Opposition to a Saudi White Ribbon Campaign

Late April, Abullah Al Alami and Samar Fatany announced that they would be starting a local White Ribbon campaign. Since then, bringing them down has become the personal mission of many ultra-conservative sheikhs. The White Ribbon campaign originally was started in Canada as a reaction to a massacre committed by Marc Lepine (born Gamil Gharbi). Lepine had gone into an engineering college that had rejected his application and shot dead fourteen women and wounded ten women and four men. Two years later, Canadian activists started a campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. This is the campaign’s actual statement from their website:

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.Starting in 1991, we asked men to wear white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Since then the White Ribbon has spread to over 60 countries around the world.We work to examine the root causes of gender-based violence and create a cultural shift that helps bring us to a future without violence.Our vision is for a masculinity that embodies the best qualities of being human. We believe that men are part of the solution and part of a future that is safe and equitable for all people.Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, partnerships and creative campaigns, White Ribbon is helping create tools, strategies and models that challenge negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspire men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change.

As you can see, it is not affiliated with any particular religion or political body but rather it’s a humane movement for something positive. International campaigns and wearing ribbons to signify awareness-raising are not new to Saudis. We have government approved international campaigns for breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and even hand washing. Somehow those and others do not get the “it’s unIslamic to follow the infidels” argument but raising awareness about violence against women does.

The most influential sheikh to lash out against the White Ribbon campaign is Sheikh Nasser Al Omar. In a video-taped sermon he instructs all Muslims to reject Abdullah Al Alami and Samar Fatani’s campaign. He refers to them collectively as advocates of immorality. He says that the White Ribbon campaign compromises the very foundation of the pact between the Saudi Royal family and Mohammad bin Abdul Wahab’s followers. He also mentions national security three times in the 24 minute long video. He objects to the “advocates of immorality” campaign’s mission statement mentioning of ending child marriages. Another issue he takes up with the mission statement is that it calls for laws against harassment at work. He says that that is a call for not segregating the genders. Since women will feel safe to work in a non-segregated environment if there are laws to protect them. Sheikh Al Omar actually says “they want to extract women from their subordination” and “they want women to be presidents” as if it were satanic to want that. And then he goes on about how CEDAW is evil and a westernizing plot to demoralize Muslim societies. The sheikh denies that violence against women even exists in Saudi except for a few exceptions. He ends the sermon with a call to action particularly to Muslim women to reject the White Ribbon campaign on social media. But he does note that these women have to reject it by only written means because their voices should not be heard in public.

In Saudi the male guardianship system and absence of family law ensure that, just like what the poster produced by the King Khalid Foundation states, “what is not visible is much worse.” Let’s take for example a hypothetical situation where I know that a friend of mine is being abused by her father. There are no means in Saudi through which I could help her. If I report the situation to the police and they take it seriously enough to go to my friend’s house, her father as her legal guardian could simply dismiss them at the door. Even if like Samar Badawi, my friend gathers the courage to go to the police station herself, she is more likely to be sent to prison than her father is. Her charge would be disobeying her father.

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In a system like this, you would think that religious clerics would welcome an anti-violence campaign. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Just last Sunday dozens of clerics went to the ministry of labour yet again to oppose women being allowed to work openly in the malls. The White Ribbon campaign is about men and boys going public with a declaration of rejecting violence against women. Saudi ultra-conservatives do go public about women issues but it’s more about confining women than protecting them.

Recommended Reading:

If you read Arabic, I highly recommend the Islamic scholar Suhaila Zain Al Abideen’s four part series of articles on whether or not UN’s campaign to end violence against women is unIslamic.

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  1. There is a campaign in Canada Muslims for White Ribbon you should connect with: http://muslimsforwhiteribbon.com/

    C. Jones
    White Ribbon Canada

    • that’s not needed don’t you people know that Islam has athe best way for rectification of societies but Patients is a prerequisite otherwise you will fail. stick to the text of the Qur’an and sunnah

      • Suhaila Zain Al Abideen I don’t know that he’s a scholar in KSA never heard of him. Shaikh Salih Al-Fawzan is who you should be checking with for guidance in these affairs

  2. It’s easy to see how truly misogynistic some Saudi clerics are by their stand on this topic. I can only hope that all Saudi women will use their own brains to realize this and raise their voices in unison to object.

    • Misogynistic Saudi Clerics
      CDHR’s Commentary: One issue that Saudi clerics seem to cherish is their hate for women, fear of their empowerment and obsession with their sexuality. The clerics don’t want women to work, drive or mingle with men because they consider these human activities unnatural and a threat to Islamic teachings, society’s security, stability and moral purity. Now anyone who rejects violence against women is considered immoral.
      In April 2013 two Saudi citizens, a man and a woman, started a “White Ribbon” movement, a version of the globally adopted Canadian Movement formed in 1991 and whose “primary objective is to challenge men to accept their role and responsibility in working to end violence against women and girls.” The movement was established in response to a massacre of 14 Canadian women by a man who blamed feminism for his inability to secure a job.
      More Saudi women and men are becoming alarmed by increasing reportage of violence against women mostly by their husbands, fathers and brothers. The upsurge in violence lead to the establishment of the White Ribbon Movement which is generating scathing assaults by prominent religious clerics led by Shaikh Nasser Al Omar, an extremist hooligan who considers women subservient to men and anyone who rejects violence against women is immoral.
      As denigrating, divisive and threatening to Saudi society, its unity and security as these relentless attacks on Saudi women by the state’s religious clerics are, they are exposing them for who they are and have always been, anti-women, anti-freedom of choice, anti-respect for basic human rights and anti-basic common sense.

  3. My husband and I have lately been considering a move to Saudi – he’s a transportation engineer and works internationally. We’re currently in Canada. But reading this just made me think ‘What salary is worth living in a country that is so blatantly opposed to my moral viewpoint? Do I really want to compromise my principles like that?’
    We are muslims and obligated to perform Hajj one day, but it will pain me to pay into the ‘pilgrimage industry’ that KSA has created. I don’t want to condone in any way the inhumanity that runs unchecked in the birthplace of Islam.
    Thanks for bringing this White Ribbon issue to a wider audience.

    • And humanity was given to this world by Who? Islam has every solution to these issues, it’s just many Muslim don’t study, I’m an American living in Saudi my wife and I both work and she love’s this place, we’re Muslims first. and we stick to the text when it comes to rectification. we are not in need of the man-made systems to teach us how Men are not permitted to strike a women except…Remember the Sahaba understood these ayat better than any of us late comers to Islam Men are warned to treat women well the noble Qur’an states “Men are “qawwamuna” over women, because God has given some more than others, and because they support them from their means, and the righteous women are the truly devout ones [ God fearing ] , who guard in their husbands absence the intimacy which God has ordained to be guarded. And as for those women whose “nushuz” you have reason to fear, remind them [ of God and His teachings ] ; [ next ] then leave them alone in bed; then [ as a last resort ] “hit” them; and if thereupon they pay you heed, do not seek to harm them. Behold, God is indeed most high, great ! [ Surah 4:34 ]
      This is the Speech of Allah the Lord of both Muslim’s and non-Muslims alike do we not understand this ayat? The Prophet gave us the true understanding.
      qawwamin- “to stand or to make something stand or to establish something”. Men must be fair..
      Let’s get into the Tafseer by Ibn Katheer
      Dealing with the Wife’s Ill-Conduct

      Allah said,

      … وَاللاَّتِي تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ …

      As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct,

      meaning, the woman from whom you see ill conduct with her husband, such as when she acts as if she is above her husband, disobeys him, ignores him, dislikes him, and so forth. When these signs appear in a woman, her husband should advise her and remind her of Allah’s torment if she disobeys him. Indeed, Allah ordered the wife to obey her husband and prohibited her from disobeying him, because of the enormity of his rights and all that he does for her.

      The Messenger of Allah said,

      لَوْ كُنْتُ آمِرًا أَحَدًا أَنْ يَسْجُدَ لِأَحَدٍ، لَأَمَرْتُ الْمَرْأَةَ أَنْ تَسْجُدَ لِزَوْجِهَا، مِنْ عِظَمِ حَقِّهِ عَلَيْهَا

      If I were to command anyone to prostrate before anyone, I would have commanded the wife to prostrate before her husband, because of the enormity of his right upon her.

      Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

      إِذَا دَعَا الرَّجُلُ امْرَأَتَهُ إِلى فِرَاشِهِ فَأَبَتْ عَلَيْهِ، لَعَنَتْهَا الْمَلَائِكَةُ حَتَّى تُصْبِح

      If the man asks his wife to come to his bed and she declines, the angels will keep cursing her until the morning.

      Muslim recorded it with the wording,

      إِذَا بَاتَتِ الْمَرْأَةُ هَاجِرَةً فِرَاشَ زَوْجِهَا، لَعَنَتْهَا الْمَلَائِكَةُ حَتَّى تُصْبِح

      If the wife goes to sleep while ignoring her husband’s bed, the angels will keep cursing her until the morning.

      This is why Allah said,

      … وَاللاَّتِي تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ …

      As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct, admonish them (first).

      Allah’s statement,

      … وَاهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضَاجِعِ …

      abandon them in their beds,

      Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn Abbas said,

      “The abandonment refers to not having intercourse with her, to lie on her bed with his back to her.”

      Several others said similarly.

      As-Suddi, Ad-Dahhak, Ikrimah, and Ibn Abbas, in another narration, added,

      “Not to speak with her or talk to her.”

      The Sunan and Musnad compilers recorded that Muawiyah bin Haydah Al-Qushayri said,

      “O Allah’s Messenger! What is the right that the wife of one of us has on him” The Prophet said,

      أَنْ تُطْعِمَهَا إِذَا طَعِمْتَ، وَتَكْسُوَهَا إِذَا اكْتَسَيْتَ، وَلَا تَضْرِبِ الْوَجْهَ، وَلَا تُقَبِّحْ، وَلَا تَهْجُرْ إِلَّا فِي الْبَيْت

      To feed her when you eat, cloth her when you buy clothes for yourself, refrain from striking her face or cursing her, and to not abandon her, except in the house.

      Allah’s statement,

      … وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ …

      beat them,

      means, if advice and ignoring her in the bed do not produce the desired results, you are allowed to discipline the wife, without severe beating.

      Muslim recorded that Jabir said that during the Farewell Hajj, the Prophet said;

      وَاتَّقُوا اللهَ فِي النِّسَاءِ، فَإِنَّهُنَّ عِنْدَكُمْ عَوَانٍ، وَلَكُمْ عَلَيْهِنَّ أَنْ لَا يُوطِئْنَ فُرُشَكُمْ أَحَدًا تَكْرَهُونَهُ،فَإِنْ فَعَلْنَ ذَلِكَ فَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ ضَرْبًا غَيْرَ مُبَرِحٍ، وَلَهُنَّ عَلَيْكُمْ رِزْقُهُنَّ وَكِسْوَتُهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوف

      Fear Allah regarding women, for they are your assistants. You have the right on them that they do not allow any person whom you dislike to step on your mat. However, if they do that, you are allowed to discipline them lightly. They have a right on you that you provide them with their provision and clothes, in a reasonable manner.

      Ibn Abbas and several others said that;

      the Ayah refers to a beating that is not violent.

      Al-Hasan Al-Basri said that;

      it means, a beating that is not severe.

      When the Wife Obeys Her Husband, Means of Annoyance Against Her are Prohibited

      Allah said,

      … فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلاَ تَبْغُواْ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلاً …

      but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance),

      meaning, when the wife obeys her husband in all that Allah has allowed, then no means of annoyance from the husband are allowed against his wife. Therefore, in this case, the husband does not have the right to beat her or shun her bed.

      Allah’s statement,

      … إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّا كَبِيرًا ﴿٣٤﴾

      Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great.

      reminds men that if they transgress against their wives without justification, then Allah, the Ever Most High, Most Great, is their Protector, and He will exert revenge on those who transgress against their wives and deal with them unjustly.

  4. Great piece as usual Eman.

    The thing that at least we Saudis understand is that The Saudi religious establishment is only empowered by the Saudi woman’s file. Had Saudi women became independent and strong, those clerics would become jobless not to mention powerless too since women’s issues and lifestyle is the core of their professions and businesses.

  5. After all is said and done regarding Sectarian Strife, ” The War on Terrorism “, and Theocratic Despotism; How wonderful it is to see the Class Polarization Crisis reach the Fountains of Saudi Arabian Politics ! With the Whole World poised on opposite shores of Fascism and Anarchy, how enthralling to find our own Saudiwoman,so perilously positioned between the two, like a Lifeboat in a Tempest !

  6. I have a question for الشيخ الأستاذ الدكتور ناصر بن سليمان العمر

    Do you believe that women are capable of making sound decisions and choose the life style they see fit for themselves?

    • Sure they do but these Saudi women have families also and Islam puts a strong emphasis on Family, People are not just about what they do ie jobs and Careers, but rather we are Created for a purpose many Saudi’s are unaware of the ideological attacks being waged against them via many fronts. they stem from the Marxist,Communist, Feminist, Christians, Jews, and even weak Hypocritical Muslims. Women in Saudi have it made if the Feminist get their way they will have these Muslim women as slaves watch this documentary for more clarity Please

  7. Death threats don’t bother me as much as the increased level of incidents of women abuse in Saudi.
    We need to stop this in any way legally possible

    • roxana aguilera

      esta recibiendo amenazas ???? desde donde???
      su comentario es altruista ,fuerzas .,
      yo me uno a ud y lo defendere ,

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  9. maliah

    It’s all very laudable to want to end violence against women. But what can muslim women truly do when the Koran permits violence against women (in the form of husbands ‘lightly beating’ their wives). And what to do about child marriage when Aisha was a child when prophet Muhammed married her.
    As long as muslims take Islam and the koran and the sunnah to be the infallible truth of the Creator, of course you will come up against this opposition from the mullahs and imams. The whole structure of Islam is predicated upon entrenched male privilege, and the male right to control women, including the Divinely ordained use of domestic violence.
    Muslims desperately need to have a mature debate about what aspects of Islam are damaging and destructive. Not likely to happen.

    • on the contrary , the Quran does NOT allow men to beat their wives. Not even lightly. The Quran used the word “darab ” about 7 times or so. in every verse, except this one, the interpretation of the word “darab” was either : to give or to divide. Yet, somehow, in the verse you mentioned, it was taken literal??

      _ Aysha’s marriage . There are speculations that she was NOT 9 years old has history books claim. It simply does not add up . here is more detail on the subject:
      http://riemism.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/was-aisha-a-child-bride/

      i do agree that in order for change to happen , it has to come within n Islamic frame otherwise, nothing will happen

  10. frances prewitt

    I receive value from reading your blog, and have posted on it several times.  I am a 61 year old teacher in Austin, Texas and provide housing for Middle Eastern students who are attending a language school near my house; I have housed 17 students in the past 7 years.  I can’t write a book here, but I am deeply, deeply saddened by the way the male students talk about Middle Eastern women.  They laugh at me when I try to discuss women driving, women working in careers other than retail or hair salons, and that all should have more opportunities to select partners of their choice.  They call women “silly,” “cry babies,” “incompetent in serious jobs,” etc.  They say they treat their women like “queens” and that no Middle Eastern women, especially Saudi women want any change. BELIEVE ME, ALL ARE EAGER FOR THEIR SECOND WIFE EVEN BEFORE THEIR MOTHER HAS NOT YET PICKED THEIR FIRST WIFE.  The current change in Libyan law that men do not have to have their first wife’s permission to marry a second, is seen by them as a very, very positive move.  They absolutely go crazy when I suggest if men are allowed to do that, women should be allowed, too.  I had a nice romantic marriage for 20 years, but now I am divorced.  At least I had a good 20 years. 

    ________________________________

  11. roxanaaguilera

    tanta cosa mudo en el mundo .,las sociedades ,los conceptos, ,se establecieron derechos humanos internacionales q respeta las religiones
    yo pienso q los hombres q maltratan y se esconden detras del islam es pq
    son cobardes e incapaces de aceptar no ser elegidos y si nominados
    los arabes en mi pais solo se acuerdan del islam cuando otro lo ve,mientras disfrutan de la vida occidental ,es solo verlos .hipocritas.
    abajo el matrimonio con crianças !!!,abajo la tutela !!
    me uno al lazo blanco

  12. I wish for freedom and safety for all Saudi women.

  13. Clandestine

    I am Arab Muslim descent ( non Saudi) I lived in KSA for 20 years. This is what I saw or heard about, Gender Apartheid, Abuse of Foreign domestic Workers. Cases of Husbands, Fathers and Brothers who violate the rights of Women around them, who they should be protecting.Rape of domestic workers and many Cases of physical abuse and some even Incest (with female family members performed by brothers and fathers, usually the “mahram”). all covered up/ignored by corrupt Judges and clerics (because they themselves may be practicing these activities behind closed doors). Women being marginalized there makes it a Paradise on Earth for Saudi Arabian men, now tell me why would they not want to protect their “Babylon” to the death! They are of course twisting the Laws of Islam to protect their little piece of paradise on earth! That is why they can never live long in or migrate to any other country ( where they have to work hard and follow proper Laws), they really have it good in Saudi (the men) women at their feet, even their own mothers! Most Saudi Men are lazy and ignorant and are not very intelligent, have a high level of disrespect for women. Women are just there to serve their own male ego purposes. All this, is the direct result of being born and raised in a country that refuses to acknowledge Women’s / children’s Rights and Employ Cheap Foreign Labour from poor countries that has produced these Saudi breed of men, It has produced spoiled male brats! When I was there, I found the women to be more Intelligent then the men and much more hard working (perhaps this is what they are really afraid of)There are those few good Saudi Men, however, but their voices are usually over powered by the other 90% who are what I have mentioned above. Is this the Islamic Society that Allah wants? Grow up People and catch up with the rest of the world so you will not be stuck in the 18th century forever!

    • Terrible things happen in every society but how can you say that these bad things that happen in these families were ignored by the courts if you weren’t there? /ignored by corrupt Judges and clerics (because they themselves may be practicing these activities behind closed doors). you’re biased against Islam. the west needs to catch up to societies in most societies. because women are in the most harm in the western countries. these calls to unchecked freedom are false.

  14. In fact, The New York Times dubbed 1992 “The year of the Ribbon. Ribbon printers are definitely the slowest compared to laser inks together with ink aircraft. Does anyone not know that smoking is a major cause.

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  16. Rights That Islam Gives to Women

    Human Rights

    Islam considers a woman to be equal to a man as a human being and as his partner in this life. Women have been created with a soul of the same nature as man’s. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

    “O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever and All-Watcher over you.” (Al-Nisa 4:1)

    And in the words of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW),

    “Assuredly, women are the twin halves of men.” (Sahih reported by Abu-Dawud (RA)

    Islam does not blame Eve alone for the First Sin. The Quran makes it very clear that both Adam and Eve were tempted, that they both sinned and were both forgiven after their repentance. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

    “Then Satan whispered suggestions to them both in order to uncover that which was hidden from them of their private parts (before); he said: “Your Lord did not forbid you this tree save you should become angels or become of the immortals.” And he (Satan) swore by Allah to them both (saying): “Verily, I am one of the sincere well-wishers for you both.” So he mislead them with deception. Then when they tasted of the tree, that which was hidden from them of their shame (private parts) became manifest to them and they began to stick together the leaves of Paradise over themselves (in order to cover their shame). And their Lord called out to them (saying): “Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you: Verily, Satan is an open enemy unto you?” They said: “Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers.” (Allah) said: “Get down, one of you an enemy to the other (i.e. Adam, Eve, and Satan, etc.). On earth will be a dwelling-place for you and an enjoyment, – for a time.” He said: “Therein you shall live, and therein you shall die, and from it you shall be brought out (i.e. resurrected).”(Al-A’raf 7:20-25)

    In Islamic law a woman is an independent, unique individual in her own right. She has the same responsibilities towards herself, towards Allah (SWT) and towards other human beings as the male, and will be punished or rewarded in the Hereafter without discrimination towards her female gender.

    Civil Rights

    There is no compulsion in religion according to the Quran:

    “There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut [anything worshipped other then the Real God (Allah)] and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.”
    (Al-Baqarah 2:256)

    A Muslim woman is not permitted to change her family name to her husband’s name upon marriage. She is always known by her father’s name, as a mark of her own identity. In choosing a marriage partner, her consent to accept or reject any prospective suitor for marriage must be respected. A Muslim woman has the right to seek divorce, if necessary within the laws of Islam.
    Muslim Women Have the Right to Go Outside of Her Home

    Muslim women are not forbidden from going out in the community, working, or visiting relatives and female friends, if there is no objection from their guardian/husband and they are covered and behave and speak according to Islamic guidelines and, if necessary, escorted by their Mahram (a close male relative). However, a woman’s home should be the main base that she works from. Allah (SWT) instructed the wife’s of the Prophet (SAW):
    “O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allah), then be not soft in speech, lest he is whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc.) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner. And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance, and offer prayers perfectly (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah wishes only to remove Ar-Rijs (evil deeds and sins, etc.) from you, O members of the family [of the Prophet (SAW)], and to purify you with a thorough purification.” (Al-Ahzab 33:32-33)
    A Woman in Islam Has the Right to Get an Education

    In the words of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW):

    “To seek knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.”
    (Declared Authentic By Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani)

    Muslim here meaning male and female Muslims, as women are the twin halves of men. The Prophet (SAW) also said:

    “Whoever follows a way to seek knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a way to paradise.” (Declared Authentic By Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani)

    A woman in Islam has the right to knowledge and education. Allah (SWT) encourages women to read and keep up the learning process. He also bestows His mercy upon all who seek knowledge, and gives them high status:

    “Is one who is obedient to Allah, prostrating himself or standing (in prayer) during the hours of the night, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the Mercy of his Lord (like one who disbelieves)? Say: “Are those who know equal to those who know not?” It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allah’s Signs and Verses). (Az-Zumar 39:9)

    “O you who believe! When you are told to make room in the assemblies, (spread out and) make room. Allah will give you (ample) room (from His Mercy). And when you are told to rise up (for prayers, Jihad, or for any other good deed), rise up. Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (Al-Mujadilah 58:11)

    This is referring to religious knowledge, in the first place, and to any other kind of knowledge, in the second place, where one has the intention of benefiting herself, her family and the Islamic society. Additionally, a husband should not forbid his wife from going out of the house to seek basic religious knowledge, unless he is teaching her at home. The Quran advises mankind to pray:
    “Then High above all be Allah, the True King. And be not in haste [O Muhammad (SAW)] with the Quran before its revelation is completed to you, and say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” (Ta-Ha 20:114)

  17. Democracy is a Religion and it is in opposition to the correct religion. Islam is not in need of it. if these people learn their religion they will see that if they wish to change an injustice there is a method which islam came with from the text from the legislation Qur’an and Sunnah. these people are ignorant of that and wish to secularize the Kingdom to make it resemble the west. and the west has failed it’s citizens miserably. women can work in Islam but men and women should never mix in social gatherings, only the sinful and unintelligent do this. it has opened the door to many evils. Thank Allah for the KSA for keeping this harm away as best as it can. I don’t don’rt support a white ribbon anything. but I support my Sisters in Islam. I just hope they are not working to try to abolish what Islam has came with of excellent morals and manners

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