In a sane society, no one would suggest something so twisted. In a half-sane society, there might be a debate between the twisted people suggesting it and sane adults criticizing or mocking it. In Saudi Arabia, the main debate seems to be between those who think it's sufficient to drink the woman's breast milk from a glass and those who insist that the only legitimate method is to suckle directly from the woman's breast. Of course, none of those involved have bothered to ask women what they think -- their opinions don't count. They aren't fully equal human beings whose bodies belong to themselves.
Sheikh Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, set off a firestorm of controversy recently when he said on TV that women who come into regular contact with men who aren't related to them ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives.
"The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman," Al Obeikan said, according to Gulf News. "He should drink it and then becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam's rules about mixing."
Obeikan said the fatwa applied to men who live in the same house or come into contact with women on a regular basis, except for drivers.
Source: AOL News
I guess I have to give a little credit to the creativity of the people behind this. Muslims have painted themselves into a corner with the taboo against contact between women and unrelated men, leading to lots of problems where the taboo is taken to extremes and enforced strictly. In those latter contexts, they can't solve the problems by simply dropping the bans so creative solutions are needed. Re-interpreting old laws and traditions in creative ways has long been a means by which traditional religions have tried to come to terms with developing social situations. This allows them to change while insisting that they haven't really changed -- all they've done is return to the roots by reapplying traditional laws.
But while creatively modernizing is generally a good thing, even if you refuse to admit that you're modernizing, this just breaks all previous records for absurdity. At least it did until the next guy weighed in to argue that men have to suckle directly from the woman's breast in order to establish a relationship:
But his remarks were followed by an announcement by another high-profile sheik, Abi Ishaq Al Huwaini, who said that men should suckle the breast milk directly from a woman's breast.
Shortly after the two sheiks weighed in on the matter, a bus driver in the country's Eastern Region reportedly told one of the female teachers whom he drives regularly that he wanted to suckle milk from her breast. The teacher has threaten to file a lawsuit against him.
The absence of any concern with what women think is no surprise, but given the nature of Saudi society there is something surprising: why aren't they asking the husbands? I'd have expected Saudis to put significant weight on the opinions of the husbands who otherwise have extensive control over what their wives are allowed to do. There is something fishy going on here. This is normally the sort of story you would read in The Onion, not factual news sources. These clerics are moving beyond parody and into some nebulous realm.