“A woman can go to Heaven, as long as she’s accompanied by a male relative” claims Saudi Imam

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The conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is slowly but surely opening to an increased role for women in society, as for the first time in the country’s history, an important religious leader has declared it possible for women to be admitted into Heaven.

In a sermon he delivered at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina last Friday, the progressive Imam She‎ikh Salah Al-Budair declared that women can be admitted into heaven, as long as they are accompanied by “Mahram relatives” (male kin, who is not suitable for marriage under Islamic law).

“I know that I will shock many people by saying this, but I think that women can indeed be admitted into Heaven. ,” the Imam preached.  The Prophet said ‘No woman should travel except with a Mahram’. Ascending to heaven is the greatest trip in every good muslim’s existence. I don’t believe that the Prophet meant this trip to be an exception. I think that a woman can get into Heaven, as long as she’s accompanied by a man of her family. This, of course, implies that at least one man in her family needs to be admitted himself…”

This surprising declaration is in complete rupture with the country’s traditional hard line, which states that woman can never be admitted into Heaven, under any circumstances.

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She‎ikh Salah Al-Budair confirmed his position yesterday, during a panel of discussion on the role of women in Islamic society. He declared that he was convinced that “more than a few” Muslim women who were “good wives and good mothers”, have already been admitted into Heaven.

A group of conservative scholars and religious leaders from across Saudi Arabia, overseen by the country’s ministry of Islamic Affairs, signed a declaration condemning the Imam’s sermon as a blasphemy, and reaffirming that “only men are worthy of going to Heaven”.

“It’s our responsibility to spread the true word of God, and all irresponsible people like Sheikh al-Budair are tarnishing Islam are contrary to the teachings of the Quran and the Hadith.” asserts the declaration. “Women are sinners by nature and, therefore, cannot be admitted in Allah’s kingdom. Of course, they should still live a devout life to help their sons and husbands go to Heaven.”

The scholars said  that many deviant groups  and individuals over the centuries have been responsible for the spreading such false beliefs, which are not part of the teaching of Islam. They advised all Muslims to “keep away from all the rituals and beliefs which are unislamic”.

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Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, Sheikh Saleh al-Sheikh told the al-Watan newspaper that Sheikh Al-Budair would be allowed to continue preaching, but will now be closely watched.

The simple fact that the progressive Imam wasn’t arrested, suggests that some influential members of the Royal family may have secretly come to his defense.

Rumors have already begun to spread, relayed by the Saudi media, that Princess Fahda bint Falah bin Sultan, the King’s second wife and mother of the Crown Prince Mohammed, could have used her influence to keep the religious leader from being arrested.

The controversy has drawn reactions from various groups in the region, including Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who promised to kill the Imam if he doesn’t withdraw his declaration.

She‎ikh Salah Al-Budair is expected to preach again at the Prophet’s Mosque next Friday, and his sermon promises to draw a lot attention from both the media and the religious authorities.

2 Comments on "“A woman can go to Heaven, as long as she’s accompanied by a male relative” claims Saudi Imam"

  1. Oh, so I’m not going to go to heaven anyway, Well no need for me to be good or chaste or helpful to the overpriviledged men who get to go. Where’s that bottle of wine, it’ll was down nicely with this ham sandwich, before I go out on my date in that daring new miniskirt I just brought on Visa so I could pay interest 🙂

  2. First of All woman is a mans heaven so She need not to go where She already is No One has perished and Jame back from heaven or hell to confirm to the living whats it is like or whom or whats is there beyond the physical The Woman could be Gor for All anyone knows because nothing could exist without her agency Amen So All this Conversation on what a woman Can or Cannot do is Frivolus A Woman is capable of more Than Man put thru lifes test.For Example I have never witness a male conceive a cbild carry it 9 months to term tben deliver tben cbild and live and raise tbat Cbild The Woman is a sacred Vessel who Can not and shall not be regulated to anyones interpretation of there hearafter Or where the are permitted You mean to say a woman Can help birth People into existence but She cant go to heaven?I disagree I say witbin the Woman are the Keys to Heaven

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