Want to Hear a Joke?

28 Sep

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Looks like yet another “scholar” has managed to make himself the laughing stock of the Saudi virtual world (and beyond)! “Sheikh” Saleh al Luhaidan has apparently made the mistake of telling Sabq online newspaper that the women who are demanding the right to drive on the 26th of October are “hasty” and need to “slow down” and “think about it”. Really?? being the last country in the WORLD where women can’t drive, you don’t think we’ve been patient enough??!

He then moves on to list three main reasons why women shouldn’t drive:

1- The Sahabeyat (Female Muslim apostles) only rode horses and camels when it was an absolute necessity and were normally accompanied by a Mahram (male relative).

2- Statistically women have more accidents than men, so they are in more danger. (33% for women vs. 9% of men)

and 3- “Research” shows that driving pushes the pelvis forwards and affects the ovaries causing deformed children.


Really?? REALLY??!!! Does he think we live in the stone age and don’t have Google or airlplane tickets??!!

Allow me to backtrack and list this guys so-called credentials. According to Sabq, he is “المستشار القضائي الخاص المستشار النفسي للجمعية النفسية في دول الخليج” that means he is a “Special Judicial Psychological Consultant to the Psychological Society of the Gulf Countries”. So he supposedly has a PhD in psychology.

Special is right. He belongs in the psyche ward, in a straight jacket.

His three points are so far off the bat, with ZERO accuracy in referencing or truth, I’m beginning to wonder how he ever got a PhD to begin with. The women at the time of the prophet probably walked most of the time like the men because: a-They lived in small towns and b-Only rich people had the luxury of animals to ride. The majority of religious scholars have admitted that there is no religious reason for women not to drive. So him trying to challenge that is a joke.

Statistically everyone knows that while women aren’t better drivers then men, they ARE safer drivers, resulting in less lethal accidents and more dents and scratches. That’s why they get better car insurance rates. If you don’t believe me click here, here and here!

And I’m not even getting into the pelvic-deformed-baby bullsh** because it’s such a bald-faced lie it’s made him the butt of the twitter world’s jokes which we all know can be merciless. I bet he got his medical PhD same way he got his Psychology one.

Al-Arabiya picked up on the story as well, for those of you who want to read a bit more on it in English.

So yeah, haha, end of joke!

Hope he’s so ridiculed he has to change his name and do plastic surgery to change his face to ever be accepted into society again.



3 Responses to “Want to Hear a Joke?”

  1. AJ September 29, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Reblogged this on Musings of a Muslim Pakistani American Mom in Riyadh and commented:
    If the pelvis and the ovaries are damaged while driving, shouldn’t they be damaged while sitting in the passenger seat next to your husband or while sitting in the back seat in a taxi? I guess the Sheikh should advise King Abdullah to promulgate a new ruling where women need to lie down in the back seat while being transported from one place to another.

  2. Nour September 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    But where does it say he said that? All I saw in the picture is a status saying he said it, Not defending the man but your response is too much for the incident. While what he said is illogical (If he said it) he neither insulted anyone in particular not is he a decision maker that’s holding things off. You in the other hand were very rude, insulting and gave this more than it deserves given how normal it is for us to hear and read such statements. If you’re going to be insulting and ill-wishing (شماتة) on every saudi official who comes out with something like this you’ll end up with blood pressure and a mountain of sins.
    (لا يسخر قوم من قوم)

    A better (less emotional) way to respond is to either make duaa Allah fixes whatever is wrong with these people or simply … Rise Above!

    • Maha September 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

      Dear Nour,
      You can follow the hyperlink to the Sabq article in Arabic or the Al Arabiya link in English at the bottom to view my official sources.

      My sarcasm, satire and anger (sometimes) is the whole point of this blog. I make fun or vent about the ridiculous things that happen, or that I read or hear about. I do hope Allah fixes what’s wrong with them, but in the meantime, maybe if enough people publicly rejected and ridiculed their backwards opinions and outright lies, they will stop being so proud of themselves.

      I’m sorry you felt that my tone is rude, but being lied to and thought of as an inferior creature who can’t drive a car is super-rude too, don’t you think? He didn’t consider my (and other women’s) feelings when he said that, so why should I consider his?

      In the end, I can’t be quiet about it, because السكوت علامة الرضا and I am anything but.
      But thank you for your comment!

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