‘STOP Abusing Women’

Saudi police have arrested a young woman who tweeted a picture of herself outdoors without the body-length robes and head scarf that women in the kingdom are required to wear…


The picture posted on the downtown Riyadh street of al-Tahliya, led to someone filing a complaint with the religious police, and eventually to the woman’s arrest, according to the local Arabic-language ‘Al-Sharq’ newspaper.

A police spokesman told the newspaper that Shehri, who is in her 20s, was taken to prison and he also accused her of

speaking openly about prohibited relations with (non-related) men”.

Police officers have detained a girl who had removed her abaya on al-Tahliya street, implementing a challenge she announced on social media several days ago,” the newspaper quoted Colonel Fawaz al-Maiman as saying.

A woman identified as Malak al-Shehri posted a picture of herself on Twitter in a jacket and multi-colored dress last month after announcing that she would leave her house without her abaya — a long, loose-fitting robe — and headscarf.

The tweet caused a backlash, with many calling for Shehri – whose first name means ‘angel’, which was also her moniker online – to be executed, with the hashtag

We demand the arrest of the rebel Angel Shehri”.

The country imposes a strict dress code on women in public, as well as banning them from driving, and mixing with men they are not related to.

Police spokesman Maiman reportedly said in a statement that they had acted inline with their duty to monitor

violations of general morals”.

After a fierce backlash from ultra-conservative critics online, Shehri took down the picture and deleted her Twitter account. Other Twitter users came out in support, with one comparing her to Rosa Parks.

Thousands of Saudis signed a petition in September that demanded the government abolish the ‘guardianship’ system, which prevents women from engaging in fundamental tasks without the permission of a male relative.”

–‘Rebel’ Saudi Arabia woman who posted photo without head scarf is arrested’,

Mazin Sidahmed, The Guardian (U.K.), Dec.13, 2016

“A 21-year-old student from the city of Dammam, who called herself Sara Ahmed for fear that her real name could put her in danger, shared the tweet of a woman named Malak Al Shehri, photographed wearing a dark blue coat, bright multicolored skirt and boots.

“Next to the picture, she included screenshots of three tweets by accounts calling for justice and even violence against Shehri. All three tweets included an Arabic hashtag that translates to “We demand the imprisonment of the rebel Angel Al Shehri”. The name Malak translates to “Angel” in Arabic. 

“Kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs,”

 wrote, while tweeted

“we want blood.”

“Many others insulted Shehri’s morals.

“Ahmed explained that Shehri tweeted to her followers from her account @AngelQShe, which has since been deleted, saying she was going out to breakfast without wearing a hijab or abaya. Her followers asked her to post a picture. The photo began circulating throughout social media in Saudi Arabia, and Shehri ultimately received hateful messages.

“So many people retweeted it and what she did reached extremists, so she got threats. She deleted her tweets but they didn’t stop, so she deleted her account,”

Ahmed told ‘International Business Times’ over ‘Twitter’.



“Many other users came out in support of Shehri’s actions.

“Just imagine one day you slept and then woke up to people calling for your imprisonment only because you changed your clothing. Now you know the extent of the oppression against women in Saudi Arabia,”


@msafr2002 tweeted:

“The people have reached such a dangerous stage of extremism that they demand the imprisonment of a girl because she changed the way she dressed, if she was a foreigner it’d be fine.”

@danielcroona called Shehri

“a modern Rosa Parks.”

“Female users were especially vocal.

“It’s about time to protest against this discriminative abaya prison against women,”

tweeted @FarahAqqad.


“They’re literally saying that ‘Covering her body is more important than her life.'”

“‘International Business Times’ was unable to get in touch with Shehri. However, Ahmed, who identifies as atheist, said this is not an uncommon occurrence. She mentioned that just a couple of days ago, the phrase “Saudi women remove their abayas in the rain” was trending, along with hateful and sexist comments. She said this sort of behavior restricts women from even the simplest of freedoms.

“I’m an atheist and I still wear the ‘hijab’ in most places because that’s how society here is — it’s inexcusable to remove it, in fact, many of my atheist friends have to cover their faces because their families are more conservative than mine, and it’s not just atheists, many Muslim women want to remove them,” she wrote.

“The tweets were sad, just basic things are dreams here,” she added.

“Despite this reality, Ahmed said she has seen more Saudi women with uncovered faces and even without ‘hijabs’ in major cities, especially among the younger generation.

“Those who do cover up wear the ‘abaya’, the ‘hijab’, the ‘niqab’ — a full-body covering that leaves a slot open in front of the eyes — or the ‘burka’, a head-to-toe covering with a mesh veil in front of the eyes. Though dress code tolerance varies from region to region in Saudi Arabia, non-Muslim foreigners are usually required to at least wear the ‘abaya’ and Muslim women to at least wear the ‘hijab’…”

–‘Saudi Woman Without Hijab Attacked: Execution Called For By Conservative Muslim Twitter Users’,
TOM O’CONNOR, International Business Times, 11/29/16


SayNO, 'Western Women Betraying Muslim Women', 600x600

See also:
How Madonna and Hillary Clinton Betray Muslim Women{April 8, 2016}:
“…Madonna, three Kardashian sisters, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, and Nicole Richie have all recently posted photos of themselves in Islamic “drag”, either on visits to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Morocco, or just because it suited their fancy. They’re posed wearing filmy, long scarves (Katy Perry), heavy black hijab (Kylie Kardashian, Rihanna), niqab or face masks (Madonna), heavy hijab plus abayas (Gomez) and almost full burqas (Kim and Khloe Kardashian).

“Such female celebrities may influence Western girls more than female Western political leaders can. They don’t understand that they are “slumming”; they can remove their exotic Islamic garb and pose naked whenever they choose to do so. This isn’t possible for Muslim girls and women who are forced to wear the Islamic veil (headscarf, face mask, or full head, face, and body covering), and who risk death when they resist.”

PHOTO: The Independent
PHOTO: The Independent

What’s REALLY Behind ‘Climate Change’ (Islamic Repression of Women) {June 17, 2016}:
“Seyyed Youssef Tabatabi-nejad, who leads Friday prayers in Isfahan, encouraged the country’s morality police to crack down on ‘improper veiling’ and suggested women’s immodest clothing was having an impact on the environment…

“His comments come following an increase in the number of morality police in Iran and subsequent crackdown on women failing to veil correctly, playing music too loudly in their cars or acting in a way that is perceived to be un-Islamic by the authorities.”


Muslim Canadian Congress calls for a ban on burka{October 15, 2015}:
“… a Canadian Muslim group now wants the federal government to ban two kinds of garments – the burka and the niqab – worn by some Muslim women, and says the garments, which cover the face, have no basis in Islam.”


An Open letter to Niqab-Supporting Western Media{September 24, 2015}:
“As a woman born and raised in Islam, Saudi Arabia to be precise, I have seen more forced modesty, oppression and caning of women over their bodies than you can imagine.

“I had hoped my family would escape at least one disturbing visual symbol of female subjugation, when we immigrated to the secular country of Canada. That symbol being the niqab, a full face veil. It’s a complete erasure of women from the public sphere, a prohibition on the basic human right of having a face when relating to others… https://www.facebook.com/345805362190090/photos/a.350308008406492.1073741828.345805362190090/736462939790995/?type=3


Ban niqab, burka in all public places{September 17, 2015}:
“I write this as a Muslim Canadian who does not have any specific political leanings. But in the 25 years I have called Canada home, I have seen a steady rise of Muslim women being strangled in the pernicious black tent that is passed off to naïve and guilt-ridden white, mainstream Canadians as an essential Islamic practice.” https://www.facebook.com/345805362190090/photos/a.350308008406492.1073741828.345805362190090/732790620158227/?type=3


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