The Ultimatium – Let Us Drive Or We Breastfeed Our Male Foreign Drivers
Saudi women have long been disadvantaged in that they need male guardians to do certain things, cannot comingle with members of the opposite sex unless they are related by blood ties, and they can’t drive cars. Now a group of Saudi women had enough of this and are threatening to implement a recent fatwa on adult male breadfeeding unless they are allowed to drive.
The Recent Fatwa on Adult Male Breastfeeding
A recent fatwa by Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, adviser to the Saudi king and consultant to the Ministry of Justice caused an uproar. Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan said that the way to circumvent Saudi Arabia’s strict sex segregation law is to change the status of the males who come into frequent contact with the females, from being unrelated by blood ties to one that is related through a maternal relationship. It seems that Islam considers breast milk kinship to be just as good as blood relationship.
Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan said that foreign drivers can mix freely with all members of their employers’ family without breaking Saudi Arabia’s sex segregation law if they were to be breastfed by Saudi women of their employers’ household.
Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan said: “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.”
How To Be Breastfed
Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan said: “The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman. He should drink it and then becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam’s rules about mixing.”
However, another high profile Saudi cleric, Sheikh Abi Ishaq Al Huwaini disagreed when he said that men should suckle the breast milk directly from a woman’s breast instead of drinking it from glasses.
Let Women Drive Campaign
Now a group of Saudi women has started a campaign to be allowed to drive vehicles. Based on the recent fatwa by Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan, the campaign has this eye catching slogan: “We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners.” Amal Zahid, a member of the campaign team said: “As every Saudi family needs a driver, our campaign will focus on women’s right to drive.”
Ridiculous And Weird
The campaign is somewhat like an ultimatium. Either let Saudi women drive, or else let them breastfeed their foreign drivers. Fatima Al Shammary said: “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?” Another Saudi woman said: “Does Islam allow me to breastfeed a foreign man and prevent me from driving my own car?
Suzan Al Mashhadi, a Saudi writer asked a pointed question: “Do the women have to breastfeed the driver in the presence of their husbands or can they do this alone?” And here is a follow up question by Suzan Al Mashhadi: “Who will protect the wife if the husband entered the house unexpectedly and found his wife breastfeeding the driver?”
And there are those who find this all so ridiculous. One Saudi woman said: “I have not breastfed my own children. How do you expect me to do this with a foreign man? What is this nonsense?”
How About Applying The Fatwa The Other Way?
And for the Saudi husbands, here is something to ponder over. One Saudi woman suggested that the recent adult male breastfeeding fatwa should also be applicable the other way. Saudi husbands should be breastfed by their housemaids so they can comingle in the household.
Think About It
Saudi Arabia’s sex segregation law is supposed to be strictly enforced. But what happens to households with housemaids? How can members of the household not come into daily contact with housemaids who are usually unrelated by blood ties and are foreigners? What about households who employ male foreign drivers? How can such drivers overcome this sex segregation law when ferrying female members of the employers’ households? Wouldn’t it be better for Saudi women to drive instead of being driven by male foreign drivers? Can this campaign – more like a threat – to either let Saudi women drive, or else, following the recent fatwa, let Saudi women breastfeed their male foreign drivers so they won’t break the sex segregation law when being driven around by male drivers, succeed? And should Saudi men start a campaign to be allowed to suckle breast milk directly from their housemaids? Isn’t the whole thing bordering on the ridiculous and weird?