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Hefazat’s Shafi denounces Saudi Arabia’s decision allowing women to drive

Update : 13 Feb 2018, 12:07 AM
Hefazat-e-Islam Ameer Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi has denounced Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift a controversial and longstanding policy by allowing women to drive. The Hefazat chief firmly denounced the change in Saudi policy while attending the Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh (Befaq) Council in Dhaka’s Faridabad Madrasah on Monday, according to a Befaq press release. Prior to the policy being changed, Saudi Arabia was the only country where women were not allowed to drive. However, Saudi King Salman issued a decree lifting the ban in September last year. The Kingdom’s decree said that the ban on women driving would be lifted according to Islamic Shariah criteria. The decision is set to come into effect from next June. In the Council, Shafi urged the country’s Muslim clerics to stay united, and advised everyone to be vigilant and alert to deal with various conspiracies against their unity. Hefazat’s ameer said: "Anti-Islamic plotters are always trying to manipulate people’s trust in Islamic scholars.” The Hefazat leader also asked the government to urgently ratify the recognition of certificates of Dawrae Hadith under the Qawmi Madrasa Education Board as equivalent to a Masters Degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic.This article was first published on


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