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Saudi Scholar Under Fire For Saying Women Not Required to Wear

Rabat – A Saudi scholar came under fire over the weekend after he stated on a television program on the Saudi MBC channel on Saturday that women are not required to wear the veil in Islam. To make his point, he appeared with his wife, who did not wear a veil.Echoing a series of tweets he has been posting on his Twitter account over the past couple of weeks, the controversial Saudi scholar and former head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi said, “Islam doesn’t require women to wear the veil.”Citing some of the hadiths (sayings) of the Prophets, he said, “we should not require women to cover their faces.” He pointed out that during the time of the Prophet and his companions, “Muslim women did not cover their faces.” The Saudi scholar went on to add that, contrary to many Muslims’ beliefs, only the wives of the Prophet “were required to wear Hijab so that adult males outside of their immediate family couldn’t see them.”??? ???? ??????? ???? ??? ????? ????? ????? ?????? ?? ???????? ???????? ????????? ????? ???????? ???????? #????_???????_???_?????— ??????? ?????? (@Abdullah_akeel) December 15, 2014????? MBC ?????????? ????? ????? “???? ???????” ?? ?? ??? ???????? ?? ???????? ????? ????? ????????? (???? ???) pic.twitter.com/hzEzXLB0yG— Da????Na (@Dana20156) December 15, 2014To support his claim, he said that the Prophet did not urge other Muslim to wear the hijab (veil).“The hijab was required only for the wives of the Prophet, and its validity ended with their death,” he pointed out.However, the overwhelming majority of Saudis did not welcome his claim. They rejected it and took to social media to denounce him, insult him, and even threaten him. #????_???????_???_????? ???? ???? ?? ????? ???? ???? ????? ??????? ?????? ?? ??? ????? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ????? ?? ??????? ???????????— ????????? ?????? (@allahim) December 14, 2014Others attacked him for allowing his wife to appear unveiled on a primetime TV show, something uncommon in the conservative country.But while the majority chose to attack the scholar rather than debate his ideas and refute them with strong evidence, others supported him and praised his courage. read more

Asylum applications in the EU surged to 435k last year

first_imgClick here to view a large version. (Image Credit: Eurostat)THE NUMBER OF people seeking asylum in the European Union increased by more than 30 per cent last year, figures published today from Eurostat show.435,000 applications for asylum were received in 2013, compared to 335,000 in 2012.A total of 50,470 of these came from Syria, the largest amount from any country.The second and third largest groups were Russia (41,270) and Afghanistan (26,290).Click here to view a larger version. (Image Credit: Eurostat)Five EU states accounted for 70 per cent of applications.Germany – 127,000/29 per centFrance – 65,000/13 per centSweden – 54,000 / 13 per centUnited Kingdom – 30,000 / 7 per centItaly 28,000 / 6 per centIreland received 920 applications, making up 0.2 per cent of the total.130 of these were from Nigeria, 95 from Pakistan, and 70 from Zimbabwe.Of the 840 first instance decisions* made last year, 82 per cent were rejected.None were granted asylum for humanitarian reasons.*It should be noted that first instance decisions made in 2013 may refer to applications registered in previous years.Read: How a doctor had his asylum request rejected because someone ‘didn’t like him’ >More: Snowden offers Brazil help in investigating spying in exchange for asylum >last_img read more