Saturday, 2 October 2010

How NOT To Breast-Feed Foreigners

Thanks to all the foreign aid flowing out of the pockets of western taxpayers and the spins the media conglomerates create, Democracy is steadily taking root, of all the places, in the Middle East. While bearded Arab men are happy wearing abayas (Arab dress) and darting nowhere in their customized sports cars, the ladies are unhappy being mere buyers of Gucci bags and French makeup paraphernalia; the latter now want driving licenses in a certain country that does not permit them to drive.

The women’s plan is very cute by Arab standards; they will launch a campaign under a novel slogan: "We must either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners".

Breastfeed foreigners?—we have no such precedent in the entire human history, leave alone that of monotheistic religions. With the annual Muslim pilgrimage around the corner, the ladies could not have chosen a better time to press on with such a demand. For the clean-shaven rulers, it is a worrisome trend because such overt protests are unheard of in the ultra-orthodox Arab land.

Gulf News has already reported that ‘women intend to turn a controversial fatwa (religious ruling) to their advantage and launch a campaign to achieve their long-standing demand to drive in a conservative Muslim country whose name we shall not mention lest our hunting grounds lose monetary patronage of these oft-invited dignitaries.

“If our demand is not met, we’ll follow through the fatwa which allows us to breastfeed our drivers and turn them into our sons”, said a veiled woman.

A housewife commented, “Our decision follows a fatwa issued by a renowned scholar who said that ‘women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to become their sons’, and since every family here needs a driver, our campaign will focus on women's right to drive.”

Who issued this strange fatwa? It was a member of the council of senior scholars and an adviser to the ruler, who sparked this interesting debate. With such a controversial ruling emerging from under the Shaikh’s abaya, I do not see the man remain an advisor to the ruler for long.

The Shaikh said, “Our women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to be become their sons and brothers to their daughters. Women can breastfeed mature men so that they become their sons. In this way, they can mix with their daughters without violating the teachings of Islam.”

Nevertheless, what does it mean? As understood by the female population, under this all-new relationship, foreign drivers can mix freely with all members of a family without breaking the local rule, which does not allow mixing of genders. Breast milk kinship is considered to be as good as a blood relationship in Islam but never equal in status. Adopted sons can never usurp the rights of real sons, rules the Qur’an.

Interestingly, the Shaikh based his fatwa on a Hadith (saying) of the Prophet Mohammad (peace on him) which was narrated by Saleem, the servant of Abu Huzaifa. Later, the Shaikh clarified that his ‘fatwa was distorted by the local media which ignored the condition that the milk should be drawn out of the woman and given to the man in a cup to drink’.

“The fatwa is ridiculous and weird, and it has become a hot topic of debate among women. Is this is all that is left to us to do: to give our breasts to the foreign drivers?” said a number of local women speaking to Gulf News while condemning the fatwa.

Another woman questioned, "Does Islam allow me to breastfeed a foreign man and prevent me from driving my own car? I have not even breastfed my own children, how do you expect me to do this with a foreign man? What is this nonsense? The fatwa should also apply to the husbands who should be breastfed by housemaids. By doing so, all will be brothers and sisters.”

A female Arab writer sarcastically asked the Shaikh, "Can the women breastfeed the driver in the presence of their husbands or can they do this alone? Who will protect the wife if the husband entered the house unexpectedly and found his wife breastfeeding the driver?"

It all started when Dr. Izzat Attya who is the head of the department of Hadith in Al-Azhar, which is the world’s most prestigious Islamic University, issued a fatwa (religious opinion) which declared it 'legitimate for a working Muslim woman to breast-feed her male colleague to avoid the sin of khulwa (staying with a stranger in one room).’ Many shaikhs in Middle-Eastern countries have issued similar fatwas in the past by, but this is the first time it has come from a high-level academic of Al-Azhar.

However, there is more to the story, a journalist for an electronic newspaper recalled how an Egyptian driver got infatuated with a female teacher he drove to school daily and finally asked her to breastfeed him. When she retorted angrily, he said, "I want to be your son."

Since Shakespeare claimed ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’, one must never underestimate the wrath of repressed women. In the preceding paragraphs, we have read how they have mockingly challenged the so-called religious ruling. Handing out driving licenses to chained women might be wiser; having hungry hordes of male drivers at one’s doorsteps lining up to be bottle-fed with mother’s milk is the folly of the century.

After having read the ladies’ comments, I think I now need to retire as a satirist. These are dangerous times for the affluent inhabitants of Pakistan and India, and my advice is to examine all applicants for the domestic position of a chauffeur. Earlier, one needed to worry about their salaries, the food and accommodation, but now one might need to consider their craving for mother’s milk.

I believe hordes of jobless drivers from the Indo-Pakistan region will now begin to beg for cups full of adopted mothers’ milk and work permits since nobody told the poor old Shaikh that milk does not ooze from women’s breasts on men’s or the government’s demands. In any case, women have breasts placed on women’s bodies for the nourishment of infants; their being small or over-sized need not bother grown men. As a man, if you do not believe me, ask any infant who can speak. But then infants are clever little angels who remain mum over matters relating to breast-feeding mummies.

23 comments:

  1. Interesting perspective.

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  2. u sh'd change the picture it's quite obscene.

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  3. The blog is quite hilarious though! typical you!

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  4. "u sh'd change the picture it's quite obscene."

    That's a painting of a mother breastfeeding a child! I can't change Nature; how about changing YOUR perceptions?

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  5. Thanks for the general appreciation; what about REAL comments on the topic at hand?

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  6. Comments about this blog on FaceBook:

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    Tina Gadhok:
    yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh finally a new blog!!!!!!!!!!

    Tahir Gul Hasan:
    Don't suck (my new write-up) too much. It might hurt me. :)

    Tina Gadhok:
    lollllllzzz not to worry....i wdn't want to hurt you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Suheilah AlKalali:
    I didnt realize TG that you lactate

    Tahir Gul Hasan:
    Waisey, I'm not sure about that reassurance!

    Tahir Gul Hasan:
    I LACK all the TATES... :))

    Tina Gadhok:
    THAT does call for a OMG Suleilah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tahir Gul Hasan:
    OMA (Oh my Allah) Suheilah! Now what would your gore-mint say?

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  7. oooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh THIS IS howlarious!!!!!!!!!!!!! did something like this really come up? i can only think of two songs...."phoolon ka taaron ka sabka kehnahai " and "tu kitni acchi hai, tu kitni bholi hai oh maa oh maa"In an oppressed society, this is what happens....people tend to distort the guidelines set by the relgion to suit themselves and make life more comfortable for themselves. How ridiculous that women aren't allowed to drive in a certain PLACE....GUESS they had to resort to something like this just to SHAKE THE SHEIKHS!

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  8. BTW the picyure is picture perfect!

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  9. Thanks for dropping by and letting me know your secret thoughts, Miss Gadhock. And I couldn't find a better picture than the one you see!
    Out of respect for the said Shaikh, my nipples remained erect while I wrote the piece.
    :)

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  10. LOL and lawhal!!! wala quwat, Tahir sahab !!! ur out of this world!!! wait till the Shaikh reads it :)

    * andddd I still feel the picture is imperfect!

    lot of things are part of nature, next u'd show someone peeing and say the same???

    besides,,, i won't be able to advertise ur blog with this "cheap" pic!!

    Butttt, if ur trying to make the blog famous by putting up such stuff, then tht's another story....

    and thr's alotttt of difference in Ms. Tina's religion and culture, and ours!

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  11. And as regards the topic, Thnk God i'm not where all this is happening!!

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  12. Okay, bare breasts-hater, I finally found a better picture that says: BREASTFEEDING, IT ROCKS!

    Nothing I do here is meant to be cheap. Please don't think I changed the picture just because YOU pointed it out. Next time present a solution, don't stand there pointing out.

    I wouldn't worry about Miss Tina's religion. She laughs more than you do.

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  13. TAHIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK!BIG HUGS AND MWAAHS FOR THE LAST LINE!

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  14. Yes, Tina. I had to say that because despite the fact that I bash entire governments for perpetuating wrong, individuals need correction too. And that's why we have Divine guidance, revelations and the prophets.
    Since all the good has already been revealed to humans, we just have to follow it without creating a big fuss.
    Okay I rock, if you insist. The Palestinians may want me now to stone the Israelis!
    Rocks, anyone?

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  15. I always enjoy your take on things.

    What a riDONKEYlous fatwa .. Saudis never sieze to amaze do they?

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  16. Thanks UAE!
    Saudis RULE--at least in Raiwind...

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  17. The new look is great BTW, things do have their own way of moving forward... and what better way than slow and steady?

    Cheers.

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  18. Thanks, I feel like a confident tortoise, edging towards the finish line while hares sleep!

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  19. Biswajit Dutta, my shy but expressive pal wrote on faceBook:

    Tahir ,your date of birth coincides with birth of Muslim League ? Ha ha . On a serious vein , I think you are a powerful writer . I enjoy your sense of humor & those pithy satirical takes . I have even tried reading a few of your blogs . A ...few observations :-

    a)Your comments are sharp & witty , but they sometime go off at a tangent . You assume that the other guy is on your wavelength , is smart , is clued in about the latest political/social situation in Pakistan & has an Islamic background . You somehow assume that they will know . For instance I recall your remark on another thread about AO . You asked me "you know AO?" Now , how on earth should I know ? Is she Mushy's fiance , his daughter or lovechild ? I must confess your blog on breastfeeding fell flat on me , as I am ignorant of your Islamic allusions/hints/connotations .

    b)How about assuming that your reader is dumb , a simpleton , an ignoramus , atheist & non-religious ? How about simplifying your message/language & adding some explanatory lines for non-Islamic/foreign audiences ? Won't that increase the traffic to your blogspots?

    c)Would you mind posting the link on FB or better still tagging your blogs in future ? I would love to read them as & when you write them .

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  20. Hii..Tahir..What i want to say that no doubt topic is very much solid..Why to make fun of it..? No one has mentioned the real soul of it...
    Surah 2. Verse 233:

    The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years, if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a burden laid on it greater than it can bear. No mother shall be Treated unfairly on account of her child. Nor father on account of his child, an heir shall be chargeable in the same way. If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due consultation, there is no blame on them. If ye decide on a foster-mother for your offspring, there is no blame on you, provided ye pay (the mother) what ye offered, on equitable terms. But fear Allah and know that Allah sees well what ye do.

    Al-Quran

    Translation by A.Yusuf Ali

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  21. The attitudes and the 'fatwas' are laughable, that's all! I couldn't possibly use Qur'anic ayahs in here now, could I?

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  22. No..You shouldn't mantion Quran'ic ayaha..But this is quite a serious topic....? I could not grasp it all...:(

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  23. It is easy to understand. Just re-read it with a bit of concentration!

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