As per a senior member of the Muslim Clerical body, Saudi women may not need to wear an abaya—a lose fitted, full-length attire kind of a robe—which symbolizes the religious faith. This is another sign that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is moving towards modernization.
Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mutlaq—a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, on his television show said that the Muslim women must dress in an appropriate modest way, but this does not mean that they should necessarily wear an abaya.
Sheikh Mutlaq on Friday mentioned that more than ninety percent religious Muslim women of the Muslim world do not wear abayas, hence we should also not force anyone to wear an abaya.
This mention does not signal a change in the law; however, the statement is one of its kind and that also from a senior religious figure. This follows the recent changes that the Kingdom has been experiencing ever since the crowing of the young Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.
Islamic legal opinions or fatwas could only be issued by the government-appointed clerics who are linked with the Council of Senior Scholars. Their interpretation of the Islamic laws lays the foundation of the Saudi Arabia’s legal framework.
In the present times, the Saudi Arab women have started wearing colourful abayas like the light pinks and blues in plain contrast to the traditional black robes. Open abayas over long skirts or jeans is also a trend that is becoming common in some parts of the Kingdom.
Women rights are expanding considering the changes the Kingdom is experiencing. The changes include like the decision of permitting women to attend mixed public sporting events and the right to drive.
These are few of the many changes the Kingdom is undergoing in recent times, indicating clearly that a new progressive trend is building up in Saudi Arabia.