A prominent Egyptian cleric, Mazen Al-Sersawi, has suggested that Islam allows men to marry and have sex with their own daughters if they are born out of marriage. Islamic cleric Mazen Al-Sersawi.
The cleric, who is a preacher of the Salafist sect in Egypt, hinted that incest between men and their daughters is permitted if she is illegitimate. His comments are filmed at an open lecture from 2012 and the footage has now gone viral online.
Islamic cleric Mazen Al-Sersawi
Al-Sersawi quotes another extreme preacher, Imam Al-Shafi’i, who has also said there is permission in the Koran for the sick practice.
The professor, who teaches at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, says that a girl born out of marriage cannot be considered the father’s ‘real daughter.
He said: “She is not his daughter according to Sharia. She is not officially attributed to him.”
In September, a footage emerged of a Saudi cleric claiming women should not be allowed to drive as they have a “quarter” of a man’s brain power.
Sheikh Saad al-Hajari said there were “evils of allowing women to drive”, saying it wasn’t their fault as they were “made that way”.
“Would you give a man with half an intellect a driving licence? So how would you give one to a woman when she has half an intellect?”
He then added: “If they go out to the market this gets halved again! So they now have a quarter of an intellect.”