Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saudi women use 'breastfeed the driver' fatwa in driving bid

"Do the women have to breastfeed the driver in the presence of their husbands or can they do this alone?"

"Who will protect the wife if the husband entered the house unexpectedly and found his wife breastfeeding the driver?" she asked.

Saudi women plan to turn a controversial fatwa (religious ruling) to their advantage and launch a campaign to achieve their long-standing demand to drive in this conservative kingdom.

If the demand is not met, the women threatened to follow through the fatwa which allows them to breastfeed their drivers and turn them into their sons.

The campaign will be launched under the slogan: "We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners," a journalist told Gulf News.

Amal Zahid said that their decision follows a fatwa issued by a renowned scholar which said that Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to become their sons.

"As every Saudi family needs a driver, our campaign will focus on women's right to drive," she said.

The controversial fatwa, which was regarded as both funny and weird, issued recently by Shaikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan, member of Saudi Council of Senior Scholars and adviser to the king, has sparked a debate in society.

The renowned scholar said Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to be become their sons and brothers to their daughters.

Under this relationship, foreign drivers can mix freely with all members of the family without breaking the Islamic rule which does not allow mixing of genders.

Breast milk kinship is considered to be as good as a blood relationship in Islam.

"A woman can breastfeed a mature man so that he becomes her son. In this way, he can mix with her and her daughters without violating the teachings of Islam," the scholar said.

‘Ridiculous and weird'

Al Obaikan based his fatwa on a Hadith (saying) of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) which was narrated by Salim, the servant of Abu Huzaifa.

Later, Al Obaikan clarified that his fatwa was being distorted by the local media which ignored the condition that the milk should be drawn out of the woman and given to the man in a cup to drink.

Speaking to Gulf News, a number of Saudi women condemned the fatwa. Fatima Al Shammary was quoted by the local Arabic daily Al Watan as saying the fatwa was "ridiculous and weird".

"This fatwa has become a hot topic of debate among women. Is this is all that is left to us to do: to give our breasts to the foreign drivers?" she said.

Another Saudi woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, questioned: "Does Islam allow me to breastfeed a foreign man and prevent me from driving my own car?

"I have not breastfed my own children. How do you expect me to do this with a foreign man? What is this nonsense?" she said.

Another woman said the fatwa should also apply to the husbands who should be breastfed by housemaids. By doing so, all will be brothers and sisters," she said.

Hamid Al Ali, a journalist for an electronic newspaper, recalled that an Egyptian driver who had a crush on a female teacher he drives to school asked her to breastfeed him. When she retorted angrily, he said: "I want to be your son."

Saudi writer Suzan Al Mashhadi sarcastically asked Al Obaikan: "Do the women have to breastfeed the driver in the presence of their husbands or can they do this alone?"

"Who will protect the wife if the husband entered the house unexpectedly and found his wife breastfeeding the driver?" she asked.

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bob said...

this is stupid and an insult to ISLAM and muslim women.

That narration and condition from the prophet are only for BABIES....NOT ADULT MEN!!!!

Breast feed until the babies are full and for two years!!!!

Not for grown adult men!!!

armorphism said...

hehehe! the Wahhabies know where there have gone wrong...

armorphism said...

now only they'll realize how mess up their wahhabies imams are.. tu ah, kafirkan org lagi..

Muslimfella said...

I can't believe that there idiots that still do not understand islamic principles. Breast feeding is for babies below the age of 2 lunar years. What an absolute moron!!!

RoBOB said...

More articles about women driver in Saudi.

[31:14] We enjoined the human being to honor his parents. His mother bore him, and the load got heavier and heavier. IT TAKES TWO YEARS (of intensive care) UNTIL WEANING. You shall be appreciative of Me, and of your parents. To Me is the ultimate destiny.

[2:233] Divorced mothers SHALL NURSE THEIR INFANTS TWO FULL YEARS, if the father so wishes. The father shall provide the mother's food and clothing equitably. No one shall be burdened beyond his ability. No mother shall be harmed on account of her infant, nor shall the father be harmed because of his infant. (If the father dies), his inheritor shall assume these responsibilities. If the infant's parents mutually agree to part, after due consultation, they commit no error by doing so. You commit no error by hiring nursing mothers, so long as you pay them equitably. You shall observe GOD, and know that GOD is Seer of everything you do.

Incest Forbidden
[4:23] Prohibited for you (in marriage) are your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, the sisters of your fathers, the sisters of your mothers, the daughters of your brother, the daughters of your sister, YOUR NURSING MOTHERS, THE GIRLS WHO NURSED FROM THE SAME WOMAN AS YOU, the mothers of your wives, the daughters of your wives with whom you have consummated the marriage―if the marriage has not been consummated, you may marry the daughter. Also prohibited for you are the women who were married to your genetic sons. Also, you shall not be married to two sisters at the same time―but do not break up existing marriages. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

40: The Age of Decision*
[46:15] We enjoined the human being to honor his parents. His mother bore him arduously, gave birth to him arduously, and took intimate care of him for thirty months. When he reaches maturity, and reaches the age of forty,* he should say, "My Lord, direct me to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and to do the righteous works that please You. Let my children be righteous as well. I have repented to You; I am a submitter."

Sydney Ray said...

what we must understand is that most of the teachings of islam is totally distorted.

I cannot believe that in the 21st century women are not allowed to do something as basic as driving. And from what i've read and seen WOMEN are the ones who uphold the most stupid of traditions in these places. Jealousy is the reason women hold back the progress of other women. This has nothing to do with men. Women in these types of places want to be treated like helpless queens.

Robin said...

Those who stunned hearing this fatwa did not know that Mohd. himself asked woman to breastfeed a stranger.
The cleric who issued fatwa only followed Mohd. So those who abuse or ridicule this cleric actually insult Mohd.

armorphism said...

yeah right, said mohd. not Muhammad Sallallahualaihiwassalam...please dont deviate muslim

armorphism said...

yeah right... Mohd said that, not beloved Muhammad Sallallahualaihiwassalam..and please, dont deviate other muslim..

Siraj said...

@robin in 21st cntenry u hv so much informatn avaiavlibe please gathr corct info b4 teling any thng, dnt behave like an illiterate person with knowledge zero. So next time we should gather proper info before blogging...