Interesting psak from Imam Dr. Attiya: male
Thursday, January 03, 2008
frequently about interesting halachik decisions I hear about. Sometimes they
are purely interesting, sometimes unique, sometimes controversial, sometimes
Yesterday I read in the newspaper an article that described a vote of the most
unusual declarations of the year. It included what I will call an Interesting
psak from an imam.
BTW, the article only gave a couple of examples of decisions that were included
in the list.
Anyway, some Imam came out with a psak in May of 2007 that ended up being
controversial in the muslim world.
The issue at hand is a male and a female co-worker. They have an uncomfortable
situation that their religion forbids them to be alone together, and she would
not be allowed to remove her hijab, which win his presence, which would make her
workday very uncomfortable.
The only way around this is to find some way to make them be considered family.
This would be simple if they were both single - they could get married and
solve the problem. The problem is that most of the time that is not a viable
So this Imam found a way. He declared a fatwa that in such a situation the
woman should nurse the man (yes, you read that correctly). If the male would
breastfeed form the woman, they would be considered family and then they could
be alone, she could remove her hijab in his presence, etc.
An unfortunate result of this though is that their children would not be
allowed to marry each other because they too would be considered family with
I have no idea if this solution only works if the woman in question is
lactating, or if it is purely symbolic and even if she is not lactating, just
the symbolic act of breastfeeding" would create the relationship. From the
various articles I read on the subject (I did a little research which is why I
did not post on this topic yesterday), none of them explained this detail.
Anyways, for your information, the Imam was fired from his position at his
university after this psak became public.
Another interesting psak was that if one were to drink the urine of Mohamed, he
would be blessed.
I was not aware that the urine of Mohamed is still readily available for
consumption. Do they store it somewhere? do they sell it in bottles at the
Mosque or at the local kiosk?
Has it been saved in storage similar to the Jewish tradition of a flask of
manna and anointing oil having been stored and hidden away? I could not find
much on this fatwa, but it is pretty disgusting.
Then again, I know there are various hassidic rebbes who also give away or sell
"blessed wine" that would effect blessing on the people who drink
from it. This is generally a small bottle of wine that was procured from the
cup of the rebbe after he blessed on it and drank from it. Often, this bottle
is then mixed with other bottles of wine, so as to spread the affect.
I remember as kids, my mother would sometimes get bottles of such wine from
some rebbes who would come to town on visits. We generally refused to drink
from it, considering it disgusting to drink from what other people already drank
(I think we would say "spit in") from (what can I say - we were good
yekkes and did not believe in these things). In my older years, I am much less
concerned about germs and cooties and am less reluctant to drink such things..
Maybe they stored a bottle of urine from Mohamed and then mix it with other
people's urine to increase the amounts and pass it around for people to drink
and be blessed.