Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reports on a fatwa — possibly issued last year — that calls for baby girls to be veiled. The cleric claims that this would somehow prevent child molestation. Social media and other Saudi clerics have not been kind to the Sheikh, calling his opinion outrageous. Others seek his punishment for the way his fatwa denigrates Islam. I can’t argue with that; he serves to feed anti-Saudi and anti-Muslim audiences with further evidence that there’s something intrinsically wrong with Islam if it must cloak its infants in order to protect them.
“Burkas for babies”: Saudi cleric’s new fatwa causes controversy
Mohammad Alyousei | Al Arabiya
A Saudi cleric has called for all female babies to be fully covered by wearing the face veil, commonly known as the burka, citing reports of little girls being sexually molested.
In a TV interview on the Islamic Al-Majd TV, which seems to date back to mid-last year, Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, stressed that wearing the veil will protect baby girls. The Sheikh tried to back his assertion with claims of sexual molestation against babies in the kingdom, quoting unnamed medical and security sources.
Recently picked up on social media, sheikh Dauod’s statement prompted wide condemnation from his fellow Saudis on Twitter. Some tweeps called for the Sheikh to be held accountable because his ruling denigrates Islam and breaches individual privacy.