Arab News asks whether males, who are supposed to be the guardians of women, are up to the task. And if they’re shirking their responsibilities – as some clearly are – what’s the point in having guardians?
The article notes several cases where males, fully competent, simply choose to not take up their duties to support and protect the females in their families. As a result, women have to step up.
Is guardianship going from men to Saudi women?
JOUD AL-AMRI | ARAB NEWS
JEDDAH: In Islam, men are the guardians of women. However, in Saudi society, which follows the principles of Islamic Shariah, the concept of guardianship has undergone some drastic changes. Here, at least in some cases of practical life, women have to take over guardianship of the household. In most such cases, women rise to the occasion in shouldering responsibilities when the male members of the family fail to carry out their designated responsibilities.
These women show some masculine features in this respect. They are resolute, resourceful and even magnanimous enough in shouldering such tasks. There are cases of families where women become breadwinners despite the presence of male members who sit idle without performing their responsibilities.