Should Muslim women shun bananas, cucumbers and zucchinis?
An Islamic cleric says they must if they are to avoid sexual temptation. However, Egyptian news columnists are just embarrassed.
Yes, he’s read the reports that a Muslim cleric announced women should not touch cucumbers, carrots or bananas lest they become sexually impure, admits Egyptian newspaper editor Muna Khan in the Cairo daily newspaper al-Arabiya.
And Khan says he is just shaking his head in disbelief.
“Sometimes a cleric has to issue an edict for the jokes to write themselves,” he writes. “This was evidenced on Thursday in a so-called edict by a Muslim cleric calling for a ban on women touching phallic resembling fruit. It was bound to elicit outrage and ridicule alike.