Saudi students abroad who attack religion or the homeland will have their government scholarships suspended, said Saudi cultural attaché to the US Mohammed al-Eisa, warning students that such attacks are a red line that students must not cross. Al-Eisa made this statement during a meeting for Saudi students clubs in the US earlier this week, the daily al-Hayat reported. The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission has previously warned students against engaging in political debates or speak to American media.
It seems that Islamic scholars in Saudi Arabia are up to no good. Meeting Tuesday in the holy city of Medina, they came up with this:
All Islamic countries should have a committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), which would ensure correct practices among Muslims. Islamic countries would benefit from having such a body and could take advantage of the Kingdom’s experience in this field.
And in the holy city of Mecca, a meeting chaired by the Saudi Grand Mufti opposed setting up a minimum age for women to get married. A restriction on marriage age that some activists are seeking will not solve the problem of underage marriages, the religious scholars said.
“The application of Sharia statutes in marriage is the effective solution to guarantee the rights of minors to choose their husband and life partner,” they said, adding that incriminating underage marriages is “unacceptable.”