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Women don’t need to veil, can travel alone: Saudi Mufti

Thursday February 28, 2013 08:12:35 PM, IANS

Dubai: A Saudi Mufti has issued a religious edict, commonly known as Fatwa, allowing women to travel without a male guardian, uncover their faces and eat alongside men, a media report said.

According to Al Arabiya, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Qassim al-Ghamdi, the former head of Mecca's Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice committee, in statements posted on Twitter said: “It is permissible for people to look at what is not forbidden in women like their faces and their arms.”

In other statements, the Mufti said women can travel without a male guardian provided that there is safety.

Al-Ghamdi backed his statements with references to sayings by prominent Muslim scholars in history.
 

Al-Ghamdi is known for his liberal statements supporting women’s rights in the conservative kingdom.

 

Previously, he issued a Fatwa saying that the mixing of the sexes is “permissible in Islam and is a natural part of life,” adding he did not understand why there was so much outrage when the co-ed university, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), was opened.

 

“Those who oppose mixing of the sexes are contradicting themselves as they most likely mix with the opposite sex on a daily basis, such as having female servants,” Sheikh al-Ghamdi, said.
 

 






 

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