Arrest by Haia ‘can divide families’

Updated 03 February 2015
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Arrest by Haia ‘can divide families’

Being held by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) is not only hard on perpetrators of moral violations, but can also severely affect their families, especially if women are involved.
There is a significant possibility that some family members may take it upon themselves to mete out their own violent punishment against women relatives caught for moral violations, even killing them.
A source at the Haia said the organization makes every effort not to publicly reveal the identities of those caught participating in sinful acts. However, if a woman is detained then the Haia calls a brother, rather than her father or husband.
“We try to break the news gradually so that the person is not shocked and decides to act harshly against the woman,” the source added.
He said the Haia does not use the name of a perpetrator’s family in official documents and investigation records. This is to prevent families from facing public ridicule and condemnation. He said a distinction is drawn between minor, once-off mistakes, and much serious offenses such as prostitution.
Abdul Rahman Al-Zunaidi, a professor in the Islamic culture department at Imam Muhammad bin Saud University, said parents may feel that the family has been dishonored if their child is held for a moral offense.
“Parents consider it a disaster that damages their honor as Muslims and Arabs. They have to deal with feelings of jealousy, pride and shame.” Al-Zunaidi said that parents or other family members could then kill the person, which is an even greater sin.
He said Islam forbids a man, where a brother or father, from killing a woman member of the family. Muslims are required to act in a rational manner, and “not solve one mistake with another.”
He said male members of a family must try to look at what caused the behavior of the female member of their family. They might then find that there are other solutions to the problem. Violence does not solve problems, he said.
Mansour Al-Askar, a sociologist at King Saud University, said that people must start becoming aware of the changes in the behavior of young people.
He said the globalization of culture, the revolution in communications and lack of religious education have all had an effect on the youth in this country.
Some children have also been raised in difficult circumstances. This has led to some breaking away from the traditions of their parents and seen increasing misunderstanding between them.


Houthis agree to stop firing missiles at Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 November 2018
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Houthis agree to stop firing missiles at Saudi Arabia

  • The Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks
  • It cessation was done at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths

SANAA, Yemen: A senior leader of the Houthi militia says the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts.
The Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, says the Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.
The statement was carried by militia-controlled media early on Monday.
Griffiths announced on Friday that both sides had agreed to attend talks in Sweden “soon” aimed at ending the three-year war. The announcement followed an informal de-escalation last week around the key port city of Hodeidah.