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Saudi Princess opens up about women's rights in her country

September 20th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

By Samuel Burke & Meredith Milstein, CNN

Ameerah al-Taweel is a privileged princess from Saudi Arabia; but she is also on the frontlines of fighting for women’s rights in her country, which is among the most oppressive for women anywhere in the world.

Her husband, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is one of the richest men in the world and is the nephew of Saudi King Abdullah.

In that Kingdom, a woman can't travel alone, can't drive a car and can't even take a job without the approval of her male guardian.

But the Princess Ameerah is speaking out in ways clerics and conservatives in Saudi Arabia don't really want to hear.

Ameerah says she’s often asked why women can’t drive in Saudi Arabia, which she believes should be reformed.

“I think it's a very easy decision. And it is for the government. A lot of people are saying this is a social issue…. Education was a social issue. And a lot of people in Saudi Arabia were against women getting educated. Yet the decision was made.” 

She says 57 percent of university graduates are now women.

GOD'S WARRIORS: Women's rights in Islam

Being such an open member of the royal family doesn’t always win her points. She says she does get pushback.

“I received some criticisms and I do get some negative feedback. But at the same time, I don't represent all Saudi women. There are Saudi women who are against such a movement. I represent maybe a sector of young Saudi women.”

Ameerah says conservatives have an amazing lobby within the Kingdom.

“They know how to voice out their opinions. Us women, not yet,” she says. “Yes, we are very educated. We know exactly what we want, but we're not organized.”

She says conservatives are also savvy at using op-eds and social media to help get their message out. And while more liberal-minded women are taking to these mediums, Ameerah says they have yet to unite to find combined strength.

She is in New York to announce a global project, millions of dollars from her foundation to improve economic and job opportunities and also help resolve conflicting religious views.

She says it’s been very unfortunate to witness the violent acts among Arab youth in response to the anti-Muslim film on YouTube.

“[The film] was offensive. It was wrong. And at the same time, the reaction of violence, killing innocent people who had nothing to do with the film is wrong as well. Two wrongs don't make a right.”

Ameerah says the lack of institutions in the Arab world is working against youths.

“Now they have the chance to express themselves; they have freedom of speech, and at the same time, there isn't any channel whereby they express their opinions in an appropriate manner – a civil society or NGOs. Even their own new governments are not well structured yet.”

She hopes her initiative can help bridge the gap for the wider Muslim world and specifically for women in her country.

“You have a lot of women starting their own lobbies, and it's about time that we get together and we voice out our concerns, just like the conservatives do, through democratic means, where we don't put ourselves in the face of danger.”

Calls for Muslim restraint amid violent film protests

CNN’s Meredith Milstein produced this piece for television.


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  1. Franco

    FRENCH CARTOONIST
    CHristina, after watching your roasting of the French Cartoonist last night and clearly showing your subjective disdain, compared to your polite and almost apologetic interview with the Muslim person, your portrayed signs of classic patronizing towards the hardline Muslim outburst. Most people around the world including me could not give a damn about this nutcase minority, it is the West who affords them the dignity they do not deserve at all! Unfortunately, you have contributed to that. We've been watching you for years and will continue to do so as you are the best but you need to reduce the level of "respect" you give the nutcase Mulim radicals. Those who live in Westen societies continue to exploit the democratic rights afforded to them to push their gutter agenda and journalism in the West need to treat them with the same level of criticism applied to other global issues. Islam is imperialist by nature and for most Muslim blasphemy of their religion is punishable with fatwas being issued but blasphemy of Christianity and other religions are fair game. It is time to turn the tide with your journalistic approach on the topic of islam and "respectful" handling of it by journos, academics, etc.

    Franco

    September 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Reply
    • RS

      TL;DR

      September 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • newshead12

      Did we just watch the same interview? I don't see anything remotely radical about this level-headed, well-educated woman. There are approximately 1.2+BILLION Muslims in the world. If they were ALL as you described, we would all be in trouble. After the crazed Christian David Koresh of Waco Texas, Jim Jones and that TRAGIC mass suicide/murder, and countless other so-called 'Christian' examples, no one would EVER be harsh or rude with a Christian while interviewing them. So why should she have been harsh on Princess Ameerah because she is Muslim? Lastly, there are more recent historical examples of religious imperialism, as it relates to Christianity. Look at the dramatic religious changes of Sub-Saharan Africa in the past 100-150 years. No other religion conquered as many people and took over as much land or political power, as European Christians in Africa did in the 19th and 20th century. So based on your logic and reasoning, all people of European decent who are Christian, should be treated HARSHLY in interviews!

      September 22, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
      • Denise

        No religion has killed more than Islam. No belief system has killed more people than the atheist communism. As for the European empires, they were interested in power and conquest, not evangelizing the natives. They often ran into trouble with the clergy because of their cruel treatment of the native people. The problem is power, not faith and faith has been used as a tool to get it.

        September 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • mohamed

      Dear Franco
      first i'd like to notify you that we are Muslims strongly disdain the violent reactions and violent outburst against the disgusting movie and the cartoons. but you have to that this is not Islam that calls for violence and killing innocent people.
      Islam is not imperialist as you have said, you are mistaken. Islam is a great religion calls for peace,forgiveness and liberty. the prophet Mohamed never hurt someone,never humiliated or mocked someone for any reason.
      Dear All, make sure that as we disdain any work that mocks the Prophet Mohamed we sure disdain any work that mocks the Christ or any other religion.
      i wish if i could tell more to bring you around.

      September 22, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
      • QB

        It is in the Quran that Allah tells the prophet Muhammad to be patient no matter what others say to him, no matter what they call him. The noble prophet had the toughest time at Taif where he almost bleeds to death and he prays for the people and asks Allah to have mercy on them.

        May Allah bless the prophet Muhammad .

        September 22, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • Patrick

        Can you quote more "peaceful" messages in the Qu'ran, Haddith... then there is calls to ultra violence?

        September 25, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • Hafizu

      Mr Franco and all No-Muslim, Please read about Islam, when you read about Islam you will know the true Muslim and bad eggs among them.

      September 24, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        I am a "No-Muslim" and when I read the Qu'ran and passages of the Haddith, all I could find is multiple, consistent calls for violence against infidels.
        I can, if you insist, provide a series of passages denoting ultra violence.
        Can you explain that?

        September 25, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • alsharifa

      Franco the French cartoonist...stick to drawing cartoons. A few people do not represent tens of millions of Muslims. We are not a minority. All humans need each other to survive on this planet so deal with it and open your mind and heart.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        So you seem to think that because islame is "not a minority", what you do or say should be ok?

        September 25, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Aicha Kan

      Franco, you know nothing about Islam and Muslims. Go and learn rather than waste your time and energy in useless polemics and spread unjustified hatred and islamophobia.

      September 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  2. ameer

    hmmn diz rilly tough i guess!!

    September 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  3. Nickson Nyakundi

    I support her effort for women's right in her country.

    September 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  4. eusebio manuel vestias pecurto

    Eu quero dar os parabéns á princesa da Arábia Saudita pelo esforço que esta a fazer no seu pais exigindo aos politicos árabes que as mulheres também tem direito á sua cidadania é uma proteção para que todas as mulheres da Arábia Saudita possam ter uma vida melhor por um pais melhor senhora princesa obrigado

    September 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  5. Herta Eugenia Cayuqueo Zambrano

    Well for all those women, my support from Chile, a big hug.<3 <3 <3 <3

    September 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  6. from Ghana

    Arabs to my understanding are not oppressed by their own leaders but rather the West, America, Britain and others with the help of hypocritical regimes like Saudi Arabia. my heart trembles in silence when people like this woman have the guts to talk about innocent lives, where was she when the Saudi government and the monarchy backed America to kill innocent Iraqis. This woman is among the hypocrates who should be killed before the Americans

    September 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • 2Bob

      Yes, the west is really oppressing Arabs and Africans. That is why they are all so keen to jump into little boats and the inside of shipping containers in a desperate quest to go and live amongst their "oppressors".

      September 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
      • diega

        yes! you are absolutely right!

        September 22, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Djsync

      The kind of hate you spew is what is wrong with the world today. This woman is trying to make the world better for everyone. What have you done? How are you making it better with your hate? You will have to answer for that when you die and face your creator. I pity you.

      October 14, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
  7. Sam

    Nothing more then American puppets. Go into this American allied state and see for yourself if the people are "liberated", they live in a system of strict Islamic Sharia Law lead by a brutal undemocratic monarchy regime.

    September 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  8. From Al-Andalus

    ¿Are you serious Princess?
    The government in Saudi Arbia is a REGIME. These fake princes and princesses are lucky kids who got a lot of oil from their four-fathers and have never worked in wholesome of their lives.

    They don't represent Islam, if they do WHY WHOLE AFRICA IS DYING OF HUNGER AND THEY ARE BUYING EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CLUBS?, Why did they back Iraqi war where hundred of thousand kids died and are still living in awful conditions.
    BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES are these people!

    September 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • isa sulaiman

      I agree very well said......

      September 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Ahmed Saeed

      Totally Agreed. Saudi Arabia is a client regime of US, and these princes and princesses ( 100s of them ) are ignorant of their history i.e. ARAMCO = GENOCIDE

      September 24, 2012 at 7:05 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        Ahmed, silly boy, he was talking about the whole of islame, not just KSA.

        September 25, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • alsharifa

      Saudis dont represent islam and ur opinions definitely don't mean anything to us. We now who we are and what we have accomplished and who we have helped for decades. Saudi Arabia is one of the most important Arab countries out there with power to help financially and politically. So that s why a lot of people are jealous. Get over it.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:35 am | Reply
      • Muhammed

        We muslims are a violent, murderous, vicious, children and women abusers, haters, liars...

        September 25, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  9. renechang44

    I don't know why the \West is so obsessed about dving? As I said elsewhere in th thirty or so years that Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia, there are now since the 1970s, women doctors, engineers. It took Mother England nearly 300 years from the Industrial Revolution to reach that state. Let us have some historical perpective. While we ll should suport the fight for emancipation ofthe Saudi women, only they can decide on the agenda and fight for their own emancipation as the Princess says. Women in th UK by the way have not achieved equal pay despite the passage of legislation in the 1970s (see the film Made in Dagenham). The suffragettes died, were imprisoned, and force fed in prisons to win the right to vote. Surely we do not wish that on our Saudi sisters. So whole hearted support but without prescribing the agenda. I taught the first batch of Saudi women to graduate as doctors, so I am familiar with the green shoots and also the major problems confronting them. I can say that the medical studnet's were a fiesty lot.

    September 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      and of course, muzzies did not tap into all the work done by the western world.
      They invented their own educational programs, learned on their own, and did not go to England, USA, Canada... to learn.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
  10. Ali

    This crappy lady makes me laugh. After watching Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Lebanon and Syria taken out systematically by NATO with the kind help of Saudis, UAE , Kuwait, Qatar and partly Iran, it would be no wonder they would be the next hot target. It would be matte of time what go around must comes around. With thing going like the way it is going, I am watching erasing of Middle East by their own hands with dream of Israel from Nile to Euphrates coming true every day. There is no better folks in self destruction than Muslims themselves.

    September 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  11. Ali

    The Muslim world is in great danger because of Saudis and Iranians. They have distorted the meaning of Islam and created so much hatred that they will sink the Muslim ship along with them. The petro dollar has made them so mad in couple of years that they have virtually destroyed every innocent nation around them. Look around their neighbors e.g. Iran: Mess in Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia: Libya destroyed, Iraq dismantlement, Syria crippled, Sudan tore apart, Yemen in agony, Egypt in distress etc.

    September 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Muslims, all muslims, have created their own hell. They aligned themselves to Shetan all by themselves. Noone helped them get there. Stop trying to put the blame on someone else.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
  12. renechang44

    PLease do not confuse Africans dying from starvation due to imperialist exploitation.despite generous donations.with the issue of woman's emancipation. Of course the Saudi Royal family is an accomplice of the petrol dollars. To rid hunger in Africa one has not only to get rid of the Arab governments but most importantly we have to be aware that it is the US that is the real culprit. I know for a fact that the present queent has fought for women's rights in her writings. So beware of tarring everyone with the same brush. I know it is complicated; just as there are good and bad American citizens

    September 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • diega

      good and bad africans as well

      September 22, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
  13. renechang44

    That is the anti-Muslim propaganda that we hear of so much these days, A meme has developed and people are just following what is being put out. Who was it that said that the West are on a crusade? As the Princess said twowrongs do not make a right.

    September 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  14. Ali

    I would advise Turkey, Pakistan, and new Egypt to lead Muslim nation out of these mess. They should take on Iran, particularly Saudi Arabia and tiny thug nations around her. For more than 60 years these countries used name of Islam to cripple, defunct Muslim states to do NATO's dirty work. Their petro dollar has created tremendous damage to Muslims. In 9/11 there want any Pakistani or Afghans but Saudis ,but more than 1 million Afghans and Pakistanis were killed. There was no relationship between Iraq and 9/11 but 3 million people died because Saudis, Barainis, Emratis, Iranians and Kuwaitis helped NATO. Syria, Yemen and Libya was peaceful until these thugs thought to destroy Syria and Libya.

    September 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Hammad Ali Abbasi

      100% agree with you here i want to mention that the role of iran is also doubtful in one hand they look big opposition to NATO but other hand they are involve in each act taken by NATO

      September 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  15. Hassan

    Dear All.
    This is completely untrue and that princesses and her husband have stolen the money of the Saudi Arabian's people. her husband 10 years ago was broke and in one night time became rich. I am from Saudi Arabia and i know better than she does in a woman's right. The women in my country have no right even to speak or complain almost about everything. Simply cause the government and its religious watchers look at the women as the problem in first place. For example, if a woman was raped they would blame her and not the one who raped her. That woman and her husband try to market for them self by buying media and pay a lots . ....

    September 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • testmo

      people have to realize this woman – and woman in her similar situation in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere – cannot imagine what life is like for a "normal" woman or even a man. they simply cannot imagine. for her to say all this is important to her – good. maybe she will actually start to change something, but she married into that family. she knew what they were about and the politics and laws they represent. the royal family does not have an interest in turning over the country into a democracy obviously. it is against their own self interests to open up education, free thought and expression to everyone. we have things like this in America too.

      September 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Any PROOF of your ignorant rant?
      NO!
      Then shut your filthy, lying mouth.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • Wafa

      Your comment just exposes your ignorance of the law in Saudi Arabia. If a woman got raped, the offender would be punished by the law. And if he convicted of raping in a burglary at the woman's house, then he would be executed.

      December 3, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
  16. j

    hmm... coming from a privileged background makes such advertisements illegitimate

    September 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  17. j

    LOL

    Why doesn't she speak to her people and all the islamic states?

    Ohhh.... that's right, they have zero tolerance on women and freedom of expression, especially by women.

    This is absurd. Go do it in the middle east not the west or far, far east.

    September 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  18. CWH

    Women's rights in Saudi Arabia? That's a good one. She couldn't walk down the street in Saudi Arabia without a black bag on her head.

    September 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Good heavens, if she showed an ankle or a wrist or her nose, the male muslims would go insane and want to abuse her.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  19. Ali

    This is the soft and delicate side of Al-Saud's propaganda machine to calm West. Lolz!!!! It's funny how low can you become to please your masters. What ever she is talking, she knows its a white lie :D

    September 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      And, you, m9o9r9o9n, tell the truth?
      hahahahahahaha...

      September 25, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  20. Alois Saint-Martin

    The Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians, and the Syrians, are all ears; But that shadow behind the curtain my dear, is Barack Obama and the Arab Winter ! Down with the Gulf State Plutocracy`s ! http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/2012921182929928404.html Victory and the Death of the Right Wing EU supported Bollywood Establishment !
    Support the Arab Spring !
    Solidarity to all European and International, Republican, Green, Socialist, Marxist, and Revolutionary, Cause !
    ( Demand China, Russia, Iran, and Syria, stop hiding behind the Red Flag Hammer and Sickle ! ... London calling to the underworld
    Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
    London calling, now don't look to us
    Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust )
    Ah, what the heck, Go Barack Obama !

    September 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  21. Bribarian

    Feminism was started by jews to create division in families and society.

    September 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Yeah, sure thing Abdul, women really want to be subjugated by the likes of you.
      Only jewish women want to be thought of as equal to their partners.
      Go back to your cave for another 1000 years.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  22. Tom

    Is she the only wife of the Prince? I wonder if there are enough women for every man if each has 4 wives. I admire her though for being outspoken. Slowly but surely. Saudi Arabia did not have a protest to the film although Mohammad was from Saudi Arabia...!!

    September 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Saudis must have been offended, but they are civilized enough to understand the idiocy of such a film.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • Ahmed Al.

      first of all Prophet mohammed is not from Saudi Arabia, he is from Mekkah. Saudi Arabia was formed long after he passed away. Saudis did not protest about the movie because they dont have freedom of speech or expression and not because they are civilized.

      September 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  23. Peter

    lying princess. nice. channels they create. nice... channels they create are channels of Islam and directions they take is our youth. all that women rights noise is a mask.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
    • Penny

      Women in this country only got their rights about a 100 years ago. Saudi Arabia is only 80 years old, therefore they are slightly behind in women's rights. The women are working hard to get their rights. It is not lies. They will eventually win over and be able to have the rights afforded to them as in other countries

      October 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  24. TANVEER MD MASOOD

    PAKISTAN WITNESSED A VERY GRUESOME AND BLOODY INCIDENT YESTERDAY WITH 15 PEOPLE GETTING KILLED IN THE ANTI-MUSLIM VIDEO PROTEST .IT SOUNDS SO WEIRD THAT HERE HAS BEEN NO PROTEST LET ALONE ANY INCIDENT OF VIOLENCE IN THE KINGDOM WHICH IS THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE HOLY PROPHET. THIS TRENDS SEEMS VERY ASTOUNDING GIVEN THE FACT THE ENTIRE ARAB WORLD IS UP IN ARMS AFTER THAT OFFENSIVE VIDEO WAS RELEASED.

    September 22, 2012 at 4:12 am | Reply
    • TANVEER MD MASOOD

      Furthermore, the silence of the Saudi king and other top officials in the kingdom is all the more baffling and deafening to say the least. why doesn't the people of Arab kingdom open up and give their insight on this issue particularly when it is taking toll on innocent lives.United states is time again ensuring that it had nothing to do with that video but still fire of abhorrence continues to rage . Why doesn't the king appeal to the people to maintain calm , why doesn't the King himself condemn the whole incident- that video and its aftermath. No doubt, that video was provocative which led to this current violence but then killing each other as witnessed in Pakistan is totally senseless. I mean the makers of the video might be laughing at the protesters in Pakistan since they simply killed their fellow men and couldn't even harm the actual perpetrators.

      September 22, 2012 at 4:27 am | Reply
  25. paul chen

    Well, it takes time to change the current situation as usual. On the other hand, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

    September 22, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
  26. Tensyu KOMEI

    You will talk about something but, please think a little?
    Do you think now, and where you live?
    Do you see the stars in the night sky full marks?
    Can you see the moon?
    Do you look at the sun with the naked eye?

    I'll tell a little.
    Everywhere, you live in now is not a profane world.

    Other world. (spirit world), the world (everyday world), the world (virtual world)

    September 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  27. Tensyu KOMEI

    よって、私はアマンプールに従う事は絶対にありません。

    September 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  28. Tensyu KOMEI

    This world you may have been confused with it all?
    First here is What (The Earth)?
    So I ask to you?
    The Earth would be present either in The week?
    The Sun is Sunday. The Monday is next day?
    The Moon is an artificial from the beginning.

    September 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  29. Tensyu KOMEI

    One planet against one ethnic

    This is the principle of the law of nature. (Rights in The Great god)

    People's has been kill twice in the past, that is messing with of atom of People's own planet lived

    I drew a planet called The Earth, artificially created only person who would kill the planet.
    I was named of the people in the population of so goofy.

    Please think well. Race, Culture and Science of different races and live in this one planet
    Are you did not think it strange that the thing itself?

    September 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  30. Tensyu KOMEI

    This time is Third time.

    People were breaking the promise of God and the great. This is evidence for the third time.
    Race of all the earth was excluded from preservation of the species by the Lord thus.
    "On the basis of copyright law" that was later Ritsu-sa is disposed of by the great God.

    September 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  31. Under control

    This princess is young, beautiful and innocent.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  32. syedmtf

    They have no rights they live there like PETS

    September 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • ALI

      can u tell me rights of women in ur society ,
      they are JUST used as Product in your society , u idiot .
      u people dont even take care of ur parents and left them when they grow old and they needs you ..

      September 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  33. Bijaya Malla

    She represents a country where the women coming from developing countries to work in saudi arabia as housemaids are treated like animals...

    September 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  34. Sweet KHAN

    I appreciate the initiative approach and the road map of the princess for solving the conservative problems. I wish her all the successes in her struggle for young people under her leadership.

    September 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  35. Hammad Ali Abbasi

    Actually the saudi royal family have come to face a real issues on the heir because the all the sons of King saud are almost touching 80 and all are thinking that who will be the next king or which family will hold the government.so this lady and her husband try to convene America that they are only who will agree with there policies

    September 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  36. ALI

    Women Rights in Christaniaty IS THAT THEY ARE JUST USED AS PRODUCT AND THEN DISPOSED OFF

    September 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  37. andyj

    She called herself a Muslim?shame on you, Muslims are followers of Islam and Islam is a religion that teaches decency, peace, and all good to all human kind....Critics mocking Islam as oppressive, violent and ignorant are people who are transgressors in the teaching of Islam...If the princess is well educated enough about Islam and believe on the teachings of Prophet Mohammad SAW, she would never made this interview...Sad to say, she called herself a princess of a noble land but she can't even show the world how women should be respected in Islam by not showing her AWRAT...This is the proof of how the western education malign the belief of our sister in Islam...

    September 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  38. Charly

    Poor Women

    Quran 4: 24 And those who accuse free women then do not bring four witnesses, flog them, (giving) eighty stripes, and do not admit any evidence from them ever; and these it is that are the transgressors

    Quran 2:223 Your wives are a tilth for you, so go into your tilth when you like, and do good beforehand for yourselves, and be careful (of your duty) to Allah, and know that you will meet Him, and give good news to the believers.

    Quran 2:228 And the divorced women should keep themselves in waiting for three courses; and it is not lawful for them that they should conceal what Allah has created in their wombs, if they believe in Allah and the last day; and their husbands have a better right to take them back in the meanwhile if they wish for reconciliation; and they have rights similar to those against them in a just manner, and the men are a degree above them, and Allah is Mighty, Wise.

    Quran 4:34 Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

    Quran 4:43 O you who believe! do not go near prayer when you are Intoxicated until you know (well) what you say, nor when you are under an obligation to perform a bath - unless (you are) travelling on the road - until you have washed yourselves; and if you are sick, or on a journey, or one of you come from the privy or you have touched the women, and you cannot find water, betake yourselves to pure earth, then wipe your faces and your hands; surely Allah is Pardoning, Forgiving.

    Quran 4:129 And you have it not in your power to do justice between wives, even though you may wish (it), but be not disinclined (from one) with total disinclination, so that you leave her as it were in suspense; and if you effect a reconciliation and guard (against evil), then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful

    Link: http://en.knowquran.org/koran/women/

    September 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  39. Charly

    Islam and Women

    Quran 4:3 And if you fear that you cannot act equitably towards orphans, then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then (marry) only one or what your right hands possess; this is more proper, that you may not deviate from the right course

    Quran 4:34 Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

    Quran 4:43 O you who believe! do not go near prayer when you are Intoxicated until you know (well) what you say, nor when you are under an obligation to perform a bath - unless (you are) travelling on the road - until you have washed yourselves; and if you are sick, or on a journey, or one of you come from the privy or you have touched the women, and you cannot find water, betake yourselves to pure earth, then wipe your faces and your hands; surely Allah is Pardoning, Forgiving

    Link: http://en.knowquran.org/koran/women/4/

    September 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  40. cay

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    September 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  41. A. Ahmad

    Okay so I red through most of these posts and I really didn't see anyone actually DEFENDING their women. It was all either "give them all the freedom" or "give them no freedom".

    I am a woman of 21 years living in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I belong to an extremely religious and conservative family. We are average people. I have an elder sister, a younger sister and a mother. We all cover ourselves out of choice and not because our males wanted us to do so. In fact, my father and my brothers never told us to cover ourselves.

    All of my parents' children, including myself have been highly educated in the worldly knowledge. Three of my siblings are Hafiz-e-Quran. One being my younger sister. We all have studied the subjects of our choices.

    ALHAMDULILLAH, every woman I seem to know is highly educated in the fields of our choices. Yes we are lucky we belong to educated families. Yes we are lucky that our males understand that we women also have voices. And yes our males do give us all the liberty we wish. But only because they know we understand our religion.

    There's a famous Urdu proverb; "You can't clap with one hand." (translation) and this I believe is very true. More than 65% of our nation's male population is completely uneducated. Only a specified 30% are educated in religious knowledge and out of those 30%, probably less than 10% are educated with proper religious and worldly knowledge. Why? No real effort from the government.

    Yes our country is named Islamic Republic of Pakistan but there's very less of Islam seen in this country. I only see extremism or complete and utter ignorance.

    Islam is a beautiful, beautiful religion which grants equal rights to both men and women. It's sad to see that we are too ignorant and uneducated to know what they are.

    I wish to someday LIVE Islam and not just follow it.

    September 24, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
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  43. Patrick

    So, your story is that you are a model of civilization.
    You have only 1 wife and you never abuse her.
    You love your children and you never abuse them.
    You love your parents and you never abuse them.
    I have read the Qu'ran and since you call yourself a muslim, I know that you are lying because the Qu'ran calls for violence and subjugation on all counts.
    LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE!

    September 25, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      The above comment was to Ali, Mr. Civilized.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
    • Penny

      By the way, there are many American women married to Saudi men and they don't mind the way of life over there. My third cousin is married to an Egyptian and lives in Cairo. She loves it there, she loves her husband and she loves her children. She has no problem with Islam. It is all in the way the woman wants to be treated. I myself have a son who is half Saudi. I was treated as a valuable independent woman in this country and feel I would be treated the same way in their country. We kill our parents, we kill our kids, we kill our spouses in this country of the good ole USA. I see no difference. Women in this country are not treated at 100% equality either. So therefore, the law of Islam is not much different than the laws of this country in regards to women. How many women in this country have been raked across the coals after being raped? Go figure.

      October 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • ruhailism

      MR:Patrick

      you said you read the Qu'ran. you don,t read the quran but you read translation of the quran!!!

      December 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  44. Dzz

    I can't believe im doing it again.. Lol I almost swore last time not to engage in online convos when they are this rude and violent.. But what the heck..
    To those who say women in Saudi can't do what other women can.. 100% true.. Im saudi.l it frusterates me alot. But women are very happy with the way things are here.. The majority at least. Though women are highly educated.. They keep their traditions.. The community is very conservative and very very traditional.. We have debates about having pictures on id cards.. Seriously! But give it time.. Itll change..
    The important point to make is that those are not islamic teachings.. Those are traditions that are done under the name of islam.. Just like those ignorant people who commit terrible violent acts under the name of Islam. It's ignorance.. Complete ignorance..
    I assure you that there is no verse in the quraan that encourages violence against innocent people.. Of any religion.. Or any race.. Islam asks us to stand brave against our enemies.. But the definition of enemies is clearly defined as those who fight Muslims in their faith and throw them out of their homes.. Other versus in quraan were said for specific situations.. And those are very well known in history.
    The prophet Mohammed pbuh advised his army before each battle not to kill babies or elderly and not to excessively kill the opposing army.
    When the muslims went into Jerusalem the 2nd kalifa (leader) Omar ibn alkhatab prayed in their church and ordered that no one touches it.. And for that it stands till this day.
    Muslims now are poor, uneducated, oppressed by selfish governments and most of all ignorant of the real teachings of this great religion.. And it's the duty of us educated Muslims to try separate the actions of those from teachings of Islam.
    Before I finish. I would just like to politely ask no violent, hurtful comments!

    September 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  45. Jefferson J.

    It is surprising to see that a same group of men finance programs which impose a way of life where the misdemeanour can be punished by the death while granting itself they the same abroad or, discreetly, to them, some exceptions in the rule.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
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    how come she's not pregnant- yet. is she her husbands puppet? just for show for sure. she is as close to the owner of the country, as im breathing air, and she cant do anymore than my neighbor can sitting here watching her talk for nothing. yack yack.

    September 29, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
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  53. ruhailism

    this her opinion but most of saudi women dislike her idea she is open women i don't know how she going to face god very soon?

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