Mazen Al-Sersawi, a prominent Egyptian
Salafist cleric has suggested Islam allows men to have sex with their
illegitimate daughters and marry them.
He cited prominent Muslim scholar Imam
Al-Shafi’i as saying because illegitimate daughters are not officially
attributed to their fathers, they can be married to them.
He makes the claims in a video which has
gone viral and he has been widely criticized for the comments. In the
video, Al-Sersawi said Imam Al-Shafi’i is known for saying men may marry
their own daughters that are born out of wedlock
Al-Sersawi, who teaches at the
prestigious Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, claims Al-Shafi’I says a girl
born in an adulterous relationship is ‘not really his daughter’.
Because an illegitimate daughter does
not carry her father’s name, ‘she is not his daughter according to
Sharia. She is not officially attributed to him’.