Earlier today, Nigeria had to suspend all air traffic to Saudi Arabia. Why? Because the Saudis are detaining their women for the horrible crime of traveling without a man.
Nigeria has suspended all Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia after the authorities there deported more than 170 women who had arrived without a male escort.
About 1,000 Nigerian women intending to make the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca have been detained since Sunday.
A Nigerian government delegation is going to Saudi Arabia to complain.
There has been an understanding in the past that Nigerian women are exempt from travelling with a male relative – a requirement for women on the Hajj.
Nigerian diplomats say the agreement between the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and the Saudi authorities allows visas to be issued for Nigerian women going to Mecca as long as they are accompanied by Hajj committee officials.
How can this happen in the 21st century, a time where humanity has come so far and accomplished so much? The answer is obvious: religion. Without Islam’s barbaric traditions and misogynistic edicts regarding women, who can honestly say that we’d be having this problem of women not being allowed to travel while not in the care of someone with a penis?
Add one more to the file of how religion disdains women. Copy and paste it to the file on how religion hinders humanity.
The saddest part? Not a one of these women will realize that Islam contributes to a less happy life for them.