"A wife cannot refuse sex."
A preacher at a mosque in Berlin's southern Neukölln district has told worshippers that women should be confined to their homes and submit whenever their husbands demand sex.
“A woman must turn her home into a flourishing garden for her husband, so that he does not flee from her like a leper or a lion,” Sheik Abdel Moez al-Eila told the congregation at the Al-Nur mosque.
The sermon was delivered on January 23rd, but has only just come under broad public scrutiny after a video of the address surfaced on Sunday.
The imam went on to say that women should restrict themselves to taking care of their home, children and husband, and that only an overly ”lenient” husband would allow his wife to work - “a big problem in the society in which we live [in Germany]” reports The Local.
But al-Eila's most archaic comments come at the end of the sermon, when he says that “a woman is not allowed to refuse to sleep with her husband."
“She is not allowed to make excuses or use pretexts.”
“This sermon is an infraction of Article Three of the Constitution [Equality before the law]... it's a crime against half of humanity”, Berlin-based Islam researcher Ralph Ghadbhan told The Local.
Ghadbhan said that preachers like al-Eila, an Egyptian citizen who regularly travels around Europe preaching at different mosques, are often supported by Islamic fundamentalist groups.
“In the background are worldwide organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood, or they are financed from Saudia Arabia,” he said.
“It's a network and the preachers move within it.”
Berlin rapper Denis Cuspert was a regular worshipper at the mosque before becoming one of the most famous German 'foreign fighters' to join Isis in Syria.
|Sheikh Abdel Moez al-Eila preaching at Berlin's al-Nur mosque|