I have heard many negative things about the Saudi religious police. They wear khaki pants and beat men and women with batons. They don’t have beards. They think they high and mighty. They yell at people. They hit you or hit on you. And the list goes on. I recent read this post from this brother’s blog, All About GQ, about his observation and factual evidence of the Saudi religious police.
Here is a break down of the brothers and sisters of the police:
- The Male Saudi Religious Po Po’s:
- They wore white thaubs which came down to just above their ankles. When inside the Haram, they would be wearing black dress socks. Sometimes they would be barefooted.
- They wore a red/white checkered Shima’a over thier heads. Sometimes they wore a white skull cap (taupee/kufi) underneath the Shima’a to keep it from falling off.
- They had big beards. Many of them didnt even trim it. It was left untouched.
- They were people with little hair, but grew whatever they could. They had less hair because their hair wouldnt come out.
- I know this because I was looking at them upclose. lol Yeah, I was that in love with them.
- They carried a walkie talkie. Thats all. If anything, they had some dates in their hands that they passed out to people for good behavior.
- They they had to be the most humble people ever. Subhana’Allah You never heard anything harsh from them.
- They wouldnt even touch you if they wanted you to move.
- During prayers, they would walk around and check to see if the women were in the right places. If they were by the men, they would send them back.
- They would say “Hajjia, Hajjia” as they would point towards the back. They didnt even raise their voices or become “mean.”
- One time the Religious Police told these Shias to get up and go back of the Haram right before the prayer. Well these Shias got up and tried to verbally fight them.
- They started to say, “Are you an Alim? Are you a Mufti? Who do you think they are?”
- The Religious Police remained calm, yet held their ground. They didnt leave until the Shias went to the back.
- Masha’Allah, the Sabr these people had.
- Whenever they would walk by me, I would say Salaam. Sometimes they would initiate the Salaam. Wallahi, whenever we exchanged Salaams, their faces would light up with a huge smile. Its as if they absolutely love it and wait for people to say Salaam. Its like its the only thing they look forward to.
- The Female Saudi Religious Po Po:
- They wore a burqa which covered their ENTIRE bodies including their faces. They were in ALL black. They also wore black gloves and black dress socks. You couldnt even see an inch of their skin.
- They would just deal with the women. They usually stood at the entrances and checked the purses for any cameras and directed traffic for the women. If the men tried to go through entrances for women, they would stop them and tell them to through another entrance.
- Subhana’Allah, they were very humble, too. You never heard a word from them. They would keep to themselves. They never spoke to men either.
- If it was necessary, they would speak behind a border or a screen. Masha’Allah.
Note: All apperances and actions were taken from All About GQ.