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February 05, 2008

Strip Searched in Saudi Arabia!!

My stomache is still churning...wallahi...I could just vomit...strip searched...imagine how mortified this poor woman was!!! la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah - No questions asked, no investigation, instantaneous physical and emotional violation - wallahi I fear for these people on the Day of Judgment.

KSA: Coffee With Colleague Lands Woman in Trouble
While waiting for an electrical issue to be resolved in the office where Yara and her business colleague had travelled for a business meeting, they passed by a coffee shop in the lobby of the office building. While sitting in the 'family' section of the coffee shop, Yara and her business associate were approached by members of the Saudi Commission for the 'Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice'. The two were swiftly detained. Yara spent several hours in the women's section of Riyadh's Malaz Prison, was strip-searched, ordered to sign a confession that she had been in a state of seclusion with an 'unrelated man' (business colleague), and prevented from contacting her husband for hours. There is no word as to the status of her detained business associate. (more)


  1. Sister Ayesha, I am really impressed to know about you. May Allah give you strengh to keep working for Islam and may Allah help me follow suit. In case you visit Pakistan again, please give my family a chance to be your host. We would all love to have you between us and my mom would really love it as she always invite people like you to our house.

    M Junaid Khan

  2. Sister, please read a well written comment someone left on the news page of this report.

    "As a non-muslim Canadian woman living in Riyadh, I am very aware of the laws of this country. It is my understanding that this case involved a woman who is a Saudi Muslim with american citizenship, and she should have been well aware of the laws here as well. I can't even get in a cab with a male co-worker unless I am also with my husband! Women can travel within the kingdom with their husbands permission, but it is difficult. She also came from Jeddah where the rules are quite a bit more relaxed, but she would have known that Riyadh is quite a bit more conservative. She also should not have gone with the Muttawa without her husband to accompany her, even if he had to fly in from Jeddah..that is her right! If you can't respect the law, don't live here!

    Carrie, Vancouver, Canada"

    Very sensible conclusion, maa shaa Allaah.