Malaysian cleric: Men are "emotionally abused" by women who dress sexily

I know a lot of euphemisms for that feeling but “emotional abuse” is a new one on me.

“Sexily” in this case, I’m assuming, means “showing off a little forearm.”

Malaysia’s Muslim men are suffering sleepless nights and cannot pray properly because their thoughts are distracted by a growing number of women who wear sexy clothes in public, a prominent cleric said.

Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, the spiritual leader of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said he wanted to speak about the “emotional abuse” that men face because it is seldom discussed, the party reported on its Web site Wednesday.

“We always [hear about] the abuse of children and wives in households, which is easily perceived by the eye, but the emotional abuse of men cannot be seen,” Nik Abdul Aziz said. “Our prayers become unfocused and our sleep is often disturbed.”…

His party’s Web site published an illustration Wednesday of how women should dress — in long, flowing headscarves covering their hair and chests and “baggy and loose” long-sleeved, floor-length dresses.

As stupid as the Laura Bush/hijab debate became, this goes right to the core of it. “The veil is to show that women are responsible for the sexual self-control of men,” as Hirsi Ali put it; this tool couldn’t agree more, as he made abundantly clear a few years ago. It’s almost a chore to blog this stuff anymore, so familiar is the illogic and the counterpoints to it, but if there’s awareness to be raised, we have a duty to raise it.

Speaking of familiar nonsense, here’s our favorite hugely influential “moderate” Islamic scholar, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, describing the cleansing rain that’s going to wash away the promiscuity in Europe — peacefully. Whew! Click the image to watch.


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