An Islamic cleric's ban on women touching fruits and vegetables resembling the male sexual organ to avoid sexual thoughts, has evoked a strong response from people across the globe. While some are disgusted by the diktat, others are amused.
Here's a sample of what people are tweeting:
Kajraaare Cleo : Unbelievable! And to think banana's my favourite fruit! What does that make me
ResurgentIndian: Some clerics tell women to stay away from bananas. some women worship ling. which community standards should prevail, Mr Sibal.
So... this "cleric" has sexual thoughts about bananas & cucumbers, and it's the *women* who need to stay away from produce?
make sure to stay away from the roof, they have monkeys there who occasionally toss bananas
So if Muslim women should stay away from cucumbers and bananas, should men stay away from melons?
Oh Lord you especially should stay away from all cucumbers and bananas now
Zaheer Husain Khan:
Stay away from bananas: Cleric to women . Can there be a more absurd fatwah, must be a salafi/wahabi cleric
Perhaps Men shuld also B banned frm eating bananas 2 prevent thm frm becoming a Gay..!!!
Next Kapil Sibal will ban pic of banana, cucumber and gourds on internet coz it offends a community.
Sunil Kumar: S
ome people need to be sent back to caves. horrible.
You got to be kidding me.
More on the Islamic cleric
"If women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve," the cleric dictated.
This Islamic cleric residing in Europe was asked by an interviewer how to "control" women when they are out shopping for groceries and if holding these items at the market would be bad for them. The cleric answered saying this matter is between them and God.