Anal jihad: Militant Islamists accused of gay sex

An Egyptian cleric has accused extreme Islamists and terrorists of having gay anal sex together while fighting in the name of Allah

Anal jihad: Militant Islamists accused of gay sex
23 July 2014

Militant Islamists and terrorists are waging ‘anal jihad’ by having gay anal sex with each other, an Egyptian cleric has claimed.

There is even a ‘fatwa’ or religious edict allowing it, says Mazhar Shahin.

But others have claimed Shahin may be simply trying to discredit the Muslim Brotherhood, who were kicked out of power last year in Egypt and who he fiercely opposes.

A video picked up by progressive online news show The Young Turks shows Shahin describing ‘anal jihad’ on Egyptian channel al-Tahrir.

He says it is practiced by Muslim fighters who are away from their wives.

And he claims there is even a video in which one of their sheiks issues the fatwa, formally permitting anal sex if they are ‘waging jihad’ or ‘on a long journey’.

Shahin, as translated by the liberal Middle East Media Research Institute, says: ‘They practice homosexuality with each other, thinking wrongly that this constitutes jihad for the sake of Allah.’

He accuses the Muslim Brotherhood, considered a terrorist organization by Egypt, of ‘foolishness, stupidity, filth and so on’ saying ‘this anal jihad is proof of this’.

Commenting on the story, the popular founder of The Young Turks channel, Cenk Uygur, implies he is gay-friendly himself.

‘Hard to argue anal jihad is anything but a catastrophe,’ he comments.

He points out the Egyptian government is well motivated to have people on TV spreading propaganda about the Muslim Brotherhood so it may be made up.

But he adds the claims could be true.

Uygur explains: ‘There was a real fatwa in Afghanistan where the Taliban told Taliban fighters “Stop having sex with the young boys who have come to assist you.”

‘Oftentimes the excuse is “we are away from our wives and battling”. And they actually had to write out a fatwa saying “Stop having sex with underage boys”.

‘Its not clear if anal jihad is real or not in Egypt and with the Muslim Brotherhood, but it some ways it exists throughout the world.’

Watch the video here:

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