It was rumored that a Saudi cleric had issued a fatwa encouraging Syrian soldiers to have a mut’a, or ‘intercourse marriage’, with divorced or widowed Syrian girls or women from age 14. It has been discovered as a hoax, planted with political intentions.
I have taken down my initial blog post in response to this news, after verifying indeed that it was a hoax.
However, the reality of Mut’a, or sanctioned temporary marriages for ‘legal intercourse’, does exist and can be heavily abused. Religious clerics, from all religions, can issue decrees that heavily influence their followers, that are deeply injurious or profoundly inspiring. For those that are questionable, they deserve to be named and discussed, which I will continue to do in my writings and teachings.
Thank you for your support and concerned interest.