By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Saudi Fatwa Sets An Islamic Standard for Marital Sex

Minarets at Dawn - Medina, Saudi Arabia Shabbir Siraj via Flickr
The fatwa permits child marriages, even if the girl is an infant. Believe it or not, here are some of the details, as reported in today's Wall Street Journal:

"Scholars have agreed that is was permissible for fathers to marry off their young daughters, even if they are in the cradle," Sheik Fawzan wrote in his fatwa. "But it isn't permissible for their husbands to have sex with them unless they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men."

Source link, "Influential Saudi Cleric Backs Child Marriages," The Wall Street Journal, Friday, July 29, 2011, p. A9 (emphasis added; the citation is to the print edition; the online article at the source link reports the same quote but has additional details worth reading).

With "mercy" like that, who needs the merciless. For the record, this type of thinking is both evil and primitive.