America Comes to the Aid of a Saudi Woman


By Dr. Aaidh al-Qarni*)

I know that the US has been responsible for the deaths of millions of people 
outside of its borders either intentionally, semi-intentionally or by mistake. 
However inside the country, things are different. The US deals with its 
subjects through systems that look like they were based on Islamic teachings 
whilst Muslims fail to implement such systems.

I will relay a story that was told to me by a Saudi professor who studied in 
the US and witnessed these events himself. I sat with him and listened to him 
as he narrated the story. "There was a Saudi family; a man who had been sent by 
the Institute of Public Administration on a scholarship to complete his Masters 
degree in the US, his wife, his eight year old daughter and six year old son.

At the beginning, the family lived in Richmond, Virginia. The husband used to 
abuse his wife every now and then, beating her and cursing her. The wife would 
call on her Saudi neighbours for help and they would contact the husband and 
ask him to stop beating his wife. They would also call the wife's family in 
Saudi Arabia to help her and help solve the marital problems between the 

The family then moved to Ohio and the man continued to beat and curse his wife 
and even though she called on her brothers and father in Saudi Arabia to 
intervene and put an end to the injustice she was suffering, none of her family 
or the husband's family intervened to help them with their problems. In fact 
she was rejected, insulted and threatened by them. Having reached a dead end, 
the wife decided to put a stop to the physical and psychological pain she and 
her children were suffering; she contacted the police and told the police about 
her husband. 

Within minutes, over five police squads arrived at the Saudi family's home and 
the husband and the wife were both questioned separately. The children were 
also questioned and as a result, the police were certain that the father had 
beaten and insulted the mother. Accordingly, the father was detained at the 
police station and the mother and her children were taken to a hotel until the 
investigation had been completed. 

The entire family was placed under protection, and policemen were assigned to 
take the children to school and to pick them up everyday, and to protect the 
house where the family lived and they were given financial assistance for 
living costs. 

The Saudi attaché provided a lawyer for the imprisoned Saudi student who was 
bailed out until the investigation and the trial were completed. During this 
period, the police made the student sign a pledge that he would not enter the 
area where his wife and children live or go near the area or even think about 
visiting the children either at home or at school until a court ruling had been 

The US government also asked the Saudi woman to appoint a lawyer to defend her 
in court. When she asked about the costs this would entail, she was told it 
might cost around 6000 dollars. The woman burst into tears and said that she 
did not have that kind of money and expressed her fear that she would lose the 
case and would be forced to return to her husband.

Two American lawyers were present during the woman's outburst and they offered 
to take the case pro bono. After the sessions of the trial were completed and 
having collected evidence and eyewitness reports against the husband, the court 
decided that he was guilty and that the wife would maintain custody of the 
children if the couple were to divorce, and that is what happened.

After the trial ended, the US government provided the Saudi woman and her 
children with a house and paid the rent for her, and after a certain period of 
time she could own the house. 

The US government also gave the Saudi woman a job that was suitable to her 
religious beliefs and she earned a salary of 3000 US dollars per month. 

The US government also covered the fees for the children's schooling and the 
Saudi woman's university fees and issued her with a credit card with a monthly 
allowance to cover her and her children's living costs. The government also 
changed her visa status to refugee status and this will facilitate her 
obtainment of US citizenship in the future."

Now, after listening to the story, let us ask how many women are beaten, 
insulted and hurt without anybody coming to their aid? I am aware of many 
terrifying stories of the worst kind of abuse and oppression that women 
experience day and night. I also heard a very distressing story about a child 
in Saudi Arabia last year so I contacted an excellent physician from the Human 
Rights Authority in Saudi Arabia but I am yet to receive any news or an answer 
from him let alone a positive attitude. I fear that after people read this 
story, many women here in the Arab world would want to go to the US. I believe 
that there should be a secret police force whose task it is to intervene in 
order to rescue women who are being assaulted and suffering abuse. Any husbands 
carrying out such abuse should share the same fate as the Saudi student in the 
US mentioned in the story above. Over fourteen centuries ago, Omar Ibn al 
Khattab, the second of the four Rightly-Guided Caliphs, defended an abused 
woman when he went to her husband's house with his sword and rescued the woman 
and taught her husband a lesson but in accordance with the principles of 
Islamic Shariaa.

I remember that some colleagues and I toured 21 American states and whenever we 
saw the accuracy and excellence of the traffic system, and witnessed people's 
commitment to environment protection laws, and the way daily affairs are 
managed, we thought of the words we read in the Quran and the Sunnah of the 
Prophet. Even some of the Muslim professors there once said to us, "We swear it 
is as if the Americans took it from our religion word for word, whilst we 
ignore these great texts."

Former US president Richard Nixon, in his book 'Seize the Moment' says "The US 
is a powerful country but unfortunately, great ideas are in Islam."

Wake up Muslims and Arabs! I thank the US government and US President Barack 
Hussein Obama and the American nation as a whole for taking such a noble 

*) Dr. al-Qarni is a Saudi-born Islamic preacher and scholar. His book "Don't 
Feel Sad" (La Tahzan) has sold millions world wide. 

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