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Saudi Arabia: Halal Sex Shops to Sell ’Islamically Approved’ Adult Toys for Muslims in Mecca

Wednesday 22 April 2015, by siawi3


By Johnlee Varghese

April 21, 2015

A halal sex shop that will sell “Islamically approved” adult products
exclusively to Muslims will be opened in the Saudi city of Mecca.

According to a report published in Alyaoum24, an Arabic news portal,
the shops will “strictly cater to Muslim customers in Mecca” and is
being opened after due consultation with Saudi clerics, who have
approved it as ’halal’.

Abdelaziz Aouragh, who is the owner of a Dutch halal sex shop called
El Asira, will open the halal sex shop in Mecca. El Asira is famous
for its sensual oils.

Aouragh, a Moroccan Muslim, told AFP that he was told by a Saudi
Arabian cleric that opening of a “halal” sex shop would lead to "the
improvement of the sexual relationship between husband and wife".

German company Beate Uhse will also be working with El Asira with
regard to the adult store in Mecca. Beate Uhse is listed among the
largest providers of “sexciting” products in Europe, and Aouragh would
be selling the 18 “Islamically approved” toys in his store.

The store will, however, not be selling vibrators as they are not
approved by Islam.

"Our products does [] include products that increase feelings of
sensuality and improve the atmosphere between the couple in the sexual
relationship between them," Aouragh said.

Contrary to popular assumptions that Islam is repressive about sex,
there are ample dictates in Quran and hadith (a record of the sayings
of the Prophet Mohammad and his companions) that encourage sex within
the confines of marriage, Hamza Yusuf - an American Islamic scholar
and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley - told Foreign Policy.

There are also instances in Quran where Prophet Mohammad tells men not
to leave their wives for more than six months so as to avoid sexual
neglect, and there are even some well-known references to foreplay in
the hadith, he added.

The first halal sex shop in a predominantly Muslim country opened in
Turkey in 2013.