A Saudi Cleric issued a new fatwa against wearing Hijab.
Satbir Singh Bedi | 15 Dec 2014

A Saudi Cleric issued last week a new fatwa against wearing Hijab. The Cleric stated that "Islam does not require women to wear veil. He added that women can put makeup on, take pictures of themselves and post them on social media networks.

The fatwa was issued by Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi, Saudi Arabia's former head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah.

The fatwa was issued by the Cleric while answering a question in which a Twitter user asked him whether women can post their pictures on social media. The Cleric went on to add that it is permissible for a woman to post her pictures on social media, as reported by Al Moheet.

In another tweet, Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi goes as far as to claim that only the wives of prophet (MPBUH) "were required to wear Hijab so that adult males outside of their immediate family couldn't see them."

To support his claims, the Cleric quoted a previous saying of the Palestinian Islamic scholar Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdqsi. Al-Maqdgso had said that "if the woman's face and hands were intimate parts of her body, it would not be Haram for her to cover them while performing Al Haj."

Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi went on to add that instead of blaming women, the blame should put on men who are required to lower their gaze. The Saudi cleric quoted Morocco's scholar Qadi Ayyad, who once said: It's not mandatory for woman to cover her face outside her house, but it is a Sunna Mustahaba_ (preferable not obligatory). Men, on the other hand, shall lower their gaze."