- Friday, 15 August 2014 |
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Saudi Arabia is known as the heart of Islam. It is the place where Islam began and home to the Kaaba, or house of Allah, in Mecca. This is the place to which every Muslim is required, where financially possible, to make their pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. Known as Hajj, this journey is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Saudis are proud of their heritage. Religious authorities work hard to keep Islam pure by enforcing Sharia law, and other rules are added to ensure that people keep virtue. Women are required to wear the abaya (a long black overcoat) and hijab (headscarf); they are also encouraged to wear the niqab (face veil). These clothes are meant to protect them from lustful men. The prohibition against women driving is also to keep them pure, as they can’t go anywhere without a man driving them.