“If You’re Afraid, Let Your Wife Be Raped”


Sheikh Yasser Burhami is the Vice President of the Salafi Cell and the spiritual leader of the Islamist Nour Party which has become a political force in Egypt.

When last we encountered the good Sheikh, he was saying that Christians have no right to hold office in Egypt.

“We will not permit an infidel [kafir] to be appointed to a post where he assumes authority over Muslims. This is forbidden. Allah said: “Never will Allah grant to infidels a way [to triumph] over the believers [Koran 4:141].”

Furthermore, he says that “Muslims must not let Christians take part in their religious celebrations because they are polytheists.”

“The Christians [of Egypt] can be dealt with like the Jews of Al-Medina. This is possible.”

Now he has more tips for devout Muslims on when to allow one’s wife to be raped and when to kill her.

Burhami published his fatwas on the website Anasalafy.com, which is associated with his Salafist Call movement, the spiritual arm of the political al-Nour Party. He added that allowing one’s wife to be raped is like getting mugged for money.

“In this case he is forced [to surrender her] and not obliged [to defend her],” he said.

The other bizarre fatwa – that said a Muslim man could on religious grounds kill his wife if he caught her in the act of sexual intercourse with another man -also subjected Burhami to another wave of criticism.

So Muslim men can’t protect their wives from being raped… but can murder them. True courage.

Many took to social media to contest both of Burhami’s statements.

“If am married to Burhami, it’s haram to save him whether I live or die,” said one Twitter user, in reference to his fatwa on rape.

“May God avenge you, #Burhami you and those like you,” said another.

“They say the only animal who does not protect his females … is Yasser Burhami,” another Twitter user said.

That seems unfair to animals.

About Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.

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