To janna thorson-jabr in page 3, No not Albarrak, I even posted my reply before Albarrak made his fatwa, I'm talking about shiekh al-Shathri, he didn't suggest to kill anyone, I can give you a link to his fatwa on tv if you understand Arabic.
Ah, okay. I don't know about this al-Shathri. Thanks for clarifying. Sure, go ahead and post the link :) So, how do you feel about people's criticism of al-Barrak, does it undermine their own ideals of freedom of speech, as you explained about people's criticism of this other sheikh's fatwa? Or do you consider his case any different since he proposed murdering those he disagrees with?
Hello, I am from Pakistan. I have watched many people from my place over the years who worked in your country. In the begining they remain as normal person working abroad. Then they opened religious schools(madrissa) here in Pakistan while still being in Saudi Arabia themselves and suddenly became very rich. There are many theories about their wealth here. Some say they bring Zakwat Money donated by Arabs. another theory is that Arabs directly fund religious schooling. My question is in which form they get the money from Arabs. Boy! some of them became very rich within no time from just an ordinary persons.
I've just read throught the whole thread! Now I feel more educated about Saudi.
I was very impressed by the bravery of the guy filming in Mecca! Right inside the great Mosque! Whoa!
My question is about slaves.
Is it legal in Saudi Arabia to have slaves? I read in a National Geographic magazine from 2005 (or 2004?) that there are 27 million slaves (includes Sex Trade) in the World and that Saudi Arabian rich people have slaves.
Do you know if this is true?
Also how does prostitution (paying for sex) work in Saudi?
Thank you again for taking all of these questions!
Hello Ally, well nobody knows that the guy is an atheist, so its not that dangerous, I might go to makkah again one day if my mom asked me to take her there.
slavery here is illegal, although slavery is allowed in Islam, its allowed for a ruler to outlaw anything halal and that what king Faisal did. I don't think any rich would risk having slaves when they can easily afford low paid servants, never heard of it but doubt it.
problem in Saudi we have many expats, many of them payed low, some of them are treated badly, and some of them never wanted to come but forced by their own family. (there is a belief in some parts in Asia that if you had a low-intelligent son send him to work outside and he will come back smart, many sons don't want to work outside)
how prostitution works,
To get a working visa in Saudi you need a sponsor and every individual can get limited amount of visas(depends if he owns a business, need a personal driver, maid, etc) some Saudis don't have any business so they get unskilled workers from usually countries like Bangladesh, then he tells the guy that he is free to do what work he want to do and only wants from him 500SR(around 130$) a month, some of these clean cars/building to make money and some of them go into illegal business like selling alcohol, selling drugs, theft or turning his apartment into a whorehouse and then find maids running away or try to tempt ones and then they will sell them for other foreign workers(usually from their own kin)
and there are many other problems, I blame these problems on both Saudis and foreign workers
This is really very interesting discussion..and the credit for most part goes to the initiator of the topic :-)
I have a comment and a question. The comment is, I too hate it when I get to hear "Dakhool-e-shabab mamnoo" at malls!! And the question is, why does KSA blocks websites of various religions (including religious tolerance website) but is allowing atheist sites (like Atheist Nexus, Think Atheist etc.)? Does atheism pose a lower level of threat than other religions and schisms?