Yasser, a 26-year-old artist, was taking me on an impromptu tour of his hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on a sweltering September afternoon.
The air conditioner of his dusty Honda battled the heat, prayer beads dangled from the rearview mirror, and the smell of the cigarette he’d just smoked wafted toward me as he stopped to show me a barbershop that his friends frequent.
(Cell phones and Internet chat rooms play a key role in this culture, allowing men and women to interact indirectly.) Sadeem hits it off with one man; the couple meet at a chaperoned shoufa, "the one lawful 'viewing' of the potential bride," and they sign a marriage contract.
The countries strict laws on gender segregation make sure all contact between the sexes is minimized.
He replied: There is nothing wrong with it; rather it is permissible. Shaykh: Using the hand is subject to further discussion; it is only permissible if the person fears that he may fall into zina.
Questioner: And without using the hand there is nothing wrong with it?
This is the first time that I have left my family behind, because of the children's schooling.
Here are some examples of my observations of the Saudi ways of dating. Tamimi supermarket seems to be a popular place to go looking for girls/boys.
Some Saudi girls go here “grocery shopping” usually with a friend or a maid in tow.
Please note that I am aware that masturbation is haraam, but this is my wife whom I am looking at. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: Is it permissible for a married couple to talk about sex on the telephone and provoke one another until one or both of them reaches climax, without using the hand because it is haraam?
This happens because my husband is always travelling and we only see one another every four months.