Jonathan Turley posted a story that has apparently spread over much of the Web about “an Islamic cleric in Europe [who] has issued his own warning to Muslim women not to get close to cucumbers, bananas or other sexually suggestive fruit.”
No doubt that would seem plausible to the more extreme among anti-Islamic Americans, and there are more than a few.
There’s just one problem, according to this article in The American Muslim: the whole story is a fake. The article’s author Sheila Musaji details her efforts to track down first the alleged fatwa, and failing that, the probable origin of a truly improbable story. She found no fatwa, but she made some progress on finding the story’s origin.
I am not surprised that the alleged fatwa is bogus. Any cleric who would issue such a fatwa would have to be not merely crazy; he’d be fucking bananas.