Saudi Clerics Endorse a Ban on Female Cashiers

November 2nd, 2010 - 1:35 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Nov 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The top clerics in Saudi Arabia are challenging the government’s policies to expand the jobs available to women, citing that they should not be allowed to work as cashiers in supermarkets.

According to the report, which was issued in Monday, the official fatwa issuing body stated, “It is not permissible for a woman to work in a place where they mix with men. It is necessary to keep away from places where men congregate. Women should look for decent work that does not make it possible for them to attract men or be attracted by men,” according to the Associated French Press.

The Committee on Scholarly Work, and Ifta, who are the official issuers of religious rulings, made this ruling under the Council of Senior Scholars, who are the top authority for Islamic issues in Saudia Arabia.

The ruling was actually made to answer a specific question, since the question was posed as to whether or not women should work in supermarkets. The question and it’s ruling were posted together.

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