No mahram? No shisha

No mahram? No shisha
Updated 15 April 2014

No mahram? No shisha

No mahram? No shisha

Restaurants and coffee shops in Jeddah have put up signs saying women should have “mahrams” (male guardians) to order shisha, and anyone who orders a shisha should be above 18 as per the order from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia).
The move has elicited sharp reactions from Saudi women.
“I don’t want to drag my husband or my son to a café in order to have shisha,” said Alaa Daani, a businesswoman. “What if I want to go to a women-only gathering where we don’t want men with us,” she said.
“I don’t see the need of a male guardian for this. This has nothing to do with gender mixing or anything against the rules of Islam.”
Many women don’t even share their love of shisha with their “mahrams” which makes this bad news for them. “No one knows I smoke shisha, this is why I don’t smoke at home because my family doesn’t want me to do anything that harms my health,” said Hayat Ali, a college student. “I go with my friends once a week to any café to smoke shisha and have a good time ... There is nothing else to entertain us here but shopping and smoking shisha. What are we going to do now,” she wondered.
The news created quite a buzz on the social media where many supported the idea while others rejected it.
“I am totally supporting this idea because it is sad when I see young women smoking shisha in public,” said Ahmed Al-Shammari on Twitter. “It makes them look cheap and easy.”
Coffee shop owners say this might harm their business, especially since it comes after the ban on serving shisha indoors. “We lost a lot of money and many clients after the regulation of serving shisha only in outdoors property which led us to rent more space and expand the café to the rooftop in order to serve it,” said Jameel Mohammed, café manager.
“We have not yet received anything from the Ministry of Commerce or the Haia but once we do, I guarantee our business is going to lose a lot and we might have to shut down the café.”
Haia spokesman Abdulrahman Al-Qaffari said the sign that surfaced on the social media is of a Makkah-based coffee shop called Layalina Al-Helwa.