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November 10, 2017
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Qatar Friday Sermon: Imam Sultan Al-Hashmi Advises Women to Leave the Home Only When Necessary; Dolled Up Women Cause Sexual Harassment

Qatari cleric Dr. Sultan Al-Hashmi said in a recent Friday sermon that one of the causes of sexual harassment was that women leave their homes "all dolled up." "If young men did not see in these women things that lead them to harass them, by Allah, they would not do that," he said. His advice to women was to cut down on the times they leave the house, and to do so only when necessary. "A woman is not allowed to leave the home all dolled up, or dressed in a way that attracts the gaze of boys and men, who might harass her," said Al-Hashmi. The November 10 Friday sermon was posted on his YouTube channel.

Sultan Al-Hashimi: "I would like to finish the issue I began to discuss in last Friday's sermon: the issue of sexual harassment, that dangerous epidemic that is spreading in many Arab and Islamic societies – in our local [Qatari] society, in the societies of the Gulf States, and in Arab and Islamic societies in general. It is a dangerous epidemic, which has even reached the point of forbidden relations. We talked about some of the causes that lead to this phenomenon of harassment. One of the reasons, my dear brothers, is that women leave their homes all dolled up, to go work, to go to the marketplace, or for any other reason.

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"When some of our daughters, women, and sisters step out of their homes, it is as if they are going to some kind of a celebration. They wear perfume, decorated robes, and garish makeup. They are exposing themselves and others to temptation. If young men did not see in these women things that lead them to harass them, by Allah, they would not do that.

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"I would like to advise our sisters and daughters to cut down on the times they leave the house, and to do so only when necessary. In addition, a woman is not allowed to leave the home all dolled up, or dressed in a way that attracts the gaze of boys and men, who might harass her."