Sexuality and radical Islam make a strange combination. On
the one hand, militant males are raised to believe that 72 virgins await them
following martyrdom. On the other, fundamentalist Muslims are brought up with a
wide divide between the genders. For one Islamist leader, though, the lure of
sex seems very appealing.
Affad Shaikh is the Civil Rights Coordinator for the Los Angeles office of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Los Angeles), also known
as CAIR-California. He has been
involved with CAIR for a number of
years, also holding positions within CAIR-San
Diego and with CAIR-Los Angeles’s monthly
tabloid, Southern California In Focus.
CAIR is a nationwide organization which began as a part of
the terrorist group Hamas. CAIR is
currently named by the U.S. Justice Department as a co-conspirator for a Dallas federal trial
dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. CAIR has had a number of representatives who have
been deported and/or convicted for terror-related activities.
Shaikh, too, has had his own extremist history. Besides
being involved in a Hamas-affiliated group, last July, Shaikh was stopped at
the U.S./Mexico border, accused of plotting with others to
assassinate President Bush. He has referred to Americans in Iraq as
“Crusaders.” He has called the U.S. government a “terrorist fascist government”
and has stated, “the United States is among the least peaceful nations in the
world.” He has called the Pope an “extremist” and Senator Barbara Boxer an
Considering Shaikh’s level of fanatical behavior, one would
be hard pressed to believe that this same person would have anything to do with
sexual perversion. After all, it is believed by many that the vast majority of
radical Muslims are first and foremost fundamentalist Muslims with generally conservative views on morality.
child pornography has made its way into the most militant of Islamic
circles, so Shaikh is no exception. On October 24, 2008, he posted to his blog a wildly
enthusiastic piece towards a website called Muslim Sex Shop, which talks about
such things as what foreign objects should be placed inside women’s vaginas.
In his blog post entitled “A
Fascinating Find – Muslim Sex Shop,” Shaikh wrote, “Here I was cooking
Macaroni Bashamel for a friend...when low and behold someone out in the cyber
world sent over a link to the ‘Muslim Sex Shop.’ This American Muslim highly
recommends that you visit it. Its a forum that promotes itself to discussing an
issue Muslims have made taboo.” (All quotations from his blog contain his spelling
and grammatical errors.)
One of the taboo subjects deals
with that of abstinence. In “Abstinence:
It’ll Make You Go Crazy,” the Sex Shop talks about how, according to the
Greeks, a male “becomes melancholic, as soon as the putrid matter of the
retained semen reaches his head.” The Shop states that this was an explanation used
to account for insanity in some men.
Shaikh seems to be going through this same ailment, as he
explains on his blog: “[I]n my family, guys usually
dont get married until they get past 35...As a Muslim, or at least an obeservent
Muslim, there is no ‘dating.’ You don’t go out to get to know girls, and you
certainly don’t have casual relationships, rebound dating, which all translates
to not having SEX. Observant, good Muslim boys and girls are VIRGINS. Imagine
being a VIRGIN until the age of 35. OH MY FREAKING CRAP! I can not find enough
activities to keep me away from not thinking about that mesmerizing three
In Muslim Sex Shop, the content
gets a lot more risqué than just dealing with abstinence abuse. With regard to
abortion, a case is made that it is “unconditionally permitted.” Concerning
male masturbation: “It is only your own water (=sperm). Let it go!”
A story is told in the Sex Shop, which stars Aisha, the
Muslim prophet Muhammad’s favorite wife. It reads that, following her divorce
and then marriage to Muhammad, she showed Muhammad “the fringe of her
trousers.” He in turn suggested to her that she, along with the ex-husband,
desired to “taste”
each other’s “sweet honey.” One can surely imagine the offensive nature, to
many Muslims, of this story – to the point where the security and well-being of
the website’s creators could be in jeopardy.
The Sex Shop, whose slogan is “Because Now That Ramadan Is
Over, You Can Do It In The Daytime,” as well, discusses the topic of “withdrawal”
from the vagina prior to ejaculation. However, none of the content on the Sex
Shop can compare to the perversity found in the organization’s post, titled “Muslim
Jurists on Female Masturbation and Dildos. Who Knew?” In it, the group
states that, if a woman “suffers from sexual deprivation,” she is permitted to
use certain objects, including a “leather dildo,” “tiny cucumbers,” and a
According to the Sex Shop, the group will soon be
“re-stocking” its online store. One can only imagine what types of products
will be sold there.
For a radical Muslim – even one
– to be involved with this sort of matter would normally be unthinkable. But
sexual perversion has made its way into the radical Muslim world, and Affad
Shaikh, it seems, has been touched by this affliction. While he actively curses
he also looks to explore the deviances that America has to offer.
Is this a new side of CAIR, or is Shaikh simply a sexually repressed
Islamist looking to break free from family tradition?