A ten-year-old-girl next to me on a plane called me an “infidel”
In Saudi Arabia, women have been able to occasionally see things. Fortunately the majesty of Islamic Law and its religious police enforcers is about to put a stop to that.
"The men of the committee will interfere to force women to cover their eyes, especially the tempting ones" Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, spokesman of Saudi Arabia's religious police, said. "[We] have the right to do so."
What are "tempting" eyes? One Saudi journalist mused on condition of anonymity that they are "uncovered eyes with a nice shape and makeup. Or even without makeup, if they are beautiful, the woman will be in trouble."
the world, one must empathize with her very existence. But the religious police--massively funded by King Abdullah--cannot do this. "It's so stupid," the Saudi journalist tells me. "I don't know what to say. They have to stop this. Many people will oppose this in the country. They won't be silent."
Not unless they make them cover up their mouths.
But the Saudi religious police have other fish to fry. Like the internet.
Saudi Arabia’s controversial religious police has been given a new role — to block the social media.
Saudi sources said the religious police, formally the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, would be trained to monitor and disrupt the social media.
Meanwhile here's what life is like for women.
Leaflets were widely distributed during that era saying that facial covering was what separated the Muslim woman from the infidel. The fanaticism spread even to children: even before I took off my niqab for good, a ten-year-old-girl next to me on a plane called me an “infidel” when I lifted my veil to eat a meal.