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In U-turn, Saudi cleric withdraws fatwa on ‘sin city’ Dubai


Saudi cleric Sheikh Mohammad al-Shanar issued his fatwa via Twitter last week. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

A Saudi cleric who had issued a fatwa (religious edict) earlier this week barring travel to Dubai has decided to withdraw his statement.

Sheikh Mohammad al-Shanar issued his fatwa via Twitter last week, stating the spread of “immoralities” in the Emirati city as the reason behind his fatwa.

However, in a statement issued Wednesday, the cleric said: “Following my fatwa, there have been plenty of reactions by many people, including honest scholars who are well-informed of daawa (preaching of Islam).

“And so, after discussions, contemplation and reconsideration, and because people’s travel aims vary and the rightful path must be followed, I announce the end to a bar on travelling to Dubai unless it’s a necessity.”

He added that after receiving comments on the fatwa from Islamic scholars in the Emirates and other countries, he came to the conclusion that “it’s a duty [to do what’s right].”

He also made efforts to cement relations with the United Arab Emirates.

“The Emirati people are our brothers and we love them and appreciate them. They are well-known for maintaining their good traditions and for their concern over religion. God willing, no one will be capable of ruining this friendship and unity among the sons of the one religion.”

Shanar initially issued the fatwa to answer a question that asked whether a woman could visit Dubai without a male guardian.

He had said: “A woman asked me if it she may go to Dubai without a guardian. I answer her saying: going to Dubai is forbidden, whether she is accompanied by a guardian or not because the [spread of immoralities] and sins increase if traveling without a guardian was not a necessity,” Shanar responded.

His fatwa prompted a wave of reactions from social media users and from other religious scholars, with many criticizing him as “odd” and “offensive,” according to posted tweets.

Saudi Arabia bride demands groom marry her friends


Husband rents three apartments for three wives

by Gulf News Report

Dubai: A Saudi teacher has reportedly told the man who wanted to marry her that she had only one condition before accepting his proposal: He must marry her two friends at the school at the same time.

The would-be groom was shocked by her unexpected demand, but came under strong pressure from relatives and friends who eventually persuaded him to accept to marry the three women, Saudi daily Al Youm reported.

Under the deal, the bridegroom rented three apartments in the same building and lodged each of his brides in her own flat.

Polygamy is allowed in Saudi Arabia, and a man is entitled to take up to four wives, but must not differentiate between them and must treat them equally physically and emotionally and in regard to sustenance, expenditure, time and all obligations as a husband.

UAE charges 94 for attempts to overthrow government

The United Arab Emirates referred 94 Emirati suspects to the Federal Supreme Court. (Al Arabiya)

The United Arab Emirates referred 94 Emirati suspects to the Federal Supreme Court. (Al Arabiya)

By Al Arabiya

The United Arab Emirates referred 94 Emirati suspects to the Federal Supreme Court as investigations by the public prosecution found they had launched, established and run an organization seeking to overthrow the government, according to a statement carried by the official news agency WAM.

The Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish was quoted saying the organization took a foreign cover and was calling on society to observe the teachings and virtues of Islam, while their undeclared aims were, in fact, to seize power and oppose the basic principles of the UAE’s system.

Kubaish said this was a covert operation which took place in houses and farms, leading to the eventuality of turning public opinion against the UAE government and the State’s leadership. He added this was being done through the fabrication of false statements which depicted negative action taken against them by the government.

The attorney general claims they sought to disseminate false statements through the members in the organization, the media and social networking websites. Kubaish alleges that the suspects raised money through real estate and other deals and had links to the Muslim Brotherhood and others for expertise and financial support.

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