Saudi Sheik, Abdullah M. Daoud, claimes twenty six percent of Saudi children between the ages of 6 and 10 were victims of child abuse. Shocking number, isn't it? He proposed a fatwa that babies and children should be veiled right out of the hospital. I know - lunacy, right?
First, let's try to figure out where did he get that numbers. Saudi Arabia does not report incidences of rape, molestation and other acts of violence to the UN, let alone to their own people. Islamic countries like to pretend their crime rates are very low, and Islam gets credit for those low crime rates. So the statistics are coming from where?
I have heard Saudi's also claim that most American women do not even know who the father of their babies are. Where do they get that fact from? Oh...that's right... the same place Daoud got his facts. These people think that the entire world is stupid, and completely unaware that the make up their own "statistics" according to whatever propaganda they are pushing at the moment.
I do not doubt that children are molested and abused in Saudi Arabia. However, I think that their rates of child abuse is relatively on par with the rest of planet earth.
"Sheikh Mohammad al-Jzlana, a former Saudi judge and Islamic cleric told Al-Arabiya that such a fatwa could only come from a pervert. He added that people like Abdullah Daoud were denigrating to Islam and Shariah and made Muslims look bad. He also said that he felt sad he saw families walking around with a veiled baby, describing that as injustice to children." -worldcrunch.com
I have to ask myself, is his fatwa really denigrating to Islam? Islam has done a very good job of denigrating itself. Islam does not need Daoud's help looking ridiculous.
His entire fatwa is based upon the idea that if a baby is in a veil, some pervert will not be tempted to molest it. Daoud clearly has no real understanding how the mind of a pedophile works. A pedophile will usually have access to a child regardless if the child is in a veil or not. A pedophile is usually a trusted family friend or relative. The baby-burka will do nothing to protect the child.
The entire idea that a veil prevents rape in the first place is beyond my understanding. Women should be free to wear what ever they want to wear, drink what ever they want to drink, pass out where ever they want to pass out without having to worry about a man forcing himself on her. These people think that men are primitive beasts that cannot help themselves when they see someone they want to penetrate, be it a woman or an infant. If I was a man - I would be insulted.
The answer to this problem is not with focusing on the victim, covering the victim, or blaming the victim. The answer to this lives in focusing the entire conversation on the perpetrator.
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