Sounds disgusting and sick right?
It is a grave sin for any Muslim woman to be in a room alone with another man. This becomes a problem when working Muslim women sometimes are put in a situation where they have to work and sometimes there’s nothing they can do, although they know their committing a horrible sin by being in the room alone with another man.
So, to solve this problem, Islamic scholars issued a hadith that goes all the way back to the days of Muhammad.
When Mohammed cancelled the principle of adoption, Salim became a stranger in the house and could no longer be alone with Sahla, Abu Huthayfa’s wife. The Lady complained to Mohammed who immediately provided her with a genius solution- he asked her to breast-feed Salim, after which she would again be allowed to keep him as a son with her in the house. She said: ‘but Salim is a man and has a beard!’ Mohammed smiled to her and said ‘I know that’.
Well, since Muhammad said it, it must be right. I know, I know, many Muslims have rejected this practice, but if it came directly from Muhammad, how can the majority reject it?
Q.33:36. It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision…
Some of these Muslims attempted to soften the impact of the fatwa on the shocked Muslim community in various ways. Some expressed reservations about the way the fatwa was presented to the public while others tried to explain that breast-feeding doesn’t necessarily imply direct contact between a man and a woman. They suggested that a woman could collect her milk in a cup and offer it to a male colleague! This group of Muslims try to reform Islam in their own way, in doing so they forget that women do not always produce milk.
With anger and embarrassment, the majority of Muslims, however, reject the fatwa. They claim that Mohammed could have never allowed something like that. Needless to say this group of Muslims never heard of the above story before. I do not blame them, because, as a Muslim I myself heard of it only in my later years. Even then, I assumed the hadith was a weak one, which is why I never considered using it as a credible proof of the falsity of Islam.
But the hadith is a credible one, and has been reported by sahih books like Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah. Moreover, this hadith has been thoroughly investigated by a number of highly revered Islamic scholars like Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn Hazm and Al Albani. Denying a hadith with such strength would be like denying the existence of main Islamic events like fasting and prayers.
So, I can understand why most Muslims reject this Hadith, but it should reveal something even more important about Muhammed and his wonderful religion of peace. Muhammad had an agenda and he didn’t think twice about breaking his own rules to fit that agenda.
Of course, it’s better in Muhammad’s eyes for a woman to breast feed a grown man, rather than just suck it up and actually be alone in a room with another man. How RETARDED is this way of thinking?
“Um, no sir, I’m sorry, I have to breast feed you before you can enter my house, Allah forbids me to let you in my house while I am alone. ”