September 2, 2010 Special Dispatch No. 3217

Egyptian Cleric Sa'd Arafat: If Women are Harassed Even when Wearing the Niqab or Hijab, It May be Because They Should Not be Outside the House at All

September 2, 2010
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 3217

Following are excerpts from a religious program hosted by Egyptian cleric Sa'd Arafat, which aired on Al-Rahma TV (Egypt) on July 11, 2010.

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Sa'd Arafat: "Allah said in the Al-Nour chapter of the Koran: 'Punish both the adulterous woman and the adulterous man with 100 lashings.' He mentioned the adulterous woman first. [...]

"Allah mentioned the adulteress first because it is women who seduce to sin. Women tempt men and attract them. By Allah, if a woman covers and protects herself, nobody will attack her.

"Many girls complain that when they walk down the street, they are harassed by boys and men. If a woman sits on a bus, or any other means of transportation, she is harassed by the man on her right or the man on her left. I say to the women: You are the cause and reason for this.

"A woman may say: 'But I went out wearing the niqab or the hijab. I didn't do anything.' But I say: You might have gone out unnecessarily, and therefore, Allah set this wolfish devil upon you. Pay attention! I know exactly what I am talking about. You might have gone out wearing the niqab, yet Allah sent a devil to harm you, because your eyes wander right and left.

"Sometimes it is the woman who stares at the man, as if to say: 'I am here, can't you see me? Are you blind, or what?' she looks at him, he looks back, then she stares at him, and he blows her a kiss."

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