A new fatwa by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia: sit-ins and demonstrations are contrary to Islamic teachings since they are acts of disorder and violation of the sanctity of property
A new fatwa by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia: sit-ins and demonstrations are forbidden since they are acts of disorder and violation of the sanctity of property
By Iqbal Tamimi
The Saudi daily, Okaz, has published an item of news on May 11th stating that the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al El-Sheikh has called upon the Saudi people to learn a lesson from the outcome of other Arab states following their revolutions, and to consider the damages that happened in such communities caused by disturbances and protests, he claimed have led to the destruction of properties and violations of the human ‘dignity’, stressing that such things ( sit-ins and demonstrations) are evil and a scourge, and do not reflect Islamic behavior at all.
The Mufti said during a lecture he gave at Assalam complex, at the University of Teeba for female students , that the obedience to the ruler is a must and such obedience will bear its fruits by unity and by terrorizing the enemy.
During the lecture, which was attended by male dignitaries such as, member of the senior scholars, Sheikh Dr. Saleh bin Fawzaan and the moderator, Vice-Dean of Students’ Affairs at the University, Dr Fahad Al Mubarak-Wahabi, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia stressed that Islam has guaranteed dignity and respect of Muslim women as mothers, wives, daughters and sisters by granting women rights, and by not allowing women to travel on their own without a male guardian, and by not allowing women to set privately with men on their own, and that Islam has granted women the right to own money, and forbade men to abuse women.