Meghan Markle kitchen shock: Imam says ‘women who listen to music may become STRIPPERS’
AN Islamic preacher at a mosque housing a community kitchen supported by The Duchess of Sussex has reportedly said if girls listen to music it may lead to them becoming strippers.
The videos of Imam Samer Darwish, who leads the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in west London, are likely to shock Meghan who has previously spoken out passionately about her feminist views. In videos posted online Imam Darwish also allegedly said that women should not pray while on their period and must not cry when visiting graves. This week Meghan, who is pregnant with her first child, joined local women at the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington to help prepare 200 meals for groups including homeless shelters and women’s refuges.
Bleeding, no praying. Stop bleeding, just pray.
Imam Samer Darwish
In a clip from a video posted on the Islam Channel, Imam Darwish allegedly said it is haram (sinful) for women to listen to music or dance, expect if it is a reward for memorising the Koran. According to the Daily Telegraph, he added: “Those who are uncovering up some parts of their body and you will have no control in your daughter.”
In another video, seen by Express.co.uk, he advised men to be on their guard when “dealing with the other gender” and said if they don’t intend on marrying a woman, speaking to her could lead to sinful actions.
He said: “It is not haram (sinful) to deal with women, with females, for example, but…it’s conditional.
“Some people try to be funny, some people try to be nice… extra nice.
“And that’s why they say jokes and try to have laughter as well with other gender which could lead to another step and another step.
“If you don’t have this intention of getting marriage (sic), definitely and without any doubt, that could cause you a trouble in the future and it can expose you to… punishment and also can make you commit a lot of sins.”
In another video, the preacher who last summer was invited by the Prime Minister to an Eid celebration at 10 Downing Street, was alleged to have said: “Bleeding, no praying. Stop bleeding, just pray.
“I’ve seen some of our sisters holding Koran using a glove, which is a good idea.”
Meghan has been a long-time supporter of the cooking project which was established to strengthen connections in the multicultural community in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Profits from the sale of its cookbook Together go to The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for the benefit of the kitchen and have so far reached over £200,000.
Last month while on her second official overseas tour after marrying Prince Harry, Meghan gave a speech in New Zealand at an event to celebrate the country’s125th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
She said: “In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolises.
“Because yes – women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.”
In response to the reports Imam Darwish insists some of his views were taken out of context.
In a Facebook post he said: “With regard to Islamic guidance relating to women’s monthly period, it states that performing daily prayers is not obligatory.”
And he adds: “I speak on many Islamic issues as well as hold women in high esteem. I, as the Imam and as a member of the community, fully support the amazing community work the women I work with are doing.
“I do not use words like stripper. I have also expressed an opinion on the Islam Channel in favour of listening to music.”
He also said it is “permissible” for women to visit graveyards.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK