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Saudi Cleric: Babies Should Wear Burkas

Posted By Matzav Editor On February 7, 2013 @ 10:21 AM In Breaking News, US & World | 13 Comments

A Saudi cleric has sparked outrage by declaring that baby girls must wear the burka. Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, who said all female newborns should wear the veil, insisted the burkas would help to protect the infants against the threat of abuse.

His comments were made in an interview with an Islamic television station that has surfaced online.

In the interview broadcast on al-Majd TV last year, Sheikh Daoud cited instances of babies being abused in Saudi Arabia, and quoted unnamed medical and security sources, a report on Al Arabiya News said.

After the footage suddenly spread across the internet this week, commentators called for the cleric to be held accountable for his fatwa, which they said was damaging to Islam.

Islamic law holds that women should wear the veil after they reach maturity.

Sheikh Mohammed al-Jzlana, a former judge at the Saudi Board of Grievances, told the news channel that Sheikh Daoud’s remarks had made the faith look bad.
He urged people to ignore unofficial religious edicts, which he said were administered under special regulations set by Saudi authorities, which also appoints those entitled to issue them.

The former judge said covering baby girls with burkas was ‘an injustice’ to children.

{Daily Mail [1], Matzav.com Newscenter}


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