First Palestinian sex shop opens online to spice up weddings after green light from sheikhs
- Ramalla-based online store hopes to attract businesses in the Arab world
- It offers vibrators, edible underwear and a range of other erotic items
- But its appearance is rather more modest than sex shops in the West
Palestine’s very first sex shop opened after being given the green light to start trading with Muslim scholars.
The Ramallah-based online store – called Karaz, which means “cherries” in Arabic – went online this week stocking vibrators, thongs and lubricants, among other products.
After securing a supportive fatwa from local sheikhs, the site’s founder, Ashraf Alkiswani, now hopes to attract clients from all over the Arab world.
Love is the universal language: Karaz, Palestine’s very first sex shop, based in Ramallah, opened after being given the green light to start trading with Muslim scholars
He said The Guardian: ‘It’s not just about sex. It is about love and the joy of expressing that love.
“It’s about trying to bridge the gaps between husband and wife by improving sexual harmony, which in turn will lead to happier marriages, fewer divorces and less infidelity.
“In that sense, it’s a social project.
According to Islamic teachings, sex is exclusively for married couples, so the unmarried 30-year-old US-Palestinian businessman admitted he was a little nervous about seeking approval from the sheikhs.
But he had two stories up his sleeve that prompted him to start his business, and that he was sure he would win the support of Muslim scholars.
One belonged to a couple who on their wedding night were on one side so nervous and on the other so eager to “get started.” [their] sex trip “that they didn’t even think about using foreplay, with the unfortunate result that the bride ended up in the hospital bleeding for three days.
The second was the story of a 25-year-old mother of five who, after learning how to use a condom with her fingers as an example, continued to have sex with the prophylactic on her hand.
Mr. Alkiswani says he left the mosque with the unanimous approval of the sheikhs for his business.
Contrary to the belief of many non-Muslims, the teachings of the religion encourage sexual intimacy within marriage – and not just for procreation.
Islamic law allows women to divorce their husbands because of a lack of sexual fulfillment and, as Mr. Alkiswani points out, a statement from Muhammad, the Muslim prophet, says: “None of you should fall for it. woman like an animal; but let them be first of all a messenger between you.
– And who is this messenger? Kisses and words, ”added the entrepreneur.
Modest: The store opened this week stocking vibrators, candy thongs, and lubricants, among other products. Its appearance is quite different from the sex shops we have seen in the West.
However, in keeping with the relatively less shameless nature of Islamic culture, Karaz is not like the sex shops those of us in the West may be used to.
“Pornography and scorching schematics are not used to sell our products,” the website says.
He adds, “We live in an age right now where making love is belittled by risky marketing ads. This is what sets Karaz apart, in a league of its own.
“Our goal is to provide a range of tasteful products to help rekindle purity and passion between married couples.
“Karaz takes pride in helping foster healthy relationships and open communication by offering a wide range of marriage supports that help husbands and wives achieve and maintain an intimate lifestyle.”