Islam in Egypt discussing a law that allows sex with dead spouses

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UPDATE: There are unconfirmed reports the stories on Farewell Intercourse were seeded in the media by journalists and activists loyal to the Mubarek regime. The reports are mostly on Facebook and Twitter. Christian Science Monitor is the only media entity calling it “Utter Hooey” at this time due to lack of proof. It is now being reported that no one has seen the actual draft of the law. (9:30 CST)

CHICAGO, April 27, 2012 — Yesterday it was Helen Keller sunglasses. Today it’s sex after death.

Just when you thought the world could not get any crazier or funnier, there are reports the Islamist dominated parliament may prove you wrong. They are discussing the drafting of a “Farewell Intercourse Law”. 

The law will provide husbands the right to have sex with their deceased wives up to six hours after death. The law will legalize necrophilia. 

Once again a check was made to insure this was not an Onion spoof that the media fell for. Twitter is alive verifying the account or claiming it is a rumor spread by pro-Mubarek loyalists in the media. According to various international media sites Egyptian media and outraged Egyptian women’s groups are reporting the story as accurate. 

At the time of this writing the story had not been proven false, a rumor, propaganda, or merely gossip. The best that can be determined is the law is being discussed or there may be an actual draft to be presented to the Egyptian parliament. 

There have also been reports of women taking to the streets protesting this law and other laws disenfranchising women. Critics fear there is an anti-women trend growing since the so-called Arab Spring, the rise of Islamist power, and the power plays by the Muslim Brotherhood. 

According to the Daily Mail, the Farewell Intercourse Law is one of many new measures being introduced by the Islamist dominated parliament. Other proposed legislation would lower the marriage age to 14 (current age is 16), deny women from getting education and the right to work. 

The “Farewell Intercourse law” was derived from a Fatwa issued by Zamzami Abdul Bari, a Moroccan cleric in 2011. His Fatwa stated necrophilia as a religiously acceptable practice in Islam because marriage remains valid even after death.

Married couples are reunited in the afterlife. 

Evidently until death do you part is not long enough. 

Abdul Bari claims death does not cancel the marriage link. He cited Quranic verses to support his proposition. 

The cleric posits that women have the right to sex with their dead husbands. He did not speculate how that would be possible. At least the “esteemed” cleric believes in equal rights. 

Abdul Bari did explain that while necrophilia is religiously acceptable, it is a disgusting practice. Something those Egyptian parliamentarians may have overlooked. 

This, and other anti-women draft proposals, sparked outrage among Egyptian women’s groups. So naturally members of parliament are taking it seriously. Being serious politicians they are considering legislation to deny women their rights. 

According to Al Arabiya News, the Islamist committee writing the new Egyptian constitution is considering several pieces of legislation that will have a severe negative impact on women. 

Women’s groups are protesting vehemently against these laws. The Islamist dominated parliament claims any laws granting women rights passed during the Mubarek regime were done primarily at the behest of his wife, who was purported to be a women’s rights advocate. 

Other rights and social reforms enacted during the Mubarek regime are also under consideration for repeal. 

Critics have slammed the Farewell Intercourse law as catastrophic. Prominent Egyptian journalist and TV host Jaber al-Qarmouty lashed out on his television show: 

This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner?” 

It appears the Islamists are trendy and they are thinking in that manner. 

Egypt’s National Council for Women sent a letter urging the parliament not to pass this and other laws that diminish women’s rights.

Marginalizing and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country’s human development”. 

It appears the protests may fall on deaf ears. With the Islamists firmly in control with the largest voting block in parliament, and the Muslim Brotherhood situated to take the presidency, reform will take on a whole new definition. 

There is a certain depravity running through the Islamist political movement. The fact they would even take seriously a Fatwa advocating necrophilia demonstrates they need psychiatric help as bad as the cleric who issued it. 

This thinking is nothing new. One noted cleric wrote a marriage manual claiming spousal abuse is the key to a happy marriage.  There seems to be a strain of degeneracy and depravity running through Islamist social and moral values. 

The Islamists are extreme archconservatives when it comes to sexual mores. It appears the people who most want to forbid sexual activity are the ones who spend the most time thinking about it. 

Helen Keller sunglasses yesterday and sex after death today.

What oh what will tomorrow bring?


Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur.  He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys.  His opinions are his and his alone. 

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