Riyadh moving against ‘distortion of religion’

Source: Gulf News

Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz said he has no problem with the official religious authority on the issue of women driving.

The prince told Bloomberg the problem he’s “working to resolve is with those who distort the facts of the religious establishment so that women don’t get their complete rights granted them by Islam.”

“We believe women have rights in Islam that they’ve yet to obtain,” he said in an interview on Thursday in Riyadh.

While women in Saudi Arabia are prohibited from driving and require approval from a male relative to travel outside the country, the government has taken gradual steps to open new opportunities for them. Under former King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, women started working at supermarkets, lingerie stores and other retail outlets. Women were also appointed to the King’s advisory body in 2013 and participated in municipal elections for the first time last year.

“I just want to remind the world that American women had to wait long to get their right to vote. So we need time,” the prince said in an earlier interview last month.

“We look at citizens in general and women are half of this society and we want it to be a productive half.”

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3 replies

  1. It’s a shame that they deny fundamental human rights to half of the population in the name of Islam. Islam is the only religion that gives women the right to an education, property, inheritance, and freedom of marriage and divorce. Similar rights were not available to women in Europe for many centuries after the advent of Islam.

  2. I strongly urge Muslim Ahmadiyah to reform the ancient Islamic laws before Saudi Scholars try to reform. Saudi Arabia still need more times as they said above.

    Islam is Religion of Logic, Scientific, Knowledge and Modernity.

    Islam or Prophet Muhammad ( saw) lead Arab people out of the depth of darkness into light by the their Lord’s leave. Q.14;1.
    How ever Arab people feel so proud to uphold their ancestor tradition from one generation to the next generation.
    Saudi Arabia remains one of the most restrictive countries in the world for women. Women are forbidden to drive a car, women have to cover her whole body, women forbidden to elected as leader etc. Saudi Arabia still implement the ancient sentence such as beheading, amputation, flogging, Q. 5;33. till at present.

    Islam is Religion of Logic, Scientific, and Progress.

    This is Al Quran which We have revealed unto you in order that you might lead mankind out of darkness into light by their Lord’s Leave to the Path of the All Mighty, the Owner of all Praise Q.14:1. (From the era primitive life toward the prosperous or Modern life.).

    And He will put wrath on those who do not use their mind. QS 10; 100. ( Islam is logic, not Religion of “dogma” like primitive people who live in Jungle or people who lived at time of Prophet Muhammad (saw). They worship and kiss the stone, big tree or other things beside Allah. They thought that the stone can bring blessing to their life.

    And such are the Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those understand them who have Knowledge. Q. 29; 43. ( Islam is religion of science, progress and Modern, not static religion. Primitive people had less knowledge and science)

    Verily, Allah will not change the condition of People until they change by themselve Q. 13;11.( Muslim should update or reform Islamic laws according to the progress of Science and technology. From primitive way of life to Modern way of life. )

    Some of Arab nations or some of Arab scholars still implement their ancestor Islamic tradition. They are afraid to change or reform, whereas Allah and Prophet Muhammad(saw) have allowed their followers to change / reform some of ancestor Islamic laws

    Conversely, Jews and Christian have reformed their ancestor Islamic laws. Europe countries used to conduct the old punishment. But in 21st century, they do not do anymore. They change with jail punishment.

    Allah and Prophet Muhammad (saw) said; allows them as lawful what is good and prohibits them from what is bad QS 7;157. It is very logic.

    Islam will forbid something that can harm, hurt himself or other people. But if there is nothing can harm, hurt himself or others is lawful, acceptable, allowable, eatable . It is logical and scientific. In modren time, scientist or Government is eligible to decide the good foods and harm foods. Islamic Clerics are not eligible to decide it.
    The ancient Clerics had less knowledge to interpret Allah’s laws, and then mislead people to the wrong direction. It is logic, and it is understandable well
    For example;

    A. It is illogical if Muslim read Al Quran many times will get reward from Allah, whereas they do not understand what they read.
    B. It is illogical if Muslim Shalat / prayer with Arab language but they do not understand what he utter to Allah. Except if they do understand Arab language.
    C It is illogical if Muslim do Shalat / Prayer “Taraweeh” 11, 21, 41,63 etc. Whereas Allah and Prophet Muhammad (saw) never commanded to do it.
    D.. It is illogical if Muslim kiss and touch the black Stone “Kaabah”, and “Aswad”. Stone is stone, can not give you anything or blessing. Only primitive people want to kiss Stone or other things because less knowledge or bigot.

    These are another things.


    Was salam

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