An online sex shop has been launched to sell “halal” products like condoms, massage oils and perfumes to Muslims in Turkey, becoming the first of its kind in the country – halal online sex shop. According to the Turkish entrepreneur Haluk Murat Demirel, 38, who founded the website, it is Turkey’s first halal online sex shop for Muslims, selling everything from lubricants to herbal aphrodisiacs and offering advice on how to have “halal” sex.
Demirel said he was inspired to launch the site (www.bayan.helalsexshop.com) by friends who wanted sex advice and products but found the content on other websites and in specialist stores too explicit.
“Online sex shops usually have pornographic images, which Muslims find very uncomfortable. We don’t sell vibrators for example, because they are not approved by Islam,” Demirel said.
A similar online website El Asira was launched back in 2010 by a young Dutch Muslim entrepreneur Abdelaziz Aouragh. This website is still operational which indicates the concept is not only workable but the trend is picking up.
The ‘Helal Sex Shop‘ website prescribes its products as completely safe and halal in accordance to Islamic rules, AFP reports.
When Internet users enter the online shopping site, there are two different links for men and women that lead visitors to separate sections for male and female products.
There are also other sections on the website that discuss sexual intercourse in terms of Islam.
The founder of the site, who wanted to stay anonymous initially, said that their purpose is to change prejudices against Islam as far as sex is concerned.
“The religion of Islam has praised sex under certain circumstances,” they wrote on the site.
“The use of every product on sale is in compliance with Islam.”
The shop presents two different links directing men and women to two separate sections for male and female products.
Among the products available for men are alcohol-free retardant creams and perfumes, water-based lubricants and gels, herbal teas to enhance sexual performances and common durex condoms.
Products for women include aphrodisiac massage oils, breast enlargement creams, retardant sprays, all alcohol-free.
The website has also forum sections to discuss sex in the context of Islam under various headings: “Oral sex according to Islam”, “Sex manners in Islam” and “Sexual life in Islam.”
Turkey does have so-called “erotic shops” in its streets which advertise them selves with neon signs, however Islamic conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested last year they rename themselves “love shops.”
Demirel said the halal online sex shop website – which offers advice on which sexual practices are banned by conservative Islam had proved unexpectedly popular since launching last Tuesday, with 33,000 visitors on Sunday alone.