Saudi Women's Rights Activist Claims Conditions Are Worse Than Gitmo

It’s hard to imagine that Wajiha Al-Huweidar will be around long if she continues to speak out like this…

The Religion of Peace and MEMRI are reporting today that Saudi women’s rights activist Wajiha Al-Huweidar claims that women in Saudi Arabia have it worse than Gitmo prisoners.

MEMRI has the video clip HERE.
Here’s the transcript from MEMRI:

Interviewer: There is the notion that Saudi Arabia is the cradle of Islam, as you’ve said, and that it is the most conservative Islamic conservative Islamic country. That is the response you usually get to such questions.

Wajiha Al-Huweidar: Why do we fear other religions? What frightens us? We should have confidence in ourselves and in our religion. There is no religious text that prohibits the establishment of a church or a temple of any religion. If they want to oppose this in Mecca or Al-Madina – there could be a justification for this, but in the other cities, where there are many foreign workers… How can this be justified? It could be justified because these cities are holy to Muslims, even though Mecca… In my opinion, Mecca should be opened to all the Muslim and non-Muslim peoples of the world. How come the Sheik of the Haram Mosque, to this day, comes from the same family and from the same region – Najd.

Interviewer: What family?

Wajiha Al-Huweidar: It is passed down from father to son in the Subayyil family. Why only this family, and why must it be a family from Najd? How come Saudis have a monopoly on Islam? Are the Saudis the only Muslims? If we want to spread the notion of tolerance towards other religions and sects, the Haram Mosque should be given to the different sects.

Interviewer: Which sects?

Wajiha Al-Huweidar: All of them. Why must the Sheik of the Haram Mosque be of the Hanbali school? Why can’t there be a Hanbali sheik one day, and on other days, sheiks form the Shafe’i, Maliki, Hanafi, Ja’fari, and Isma’ili schools? Why can’t there be sheiks of other nationalities? Why only Saudis?

Saudi society is based on enslavement – the enslavement of women to men and of society to the state. People still do not make their own decisions, but it is the women of Saudi Arabia who have been denied everything. The Saudi woman still lives the life of a slavegirl. So in what way are we different from Guantanamo? At least in the case of Guantanamo, many prisoners have been releases, while we remain in this prison, and nobody ever hears of us. When will we be freed? I don’t know.

In 2005 Wajiha wrote that discrimination of Saudi women begins in the uterus.

Jules Crittenden has more on Wajiha Al-Huweidar.

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