Lovefast 25: Guardian
By Georgina from Mahabba Cheltenham
Inspired by 'The people of Saudi Arabia' from 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World booklet
Thought for the day
In strict Muslim communities women are not allowed to venture out of their homes without being accompanied by a male guardian.
The guardian, or mahram, is a man she is not allowed to marry because of close family ties, such as a father, brother, son or uncle.
This Islamic ruling means that women are seen as legal minors.
For example, in Saudi Arabia women cannot drive a car or make their own decisions about their health care because they are not legally regarded as an adult.
Women cannot go on pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) without a mahram (male guardian), for which they have to pay extra.
Even at a time of heightened spiritual awareness, such as the hajj, women still have to rely on a male to protect her honour and safety.
Thank God for the promise in his Word that he is our guardian, whether we’re male or female, adult or child:
If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World booklet
Inspiration for today's entry - click to open
Prayer for the day
Pray that the bonds of Wahabbi Islam will be broken and that the influence of Saudi Arabia will wain in the world.
Read about women’s experiences on hajj.
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