SAUDI SHEIKH CLAIMS WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRIVE DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES – Sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan claims that women should not be permitted to drive as doing so damages their ovaries and pelvis; therefore having devastating consequences on their ability to reproduce.
The issue of women being allowed to drive motor vehicles in Saudi Arabia has long been a bone of contention for many Saudi women.
In 2011 Muslim scholars opposed women being allowed to take the wheel under the ideology that allowing such a thing would promote homosexuality and pornography.
If those views are not bad enough there are other Muslim scholars that believe children being driven by women would lead them to severe clinical disorders and mental problems.
Whilst a ban on women drivers still exists in Saudi Arabia some women have taken to driving in protest over what they consider ridiculous reasons with no scientific or medical proof.
“Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis.
This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees.” Salah al-Luhaydan
Salah al-Luhaydan comments come after a two year so-called ‘scientific’ report that states removing or indeed relaxing the ban will result in immoral behaviour.
The final report was delivered to all 150 members of the Shura Council, Saudi Arabia’s legislative body. In the report it also warned leaders that allowing women to drive will almost certainly result in a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, mental disorders and serious reproductive health issues that will ultimately lead to a rise in divorce and civil unrest.
Salah al-Luhaydan also believes that as Islamic society crumbles, as a result of allowing women to drive, the Saudi Kingdom would be devoid of any ‘virgins’ within less than 10 years.
In what might appear like an outrageous statement a Professor Subhi also pointed to an experience he recently had. He claims he was sitting in a coffee shop and that all the women were looking at him. One of the women made a gesture that he claims was a clear indication of her availability (sexually) and that this type of behaviour is what happens when women are allowed to drive motor vehicles.
In 2011 34 year old Shaima Jastaniya was sentenced to ten lashes of the whip after being caught driving in Jeddah. Her husband, as her ‘legal guardian’ was also forced to sign a declaration that ensures that he would never let his wife drive again.
According to women’s rights groups, both inside and outside of Saudi Arabia, the claims made in the report are considerably detached from any known reality and that all claims have no scientific or medical proof.
Whilst external pressure groups continue their fight to get Saudi officials to relax certain rules it is unlikely that this, and others, will improve women’s rights any time in the near future.