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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Saudi Shura Council member: 'Women should not leave home without their husbands' permission'

Following are excerpts from an interview with Saudi Shura Council member Sheik Abd Al-Muhsin Al-Abikan, which aired on MBC TV (Saudi Arabia) on August 7, 2008.

Let's go to the videotape. A transcript follows.

Sheik Abd Al-Muhsin Al-Abikan: Allah said, in Surat Al-Nisa, of the Koran: "Men are guardians of women, because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they support them from their means." So men have this guardianship. This does not mean they can oppress or humiliate their wives. Any group of people must have a leader. A state must have a leader – a king, a president, an emir, or an imam. The same is true for the government – ministries must have ministers in charge, and departments must have directors. This is human nature. There must be leadership. The household consists of several family members, who must have a leader. Who is the leader? The man. Nobody can claim that the verse "Men are guardians of women" shows contempt for women. This is not true.

The husband is the leader of the family, and he runs its affairs. He is in charge of the family, he is the shepherd of this family. He is responsible for his flock, as the Prophet said: "The man is a shepherd to his household, and is responsible for them." So the man is the guardian. He must act justly. He must raise his children well. He must fulfill his obligations toward his wife and children. As for the woman, she cannot leave her house without her husband's permission, just like no employee may leave the office without permission from the boss.


At 5:31 PM, Blogger kevin said...

Good post I linked it.

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Findalis said...

Can you tell me why he is wearing one of my kitchen towels on his head? I knew I was missing one, and want it back, washed and pressed.

At 9:41 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I can only imagine what Mrs. Carl has to say about that. A marriage is a partnership. A man is not the boss of his wife. A Jewish or Christian man who tried to boss his wife around would have a very short marriage!

At 1:17 AM, Blogger muman613 said...

But a Jewish woman should not try to boss around her husband. She must be respectful and kind. The problem with the secular modern concept of feminism totally destroys the family unit. A marriage is a contract between a man and a woman to work for the same goals.

At 1:29 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

But a Jewish woman should not try to boss around her husband.

Since when? That is the right of every Jewish woman. Actually that is the joke.

The home is the domain of the woman. She is the caregiver and life giver. It is her duty to raise the children and make the house a kosher home. Her husband is her helper in this, but it is her voice that rules the home.

When Mama says do something, you do it. You can't turn to Papa to get out of it.

Thus it was in my home, my mother's home, her mother's home and so forth.


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