Better Sanitation Conditions for Women in Saudi Arabia
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Hygiene and good sanitation are prerequisites for good health. Apart from that, they are an important part of holy practices in Islam. However, travelling to Saudi Arabia was a big disappointment as all mosques and public toilets I visited had very unhygienic conditions.
The toilets lacked soap, tissues, health faucets, flushes, water, and locks.
All toilets, including those in the women's section in Masjid Meeqat, Masjid Aishah, and those along the highways, among many others, were poorly maintained and lacked assistants for its upkeep.
One would expect not to find the Masjid al Haram and Masjid al Nabawi in that condition, but it was disappointing to see it similar conditions, lacking ventilation and upkeep. At some masajid, even the prayer mats smelled so much that it was difficult to perform sajdah on it properly.
The condition was same at the Jeddah International Airport where even the prayer rugs were smelling of overuse and body odor due to lack of maintenance.
There are other questions, such as, why was this condition only in the women's sections which demand timely answers.
The terrible condition can be overcome by mending the broken health faucets, doors that won't close, or locks that no longer work at intervals. More attendants should be hired to make sure Hajis do not have to worry about dirtying their clothes or breaking their wudhu while in the washroom areas and can perform their religious duties in peace.
It is important for the Government of Saudi Arabia to take note of the situation and implement timely action as they are the "Custodians" of some of the holiest Muslim places of worship, and the other areas lie in the ambit of their governance, i.e., they are in Saudi Arabia.
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