The order – issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – overturned a longstanding policy which had become a powerful symbol of oppression. The conservative kingdom is currently the only country where the act of women driving is forbidden.
The move was announced on television and also by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the royal decree mandating the creation of a ministerial body to give advice on the practicalities of the edict within 30 days and a full implementation of the order by June 2018.
This is a great day for all women in Saudi Arabia, and hopefully a start to far greater reform to give women the power and freedom which has already been given to them in the Holy Quran, but denied to them by men.
Having visited Saudi Arabia this year with her parents. She describes in detail the harsh policing, the aggressive crowds and the chaotic organisation that could have led to the death of her mother. Grateful to be alive, she is now demanding radical change to save pilgrims from inhuman treatment in Saudi Arabia
A key observation she made which many seem to gloss over-
There are numerous other distressing experiences I could relate, as most pilgrims can. But the insistence of some that the deaths of hundreds of people represented God’s will and were therefore unavoidable is something I refuse to accept. I believe Islam is based on reason: unless you have done everything you can within your means to actively avoid a bad situation, you cannot use the excuse of it being God’s will.
Read the whole terrifying story of her pilgrimage to Mecca here
Forced marriages are entirely against Islamic teachings, scholars told Makkah daily on Tuesday.
The scholars said the United Nations has classified these types of unions to be a serious violation of human rights.
Mohammed Al-Suhali, director of the Islamic studies center at Umm Al-Qura university and member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), said such marriages are rejected both religiously and socially.
“This type of marriage has nothing to do with the religion and is nothing more than a social norm,” he said.
Al-Suhali said forced marriages have become a phenomenon in some conservative societies that do not give any value to the opinions of the would-be husband or wife.
He said: “There is no religious text that permits forced marriages. It is only considered permitted by people with personal interests or hidden agenda.”
Under the Saudi system, any woman who is forced by her male guardian to marry against her wishes can go to the court to revoke the marriage contract.
In the Western media forced marriages are always associated with Muslims and Islam. It is true that some Muslims indulge in such practices under the guise of arranged marriage but then so do many other communities. Forced marriages are unlawful in Islam. This has been declared to be so even by Saudi scholars who are upholders of the very conservative tradition and interpretation of Islam.
The above photo is the recognition of the service and work of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in the cause of Islam. This Saudi paper published research work by Hazrat Maulana Abdul Haque Vidyarthi, a scholar of comparative religions and world languages, to show that John’s prophecy in the New Testament regarding the coming a glorious prophet was fulfilled in the person of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s).
Sadly, there was not recognition of the fact that the author was a Lahori Ahmadi Muslim. We ask this: If we are non-Muslims why is a Saudi paper using our research to prove the truth of Islam?
This is an article on Jihad by someone in Saudi Arabia. This shows how confused Muslim are about this concept. Of Jihad.
On the one hand this gentleman says: Without question, the greatest jihad is personal jihad. On the other, he criticises the Ahmadiyya Movement for saying exactly the same thing.
He says : Ahmadiyya, . . . rejected the principle of fighting the colonialists. But then goes on to say : . . .I completely understand that we are bound by the conditions and limitations of [declaring] jihad, namely [that jihad can only be declared when] Muslims are being expelled from their land and [are subjected] to religious coercion.
But the Promised Messiah said exactly the same thing. Muslims in India were not being expelled by the British nor where they subjected to religious coercion. So what made jihad, in the sense of war, their duty? Indeed, other Muslims, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Sir Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali Jinnah all opposed a war of independence against the British.