Abdullah al-Mutlaq is a permanent guest of Friday studio which is a weekly Islamic show in which people discuss Islamic teaching, questions and answers are raised and Fatwas are issued.
He said more than 90% of the woman in the Muslim world do not wear an Abaya. He said they are currently required to wear an Abaya by the Law. Recommended: Abaya is not necessary for Women – Saudi Crown Prince
This was the first time a senior cleric made such a statement which may form the basis of Saudi Law in the future.
One of the Twitter users said, wearing an Abaya is a matter of tradition rather than the matter of religion and it has become applicable in our country.
If we look back in 2016, a woman was arrested by religious police for removing her Abaya in the main street of Riyadh.
Now women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to attend mix public sporting events and drive on Saudi roads.
These changes welcomed a new progressive trend in Saudi Arabia. But still, the sex-segregated nation is criticized for its continued restrictions on women and in many families, women are totally dependent on their male family members.
Source: Arab News