I read an account by saudiwoman who came to an abaya shop to pick up the abaya she ordered, and was told it was confiscated. So much for trying to express a minimum of individuality. The Commission for the Prevention of Virtue and The Propagation of Vice have been putting up raids in Riyad and confiscated any abaya’s showing coloured embroidery or crystals. Warehouses and factories have also been hit.
Yep, we all know love equals colours, and as love is forbidden, even amongst spouses, colour is also forbidden. And colour is also pleasing, and fun, and embroideries and crystals are pretty, so there are many legitimate reasons to forbid abaya’s with a touch of colour!
They went around in groups of three; a muttawa Vice police escorted by a Riyadh Principality employee and a police officer. At the mall I went to, they first headed to the shop I mentioned above and the unlucky sales clerk had a customer at the time who was sitting on an armchair in the shop and discussing an abaya that she wanted made. The first thing the muttawa did was express shock and disgust that the shop allowed women to sit. Then he looked at the abaya order that the clerk was filling out and told the lady off for ordering a 750 riyal abaya. And then he demanded that the clerk show him a 750 riyal abaya. The clerk pointed at an abaya with cuffs decorated with crystals and the muttawa grabbed it off the rack and stuffed it into one of his big trash bags. Then he went through all the racks and grabbed anything that looked “worldy” and decorative and stuffed them all in his bags. Before leaving, the muttawa also took the sale clerk’s residency card and ordered him to remove the chairs and a little mirror nook that was there for women to try on the abayas.
Yeah, God beware if women are allowed to sit! And naturally that haraam clark deserves to be punished for doing his job! And what’s the ridiculous notion of having a mirror in a clothes shop!!!!! A mirror would be only inciting all these fitnah-females to check if an abaya suits them! That would never do, the whole point of an abaya is that women are erased liberated.
On this site, you can read how earlier last year women started to experiment with colours, and at the bottom of the page you can read there how costumes used to be colourful, and that the ubiquitous black abaya was actually imported from Persia.
In Jeddah, some hussies leave their abayas open, or even wear labcoats when they pop out for a sip of coffee!!!! And we all know how shocking that is! At least when you read the outraged comments on bedu’s blog after she blurted out her shopping spree in Riyad wearing a long labcoat!
I wanted to write something about cows, but I’ll be working very hard tonight on my post on how to make, and embellish, your own abaya. Let’s see if the Religious Police can stop that!!!