Daily Star: Mufti’s ‘hymen fatwa’ causes shock waves among scholars

13 09 2007

This was published in February but is apparently still the most read article on the Daily Star’s website.

According to the article, the Grand Mufti of Egypt Aly Gomaa has confirmed a fatwa that states that reconstructive hymen surgery for women who have lost their virginity before marriage is halal, or religiously permissible.

Sheikh Khaled El Gindy, member of the Higher Council of Islamic Studies, told the Daily Star that he agrees with Gomaa.

From the article:

“Islam never differentiates between men and women, so it is not rational for us to think that God has placed a sign to indicate the virginity of women without having a similar sign to indicate the virginity of men,” El Gindy said.

“Any man who is concerned about his prospective wife’s hymen should first provide a proof that he himself is virgin,” he added.

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