Saudi women threatened to breastfeed their drivers if they aren't allowed to drive

In response to the Saudi Cleric Fatwa against driving by women. A group of Saudi women have threatened to breastfeed their drivers if they are not granted the right to drive their own cars.
Woman driving at the desert of Chahroura Saudi Arabia. © Samer Mohdad /
Saudi woman driving in the Empty Quarter region. © Samer Mohdad /

Saudi women seem ready to adopt a controversial fatwa as they step up their campaign to achieve the right to drive in the conservative kingdom.

The fatwa, or religious ruling, allows women to breastfeed their drivers and turn them into their sons.

"We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners" will be the slogan of the campaign the women plan to launch, journalist Amal Zahid was quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Zahid said their decision follows a recent fatwa issued by a renowned scholar which said that Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to become their sons.

"As every Saudi family needs a driver, our campaign will focus on women's right to drive," she said.

A Saudi scholar last month suggested women donate their breast milk to men in an attempt to get around the kingdom’s ban on the mixing of unrelated men and women, and his words have sparked controversy.

Sheikh Abdul Mohsin al-Abaican, a consultant at the Saudi royal court, issued a fatwa stating there should be symbolic bond between unrelated men and women who regularly come into contact with each other.

Breast milk kinship is considered to be as good as a blood relationship in Islam, Gulf News said. Saudi woman Fatima al-Shammary, told a local Arabic daily, that the fatwa was "ridiculous and weird".

She added: "This fatwa has become a hot topic of debate among women. Is this is all that is left to us to do: to give our breasts to the foreign drivers?"

Another Saudi woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Gulf News: “Does Islam allow me to breastfeed a foreign man and prevent me from driving my own car? I have not breastfed my own children. How do you expect me to do this with a foreign man? What is this nonsense?"

Another woman said the fatwa should also apply to the husbands who should be breastfed by housemaids. By doing so, all will be brothers and sisters," she said.

It was clarified later that he meant that the breast milk is to be given in a cup! It came a little bit too late because this has become a controversial news.

The bonding of families happened only when you breastfeed babies only till 2 years old or 3 times until the baby is full.

In all cases Saudi women living in the Empty Quarter region drive their cars by need and without any boundaries.