Wednesday, November 19, 2003

An Arab Woman Driving Is Too High A Price FOr Saving Lives, Some Arabs Say

Saba Abu Lisan, a young Saudi woman, rescued seven people, including her two sisters, after the Al-Muhaya Compound bombing in Riyadh on Nov. 8.
Wounded and bleeding herself, she transported the victims to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in her father’s Mercedes.

Seems like a no-brainer, right? This woman is a hero.

Not really. Noura Abdallah said: “As much as I see the positive side of Saba’s reaction, as much as I know that — not only would I not have been able to do what she did but also neither would many other Saudi women. She took a big risk because things could have gone very wrong.”

Yes, things could have gone more wrong than seven people dying, according to Noura.

Umm Rayan, a housewife and mother of three, said: “Had she been my daughter, I would have preferred that she stayed in place and waited for help. It actually troubles me to think that one of my daughters might one day take such a bold step. Saba was lucky that nothing happened to make things worse. No, I wouldn’t have done such a thing nor would I encourage anyone else to.”

Umm does not seem to recognize that two of her three daughters would have been dead if Saba stayed in place and waited for help.

Luckily, most Arabians see what she did as the perfectly correct thing, even in a country where women are not allowed to drive.

“Saba’s action was a natural act, very humanitarian and something Islam is in favor of,” said Sulafah Hasan. “Islam values the human soul, giving it topmost priority. Nothing comes before human life. So Saba, driven by such a humane spirit and courageous character, did right. She was well-driven and — thank God — drove well. Well done, Saba!”

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