Saudi Woman Converts to Christianity

A 28 year-old Saudi woman has decided to become Christian after she was convinced by Lebanese coworker to join the Christian religion. Saudi woman who is named Mariam left Saudi Arabia. The Lebanese Coworker along with Saudi man Helped Mariam to go to Bahrain then to Lebanon. The family of the girl is now suing the 2 guys in Saudi Arabia accusing them of misleading and deceiving their daughter.

Mariam appeared in video on youtube religious channel called   talking about how god showed her that Christianity is the right religion in her dreams. She says” I have asked god to show me the truth in my dreams and within a week  god showed me that Jesus is his son , if you are uncertain about your religion, if you feel lost, ask god to guide you and he will”

The above video shows Mariam talking to guy who was also Muslim and converted to Christianity. The video is in Arabic with no English subtitles.

Saudi twitter users have created 2 hashtags to talk about it  ‎#لبناني_ينصر_فتاة_سعودية‏ ‎#مريم_السعودية

Saudi people seems to be very angry and blaming that mix working environment, meaning both men and women working at the same place was the reason why she became christian and some has blamed it on her parents for not rising her well. Other people have accused her of being Shiite.  Some Saudis wrote in twitter that they want the Saudi gov to drag her back to Saudi Arabia and charge her with crime of apostasy. Yes, choosing a different religion that is not Islam is considered a crime in Saudi Arabia, and if a person proven that  she or he has left Islam, she/ or he will be facing death plenty after giving three chances to return back to Islam.

If Mariam brought back by the Saudi government, she will be charged for apostasy, and she will be given 3 chances to return to Islam, if she didn’t she will face death plenty,  in other term ” beheading”.

Mariam is not the first Saudi woman who converted to Christianity, Fatima Al Mutairi is believed to be murdered by her religious Muslim brother. It is believed that her brother has burnt her alive. I personally has read some of what she wrote back in 2008 in religious christian website, Fatima has never left Saudi Arabia. She was murdered by her brother. The Lebanese christian channels and website are the only one who reacted when they found out she was murdered. Very few Saudis know about Fatima Al Mutairi.  The website where Fatimah use to write is blocked. Unfortunately I lost the link but you can google the story of Fatimah.

Saudi online newspaper http://www.news-sa.com/snews/4780-2012-07-25-07-21-40.html

I am very sure now after I publish this post Saudis will accuse me of encouraging people to convert to Christianity or would say I’m not a muslim. Just so you know I’m Muslim, but I don’t hate other people just because they read from different book.

”My choice is what i chose to do;
and if I’m causin no harm,
it shouldn’t bother you.
Your choice is who you chose to be;
and if your causin to harm, then your alright with me.”

Ben Harper

Omaima Al Najjar being investigated by the religious police

 

Two undercover Muttwas caught me yesterday in Rabwa area  in exit 14 in Riyadh city for doing a deal with a foreign man. The religious police were very happy to  caught a lady that is not covering her face with unrelated man, they were so happy that they let the man who I was doing the deal with go and they parked their cars in away that it would obstruct the road so I won’t be able to escape.

Anyways, they Muttwas asked the  Saudi taxi driver in a very serious voice tone to leave the car. The taxi driver who drove me to Rabwa area was so scared that he got out of the car immediately while I was still sitting in the back seat. One Muttwa held the driver so he won’t try to runaway. Few seconds later, I saw the other Muttwa approaching me, he was walking to the car where I was in so I opened the window to talk to him.

The Muttwa: what were you doing with the guy in the ford?

Omaima: I was buying a thing from the internet called online shopping..!! and I am here to get the product and pay him the money .

The Muttwa: I am not a fool, I am going to call for back up from the religious police.

Omaima: Whatever..

The Muttwa: why are not covering your face, aren’t you a Saudi woman?

Omaima: Yes I’m Saudi.

The Muttwa: where are you from?

Omaima: Eastern region.

mean while there was also another Muttwa ( from the religious police) investgating with the taxi driver.

It didn’t take time for the back up  religious police to get to the location. 2 other Muttwas came with their black jeep car and they both got in the car and started asking me questions like  are you Shiite?? do you believe in god? are you muslim??

it was really awkward!! I never thought that I look like atheist!! lol!!

The Muttwa  asked me what happened and when I told him that it was a deal he said ” how can you prove that it was just a deal? ”

I said you can ask the taxi driver he heard me talking to the man on the phone and I’ll call the man who I made the deal with to come and speak with you. Then ,he asked me to call the man and put it on speaker so he would hear how the man would talk with me. I said ” alright”.

I called the man and ..

Omaima:  Salam Mr. B

Mr. B: sounded like he was surprised that I called after an hour, walikum alslam.. whats wrong sister? you didn’t like the product??

Omaima: No, it’s not about the product. I am with the religious Police and they are investigating with me for talking to you, they think that the deal we had is more than just a product. They asked me to prove that I’m innocent and I told him that perhaps you can tell them that we had nothing  going on between the 2 of us.

Mr. B: Sure, I’m coming now sister.

Man you can tell that the Muttwas were very disappointed when the man kept calling me sister…!!!!!!!! lol

It was strong proof that I was buying the product from him when he was the first  to talk about it saying: ” whats wrong, you didn’t like the product?”

So I told the Muttwa .. see I told you… now I am going to sue your mates of  wasting 2 hours of my precious short life and for  committing Qathf.

In Islamic Shariah law if you launch an outrageous accusation like prostitution or having sex for money   and then the accused woman or man  prosecutes you in courts and you didn’t prove that accusation then you’ll be sentenced to 80 lashes (the punishment of committing Qathf).

I was literally threatening the religious police . Then, I demanded apology for the driver and for me.  they had apologized to us and told me to call the man ( whom I was making the deal with) back  and tell him things are alright now and that he don’t have to come.

Although it was cold yesterday, yet I was sweating because I was really angry!!!

There was a point when the religious police and I were just yelling at each other and non of us listening to what the other party has to say. Things got really out of control but when I told them I’m going to sue them since they don’t have proof other than seeing me exchanging money in the street with unrelated man and yet they are insisting that it was more than that, they started to back up. I went to school today and told my friends about it and they were very shocked that I went to Rabwa area, they said that the main building for the religious police is located right there and this area is full of Muttwas and I should have chosen other areas!!!!

Honestly, I didn’t know that this area is full of Muttwas but now I know, I will never go there again.

Later on I asked the driver what kind of questions did they started asking him and my mouth dropped to the floor when he told me they were asking questions like..  ” does she ask you to take her to weird places where unusual things happen?”

”have you ever noticed anything on the way she talks or dress that may indicate that she is not a good girl?”

”does she pay you money to take her to work?” . .. ” is she married?” ” have she ever tried to approach you?” .. etc..

Basically, they wanted the driver to say anything bad about that would be enough for them to take me away and charge me of committing prostitution or something, specially that they saw me exchanging money with the man,isn’t this outrageous??!!!!!!

When I was 20 years old, I have had a similar ethical issues with 2 men belong to rich and well-known family  and I went to the court alone and sued their A**es and I won the case. That tought me a lot on how to confront sheikhs and how to speak up for myself. Sometimes I feel frustrated on how hard it is to do the simplest thing that would probably be normal if I was living somewhere ales. Yet, I feel happy living independently and solving my problems on my own knowing that not a lot of Saudi single girls lives away from their parents.

What is it like to be a Saudi Woman?

 

Those who have lived in Saudi Arabia know that the majority of Men especially Bedouins are very rude towards women; they disrespect women and consider women inferior. This attitude towards women has been going on since the pre-Islamic period. Islam religion was supposed to improve the social status for women particularly in the Arabian Peninsula, because back then women were treated as objects and slaves. But it seems that Saudi men can’t get along with the Islamic rules, they can’t accept the fact that women are just like men. They always interpreted the religion as men are superior and women should follow them and obey them as they are guardians.

 

There is this sentence in the Arabic language when a man mention things that are considered culturally inferior such as shoes or dirty places AND women says ” waanta be karama” which means sorry for using an offensive term. The offensive terms include women or their names.

 

 Most Bedouins prefer having a baby boy rather than a baby girl, they believe it’s honorable to have males in the family that carries out the family name and pass it to the other generation. The killing of baby girls was very common in the pre-Islamic period. However, Islam religion stopped the act of killing baby girls and it has a clear message in the Quran about that matter.

 

 Some Bedouins use to name their daughters very offensive names such as towel and monster, until the government just few years ago took an action and forced parents to change the offensive name of their daughters. I remember one of my teachers called camel and one of my classmates were called a very offensive sexual term that I can’t even write it. Isn’t this so cruel and sick?!!!  Its really bad that they they government action took so long.

 

 

Saudi women are not allowed to get an education, health insurance, job or travel without a guardian’s approval. There is consent that must be signed by the guardian before a woman can do anything. A guardian is the male in the family; he can be her son or 75 year old father, an uncle, brother or whoever male in the family that makes a decision for his daughter, mother or sister. That man can be ignorant and not aware of anything at all and the woman can be highly educated, intelligent and yet consider inferior compared to75 illiterate old man because she is a female. I know many girls who are at home because their guardians won’t let them get a higher education or a job. A lot of Saudi men don’t want women to compete with them and don’t believe that women should get an education or a job, they believe that the  woman should marry and serve her husband and have alot of children instead.

 

 

Saudi Arabia is the only country that considers ” female driving” a felony. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive cars. Instead, they have to beg their brothers or fathers to get them to wherever they want.

 For Women like myself who are living alone with no male in their family around need to hire a male driver. It’s so not fair because it costs a fortune to get the visa for the driver and then I must pay him a monthly salary furthermore provide him with a room and food. In addition I have to buy a car, that I will never drive myself and pay for the gas as well considering that it will be doubled, for the reason that the driver is going drop me off in school then will turn back home and then get back later to pick me up, when I can just save all that energy and money if I was driving my own car. Imagine how much money Saudi women spends on getting drivers of their own.

 

Since I can’t afford this I stop a taxi car every time I have to go anywhere, If I was lucky, I’ll just wait for about 10 minutes before the taxi stops. However, sometimes I wait for a lot longer in very hot weather conditions like 45 degrees or so. A lot of times I deal with sexual harassment or spanking.. Etc. Sometimes its from Saudi guys who happened to pass by while I was standing waiting for a taxi cap or from the taxi driver himself. You can imagine what a single Saudi woman have to go through just to buy a bottle or water from the mini market.

What pisses me off the most is when I find a very young boys at the age of 10 -13 driving cars and don’t get tickets for it because its very ordinary and common here in Saudi.

 

 

What makes that Pilipino, Indian or Pakistani driver better than me??!

 

Why its okay when a 12 year old Saudi boy with no license to drive a car and it’s a felony when 40 year old Saudi woman with international license drives the car?

This video is showing Wajiha Al Huaider speaking about Saudi Women right.

A joke about living in Saudi Arabia

hello guys..

just read this joke about living in Saudi arabia, I thought it was funny so wanted to share it with you all.

Three women died and went directly to the doors of heaven. An angel says, “Only one of you can come inside, the other two are not allowed.” The first woman says, “I’m a doctor, I helped sick people.” The door moved slightly, but did not open. The second woman says, “I’m a teacher and I spread knowledge.” The door moved a little, but did not open. The third woman says, “I lived in Saudi Arabia.” The door quickly opened and the angel says, “Go to heaven, my dear child, you’ve been in hell for so long!”

Polygamy in Saudi

This is an arabic post I found in Islamic website, I just translated that post into English.

A Saudi man asking the Grand Mufti of Islamic law in Saudi Arabia Bin Baz.

Question: Some women prefer living in western countries because polygamy is not allowed, unlike here in Saudi Arabia. What do you think of that?

The Grand Mufti Answers: those who hated polygamy or alleged that stopping polygamy is better, are none believers and An apostate of Islam (left Islam). The penalty of apostasy is execution.

What is grand mufti? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Mufti

Reference: the official website of the grand mufti of Saudi answering the man’s question Arabia  http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/18069

Saudi Men believe that they have the right to marry 4 wives,as it says in the Quran or as law of Islam.

Bin Uthameen another Grand Mufti listing stupid reasons why Islam is allowing polygamy.

1-     It’s necessary when the wife is too old or too sick and he has kids from his wife that he can’t just divorce her and yet he can’t have sex with her for the mentioned reasons.

2-     Polygamy is a way of communication in sense that bonds a lot of families.

3-     Protecting women in the sense of providing home and whatever needed as the husband is the primary financial provider.

4-     Some men have strong sexual desires that one woman is not enough, so god’s was merciful in this matter by allowing Muslim men to marry more than one wife.

5-     Sometimes after the marriage finds out that the wife can’t have children or she is sterile so better than divorcing his wife, he can just marry another one and keep the old wife.

6-     Some men travels a lot and they feel lonely.

7-     A lot of men died during wars so there are more women than men. Therefore, 1 man for every 4 women.

8-     A married man might like a woman and the only way to have a legal relationship with her is to marry her.

9-     Sometimes the couple would fight and the man divorces his wife, then he marries another woman. But later on he finds out that he wants to get back to his old wife, so rather than divorcing his new wife, he can just remarry his ex-wife.

10- Having more children as Muslim needs ( increasing the number of Muslims)  to enforce the army with more soldiers for Jihad to fight the non believers ( non muslims ).

11- The woman will have time to do her studies or whatever she have to do as the husband is hanging around with the other wife.

12- Polygamy is good because it gives a break so the couples miss each other when it’s the other wives shift or turn.

Reference: http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vb//showthread.php?t=41035

How to beat your wife?

Wife Beating in Islam – The Rules!

Noble Verses 4:34-36 “(34).  As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them(first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them).

واللاتي تَخَافُون نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ واهْجُرُوهُنَّ في المضاجعِ واضْرِبُوهُنَّ)[ سورة النساء : آية 34.]

 

Islam and Muslims have long been accused of mistreating women. though, Prophet Mohammad (peace upon him) has never mistreated any of his wives. Yet Muslim men are perceived as aggressive, brutal and barbaric towards women. Domestic violence statistics have been rapidly increasing in developed countries; there is no real numbers because a lot of women are suffering in silence.

 

The reason that such horrible behavior does occur in the Muslim world is that because a lot of Muslims are using this verse as an open license to beat their wives, there is no doubt that culture and media played a rule in leading to women abuse but beating a wife or a woman in the name of religion makes a valid excuse for a lot of Muslim Men.

 

A lot of religious people interpreted the verse differently; some said this verse means beating your wife but ” lightly”. However, I believe that there is no such a thing called ” hitting lightly” in the adults world, once a man starts a physical fight it turns ugly. Saudi television host, Rania Al Baz who was beaten up badly by her husband and almost got killed is one of the most famous stories of women abuse in Saudi Arabia.

 On the other hand, others believe that it means   ” wadrobohn” which is an Arabic word that has different meanings such as strike or hit that this verse means the separation or divorce as last option.

 

I found this interesting video on you tube of a religious man instructing Muslim men how to beat their wives!

Isn’t this ironic?!!!!!

How about Muslims women who want to know how to beat their husbands?

 

Mistreatment and abuse of women, and wives in particular is condemned by Islam, Considering the following Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira in Tirmidhi: the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,” The one most perfect in his faith is he whose conduct is best and the best amongst you is he who behaves best towards his wife.”

 

 

Saudi Tv Host, Rania Al Baz