Senior cleric says women driving does not contradict Quran, Sunnah

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Member of the Senior Scholars’ Council, Abdullah bin Abdlemohsen al-Turki, has said that decision taken to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia does not contradict with the country’s constitution which is the Qur’an and the Sunnah. He added that the decision is based on Sharia’s jurisdictions.

Turki also said that ever since its establishment by Founder King Abdulaziz, the kingdom has never allowed corruption and immorality, adding that it is keen to develop the society while protecting the Muslim faith.

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He also noted that numerous research have proved that there is no harm in allowing women to drive and in fact demonstrated that it will resolve several negative repercussions.

On Tuesday evening, following a landmark decision by King Salman, Saudi Arabia officially announced that it will grant driving license to women, which will be effective in June next year.

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The royal decree stated that Saudi Arabia will implement the provisions of traffic regulations, including the issuance of driving licenses for men and women alike.

The decision was widely welcomed as the United Nations and Washington and by others around the world.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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