A healthy dose of Sarcasm?

22 Jun
Baby Driver

haha "Gotta think Long-Term!"

Saudi women use fatwa in driving bidThe women threatened to follow through the fatwa which allows them to breastfeed their drivers and turn them into their sons
By Abdul Rahman Shaheen, CorrespondentPublished: 00:01 June 20, 2010
Image Credit: Gulf News
Riyadh: Saudi women plan to turn a controversial fatwa (religious ruling) to their advantage and launch a campaign to achieve their long-standing demand to drive in this conservative kingdom.
If the demand is not met, the women threatened to follow through the fatwa which allows them to breastfeed their drivers and turn them into their sons.
The campaign will be launched under the slogan: “We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners,” a journalist told Gulf News.
Amal Zahid said that their decision follows a fatwa issued by a renowned scholar which said that Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to become their sons.
“As every Saudi family needs a driver, our campaign will focus on women’s right to drive,” she said.
The controversial fatwa, which was regarded as both funny and weird, issued recently by Shaikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan, member of Saudi Council of Senior Scholars and adviser to the king, has sparked a debate in society.
The renowned scholar said Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to be become their sons and brothers to their daughters.
Under this relationship, foreign drivers can mix freely with all members of the family without breaking the Islamic rule which does not allow mixing of genders.
Breast milk kinship is considered to be as good as a blood relationship in Islam.
“A woman can breastfeed a mature man so that he becomes her son. In this way, he can mix with her and her daughters without violating the teachings of Islam,” the scholar said.
‘Ridiculous and weird’
Al Obaikan based his fatwa on a Hadith (saying) of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) which was narrated by Salim, the servant of Abu Huzaifa.
Later, Al Obaikan clarified that his fatwa was being distorted by the local media which ignored the condition that the milk should be drawn out of the woman and given to the man in a cup to drink.
Speaking to Gulf News, a number of Saudi women condemned the fatwa. Fatima Al Shammary was quoted by the local Arabic daily Al Watan as saying the fatwa was “ridiculous and weird”.
“This fatwa has become a hot topic of debate among women. Is this is all that is left to us to do: to give our breasts to the foreign drivers?” she said.
Another Saudi woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, questioned: “Does Islam allow me to breastfeed a foreign man and prevent me from driving my own car?
“I have not breastfed my own children. How do you expect me to do this with a foreign man? What is this nonsense?” she said.
Another woman said the fatwa should also apply to the husbands who should be breastfed by housemaids. By doing so, all will be brothers and sisters,” she said.
Hamid Al Ali, a journalist for an electronic newspaper, recalled that an Egyptian driver who had a crush on a female teacher he drives to school asked her to breastfeed him. When she retorted angrily, he said: “I want to be your son.”
Saudi writer Suzan Al Mashhadi sarcastically asked Al Obaikan: “Do the women have to breastfeed the driver in the presence of their husbands or can they do this alone?”
“Who will protect the wife if the husband entered the house unexpectedly and found his wife breastfeeding the driver?” she asked.



Its Kind of funny to see women take such an aggressive stance in this instance. I think we’re getting fed up and desperate.
BUT I kind of feel a teensy bit sorry for the sheikh.The “fatwa” he said is nothing new, I knew of it since I was Around ten, but its been twisted and misinterperted by the media and the masses in a way that’s made it look really really wrong.
Plus the sheikhs that have said them dont seem to think before they talk. Trying to say its limited to arabs only is a joke. And the women DO have a point, If i’m forced to deal with a strange man in my everfyday dealings from dawn till dusk, then dont tell me Its haram do do so. Because I’m forced to use him… so, why not make him “a part of the family”?? lol
still, from what I remember, The original fatwa was based on in instance where Aisha ra9’ya Allahu 3anha was put in a situation where a young man who was working in her house since he was a child, and who had a platonic almost mother-child relationship with her was faced with the inevitability of adulthood and she would have to  suddenly treat him like a strange man and hot give him access to her home as he was when growing up. So she put some of her milk in a glass or something and he drank it, just to make something that was already platonic official, so to speak. I would conclude from that, that you can do this with situations of adoption and things like that, where someone is brought in at a young age and is there to stay. Not exactly rocket science. But whenever a sheikh mentiones it, the media and people run wild with their imaginations and scenarios to think up all kinds of crazy and illicit situations.
anyhow, I’ve gone off the main idea here.
I’m still not sure about the wisdom of using sarcasm, but I guess they don’t want to leave any path untried. Following the recent trend appearing in articles related to women driving, Saudi women have now resorted to black humor and sarcasm. (haha, in way, like this blog) I do find it funny that they’re using every possible way to get media coverage and interest in the women driving cause. Saudi women are now using the twisted words and logic of this society and throwing it back at them. Kind of like trying to beat them at their own game. I don’t think anyone is taking this logic (or lack thereof) seriously, but It IS smart to keep hammering on that nail until it drives home. And no better way to do that then continuous and repetitive media coverage, I think.

10 Responses to “A healthy dose of Sarcasm?”

  1. Coupal July 25, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    You speak of Aisha putting some of her milk in a glass and he drank it. From all I’ve read, Aisha never had children. How is it that she was lactating? Normally women who have not given birth do not lactate. In this, I really do not understand!!

  2. Laylah January 17, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    i was just wondering, how did Aisha supposedly provide breast milk when she never even got pregant in her life and how are all these women supposed to suddenly start producing milk to give the drivers?hmmm..
    Im just imagining a situation where a woman is breastfeeding her kid in the backseat and then offers the other breast for the driver for a snack, hahaha 🙂

    • ksadriverdiaries October 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      No Idea. I did wonder the same myself. The thing is, in theory, I did read something once about how a mamary glands can be stimulated into producing milk even without giving birth, though the hormones normally kick-start it with women. If that were a common practice those days or if she did get pregnant at some point is beyond my knowledge. I was just repeating what I think the fatwa is based on, not how true or not/credible it is.

  3. Coupal November 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Finally someone is talking logic and sense about the ridiculous situation in Saudi Arabia! In a sane world this breastfeeding fatwa would have been laughed out of existence. But now some people are actually trying to turn it to their advantage. I do wonder if any woman will actually put this into practice. What would be the consequences? (I stumbled on to your blog while browsing. It has been refreshing to read intelligent musings on illogical events and situations. Please keep it up. We (and Saudi Arabia) need more like you!)

    • ksadriverdiaries October 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      lol I think it was being laughed out of existence, The women just brought it up to further the madness, in a way. Like stooping down to their level but more in a sarcastic way than a serious one.

  4. lina July 2, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    loving the disturbing illustration!

  5. Arab News Addict July 1, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    Next time you quote another newspaper other than Arab News, its over between us… got it missy? 🙂

  6. Arab News Addict July 1, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    next time u post something that is not from Arab News, i’m disowning u as a friend…

    • ksadriverdiaries September 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

      tsk tsk… now you’ve resorted to threats?! maybe you should cover more women’s issues and less fashion!

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