Saudi cleric says 'gender mixing' poses 'threat to female chastity, society'

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 05:10 hrs

Saudi Arabia's top cleric has warned against the mixing of the genders, saying it poses a threat to female chastity and society.

Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik said authorities must adhere to Shariah, or Islamic law, by ensuring men and women are separated as much as possible.

Al-Sheik said it is forbidden for women to unveil in front of men, warning that this will destroy the morals and values of society, News24 reports.

The cleric's comments come just weeks ahead of allowing women to be members of the 150-member Shura Council, the country's top advisory body.

According to the report, religious leaders in Saudi Arabia have spoken out against reforms introduced by King Abdullah.

The reforms includes allowing women to join the country's main advisory body and work in female apparel stores. (ANI)

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