A Muslim cleric has issued a fatwa ordering a woman to agree to sex with her husband even if they are on the back of a camel, as he denounces the idea of marital rape as ‘made up by European people’.
Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria claims that, according to the Prophet Mohammed, a wife can only refuse her husband sex if she is menstruating, sick or just given birth. Her right to say no, he asserted, was lost the moment her father handed her to her new husband.
Zakaria told Malay Mail Online:
‘Even the Prophet says even when they’re riding on the back of the camel, when the husband asks her, she must give. So there’s no such thing as rape in marriage. This is made by European people, why should we follow?’
‘Have we not provided excuses for rapists long enough? We need to recognise that women, both married and not married, have the right over their own bodies, and that includes the right to reject sex.
To turn a blind eye to that right is to reduce the woman’s dignity as a person and to further normalise the prevalence of sexual crimes in our society.’
However, another mufti has said sex between a married couple must take place in a ‘harmonious situation so as not to hurt each other’ – which means rape is not possible.
What’s more, Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin – known as ‘Dr Maz’ – has said a man is not allowed to refuse sex with his wife, nor is he allowed to stop without ‘getting consensus from his wife for fear that she did not have time to enjoy’.