Finally I have read data that has literally made me see red. A group of Saudi clerics…yes, I repeat, clerics, who consider themselves among the finest representatives of Islam, gave an ultimatum to the Saudi Minister of Labor , Adel Fakieh. These clerics are strongly against women in the workforce. So, the ultimatum they delivered to Minister Fakieh was that he either stop allowing women to work in retail or they are going to collectively pray that God gives him cancer.
As an active cancer warrior who has been battling stage IV cancer since 2008 and lost my dear Saudi husband to the dreaded disease in 2010 I have a very strong reaction to the idiocy and hypocrisy of these so-called men of faith. I would never wish cancer or any kind of disease upon an enemy or anyone for that matter.
How can these so-called clerics maintain any semblance of creditability when they publicly declare such sentiments? Where is the Islam of peace, tolerance, forgiveness and kindness? It clearly does not seem to be practiced or preached by these group of clerics.
The Minister responded to the clerics saying he would only ban women from retail jobs if ordered by the courts to do so. My question is who does one complain to in order to get such callous and insensitive men who dare to call themselves clerics removed?
If you are a Saudi, do you want Islamic clerics speaking like this?