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This clip has received over 14 million views in less than 3 years, since it was posted by Saudi-based musician Alaa Wardi, who is a YouTube sensation in the Arab world and in Turkey.

In Saudi Arabia, there is a prevailing idea that music and art are distractions from God. Music is considered “sinful” or “haram” by religious leaders, including the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Medina, Salah Al Budair. Very devout Muslims believe it is especially sinful for songs to refer to women and for women to be involved in the composition of music.

Important religious texts refer negatively to non-percussion musical instruments but Alaa Wardi works within these proscriptions and sometimes pokes fun at them, with his a capella compositions. This one, “No Woman, No Drive” is a spoof of the Bob Marley classic, “No Woman, No Cry” featuring Saudi stand up comedians, Hisham Fageeh and Fahad Albutairi, as a satirical comment on the Saudi Arabian ban on women drivers. The video quickly went viral on the same day that a number of Saudi women defied the driving ban in Saudi Arabia in October 2013.

Of himself, Wardi writes, “Alaa Wardi is my name, making music is my trade, bringing happiness is my desire, uplifting souls is my aim, all people are my brothers and sisters, all countries are my home, love and equality are my beliefs, hatred and prejudice depress me…”

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    STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST
    WOMEN, GIRLS AND THE CHILDREN.
    PAREN LA VIOLENCIA EN CONTRA DE
    LAS MUJERES, LAS NIÑAS Y LOS NIÑOS.
    By Javier V. Maldonado. Jun 10, 2017.
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    THE GREEN CHILDREN – OUTLINE
    THE GREEN CHILDREN
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    EL MENSAJE COMPLETO DE TODOS LOS BUDAS,
    DIOS SEGÚN BUDA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4NgqJCjFxE

    VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
    IN PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN
    PHAM DUY ANH
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpP8hfmUacw
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    “Si nosotras, las mujeres, estamos capacitadas
    Para subir a la guillotina. Entonces,
    ¿Por qué no podemos subir a
    Las tribunas públicas?

    “If we, the women, are qualified to
    Go up to the guillotine. So why we
    Cannot we go up to the public tribunes?

    OLYMPE DE GOUGES
    (1748-93)
    UNA ESPIRITU LIDER DE LA TIERRA.
    Asesinada en la guillotina por hombres
    Cobardes, intolerantes y machistas.
    A SPIRIT LEADER OF THE EARTH.
    Assassinated in the guillotine by
    Cowards, intolerant and macho men.
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    NAMASTE WISDOM. ABOUT WOMEN.

    The Elders say the men should look at women in a sacred way. The men should never put women down or shame them in any way. When we have problems, we should seek their counsel. We should share with them openly. A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. We must treat her in a good way.

    NAMASTE .SABIDURÍA ACERCA DE LAS MUJERES.

    Los Ancianos dicen que, los hombres deben mirar a las mujeres de una manera sagrada. Los hombres nunca deben poner a las mujeres abajo o avergonzarlas de ninguna manera. Cuando tenemos problemas, debemos buscar su consejo. Debemos compartir con ellas abiertamente. Una mujer tiene un pensamiento intuitivo. Tiene acceso a otro sistema de conocimiento que pocos hombres desarrollan. Ella puede ayudarnos a entender. Debemos tratarla de una buena manera.
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    STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjnAoCyLf5M
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    VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND HER CHILDREN presents numerous facets ranging from discrimination and contempt, to physical and/or psychological aggression, and murder.

    LA VIOLENCIA CONTRA DE LA MUJER Y SUS NIÑOS presenta numerosas facetas que van desde la discriminación y el menosprecio, hasta la agresión física y/o psicológica, y el asesinato.

    ME AGREDIERON POR SER MUJER
    MOTOCICLISTA: ANA GUEVARA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKbVTW7DIhs

    WIKILEAKS BOMBSHELL –
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    END TIMES NEWS REPORT
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA9aR1zY-yI
    https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/15893

    WIKILEAKS REVEAL JOHN PODESTA’S HOT
    TUB PARTIES WITH CHILDREN!
    THELNFOWARRLOR
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j70SfYwPKgY

    “THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS exercised because of by gender, it would find its root in the historical power relations between men and women in the religious-social patriarchal model. Which has led the domain relations of the man over the woman, the gender inequality and discrimination.

    “THE GREATEST ENEMY OF HUMANITY
    ARE OUR OWN IGNORANCE, AND EGO.”

    “LA VIOLENCIA EN CONTRA DE LAS MUJERES Y LAS NIÑAS ejercida por razón de su sexo encontraría su raíz en las históricas relaciones de poder entre hombre y mujer. En el modelo religioso-social patriarcal que ha propiciado relaciones de dominio del hombre sobre la mujer, la desigualdad entre sexos y la discriminación.”

    “EL MAYOR ENEMIGO DE LA HUMANIDAD
    SON NUESTRA PROPIA IGNORANCIA, Y EGO.”
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    “DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN”
    Source: http://ca.figu.org/Differences_Between_Man_2.html
    BILLY
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    THE 7TH. GREAT PROPHET OF TRUTH!
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    ~ GIVE A WOMAN….
    WHATEVER YOU GIVE A WOMAN,
    SHE WILL MAKE IT GREATER.
    If you give her sperm, she’ll give you a baby.
    If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home.
    If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal.
    If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart.
    She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
    ^ So, if you give her any crap,
    Be ready to receive a ton of crap…
    ~ RESPECT & PROTECT HER
    Oh! Man on Earth,
    SHE IS A WOMAN!!!

    DALIDA TI AMO
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gZma3lACKI

    ~ LO QUE DES A UNA MUJER….
    LO QUE SEA QUE TÚ ENTREGUES A UNA MUJER,
    ELLA LO HARÁ MÁS GRANDE.
    Si tú le das su esperma, ella te dará un bebé.
    Si tú le das una casa, ella te dará un hogar.
    Si tú le das comestibles, ella te dará una comida.
    Si tú le das una sonrisa, ella le dará su corazón.
    Ella multiplica y engrandece lo que es dado a ella.
    ^ Por lo tanto, si tú le das alguna mierda,
    Debes estar preparado para recibir
    Una tonelada de mierda…
    ~ ¡RESPÉTALA Y PROTEGELA!
    ¡Oh! Hombre de la Tierra,
    ¡ELLA ES UNA MUJER!!!

    * ANONYMOUS WISDOM AND LOVE.
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    “LA META DEL SER HUMANO NO DEBE SER EL ODIO, LA TRISTEZA, LA PENURIA, EL MATERIALISMO, LA LUCHA Y LA GUERRA; sino que él o ella debe reconocer y aprender que la meta yace en aspirar a LA EVOLUCIÓN, que está anclada en el Conocimiento, en la Paz, el Amor, la Sabiduría y la Armonía. – Que ande, – EL SER Humano de la TIERRA -, por lo tanto, por el camino de la Cognición, para salir del lado oscuro de la Vida y para disfrutar de la verdadera luz de la Vida”.

    THE GOAL OF THE HUMAN BEING MUST BE…

    “THE GOAL OF THE HUMAN BEING MUST NOT BE THE HATRED, SADNESS, HARDSHIP, MATERIALISM, STRUGGLE AND WAR; but he or she must recognize and learn that the goal lies to aspire to THE EVOLUTION, which is anchored in the Knowledge, in the Peace, the Love, the Wisdom and the Harmony. – so that walks, – the Human BEING -, therefore, thru the path of the Cognition, in order to leave the dark side of the Life and to enjoy the true light of Life.”

    EVA BIERI.
    Fuente: http://es.figu.org/book/export/html/51
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    And where there is no wisdom, there are missing
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    “Donde no hay amor, allí falta la sabiduría.
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  • I expected greater liberation from one who declares an ideology of: “…making music is my trade, bringing happiness is my desire, uplifting souls is my aim, all people are my brothers and sisters, all countries are my home, love and equality are my beliefs, hatred and prejudice depress me.”
    Perhaps he will not be beheaded.

    • They all completely stayed within the strictures of Wahhabism I guess because the repercussions of not doing so would result in serious problems for them.

    • Oddly, he is considered to be pushing the boundaries of his culture, as mild and as fruitless as it may seem to Westerners

      • The direct email responses have been interesting. Westerners were telling me that it was offensive to women and not funny at all and how could I send such a thing and the very polite Saudi gentleman suggested that I was being culturally insensitive about the philosophy of segregating the sexes in that country, which is the birthplace of Islam and which strives to practice the faith in its purest form.

        I had to explain to the Westerners who were offended that this was exactly what you’re saying; satirical progressive activism by Saudi performers. I had to explain to the Saudi that I’d written about the Imam’s views on music and non-percussive instruments and had allowed the video to do all the a cappella-ing for me about the ban on women drivers; that I’d completely refrained from passing judgment or voicing any opinion about these beliefs and practices (in a blog where I critique my own culture very harshly on an almost daily basis).

        According to Wikipedia, segregation is more likely a pre-Islamic Bedouin cultural artifact. Orthodox Jews also segregate the sexes at Temple.

        These are the Saudi State’s bases for segregation (Wikipedia):

        “- sex segregation, justified under the Sharia legal notion of ‘shielding from corruption’ (dar al-fasaad), and
        – women’s alleged ‘lack of capacity’ (adam al-kifaa’ah) which is the basis of the necessity of a male guardian (mahram) whose permission must be granted for travel, medical procedures, obtaining permits, etc.”

        I am half-Brazilian, where the indigenous people are fairly naked and they don’t get all worked-up about nudity, their own or others’ and this attitude has seeped into the mass culture there, but attenuated slightly by Catholicism – full nudity is not OK on city beaches but what Americans would consider to be partial nudity is the norm. In the indigenous cultures, an entire village lives in a single lodge, all piled in together. This was/is probably the best way to protect against jungle panthers.

        • There is no win for anyone in these cultural debates, Alex. Someone is always offended. It’s completely stupid IMO but that’s the planet–adversaries before brothers. Let’s fight about it. The little video is as a microcosm of a bigger picture, differences. At least, you’ve not been threatened with a Fatwa from the Muslim side. That’s a win.

  • Good a capella. If this is how he is forwarding the cessation of the barbaric practices of the monarchy in Saudi Arabia, which they base on a backwater religion’s authority (like other cultures), then I’m all for it. Go guy!

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