ah muslims… i know it’s crass to take pleasure in laughing at and denigrating other ppl’s culture or religion b/c i know it can so easily go both ways at the extremes. but sometimes things break through, if this is indeed not a joke. (and no, i’m not jumping on a bandwagon just b/c some muslims want to put a community center/mosque near ground zero. i have no dog in that fight.)
recently, there was a fatwa issued by a sheik in the saudi justice ministry that concerned women breastfeeding grown men. b/c of strict rules governing interaction between men and women, an adopted son was not allowed to be in the same room alone with his mother. he was adopted after growing too old for breastfeeding, which is the only exception by which a grown man can be in private w/ a woman.
other inconveniences would include a grown man who was hired to do some continuing housework in an occupied house. his presence would necessitate all the females vacate the house if no male family member was home.
so in apparent response to these problems, the sheik’s fatwa allowed the women of the household to breastfeed the grown, unrelated man so that he could be in their presence without them fleeing the home.