The Muslim News  Issue 266, Friday 24 June 2011 - 22 Rajab 1432


Fatwa body bans mingling of sexes

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, announced that the committee for issuing religious edicts has banned the mingling of men and women at offices and educational institutions.

“Women are not allowed to work with men. For example, they cannot work as secretaries for men or at receptions, production lines or accounting sections in a commercial centre, pharmacy or restaurant where men are also present,” the ruling said.

The committee, which made this comment while answering a question from a Saudi, warned that the mingling of sexes would have a negative effect on the family and society.

Last year, the committee issued a similar edict banning women from working as cashiers at supermarkets.