A video showing young men harassing women in a shopping mall in Dhahran, the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, is causing a storm online.
This video of the incident shows a mob following girls out of a mall – and a scuffle that follows between the girls and some of the boys. Other versions of the video have been removed from YouTube after the furor.
In this YouTube video, which is still available, cccoppwew puts the blame on the girls, for not covering up properly [ar]:
اختي خروجك بحجاب سافر وارتياد الاسواق بدون محرم وبدون ضروره لعدم وجود اغراض معك يدل على عدم الضروره احمي نفسك من ضعاف النفوس والله لو كنتي ملتزمه بحجابك واخذتي اغراضك الضروريه لما تعرض لك احد
الحمد لله على الستر
My sister, you have left your home without a proper hijab (veil) that doesn't not cover you fully and gone to a mall without a male chaperon and without the need [to go to the mall] because you are not carrying any shopping bags with you. Protect yourself from the weak. If you were properly dressed and went to the mall to finish buy necessities, no one would have stopped you.
Thank God for chastity.
Although the girls had their hair covered and were wearing a abaya, the black cloak which fully covers the body, the commotion seems to be because they did not cover their faces too.
Comments on their dress-code recurs on Twitter, under the hashtag [ar] #تحرش_شباب_بفتيات_بالشرقيه which translates to Youth Harass Girls in the Eastern Province.
Manar Alkhalidi also points fingers at the girls:
#تحرش_شباب_بفتيات_بالشرقيه انا معاكم ان فيه نوعيه من الشباب ماتستحي وماتخاف ربها ، بس لو البنات بحالهم ومو مستعرضين محد قربهم.
— منار الخالدي (@manarto_sh) October 23, 2013
I agree that there are young men who have no shame and do not fear God, but if those girls kept to themselves and not show off [their femininity] no one would have approached them
And this Twitter user also wonders why the girls did not follow the strict dress-code imposed on Saudi women – full coverage, from top to bottom, in black:
#تحرش_شباب_بفتيات_بالشرقيه … لماذا لم تلتزم بحشمتها وسترها الم تعلمين ياحواء أن الحيوان فيك عندما يجوع…….
— ♛سَمووُرﻫ♛ (@smorh001) October 23, 2013
Why weren't they properly covered? Doesn't Eve know that an animal would betray you when he gets hungry?
But Luma Alnami says the men are at fault:
#تحرش_شباب_بفتيات_بالشرقيه يجيك واحد عقله عقل حيوان نفس اللي بالمقطع ويقول الغلط على البنت عشان شكلها يابابا انتو لو شفتوا كيس زباله لحقتوه!
— لمى ي.النعمي (@_lmmash) October 23, 2013
Some people whose mentality is like the animals we saw in the video put the blame on the girls. You would harass a garbage bag if you saw it moving.
#تحرش_شباب_بفتيات_بالشرقيه نعيد ونكرر مهما كانت البنت كاشفه ترا مو مبرر انك تتحرش فيهاا الا اذا استبدلنا اسمك ب كلمة حيوان
— سارا الشكره (@s_s00000) October 22, 2013
I repeat, no matter how much the girl shows of her body, it is no excuse for you to harass her unless you are an animal
And this user complains about the onlookers who filmed and posted the videos of the attack:
#تحرش_شباب_بفتيات_بالشرقيه السفيه اللي يصور المفروض يتحاكم وينسجن ويصير عبره لقطيع الخرفان اللي صورهم وهم يتفاخرون بإنعدام رجولتهم
— S♛ (@ALG_SOSO) October 22, 2013
The ridiculous person who filmed the attack should be put on trial and arrested and made an example out of for the herd he has filmed showing off their lack of manhood.
Meanwhile, Moheeb Alsheikh asks where were the authorities when this happened:
في حال تجاوزنا اخلاق الشباب والبنات اللي بالمقطع وتربيتهم سؤال..مافي نظام؟ الامن، الهيئه، الشباب الصالحين! وينكم #تحرش_شباب_بفتيات_بالشرقيه
— مُهيب الشيخ (@MoheebAlsheikh) October 23, 2013
In case we ignore the manners of the girls and boys in the video and their upbringing, the question is: where are the authorities? Where is the security? Where is the Commission [Saudi religious police aka Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice]? And where are the good young men? Where are you?
And Khalid offers a solution:
الحل سهل جدا اسواق نسائيه ٪١٠٠ وتنتهي المشاكل من الطرفين لان الشاب مراهق ولايوجد قانون رادع وفتاة متبرجه #تحرش_شباب_بفتيات_بالشرقيه
— خالد (@505te) October 22, 2013
The solution is simple: 100 per cent women only malls and this ends the problem for both sides, because the young men are adolescents and there is no law to stop them and the women wear make up
So this is blame the victim time? These guys are animals and need to show some self- control. Don’t blame these girls who are traveling in a group. They are entitled to shop
THE HOLY QURAN TELLS US HOW TO TREAT MEN AND WOMEN.
CALLING ON PEOPLE PATIENTLY AND GENTLY
Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition, and
argue with them in the kindest way. Your Lord knows best who is
misguided from His way.And He knows best who are guided. (Qur’an,
It is a mercy from God that you [O Mohammed] were gentle with them. If
you had been rough or hard of heart, they would have scattered from
around you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them, and consult
with them about the matter. Then when you have reached a firm
decision, put your trust in God. God loves those who put their trustin
Him. (Qur’an, 3:159)
TO REPEL A BAD ACTION WITH SOMETHING BETTER
A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with
something better and, if there is enmity between you and someone else,
he will be like a bosom friend. (Qur’an, 41:34)
[People of intelligence are] those who are steadfast in seeking the
face of their Lord, perform prayer and givefrom the provision We have
given them, secretly and openly, and stave off evil with good, it is
they who will have the Ultimate Abode. (Qur’an, 13:22)
When you see people engrossed in mockery ofOur Signs, turn from them
until they start to talk of other things… (Qur’an, 6:68)
… More than anything else, man is argumentative! (Qur’an, 18:54)
They retort: “Who is better then, our deities or him?” They only say
this to you for argument’s sake. They are indeed a disputatious
people. (Qur’an, 43:58)
TO BE TOLERANT AND FORGIVING
Those of you possessing affluence and ample wealth should not make
oaths that they will not give to their relatives, the very poor, and
those who have migrated in the way of God. They should rather pardon
and overlook. Would you not love God to forgive you? God is
Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Qur’an, 24:22)
[The people who guard against evil are] those who give in times of
both ease and hardship, those who control their rage and pardon other
people-God loves the good-doers. (Qur’an, 3:134)
Say to My servants that they should only say the best. Satan wants to
stir up trouble between them. Satan is an outright enemy to man.
What is the penalty for apostasy?
The US slavishly sponsors this thug country because of our thirst for oil. We judge a nation by how it treats its women. By that standard, Saudi Arabia wallows in pig filth.
Moslems have a cave-dwellers’ mentality. You are not following the teachings of the Prophet but the edicts of the mullahs. Stay away from civilised countries – we don’t want you and your primitive behaviour.
If you treat women like cattle, you will father cow-brained children. This is how your outlook on life is. Never changed in centuries. Just stay away from Western countries. Imshi Yallah.
Who put them in charge of how women appear in public?
Saudi never fails to embarrass me…