A fatwa issued recently about adult breast-feeding to establish "maternal relations" and preclude the possibility of sexual contact
...women who come into regular contact with men who aren't related to them ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives.
Dr Izzat Atiya of Egypt's al-Azhar University said it offered a way around segregation of the sexes at work.
His fatwa stated the act would make the man symbolically related to the woman and preclude any sexual relations.
The president of al-Azhar denounced the fatwa, which Dr Atiya has since retracted, as defamatory to Islam.
...the media coverage is just the West doing their best LOLSAUDIS.
This was given major coverage in both AlWatan Newspaper and AlRiyadh Newspaper.
Ezzat Atiya, Professor of Hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s tradition) at the Faculty of Religious Fundamentals Al Azhar University, and himself a Sufi, defined Sufism as a “way to get nearer to God, depending on continued remembrance of God and performing rituals.
“The main condition for Sufism was its agreement with the outward features of Islamic Sharia [Islamic law] in rituals and dealings with people. It should not contradict the teachings of the Holy Quran or the Sunna (teachings of the Prophet Muhammad),” he said.
Atiya said anyone claiming special circumstances crossing the boundaries of Islam and its teachings would not be considered a Sufi but a believer in “polytheism.”
As for followers, Atiya said they should know and resort to knowledgeable sheikhs to gain a clear understanding of things they were confused about. But he said they should not leave all their thinking to one sheikh, in order not to be led astray.
The cleric added that in Islam, people should not imitate anyone except the Prophet Muhammad, since “he is considered to have the wisdom, vision and sight due to his transfer of orders from God and because he was safeguarded from committing wrong." But sheikhs do make mistakes, Atiya said "and the layman has to ask more than one sheikh to arrive at the right understanding of religion.”
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