Saudi cleric suspended from preaching for saying women can't drive because they only have 'a quarter of a mind'

Saudi cleric is suspended from preaching after insulting women

Saad al-Hijri said women should not be allowed to drive because they didn't have reason or religious commitment (Credit: Twitter @AynHaAyn)

Friday, September 22, 2017

A cleric in Saudi Arabia has been banned from preaching after he made derogatory comments about women. 

Saad al-Hijri from the Asir province was giving a lecture in the city of Khamis Mushait, located in the southwest of the country, when he said women should not be allowed to drive.

To justify this view, he claimed women lacked both reason and religious commitment.

He went on to say women had only "a quarter of a mind" and couldn't therefore make the logical decisions needed when driving. 

Outrage across Saudi Arabia was sparked by the lecture, which went viral on social media. 

The Asir province governor, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, has relieved al-Hijri of his duties. 

A spokesman from the Governor's office said it was done to limit the "exploitation" of religious platforms to make controversial statements.