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Driving for Freedom – My Speech in Oslo Freedom Forum


“The struggle is not about driving a car,

the struggle is about being in the driver’s seat of our own destiny”

I would like to explain the life of my generation through 2 chapters in my life:

Chapter I

1979: The year that changed the world as we knew it

Fire in The Holy Mosque in Mecca, 1979

Our generation is called the Sahwa or Awakening Generation. Our story starts with the year I was born in, 1979.

that same year a group of men led by the militant Juhayman seized the holy mosque in Mecca, the holiest shrine for Muslims in the world. The siege was to protest the House of Saud’s policies of Westernization. Saudi authorities used heavily-armed forces to end the siege. They publicly beheaded Juhayman and other 46 men.

This overlooked episode of modern history was described as the deadliest terrorist attack prior to 9/11. This forgotten event shaped my generation’s life and changed the world, into the one we know today.

A Very Rare Picture of Juhayman (means Angry Face)

Before this event, Saudi the recent founded country was changing rapidly and adopting the modern civilized life (1). Things were moving forward in this part of the world until the shocking event of Juhayman and his men. The Saudi rulers, anxious to maintain the loyalty of the extremists and to prevent another uprising, quickly moved to roll back the “immoral” liberties that had been tolerated in previous years.

Just like Juhayman, those extremists had long been upset with the gradual loosening of restrictions on women. In the weeks after the Mecca uprising female announcers were removed from Saudi TV, pictures of women were banned from appearing in any printings, employment of women was narrowed to very few places (like education and health care), cinemas were closed, music was banned, and separation between genders was strictly enforced everywhere from public places, government offices, banks, schools, to even houses. Every Saudi house now has two entrances, one for men and one for women.

Petrodollars poured into the extremists’ budgets, and they spread religious education and missionary organizations around the world, many of which preached hatred of the infidel, dedication to global Jihad, and rejection of anyone who does not share the same ideals.

The Committee to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice—the religious police—was also given a free hand in society.

They beheaded a monster, but enshrined his ideology of hate!

A Bullet in Time

Ka’aba in Hajj Time

Saudi authorities tried their best to make people forget the Siege of Mecca. They removed all articles and reports talking about it. We were not allowed to even ask what happened. It was one of the first taboos in Saudi.

The first time I heard of Juhayman, I was a kid performing tawaf with my mother, where you walk in circles around the holy Ka’aba. It was Hajj time when the Ka’aba’s curtains are lifted up. My mom pointed to a hole on the walls of Ka’aba and said, “That’s a bullet hole from Juhayman’s time”. Juhayman was the name that brought terror to the people of Mecca and the Muslims around the world.

For me that hole went much deeper than walls. It was a hole in time we all fell in, and kept going backward.

The 80s: The awakening of the beast

The new extremists were very powerful, promoting their ideas and enforcing everyone to abide by their strict rules. Free leaflets, booklets, cassettes, books calling for dismissing non-Muslims from the Arabian peninsula and proclaiming Jihad in Afghanistan an individual duty of every Muslim, were distributed everywhere.

We used to distribute those materials to please God. Thousands of young men were encouraged and financially supported to join the holy jihad in Afghanistan. A 22-year-old man was amongst those fighters; his name was Osama Bin Ladin.

Those fighters at that time were our heroes!

The Queen

According to Saudi Ulema’s Interpretation of Sharia Laws,

women should be covered head to toe in black

As women, we were raised to listen, follow, and never ask why. If you don’t follow the rules, we were taught that we would burn in hell fire in our grave and in the afterlife. Many nights I spent in tears, trying to do all I could to please God, to follow the rules. I thought it would have been much easier to just die, because living with these rules was simply impossible:

-As a woman I was taught that if I left home I would be fully responsible for any evil that happened, because men can’t control their instincts. I am the seductive fruit, they said, and I would seduce men in all my shapes and forms. So, my place should be home.

-I was taught that as a woman I am only Awra (sinful to expose). My face was Awra, my voice was Awra, even my name was Awra. I started covering fully top to toe in black when I was 10 years old.

-It was shameful to call the woman with her name or to know someone’s mother/sister/wife’s name. So women are called “mother of” her son’s name or “wife of” her husband’s name. (the society is trying hard to break through it)

-Women had no identification papers with a picture on it except passports.

-We have to get permission from our appointed male guardian in every aspect of our lives (to get healthcare, to study, to work, to get government papers, to travel, to marry, even to exist) (All still effective except the permission to work that was lift recently)

-No women couldn’t play a sport (still effective)

-Only two professions were licensed for women: pharmacist and doctor. There are no Saudi female lawyers, no civil engineers, no engineering schools for females. (still effective)

-And of course, women couldn’t drive (still effective)

They stole our lives with one lie: we are doing all this to protect you from the prying eyes of men; you deserve to be treated like a “Queen”, and this is how a queen is treated.

We were faceless, voiceless, and nameless, we were the invisible women.

Nov 6th, 1990

I was just 11 when the news broke all over the country that 47 women had challenged the ban on women driving in Riyadh. The announcer on TV announced days later that, according to the recent Fatwa of Sheikh Bin Baz, the grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, that women driving was haram–forbidden in Islam. The Ministry of Interior warned everyone that women were not allowed to drive in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Horrible rumors were spreading about those 47 women, and they were called awful names. We, as kids, had been told those women were bad and we should never be like them. For the next 22 years, talking about this subject was banned.

Another taboo was created: Women Driving

1996: Khober Towers Bombing

The Khobar Towers were bombed on June 25, 1996, and according to the Saudi government, the attack was carried out by “Saudi Islamic militants, including many veterans of the Afghan War.” 19 U.S. air force personnel and 1 Saudi were killed, and 372 people were injured.

I remember my mother gasping: “Juhayman is back!” I remember not sympathizing with the deaths.

I was only 17, but I used to think like a terrorist.

2000: Our 1st window to the outside world

Public access to the Internet in Saudi finally debuted in 1999. I had access to the Internet for the first time in 2000. I was thirsty to learn about what was out there. I kept reading about other religions and cultures. I met lots of people from all over the world on the Internet.

I realized how small the box I lived in when I stepped out of it. I started slowly losing my phobia of getting my pure beliefs polluted.

“There is Something Missing in my Heart”

Let me exaplain how extreme I was and how I changed through two stories:

I love drawing, but I had to burn all my sketches one day when they told us in school that drawing people and animals is a sin and God will punish us harshly for that. I watched years of work burn before my eyes, while crying inside “this is so unfair”.

My second story:

Do you remember the first time you ever listened to a song? More specifically, do you remember the first song you ever listened to? Probably not.

I remember both–the first time I allowed myself to listen to a song was the year 2000, and the song was “Show me the Meaning of Being Lonely” by Backstreet Boys. I was 21 years old. As insignificant event as it might sound to you, it was a significant change in my life, if you knew that I used to burn my brother’s music cassettes in the oven because we have were taught that they are “Satan’s Flutes” and a path to adultery (2).

When I heard that song it sounded anything but evil to me. It was so beautiful, so angelic, and so pure. I tried to be good according to their rules but I failed for the fist time in my life. For 21 years, I was never good enough, never pure enough. No matter how hard I tried to abide by every possible rule I was taught. I finally lowered my guards and surrendered!

Only then I realized how lonely I was.. in the world I isloated myself into..

I realized that breaking free from the internal chains is harder than breaking free from the external

9/11: The Turning Point

When September 11 happened, extremists viewed it as God’s punishment to America. When I first got the news, I was confused about which side to take. I was brought up to hate any non-Muslims or anyone who doesn’t practice Islam as we view it. Those, we are told, are our enemies and must be eliminated from this world.

When I watched the breaking news, I saw a man throwing himself from one of the towers to escape the fire. The horrifying scene shocked me deeply. Later on, Al-Qaeda announced their responsibility of these attacks. My heroes were nothing but horrifying bloody monsters. And questions started.

Saudi singularity: Saudi “Khososyah” or singularity is turning everything that is normal to abnormal, then asking the question what went wrong? And then trying to find a way to fix it.

After 9/11 in Saudi

A few months after that horrifying event, Saudi authorities, anxious again about security, started issuing women IDs. It was the fist time we women were being recognized as citizens. Still, the appointed male guardian needs to give his women the permission to get ID.

A massive number of terrorists attack swept Saudi during the following years, leaving everyone in deep shock. We were all asking what went wrong?!

The questions where growing bigger and bitter. No religion on earth can be this bloody, this cruel, this merciless. Islam is the religion of peace, respecting the other, accepting differences, freedom of speech and belief. The extremist interpretation misshaped Islam badly and used it to spread hatred and violence. And now we are the ones to pay the price.

Chapter II

Drive Your Own Life

Inspired by the Arab Spring, Led by personal struggle, realizing there is no law to ban us from driving, we started women2drive campaign.

One night I was leaving my doctor’s clinic in Al-Khober at 9 pm, and I couldn’t find a ride back home. A car kept chasing me, and I was almost kidnapped. The next day at work, I was horrified and angry and I complained to my colleague how it’s frustrating that I have a driver’s license but I’m not allowed to drive, just because I’m a woman. He broke the good/bad news in my face: “But there is no law banning you from driving”.

That ignited the whole idea in my mind of starting a campaign to call women to get behind the wheel and drive on June 17th, 2011. We encouraged women with international driver’s licenses only to participate, as we didn’t want accidents that day. We started a Facebook page, followed by a Twitter account and a 7-minute video I recorded using my webcam I posted it on YouTube to explain who we are and the idea behind June 17th. I showed my face, I spoke with my voice, I used my real name. For me, the time of fear and silence was over. I used to be ashamed of who I am, a woman. I was there to speak up for myself.

Later that month, I recorded a video of myself driving in the city of Khobar and posted it on YouTube. It got 700,000 views on the first day. A day later I was arrested for driving and sent to jail for 9 days. Newspapers and TV were closely following my story—it broke a huge riot around the country, it became a hot topic at every house and every gathering place. Calls to send me to a trial where roaring. There were even calls to flog me in a public place to make me an example to other women. I was called all names in the book for that simple act: whore, outcast, licentious, immoral, rebellious, disobedient, Iran agenda, Westernized, traitor, double agent, etc. Rumors of all kind spread everywhere. The hardest thing wasn’t facing what I did, it was facing what I didn’t do.

On June 17th the streets were packed with police cars and religious police SUVs to scare anyone who thought to drive that day. Despite all that pressure, some 100 women broke the ban and drove on June 17. None were arrested. we broke the taboo.

On November 15th 2011, I filed the first lawsuit against the Saudi General Directorate of Traffic in the administrative court for not issuing me a driver’s license.

We can talk freely now in the media and newspapers about women driving. Women themselves are not the same anymore. We united for the first time, the previous generation and this generation. We are using positive pressure to push for change. We are called now “My Right to Dignity,” calling for full citizenship for the Saudi Women, and ending decades of male guardianship.

They Messed up with the Wrong Woman

I was and still faced with one cruel organized smearing campaign. I defended myself not by words but by actions.

I was persistent, patient, and respectful to everyone even those who harmed me the most. Friends and family insisted that I sue those who publish and say lies about me, I told them it’s not time yet. A year later, the same newspapers that cracked down on me harshly are publishing the news of my international honoring and awards. My mother shed many tears facing all kind of attacks on her daughter. I called her that day when the local newspaper that was the worst in attacking me finally published a small article about me; with the title “Manal is a role model for the Saudi women”. The article came after announcing my name amongst the Time 100 most influential people in the world. I told my mother: “here is your rehabilitation”. Mom had tears that day, but a different kind of tears for the first time in a year; they were the tears of pride and joy.

I always tell my mother, “they might handcuff me and send me behind jail bars, but I will never accept them putting cuffs on my mind. They can break my bones mom, but they can never break my soul”.


The Time of Silence is Over

Years of being passive, whispering complaints with so many years of signing petitions and waiting for a response that would never come, we decided finally that the time of silence is over. We took an action to change our reality. Waiting will result in nothing but more waiting and frustration.

But sadly even after a year later, women are still waiting for a miracle to happen to change their reality; they are still waiting for a royal decree to lift the ban on women driving. They don’t know it will never come to them. It’s up to them to take the key and go behind the wheel and just drive, as simple as it sounds, as simple as it is.

I believe that children cannot be free if their mothers are not free, parents cannot be free if their daughters are not free, husbands cannot be free if their wives cannot be free, society is nothing if women are nothing.

For me, freedom starts within. Here (my heart) I know I am free, but there, in Saudi, I am certain the struggle has just began, the struggle will end but I am not sure when, the struggle is not about driving a car, the struggle is about being in the driver’s seat of our own destiny, about being free not just to dream but free to live.

(1) Saudi is considered the oil hub with the world’s largest oil reserves and a population of 26 million.

(2) مزامير الشيطان و بريد الزنا

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الكاتب:

خلقنا الله أحراراً ومتساوين.. ليس من حق أحد سلبك هذا الحق.. إلا إذا رضيت أنت بذلك God created us free and equal. No one can take that away unless you allow it.

40 thoughts on “Driving for Freedom – My Speech in Oslo Freedom Forum

  1. اتشرف انه اكون اول واحد يرد والله انك رائعة وتلهمينا وانا متأكد انه القادم أفضل بوجود ناس مثلك وحياة ابني هتكون اجمل لانه في ناس ضحت مثلك شكرا منال

  2. Hi
    Manal, while I was listening to your speech, I felt that you’re telling my story. I too was brainwashed into believing that women occupy a subservient role to men, not to mention all those negative things that were associated with the Islamic faith. But for me, there was a gradual onset after 9\11 which accelerated when I enrolled in the literature master’s program.
    The writer who changed my way of thinking was Ralph Waldo Emerson. His articles were written in the 19th century, but describe with great accuracy our current situation.
    Thank you for being our voice. You are one of the most courageous Saudi women whom I wish to meet. If I were you, I wouldn’t have done for my gender half the things you did.

    sincerely,
    A single mom

  3. My breakthrough was in 2005 when I tried to kill myself. Sad and painful to admit that, but It is true. I graduated with second honor as undergraduate. I went to the community with full of life and enthusiasm, but I was turned down. Not only from the outside, but from people who I know for years..!! (3eb) a word that I’m very sure that every Saudi girls hear it before. It was my biggest enemy and fear. It prevented me to be myself. I was fake as hell to just please others. Others that I do not even know..!!! I was not myself or the person I was hoping to be. It took me long time to be who I’m now, but still…!! I will fight to be completely who I’m. I just want to say Manal that you are the voice of millions, so please continue and do not let haters to turn you down . GOOD LUCK

    1. Ibtisam, I used to just cry try to abide by all rules.. which was impossible.. I tried to be good enough for them.. but I was never.. I tried to please them.. but I failed miserably.. i tried to make everyone happy but myself.. and when i went through struggle and pain.. i was there all alone.. those i paid my life and happiness to please, were not there for me.. they were there to watch and critisize only.. it was more painful to be turned down by those you looked up to… paid your life for.. then that was it.. i stopped being someone they want.. i started being happy.. something was stripped away all these years.. we are all in this together my sister.. God bless you.. keep fighting back.. just be yourself.. and be happy

  4. Thanks a lot dear Manal for this contribution, we are so proud of you as Saudi women. Women in this country should unite together regardless of their backgrounds and believes, to gain their stolen rights due to the patriarchy system.
    Be safe and brave.

    1. Fatema, we are all in the same boat.. but we just need to realize it and wake up.. we need to sail through this pain to a safe harbor where we find ourselves again.. there is this beautiful book that I’m reading now and it all started to make sense..
      المرأة السعودية بيت الفقهي والإجتماعي لفوزية باشطح
      I strongly recommend it

  5. Greetings Manal,
    Your Presentation is inspiring. You are so brave to tell your two phases of your life history which i believe it really reflect the same situation for many people in our country.
    I believe the change and the paradigm shift is coming to our country and you are one important member for moving the wheel of change. i am start feeling that the wind of change is coming closer and when people are open minded to listen to other opinions without criticizing, they will feel that change in their lives and their community as well.
    I am really proud of brave woman like you and i am sure a lot of other brave women are available in our country who would drive the change.

    Having said that, i am sure that you agreed with me that woman’s right is only one factor while other area of change is needed to be done for the sake of making our country moving forward to be the best

    Good Luck for You and wishing you the best

    Your Sincerely
    Abdulraheem

  6. You established the path for Arab Penensula(Saudi A.) female to be as to be ! Almighty God created them(male&female)but those who dress in short thobe and chew miswak , put head cover without Shimagh ! , repeating Hawqala & Hasbana aloud ! They put themselves in position as holders of absolute fact&truth ! only them ! excluding others ! Those are the most dangerous creatures on earth . Goverment must beware of them & avoid having any link with them
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  7. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    استاذة منال :دائما يقال ان الشجر المثمر يضرب بالحجارة ، شاهدت خطابك وقد كان رائعا جدا ومن شدة اعجابي به فقد شاهدته ثلاث مرات ، وفي كل مرة كان يزيد اعجابي به ، فكل ما قلتيه كان حقيقة و واقع ، وبكوني من مواليد 1983 فقد عاصرت كل ما قلتيه ممن بعد حصار مكة ، ولا اخجل من القول اني كنت ممن ينطبق عليهم ( مشروع ارهابي ) لولا فضل الله سبحانة بان رزقني بوالدين تعبا علي و وجهاني للصح وعلماني كيف افرق بين الصح والخطا ، وان الهجوم الذي تعرضت له فهو غير منطقي ابدا ومما رايته في توتر ومن مشاهدتي للفئة التي قامت بالهجوم فبراي الخاص هم فئة غير متعلمة وغير متحضرة ولا تملك ادنى استعداد لان تتطور ( كم اعني مع هذه الفئة ) وكنت ادعو لك : الله يصبرك ويعينك ويعين والديك واخوانك على كمية الهبل الذي يواجهونه
    كان خطابك اكثر من رائع فكل ما قلتيه كان حقائق و واقع عشناه ،لم يكن شيئ غير الواقع والحياة التي عشناها
    شكرا لك وادعو لك بالتوفيق واتمنى ان استطيع ان اقدم لك اي مساعدة ودعم
    بالتوفيق استاذة منال

    1. شكراً أستاذ محمد.. وكما قلت في خطابي كلما زادت الهجمة كلما كان الأثر بليغاً.. أو لنقل جات عالجرح..

      أحمد الله أن قيض لك والدين رائعين كوالديك.. رب أرحمهما كما علماك ووجهاك..

      كل التوفيق يا باشمهندس محمد

      1. الأخت منال : إنك لا تهدى من أحببت ، ولكن الله يهدى من يشاء*الآيه . هناك الأكثريه لايفهمون معنى الآيه ! فيفهمونها بعكس مضمونها ! أى يظنون :- لو لم يهدك الله ، فلن تهتدى ؟ وهذا ليس مضمون الآيه ، والله تعالى تعالى عن هذا المفهوم الخاطئ علواً كبيراً . أما مضمون الآيه الحقيقى :- أن الله يهدى (يوفق/يرشد)من يشاء(يرغب)لنفسه الهدايه ! وأنتى أردت الهدايه/الحق/الإيمان/الفهم الصحيح…ففتح الله عليكى وأنار لك بصيرتك ، لأنك بيقين بشرى طبيعى فطرى أردت وبكل قوة الوصول للحقيقه ، وأكيد أنك دعوتى الله من كل قلبك ، فاستجاب لك (إدعونى أستجب لكم) .
        أما المشكله والطامه الكبرى ، هم هؤلاء الذين إستسلموا لإغراء الشيطان ، فاستساغوا أن يهيلو على أنفسهم هالات من القدسيه والخصوصيه ، ومع غواية الشيطان للعامه فالتفوا حول هؤلاء وكأنهم يلتفون حول أولياء أطلعهم الله على الغيب ومن هم أهل النار أو أهل جهنم .
        وأنتى إجتهدتى بنور الله ، واستنرتى ، وتحررتى من ربقة الشيطان ، وجاهدتى الجهاد الحقيقى ، وانتصرتى لجنس النساء وكافة الإناث ‘ وكل من عمل مثلك ، أطلقوا عليه ليبرالى؟ وحتى دون فهم للكلمه الأعجميه ، بينما نحن ( مستنيرين ) !
        والملك عبد الله ، لأنه رجل على الفطره ( لم يتلوث بملوثات البطانه ولا التقنيات ولا بهارج الدنيا ) جاهد مثلك واجتهد ، وأراد وضع الأمور فى نصابها ، ولأنه مثلك ، وقف معك .
        وقبل أن ينتقل إلى بارئه حين يحين الأجل ، فلسوف يترك أثراً كبيراً ، ويضع البلاد فى المسار الصحيح ، ويدٌ واحده لا تصفق ، ونسأله تعالى أن يلهمه إختيار البطانة الصالحه ، ويخلصه من مُلاَّك نواصى الحقيقه المطلقه ، لمجرد إعتمارهم الشماغ بلا عقال وتقصير الثياب ومضغ المسواك وترداد الحوقله والحسبنه بصوت مرتفع ! ومجموعة مأثورات القول من كتب مختلفه قديمه حفظوها حفظاً؟وكأن الذين لا يحفظوها لا يفهمون؟بينما نستطيع الآن بالنت الوصول إلى كل الأحاديث بأنواعها تفصيلاً وشرحاً ! ولم يبق علينا سوى إعتمار ذلك الشماغ الخالى ! لكى يضموننا مع كوكبة العلماء؟ وإلى الآن أستغرب من إضفاء صفة علماء على هؤلاء دون أى تحقيق أكاديمى ومؤلفات منتشره عالمياً ثم مناظرات مع باحثين آخرين ، ثم إقرار وتزكيه من المجالس العلميه ، حتى يسوغ له حمل صفة عالم !؟
        نحن بأمس الحاجة إلى تدوين الأحكام الشرعيه الشامله الكامله ، والتى تلامس كل مناحى الحياة ، سياسياً وإجتماعياً وقضائياً وتعليمياً …إلخ والتى ستقوم مقام ( الدستور المتحفظ عليه ! ) أما لاهذا ولا ذاك ، فهو سر تخبطنا وسر ضياع الطاسه التى يتندر بها الجميع( الطاسه !) .
        أدعو لك فى ظهر الغيب * يارب يوفقك دنيا وآخره * ويارب خلصنا من هذا السائق فاقد الأهليه عديم السيره الذاتيه ، لا ندرى عنه شيئاً؟ومع ذلك نسلمه نساءنا وبناتنا وصغارنا * عُرضةً لكل مالا نتوقعه؟ونخالف الشرع بتركهن مع غير المحارم ، وتركهن فى خلوة معه آناء الليل وأطراف النهار فى مقصورة مغلقه ومظلله بالتعتيم الحالك؟ والله إنه قمة العيب والعار ، ومع ذلك نمارسه ! فقط لأننا لانريد لإناثنا إنقاذ شرفهن من البقاء مع غير المؤهل ؟
        لايسلم الشرف الرفيع من الأذى … إذا لم يراق فى صونها الدم *
        نحن أضعنا شرف بناتنا وأنفسنا* نتيجة تحجير عقولنا*
        أطلت عليكى الشرح* ولكن أرى أن ذلك كان ضرورياً*
        وتحياتى الخالصه

  8. . Your speech inspired me.
    When I was younger, I worked in Jeddah as a nurse, and I used to dream that I liberated Saudi women and brought music to the Kingdom. But you, Manal, you are fullfilling my dream. Every night I pray for your success and for your safety. Peace.

  9. دكتوره انا مايده ليكي في كل شي بس مممكن طريفه اقدر اتواصل معاكي فيها تككون خاصه ماحد
    م
    يطلع بيها عيركي امانه ردي عليا محتاجتكي ظروري

  10. please next time you give a speech, just represent yourself don’t say “we” because by saying “we”, you include my family and all the people whom they are against your thoughts
    And one more thing, think about Palestine

  11. تحياتي
    أنا من أشد المؤيدين لقيادة المرأة السعودية للسيارة، وهي بسبب اجتماعي واقتصادي، فأنا أرى أن الأم أولى أن توصل نفسها أو بناتها لمبتغاهم من أن يوصلهم شخص غريب ويكون خلوة بينهم حرمها الله، والناحية الاقتصادية فالمملكة أولى بتوفير رواتب ومصاريف المهنة الوهمية “سائق”.
    عندي ملاحظة انك تطرقت لمواضيع اخرى لاعلاقة بها بهذا الأمر خصوصا في الخطاب في الولايات المتحدة، فقضية 11 سبتمبر هي ملفقة ومسؤولية القاعدة غير مثبتة كونها من خلال تسجيلات تستطيع التكتولوجيا الأمريكية فبركتها بسهولة، كما أن طرح مسألة حصار مكة هو اساءة مباشرة ويعود تاريخها لتاريخ ميلادك، أرجو أن تركزي جهودك لهدف الاصلاح الداخلي والأمريكيين ليسوا أحسن من باقي العالم بل هم أشد المناصرين والمؤيدين للإرهاب في العالم والدليل علاقتهم مع اسرائيل وامريكيا الجنوبية والأنظمة الدكتاتورية العربية.
    أنا من أشد المعجبين بك ولكن لا يعجبني نظرتك لأمريكيا وتأكدي أنها أحقر حكومة في العالم.

  12. After i read all what was written i would like to say thats it time for the Saudi king and his men….’its time to catch up…. I saw it and live with it and things must be changed. we are Muslim but our religion is broad open religion and its not based on the culture of a group.

  13. slalam ….. i am taking women’s studies this is semester. i just decided to write about you Manal . lol I just done the introduction

    i Need your help to correct it if there is any mistakes

    Manal Al-Sharif, Massosud is one of the feminists in Saudi Arabia. Manal is born on April 25, 1979 of age 33 years old. Manal graduated from high school with first place on Mecca and then graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science with honors from University of King Abdul Aziz. Manal is the first Saudi girl getting a certificate of security information systems. Also, Manal is the first lady in the world gets a certificate of Information Security Checker System ISO 27001.not only, Manal is a chancellor of the security of information but also, an author of Saudi Arabia in Al-Hayat newspaper and one of members of rights activist women contributed. Manal has been classified as Foreign Policy magazine one of the top hundred thinker in the world for 2011. As rated by Forbes magazine among women who is Changing the world of year 2011. Also, classified by Time magazine in the percent of the most influential in the world in 2012. The magazine Daily Beast Vsnaftha classified Manal of list of women who do not afraid for the year 2012. She has demanded “I will drive my car by myself,” in FaceBook. She started to discuss with men about driving. She thinks that she has the right to drive her car by her self.

  14. Hi Manal , , hope u all the best , when 7ejaz people read the history u speak of may start tearing of that , it was closed box life only few who knows about it ,people in that time are all criminals , al7ahmdulellah for the change into modern logic mentalities .

    Hope u all the best as most of the innovation and change coming from IT background associates

  15. its the sound of wave that come from behind as an echo of human rights cry. a woman shall no tears why shall cry because we dont try to chage and save truh to die . merci Manal votre message est arrive diect encore les autres ne vue pas

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