Aug 25, 2010

Breastfeeding Male Colleagues

While respecting the ulama's as the highest authority in religious affairs, don't forget that they are also human like us. They are not infallible. Sometimes they do make mistakes. Fatwa's by ulama's, no matter how great their credentials are, sometimes can be revised. It's not final and mandatory to all muslims to follow.

If u disagree, now tell me, would u practice the fatwa that women should breastfeed their male colleagues in order to avoid ikhtilat? Bcoz there was a fatwa on that.

It was issued by
the head of al-Azhar's Department of Hadith, Dr. Izzat Atiya around 2007 and caused a great controversy among Islamic scholars and the Arab world.

He said that if a woman fed a male colleague directly from her breast at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work. "A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed," he said.

But he retracted the fatwa soon after it has been revised. So, sorry guys, no breastfeeding for you (^_~) hehe

My point being,
not all fatwa's are precise when they are first issued.. They may be revised later on. If we can understand this simple concept, then we will have no problems dealing with issues like, say, fatwa on doa's for non-muslims which was issued recently by Dato' Harussani - saying that it's HARAM.

Though there are lots of debate regarding this matter (Read Dr. MAZA's brilliant comment HERE), i don't wanna discuss it now. Let's just hope that Dato' will come into his sense and revise his fatwa later on.

Having said that, i just wanna say that it's heartbreaking to see how some politicians in our country would exploit a religious issue like this for political gains that they tarnished the name of Islam.

Isu umat Islam sudah berbakul-bakul banyaknya. Tidak selesai yang lama, ditambah pula dengan yang baru. I hope it's worth it... Or not.

No comments: