Saudi cleric’s call for “baby girls should wear Burka” slammed
05 Feb 2013 06:45 GMT
 
Riyadh: A new controversy has kicked off especially on social media about the irrelevant fatwa (religious edict) which does not meet the teachings of Islam in which a Saudi cleric has said that baby girls should also wear Burka (Veil) like grown-up women to be safe from evil eyes in general and sexual abuse in particular. By Farhan Iqbal

Riyadh: A new controversy has kicked off especially on social media about the irrelevant fatwa (religious edict) which does not meet the teachings of Islam in which a Saudi cleric has said that baby girls should also wear Burka (Veil) like grown-up women to be safe from evil eyes in general and sexual abuse in particular.

This fatwa of “Baby girls should wear Burka” has attracted a widespread criticism from the people of all walks of life including Muslims and non-Muslims as they see it not coinciding with the teachings of Islam. Some critics also take it as an attempt to suffocate the privacy of people.

Social media, in particular, seems to have been bombarded with a series of disapproved messages who believe that the call for baby girls to wear burkas for their own safety by a Saudi cleric, Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, is entirely wrong and sullying original teachings of Islam. The preacher’s remarks have been widely condemned for denigrating Islam, and as a breach of privacy.

Sheikh Abdullah Daoud made the remarks during an interview with Islamic Al-Majd TV last year, but video of the interview recently went viral on social media websites and became a topic of widespread debate and criticism.

Daoud claimed that baby girls would be protected from abuse if they wore a full burka, and justified his statement by citing allegedly unfounded medical reports of the sexual molestation of babies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to the Islamic law, girls are not required to wear burkas until they reach puberty.

Many Twitter users have called for the cleric to be held accountable for his statement.

One user twitted, “Burkas for babies is disturbing! Now the baby victims are blamed for men’s crimes. Allah help us stop the ignorance.”

A former judge for the Saudi Board of Grievances, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Jzlana, also not welcomed the fatwa by the Saudi cleric and condemned his statement as a mockery of Islam, and harmful to the religion’s image.

He also appealed to the countrymen not to pay attention to unofficial fatwas, and emphasized that such rulings can only be issued by the Saudi authorities.



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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