Saudis are expelling more than a thousand Nigerian women from Saudi Arabia. The reason given for this cruel and arrogant action is that these women were not accompanied by adult male escorts. Iran is denying admission to Iranian female students in 70 university degree programs
Islamic history books keep on telling us that Islam came to change drastically and reform thoroughly a very primitive and backward Arab tribal culture which existed at that time. For example, prior to the revelations of the divine message (The Holy Quran) female babies born in the Arabian Peninsula were routinely buried alive.
It seems that almost fifteen centuries later, conditions have not yet changed for the better in most Arab/Islamic countries.
1. These days Saudi girls may not be buried alive but instead are strictly confined within the walls of their homes.
2. Women are NOT allowed to get out of their homes alone even to get the needed medicine or purchase food for their sick/hungry children.
3. They are not allowed to drive cars although the automobile and numerous other industrial products resulting from modern scientific research and resultant technologies are not even mentioned in the Holy Quran.
In many Muslim-majority countries, girls are murdered regularly by their own family members based on simple suspicions that they may be in contact with some male. In the West such practices are known as ‘honour killings’.
Arab/Muslim young girls are routinely married without their consent and those who refuse are either killed or their noses cut and their faces disfigured as punishment for life.
Amazingly, in this age of electronic mass media and worldwide call for the protection of basic human rights, Saudi Arabian government has gone a step further by mistreating even foreign Muslim women.
It has been widely reported that the Saudi ruling clan which so ostensibly claims to be “THE GUARDIAN OF ISLAM’S TWO HOLIEST PLACES” is expelling more than a thousand Nigerian women from Saudi Arabia. These poor women had come there to visit Islam’s holiest places for performing pilgrimage or hajj as prescribed in the Holy Quran.
The reason given for this cruel and arrogant action is that these women were not accompanied by adult male escorts.
The question is why the Saudi Embassy in Lagos did not inform these women about such requirements before giving them the needed visas?
Meanwhile the Minister of Higher Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran is denying admission to Iranian female students in 70 university degree programs. This extremely deplorable and highly discriminatory action has been taken “ TO MAINTAIN A BALANCE” between the male and female university graduates.
It must be noted that it was a non-Muslim private individual who produced an insulting to the Prophet video which triggered such brutal and senseless violence. No Western government had any involvement in producing and/or distributing this video.
As a matter of fact, the US President and his Secretary of State publicly condemned this video and every other such act which may be insulting or hurtful to followers of Islam or of any other faith.
In spite of all that, four innocent US citizens were brutally murdered and US embassies and consulate buildings in numerous Arab/Muslim countries and their flags were set on fire.
However, in the two cases described above, the governments of Saudi Arabia and that of Islamic Republic of Iran are directly involved in denying Muslim women their fundamental human and religious rights.
Is preventing people to perform Hajj a blasphemy or not?
Now let us see how many ‘defenders of Islam’ or ‘lovers of the Prophet’ in various Arab/Islamic countries and especially in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan are willing come forward to express their outrage.
Dr. M. Husain Sadar is a former Canadian civil servant and retired Professor of Environmental Sciences. He has travelled frequently in several O.I.C. member countries on UN-sponsored training missions.