Women watching football is ‘haraam’

What’s the point of women watching football matches? What is the benefit? They would not even care about scores

 

 

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Saudi Arabia women attend a rally to celebrate the 87th annual National Day of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on September 23, 2017. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Women watching football is ‘haraam’, says Deoband

Lucknow, Jan. 30 — Darul Uloom Deoband -the Islamic seminary representing Wahabi Sunni Islam – has declared women watching football match as “haraam”.

In a fatwa, Muslim cleric Mufti Athar Kasmi said women should not football as they should not watch men playing with bare knees.

“What’s the point of women watching football matches? What is the benefit? They’ll be looking at footballers’ thighs and all their attention will be on that. They would not even care about the competition or scores,” said the cleric.

Castigating those men who “allow” their wives to watch football he said, “Do you have no shame? Do you not fear God? You let her watch these kinds of things.”

Issuing such a fatwa is not something new by Deobandi clerics and many times these kick up controversy for bordering on the weird.

The Deobandi cleric referred to a similar fatwa issued by a cleric from Saudi Arabia who had said it was unacceptable for women to watch football – live or on television – and labelled it as “haraam”.

In October last year, Darul Uloom Deoband in Saharanpur had issued a fatwa banning Muslim women from plucking, trimming, shaping eyebrows and cutting their hair. Terming it ‘un-Islamic’, the body also urged women to stay away from beauty parlours.

Earlier this month, Mufti Mohammad Azeemuddin of Jamia Nizamia in Hyderabad had ordained that Muslims must not consume prawns as they were not fish and categorised it as an arthropod and labeled it as ‘makruh tahrim’ (strictly abominable). As per Islamic dietary laws, food is divided into three categories – halal (lawful) haraam (unlawful and prohibited) and makruh (abominable).

Source: The Pioneer, January 30, 2018
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Saudi cleric says women only watch football because of players’ thighs

Sheikh Saad al-Hijri

Sheikh Saad al-Hijri

Women should not watch football because they get distracted by players’ thighs, a high-profile Saudi cleric has claimed.

Sheikh Saad al-Hijri, the former head of religious decrees in Saudi Arabia’s southern province of Asir, claimed that women who watch football on television are committing a sin and husbands who let their wives watch football are shameless.

“What good do women get out of watching football matches?” Hijri asked.

“There is no benefit of this. The women will be looking at footballers’ thighs and they will be focusing on that. They wouldn’t even care about the match or scores.”

Not only did his comments incriminate women for watching football, but he also shamed husbands for allowing their wives for to watch the universally-loved sport.

“Have you no shame for allowing your wives to watch other men in this state? Do you not fear Allah? You are also setting yourselves up for divorce,” he said.

“If she supports one team and you support the other, by Allah I know you could end up divorcing her.”

Hijri’s comments, which are at least three years old, recently resurfaced on social media.

Last September, Hijri was suspended from preaching after saying women should not be allowed to drive because they have a “quarter of a brain”.

“It is not their fault, but women lack intellect do they not?” Hijri asked an audience at a lecture on “the evils of allowing women to drive”.

“Their lack of intellect does not harm their piousness because they are made that way,” he said, explaining that in Islam a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s.

“Would you give a man with half an intellect a driving licence? So how would you give one to a woman when she has half an intellect,” he said.

Source: Alaraby.co.uk, January 28, 2018.

Eight women are arrested in Iran for dressing up as men so they could watch a football match

Eight women have been arrested in Iran for dressing up as men so they could watch a football match.

Islamic law in the country bans women from attending live matches when men are present and the group were detained at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.

They had attempted to disguise themselves in order to watch Esteghlal FC and Persepolis FC on February 12 this year, but now face legal action.

Alireza Adeli, head of security for the Tehran municipality, said it was not the first time it had happened.

He told Memri : ‘The ban is aimed at preserving their honor, because the stadium’s atmosphere, commotion, and crowds are no place for them.

‘Women who wish to watch the match can do so on TV, which broadcasts the games and gives everyone a way to watch them live.’

The women now face charges.

As well as banning women from football stadiums, Iran’s strict laws extend to prohibiting women from cycling in public.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently issued the fatwa banning women from riding bikes in public, saying that it would attract the attention of males and is therefore forbidden.

Among the other seemingly innocent acts that can result in being reprimanded include women uploading a photograph of them without a headscarf and posting a video of themselves singing.

Source: Gareth A. Davies, Mail Online, April 18, 2017

Eight of Iran’s women’s football team ‘are men’

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Eight of Iran women’s football revealed to be men Photo: Getty Images

Iran’s football association accused of being ‘unethical’ after it is claimed eight players in women’s national team are men awaiting sex change operations

Eight of Iran’s women’s football team are actually men awaiting sex change operations, it has been claimed.

The country’s football association was accused of being “unethical” for knowingly fielding eight men in its women’s team.

Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to the Iranian league, told an Iranian news website: “[Eight players] have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations.”

On Wednesday, authorities reportedly ordered gender testing of the entire national squad and leading league players. The names of the players thought to be male were not revealed.

The Iranian women’s team play in hijab headscarfs, long-sleeved tops and tracksuit bottoms.

In 2014, the country’s football governing body introduced random checks after it was revealed that four national team players were either men who had not completed sex change operations, or were suffering from sexual development disorders.

In 2010, doubts were raised about the gender of the team’s goalkeeper.

Gender change operations are legal in Iran according to a fatwa – or religious ruling – pronounced by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The law contrasts with the strict rules governing sexual morality under the country’s Sharia legal code, which forbids homosexuality and pre-marital sex.

Sex changes are commonly carried out in phases in Iran, with the full procedure taking up to two years and including hormone therapy before the full gender transformation is completed.

Football is highly popular among many Iranian women, despite religious rules that bar them from entering stadiums to watch matches between male teams.

Earlier this month the women’s national team captain was unable to fly with the squad to Malaysia because her husband refused her permission to fly.

“As a Muslim woman, I wanted to work for my country’s flag to be raised [at the games], rather than traveling for leisure and fun,” Niloufar Ardalan, 30, said at the time.

“I wish authorities would create [measures] that would allow female athletes to defend their rights in such situations.”

Source: By Barney Henderson, The Telegraph Online, September 30, 2015
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