Prominent Saudi preacher: Saudi women are not obliged to wear abaya[/ltr]
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Saudi preacher Abdullah al-Mutlaq said Muslim women were not bound to wear abaya.
Al-Mutlaq, a member of the Supreme Council of Scholars, the country's top religious body, said women should wear decent clothes, without necessarily wearing abaya.
At present, Saudi law requires women to wear abaya in public places.
Al-Mutlaq's comment comes at a time of moves to modernize Saudi society and ease restrictions on women.
"More than 90 percent of committed Muslims in the Muslim world do not wear abaya, so we should not be forced to wear abaya," Mutlaq said.
Mutlaq's remarks sparked controversy on the Internet between supporters and opponents.
"Abaya is the customs and traditions of one of our regions and has become universally accepted by all," wrote a Twitter user, Meshary al-Ghamdi. "It is not a question of religion, modesty or religion. What is connected to Abaya? What is connected with a decent mind with a respectable body?"
On the other hand, a Saudi girl, who holds her name in Twitter @ kooshe90, rejected the view of the divorced woman, saying, "By God, if there is a fatwa and fatwa, I will leave my ablution on my body.
Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice were authorized to prosecute women who did not wear gowns in places where non-mahram men might see them.
In 2016, a Saudi woman was detained after her abaya was removed on a street in Riyadh, Reuters reported.
Over the past few years, however, it has become more common in some regions to wear Saudi women's overcoats in many colors, not just black, as well as open gowns with long skirts or jeans.
Al-Mutlaq's remarks came at a time when the kingdom is witnessing a movement to modernize Saudi society as part of a plan led by Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman known as Vision 2030.
The plan includes granting more freedom to Saudi women, who face strict rules against them on the basis of gender.
In September 2017, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz issued a decree lifting the ban on women driving the car.
In the same month, the authorities allowed women to attend Saudi Arabia's National Day celebrations for the first time in its history.
Last month, women were also allowed to watch soccer matches from stadiums in some cities.
Last year, Saudi authorities announced a ban on commercial cinemas after being banned for more than three decades, with theaters expected to reopen in March.
Last December, women attended the first women's concert in the country.
There are still things women are forbidden to do without the consent of their guardian, including: applying for a passport, marriage alone, opening a bank account, starting some private business, undergoing some surgery, and getting out of prison after the end of the sentence.
The guardian of Saudi law is the male responsible for women and their affairs, and it is necessary to refer to him in everything related to her and to obtain his consent, no matter how old she is.
The state begins with the father and then the brother after his death and then the husband. In the event of his death, the state returns to her father or brother until one of her children reaches the age of majority and becomes her guardian.