Saudi Cleric: Cover One Eye Outdoors

Ad Feedback - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - If Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan has his way, modesty laws for Saudi women will include covering one eye when outside the home.

"Revelation of both eyes behind the veil is likely to encourage women to put make-up on and accentuate their eyes. This is corrupt behavior that conflicts with Islamic principles," al-Habadan said.

"When a woman goes out into the street or to a public place, she will wear a veil and cover one eye with a piece of cloth," he explained.

"When she goes shopping and wants to assess a product, she will completely remove the piece of cloth and will be able to use both eyes for a limited amount of time," the sheikh said.

Other prohibitions placed on Saudi women include driving a car, wearing make-up or high heels, leaving home without a male family member as chaperone, and speaking with a man in public.

The abaya -- the black garment that covers religious Muslim women from head to toe -- must be sufficiently loose not to allow any part of their bodies to be defined, and their hair may not be visible.

The U.N.'s annual report ranks Saudi Arabia's female population as the most severely deprived of any other Arab nation.

Source: YNet news

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