The first reaction to statements like this cleric’s is to laugh. But Ahmed Bin Saad Al Qarni is reflecting standard Islamic belief. Being female is a sign of disgrace. It is the woman’s responsibility, and solely her responsibility, to make sure that men are not tempted.
In the Middle East one can sometimes find children as young as five-six wearing the burka or the niqab. Why the age five-six? The age correlates to the prophet’s bride Aishya who waa forced to marry Mohammed when she was approximately five or six years of age. Clercis try and get around justifying Aishya’s young age by claiming that Aishya was married at six (the Hadiths say she was five or six) but she did not live with the prophet until she was nine, as if that makes it any better. This explanation cannot be true, however. If the prophet married Aishya the prophet would need to consumate the marriage to validate it. Otherwise, it would not be a marriage but Aishya would have been promised to the prophet and then married him when she was nine years of age.
In countries like Afghanistan children can’t see their own mother’s gaze, her face doesn’t exist under the niqab. Her voice may change under the cloak but there is no skin contact between the mother and the child. Many Muslim women wearing these cloaks, irrespective where they originate from, suffer from rickets due to lack of sun exposure and Vitamin D.
The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.
It is believed the burka’s origin dates back to the Achaemenid dynasty of the Persian Empire founded by Cyrus II (6th Century BC). And according to some writings dating back to the 13th century BC (which was discovered in Assyria) mentioned the wearing of the Burka. At that time the Muslim religion did not exist.
Saudi preacher says women are to blame for rape because they are ‘the cause of harassment and adultery’
- Ahmed Bin Saad Al Qarni delivered his hate-filled sermon over Twitter
- He said a woman leaving her house with perfume or make up is ‘an adulteress’
- The cleric claimed ‘women instigate men to rape and assault them’
- Saudi authorities earlier banned a planned pop concert by an Egyptian woman
By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
Published: 15:34 BST, 19 October 2017 | Updated: 20:51 BST, 19 October 2017
A hard-line Saudi preacher has claimed women are to blame for their own rapes and are the ’cause of harassment and adultery’.
Ahmed Bin Saad Al Qarni delivered his abhorrent sermon on Twitter where he claimed ‘women instigate men to rape and assault them’.
In one video he posted online, Al Qarni claimed ‘look at the woman in this video, she made the men go mad. Don’t blame men.’
According to StepFeed.com, the cleric said: ‘If he rapes her, she’ll come home crying over her dignity. I swear to God, women are the cause of harassment and adultery. Look at the woman in this video, she’s the one who stopped the man driving the vehicle, and she’s the one who got into the car with him.’
He continued: ‘A woman who leaves her house wearing make-up and perfume is an adulteress. A good woman who’s wearing a kitchen apron will never leave her house looking like that. Don’t blame men.’
This controversy comes days after Saudi officials cancelled a fundraising concert for children with cancer by an Egyptian female singer called Sherine, who is know for her rags-to-riches story.
The General Entertainment Authority said the concert was cancelled because the event’s organizer failed to apply for a license to hold such an event.
However, conservatives in Saudi Arabia had launched a Twitter campaign against the concert.
The kingdom has loosened the reins on fun after a two-decade-long ban on concerts, but so far only for male singers.
Under the kingdom’s strict dress code, women must wear long, loose robes in public. Most cover their hair and face too.
King Salman last month announced that women would be permitted to drive in the kingdom.
The lifting of the driving ban has been widely credited to 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who styles himself as a moderniser in the conservative kingdom, where more than half the population is aged under 25.
Prince Mohammed has cracked down on dissent while also showing a rare willingness to tackle entrenched Saudi taboos such as promoting more women in the workforce.
The reform is in line with the kingdom’s Vision 2030 programme that seeks to elevate women to nearly one-third of the workforce, up from about 22 per cent now.
Authorities have highlighted the economic benefits of the reform as the kingdom reels from a protracted oil slump; Saudi families would no longer need foreign chauffeurs, often a major source of financial strain.