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“All of our products provide a deeper meaning to sexuality, sensuality and even spirituality.” According to Islamic law, sex is limited to between those who are married.
But when it comes to exactly what you can do, and how sex is generally discussed, Islam itself is quite open.
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This openness has been lost over time, and discussions about sex have become taboo. Wedad Lootah is a UAE marriage counsellor who published an Arabic sex guide, Top Secret: Sexual Guidance for Married Couples, on how to achieve sexual intimacy with your partner, stating couples needed the advice. Jenny is an Irish Muslim organising a similar two part seminar for young women only, the first on marriage, the second on intimacy.
A famous Islamic traditional teaching about sexual pleasure says that when God created desire, He made it into ten parts. So it’s no wonder women are leaving men behind when it comes to trying to better understand their sexuality, as well as the relationship between their sexuality and their faith.Whilst the book itself was extremely popular, its comparatively graphic nature drew positive feedback as well as criticism.But the more important point of both books is that Muslim women themselves are trying to open a discussion about sexuality, its role in their identity, and their fears and aspirations. And rejection of ‘sexual liberation’ is seen as backward.Hopefully this will keep them from getting naked in the library and help them use it to study!''I wanted to create a place online where young women can feel empowered, and meet successful individuals that can help them during a very stressful and challenging time,' she said in an interview with Coed.'I’m personally a member of the sugar dating community, and have seen the benefits these relationships provide a young woman firsthand.Abdelaziz Aouragh runs an online sex shop for Muslims.“We don’t sell products that simply enhance the love life between man and woman,” he explains.But when I read about it I remember thinking, this is not in the least controversial or new for Islam.If anything it shows how little Muslims - even vocal ones - have knowledge about Islam's un-guilty approach to sex, or understand that Islam has always been extremely open about sexual pleasure, and in particular women’s pleasure.Sex is of course for procreation, but it’s also for pleasure.There are stories about how Prophet Muhammad would be approached in the mosque by women and men asking open questions about sexuality.