I couldn't believe my eyes when my eyes fell on the following ad and my mind grasped what it said. Here's the offending newspaper clipping:

It translates roughly to: "For Exchange in Hael (somewhere in Never Never Land). A Dodge (car), model 1991 for a housemaid (NEW) from Sri Lanka or India.."

Oh my God! I really am speechless.

What the f***k is going on here? A human being in exchange for a flipping car? Why is Sri Lankan or Indian life so cheap that it can be bartered with a handshake? I really am ashamed that people can be bought, sold and exchanged in the open market like cattle at this day and age.

Thanks to www.nasser99.com for bringing this tragedy to our notice.


ShawarmaBoy said...


What paper was this in?

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

don't know.. some paper from never neverland ..

anything goes there.. but it really is demeaning. i got it from nasser's site.. will email him for more details.

ShawarmaBoy said...

We all know Never Neverland is out there like Pluto but never have I seen or heard of things being so blunt. Even shows you the low standards the paper has in content control with the classified ads.

Tolerant Damascene said...

That is really horrible. Being a maid is a job (worldwide). But in the Arabian Gulf a maid means a slave that you could abuse and sell whenever you want.

Such a shame.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

it is blunt indeed.. it is one of the saddist things i have seen in print so far. I mean i am used to all the lies and all (hehehe)..i have become immune to crime and accidents and horror stories... but such stone-age behaviour really rubs salt to a wound.

and we call ourselves civilised. huh..

ShawarmaBoy said...

"and we call ourselves civilised. huh.."

Come on SBG don't get down on yourself.

bronxbob said...

Heck, if parents sell their
children to brothels, this should
come as no surprise. It is rampant in Thailand, particularly.
But you're right, SBG. This is simply reprehensible, but unfortunately this crap does take place.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am speechless.

AbuRasool said...

Other shameful practices are sanctioned by religious authorities. I have noted responses (fatwa) made by some of these digusting clerics to questions pertaining to 'how to treat one's slaves' in 1425 !!! (Hejri not Gregorian)

Check for example:

رقم فتوى :57532

عنوان فتوى : شراء الأمة.. وحالات جواز الاستمتاع بها
تاريخ الفتوى : 17 ذو القعدة 1425

في إحدى المنتديات .. طلبت إحدى الأخوات السعوديات العثور لها عن ( أمة ) عربية ..وبمتابعتي للموضوع .. اتضح لي أن هذا الأمر سائد في السعودية وهي شراء الرقيق ..وعلى حد علمي أن الإسلام حثنا على عتق الرقاب باعتبارها من الكفارات ..علما بأنها تنوي شراء الأمه لخدمتها وبمال زوجها فردت عليها إحدى الأخوات السعوديات بأن لا تشتريها بمال زوجها لأنها ستصبح حليلة له في الفراش ..فما الحكم الشرعي في هذا الموضوع .. وهل هو حرام لأن الأخت ذكرت أن الدين الإسلامي لم يحرم شراء الرقيق ....!!فأتمنى من سيادتكم إفادتي في هذا الأمر بفتوى أعطيها للأخوات مدعمة بالأدلة من القرآن الكريم والأحاديث ..

جزاكم الله خيرا.



الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعـد:

فإن شراء الأمة للخدمة -على افتراض وجودها الآن- لا حرج فيه شرعا، فقد كان لأمهات المؤمنين جواري، فقد قالت ميمونة رضي الله عنها: كانت لي جارية فأعتقتها فدخل علي النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فأخبرته فقال: آجرك الله، أما أنك لو أعطيتها أخوالك كان أعظم لأجرك. رواه أبو داود وبعضه في الصحيحين.

وأما شراؤها بما ل الزوج وما يترتب عليه، فإنه إذا ملَّكها المال فاشترت به أمة، فإنها تكون ملكا لها، ولا يجوز له هو الاستمتاع بها، وكذا إذا اشتراها الزوج بماله وملكها للزوجة فإنها تصبح ملكا لها، ويحرم على الزوج الاستمتاع بها.

وأما إذا اشتراها بماله ولم يصرح بأنه ملَّكها للزوجة فإنها تكون ملكا له ويجوز له التمتع بها، مالم يكن بينه وبينها ما يمنع ذلك، كأن تكون أخته في الرضاعة مثلا، وإنما جاز له التمتع بها لدخولها في قوله تعالى: وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ *إِلَّا عَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ {المؤمنون:5ـ6}. ولقوله صلى الله عليه وسلم: احفظ عورتك إلا من زوجتك أوما ملكت يمينك. رواه الترمذي وحسنه الألباني. وراجعي الفتاوى التالية أرقامها: 2372، 8747، 12210 ،26907 ، 32834 ، 4341 ،18851 .


Shame on the Mufti, on the ruler and and on those of us who turn away


ainialyaman said...

It is disgusting..and it represents all opulents in the gulf states .

أبو سنان said...

This type of thing happens all over the Middle East, not just in the Gulf. My wife's uncle beat his maid in Saudi, of course there nothing is unacceptable. This type of stuff happens from Beirut to Dubai.

The Joker said...

Sounds like a deal to me.

Excuse me I think I'm going to puke now

Anonymous said...

I read this ad more than five times today thinking, 'surely this guy was attempting to say something else instead.' I tried re-wording it, adding commas, changing sresses, but it just wouldn't work!

And then, I realised that it says 'in exchange for a new maid' - you read that? 'NEW' maid!

Do they come in models and versions now?!

Did he mean 'young'? No, he didn't mean young - the word is quite obvious in Arabic!

New maid ...new maid... what defines a new maid? A newly arrived maid maybe? And what's the difference between a newly arrived one and one which has stayed for a while?

And then...why a car? Who's gonna carry this guy around the place? The 'NEW' maid!?

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

i am still trying to come to terms with this...

for exchange..a car for a maid?

don't know Odd A... yes, she would have to carry him around I suppose.

Geo said...

the world today is alot harsher then we think.its not rite and bothers me the path we as humans are taking.

Hasan the Not-So-Great said...

my teacher is from the UAE and he tells me stories of harsh slavery just like this all the time. It is seriosuly a shame that people would do this.

ii said...

انتي لو تقرين زين
او لو تعرفين عربي زين
بتدرين انه القصد استئجار خادمه
وبالعكس هو حط مبلغ كبير اللي هو سياره

محد قلل من قيمه الانسانه هذي

مع اني على فكره ما اصدق وش مكتوب
ما فيه احد يسويها

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

great... so now my arabic is so so..

and this ad is not 'real'

and let's shoot the messenger and get it over with..

why can't we just admit it; slavery still exists in this part of the world because we are too damned lazy to clean up our shit

ES said...

I made a short documentary about that, where I went around interviewing at least 80 or so maids. Some talked to me about the culture in a few villages in Indonesia where the woman has to work instead of the man, some talked to me about the war they experienced in Sri Lanka, where they basically saw their own families being slaughtered, a few talked to me about being abused by Saudi men, one actually talked about how she was used to being abused since her husband treats her like a dusty doormat. Tear-jerking experiences. Some are forced to be maids at the age of 14 or so, which is depressing.

I wish I knew how to 'vlog' so I can share this.

Did you hear about the maid being executed for killing her boss? The trial ended about 5 days ago, and it was 6 months long. It was a brutal murder, her boss was dismembered and they threw her pieces in her son's bird cage, but state-sanctioned murder still makes me tremble.

ES said...

Noorah: 3adal, ilsanich lay 6ee7.

[I originally typed this message in Arabic, but I've no Arabic keyboard, so this was rather hard to read.]

Firstly, I don't see why you claim that SBG doesn't know her Arabic. The translation was perfect. I would have cringed if I read that, Nasser or whoever shared it obviously cringed, and so did other Arabic-speaking bloggers here. Are you just feeling guilty because you traded your maid for a slice of pizza or a pair of flip-flops?

Do you actually support the trade? She doesn't win anything. She's being used as a mannequin in display, wondering why the fuck she's considered unworthy. It doesn't matter if it's a Porche or an Echoe, you just don't belittle another human being's existence like this.

If YOU read properly or understood Arabic, then you would enlighten yourself by reading a book or two by May Ziada, who used to speak against the trading of women in Egypt, and how women in the Arab world were still treated like Animals even though Islam clearly doesn't justify such actions.

As for the last part of your comment, you'd be surprised at what people will do here. I believe that someone doesn't want to go through the agency and wait for a Visa to get ready when they can just get a 'slave' through another person who has already gone through that shit.

Unknown said...

Poverty is the root cause of all evil. It's sad that such things actually take place today. I too keep reading such stories in our local newspapers in India.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

i don't know about poverty...i dont think it is an excuse..

but i know of decency... a word many should look up in the dictionary

Khlodi said...

you know about the Visa system in the middle east and that person who did the advertise was his point about the visa of the housemade not the housemade herself but your purpuse is clear from this article, giving a bad image about that city
shame on you!

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