well all this talk of banning woman from travelling alone and then scrapping that ban reminded me of the drive from mecca to madina, our time at mecca was over we did the tawaf al wada3 (the good bye tawaf) and began our journey to madina.
you hear all sorts of stories of people travelling for over 20 hours so i was expecting a long and hard drive, the coach wasn't very comfortable, seriously whoever designed the coach we where on must have been a dwarf or a member of the Pygmies because no way is a full grown adult able to sit comfortably on those chairs.
one guy who was sat in front of me kept cursing the Saudi government through out the duration of the trip, and then he would stand up and say 'people say ameen, say ameen' loool.
anyway we got to the service after like an hours drive and every one came down to stretch their legs and eat something as well as pray duhur.
later when we had all boarded the coach, i ran to the front of the coach and noticed that the driver hadn't arrived yet so i sat in his seat and pretended to drive the coach, exageratingly turning the steering wheel and announcing to the rest of the passengers that 'i am your driver for the rest of the way, the first female driver in Saudi' to which some of the group started taking pictures of me as proof lol, actually i need to get those pictures.
so i was enjoying the moment, beeping the Horn and making driving noises with my mouth, my dad was behind me saying 'ridee bilak, rak ishufook, wee deeroolik mushkilah' translation - careful, they might see you and cause some problems' to which i replied' nah it's all good, it's fake driving, they cant arrest me for fake driving can they?
just as i said that the driver boards the coach and stands there looking at me and for a split second i though oh no i am so going to get into trouble, then he started to laugh, shake his head and saying 'la la, mish ma3oola, izay kida?' translation no no, not possible, how is this?, he was Egyptian, and he told me off in a jokey way, i guess he couldn't believe that i had the audacity to even dream of sitting in the driver seat.
see the whole issue of banning woman from driving in Saudi is something that we cant comprehend, its unbelievable in the eyes of many, especially the west, but what we don't realise is that the vast majority of Saudi woman don't actually have a problem with this, many are chauffeur driven every where and they prefer it that way, to live in that sort of luxury is preferred in their eyes, and lets face it who doesn't like being chauffeur driven every where in style, the only time that happens to us is when we hire a nice car for a special evening out (not had that experience myself)and the whole point of that is to feel special and to be driven somewhere in a nice car (i like the rolls Royce myself).
i remember one time i watched an interview with a Saudi woman where she was being asked what she felt about the ban on driving and she simply replied, i don't really care as i have no need to drive.
as shocking as that may sound to us, its simple fact to them, the ban was placed in 1990 and i totally disagree with it, to me it makes more sense that a woman drives herself where ever she wants rather than having a total stranger driver her to places, whats better herself or non mahrem? see that where the contradiction is.
what really gets to me is when you hear comments such as 'strict sharia law bans females drivers' ummmmm exactly where in Islam does is say this? people should do there research before coming out with such comments and for Muslims to claim that islamiclly woman should not drive is ridiculous on their part and to make something haram when it isn't is a serious matter.
the ban is not based on religion but more social/cultural acceptance.
it was a discussion i got myself into recently, interestingly enough some woman have requested the ban to be lifted, but there request was refused by the court.
at least ladies can enter the mosque in Saudi, i wonder if they can wear roller skates?
on the way to madina, we saw a herd of baboons, how random is that!!! wild baboons with there red bums, so unexpected to see.