Rabat - A cleric in Saudi Arabia has issued a fatwa (religious edict) stating that women only watched football to stare at men's thighs, according to Al Arabiya news website.
Rabat – A cleric in Saudi Arabia has issued a fatwa (religious edict) stating that women only watched football to stare at men’s thighs, according to Al Arabiya news website.
The cleric, who has since been ridiculed by Saudi social media users, said a “woman seeing a foreign man is sinful, so what about seeing his thighs and tight kit?”
He added that it should be “”haram” or forbidden for women to watch football because “they do not care who wins the match, all they care about is watching the player’s thighs.”
The eccentric fatwa has caused uproar on social media. Online activists created a trending hashtag on Twitter in Arabic which translates to # women-love-football-because-of-players’-thighs, Al Arabiya reported on Saturday.
Columnist Ruqaya Al-Huwairni was quoted by Al Arabiya as writing in an opinion piece for Saudi-daily Al-Jazirah: “I cannot describe how embarrassed and annoyed I was after listening to a fatwa issued by a local mosque imam.”
“To be frank, I do not know why women are looked down upon more than men. This is common among scholars and extremists. How is it possible for anyone to say that women only watch football to enjoy looking at players’ thighs?” she asked.
Also on Saturday, a top Pakistani cleric called upon the army to launch a military operation against jeans-wearing women.
Cleric Fazlur Rehman blamed in a press conference what he called the immodesty of women for earthquakes, inflation, lack of energy supply and the security situation in Pakistan, according to the New Indian Express.