Call for setting up judicial body to protect female inheritance

Updated 12 May 2013
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Call for setting up judicial body to protect female inheritance

Female participants at a symposium entitled “Women, Commercial Inheritance and Family Rule” have called for “an independent body of a judicial nature” to protect their inheritance.
This body should distribute inheritance money amongst heirs according to Islamic law and should protect women against social pressure to give up their rights. They called for a distinction between “traditions, customs and wrongful social practice and judicial rulings.”
One of the participants emphasized “the protection of women’s rights by educating men and women about the importance of conducting a speedy inheritance inventory and not delaying the matter for years and decades.”
Aisha Al-Mana, a participant, said: “Denying women their inheritance is one of the main reasons behind family feuds.”
She categorized inheritance as one of the most sensitive issues in society because it is often confused with tribal tradition, adding that differentiating between heirs is a dangerous phenomenon because it overlooks women’s rights as stated in the Qur’an.
She said that many women are persuaded by their brothers to give up their rights as heirs. “Women from merchant or rich families are rarely given their full rights,” she added.
She called on scholars, intellectuals, lawyers and religious leaders to rectify this injustice. The courts are filled with thousands of cases related to inheritance disputes. She said that while this issue concerns society at large, it is an infringement on women’s rights in particular.
Al-Mana said it was unlawful to ask women to give up their right to inheritance, especially when it is done for traditional and tribal reasons.
President of Businesswomen Forum Princess Mashael bint Faisal bin Turki, praised the role of the forum.
“The forum focused on female participation in the national economy and placed special emphasis on its importance and the necessity to forge strategic women’s alliances. This is in addition to forging economic alliances and entities that can compete and succeed in the market place,” she said.
Princess Mashael said these ambitions are embodied in the establishment of the first female investment company, the Eastern Forum for Development. This company has 24 female shareholders who are members of the Businesswomen Forum. This company helps women build a financial and economic base and has an impressive presence in the region and the Kingdom.
The forum aims to concentrate on female issues that have a negative effect on women’s social and economic status and obstructs their participation in economic development of the Kingdom.
The forum aims to overcome regionalism and unify women’s efforts in the whole of Saudi Arabia through various seminars and initiatives in Riyadh and Jeddah.
The symposium includes a number of lectures. Abdul Aziz Al-Qasim gave a lecture entitled, “Commercial Inheritance in the Kingdom: Suggested Solutions.”
Hanan Al-Qahtani gave a lecture about “Women’s Actual Rights in Inheritance: Real Practices and Results.”
Dr. Ahlam Al-Awadi gave a lecture about “Distinction and Injustice in Inheritance.”
Dr. Amal Quray spoke of “Differences in Applying Shariah in Arab Countries in Relation to Family Rules.”


King Salman to inaugurate key mining, industrial projects

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King Salman to inaugurate key mining, industrial projects

  • The king will visit Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries in the northern borders to inaugurate a number of mining and industrial projects
  • The Saudi Cabinet noted the visit by King Salman to Qassim and Hail, attending citizens’ celebrations as well as his inauguration of a number of development projects

JEDDAH: King Salman will visit the northern regions of the Kingdom next week to inaugurate a number of development projects.
The king will also visit Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries in the northern borders to inaugurate a number of mining and industrial projects, the Royal Court said in a statement on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah Al Al-Asheikh announced that the king will inaugurate the activities of the third year of the seventh session of the Shoura Council next Monday. The king will deliver a speech on Saudi Arabia’s internal and external policy.
The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday also noted the visit by King Salman to the two regions of Qassim and Hail, attending citizens’ celebrations as well as his inauguration and laying the cornerstone of a number of development projects.
This reflects the king’s directives to provide services for all citizens and regions in the Kingdom for the achievement of further growth and development.
The Cabinet also commended the king’s directive to release prisoners and the insolvent in the regions of Qassim and Hail and pay their debts, considering it an extension of his care for insolvent and limited-income citizens.
The Cabinet reviewed the Kingdom’s support for the Palestinian cause, pointing to the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)’s transfer of the Kingdom’s financial contribution to support the Palestinian Authority’s budget for August, September and October 2018, including an additional contribution totaling $60 million.
The Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the bombing that took place in Mosul, northern Iraq; the suicide attacks in the Iraqi capital of Mogadishu and the Afghani capital of Kabul; and the attack in the city of Melbourne, Australia, confirming the Kingdom’s rejection of violence, terrorism and extremism, offering condolences to the families of the dead and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet reviewed a number of scientific and cultural activities, stressing that the patronage of King Salman of the honoring ceremony of winners of the eighth King Khalid Award is considered an expression of his support for the prize to achieve its humanitarian, social and developmental goals.