DUBAI – Saudi women do not need long dresses to wear. An authority of the Saudi clergy, sheik Abdullah al-Mutlaq said in his television program that the long robe, or “abaya” is not mandatory for pious women.
He stressed said that more than 90 per cent of the pious muslim women in the world never such a long robe wearing. It is not mandatory for pious women, said the sheik.
His statement fits in with the current changes in the kingdom, which traditionally is based on a machtsbalans between the pro-western family al-Saud and the ultra-conservative sunni clergy. The new strong man of Saudi Arabia, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, last year, said that “his country was already at least thirty years is not normal, and therefore he is a moderate form of islam is going to enter.”