The science is settled. Its says so in the Koran. The Koran is the word of allah, and that book must not be doubted. It says so in the koran.
Self-righteous Westerners who indulge in moral equivalences such as “discrimination against women isn’t unique to any one religion” would do well to educate themselves, or make their claims to the real victims of Islamic doctrine, which assigns an inferior status to women. It also sanctions female genital mutilation and the rape of infidel women, both of which phenomena we see with distressing frequency today.
So now it emerges that “Sheikh Saad al-Hajari, the head of the government’s religious edict authority in the southern province of Assir,” recently addressed the “the evils of allowing women to drive.” It’s because they have “a quarter the brainpower of men,” he says. He goes to explain the “worth” of women in the Qur’an and Sunnah. (The constitution of Saudi Arabia is the Quran.)
Another leading Saudi cleric wanted to make sure that women stayed in line and warned that “women who drive cars could cause damage to their ovaries and pelvises and that they are at risk of having children born with clinical problems.”
Sheikh Saad al-Hajari, the head of the government’s religious edict authority in the southern province of Assir, recently made the comments at a lecture on “the evils of allowing women to drive”, Saudi daily Sabq reported on Wednesday.
“It is not their fault, but women lack intellect do they not?” Hajari asked an audience.
“Their lack of intellect does not harm their piousness because they are made that way,” he said, explaining that in Islam a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s.
“Would you give a man with half an intellect a driving licence? So how would you give one to a woman when she has half an intellect,” he said.
“And if they go out to the market this gets halved again! So they now have a quarter of an intellect,” Hajari said without giving an explanation for his reasoning.
He then argues that because women pray less than men – during menstruation women are prohibited from prayers – they also have half the “faith” of men.
The sheikh’s comments have been circulated widely by social media users in the conservative kingdom with many people harshly criticising his reasoning.
Translation: “This person is offending and denigrating Saudi women, authorities must take action against him and fire him from his position.”
Translation: “The real problem is that a few of these clerics explain and interpret religion as they please and use our religion as an excuse to do the worst things.”
But he doesn’t. The sheik reads the Koran correctly, as he should. It is not up to him to interpret the Koran, the texts are clear on these matters.
The unofficial ban on women driving has been hotly contested in recent years with prominent figures coming out and endorsing a lift on the prohibition.
Earlier this year, a Saudi female university student heroically drove a bus driver to safety after he suffered a stroke while behind the wheel.
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