Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Is Forbidden To Give Hugs
9:30 am, March 12th | by Sarah Devlin
This time he’s coming under fire after a photograph was released showing him hugging Elena Arias, the mother to recently deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. We know — it kind of sounds like a Saturday Night Live bit to us, too.
From the Associated Press:
Senior Iranian clerics have criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for consoling Hugo Chavez’s mother with a hug — a physical contact considered a sin under the country’s strict Islamic codes…
Iranian papers on Tuesday cited clerics from the religious center of Qom who described the contact as “forbidden” and inappropriate behavior and “clowning around.”
Now, I am no expert, but based on a cursory look around the internet, the only references I find to hugging members of the opposite sex being haram, or forbidden, in Islam, caution that a hug might incite desire — the rule is all about preventing adultery.
I’m still no expert, and I don’t know Ahmadinejad personally, but no one in the photo looks like they’re enjoying themselves. Plus, couldn’t the rules be somewhat suspended when people are grieving?
Guys, I’m going to go ahead and call it. Hugging a grieving widow — definitely not the worst thing Ahmadinejad has ever done.