A Turkish theologian who recently drew attention for describing "advanced oral sex" as "haram" (forbidden) in Islam, has responded to the criticisms of a televangelist in reaction, accusing his rival of being "shameless."
Ali Rıza Demircan, a prominent expert on Islam, recently stirred the pot when he defined a number of sexual acts - including "advanced oral sex" "anal sex" and "sadistic sexual acts" - as forbidden by Islam during a TV show on Turkey's state broadcaster TRT on July 10.
"Do not invent a lie on behalf of Allah" Ünlü said during a televised sermon on July 15.
Demircan has now responded by releasing a written statement defending his initial statement, slamming Ünlü as a "short-sighted Muslim."
"As I receive thousands of questions, I know that millions of our families commit one or more of these forbidden acts either knowingly or unknowingly. So when asked about forbidden acts between married couples, I responded seriously. I did what I needed to do and I will continue to do so" the statement read.
Demircan also had some harsh words for various other segments of society.
"I understand why unbelievers, fornicators, gays, lesbians, erotic website owners and marketing experts might be uncomfortable when I mention haram acts. But I do not understand these short-sighted Muslims. Are they disturbed because they also commit these haram actions? When did it become immoral to learn what Allah forbids? This must be what people call shamelessness" Demircan wrote.
The verbal jousting between Ünlü and Demircan is the latest in a series of sexual comments by Muslim televangelists in Turkey to trigger mockery and creative memes on social media.
Young televangelist Mücahid Cihad Han recently hit headlines around the world after claiming that men who masturbated would "find their hands pregnant in the afterlife." - Istanbul