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Muslim Cleric Says Women Don't Have To Wear Long Robe-like Dresses

12 February 2018

As per a senior member of the Muslim Clerical body, Saudi women may not need to wear an abaya-a lose fitted, full-length attire kind of a robe-which symbolizes the religious faith.

These reforms may legally give women more freedoms, but some think this is only a move to improve Saudi Arabia's foreign image, while they keep committing crimes against other countries in the region.

"My statement said that Muslim women around the world are not obliged to wear the headscarf, as long as what they wear does not violate the conditions of the Islamic veil". "So we should not force people to wear abayas".

According to Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Scholars, women should dress modestly but not be compelled to wear the full-body abaya.

In the present times, the Saudi Arab women have started wearing colourful abayas like the light pinks and blues in plain contrast to the traditional black robes.

This is also a sign that the kingdom is slowly modernizing now that Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman begins to come into power.

Only the government-appointed clerics associated with the Council of Senior Scholars are allowed to issue fatwas, or Islamic legal opinions.

Saudi women are now required to wear the garment by law. Human Rights Watch is now staging a campaign against male guardianship using the hashtag #EndMaleGuardianship. Last year, however, a woman was interrogated by police - she was released later and not charged - after a brief Snapchat video of her wearing a short skirt and midriff top was seen online.

But despite these changes, the gender-segregated nation is criticized for its continued constraints on women. Women now women exist as "legal minors" in the kingdom, unable to travel, work, attend university or participate in a host of other activities without the consent of their male guardian.

On Thursday, a London-based Saudi rights group, ALQST, reported the detention last month of activist Noha al-Balawi, saying she was questioned by Saudi authorities on her involvement with women's rights and human rights movements.

Muslim Cleric Says Women Don't Have To Wear Long Robe-like Dresses