The Mufti denounces women at JEF

Old Apr 7th 2004, 12:40 am
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Saudi Arabia: The Mufti denounces women at JEF, condemns publishing their

The Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today issued a scathing
condemnation of Saudi women who showed up unveiled at the Jeddah Economic
Forum and mixed with men. The Mufti also condemned the publication by some
newspapers of pictures of Saudi women behaving in a manner that does not
accord with the teachings of Islam.

The Mufti called upon those responsible for the Forum and press reporters to
rectify their mistakes.

"We followed up what happened at the forum and which should be denounced...
namely, the mixing of men and women and the latter's appearance without
wearing the hijab ordered by God," Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said.

"This is prohibited. (Moreover), newspapers published their pictures in this
state which violates Shariah," he said in a statement carried by the
official Saudi Press Agency.

Not only did newspapers splash the pictures of these women, but some
portrayed their conduct as "the beginning of the liberation of Saudi women -
as if they were being constrained by Islamic law," said the mufti, who also
heads the Kingdom's Council of Senior Islamic Scholars.

"I warn against the dire consequences that such practices will have," he

"What is even more painful is that such outrageous behavior should have
happened in Saudi Arabia, the land of the Two Holy Mosques, whose rulers
consistently abided by Shariah without fear of criticism... and remain on
this right path, thanks be to God," the mufti said.

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