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> 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
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> 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". 
> 
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