Imam Ceesay

The Imam Ratib of Detroit Islamic Center has expressed outrage against exposing a woman’s nudity for any reason. Imam Momodou Ceesay said  such a crime invites Allah’s severe punishment.

The anchor of Lokung Islam Kacha on Kairo Radio was reacting to complaints by women against undressing a Gambian woman [name withheld for cultural, religious and moral reasons] on social media by her former husband.

“This is the height of disrespecting a woman, Allah’s dignified creation whose private parts must not be exposed to the public,” Imam Ceesay said. “God talks a lot about the importance of a woman’s dressing; this shows the respect, honour and dignity He bestows on a woman’s body. Allah respects woman’s body and makes her so important for a  man.”

Imam Ceesay said a man who exposes his divorced wife’s nudity has violated the marital vows. “It’s stated in Suratul Maida that married couple should honour their marital contract. This is why newly married couple is advised to respect each other’s family, companions and friends. It’s in this regard that a sermon is recited in a marriage ceremony warning human beings to be fearful of Allah who created all of them from one soul so they can multiply. But they must not break relationships if they don’t want to incurr Allah’s wrath. Marriage is all about bonding relationships.”

The venerable Imam said the “act of undressing an estranged wife in public is unheard of in history; it’s not mentioned in any holy book of Allah. Such an act – haram [prohibitted], disgusting and shameful – attracts Allah’s anger and wrath. Before Allah gave Adam and Awa the sense to cover themselves, He covered them with Nur [light] when they were removed them from Paradise. God swears in the Quran that He respects and honours a human being, which is why whoever displays a person’s private parts in public, will surely be punished by Allah,” the learned Muslim cleric said, quoting Prophet Muhammad’s saying that two things – a person’s mouth and private parts – will take him/her to hell. Whatever passes through them must be pure.

Imam Ceesay said Prophet enjoined Muslims to protect the private parts of even a dead body. “Allah’s Messenger said it’s strictly forbidden for any human being to talk about their spouse’s sex life. Prophet Muhammad said a person who exposes his wife’s privacy will get the worst punishment in the Hereafter.” Ceesay said undressing a divorced wife in public means disrespecting and shaming her entire family.

Detroit Imam said only shameless people can do such a despicable act. “Prophet Muhammad said shame is half of a person’s belief. This means anyone who lacks shame can do anything without worries,” Imam Ceesay said, exhorting Muslims to shame and condemn the act. “Prophet likened men who exposed their wives’ privacy to Satan that have sex in public. Clearly, Allah created a woman as a man’s farm so he enjoys himself  so both of them gain Allah’s blessings, dignity and honour. It is in this regard that Allah wants a woman’s dignity to be preserved. Even in divorce a woman’s dignity, respect and dignity must not be compromised. It’s never been sanctioned by Allah for anyone to expose a divorced wife’s nudity. That is unacceptable.”

Imam Ceesay advised those in possession of the nude pictures to delete them and desist from sharing them. “What we should all do is to drum up support for the victim by condemning and shaming the man who posted the nude pictures. All those who keep the pictures in their Facebook should delete it completely if they don’t want Allah to make them accountable on the Day of Judgement.”

The venerable Imam echoed Prophet Muhammad’s saying that “those who marry their daughters to shameless men have thrown away their precious wealth.” Imam Ceesay appealed to people to support the woman to overcome the troubles. “The society needs to join in their condemnation if the victim’s former husband refuses to seek forgiveness. We must not keep quiet over this very serious issue.”

Imam Ceesay’s full audio is being relayed on Kairo Radio today.

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