“Abdullah Al-Morai, a lecturer at the Um Al-Qura University in Makkah, said that chaining one’s children in such a demeaning way is against the teachings of Islam. He described it as an act of ‘ignorance.'”
All right, Al-Morai, but in a world where some Muslim parents consider honor killings fully justified, and the Jordanian Parliament rejects on Islamic grounds a law stiffening penalties for honor killings, chains seem positively…moderate.
“Parents Chain Young Woman at Makkah Home,” by Badea Abu Al-Naja for Arab News (thanks to all who sent this in):
JEDDAH, 5 December 2007 “” Authorities in Makkah are investigating the case of a 19-year-old girl who left her home yesterday and climbed into a taxi with her feet in chains.
The driver of the taxi reported the girl to police after noticing the chains.
On questioning, the girl told the police that she was heading to meet her boyfriend, who had proposed to marry her but had been refused by her family….
Makkah Police spokesman Maj. Abdul Muhsin Al-Mayman said that the Community Protection Office has been notified. “Parents should be more cautious about the safety of their children’s mental and physical health,” he added.
Abdullah Al-Morai, a lecturer at the Um Al-Qura University in Makkah, said that chaining one’s children in such a demeaning way is against the teachings of Islam. He described it as an act of “ignorance.”