"Burkas for babies" as spate of child abuse sweeps Saudi Arabia

An Islamic cleric has called for all female babies to be covered with a burka, citing an uptick in child abuse cases in Saudi Arabia

by The Commentator on 3 February 2013 22:54

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Following the shocking story of a Saudi cleric raping and killing his 5-year-old daughter, a video has emerged of a cleric calling for all female babies to be fully covered by wearing the face veil.

Shiekh Abdullah Daoud told al-Majd TV around six months ago that he believes female babies should be covered from head to toe using the burka. Daoud cited reports of little girls being sexually molested. 

Daoud stressed that wearing the veil will protect baby girls. He backed his assertion with claims of sexual molestation against babies in the Saudi Arabia, quoting unnamed medical and security sources.

Al Arabiya noted that the video was recently picked up on social media, and Sheikh Dauod’s statements have prompted wide condemnation from his fellow Saudis on Twitter. Some have called for the Sheikh to be held accountable because his ruling denigrates Islam and breaches individual privacy.

Sheikh Mohammad al-Jzlana, former judge at the Saudi Board of Grievances, told Al Arabiya that Dauod’s ruling was denigrating to Islam and Shariah and made Islam look bad.

Jzlana urged people to ignore unregulated fatwas and explained that there are special regulations set by the Saudi authorities to administer religious edicts and appoint those who are entitled to issue them.

He said that he feels sad whenever he sees a family walking around with a veiled baby, describing that as injustice to children.

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