CHARLOTTE, February 14, 2013 – In an interview on Islamic al-Maid TV, Saudi Arabian cleric, Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, has issued an unofficial fatwa (religious edict) calling for all female babies to have their faces covered with a burka in order to prevent them from being sexually assaulted.
Though the interview may be as much as a year old, it has been picked up by Al Arabiya news and social networking sites and immediately cited outrage that such beliefs are damaging to the image of Islam and
Though official fatwas can only be issued by Saudi authorities, the sheikh’s statement prompted widespread condemnation on Twitter throughout
Appearing in a follow-up to the story on Al-Arabiya, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Jziana, a former judge for the Saudi Board of Grievances, stated that Daoud was making a mockery of Islam by painting the wrong image of the religion.
Al-Jziana went on to advise Saudis to disregard the edict because it is an unregulated demand. Al-Jziana says he is saddened when he sees a newborn child in the street wearing a veil. Forcing a baby girl to cover her face with a burka is an injustice to children according to the former judge.
Daoud based his fatwa upon information from unnamed medical authorities and security officials who claim there have been sexual attacks on babies in
Despite Al-Jziana’s arguments against Daoud’s edict, he, too, has received criticism for failing to address the increasing problem of child molestation taking place in the country. Recent studies have shown that the rate of children in the Kingdom who suffer from rape and/or sexual violence at the hand relatives comes at the shocking rate of approximately 70%.
A gynecologist at the King Saud Medical Complex, Muna Al-Awad, reports that even married women are victims of sexual violence from their husbands while unmarried women often experience similar attacks by their brothers.
Discrimination and harassment of women is common in
Such restrictions for women include not being able to drive and being forced to have a male family member accompany her when she appears outdoors in public. In some cases a woman’s guardian can be her own son.
While such examples are a controversial problem of contemporary Saudi life, they are not without precedent in the religion. Though the Prophet Muhammad was marred to Aisha when she was seven years old, he consummated the marriage when she was nine.
Though Sheikh Daoud is not a senior sheikh, nor is he affiliated with the government, his comments have become a lightning rod of controversy throughout the Kingdom.
Strangely enough, much like the YouTube video that set off a firestorm last summer throughout the Middle East, Daoud’s comments were made public months ago and only now are gaining widespread attention.
Contact Bob at <ahref=”https://plus.google.com/#110562793209908234170/?rel=author”>Google+</a>
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.
As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.
This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities @ WashingtonTimes.com. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING TWTC CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.