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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

Labour politician told family he was taking easy way out after MeToo

An independent investigation by the Welsh government, ordered by the first minister, has stalled due to Mr Sargeant’s family being granted a judicial review over how it will operate. Carl Sargeant’s wife Bernie, left, and his son Jack, rightCredit:The Telegraph/Andrew Price  The note said: “You deserve none of this adverse publicity because of my acts. I have failed you.”That aside, I love you more than you will ever know and I’m sorry I’ve taken the easy way out, leaving you with my s—.”Family members including his son Jack, who replaced his father as Alyn and Deeside AM, were at the hearing. Mrs Sargeant – known as Bernie – is due to give evidence later on Monday. Carl Sargeant's wife Bernie, left, and his son Jack, right A Labour politician accused of sexual misconduct left a note for his family apologising for “taking the easy way out” and “letting them down”, his inquest has heard.Welsh Assembly member Carl Sargeant, 49, was found hanged by his wife Bernadette at the family home in Connah’s Quay, North Wales.His death, on November 7, 2017, came four days after being sacked from his role as cabinet secretary for communities and children.The father-of-two was also suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of “unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping”, seen at the time as the latest wave of MeToo allegations.At the first day of his inquest at Ruthin County Hall on Monday, coroner for North Wales (East and Central) John Gittins read a statement from police constable Siwan Hughes, who was called to Mr Sargeant’s home after paramedics certified him dead at 11.30am.Pc Hughes said Mrs Sargeant told police she had found a note on the door of the utility room, where Mr Sargeant was found, telling her not to go in and to call the police.Another note, left next to his body, was addressed to his wife, children and family and friends, the court heard.In it, he apologised for letting them down and asked them to forgive him. His family say he was not told the details of what he was accused of and was unable to properly defend himself.It is understood details were withheld to protect the identity of the complainants involved, but Mr Sargeant’s family and solicitors say being kept in the dark caused him mental anguish.Mr Gittins said the inquest would be a “full and fair examination” of relevant matters and would not be a “trial by Press, politics or personality”.He said: “There is no place in my courtroom for accusation or speculation, simply evidence.”Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones is expected to give evidence to the inquest on Wednesday and a statement from Ian McNicol, now Lord McNicol – the then general secretary of the Labour Party, will be read. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more