Re: [GYCA] Uganda: Muslim women back condoms for HIV prevention.....
Jan 22nd, 2011 - 17:32:43
I do share the same thoughts with Basheer at some point! But i dont think
that a Muslim religious leader cannot talk about condom. Because its one of
the pregnancy control methods, and also contraception in general is an
accepted fact in Muslim as far as I know.
There is no limitation about condom use in Islam at all. And if there is
any, they are more likely the various wrongly misinterpretations of the
Kuran. If you say that when a religious leader promotes condom for HIV
prevention it directly means accepting extramarital sex. I do have to oppose
it totally. We cannot interpret it like that.
Muge Cevik,MD, MSc STIs and HIV
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On 22 January 2011 00:13, Basheer Rahmoun wrote:
> Dear Gyca members,
> Thank you for sharing this story from Uganda, however; I do not believe
> religion has anything to do with HIV prevention.
> I do not think that any Muslim leader will advocate for condom use as a
> protective method against HIV, because that means he accept the fact that
> people have extra marital sex (which is forbidden by Islam)
> As for polygamy , it is not that common, and leaders assume that people
> undergo tests before marriage.
> From the way the story was presented, I got the sense that some muslim
> religious leaders are against condom, which I dont believe is true. They
> are doing their part by advocating for abstinence and faithfulness, and
> there are other partners doing their other part by promoting condom use,
> they both complete each other.
> One final note, abstinence and faithfulness is still the 100% protective
> method against HIV, and that lady who is buying condom for her husband is
> still putting herself on a higher risk to catch the virus.
> I totally support this new project in Uganda, I just wanted to clarify that
> neither Islam nor any other religion has anything to do with HIV
> Good Luck my friends in Uganda
> Basheer Rahmoun, MD
> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM, Adeyemo Gabriel wrote:
> > Date: 12 January 2011
> > Source: IRIN PlusNews
> > http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?Reportid=91606
> > My fellow Advocate,
> > This is an interesting article for you to read a story of a muslim woman
> > who advices her husband not to stop having extra-marital sex but should
> > careful and uses a condom. This was her comment..."I buy them [condoms]
> > him and place them where he can easily see them so that in case he wants
> > go out with other women, he can use them"......
> > Some Muslim women in western Uganda are demanding that a new HIV
> > programme for Muslims include condom promotion, going against calls by
> > religious leaders for the programme to be limited to messages on
> > faithfulness and abstinence. "The holy Koran allows Muslim men to marry
> > wives, but men still go out of wedlock and have extra-marital
> > relationships," Jazira Mugisa told IRIN/PlusNews. Mugisa said the money
> > the new project should be used to sensitize men on the use of condoms.
> > The four-year programme, localized to the western Ugandan district of
> > Kasese and funded by the US Agency for International Development, is to
> > led by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. Local Muslim leaders have
> > for the funds -- an estimated US$43,000 -- to be used to promote fidelity
> > within marriage and abstinence among unmarried people. Uganda's national
> > prevention programme -- which targets all sections of society --
> > abstinence, faithfulness and the correct and consistent use of condoms.
> > Please click on the link above to read full article.
> > Many Thanks
> > Yours' in Prevention Science
> > Adeyemo Gabriel
> > Moderator: Students' for Microbicides (S4M), Nigeria
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