Saudi Muslim Cleric: Phys-Ed Will Turn Girls Into Prostitutes

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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I don’t follow the logic, but with Islamic law, there usually isn’t any logic. Just emotional venting, fear of the other and paranoia about every other living creature on earth.

So sure. The Jews are sending spy eagles to Saudi Arabia. The Buddhists are plotting Muslim genocide. And phys ed will turn women into prostitutes.

It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s just Islam. All it has to do is hate.

As a policy advisory council debates whether to allow physical education classes for girls in Saudi public schools, some hardline Islamic clerics are warning against the reform, with one saying sports instruction could lead to “infidelity and prostitution.”

“If we keep silent about the step of adding PE classes to girls’ schools then we are giving the Shoura Council a green light to continue the steps of Westernization and these steps will end in infidelity and prostitution,” Abdullah Al Dawood tweeted according to the Wall Street Journal.

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council, which advises the government on policy, voted 92-18 on Tuesday to instruct the Education Ministry to study the possibility of starting to offer girls gym classes in state-run schools, the Wall Street Journal reported. This as long as the classes conform to Sharia rules of modest dress and gender segregation.

There is currently a ban on sports instruction for public school girls, Reuters reported.

Of course there is. It’s Saudi Arabia where women exercising is controversial.

Under their modest flowing robes, two-thirds of Saudi women are too fat.

In Riyadh, hotel gyms and pools are off limits to women. Along the city’s walking trails, where the women walk covered in the mandatory black cloaks, they are sometimes harassed by the muttawa.
Rana al-Abdullah said one such official ordered her to go back to her car when she was out walking one day and wouldn’t leave her alone until she did. She now walks in malls.

At a clinic that treats obesity-related diseases, a booklet left by a writer named Muhammad al-Habdan, warned that if girls’ schools began P.E., Saudi girls would have to change into workout gear — and good girls should not disrobe outside their homes. Changing in a locker room might cause them to lose the shyness that is the hallmark of good morals, the booklet warned.

It went on to say that the girls might become attracted to each other after seeing their classmates in tight leotards and tops.

That was in 2006, where there was concern that Saudi girls were just waiting for the chance to become lesbians. Then again, considering what life is like for Saudi women in an Islamic marriage, maybe they are.

Now the concern is that they’ll become prostitutes.

“The Muslim woman should realize that she is a target for corruption,” said al-Habdan in another booklet on why women should not go to fitness clubs.

“There is no faster way to corrupt nations than the emancipation of women — that is getting her out on the street to entice men and ruin their morals,” he added.

First they leave the home to go exercise and then they become prostitutes. That’s how things work in Islam.

  • cacslewisfan

    How awful. Being a Muslim woman is a fate worse than death. A fact observed by Aisha, Mohammed’s favorite child wife, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women.”

    • laura r

      women w/$ swim. checkout the burkini websights. there is a difference between educated muslims who are upscale, & the ignorant who are usually poor. wealthy muslim women do swim in their private pools or maybe some hotel pools, in the middle east. the women is NYC swim @ the community center near 9/11 site. there are hours for women & hours for men. this artical was not complete. it looks like there are many imans, & they all have another opinion.

      • cacslewisfan

        I’m sorry, but I really have to laugh when I read your response. Why are you equivocating? I see, it’s OK when a few rich Muslima wear bikinis, and a few fortunate, Muslima living in a Western country swim in a public pool. What about the rest of the Muslim world? I have seen many pics of women in full burka wading into the sea. What a horrible screwed up life. Don’t make excuses, and tell me you heard of “other” imams with differing opinions. This garbage is the tip of the iceberg as far as Islam goes. Evil is evil. Wrong is wrong. Gender apartheid is one of the real pillars of Islam. Don’t make excuses for them.

        • laura r

          re read, i said BURK-INI’S. they are doing a good business. there must be a market outthere. check the sites on google. there IS a pool in NY @ the coverversial ground zero coomunuty center. re read, i said SEPERATE HRS FOR MEN & WOMEN.

  • wileyvet

    Boy, Muslim culture is so forward thinking isn’t it? Unhealthy in mind, unhealthy in body. Centuries of this nonsense has created the dysfunction known as the Islamic world. This is what the Saudis export. This is what their petro dollars support in the madrassas and Islamic institutes and mosques in America.

  • A Z

    Freaking Iman should get to a university in Riyadh and learn something about physiology and medicine

    If he wants young Saudis or young Muslims to be healthy than their mothers can’t be couch potatoes pacing in their cages … errr houses until their hubby comes home.

    “Researchers explore how mothers’ blood sugar levels influence child fat”
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131216142306.htm

  • DogmaelJones1

    The headline could also have read: “Saudi Muslim Cleric: Prostitution Will Turn Girls Into Phys-Ed Teachers and Center-Fold Pin-Ups.” It makes as much sense. True, there’s no logic in Islamic pronouncements, except in the ideo-phobic bubble world of those pathetic clerics, imams and mullahs.

  • Veracious_one

    Muslim clerics sure know how to keep Islam in the 7th century….

  • Wal Suparmo

    HOW TRUE IS ISLAM.PHYS-ED CAN PROLONG LIVE WITH IS NOT NECESSARY FOR MOSLEM WOMEN IF THEY ALREADY HAVE FINISH THEIR TASK FOR REPRODUCTION AND SATISFYING PHYSICAL NEEDS OF MEN.

  • laura r

    daniel, these imans have dirty minds. prosititution, lesbianism, its sick. on the other hand why are they selling burkini’s? that’s a swimsuit for a muslims woman. check it out on the internet, full coverage for the pool. i myself would like one as it protects from the sun. though the hood & foot cover is a bit much. (there are some orthodox jewish groups who look down on exercise, but not for the same reasons. maybe not the most rational way of thinking, but that does exist).