Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Women will be ‘exposed to evil’ if allowed to drive, says Saudi grand mufti.
Women will be ‘exposed to evil’ if allowed to drive, says Saudi grand mufti. (ET).
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh has defended a ban on female drivers, saying it is “a dangerous matter that exposes women to evil”.
Men with “weak spirits” and who are “obsessed with women” could cause female drivers harm, the Grand Mufti a told religious television channel, Almajd, according to the The Telegraph.
The top cleric added that it would also make it difficult for family members to know about their whereabouts.
Apart from women’s rights, the Grand Mufti has also spoken on a range of other matters. In March, he forbid Muslims in Saudi Arabia from playing chess, claiming it shows “enmity and hatred”.
Last year, women’s rights campaigner Loujain al-Hathloul received a 10-week jail sentence after she drove from the United Arab Emirates to the Saudi border in protest of the ban.