Muhammad said: “I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.” – Sahih Muslim 19.4366.
Of course, it would be bad for business for the Saudis to say they’re giving them the boot for daring to gather in prayer and worship, so they have invoked another rule, against the mingling of unrelated men and women. Not that they look any less ridiculous for it.
Once again, just for fun, someone should tell authorities that a man of Jewish background has slipped into the country and, according to local reports, is in the habit of joining these gatherings “wherever two or three” come together. It could make for a good all-points bulletin, not to mention the subsequent headline: “Saudis desperate to find Jesus.”
Some 35 Ethiopian Christians face deportation from Saudi Arabia for “illicit mingling”, the global rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.
Police arrested the group – including 29 women – after raiding a prayer meeting in the second city of Jeddah.
The women were subjected to strip searches and the men beaten and called “unbelievers”, according to HRW.
In 2006, the Saudi government promised to stop interfering with private worship by non-Muslims.
The group was arrested in a private home as they gathered to pray during the run-up to Christmas, celebrated by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians on 7 January.
HRW spoke to a man and two women by telephone from the prisons where they are being held.
They say they have been charged with mixing with unmarried persons of the opposite sex – even though HRW says Saudi Arabia has no law defining “illicit mingling”.
Mixing of the sexes is not allowed in public – but normally permitted in private unless for “the purpose of corruption”, according to the religious police.
The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom bans the practice of any religion except Islam – but in recent years pledged to leave people of other faiths alone if they worshipped in private homes….
Talk is cheap, and “war is deceit.”