A prominent Egyptian Salafist cleric, Mazen Al-Sersawi, has preached that men can have sex with their illegitimate daughters and also marry them.
Daily Mail UK, reports that Mazen Al-Sersawi cited prominent Muslim scholar Imam Al-Shafi’i as saying because illegitimate daughters are not officially attributed to their fathers they can br married to them.
The cleric has been widely criticized for the comments.
Al-Sersawi teaches at the prestigious Egypt’s Al-Azhar University.
He said that a girl born in an adulterous relationship is “not really his daughter.
“Because an illgitimate daughter does not carry her father’s name, she is not his daughter according to Sharia. She is not officially attributed to him.”
Another Egyptian cleric, Muftah Mohammad Maarouf, had earier this year said in televised debate the age for marrying should be low enough for new-born babies to be married off.
He said long as “no harm” is done to the child, there is no problem “preventing her from getting married”
He added, “In Islamic Sharia there is no set age for marriage when it comes to females.”