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Jul 16, 2010
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Egyptian Islamic Scholar Dr. Suad Saleh: Women Should Not Wear Bathing Suits

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Source: Mehwar TV (Egypt)

Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian Islamic researcher Dr. Suad Saleh, which aired on Al-Mihwar TV, on July 16, 2010:

Interviewer: I am told I should ask you about the Chinese bathing suit.

Dr. Suad Saleh: I haven't seen this bathing suit, but I am against any swimwear for women.

Interviewer: Categorically?

Dr. Suad Saleh: Yes, because it emphasizes the curves of the female body.

Interviewer: Even if it is a bathing suit that conforms with religious law?

Dr. Suad Saleh: There is no such thing. When you walk out of the water completely wet, people can see everything.

Interviewer: So all the people who go on summer vacation...

Dr. Suad Saleh: This is my opinion which I have stated in the press. I go on vacations, because one needs to relax, but I sit on the beach like this, breathing the fresh air, and I enjoy watching my children in the water. But as far as I am concerned, it is forbidden to take off one's gown, or to wear the so-called "religiously permitted bathing suit."

Interviewer: So it is forbidden to enter the water?

Dr. Suad Saleh: Unless we are talking about beaches designated for women.

Interviewer: Or if they get there early...

Dr. Suad Saleh: The important thing is for the woman to make sure that no stranger looks at her body. Incidentally, some people say the woman is free to do what she wants with her body. What freedom are they talking about? Is she allowed to sell her body, for example? There are constraints. If I reveal my body to someone who is not my husband – who benefits from this?


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