Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nigerian Women Denied Entry Into Saudi Arabia for the Hajj

Des Nigérianes montent dans un bus après leur arrivée à Médine, mercredi.
-Le Figaro

Nigerian women boarding a bus after arrival in Medina, Saudi Arabia

The below report from Le Figaro describes a diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. It seems that approximately 1,000 Nigerian women have been denied entry into Saudi Arabia for the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) because they were not accompanied by male guardians.

Nigeria is protesting what it calls discriminatory treatment because only their country seems to be singled out. A Nigerian religious figure, Sheikh Ahmad Mahmoud Gumi, who, according to the Le Figaro article, has been linked to terrorist groups, has "poured gasoline on the fire" by stating that certain Nigerians in Saudi Arabia have committed acts that offend  the religion.

The National Organization of Women (NOW) has issued no comment as far as I know.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

It is good to see Gary Fouse advocating for Muslims attempting to make the Hajj.

Unknown said...

Yours doing this might not effect to their deed but if in the same concern they have not done their duty towards you might be a problem for them. And every thing is their in Allah (SWT) hand one can't play or even can't show off. And the result en thing which you mention shows that they may shown the love towards you then the strictness. If you are not their responsibility means if you are married and they have try to stop every right manner then their responsibility would have finish.

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