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Jul 11, 2010
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Egyptian Cleric Sa'd Arafat: Women Are Harrassed Even When Wearing the Niqab or Hijab Because They Go Out Unnecessarily and Their Eyes Wander Right and Left

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Source: Al-Rahma TV (Egypt)

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

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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