Hanina Ajarai and Joke Mat write on nrc handelsblad:
Abdelaziz Aouragh is a Muslim, lives in Amsterdam, and deals in sex articles. His webshop El Asira, which is for Muslims, will soon be selling Pure Power capsules which “heighten male performance, desire and pleasure.” Desire capsules for women will also be available, sensual stimulators for him and her and lubricants based on cocoa butter, water or silicon. El Asira calls itself “the first Islamic online webshop for sex articles and care products.”
There are ‘Tupperware parties’ in Morocco for women looking for sex toys, which are not on general sale. “But there are networks, very discrete and well organised, which fill the vacuum,” writes the Moroccan journalist Vanessa Pellegrin on the website casawaves.com.
There are cultural differences. Vibrators are not popular because women do not want to admit their husband’s shortcomings. A 25 centimetre surrogate penis is too obvious. But a vibrating plastic duck looks like a child’s toy. Pellegrin says religion hardly plays a role. Even women wearing headscarves attend the meetings.
The combination of Islam and sex products is not an obvious one. When Aouragh’s business partner, Stefan Delsink, suggested selling sex items, Aouragh was dubious. A day later he agreed. “I knew that Muslims do have a need for sex products. People bring them back from the Middle East and give them to young couples,” he said.
Not knowing whether his religion would allow the trade in sex products, Aouragh visited an imam, who in turn consulted a Saudi sheik. It was allowed, he learned, as long as the products were halal and meant to improve sex within marriage. “There is even a fatwa on the subject.” That just left the problem of how to tell his parents…
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