On August 30, 2022, Turkey-based Muslim Brotherhood-linked Egyptian Islamic scholar Sheikh Salama Abdulkawy posted a video to his YouTube channel in which he criticized Egyptian sexologist and TV host Dr. Heba Kotb for saying that Islamic and Egyptian law do not require women to cook for their husbands. Abdulkawy said that such "perverse", "erroneous", and "misleading" ideas destroy homes and that Dr. Kotb is an "ignoramus" when it comes to Islam and Islamic law. It should be noted that Sheikh Abdulkawy had been an advisor to Egypt's Minister of Religious Endowments during the Morsi regime. For more about Abdulkawy, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 1984, 2623, 2050, 4879, 4752, and 7787.
Salama Abdulkawy: "[Egyptian sexologist] Dr. Heba Kotb said that there are no religious or legal grounds requiring women to cook for their husbands. Lord have mercy!
"Men have duties as well as rights. Women also have duties as well as rights. There is reciprocity in life. Why do we want women to rebel against reality? Why do we want them to rebel against their husbands? Why do we want to destroy people's homes with such perverse, erroneous, and misleading opinions, which make headlines on a daily basis? Such ideas destroy homes!
"If the man tells his wife he does not like something, she threatens: 'I will file a complaint with the National Council for Women. I will file a complaint against you with the Family Court.' This 'Family' Court is, in fact, a women's court. Such talk destroys homes! Is that what you want, people?
"In response to your claim — it reflects total ignorance. You are an ignoramus! Dr. Heba, you are an ignoramus when it comes to Islamic law, the Islamic nation, nations in general, and history.
"I warn against the danger in such statements, and against listening to those ignoramuses. Yes, calling them ignoramuses is not a curse. It's just a description. People who are not knowledgeable about religion should not talk about it. You cannot come out and say that women shouldn't cook for their husbands. Who should cook for him? Who is she supposed to cook for?"