Cross-dresser detained at Prophet's Mosque in Saudi

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
The Prophet's Mosque in Madinah.

The Prophet's Mosque in Madinah.

Security forces in the Saudi Arabian city of Madinah detained a man after he was caught entering the Prophet’s Mosque dressed in drag, it has been reported.

According to English language Saudi Gazette, the Arab expatriate had entered the women’s section of the mosque, which is one of the Gulf country’s two holiest Islamic sites along with the Majid Al Haram in Makkah.

Female security personnel became suspicious of the manner in which the suspect walked, and on approaching the individual confirmed it was a man.

A spokesman for Madinah police told the newspaper that the cross-dresser had entered the mosque in order to steal purses from female worshippers while they performed prayers.

Cross-dressing is considered a crime across  all of the Arabian Gulf countries, with the practice banned by Shariah law.

Related:

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Smoke-free Dubai - the big debate

Smoke-free Dubai - the big debate

Will the emirate ever be smoke free? We spark up the conversation...

Mentoring matters: Mowgli Q&A

Mentoring matters: Mowgli Q&A

Kathleen Bury, CEO of mentoring foundation Mowgli, on why mentoring...

Guide to getting married in Dubai on a budget

Guide to getting married in Dubai on a budget

Alarmed by how expensive weddings are? Our experts reveal how...

2
Most Discussed
  • 23
    World's most pierced man refused entry to the UAE

    Tolerance has its limits everywhere including Dubai and those who considered Dubai a lawless circus were held accountable...so thank you Dubai authorities... more

    Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:51 PM - Khalil
  • 17
    UK looks to close tax loophole on expat landlords

    UK taxes too much and too complicated and time taking and confusing and continuous. Returns, lawyers, HMRC, taxes too much for too little. Not worth the... more

    Sunday, 17 August 2014 12:40 PM - AbdolRahman
  • 16
    Baby NOT on board?

    The people commenting here were all 20 years old when they were born, never cried, never screamed and never ran etc etc.
    more

    Thursday, 21 August 2014 8:30 AM - Amer