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05-13-2010, 06:55 PM
Saudi Arabia: Arab scholar denies support to Al-Ghamdi’s views on gender mixing


By Md al-Sulami
JEDDAH, (Arab News): A leading Saudi religious scholar, Sheikh Qays Al-Mubarak has denied that he ever supported the views of Sheikh Ahmad Qasim Al-Ghamdi, the chief of the Haia in Makkah, on free mixing of genders.

“Al-Ghamdi’s claim that I supported his view on the permissibility of ikhtilat (gender mixing) is something that never happened in the past and will not in the future,” Al-Mubarak said in a question-and-answer session at the College of Shariah and Islamic Studies in the University of Qassim on Sunday.

“Al-Ghamdi’s statement about me is devoid of truth. I never discussed ikhtilat with him,” Al-Mubarak said, adding that the type of views expressed by Al-Ghamdi should not come from a serious student of Shariah.

The Islamic scholar also described Al-Ghamdi’s views as dangerous.

Al-Ghamdi had claimed in a television show called “Idaat” on Al-Arabiya channel that Al-Mubarak supported his view that ikhtilat was lawful.

Al-Ghamdi’s view contradicted the view held by the former grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, the late Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Baz, and the present grand mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, on the subject.

Al-Asheikh has made his stand on the issue clear saying “the incidence of gender-mixing in any field of life shatters a barrier of protection and brings upon the people — whether they like it or not — woes and miseries. The Shariah has created the barrier to block misfortunes befalling upon people. Gender-mixing has brought about countless sufferings and evil to the world. If Muslims had deep knowledge they would have learned that the Law of God is a defense against degeneration and aberration.”

He added that a woman mingling with men without a mahram is likely to be drawn to promiscuity.