Fear not, “Weekend at Bernie’s” is haram after all

Writing in The Christian Science Monitor today, Dan Murphy heaped skepticism on the bizarre sex-with-your-dead-wife story that spread like wildfire yesterday, with my blog being no exception. As he points out, in terms of bizarreness, titillation and dovetailing with stereotypes this tale does seem too "good" to be true.He writes: It was soon mentioned in an English language version of Al-Arabiya and immediately started zipping around social-networking sites. By this afternoon it had set … [Read more...]

The Fiqh of “Weekend at Bernie’s”

Update (26 April 2012): Actually, on further reflection, this story probably is bogus.Granted, sex is part of life and there's nothing wrong or weird about a jurist discussing its various permutations frankly, but, honestly, is this a big problem that needed to be addressed?From "Egypt’s women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws: report" (The Onion Al Arabiya News, 4/25/2012): Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated par … [Read more...]


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