An Egyptian cleric formerly known as the "preacher of the revolution" during the revolt against President Hosni Mubarak warned Egyptian television viewers this week that Muslim Brotherhood sheiks have issued a fatwa permitting "anal jihad" for terrorists far from their wives, which is exactly what it sounds like. In televised remarks on Egypt's Al-Tahrir TV on June 26 and translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute, cleric Mazhar Shahin told his viewers that members of the Muslim Brotherhood were engaging in homosexual anal sex acts as a way to "wage jihad in the name of Allah." It was a "new kind of jihad," he explained, where "they practice homosexuality with one another, thinking, wrongly, that this constitutes jihad for the sake of Allah." The acts are sanctioned if the jihadists are far from their wives. He does not explain how engaging in homosexual sex in private furthers the cause of establishing an Islamic caliphate – the goal of most mujahidin – but compares it with "sexual jihad," an act he describes as when "somebody takes a woman and has sex with her because he is waging jihad." The anal jihad "catastrophe," he continued, was proof that "the (Muslim Brotherhood) is a bunch of hopeless and desperate peddlers who have reached a state of foolishness, stupidity, filth, and so on, to the highest imaginable degree." He emphasizes multiple times that this is not just deviant behavior performed by individuals straying from jihadist ideals, but rather, behavior sanctioned by Muslim Brotherhood sheiks. "Their sheiks permit them to do these things. This is despicable, foolish, and asinine," he concludes.