed their male colleagues to avoid the sin of ‘khulwa’ (staying alone with a stranger).
The Muslims Response:
Muslims are divided about this fatwa;
Minority of them (true Muslims) completely agree with the fatwa for an obvious reason; it has a precedence in Islam that happened during the time of Mohammed. The issue of whether this is morally acceptable or not has no relevance, simply because Allah’s wish overrides man’s wish. Allah says in the Quran
Q.33:36. It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a
matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any
option about their decision…
Some of these Muslims attempted to soften the impact of the fatwa on the shocked Muslim community in various ways. Some expressed reservations about the way the fatwa was presented to the public while others tried to explain that breast-feeding doesn’t necessarily imply direct contact between a man and a woman. They suggested that a woman could collect her milk in a cup and offer it to a male colleague! This group of Muslims try to reform Islam in their own way, in doing so they forget that women do not always produce milk.
With anger and embarrassment, the majority of Muslims, however, reject the fatwa. They claim that Mohammed could have never allowed something like that. Needless to say this group of Muslims never heard of the above story before. I do not blame them, because, as a Muslim I myself heard of it only in my later years. Even then, I assumed the hadith was a weak one, which is why I never considered using it as a credible proof of the falsity of Islam.
But the hadith is a credible one, and has been reported by sahih books like Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah. Moreover, this hadith has been thoroughly investigated by a number of highly revered Islamic scholars like Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn Hazm and Al Albani. Denying a hadith with such strength would be like denying the existence of main Islamic events like fasting and prayers.
The Islamic establishment deliberately and consistently hide the ugly face of Islam. The majority of Muslims do not know the magnitude of Mohammed’s violations of the accepted Arabic traditions and moralities. Without much qualm, Mohammed even violated his own Islamic laws to suit his own agenda. Starting from childhood, Muslims are brainwashed to see a polished side of Islam. All of Mohammed’s atrocities, invasions, assassinations and mass murders are carefully presented as justified acts of self-defence against the enemies of Allah. Some of Mohammed’s absurdities, like the hadith above, are deliberately kept in the dark out of reach of ordinary Muslims.
Following the media and public outrage, Al-Azhar had to explain its position to Millions of Muslims and Dr. Attya was forced to withdraw his fatwa. In his statement, he said he only echoed the opinions expressed by early highly regarded Islamic scholars, but after extensive consultations with Muslim scholars, he now believed the permission to breast feed an adult was an exception given only to Abu Huthayfa’s wife to solve an exceptional problem, but not to other Muslims. The statement fails to explain what was so exceptional about Abu Huthayfa’s case and why Aysha encouraged it.
Such a U-turn relieved the Islamic community and the Arab media because, as they put it, the fatwa did not blend well with the high morality and logic known to be associated with Islam. It is laughable that Muslims find it difficult to believe that Mohammed women to breast feed men, but have no problem at all in believing him when he claimed he spent the night with Allah and all his prophets and toured the whole universe. Strange indeed is the Islamic mindset!!
June 5, 210
In a surprising development, two senior Saudi clerics today said that Saudi Arabia’s women should give their breast milk to male colleagues and acquaintances in order to safeguard the Islamic law that forbids mixing between the sexes. The clerics, however, failed to reach an agreement among each other on how the milk should be conveyed.
Recently a fatwa had been issued in the country about adult breast-feeding to establish "maternal relations" and preclude the possibility of sexual contact. The fatwa has already generated enough debates and it is likely that the debate over such explicit topics may force the Saudi government to introduce stricter regulations about how and when fatwas should be issued.
Sheikh Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, had recently said that women who come into regular contact with men, who are not their relatives, should give them their breast milk in order to make them their relatives.
"The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman. 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," Al Obeikan said, according to Gulf News. "
Obeikan’s remarks were followed by an announcement by another powerful Saudi cleric Abi Ishaq Al Huwaini, who asked women to allow the men to suckle the milk directly from their breast.
Mumin Salih is a Middle Eastern ex-Muslim. He can be contacted at [email protected]
Name: Jamshaid, Ghulam-e-Mohammad(PBUH)
Mr. Momin Salih ( Who is however in my point of view like others is neither MUMIN- A true beleiver- nor SALIH- A Pious Man) has potrayed a very wrong picture by manipulating the facts. The reason whay The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him) married to eleven wives is given below. If you have a little bit of Moral Courage, put this article on your web page too.
The Qur’an, in Surah Nisa, chapter 4 verse 3, states that a Muslim is allowed to marry a maximum of only four wives. Another verse in the Qur’an makes Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) an exception to this rule.
In Surah Ahzab chapter 33 verse 52:
“It is not lawful for thee (to marry more) women after this, nor to change them for (other) wives, even though their beauty attract thee, except any thy right hand should possess (as hand maidens) and Allah doth watch over all things “. [Al-Qur’an 33:52] This verse clearly gives Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) the permission to keep all his previous wives but prohibits him to marry any more women except those which his right hand possessed i.e. slave girls. The Prophet (pbuh) was allowed to keep all his previous wives because no one was allowed to marry the Prophet’s wives (ra) after they were divorced or widowed as they were ummul-momineen (mother of the believers). People falsely accuse the Prophet (pbuh) of being hypersexual (Maaz-Allah), because he had eleven wives. If you read the life history of the Prophet (pbuh), only two of his marriages one with Khadija (ra), and the other, with Ayesha (ra) were marriages in the normal course. All his other marriages were contracted as a necessity and were based on various considerations.
The first marriage of the Prophet (pbuh) took place when he was 25 years of
age and he married Khadija (ra) who was twice widowed, and was 40 years old. If
the Prophet (pbuh) was hypersexual, why would he marry a woman who was 15 years
older than him and already twice widowed?
Until his first wife, Khadija (ra) was alive, he never took a second wife. Khadija (ra) expired when the Prophet (pbuh) was 50 years age and only after this, did he marry the others. If he married eleven wives for sexual reasons, he should have had multiple wives during his youth. Contrary to this, history tells us that all his marriages with his remaining ten wives took place when he was between the age of 53 and 59 years.
All his wives (ra) were between the age of 36 to 50 years, except for two wives (ra). His reputation had spread far and wide, not only in Arabia, but also in the neighboring countries. Could he not have easily got younger and lovelier girls to marry? Most of his marriages were for political gain and for the spread of Islaam.
In Arabia, no one could carry on the work of reform and upliftment unless he belonged to, or was related to some specific and respectable tribe. Thus, in the interest of his mission, the Prophet (pbuh) needed inter-tribal relationships. He wanted to weld the quarreling tribal and clannish factions into one Muslim ummah, as brethren in faith (Ikhwan fi’d-din).
For instance, his wife Juwayreeyah (ra) belonged to the Banu Mustaliq clan, which was very powerful. The entire clan was a bitter enemy of Islam from the start, and they were finally suppressed by military action. When the Prophet (pbuh) married Juwayreeyah (ra), the Muslims released all their prisoners, saying that they could not keep the prophet’s relatives in bondage. It was due to this marriage that the whole clan of Banu Mustaliq accepted Islam and became peaceful and obedient to the laws of the new Islaamic state.
Maymunah (ra) also came from a very powerful and recalcitrant clan from Najd and was the sister of the wife of the chief of the clan in those days. It was this clan which had brutally murdered seventy members of an Islaamic missionary deputation. The Prophet’s (pbuh) marriage with Maymunah (ra) changed the whole atmosphere and Najd accepted Madinah’s authority under the leadership of the Prophet (pbuh).
Umm Habibah (ra) was the daughter of the Quraysh chief, Abu Sufyan. It was after the Prophet’s (pbuh) marriage to Umm Habibah, that Abu Sufyan never fought against the Prophet (pbuh). This marriage was largely responsible for the conquest of Makkah. Furthermore, Umm Habibah was first married to a certain Ubaydullah and emigrated with him to Abyssinia, where Ubaydullah became a Christian and a drunkard. Excessive consumption of wine killed him since it was a double shock to her that her husband had become a Christian and later died, she was badly in need of solace.
Safiyyah (ra) was the daughter of a very prominent Jewish chief, Huyyah ibn Aktab. In consideration of her family status, she could not be merged into an ordinary household. So the Prophet (pbuh) himself married her. After this marriage, the Jews did not dare to revive their opposition to the Prophet (pbuh) and his mission.
In the case of Hafsah (ra), it was the Prophet’s (pbuh) desire to bind in relationship with those of his great companions (sahabah) who were his advisers and who were trained for future leadership. He had married Abu Bakr’s (ra) daughter, married two of his own daughters to Uthman (ra) and one to ‘Ali (ra). ‘Umar (ra) could not be kept outside this wide circle of relationship. By marrying Umar’s daughter Hafsah (ra), the Prophet (pbuh) forged a strong bond of relationship within the Islamic movement thus strengthening the pillars of the ummah.
The Prophet (pbuh) had married his first cousin, Zaynab (ra), to his freed
slave, Zayd ibn Haritha (ra), whom he had adopted as his son. This marriage of
Zaynab (ra) with Zayd (ra) was intended to break the family and social barriers,
but the marriage did not prove to be successful and ended in divorce. When the
Prophet (pbuh) saw that Zaynab (ra) was left alone, he felt his responsibility
in the matter. He also had to break another convention, according to which an
adopted son became a real son. This difficult problem was solved by the
Prophet’s (pbuh) marriage to Zaynab (ra) (as mentioned in the Qur’an, in Surah
Ahzab, chapter no 33 verse 37) to annul that pre-Islamic conception and
promulgate an Islamic law instead.
Another lady Zaynab (ra), Umm al Masakin (mother of the poor and helpless), daughter of Khuzayma ibn Al-Haith, belonged to the Hawazin clan. Her husband was killed in the battle of Uhud. To rescue her from widowhood, the Prophet (pbuh) took her as his wife.
After the revelation of the verse in Surah Ahzab, chapter 33 verse 52,
the Prophet (pbuh) only married Mary the Copt who was a slave girl sent as a
present by the Christian Muqauqas of Egypt. Since the Christian Chieftain of
Egypt sent Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) a slave girl as a present, he could not
refuse this gift as a refusal would have disturbed the political alliance. He
could not keep her as a slave girl, since Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) preached that
slaves should be freed. The only option left with him was to marry her, since
the Qur’an gave him the permission to do so. Later on she became the mother of
Ibrahim (ra) who died in his infancy.
I, myself is not a good practitioner of Islam but I have a firm beleif that the Islam is now the only true relegion of this time and is relegion of HIDAYET and REHMAT for whole mankind.
I am available for any further query.
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2009
Time: 05:55:34 -0500
Name: fahem geddan
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2009
Time: 05:57:09 -0500
Date: Monday February 09, 2009
Time: 15:09:51 -0500
THis is not from islam and this is nonesense as that happened for a single situation for a boy of 11 year as a special case and it is not generalized for all muslim guys.
Date: Monday March 02, 2009
Time: 05:29:35 -0500
This is complete is Fake website, and owner of this sites are non-muslims or Ahmadi,s, . Please don,t believe them, they are trying to astroying the muslims, Hadith that they discribe are totally wrong ,
Name: aboo halle
Date: Tuesday March 17, 2009
Time: 04:24:13 -0500
hi every one.i would like you to answer to my question: if a male needs to have sex with a female and cant find a suitable one for that,is he,in Islam,allowed to offer to his moms sister(his aunt) about it?? thank you,
Date: Friday March 20, 2009
Time: 07:04:38 -0500
what is in this article is true, but breast-feeding in this cases isn't considered this way, it mustn't happen in a phisical way, the man has to drink five times of the woman's milk in an indirect way, in a glass for example. that things be clear what eliminates the nature of a relation between a man and a woman isn't that he puts her breast in his mouth, it's to have her milk ( transformed blood ) in his body.
Date: Sunday March 22, 2009
Time: 01:01:44 -0500
this link is totally fake
Date: Sunday March 22, 2009
Time: 14:10:14 -0500
the person whom created dis web-site is a khafir & will definately not be loved by allah
Date: Tuesday March 24, 2009
Time: 00:06:56 -0500
This is the most humiliating act I have ever heard of. Only a man could think of something so absurd, degrading, and with the intelligence of a fly. God help these woman. Surely these men will someday join the 21st century and grow up.
Date: Friday April 03, 2009
Time: 19:06:24 -0500
i laugh at ur ignorance, and i laugh at everyone that believed this cr*p for a split second. don't lie and try to bomb the religion. The media's doing a pretty good job. Even though the madeup story is totally of ur imagination, the only truth is that if a woman breast-feeds a BABY (must be under 5 or 4), then it is considered a BLOOD RELATIVE of the family. That doesn't mean that adoption isn't allowed.
Date: Saturday April 04, 2009
Time: 05:46:52 -0500
As Allah says to the dis believers in surah Ar-Rehman what all will you deny of me............ If anyone wants to know about islam please go to http://www.irf.org Thank you.Form Results Inserted Here