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Top Five Fallacies about Women Driving in Saudi

Here are the common five fallacies about not allowing Saudi women driving with my respond to each one of them:

  1. Women driving will increase the traffic:
    Many saudi fear that streets and highways would be extremely crowded when women are allowed to drive and this isn’t true. In fact, allowing women to drive will decrease the traffic.
    In Saudi, Traffic occurs in the peak time especially in the early morning when employees go to work and in the beginning of the night when many Saudi go with their families to supermarket and other things. Now, if women were allowed to drive, they  would have flexible time to go to supermarket and finish home needs instead of just being confined on one specific time (like until their father or husband get back from work). This would decrease the traffic in the peak time.
  2. Women driving will increase the pollution:
    You may wonder since when Saudi began to care about environment and pollution! Ironically, Saudi began to think about being environmental only in the issue of women driving.  This country has no recycling programs, no public transportation to help decrease cars pollution, and no social awareness at all about the environment and yet when it comes to women driving, everyone is beginning to react as if the environment was the center of his attention.
  3. Flirting and sexual harassment:
    Saudi who have been outside of KSA respect fully the law of the country. I rarely heard a Saudi harassing an American woman or a Kuwait woman just because he sees her driving.   A lot of Saudi guys go to Bahrain in the weekend, some for the sake of enjoyment like watching movie, other for getting drunk and having fun with women in night clubs and yet they don’t have any problem with women driving there. So, what is the magic thing that drive Saudi crazy when they see Saudi women driving? I don’t know!
    By the way, many Saudi women get sexually harassed from Taxi drivers so allowing them to drive will really decrease this problem.
  4. Women driving will increase the rate of accidents
    I don’t understand how people sometimes make a conclusion on argument without having a sound and rational premiss like saying that “women are very emanational and not physically strong to drive therefore, allowing them to drive would lead to more accidents”. Sounds stupid, right? but honestly many people have this mentality of thinking. Now, Saudi is ranked among the top countries in car accidents and so if we follow the same mentality of thinking, we can make exactly the same conclusion and say:  Saudi men shouldn’t be allowed to drive because of their irresponsible driving skills!
  5.  Women driving is prohibited in Islam:
    It is either Saudi think they are the only one in the world who follow Islam and consider all other Islamic countries as sinners for allowing women to drive, or we have really stupid religious group who invent Fatwa as they wish and like. We are sick and tired of people telling us what is sinful and what is not, and how we should live our life or shouldn’t! If you think women driving is sinful and Haram, that is great! you can enforce your belief on your family, but not on the whole country.

22 thoughts on “Top Five Fallacies about Women Driving in Saudi”

  1. Another solution would be to allow only women to drive.
    That would cut down on the horrible traffic accidents. And it would be logic, as the day starts the women will take their husbands, fathers, brothers to work or school or university, and then they go on to do the shopping, taking kids to and from schools or doctors appointments, and when the men are ready to come home the women can pick them up, and maybe drive them to a shop if they want to. And the girls can drive themselves to school or university, and the working women can drive themselves to work.
    Really, in real life a woman has far greater need of a car than a man, so this would be much better. And as there are no male drivers women would not get harassed.

  2. don’t mix islam with this fact, that the society is not ready yet to be open,

    it was the same in england when the beatles sang babe can you drive my car,

    islam is an open religion, the governement should fallow the religion in propre
    way; I am muslim, and sometimes i m very happy to let my wife drive the car.
    it was the same in france, with the muslim community, 30 years ago,

    woman was compare to prostitute and today, all french muslim womans wearing
    hijab, drive their own car;

    Islam never forbide to be free, it bad exemple to show islam that particular way,
    its a shame. But a effort of reflection,or ijtihad in islamic language is a necessity.

  3. I found you blog cause it was refered to in the French paper Le Monde.

    I wish all men around the world could question the statu quo on women not only regarding driving but also work, wages, domestic tasks, responsability, power…

    I’ll come back to read you more!

  4. “you can enforce your belief on your family, but not on the whole country”
    Enforcing your belief on your family, what a barbaric thing to do. I guess religious zealots can never convince people without violence…

  5. Is this also a fallacy: that Saudi women aren’t allowed to drive?

    Licensed Saudi women (and men) can drive anywhere in the world – except no women (Saudi or not) may drive in Saudi Arabia.

  6. I have the solution to the problem of women driving in Saudi Arabia. Women cannot drive cars or pilot airplanes or command helicopters
    They cannot even pedal a bicyle or skate around the block.
    Make good use of Islaam:
    My driver must be a male blood relative; otherwise, I violate the rules of Islaam. Wear out your blood male relatives until they relent.

  7. ” So, what is the magic thing that drive Saudi crazy when they see Saudi women driving? I don’t know! ”
    ME EITHER !! ….. It’s funny how some Saudi brains are functioning !!! Hopefully things will change to the better in the future 🙂

    Great blog mashallah ,, wish more ppl think this way ,,,,

  8. “women are very emanational and not physically strong to drive therefore, allowing them to drive would lead to more accidents”. Sounds stupid, right?

    TOTALLY !!
    I admit , driving was a little bit difficult to me … But it took me few days only to put my self together and be confident ! I even got my license btw ..and I’m not getting emotional while driving btw !! Hahahaha

  9. These are somewhat acceptable points. But if you allow a woman to run your family (taking care of your home, your children, your money) why don’t you allow her to run a car? which only helps here to do things easier than regular ways.

  10. It was nice reading ur taughts. today i got a message that guess which is only country that dosen;t allow women to drive. i was surfing to find the answer. what i found was quire shocking. my dad i working in saudi but he never revealed this to me. anyways i would like to read more.

  11. women driving is not prohibited in Islam. Bring me an Aya from Quraan proving your point if it was true.
    thank you

  12. قَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ الأُولَى وَأَقِمْنَ الصَّلاةَ وَآتِينَ الزَّكَاةَ وَأَطِعْنَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنْكُمُ الرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيرًا

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