Abaya is not necessary for women – Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Saudi Arabia is changing: Since the time Mohammad bin Salman was appointed as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, he aimed to transform Saudi Arabia into stable and strong Kingdom in the Middle East.

We know that Saudi Women have been allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia since 24 June 2018 which is a revolutionary step.

No doubt to say that since the ascension to power of the Prince the Kingdom has seen a lot of changes along with the expansion of women rights which includes the decision of providing them with the rights of driving and to attend public sports events.

These were two great changes that were carried out in the Kingdom to drag the conservative Kingdom to modernization and open for all.

Now when the changes are taking place in the Kingdom, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman submissively issued another statement during his interview with the CBS television in the United States.

No Need to wear Abaya: In his statement, he said, it is not necessary for women to wear an Abaya. Abaya is a long loose dressing, full-length robes that Muslim women consider to wear over their clothes symbolic of Islamic piety.

He said they should wear a decent attire that covers their body and the decision is up to them to choose a decent and respectful dress for themselves.

Young prince expressed that the Islamic laws are very clear and stipulated that women wear decent and respectful clothing like men and this particular does not specify that they should wear a black Abaya or a black covering on their head.

Up to Women to decide: However, the decision is left for the women to choose a respectful attire to wear, said the young Prince. His words are hailed as proof of a new liberal trend towards modernization and transformation of the Kingdom.

If we remember, just a month earlier, a senior cleric issued a Fatwa that women should dress modestly and this did not necessitate wearing an Abaya.

However, two statements were issued in recent two months and it is still not clear if these two statements, signals a change in the implementation of women’s dress code in the country.

There is no Legal Code: However, on the other hand, Saudi Kingdom has not written any legal code to go with the texts making up Sharia.  

The police and the Judiciary have imposed a strict dress code for Saudi women requiring them to wear Abayas and in many cases, they force the women to cover their faces and hands also.

Now in this present time, Saudi women are seen wearing more colorful Abayas rather than following their old tradition of wearing the only black Abaya. They use to wear light blues and pink in stark contrast with black.

Open Abayas over the skirts and jeans are also trending in the ultra-conservative Kingdom. All these changes are witnessed with the rise of the bold climate of social freedoms when the young 31-year-old Crown Prince was appointed.

On March 8, a group of women was witnessed in the Saudi city of Jeddah marked International Women’s Day by working out on one of their newly attained freedoms; the right to go for a jog without paying any attention to bemused onlookers.

The citizens of the Kingdom hope to visualize some more modern changes in the Kingdom, as well as the whole world eyes, are also on the Kingdom as many changes are occurring along with the vision 2030.

Source: Gulf News

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