Only In A Muslim Country
Posted by balochibeta on Friday, August 10, 2007
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice is a body in Saudi Arabia, sometimes referred to as the "Religious Policemen", muttawa or mutawi.
"Arab News", itself a Saudi publication, today reports that a Nigerian convert to Islam has been placed in jail for helping a 63-year old sick woman.
Ibrahim Mohammed Lawal is studying Islamic Law at Badiya Islamic Center in Riyadh. He found out that his neighbor, a 63-year old woman, was in need of medical attention, so he offered to help. He drove her to several hospitals in his car, where the woman was refused treatment. Only after the head of the college where he studied intervened was the woman admitted, to the Badiya Hospital.
The muttawa decided that Mr Lawal had fallen foul of "khalwat" laws - which prevent a man being in close proximity to a woman to whom he is neither married nor a blood relative. He went to the woman's apartment later, to find out if the woman was feeling better. Three other women, relatives of the sick woman were in the apartment. While Mr Lawal enquired about the woman's health, officers of the muttawa arrived. Lawal and the three women were arrested. He was placed in Malaz prison on a 50 day sentence, and the muttawa confiscated all the money he had on him at the time - $733.
"Arab News" attempted to contact the spokesman for the muttawa - Ahmed Al-Jardan - but he did not answer phone calls or email inquiries.