Women only watch football to stare at men's thighs: Saudi cleric

Published: May 31, 2015


A Saudi cleric faced the wrath of social media on Sunday after he issued a fatwa stating watching football should be ‘haram’ for women since it is only watched so they can stare at men’s thighs. 

In a fatwa that has been the subject of much ridicule, the local mosque imam ruled that women “do not care who wins the match, all they care about is watching the player’s thighs.”

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He added that a “woman seeing a foreign man is sinful, so what about seeing his thighs and tight kit?”

Angered by the fatwa, an opinion piece translated in English by the Saudi Gazette stated, “I cannot describe how embarrassed and annoyed I was after listening to a fatwa issued by a local mosque imam.”

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“To be frank, I do not know why women are looked down upon more than men. This is common among scholars and extremists. How is it possible for anyone to say that women only watch football to enjoy looking at players’ thighs?”

Further, twitteratti quickly got #WomenLoveFootballBecauseOfPlayersThighs trending in Arabic ridiculing the cleric’s statement.

One tweet mocked, “How did we get here? I love chicken thighs more…roasted and golden with barbeque and mustard and honey and more…”

Another tweet comprising of a photo of a few football players from the 1970s donning short shorts read, “it is good the players are not wearing 1970s football kits or your sins would be even greater!”

This article originally appeared on Al Arabiya

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Reader Comments (10)

  • ahmed wani
    May 31, 2015 - 2:17PM

    Yes…Next step of Mullah’s….Hijab without an eye opening…and hey…men also put perfume to seduce women…hence please also tell women not to breath…thank god we are in other side of border………Recommend

  • Anon
    May 31, 2015 - 2:33PM

    Now you know the reason why people have misconceptions regarding Islam throughout the world……..Recommend

  • Rashid
    May 31, 2015 - 2:36PM

    Pakistan should also follow the suite and issue the same fatwas here…….after all Pakistan should stand with its master in thick and thin……Recommend

  • Bairooni Leg
    May 31, 2015 - 2:50PM

    Why to blame him…….ask Dr. Zakir Naik, Bilal Phillips and they would repeat the same what this mullah is saying……..Recommend

  • Shafiullah Shirazi
    May 31, 2015 - 4:37PM

    Fitwa is an opinion…..it is not binding……Recommend

  • May 31, 2015 - 5:35PM

    The Islamic Clerics are foolish and uncivilised. Cos they learnt only from one book, that being the problem. Both Saudi royals and Saudi Clerics are jokers, should not be taken seriously.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 31, 2015 - 7:47PM

    You are allowed to look at the face of someone who is not your mehram only once, and you must lower your gaze immediately.Recommend

  • hzr
    May 31, 2015 - 9:30PM

    @Bairooni Leg:
    Obscenity is in the eye of the beholder and these clerics are sick because for them everything is obscene and yet pretend that they are holier than others.Recommend

  • Syed Abu Mokaarim Ahmad
    Jun 1, 2015 - 12:28AM

    Probably, he is right because, the cleric himself watches the same area when he watches William sisters playing tennis.Recommend

  • Zxx
    Jun 1, 2015 - 6:18AM

    I must say that he got some talent to make people laugh out of nowhere.
    And most importantly I think a “local imam” has no authority to issue fatwa nor does he has the knowledge.
    It takes years for person to become qualified enough to give some insights and advice in the matter of religion.
    I dont know why such lame reports are always given so much attention. Even why are they published. He was no authority.Recommend

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