Islamic cleric bans women from touching bananas, cucumbers for sexual resemblance

Cucumbers (specifically, Gherkins) gathered fo...
Cucumbers (specifically, Gherkins) gathered for pickling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Islamic cleric bans women from touching bananas, cucumbers for sexual resemblance:

Ulama Mesir melarang wanita pegang pisang dan ketimun ... karena mirip penis. Ini bukti khas pemikiran Islam. Betul jika perempuan memang sangat direndahkan dalam dunia Islam yang dikuasai laki-laki. Semua harus mengacu pada pikiran laki-laki. Yang salah pikiran lelaki ngeres, yang dijilbabi perempuan. Pisang dibilang seperti penis, dianggapnya membuat pikiran perempuan ngeres (padahal apa perempuan pikir begitu?). Selalu yang dilarang perempuan, bukan petaninya saja dilarang menanam pisang. Ini memang tipikal pemikiran dan konsepsi Islam yang sangat primitif mengenai lelaki dan perempuan dan seks. Kita akan melihat dan membaca hal semacam ini dilakukan selalu dalam dunia Islam. Kenapa pemikiran ini dibiarkan saja??
CAIRO: An Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any “sexual thoughts.”
The unnamed sheikh, who was featured in an article on el-Senousa news, was quoted saying that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve.
He said that these fruits and vegetables “resemble the male penis” and hence could arouse women or “make them think of sex.”
He also added carrots and zucchini to the list of forbidden foods for women.

The sheikh was asked how to “control” women when they are out shopping for groceries and if holding these items at the market would be bad for them. The cleric answered saying this matter is between them and God.
Answering another question about what to do if women in the family like these foods, the sheikh advised the interviewer to take the food and cut it for them in a hidden place so they cannot see it.
The opinion has stirred a storm of irony and denouncement among Muslims online, with hundreds of comments mocking the cleric.
One reader said that these religious “leaders” give Islam “a bad name” and another commented said that he is a “retarded” person and he must quite his post immediately.
Others called him a seeker of fame, but no official responses from renowned Islamic scholars have been published on the statements.
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