sunny,DEMIKIANLAH PEMAHAMAN ISLAM WHABI FANATIK... FATWA2 ULAMA2 BUIAN BERSUMBER DARI AL QURAN, TAPI DARI NAFSUNYA..
SEMOGA ALLAH MEMBERIKAN KEKUATAN KPD KING ABDULLAH UTK MENGREFORMASI NEGERINYA DR KETERBELAKANGAN...ISLAM-MODREN DAN MAJU. SALAM --- In email@example.com, "sunny" <am...@...> wrote: > > http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Head-of-the-religious-police-in-Mecca,-men-and-women-can-pray-together-18247.html > > 04/27/2010 12:36 > > SAUDI ARABIA > > Head of the religious police in Mecca, men and women can pray together > > > > Ahmed al-Ghamdi says that the strict separation between the sexes that exists > today did not exist at the time of Muhammad. Conservatives respond harshly: a > fatwa says that he "must be killed." The official Saudi news agency reports > his removal and a few hours later deletes the story. The issue also has > economic implications. > > > Riyadh (AsiaNews) - The Saudi official news agency, SPA, had reported his > dismissal only to delete all reports a few hours later, a fatwa says "he > should be killed," the Grand Mufti has denied his authority to speak about > Islamic law. He, Ahmed al Ghamdi (pictured), head of the religious police in > Mecca, the first holy city of Islam, confirms his convictions: men and women > can pray together and meet freely, even if only in public. > > The episode has been strictly censored by Saudi Arabia, monitored by the > Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the official > name of the muttawa, the religious police. Of which Ghamdi is a senior > official. > > The question of the possibility of men and women "mixing" - in public, never > in private - has for weeks been at the centre of a debate between scholars > and politicians. Thus, the Saudi newspaper The National, has devoted a long > article to the story, recalling the words of the Justice Minister Muhammad al > Issa who warned against confusing public promiscuity, which he believes is > allowed by Islam, with meetings in private between men and women who are > neither married nor related by kinship, which is prohibited. > > The problem is not merely one of religious tradition, it also has economic > implications. The ban has in fact heavy negative influences on women's > employment and foreign investment since it requires gender division even in > the offices of international companies. > > So, since December, when Ghamdi first spoke out on the issue, the question > has occupied newspapers and television programs. A debate which is due to the > climate of moderate reforms that King Abdullah is introducing into the > country in an attempt to modernize it. > > But the reaction of conservatives has been very hard. If Ghamdhi argues that > the division did not exist at the time of Mohammed his opposers cry of > violations of Sharia and apostasy. Sheikh Abdulrahman Al Barrak has issued a > fatwa which says that promiscuity "as supported by modernists" is prohibited > because it allows "the sight of what is forbidden and prohibited > conversations between men and women." Anyone who facilitates such promiscuity > is an infidel", and if not retracted "should be killed". And finally, anyone > who allows his daughter, sister or wife to work with men or to attend a mixed > school is guilty of "a kind of prostitution". > > On Sunday, the case seemed closed. The Commission's website published a > statement from its Chairman Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Humain according to which > Ghamdhi had been replaced. The statement was picked up and reported by SPA. > Soon after, however, the agency wrote that the news was to be "deleted and > not used". > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] >