Thursday, February 2, 2012

Muslim Sucking

 This post is an expansion of a comment that I recently made at TF’s blog.  A generous comment.  A far-too-generous comment.  A sucking up to Muslims it seems.  A comment that after further review of relevant literature here and elsewhere- was essentially wrong.

A comment trying to systemize a paradigm that Muslims have of sex.  A comment trying to systemize an incredibly-convoluted, evolving and absurd paradigm.  A comment which was wrong by my ‘conflating of categories’. 

And wrong by my thinking that Muhammed was using actually using a euphemism there.  Thinking that Muhammad was actually talking about sex.  When he was merely talking about suckling.  Suckling which involves lactation. 

And as such, Muhammad suggested that suckling was universally permissible.  That suckling an adult that is not your spouse is even permissible.  And that such suckling (even when it’s another woman sucking) is not actually adultery.  Not actually worthy of stoning.

Seems Muhammad had an oral fixation.  Had a generous view of suckling as well as a generous view of sucking (having been suckled by a foster mother as well as a slave woman).  And he is recorded as enjoying sucking his favorite wife’s tongue as well.   A mutual pleasure it seems.

Now, Muhammad also permitted sex with a suckling woman because “the Greeks [and/or Romans] and Persians performed it without harm” [the same rationale he gave for masturbation].  An entirely natural and pragmatic reasoning… for lack of any supernatural revelation.

Muhammad also advised giving an adolescent suck… to diminish the passion he had for the woman being sucked.  And it was found to be effective in the case in question.

Now, he also encouraged this suckling thing for relational reasons.  For adoption reasons. To impute kinship to the sucker.  So if the sucker had ten [later abrogated to five] separate sucklings under his or her belt… then they were considered kin.   
And then had kinship privileges.  Privileges which included being permitted to see new-found kin “unveiled”.  And being permitted to live with their new-found kin. 

But then there were also restrictions which prevented them from marrying their new-found kin.  Restrictions of a “consanguine” nature.  Almost as if literal blood is being imputed by lactation.

Yet, this easy-imputation of Muhammad was later abrogated by others. Abrogated to make it much less universal. To only qualify suckers under the age of two. And to only qualify those suckling over the age of eight.

Abrogated since there must have been considerable abuse of this universalism.   Considerable reduction of marriageable suckers.  And considerable restriction of sex with others.  Such as when Umar’s wife gave suck to his mistress… to prevent his screwing around.

Now, for those thinking that this topic is merely infantile- allow me to close with a mature invite.  An invite that is universal.  And an invite that will certainly not be abrogated.  An invite from the LORD himself. 

An invitation for even adults to be joyful in the provision of His New Covenant.  Joyful in the provision of His ‘New Jerusalem’ (not old Mecca).   A Jerusalem where his kin may-

            suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
            For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees (Isaiah 66:11, 12 KJV).

Now there’s a delightful provision!  A satisfying provision.  An abundant suckling [not just five] for those that He has adopted.

Where we shall see Him unveiled and live with Him… because of the ‘birth of a boy’ (Isaiah 66:7).  The Son of God.