To strip or not to strip?
Divided Egyptian clerics debate whether nudity during sexual intercourse invalidates marriage.
CAIRO - An Egyptian cleric's controversial fatwa claiming that nudity during sexual intercourse invalidates a marriage has uncovered a rift among Islamicscholars.
According to the religious edict(means order) issued by Rashad Hassan Khalil, a formerdean of Al-Azhar University's faculty of Sharia (or Islamic law), "being completely naked during the act of coitus annuls the marriage" .
(coitus means the sexual act)(annul means to officially announce that something such as a law, agreement, or marriage no longer exists:
The religious decree sparked a hot debate on the private satellite networkDream's popular religious talk show and on the front page of Sunday's Al-Masri Al-Yom, Egypt's leading independent daily newspaper.
Suad Saleh, who heads the women's department of Al-Azhar's Islamic studiesfaculty, pleaded for "anything that can bring spouses closer to each other" and rejected the claim that nudity during intercourse could invalidate aunion.
During the live televised debate, Islamic scholar Abdel Muti dismissed thefatwa: "Nothing is prohibited during marital sex, except of course sodomy."(what about orals, fingering, hand jives etc ?)
For his part, Al-Azhar's fatwa committee chairman Abdullah Megawar arguedthat married couples could see each other naked but should not look at each other's genitalia and suggested they cover up with a blanket during sex.