Thursday, May 24, 2018 | ePaper

Saudi scholar says

Women need not wear abaya robes

  • Print
Al Jazeera News  :
A senior religious scholar in Saudi Arabia has said women should not have to wear the loose-fitting abaya robe to cover up their bodies in public.
Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars - the highest religious body in the country, made the remark in an interview
with a local broadcaster on Friday.
"More than 90 percent of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas. So we should not force people to wear abayas," he said.
The call was received with mixed reaction on social media.
Translation: "Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq must appear on television to fully clarify his remark and take back this peculiar fatwa." Some users agreed with the fatwa.

More News For this Category

Salaries of Malaysian ministers to be cut by 10pc

Channel NewsAsia, Putrajaya :Malaysia will cut the salaries of its Cabinet ministers by 10 per cent with immediate effect, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced on Wednesday (May 23). "This

KSA widens crackdown on women's rights activists

BBC Online :Saudi Arabia has reportedly arrested three more women's rights activists in a crackdown launched just weeks before a ban on women driving will be lifted.Human rights groups

KFC fined Tk 1 lakh for unfiltered water

 banglanews24.com :A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has fined Tk 1 lakh to KFC restaurant in city's Dhanmondi area for using unfiltered water in its kitchen works.The

Let us commit to ending fistula now: UNFPA

UNB, Dhaka :The UNFPA has said obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without prompt medical attention, is silently robbing millions of women and girls of

US hits Iran IRGC with sanctions

Al Jazeera News :The United States has imposed new sanctions against officials of Iran's Revolutionary Guard for allegedly providing ballistic missile-related expertise to armed Houthi rebels in Yemen.The actions

1.08 lakh yaba seized in C'Bazar: 10 held

UNB, Cox's Bazar :Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested 10 people and recovered 1,08,000 yaba pills from their possessions at Kolatoli area in the district

57 Sundarbans forest robbers surrender

Staff Reporter :Fifty-seven members of six pirate gangs in the Sundarbans surrendered to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in Khulna on Wednesday morning. The pirates also handed over 58

Pvt jet splits in half as it crashes in Honduras

Pvt jet splits in half as it crashes in Honduras

The Telegraph :A private jet broke in half as it crashed off the end of a runway as it came into land in Honduras.The Gulfstream jet, which was traveling

Six 'carjackers' held with stolen vehicles

UNB, Dhaka :Detectives have arrested six alleged members of a 'carjacking' gang along with stolen vehicles from the capital and elsewhere.During drives conducted on Tuesday, the Detective Branch (DB)

Khaleda falls further sick in insect bites: BNP

Staff Reporter :The BNP on Wednesday claimed that the party's Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia had fallen further sick on account of insect bites in her cell of the old