Egyptian Cleric Skewered On Social Media Over Claim Muhammad Will Marry Virgin Mary In Heaven

A muslim imam prays in the mosque in downtown Sofia on April 5, 2013. Bulgaria is hoping to stop protest-driven suicides, including self-immolations, that have swept the country in recent weeks by organising prayers for all faiths and free psychological counselling.

Controversy erupted on social media over Egyptian cleric Dr. Salem Abdel Galil’s remarks that the prophet Muhammad will marry the Virgin Mary, as well as Pharaoh’s wife Asiya and Moses’ sister Miriam in heaven.

Last week, Breitbart Jerusalem reported on the remarks by Galil, a theologian at Cairo’s prestigious Al Azhar Academy and a former director-general of the Ministry of Religion.

He said on his television program that “Allah, hallowed be his name, chose Mary of all the women, alongside Asiya, Pharaoh’s wife, Aisha and Khadija, prophet Muhammad’s wives, and Fatima, the prophet’s daughter. There are verses in the Quran that suggest that in heaven Muhammad will marry the Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus peace be upon him, as well as Asiya, Pharaoh’s wife and Kultum, the sister of Moses peace be upon him.”

“The Quran said: ‘Allah will give [the prophet] women preferable to his wives, Muslim, pious, pure women.’” One verse, he said, referred to Asiya and the other to Mary.

Arab social media users were enraged by Galil’s remarks.

The Butcher tweeted sarcastically: “You probably based your comments on what your mother told you after she got to heaven and came to you in your dream.”

Egyptian journalist Hany Habib said the remarks represent yet another stage in Al Azhar’s staff collectively losing its mind.

“It’s a disgrace that a cleric ventures into matchmaking,” Madon tweeted.

Timo wrote: “Dear Sheikh, get off your pulpit and tell me what you drank for breakfast.”

“Have you been invited to the wedding?” Sheikh Salem Ezeldin tweeted.

Ahmed Sami wrote: “Egyptian clerics drive people away from religion.”

Safwan bin Almuatei suggested a few more brides: “How about Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox and [Arab pop stars] Haifa Wahbe and Mariam Fares.”