Saudi women: nothing in Sharia law prevents us from driving

saudi woman drivingSaudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the long-standing ban on women driving in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

An online petition entitled “Oct 26th, driving for women” had on Sunday gathered more than 5,800 signatories, as activists try again to push authorities to end the unique ban.

“I will drive on October 26,” activist Nasima al-Sada told AFP on Sunday, saying that some 20 women are going to take part in the campaign in the kingdom’s Eastern Province.

“Many women are enthusiastic about learning to drive, or to teach other” women how to drive, she said, as many Saudi women have obtained abroad the driving licences they are denied in their homeland.

“There is not a single text in the Sharia Islamic law that prevents us (from driving). Any pretexts used to do that are based on inherited customs,” said the online petition.

“Just as revered women (at the time of the prophet) rode horses and camels, it is our right to drive cars — the mode of our modern age, unless you want us to go back to mules and horses,” the petition said.

The last day of of defiance against the ban was on June, 17 2011, when few women answered a call to drive, with some stopped by police and forced to sign a pledge not to take to the wheel again.

“I can’t drive because of the pledge I signed,” said Najla al-Hariri, who took part in the protest in 2011, expressing strong support for the new campaign.

In addition to the driving ban, Saudi Arabia imposes other major restrictions on women, including a requirement to cover from head to toe when in public.

The 2011 call, which spread through Facebook and Twitter, was the largest mass action since November 1990, when 47 Saudi women were arrested and severely punished after demonstrating in cars.

FOX/AFP

  • She looks soooo happy…let her drive!

  • She looks soooo happy…let her drive!

  • Fauzia45

    That is right!So drive!!!

  • Fauzia45

    That is right!So drive!!!

  • man-o-war

    The problem is driving will make women more likely to commit adultery, because their fat smelly husbands repulse them. If they get caught, their families will be forced to kill them. You know, what any sane people would do. I’m sure Wargame can back me up on this with a hadith or something.

    • Peaceforleb

      LOL. If wargame can quote a hadith about this, then I will up my own dosage. However don’t be surprised man o, there’s always some sick hadith out there to help these brainwashed men degrade woman.

    • 5thDrawer

      If they picked me up, I wouldn’t rat them out. :-)))
      But they need to do what the South African women did … commit to ‘No Sex’ until the men buckled under. In south Africa it only took a week … one guy was going nutso in only 3 days. Hahahahaha

  • man-o-war

    The problem is driving will make women more likely to commit adultery, because their fat smelly husbands repulse them. If they get caught, their families will be forced to kill them. You know, what any sane people would do. I’m sure Wargame can back me up on this with a hadith or something.

    • Peaceforleb

      LOL. If wargame can quote a hadith about this, then I will up my own dosage. However don’t be surprised man o, there’s always some sick hadith out there to help these brainwashed men degrade woman.

    • Peaceforleb

      LOL. If wargame can quote a hadith about this, then I will up my own dosage. However don’t be surprised man o, there’s always some sick hadith out there to help these brainwashed men degrade woman.

    • 5thDrawer

      If they picked me up, I wouldn’t rat them out. :-)))
      But they need to do what the South African women did … commit to ‘No Sex’ until the men buckled under. In south Africa it only took a week … one guy was going nutso in only 3 days. Hahahahaha

  • Andre

    So it took how long to figure that these idiotic laws were just man’s way of keeping women oppressed. That’s why all conservative/radical religious heads fear open societies, with equality for both women and men – openness contradicts and threatens their ignorant control doctrines.
    Hopefully it won’t take oppressed women 100s of years to figure out that wearing the bourga has nothing to do with Islam and respecting god, but a custom more to do with Bedouin men wanting to protect their women from horny Turks eyes!

    • 5thDrawer

      Don’t forget, they also brought a larger price if the ‘sexy dark eyes’ were all you could see. :-))
      Make-up working miracles there. Definitely worth another sheep or two. :-)))

  • Andre

    So it took how long to figure that these idiotic laws were just man’s way of keeping women oppressed. That’s why all conservative/radical religious heads fear open societies, with equality for both women and men – openness contradicts and threatens their ignorant control doctrines.
    Hopefully it won’t take oppressed women 100s of years to figure out that wearing the bourga has nothing to do with Islam and respecting god, but a custom more to do with Bedouin men wanting to protect their women from horny Turks eyes!

    • 5thDrawer

      Don’t forget, they also brought a larger price if the ‘sexy dark eyes’ were all you could see. :-))
      Make-up working miracles there. Definitely worth another sheep or two. :-)))

  • nagy_michael2

    Is this really a Saudi woman? no wander they won’t let her drive she will distract most of the lonely men out there and create accidents on the roads. Good for them and I hope they keep pushing for their rights.. The fanatics will try to stop them but they will allow and 40 yrs old man to marry an eight yrs old and bleed her to death. then they hide the ugly crime they committed. God saves us all from these lunatics who are trying to rule the world using religion.

  • nagy_michael2

    Is this really a Saudi woman? no wander they won’t let her drive she will distract most of the lonely men out there and create accidents on the roads. Good for them and I hope they keep pushing for their rights.. The fanatics will try to stop them but they will allow and 40 yrs old man to marry an eight yrs old and bleed her to death. then they hide the ugly crime they committed. God saves us all from these lunatics who are trying to rule the world using religion.

  • Patience2

    Only, the sharia ‘enforcers’ are there to cut you to pieces.

    • 5thDrawer

      Suicide can be an option it seems to me … don’t they love bombers?? 😉

  • Patience2

    Only, the sharia ‘enforcers’ are there to cut you to pieces.

    • 5thDrawer

      Suicide can be an option it seems to me … don’t they love bombers?? 😉

  • 5thDrawer

    VIVA Les Femme, Libre. :-))

  • 5thDrawer

    VIVA Les Femme, Libre. :-))

  • 5thDrawer

    ‘I PLEDGE to believe forever that all Saudi Men are idiots who only respect camels.’

  • 5thDrawer

    ‘I PLEDGE to believe forever that all Saudi Men are idiots who only respect camels.’

  • Guest

    Saudi women are stupid!!Sorry to say it,but for years they leave idiots to rule their life and now they want change.Uprise..protest…strike this is the way!It will take them another 200-300years to realise that covering has nothing to do with religion.They challenge God actually.If God didnt want women to show body and hair why he created them in this way then??For God nothing is impossible and he would have created women in a suitable for him manner!And he did!But muslims decided they are smart and started covering and hiding Gods creation!!!After that it will take more 200-300years for them to realise they lived in a lie for centuries…but who cares for them??Me…def nooooo….

  • Guest

    Saudi women are stupid!!Sorry to say it,but for years they leave idiots to rule their life and now they want change.Uprise..protest…strike this is the way!It will take them another 200-300years to realise that covering has nothing to do with religion.They challenge God actually.If God didnt want women to show body and hair why he created them in this way then??For God nothing is impossible and he would have created women in a suitable for him manner!And he did!But muslims decided they are smart and started covering and hiding Gods creation!!!After that it will take more 200-300years for them to realise they lived in a lie for centuries…but who cares for them??Me…def nooooo….

  • man-o-war

    Breaking news! Saudi cleric says that women driving will risk damaging their ovaries!!!! I guess western women have ovaries of steel. I’m starting to think that wearing a turban too tight causes brain damage.

    • Peaceforleb

      Lol

  • man-o-war

    Breaking news! Saudi cleric says that women driving will risk damaging their ovaries!!!! I guess western women have ovaries of steel. I’m starting to think that wearing a turban too tight causes brain damage.

    • Peaceforleb

      Lol