No woman no cry? No husband no hajj. Friend and ally alert. via Saudi Arabia Holds 908 Nigerian Female Pilgrims.
ABUJA, Nigeria — The detention of hundreds of female Nigerian pilgrims heading to Mecca at Saudi Arabia’s busiest airport over a rule requiring them to travel with a husband or male relative is threatening to bring a diplomatic dispute between the two nations.
Saudi authorities are holding 908 Nigerian women in poor conditions “with some needing urgent medical attention” at King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah and threatened to deport them, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria said in a report submitted to Nigerian lawmakers Wednesday.
Until now, state pilgrimage officials had been allowed to stand in the place of a male relative or husband. Muhammad, for instance, said that she had been traveling with a Hajj official who is not her relative.
But Saudi authorities have proven much stricter this year. They even stopped women who did travel with their husbands.
“Islam allows wives to bear the names of their parents and not necessarily that of their husbands,” the report argued.
No driving, no traveling without a man, and no non-Muslims in Mecca.
In case you missed yesterday’s post, Muslims and Arabs have a long history of abusing black Africans: Black Africans forced to learn Arabic, women treated like 2nd class citizens under sharia in Mali (video).