In a brave act of defiance, more than 60 women got behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, according to Saudi activists. The Oct. 26 “drive-in” protested the kingdom’s ban on women driving despite warnings that “anyone disturbing public order would be dealt with forcefully.”

Islamist clerics, who love them some subjugation of women, say driving will lead to “licentiousness.” So Hisham Fageeh, Fahad Albutairi and Alaa Wardi got together to produce this Bob Marley-inspired “No woman, no drive” satire which quickly went viral.

Hello, my name is Hisham Fageeh. I’m an artist and social activist. I don’t really listen to music, but while studying in the US I heard this song by this Jamaican guy that caught my attention. I decided to do my own rendition; with lyrics relevant to my culture, but without musical instruments. I hope you like it.

No Woman, No Drive is a single by Fahad Albutairi, Hisham Fageeh & Alaa Wardi containing 03:37 minutes of music.

One lyric snarkily celebrates “ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies,” a slap at the Saudi cleric who warned that driving damages girly bits and harms babies in utero.

Viewers awarded the video extra points for the use of a beard as an instrument.

You can follow tweets about the Saudi protest with the hashtags #Oct26driving and #Women2Drive.

  • BoscoBolt

    Never forget … 9/11 … Benghazi … Fort Hood … Boston Marathon … the list goes on and on.

    These are our enemies, they are not entertaining, humorous, brave or interesting.

    • Patrick

      Did you miss the point of the video? This is one of the most ignorant posts, I have ever seen on Twitchy. Do you think it’s right for a woman to talk in church? Serious question. and if you know where I am going with this, you would also note how easy it could be to distort scripture.

      Remember Einsatzgruppen, Kulmhof, Oradour-sur-Glane, Sumpffieber. These are our enemies…oh wait…

      To hold the acts of a few against a whole population is LUDICROUS.

      Edit: 10 up vote for hate – 4 down votes for reason…and you wonder why they call us bigots…/sigh

      • ObamaFail

        That’s funny. Considering how libs yell, “ALL GUN OWNERS ARE HEARTLESS KILLING MACHINES!!!!” whenever a shooting happens. So if we shouldn’t lump all muslims into a single group because of the actions of a few, doesn’t that mean you libs should give the law-abiding gun owners here at home the same respect? Also, a Christian man was beheaded in Libya earlier this year, while onlookers (including children) cheered. And then there’s this:

        • Patrick

          You just called ME a Liberal, whoa, I have to screen shot that, my friends will get a kick out of it. That, I must say, is a first. After 1000’s of posts on Twitchy, over the past few years, you would think someone would remember me :).

          The Muslim population has a HUGE problem, there is no doubt, but ignorance is not going to solve it. The ratio of fanatical vs reasonable w/ a propensity towards violence is most certainly higher in that religion. To say all Muslims are evil and our enemies is absurd.

          The Liberals did it, so it’s okay for “us” to do it. That’s a cogent argument? You want to be as hypocritical as the Liberals? That’s not a good look :

          I have read your posts many times and you seems to have a predilection for hateful rhetoric. I suggest you pick up a Bible – dead serious – because I think you have completely missed what it means to be Christian…

          • Daryl Watson

            there is no such thing as a good muslim

          • lartanner

            “what it means to be a Christian”

            Ah yes, the other religion of peace.

        • Cowicide

          Silly boy, many people on the left own guns. Break into my house and you can find out the hard way, son.

      • Kaka1625

        “This is one of the most ignorant posts, I have ever seen on Twitchy”…really? Lol, that was funny.

        • Patrick

          by a non-troll…yes

          • Kaka1625

            So because he is not a liberal, like me, he is a non-troll?

      • BoscoBolt

        “the acts of a few”

        Your ignorance is astonishing, and disturbing. You should really educate yourself about the cult of islam.

        • Patrick

          You can think whatever you want about me, as you are of course entitled to your opinion. I am going to go out on a limb and guess you have never talked, at length, to a Muslim about religion or politics. But yes – I am the ignorant one, that much is obvious.

          • Jay Stevens


            “I am going to go out on a limb and guess you have never talked, at length, to a Muslim about religion or politics.”

            I have. I have been working in Saudi Arabia for the last 15 years. Many of them, as individuals, are great people, but you can never, ever forget that they are Muslims. Talking about politics is generally safe. Talking about religion is not.

        • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

          Up vote, Bosco..But actually, only 11% of Islam is Radicalized, the ones who want to “Wipe out the U.S. and Israel,” and put the world under Sharia Law…. I live a few doors down from the Bay County Islamic Society, made up of Moslems of many stripes, who (probably) came HERE to get away from the Violence, War, and oppression in their home countries…And they don’t want to take over Panama City or place it under Sharia Law, they just want to live their lives in peace. You understaaaannnddd? Jawamax 8<{D}

      • al hunt


        “This is one of the most ignorant posts, I have ever seen on Twitchy.”
        Oh reallllyyyyyyy? challenge accepted!
        Why do women need to drive, they can just walk to the kitchen to make us a sandwich.

        • $25753324

          That would be “sammich”.

    • Macsen Overdrive ✓re-rolled

      Dude, the people doing this are NOT the enemy. They are the ones who would take down the enemy from within.

      • Kaka1625

        So who pray tell is the enemy…

      • Daryl Watson

        there is no taking down islam from within they are muslims the follow their child molester and think he is a profit of the same GOD you believe in.

    • dotJenna

      These are not our enemies any more than all of Americans are our enemies. That is a racist statement and it makes everyone look bad.

  • HanaFiveO

    These women are literally taking their lives in their hands by driving a car. I havent heard of any of them getting arrested or stopped tho. Could this be some other type of stunt?Hate to be such a cynic, but they would be easy to spot/stop….

    • Deborah Hallsted

      They’ve done it before, so no. You can catch some clips of them, being stopped, but I haven’t seen one where they get arrested for it.

      • HanaFiveO

        Just seems odd to me that with all the horrible things that they do to women, these female protestors can get away with it. I would think that the government would immediately and without mercy make an example of them.

        • Deborah Hallsted

          One imam issued the fatwa that women could have male family members drive them, and if there weren’t a blood relative around women could “adopt” them into the family, but I won’t say here how they could do that, except to say that Freud would have had a field day with it. The couple of clips I saw, were of the “morality police” harassing the women, but I don’t know if it was because they were being filmed, or what, but nothing came of THOSE two incidents, except that it was debated that they could ride a bike instead-which they are NOT allowed to do, either.

          • HanaFiveO

            Its a very interesting situation. I understand the difference between codified law and Sharia prohibitions/fatwas. I’m just amazed that these women are not suffering harm for their defiance.

            I wish them luck, they are making their choices and taking a stand. Ya gotta admire the individual resolve to do so.

          • Deborah Hallsted

            I sure do. Some people act as though it’s the women’s choice to be chattel, as if they could rise up and take power for themselves. Beginning at least with G. mutilation, they just don’t have the wherewithall or means to do that. And they probably “get it” when they are at home, if not caught in public.

    • Jay Stevens

      There is nothing codified in Saudi law that makes it illegal for women to drive. In fact, in the rural areas, it is not unusual.

  • Matt

    Great to see that people are showing the world that not all Muslims are crazy terrorists.

    • twistedgenius

      It’s really not that people don’t believe all Muslims are terrorist, but It is the radical Islamist and how the media portray’s them. Same as how the media will portray blacks, whites, hispanic etc. Whatever way they can make their story more “high profile”.

      • twistedgenius

        I see it as the same way the media portrays the “Gop” or also we portray some of the “Democrats”. When a few bad apples are out spewing their venom, we look at them as a whole.

  • Andy from Beaverton

    It is shocking to see how many people who commented on YouTube that don’t understand that it’s a parody.

  • pairadimes

    The Muslims that question or openly defy the violent, racist, hateful and misogynist teachings and clerics of Islam need to be encouraged. We as a people need to learn to discern the difference between the oppressors and the oppressed of the Muslim world, and not be so quick to paint all of Islam as backward, dangerous terrorists.

    • DeadlockVictim

      I had thought we should do whatever we can to help their society to corrupt itself from within. Remember, 70 years ago the Japanese were the fiercest warriors on the planet. Now they’re a bunch of karaoke-singing cartoon-porn addicts.

      • Nan

        Who don’t reproduce because they’re busy with the karoke-singing cartoon-porn.

  • Sakemoto

    Women driving? It’s definitely a sign of the “End Times.” We’re doomed. The next thing you know, they’ll be voting.

    • Deborah Hallsted

      In Saudi? Not bloody likely!

  • Clayton Grant

    Hisham Fageeh is very talented. His next project is reported to be
    “I Bombed the Infidel, But I Did Not Bomb the Ambassador”

    • Tony0920

      Or, I shot the Sharif. Couldn’t resist..

      • Clayton Grant


    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Probably not a cover of Desmond Dekker’s “The Israelites”:
      “Get up every morning, slave for me bread, sir
      So that every mouth can be fed,
      Whoa, whoa, the Israelites…”

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Stolen by Eric Clapton, Mon… XD LOL #MusicTriviaTime Jawamax 8<{D}

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Just as long as, after they tell this fellow “Silence! I kill you!”, they don’t actually kill him, nor even give him a hundred lashes, then I’ll say progress is being made.

  • ObamaFail

    That reminds me. Libs like to complain about how women aren’t treated equal in the United States, when in reality the only thing they really actually argue for is unrestricted abortions. Feminists act like they are treated like second class citizens. Maybe they should look at the world and see how women are treated in the “superior” countries in the Middle East. Maybe then they’d see that women aren’t the oppressed victims they want to pretend they are here at home.

    The whole, “Women aren’t paid equal in the workplace” is a crock. My mom works at Wal-Mart, where I once worked. I had been there for a couple of years and had earned raises, and I got a few raises because of minimum wage going up to $7.25. So I was making $9.10 per hour, and my mom gets hired in making more than me. So if women are paid less than men, why were 3 other ladies, hired around the same time as my mom, making more than me starting out?

    And at my Wal-Mart, the only case of a woman complaining about inequality in terms of pay? HA! I could laugh all day about that. A woman got hired into TLE (where they change tires, oil, etc) and she was brought in at $9.00 an hour. She then found out that she was working with a guy making $15 per hour and another guy making $18 per hour. She complained about how she was being discriminated against, even hired a lawyer. Hilariously, she had to drop her case once it was pointed out to her that both guys had been working for Wal-Mart for 18+ years. She was a new hire (hired in at good money mind you), demanding equal pay to them because she was a woman. She figured that somehow her having a vagina meant that she deserved to be hired at what it took them over a decade to make. And she was already making half of what one was making and only $6 less on the hour than the other guy. What more did she want? It may happen out there, who knows. There may be places where companies pay men more than women because of old timey hang-ups. But all I know is in my personal experience, women are treated better than men where I live.

  • Jim Denney

    I really don’t think Muslim women should drive, it’s a safety issue. What happens to the poor woman who rushes out of the tent late for work and gets behind the wheel with her burqua on backwards?

    Remember; if it saves even one life….

  • bluewaternavy

    Damages girly parts said the cleric…guess he never met my mother. Bore enough kids to form up a few Army squads-and drove everywhere.
    Someone needs to drive a Caddy up his *ahem*

    • Jay Stevens

      One of my Saudi coworkers once told me with a straight face that women shouldn’t drive because they “have weak hearts”.

      • Nan

        I suppose he also thinks that wearing short skirts causes sterility? I heard that one in eastern europe.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        That could be true, in the sense of boldness…I’ve worked in Saudi Arabia, and they drive like maniacs.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      In over 32 years of driving, my mom NEVER got a ticket, and (with a minimum of incidents, including a VW Van that caught fire) always got us to where we were going, safely. Jawamax 8<{D}

      • bluewaternavy

        My mom ALMOST got one ticket in 50+ years. It was after back to school shopping (for the 9 kids at home at that time) She did an illegal U-turn and the Blue Doom was upon us thatquick. Cop comes up, and my mom burst into tears crying about how much money she’d spent and that Dad would be so upset. Cops tells her to calm down, go home and have some tea-no ticket.
        Pulling Away, my mother smiled: “And the Academy Award for best performance by a mother goes to….ME!”

  • sisserydoo

    It’s cute and he’s got a nice voice. I can only watch the video and not scroll down though, youtube comments make me despair for the human race.

  • $29520529

    What! Are they running out of stones over there? What’s a “religion of peace” going to do without stones to throw?

  • Axelgreaser

    WOW! ISN’T DRIVING THE MOST WHORISH THING A MUSLIM WOMAN CAN DO? Outside of refusing to wear a Burqa with a 170 degree core temperature? Perhaps Muslim men are considering the extra freedom they would achieve by being able to send the ladies out for ice during a poker game?

  • jeanie6

    Got to give him high marks all the way round. That background with just the voices and stuff is really, really effective. Iknew the Saudis ban just about everything but breathing, but did not know they banned musical instruments…or did I misunderstand?

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III