By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, April 27, 2012
In an election year, competing parties will at times resort to unprofessional and unbecoming behavior, including lies and unsubstantiated rumors, in order to vilify one another and to manipulate public opinion. This was recently the case in Egypt when the public was enraged by the supposed enactment of a law, allegedly passed by the Islamist-dominated parliament, which allows a husband to have sex with his newly-deceased wife about six hours after her death.
This ugly rumor and hoax, thought to originate in a fatwa by sheikh Zemzami, a noted Moroccan cleric, should be doubted for the simple reason that no Egyptian Islamist sheikh, or any other Imam, has ever been reported to approve of necrophilia.
Having been privy to the outrage that resulted from sheikh Zamazami’s opinion to allow necrophilia between a husband and his dead wife, the opposition in Egypt tried to spread the rumor about the supposed fatwa in order to tarnish the image of the Islamist-led parliament.
News of the supposed law spread like wildfire via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets. Egyptians who were on edge over the rise of the Islamist movement allowed the hoax to further deepen their concerns and accuse the Islamists of backwardness, objectification of women and denial of women’s dignity.
Many analysts argue that the hoax is yet another example of a frustrated opposition that is desperate and has no other choice but to enrage women so that human right activists may take to the street and galvanize the country against Islamists. What the opposition forgets is that misrepresentation of facts will only strengthen the Islamic movement as an attack on Islamists will be characterized as an attack on Islam. Rather than fueling a nasty lie about allowing necrophilia, the opposition should focus on ways to work collectively to address Egypt’s real needs: education, housing, healthcare and JOBS!!!
Edited bu Hisham El Koustaf