'Sacred sex' Muslim group probed
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities said on Thursday they were
investigating whether a Muslim group violated religious laws with a morality
campaign that describes the Prophet Muhammad as a role model for "sacred
The group that calls itself the Obedient Wives Club is planning private
talks for hundreds of its members in the campaign centred around the prophet,
who is thought to have married about a dozen women in his lifetime, including
widows in need of protection.
The campaign, which is scheduled to run for nearly two weeks, bears a title
that calls the prophet a "role model for sacred sex" and urges
members to follow his example and avoid sexual sins.
On Wednesday, Islamic affairs officials broke up a gathering linked to the
campaign at a house in northern Perak state, said one of the officials,
Authorities seized posters at the home and plan to question club members to
find out whether they broke any laws, Azaruddin said. He declined to elaborate
on what charges they could face.
Club members contacted by telephone refused to comment.
It is the latest controversy to hit the club, which was formed last year to
advocate subservience to husbands.
Most of the club's estimated 800 members are in polygamous marriages, saying
the practice helps men avoid committing adultery. Islam allows men to take up
to four wives.
The club has faced ridicule by many Malaysians, who say it's an
embarrassment for a modern country where women hold prominent posts in the
government and private sector.
The club published a book called Islamic Sex last year on
how couples should physically and spiritually approach sex. Authorities later
banned it, warning it could cause confusion about acceptable religious