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Paparock
02-05-2012, 03:07 PM
Ethiopian Christian women detained and deported by Saudis report strip searches, sexual assaults while in custody

http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/christian-women-report-being-assaulted-after-arrests/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/02/ethiopian-christian-women-detained-and-deported-by-saudis-report-strip-searches-sexual-assaults-whil.html


An all too unsurprising update on this story (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/02/saudi-arabia-to-deport-ethiopian-christians-arrested-after-prayer-meeting-raid.html). "Christian women report being assaulted after arrests," by Michael Carl for World Net Daily (http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/christian-women-report-being-assaulted-after-arrests/), February 4:
BOSTON – Saudi Arabian authorities are adding sexual assault to their routine for processing prisoners when they are Christian women, according to a new report that is imploring the international community to pressure the restrictive Islamic nation on basic human rights.

International Christian Concern’s Jonathan Racho says the 35 women prisoners were arrested for meeting for a prayer time, and they are reporting that they were molested.

“The female prisoners have told us about how they were sexually harassed. When the Saudis arrested them, they knew the Ethiopians were Christians,” Racho said.

“They took off the women’s clothes and touched them. When the strip searching was going on, the officers were touching the women,” Racho said.

Racho adds that some of the details are graphic.

“They were using gloves to strip search and they were putting their fingers into their genitals,” Racho said.

“This is a very, very serious accusation of harassment and we want the international community to look into this,” Racho said. “The Saudis have to stop harassing these Christians.”

Racho adds that the treatment of the Christians is the opposite of Saudi public statements.

“The Saudis in the past have publicly said that they want religious tolerance and dialogue between the people of faith,” Racho said. “The Saudi king and the Saudi government have been very active in promoting peaceful existence and religious freedom.”...
To Western audiences, that is, as in the case of the Saudi-backed institute for religious "tolerance" (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/10/saudi-backed-institute-for-tolerance-and-irony-appreciation-inaugurated-in-vienna.html) based not in Mecca, not in Medina, but in Vienna: the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

Paparock
02-05-2012, 04:01 PM
http://images44.fotki.com/v301/photos/5/1222605/7482072/ccbe9970c01310f334348970c800wi-vi.jpg

Paparock
02-05-2012, 04:15 PM
PUNISHMENT FOR WEARING TROUSERS UNDER SHARIA LAW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnMMjqo6dso

Paparock
02-05-2012, 04:19 PM
Woman is beaten in public by Taliban in Afghanistan


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKYjCeXmz6w

Paparock
02-05-2012, 05:03 PM
Acid attack: As one victim ‘forgives’ her attacker, the other is threatened to follow suit (http://tribune.com.pk/story/332071/acid-attack-as-one-victim-forgives-her-attacker-the-other-is-threatened-to-follow-suit/)
It is unbeli­evable that he has manage­d to get out so quickl­y after what he did: victim Eman.


By Mahnoor Sherazee (http://tribune.com.pk/author/54/mahnoor-sherazee/)
February 5, 2012
http://tribune.com.pk/story/332071/acid-attack-as-one-victim-forgives-her-attacker-the-other-is-threatened-to-follow-suit/
http://i1.tribune.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/332071-Acidattack-1328393693-805-640x480.jpg
Eman said that after spending a month in hospital, she still has to go back daily to have her bandages changed and medicine applied.

KARACHI:
A rejected proposal led to an acid attack that scarred two young women for life but the man who did it has made it out of jail after barely a month.

According to police reports, Kamran went to a residence in Surjani Town on December 25 after his proposal for Zahrah (not her real name) was turned down by her family. As he attacked Zahrah with acid, Eman (not her real name) tried to save her but ended up burning as well. An FIR was registered against Kamran and his accomplice, Azeem, by Zahrah’s family and the men were taken into custody within two weeks. “I did my job,” said the investigating officer Jamal Khan. “I caught both the accused men, charged them accordingly and presented them in court with all the evidence.”

But in a turn of events, Zahrah and her family stepped back and decided to forgive Kamran. “He barely spent a month in custody, 15 days in jail and another 15 in prison,” said Khan. There are unconfirmed reports that Zahrah’s family and Kamran agreed on a monetary settlement.

This leaves Eman, who received 24 per cent burns, still reeling from the attack. She recently learnt that she may need to undergo another round of surgery to save the mobility in her right arm. “I’m very scared and Kamran and his friends have been threatening us if we don’t sign the mafi nama (forgiveness certificate),” she told The Express Tribune. “It is unbelievable that he has managed to get out so quickly after what he did.”

Eman said that after spending a month in hospital, she still has to go back daily to have her bandages changed and medicine applied. These daily trips cost her about Rs800 to Rs1,000 a day. “My father is the only earning member in the house and as it is, we are struggling with the finances. We do not need the extra stress of this person harassing us.”

Eman has been disappointed by political leaders, who had promised to stand by her when the case had initially come under the media’s radar. “I have called the human rights minister, Nadia Gabol, at least 15 times but she does not have the time to entertain my calls and asks me to wait a month before my case can be looked into,” Eman said. “But I need help now. In a month, I may lose my arm.”

Officer Khan has said that unless one of the two victims appears in court, on February 10 to testify against Kamran, he might be released.

This is unfortunately the way most of these cases end up. According to Zohra Yusuf of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, in at least 90 per cent of the violence against women cases, the accused goes scot-free. “This only happens when the victims feel insecure, especially when the attackers are let out on bail,” she said. “But it is the police’s duty to make these women feel safe. If they had the assurance that they would receive justice, they would be more confident about pursuing a case.”

Yusuf urged the law enforcement agencies to prevent women from being pressured, such as in this case. “The police and judiciary cannot absolve itself by saying that the two parties have come to a private settlement,” she argued. “Crimes are not committed against an individual, they are committed against a society.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/332071/acid-attack-as-one-victim-forgives-her-attacker-the-other-is-threatened-to-follow-suit/

Paparock
02-07-2012, 09:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFMcWjaMXwo

Paparock
02-10-2012, 02:31 AM
Afghan Women Commit Self-immolation To Protect Themselves From Abuse



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMx5EicC_0A&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_cl97te1js

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-uWAvJGzFU&feature=player_embedded

Paparock
02-10-2012, 02:32 AM
Iraqi domestic violence 'on the rise'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Amw0S_pFUA

Paparock
02-14-2012, 01:47 AM
Afghanistan's Living Hell for Women (http://www.takepart.com/blog-series/grit/2012/02/08/grit-afghanistans-women) (The Grit)
Life for many Afghan women is not that much different than it was a hundred years ago, 200 years ago.

http://www.takepart.com/blog-series/grit/2012/02/08/grit-afghanistans-women


What will happen to Afghanistan’s women when the coalition leaves?

Sahar Gul was just 14 years old (http://www.takepart.com/article/2009/05/12/afghan-school-girls-hospitalized-after-apparent-poisoning-taliban) when she was married off to a man more than twice her age in the Bhaglan province of northern Afghanistan.

Upset by her refusal to become a prostitute (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/02/afghan-girl-tortured-by-inlaws), Sahar’s new family kept her in a windowless basement for months, torturing her by pulling out her nails and removing chunks of her flesh with pliers.

This happened last year. It is not an isolated incident.

Afghanistan remains the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman.

Estorai was a 22-year-old young mother living in Kunduz province until early this year. She was pregnant with her second child when the threats began. Sher Mohammad, her husband, was unhappy their firstborn was a girl. Estorai’s husband made plain he would kill her if she gave him another daughter.

Estorai lived under this death sentence throughout her pregnancy, knowing her life depended on the sex of the child in her womb. Towards the end of last year Estorai gave birth to another baby girl (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2105686,00.html?iid=ent-main-mostpop2). Within weeks she was dead, strangled. Estorai’s husband hasn’t been seen since.

In November last year, a group of Taliban supporters in Ghazni, southeastern Afghanistan, dragged a mother and daughter from their house and began stoning them. Someone had apparently reported the women for being engaged in “moral deviation and adultery.” Whether the women were taking too long to die or the men were concerned with getting caught is not clear, but at some point the murderers stopped stoning the women and shot them dead (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15688354). The executions took place in Ghazni City, three hundred meters from the governor’s office. No one tried to intervene.

Then there’s the story of Gulnaz, jailed for 12 years for being raped (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-16543036)—guilty of “adultery by force.” Gulnaz was released from prison after an international outcry, but her only real chance of survival now is to marry her rapist. If she doesn’t, she’ll be cast out by her family, and probably murdered for the “shame” she has brought upon them.

It’s a shocking litany, but according to this regularly updated list (http://www.rawa.org/women.php), there’s much, much more. It makes for difficult reading.

Help Safeguard Women’s Rights in Afghanistan (http://www.israelmilitary.net/actions/help-safeguard-womens-rights-afghanistan)

How do we square these stories with the official line coming from the Afghan government? The one that says the plight of women has greatly improved under the coalition-backed administration? It’s true, both constitutionally and practically, great strides have been made since the Taliban were bombed out of power in 2001.

Women, under the new Afghan constitution (http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp153-womens-rights-afghanistan-03102011-en.pdf), are equal to men in the eyes of the law. They have the right to an education and they have the right to work.

But the reality on the ground is very different.

Ghazni City, where the unnamed mother and daughter were stoned and shot, is nominally controlled by Western forces. In reality, the Taliban runs 11 of Ghazni’s 18 districts, and here they are up to their old tricks: banning girls from school, banning mobile phones, radios and televisions, and (this is a new one to The Grit) stopping men and women from getting married together because it’s thought the bride makes too much noise (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15688354) walking to the wedding hall, disturbing the men.

The coalition’s willingness to negotiate with the Taliban as part of its withdrawal from Afghanistan sends a very depressing message to women. The headway that has been made over the last 10 years suddenly looks very fragile if the Taliban can get their hands back on the levers of power.

The headway that has been made over the last 10 years suddenly looks very fragile if the Taliban can get their hands back on the levers of power.

Hillary Clinton has publicly stated (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace/features/our-interview-with-secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton/) she is determined not to let any gains be reversed. The Secretary of State says she is working to ensure the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan does...
...nothing which sets back the rights and the security of women... I feel that it is part of my responsibility to do all that I can to ensure that whatever the United States is part of in trying to resolve this conflict, we do nothing that undermines the gains that have been made for women.
Yet in the same interview (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace/features/our-interview-with-secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton/) Clinton admits:
...life for many Afghan women is not that much different than it was a hundred years ago, 200 years ago.
Which somewhat undermines her point.

In some parts of Afghanistan, yes, there has been progress on women’s rights, but in reality Afghanistan remains the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13773274).

Put an End to Violence Against Women (http://www.israelmilitary.net/actions/put-end-violence-against-women)

Despite Hillary Clinton’s pledges, no one has any illusions about the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan and what it means for women. Only a fool would claim the situation is going to improve.

The best chance any of us have of stopping the abuse, rape and torture in Afghanistan is to support the organizations (http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/place-table-safeguarding-women-rights-afghanistan) that are documenting it (http://www.hrw.org/asia/afghanistan) and campaigning against it (http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/afghanistan/report-2011#section-1-7).

Otherwise, stories like Sahar’s, Estorai’s, and Gulnaz’ will never get heard, and the daily hell which passes for life in Afghanistan will continue, for may women, indefinitely.

http://www.takepart.com/blog-series/grit/2012/02/08/grit-afghanistans-women

Paparock
02-19-2012, 01:52 PM
Afghan bride burns herself in protest of domestic violence

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-02/15/c_131412628.htm

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/02/afghan-bride-burns-herself-in-protest-of-domestic-violence.html


Unfortunately, her dramatic protest will likely be in vain. The Qur'an says: "Good women are obedient....As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them" (4:34). Her protest will not change the respect accorded to that directive.

"Afghan bride burns herself in protest of domestic violence," by Abdul Haleem and Chen Xin for Xinhua (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-02/15/c_131412628.htm), February 15 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
KABUL, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- "I have knocked any door to get rid of violence but all of my complaints have fallen to deaf ears. Instead, the prosecutor accused me of lying and warned me of dire consequence," a woman named Sadat revealed her ordeal in a weak voice while receiving treatment in Herat hospital.

The bandaged wrapped image of the young woman showed by the private Tolo television on Wednesday tells of the nightmare she had faced in her in-laws home.

Sadat, 15, is a native of Herat province 640 km west of Afghan capital Kabul. She married a man five months ago, hoping to start a happy new life.

"I got married to a man in Sawa village of Anjil district five months ago. My husband and my father-in-law had beaten me without any reason several times. The repeated mistreatment had forced me to complain, but all in vain as the prosecutor in Herat city overlooked my petition and warned me to either withdraw the complaint or face imprisonment," the badly injured bride told Xinhua from her bed in hospital.

"The last time I sought justice on Monday, the prosecutor again warned me of dire consequence if I refuse to withdraw my complaints.

"Such behavior left me with no choice but self-immolation because it was the only way to get rid of violence and insult," the severely burned lady murmured in her bed.

The doctor treating her in Herat hospital was skeptical of her recovery.

"She is in critical condition as 80 percent of her skin is burned. she has only 20 percent chance to survive," a doctor in the hospital told Xinhua....

Paparock
03-07-2012, 05:36 PM
Spanish Imam Calls on Muslims to Discipline Misbehaving Wives (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/06/199023.html)
The imam in the Spanish city of Terrassa is under investigation for “disseminating discriminatory messages and violating the principle of equality and of women’s right to physical and moral integrity,” police said.


http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/06/199023.html

By AFP
MADRID

A Spanish imam near Barcelona is under investigation after allegedly calling on the faithful to “discipline” errant wives using physical and psychological violence, police said on Tuesday.

The imam in the city of Terrassa is under investigation for “disseminating discriminatory messages and violating the principle of equality and of women’s right to physical and moral integrity,” police said in a statement.

Police have not received the imam’s name.

During Friday prayer services, the imam “called on the faithful to ‘discipline’ the errant behavior of their spouses by acts of physical and psychological violence,” said the police statement.

“He provided concrete examples of the manner in which wives should be beaten, how to isolate them inside the family home and how to deny them sexual relations,” said the police, saying they had received testimony to the effect from numerous witnesses.

Some 1,500 people usually attend Friday sermons by this particular imam in Terrassa, a city of some 200,000 residents in Spain’s northeast, which is home to a large Muslim community.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/06/199023.html

Paparock
03-07-2012, 05:42 PM
Muslim Scholars:
'Men are Fundamental and Women are Secondary'


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/hard-won-afghan-womens-rights-may-be-lost-in-taliban-peace-deal/story-e6frf7lf-1226292232508


THE Afghanistan government appears to be scaling back its support for women's rights to advance peace talks with the Taliban ahead of the withdrawal of foreign troops, Afghan lawmakers and human-rights activists have warned.

A government-appointed council of 150 leading Muslim clerics last week urged the strict application of a conservative and literalist interpretation of Islamic law regarding women.

The council said Afghan law should require women to wear the veil and forbid them from mixing with men in the work place or traveling without a male chaperone.

"Men are fundamental and women are secondary," the Ulama Council said in a statement on Friday, according to a translation by the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

President Hamid Karzai published the statement on his website, fueling speculation that he backed the conservative clerics' position.

The Ulama Council's recommendations also included a number of other declarations that seemed to support Karzai's political positions, including backing peace talks with the Taliban and urging the handover of US-controlled prisons to Afghan government supervision.


"This is a political statement; this is not an Islamic statement," said Shukria Barakzai, a female lawmaker from the capital, Kabul.

The council's positions are relatively standard orthodox interpretations of Islamic law, similar to those that would be issued by mainstream Muslim clerics throughout the Islamic world.

But such positions would mark a significant step backwards for women in Afghanistan were they to be enshrined in Afghan law.

They also come at a particularly jittery moment in Afghanistan.

The US and its allies are set to pull most of their troops from the country by 2014.

The US and Mr Karzai both say they are intent on pushing forward with peace talks with the Taliban - a movement that has a long history of oppressing women - although US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged that the peace outreach won't mean backsliding on advances in women's rights.

Women's rights advocates fear that any compromise with the Taliban as part of a peace deal could undercut gains they have made in the past decade, including the right to vote, hold public office and get an education.

"The future of women's rights in Afghanistan is more unpredictable that at any stage over the last 10 years," the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization concluded in a report published on Tuesday.
"Most of women's important achievements over the last decade are likely to be reversed."

Mr Karzai told a news conference that he supported the Ulama Council's statements, but said such recommendations would actually strengthen the status of women's rights in Afghanistan.

"They declared the values of Islam and the principles for how to strengthen the position of women in accordance with Sharia," he said.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/hard-won-afghan-womens-rights-may-be-lost-in-taliban-peace-deal/story-e6frf7lf-1226292232508

Paparock
03-07-2012, 05:50 PM
Light Sentence for Iraqi Who Burned Daughters Alive over Sex


http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/06/199002.html


‘Honor killings’ require tougher laws, say Iraqi women

By Yara Bayoumy and Aseel Kami
Reuters BAGHDAD


Near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a father doused his three teenage daughters with boiling water and shot them because, he told a court, he suspected they were having sex. Two died.

He said he killed them to defend his honor.

Murder in Iraq can carry a death sentence but under laws that activists say are far too lenient for so-called “honor killings”, the father was jailed for just two years. Medical examinations showed the girls were virgins.

The light sentence was a result of Article 409 of Iraq’s penal code which is often used in cases of “honor killings” by men. Women’s activists in Iraq, led by the only woman in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s cabinet, Minister of State for Women’s Affairs Ibtihal al-Zaidi, are lobbying to change the law.

But they say they face entrenched tribal values in a country where parliament includes many men from conservative parties.

For decades Iraqi women have enjoyed more freedoms than women in many other countries in the Middle East. They are generally free from the strict enforcement of dress codes or restrictions on movement, and can join political life.

But conservative tribal norms still prevail and all too often girls or women are punished by relatives for what are perceived to be crimes of honor.

Such cases can be difficult to document. An Iraqi Human Rights ministry report said 249 women were murdered in 2010, including for reasons of “honor crimes”, without giving a breakdown. Amnesty International cites the ministry as saying at least 84 women were killed in Iraq in honor killings in 2009.

Article 409 reduces a murder sentence to a maximum of three years if a man “surprises his wife or one of his female dependents (who is) in a state of adultery or finds her in bed with a partner and kills her immediately, or kills one of them”.

Families can cover up the crimes and courts may turn a blind eye. Political party allies among the authorities can help provide false testimony or witnesses.

“One reason the numbers of honor killings aren’t known is because when they’re presented to court, they are presented as suicides,” Surood Ahmed, from the Kirkuk office of Iraq’s al-Amal Association for Women, told Reuters.

“The police are lenient with the perpetrator because they say ‘we’re sons of the society’, so we can’t be tough on him.”

The deaths near Kirkuk in 2008 were documented by Amal in Kirkuk for a report by Chicago’s DePaul University. The third daughter lost an eye and suffered a severe mental disability.

When her father left jail, she returned to live with him because there was no other place to go.

Equality in punishment

Zaidi said she wants to change Iraqi law to provide equal sentences for male and female perpetrators, without the special exemption for male killers provided under article 409.

She recounted the story of a 12-year-old Iraqi girl who killed her father after she saw him committing adultery. She was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

“If a man saw one of his female dependents committing adultery, how would he be punished? Six months and he’ll get out,” said Zaidi, who wears a headscarf.

“A woman, even a 12-year-old, got 15 years in jail for an act she committed out of fear and horror of what she saw.

“Definitely, we have brought up this issue and we asked ‘where is the fairness and justice?’. Here the sentence for a woman differs from a man’s. Fairness and equality is required in this issue,” Zaidi told Reuters in an interview on Sunday.

Zaidi said she was planning to present a recommendation to the cabinet to modify Article 409 to require the same sentence for male and female killers. But she believes any proposed changes to the law are likely to provoke a “strong reaction”.

“At the end of the day, we are a Middle Eastern culture where tribal norms dictate affairs,” said Zaidi, an Arabic linguist and independent member of Maliki’s ruling coalition.

“We will require some time before these recommendations turn into law ... there needs to be social awareness about this issue.”

Zaidi said she also hoped to pass a law against domestic violence this year. Official statistics indicate 20 percent of Iraqi women face domestic abuse.

Sundus Abbas, who heads the Women’s Leadership Institute, a rights group with branches in seven Iraqi provinces, says the true figure for women who face sexual and domestic abuse is as high as 73 percent.

Zaidi’s proposed changes to the honor killing law fail to address the issue, she said. Giving female killers the same rights as male killers would still provide “legal cover for violence against women”.

“It is not correct to give the husband the right to kill his wife under this pretext and to give the same right to the wife in the same provision,” she told Reuters.

“I believe (Article 409) must be abolished and instead have a law that punishes a crime regardless of the reason.”

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/06/199002.html

Paparock
03-07-2012, 06:50 PM
Afghan Rights Groups Slam 'Guidelines for Women'


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17272935


Afghanistan's top religious council has said women should not mix with men in school, work or other aspects of daily life. The Ulema Council has also said that women should not travel without a male relative. The BBC's Orla Guerin has been hearing reaction to the ruling from people in Kabul.

The comments by senior clerics - which have been welcomed by President Hamid Karzai - were included in a statement outlining the rights and duties of women under Islam.

Human Rights Watch says it is worrying that the Ulema Council has issued this statement, and that President Karzai has backed it.

The council says its comments are a request and a reminder, not an instruction. But critics say the statement is an echo of the Taliban (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15990373).

Leading woman MP Fawzia Koofi - who survived a Taliban ambush two years ago - has no doubt what the statement means.

"I think it's the beginning of taking women back to the dark period of the Taliban," she told the BBC.

"It's dangerous. It's an alarm for women in Afghanistan".

'We want to be free'

Campaigners believe the timing of the statement is no co-incidence. They say it is part of the president's outreach to the Taliban.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/58903000/jpg/_58903338_neshana-ibrahimi.jpg
Neshana Ibrahimi says that there is no problems for her working in the same office as a man

n the push to do a peace deal with the insurgents, they fear the Afghan leader may be willing to sacrifice women's rights.

"It does look like President Karzai is trying to placate the Taliban as part of the negotiations," said Heather Barr, of Human Rights Watch.

"It looks like they are trying to show the Taliban there is no huge cultural gap between them."

Women could be the big losers in any deal with the insurgents, according to Fawzia Koofi. She warns that the progress made in recent years - at huge cost to the international community - could soon be rolled back.

"We have struggled for 10 years," she said. "We have gained so much. This is the beginning of compromising some of those gains that cost us and the international community blood and treasure."

But some young Afghan women we spoke to seemed ready to ignore the council's statement.

"People must not pay attention to it," said Freba, a young student who wants to be a doctor. "Boys and girls can study comfortably in class together. They don't have any problems. We want to be free, to think freely and study freely."

'A lot of troubles'

Across town at Afghanistan's Channel 1 TV, the council's statement was unwelcome news for top presenter Neshana Ibrahimi - who is surrounded by male technicians.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/58904000/jpg/_58904001_studio1.jpg
The religious council ruling said that men and women should not mix at work

"It's wrong to say we shouldn't work together," she told me. "I am proud of my job, and the fact that I work outside my home. There is no problem working in the same office as a man."

Women newscasters have been in the headlines here lately, after the government told them to wear headscarves and avoid heavy make-up.
Neshana, 23, who always wears a head-scarf on screen but has not foregone her make-up - is worried about the future for Afghan women.

"Many women are concerned about negotiations between the government and the Taliban," she said. "I am completely against a deal. If the Taliban come back we will face a lot of troubles."

The council's statement is the beginning of "a process of Talibanisation" according to Fawzia Koofi.

"They have started taking some of those basic rights," she said, "like working together, living together, going out like a free human being. I am worried for my daughters and for all the girls and women of Afghanistan."

The MP believes the president, and the clerics, may be testing the water with this statement - waiting to see if there is a domestic or international backlash.

She warns that if there is no resistance, there may be worse to come.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17272935

Paparock
03-07-2012, 08:00 PM
Dubai Cop Gets Only 1-Year Jail Time for Kidnapping and Rape


By Eman Al Baik
Monday, March 05, 2012
http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/cop-who-raped-waitress-gets-one-year-2012-03-05-1.446779


A policeman who kidnapped a Moroccan woman, took her to a desert area and raped her, was sentenced to one year in jail by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

According to the records, on June 7, SAR, 26, Omani, who works for Dubai Police Transport Security, asked LBO, 27, waitress, for her documents and then asked her to get into his car to go the police station.

Instead, he allegedly took her to the desert and raped her. He then dropped her at her friend’s house in Sharjah. The victim alleged that on their way to her friend's house, he threatened to lodge a complaint against her and said his father was the Sharjah Police Chief.

LBO testified that she arrived in the country on a work visa a year-and-a-half ago and was working as a waitress in a hotel on a monthly salary of Dh1,700. On June 7, at around 2am, she met her friends Bushra and Yasmin outside her house. They went to a shisha café and, at around 3am, hailed a cab to go to Bushra’s house.

“In the taxi, three people including the accused asked the taxi driver to stop. My friend Yasmin asked two of the men about the reason for stopping the taxi. The third was talking on the phone. They told her not to interfere and asked the driver for his papers,” testified the victim. “I got down with Bushra to take another cab, Yasmin stayed and then the men asked the taxi driver to start the vehicle. Bushra took a taxi and left. I stayed waiting for another taxi. The accused approached me and offered to drop me at my house.

“When I refused, he prevented taxis from picking me up by asking the taxi drivers to move when they stopped close to me. When I fought with him about that, he said he is a policeman and he will take me to the police station to check my papers and dragged me into his car.

“He had shown his ID card to the first taxi driver, so I knew he was a cop and got into his car. On the way, he told me he will teach me politeness. He locked the doors of the car and drove to a sandy area in Al Khawaneej.

“He said: ‘I am going to kill you because you are not polite and I will teach you politeness’. He stopped the car and asked me to get down but I refused. He got out of the car pulled my hair and pulled me out of the car and raped me. Then he left the place but after about 15 minutes I saw him coming back. He told me that the only good thing he will do to me is drop me home. I asked him to drop me at my friend’s place in Sharjah.

“I arrived at my friend’s house at around 5am. I had noted his car’s number. I told my friend what happened so we decided to call him and record the call. He repeated his threat. Then we filed a complaint at Al Murraqqabat police station," she testified.

Bushra, 28, repeated the same testimony and said she called him after he dropped the victim to make him say what he did to her as she was recording the call.

First Sergeant Saleh Nasser testified that the accused was arrested from his house in Ajman on June 8 at around 8pm.Police checked the CCTV cameras of the hotel the victim mentioned and found out that three women got into a taxi and then the accused with two others stopped the taxi and presented their ID cards to the driver.

“We saw two of the three women get down from the car. Then the camera showed the victim standing alone and then disappear from the camera’s field,” he testified.
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The accused told police that he stopped the taxi driver because he was blocking the traffic. The three women got down from the car. Two took another cab while the third stayed alone and then approached him and asked him to drop her home in his car. He told investigating officers that on their way to her house she started touching him and tried to seduce him. He took her to a sandy area at Al Warqa area where he had consensual sex with her and then dropped her at her friend’s house in Sharjah as per her request.

http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/cop-who-raped-waitress-gets-one-year-2012-03-05-1.446779

ayala
03-07-2012, 09:15 PM
the mistreatment of muslim women is largely due to the mentality of muslims - in the middle east a backward mentality still exists.

i know personally of a muslim girl who married a man from pakistan.

he repeatedly raped her and blackmailed her during their marriage, telling her that if she told anyone she would 'shame and dishonour her family.'

also in the urdu version of the quran, the translation is incorrect it says

1.) you may go unto your wives through any ways you please

but in the arabic translation it says that a man must go unto his wife through the front

there is a major discrepancy among translations of the text, and therefore different interpretations of the message.

muslims have twisted the scripts (quran) for their own benefit, and draw from it what they wish and 'misinterpret' what they wish

their is also a huge misunderstanding - the message in the hadiths r being confused with the allegorical and metaphorical messages in the quran.

muslims themselves seem somewhat confused

ayala
03-07-2012, 09:21 PM
here is where the argument became interesting:-

the man proclaimed that he was simply following what his religion permitted, despite the fact that his actions were totally and completely inhumane..he treated his ex wife like an animal

because the quran had been translated incorrectly, the man's argument was accepted on its merit by the ISLAMIC SHARIA COURT.....exactly....shocking.. but in western legal systems the battle goes on

Paparock
03-09-2012, 01:15 AM
Report: Pakistani women from religious minorities "are the victims of constant attempts at forced conversion or false charges of blasphemy"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/report-pakistani-women-from-religious-minorities-are-the-victims-of-constant-attempts-at-forced-conv.html


Pakistan is a major beneficiary of U.S. aid. We have leverage that we are not using to fight for basic human rights. "Life on the margins, discrimination against Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan," from Asia News (http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Life-on-the-margins,-discrimination-against-Christian-and-Hindu-women-in-Pakistan-24183.html), March 8:
Islamabad (AsiaNews) - Women from Pakistan's minority communities have a lower level of education but a higher level of infant mortality. They suffer discrimination in the workplace and are the victims of constant attempts at forced conversion or false charges of blasphemy, this according to a recent report titled 'Life on the margins' on the status of minority women released by the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Catholic Church. About a thousand Christian and Hindu women took part in the survey. They are from 8 districts in the Punjab and 18 in Sindh Province, which together represent 95 per cent of the country's religious minorities. More than 90 per cent of Pakistanis are Muslim, predominantly Sunni.One factor in discrimination is forced conversion. One non-Muslim woman in two experiences pressures to convert to Islam, which often come with violence and coercion. Looming in the background is the blasphemy law, seen by many as the most serious obstacle to social and cultural equality.That is its true purpose: to keep non-Muslims and dissenting Muslims living in fear and erring on the side of silence. Meanwhile, Asia Bibi (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/01/pakistan-accuser-of-asia-bibi-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy-weighed-down-by-guilt-appeal-may-not.html) continues to languish in jail.
Another factor is higher than average infant mortality among minorities with 314 infant deaths out of 3,050 live births for a rate of 10.30 per cent compared to the national average of 8.7 per cent.Discrimination also affects education. The report found that only 47 per cent of the minority women interviewed have a formal education, which is far lower than the national average of 57 per cent and far behind the urban literacy rate of women of 65 per cent.The workplace is another area of discrimination. Some 43 per cent of Hindu and Christian women said that they faced discrimination, stress and psychological pressure where they worked.On International Women's Day, which is celebrated today, 8 March, NCJP activists lament the fact that, in the third millennium, discrimination based on race and religion remains a shameful blot on Pakistan.One figure stands out. According to the report, 62 per cent of respondents believe that, in the wake of religious disturbances like those in Shatinagar, Gojra, Korian and Sialkot, the majority community would not stand with them.NCJP executive director Peter Jacob said that a copy of the report would be sent to the provincial governments in Sindh and Punjab as well as the Ministry of Human Rights and Interfaith HarmonyIt will also be posted on the NCJP's own website at www.ncjppk.org (http://www.ncjppk.org)

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/report-pakistani-women-from-religious-minorities-are-the-victims-of-constant-attempts-at-forced-conv.html

Paparock
03-09-2012, 01:18 AM
Boko Haram: "We are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women”"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/boko-haram-we-are-going-to-put-into-action-new-efforts-to-strike-fear-into-the-christians-of-the-pow.html


They want to "liquidate" Christians from the country. When they run out of unbelievers, or even before, they will turn on each other and implode, because their own ideology -- the idea that those who are not implementing Sharia "correctly" must repent or die -- can and will be used against them. If allowed to succeed, they will take Nigeria down with them. Jihad causes poverty. "Nigeria’s Boko Haram wants to kidnap Christian women, says spokesman," by David Eto for Bikya Masr (http://bikyamasr.com/60744/nigerias-boko-haram-wants-to-kidnap-christian-women-says-spokesman/), March 6:
LAGOS: A Nigeria spokesman for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram told Bikyamasr.com on Tuesday afternoon that the group has plans to begin kidnapping Christian women in a push to “liquidate” the religious group from the country.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the spokesman said that “we are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women.”

He added that they would not sexually assault or harm the women, “but we will demand as ransom that the families leave our Islamic areas.”

The spokesman did not elaborate on when or how this new “campaign of terror” would take place, but it is striking fears in many Christians in the country.

“Kidnapping is very serious and dangerous. After all the bombings and violence, I don’t know what we would do,” Markos, a Christian living in Lagos, told Bikyamasr.com.

According to the same spokesman, speaking via telephone from northern Nigeria on Sunday, the group “will launch a number of attacks, coordinated and part of the plan to eradicate Christians from certain parts of the country.”

Boko Haram have taken responsibility for a number of bomb attacks on Christian churches across the country since a Christmas Day bombing left dozens of people killed.

The government has promised to crackdown on the group and has deployed military units across the country in an attempt to curtail the Islamic group’s activities, arresting and killing a number of members in recent weeks.

But the spokesman said the government “cannot be prepared for what is to come.”

He said, without giving specific details, “we will create so much effort to end the Christian presence in our push to have a proper Islamic state that the Christians won’t be able to stay.”

On Friday, the group reportedly killed three of its own members late on Friday in the northeastern state of Maiduguri, police and military sources confirmed.

“This was part of our planning and it is unfortunate,” said the spokesman.

The explosion in the Kaleri suburb of the northern city on Friday destroyed a house and dismembered the three Islamist sect members, Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Mohammed of the special military unit in Maiduguri said.

Other items recovered at the scene included remote control devices, wrist watch timers, metallic drums and copies of the Qur’an, he said.

The sect converts homes into bomb-making factories for attacks, the spokesman said.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/boko-haram-we-are-going-to-put-into-action-new-efforts-to-strike-fear-into-the-christians-of-the-pow.html

New Ron
03-09-2012, 01:04 PM
I see Boko Haram want to be accepted in the big leagues of Islamo facists terrorists like al qaeda. They have begun their kidnappings and soon beheading maybe. Naturally one main target is women. With Islam there will never be respect for women.

Paparock
03-09-2012, 04:54 PM
Saudi Arabia: "At least 50 women" injured in protest against discrimination at university

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/saudi-arabia-at-least-50-women-injured-in-protest-against-discrimination-at-university.html


"Dozens were said to have been injured after security forces and religious police moved in to break it up."

"Women 'injured' in Saudi university protest," from BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17304960), March 8:
An investigation has been launched after at least 50 women were reportedly injured when a protest at a university in Saudi Arabia turned violent.

Hundreds of women took part in the protest against discrimination and mismanagement at the King Khalid University, in Abha, on Wednesday.

Dozens were said to have been injured after security forces and religious police moved in to break it up.

The university said some of the students had attacked staff.

The BBC's Arab Affairs Editor, Sebastian Usher, says that images of the women shouting in protest against the university authorities were posted on social media and networking websites.

The women are reported to have been injured either by the security personnel or in the crush of bodies.

There have been several protests at Saudi universities, or involving recent female Saudi graduates over the past year, mainly complaining about a system that is biased against them.

The kingdom has also moved to improve rights for women recently - allowing them the right to vote and participate in future municipal elections.

The students were angry about bad management, that rubbish was allowed to pile up at the university and at the lack of basic facilities for women.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/saudi-arabia-at-least-50-women-injured-in-protest-against-discrimination-at-university.html

Paparock
03-09-2012, 04:58 PM
Women's rights in Iraq: "This is not freedom, this is darkness"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/womens-rights-in-iraq-this-is-not-freedom-this-is-darkness.html


Wherever Sharia experiences a resurgence, the observable effect is that tolerance decreases, and harassment increases. "Women deplore restrictions in male-dominated Iraq," by Salam Faraj for Agence France-Presse (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ghNDYC1cUFR0fACido_101jtmHLA?docId=CNG.6f9ac 756de35a9ad97f5c753ab988f9d.481), March 8:
BAGHDAD — Iraqi women sharply criticised societal restrictions placed upon them in events marking International Women's Day on Thursday, arguing they were second-class citizens in male-dominated Iraq.
Officials attempted to highlight apparent progress made by women since now-executed dictator Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003.

But activists and attendees at separate events organised by the government and a coalition of civil society groups said women in Iraq faced massive challenges.

"Iraqi women suffer marginalisation and all kinds of violence, including forced marriages, divorces and harassment, as well as restrictions on their liberty, their education, their choice of clothing, and their social life," said Hanaa Edwar, head of the charity Al-Amal ('Hope' in Arabic).

Edwar was one of the organisers of a conference on violence against women in central Baghdad's Karrada district.

"Our society is heading towards a deterioration when it comes to women's rights, and it will take many years to improve the situation," Ines Abdulsattar, a 31-year-old employee at the Iraqi foreign ministry, told AFP at the conference.

Women's Minister Ibtihal al-Zaidi insisted in an interview with AFP on Sunday that the rights of women in Iraq were better than before 2003, especially after security improved in recent years, but still predicted it would be "decades" before the country saw a female prime minister.

In a government-sponsored event to mark International Women's Day at the al-Rasheed

Hotel in Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone, Zaidi and other officials and MPs trumpeted progress in women's rights in recent years, but many attendees were less positive.
"This is just another day -- there is nothing special about this day for Iraqi women because they are not getting the respect they deserve in this male-dominated society," said Nina Ghazali.

Pointing to her knee-length skirt, the 24-year-old continued: "We cannot wear these clothes on the street, and society does not accept that girls also go to cafes, or come home late at night."

"This is not freedom," she said. "This is darkness."

Until the 1980s, Iraqi women were widely considered to have more rights than their counterparts across the Middle East, but they have suffered in the face of brutal violence, Islamist extremism, and a run-down education system.

Overall violence has declined since it peaked in 2006 and 2007, but Iraqi women remain victims of violence, trafficking, forced marriage at a young age, and kidnapping for confessional or criminal reasons, NGOs say.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/womens-rights-in-iraq-this-is-not-freedom-this-is-darkness.html

Paparock
03-09-2012, 05:30 PM
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Paparock
03-09-2012, 05:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am5gLACjNEk

Paparock
03-10-2012, 02:54 PM
Egypt:
Islamic parties move to get rid of National Council for Women


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/egypt-islamic-parties-move-to-get-rid-of-national-council-for-women.html

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/egypt-islamic-parties-move-to-get-rid-of-national-council-for-women.html


On display here is a tactic that turns up wherever politics are at work in a society: advancing one's agenda under labels that employ pleasant generalities that sound like good things at face value. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (what, don't you like the will of "the people"?). The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (what, are you unpatriotic?). Stateside, that is why we have so many interest groups with names like Heartland Americans for Laurels and Hardy Handshakes (if Blazing Saddles had a "527" organization).

It is also used in Islamic proselytizing and to advance Sharia in Islamic societies: just think of how many glittering, unquestioned generalities are propagated in the mainstream media without questioning what is meant by "human rights," "freedom of worship" (as opposed to freedom of religion), "within the limits of the law," and so forth. Here, Egypt's Islamic parties want to replace the council for women with a council for "families."

If you object to this, you hate families. You... family-phobe. "Egypt Islamists want 'family' not women's council," from Agence France-Presse (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j1_3vbAu8VkN8wGK9EZR1iX35pNg?docId=CNG.9cff4 b4e504e7c63ce362980228c55e3.f1), March 9:
CAIRO — A women's conference organised by the dominant Islamist bloc in the Egyptian parliament has called for a council for families to replace the existing National Council for Women, a state-owned daily reported on Friday.

The conference, held Thursday on International Women's Day, also condemned the 1978 UN convention against gender discrimination saying it was "incompatible with the values of Islamic sharia" law, the Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The Freedom and Justice Party conference called for the formation of a national council for the family to "truly express the complementary roles of men and women," the newspaper said.

The current National Council for Women has been heavily criticised for its association with former first lady Suzanne Mubarak, whose husband, veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak, was overthrown in a popular revolt a year ago.

The Freedom and Justice Party, political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, says it does not endorse gender discrimination, although the Brotherhood argues women should not be allowed to rule the country.

The party is the dominant bloc in both houses of parliament after a sweeping victory in a multi-phase general election that began in November. Women hold just two percent of the seats in parliament.

Paparock
03-10-2012, 03:43 PM
Pakistan: a police officer rapes a 14 year old Christian girl
by Jibran Khan


http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Women�s-day-in-Pakistan:-a-police-officer-rapes-a-14-year-old-Christian-girl-24192.html


Bound and helpless, the little girl’s grandparents forced to witness the violence. The doctors refused to lend aid. The police arrest an accomplice, the officer responsible vanishes. Meanwhile, the country celebrated the International Women's Day, with demonstrations and lectures. Awards given to some icons in the struggle for women rights.

Lahore (AsiaNews) - A 14 year old Christian girl was raped by a policeman with an accomplice, at gin point, while in the next room, bound and gagged, her grandparents felt powerless to intervene. The incident occurred on the night between 7 and 8 March in Sheikhupura district, Punjab province, while around the world events were held to celebrate International Women's Day. Even in Pakistan seminars and meetings were held, even President Asif Ali Zardari, yesterday, signed a law to protect women.

On the evening of March 7, 14 year old Kiran (*), originally from Jaranwala, paid a visit to her grandparents who live in the village of Malowal, in a small house not far from the property of a superintendent of police. On the night Nawaz Wahla, a law enforcement official, along with an accomplice Mehboob, a milkman, jumped the fence and broke into the house. According to the newspaper The Express Tribune reports they tied up the grandparents and repeatedly raped the girl, at gun point.

Once she had escaped, Kiran released the grandparents who have accompanied her to the hospital for medical treatment, however, neither the doctors nor the police wanted to bring relief to the Christian girl, or take action to catch the perpetrators of violence. Only the official opening of the investigation, initiated by a diligent judge allowed the detention of Mehboob - the accomplice - while Nawaz has so far eluded capture.

Yesterday, March 8, meanwhile, across Pakistan events to commemorate International Women's Day were held. In the capital Islamabad, women's organizations sponsored a seminar to enhance the value and role of women in the world. Simultaneously, President Asif Ali Zardari ratified the Law on the National Commission, to assess the status of women's rights in the country, and he ensured that the body will play a crucial role in safeguarding and protecting the rights of women.

However, women's associations contest the claims of institutions emphasizing that laws are not enough, if they are not enforced. In a public meeting held yesterday in Faisalabad, organized by the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (Awam), activists pointed out that "new and more laws are not enough", but it is the government that "in practice must ensure" the protection of women and their equal rights. Peter Jacob, executive secretary of the National Commission for Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Church (NCJP) was also among the participants and noted that "the number of attacks against women in Pakistan is four times higher than the cases that reported "and many crimes" based on sex pass in silence. "

In Multan, organizations of Catholic women - along with other women's movements - have sponsored a demonstration in the streets. Sr. Margaret, among the participants at the event, stressed that "to celebrate woman, we must also recognize the importance of women". The nun adds that "although there are rules against domestic violence and acid attacks", so far "measures against men" have not been taken. And many women do not even know the existence of the law."

Among the representatives of Pakistani women celebrated today, are 13 year old Malala Yousafzai, a young activist who has fought against aggression of the Taliban in the Swat valley, awarded by the civil society and government. On the Catholic front honors go to Zenobia Richards, a victim of the demolition of a Catholic institution Gosh-e-Aman in Lahore, where she lost her home and many of her possessions. Thanks to the Masihi Foundation she has found a new home.

* The name is fictional to protect the identity of the child.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Women�s-day-in-Pakistan:-a-police-officer-rapes-a-14-year-old-Christian-girl-24192.html

New Ron
03-10-2012, 03:52 PM
This is old news I just came across but it seems to fit in this thread. The al jazeera arabic channel a pr channel from Qatar, trying to pretend to the world that Qatar and the arab world is all modern and stuff shows its true face. Not to mention most of the workers there behind the scene in the very beginning were mostly western technicians, as the arabs had no real grasp of such things and were copying western technology anyway. Little by little as they got trained the arabs took over but that was later on. Al jazeera english is the same thing.

New Ron

Al-Jazeera presenters quit over 'modesty' dress comments

Five women presenters have resigned from the Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera after being accused of not dressing modestly enough.

Richard Spencer in Dubai 7:38PM BST 31 May 2010

In a row which has split the channel, the five complained about harassment from a senior editor, whom they accused of making "offensive remarks" about their appearance.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01647/al_j_1647398f.jpg
Lebanese anchorwoman Jumana Namur


After the channel refused to back them, the five women, some of the best-known faces in the Middle East thanks to the channel's popularity, quit. Three others have registered protests while staying with the station.

An internal inquiry has since cleared the official, the deputy editor-in-chief Ayman Jaballah, and asserted that the channel had the right to dictate how its presenters appeared.

The women concerned in the latest clash are Jumana Nammour, Lina Zahr al Deen, Jullinar Mousa, Luna al-Shibl and Nawfar Afli, the first three from Lebanon, the other two from Syria and Tunisia respectively.

All are relatively liberal societies, and the five appeared with their hair uncovered, in contrast to some of Al-Jazeera's other women presenters, as well as heavily made up.

According to sources within the channel, there had been an escalating conflict between the two sides, with Mr Jaballah in particular making repeated comments about the women's "clothes and decency".

The issue is likely to refocus attention on the difficulties Al-Jazeera faces in trying to reconcile its mission to be the BBC of the Middle East with the conservativism of some of the societies in which it broadcasts.

Al-Jazeera has become by far the most popular satellite television station in the Middle East since its launch in 1996, breaking a stranglehold largely dominated by state-backed national channels. It was founded by the Emir of Qatar, whose investment fund bought Harrods earlier this month, and is based in the country's capital, Doha.

It claims to present its news impartially but from an Arab perspective allegedly missing or underplayed in the West, but has been accused, particularly in America, of allowing itself to be used as a mouth-piece for terrorist groups.
The station failed to investigate the women's complaints until after they handed in their resignations at the beginning of last week. An immediate inquiry backed Mr Jaballah.

"The on-screen style and general appearance of broadcasters and announcers are the legal right of the network to determine and develop," it ruled, adding that it had to take into account "the spirit and principles of the channel and the image it wishes to present".

It did, however, call for the establishment of a code of conduct to cover appearance of presenters. It also said that in future such comments should be made in writing.

Arab bloggers have taken up the story, claiming that Mr Jaballah had Islamist sympathies and that management was "attempting to impose one political and ideological view" on the newsroom.

Al-Jazeera did not respond to a request for comment, while the five women have also so far refused to go public on their complaints.

See original story here:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/7790478/Al-Jazeera-presenters-quit-over-modesty-dress-comments.html

Paparock
03-12-2012, 11:50 PM
Pakistan: Muslims torture woman, shave her head, and parade her through the streets for converting to Christianity

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/pakistan-muslims-torture-woman-shave-her-head-and-parade-her-through-the-streets-for-converting-to-c.html


Muhammad said, "If anyone changes his religion, kill him," and every school of Islamic jurisprudence still mandates death for apostates. So the Muslims who tortured Seema Bibi but did not kill her must have been moderates
.
More terrifying Islamophobia, and more on this story (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/pakistan-christian-woman-tortured-paraded-in-streets-for-anti-islam-views.html). "Christianity to Islam, and back: 60-year-old woman disgraced for reconversion," by Asad Kharal for the Express Tribune (http://tribune.com.pk/story/348036/christianity-to-islam-and-back-60-year-old-woman-disgraced-for-reconversion/), March 10:
Sixty-year-old Seema Bibi went from being a Christian to a Muslim, and back, in six months – but fellow villagers did not take kindly to this change of heart, and religion.

Seema was tortured – her head shaved – and paraded through the streets of village Kot Marth, garlanded with shoes, police officials and residents said.

After receiving threats of ‘dire consequences’ from village clerics, Seema and her family have migrated from Kot Marth, sources added.

Seema, wife of Yousaf Masih, had converted to Islam six months ago, but went back to her original faith a few days ago, inviting the locals’ ire, officials said.

In ‘retaliation’ for the reconversion, about 27 locals, at the behest of one Muhammad Ayub, tortured Seema, shaved her head, garlanded her with shoes and paraded her through the village streets on February 26.

Police were not aware of the incident and consequently there was a delay in registering a case, SHO Begowala police station Munawar Hussain Shah told The Express Tribune. A case has been registered against Ayub and others, Shah said.
The motive behind the villagers’ ‘retaliation’ was the reconversion from Islam to Christianity, the official said, adding that all 27 accused identified by Seema have been arrested.

Police have stepped up surveillance in the village after the incident, due to tensions between the Muslims and the Christians, he said.

Following the assault, Seema and her family left the village to save their lives, Shah said, adding that police would have ensured their safety had they stayed behind.

Seema and her husband, talking to The Express Tribune from an undisclosed location via telephone, said that they left the village after receiving consistent threats of ‘dire consequences’ from extremists in their area....

Paparock
03-13-2012, 12:08 AM
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan: 20 to 25 Hindu girls forcibly converted to Islam each month

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/human-rights-commission-of-pakistan-20-to-25-hindu-girls-forcibly-converted-to-islam-each-month.html


Qur'an 2:256 says there is "no compulsion in religion," but there is plenty of coercion in Islamic law. Sharia is set up in its dealings with non-Muslims to pressure them to convert through marginalization, punishment, humiliation, fear, and danger (cf. Qur'an 9:29). There are also innumerable opportunities for semantic games and rationalizations; above all, those in power could care less where persuasion ends and compulsion begins. Even so, many such conversions come with the forced signing of documents (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/06/pakistan-catholic-woman-kidnapped-drugged-and-forced-to-convert-to-islam-and-marry-a-muslim-may-now.html) stating the victim converted of his or her own free will, just to keep things looking good on paper, and to have a legal document to use against the victim in the future ("But you signed..."). Or, as in this case, the victims are forced to make formal statements in court under duress.

Pakistan is a major beneficiary of U.S. aid. We have leverage we are not using to fight for the basic human rights of the most vulnerable members of society. "Forcible conversion of Hindu girls on rise in Sindh: HRCP," from The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2984531.ece), March 11 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
On an average around 20 to 25 Hindu girls are being forcibly converted to Islam every month in the southern Sindh province, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said.

Urging the authorities to take note of these forced conversions, HRCP officials told reporters on Saturday that culprits were taking advantage of loopholes in the law.

Amarnath Motumel of the HRCP said that within a month 20 forced conversions had taken place.

“Apart from minor school girls, married women with children are not spared either,” he said.
The marriages of captives are abrogated (Qur'an 4:24).
The issue of Hindu girls being forcibly converted has come to the fore after the case of 18-year-old Rinkle Kumari from Sukkur who has converted and taken the Muslim name of Faryal after marrying a Muslim boy.

The family of the girl claim she was kidnapped and forcibly converted even after she appeared in court in Sukkur and claimed she converted out of her own free will.

But Motumel pointed out that not only were affected families warned of dire consequences but whenever a Hindu girl or her family appeared in court hundreds of religious zealots gather to pressurise them or they take to the streets as pressure tactics and to create an atmosphere of fear.

The families of Rinkle Kumari were also present at the conference in which her brother Inder said that had she been allowed to meet with her family members privately and even once she would never have converted.

“Despite the President’s orders for the girl’s rescue we are still waiting for something to be done.”

HRCP official Professor Badar Soomro said there was a need to enact new laws to restore a sense of security among the Hindu community.

He also said if a girl is kidnapped and her family registers a case she should be kept in a Darul Aman at least for a month before she is produced in court to record her statement.

Paparock
03-13-2012, 04:08 PM
Pakistan:
Another Christian woman charged with blasphemy

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/13/news/national/yet-another-christian-woman-charged-with-blasphemy/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/pakistan-another-christian-woman-charged-with-blasphemy.html


Blasphemy laws: keeping Pakistan safe from devout Christian women. You can learn a lot about someone by what and whom they are afraid of. "Yet another Christian woman charged with blasphemy," by Asher John for Pakistan Today (http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/13/news/national/yet-another-christian-woman-charged-with-blasphemy/), March 13:
LAHORE - Police in Khichiwala, Bahawalnagar district have charged a young Christian woman under the country’s blasphemy laws allegedly for speaking against the Holy Prophet (PBUH), while her family claims that she has been framed for refusing to renounce her faith on the insistence of some relatives who had recently converted to Islam, Pakistan Today has learnt.

Twenty-six-year-old Shamim, mother of a five-month-old girl and resident of Chak No. 170/7R Colony, Fort Abbas tehsil, was taken into custody on February 28, by the Khichiwala Police and charged under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code after her neighbours accused her of uttering blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

However, Shamim’s brother Ilyas Masih and brother-in-law Shahbaz Masih told Pakistan Today that the young woman had been wrongly accused as she had turned down an invitation to convert to Islam just a day before she was accused of uttering blasphemous remarks.
Sounds familiar (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/11/petition-to-save-asia-bibi-condemned-to-hang-in-pakistan-for-blasphemy-against-islam.html).
“Nazeeran, sister of Shamim’s husband Bashir Masih, nephew Nadeem and niece Bella converted to Islam on February 24, and called on her to do the same … she refused, telling them that she was satisfied with Christianity and did not want to convert,” Ilyas said.

“Shamim told us on the telephone that Nazeeran and others were forcing her to convert, and asked us to visit her. We [Shamim’s father and two brothers] went to meet her on February 27, and left just before evening. At night we were informed that Shamim’s neighbours had accused her of blaspheming,” said Ilyas.

According to the First Information Report (FIR No. 30/12) registered by the Khichiwala Police Station, Ansar Ali Shah, a local prayer leader of Chak 170 /7R Colony, alleged that Shamim’s neighbours Hamad Ahmed Hashmi and Abdul Qayyum had told him and other Muslims that they had heard the Christian woman blaspheming while standing in her courtyard.

As the allegation against Shamim spread, a large number of villagers besieged her house and demanded “severe punishment” for her as she had hurt their religious sentiments.

Shamim’s family claims that she has been wrongly charged with the offence.

“Qayyum, one of the two men named in the FIR as witnesses, has denied hearing anything from Shamim’s mouth that supports the charge. Qayyum told police that he wasn’t even present in his house at the time of the alleged incident, and had come to know about it from Hamad, the other witness,” said Shahbaz, Shamim’s brother-in-law.

Shahbaz said that according to the information gathered from Shamim’s neighbourhood, Hamad, who drives a motorcycle rickshaw, was also not present at his house at the time of the alleged incident, 3pm (as noted in the FIR).

“Hamad transports schoolchildren and could not have been in his house at the time of the incident as it was just after school closing hours,” he said.

Talking to Pakistan Today, Bahawalnagar SP Investigation Irfan Ullah admitted that one of the two witnesses had admitted to not being present at the alleged crime scene at the time of the incident.

“Qayyum told us that he hadn’t witnessed the incident and his name had been included in the FIR by the locals, but still that does not prove that Shamim did not commit blasphemy. The other witness is standing by his claim and she has produced nothing so far which can prove her innocence,” Irfanullah said, while vehemently denying that the police had caved-in to pressure of the locals and registered the case in undue haste.
It's her word against theirs. The bottom line is that they find her very beliefs blasphemous, and that is the inherent danger of the blasphemy law: sacrilege by disagreement. A fundamentally unjust law can never be "correctly" applied.
“I visited the village twice and so far nothing has come up that suggests that the people have accused Shamim wrongly. We registered a case against her on the directions of the District Police Officer,” he said, adding that her challan would be sent to court within the week.

Bahawalnagar DPO Salman Ali Khan’s phone went unattended.

Shamim’s family and her minor daughter, meanwhile, will have to wait for a long time until she can return back to them.

To date no one has been executed for blasphemy in Pakistan, as most are freed on appeal after suffering for years under appalling prison conditions. However, vigilantes have killed at least 10 people accused of blasphemy, rights groups estimate.

Paparock
03-14-2012, 02:32 AM
12-Year-Old 'Bride' Told that She was Purchased 'Property' (http://tribune.com.pk/story/348691/forced-marriage-step-father-elderly-husband-arrested/)


http://tribune.com.pk/story/348691/forced-marriage-step-father-elderly-husband-arrested/


FAISALABAD: Four people were arrested by Mochiwala police on Sunday on a girl’s complaint about her forced marriage to an elderly man to settle a loan her step-father had owed him.


Police said an FIR had been registered against the girl’s step-father Muhammad Nawaz, a resident of Chak 170, and husband 60-year-old Sher Muhammad under Sections 371-A, -B and 376 of the Pakistan Penal Code. They said the nikah’khwan and three witnesses were also mentioned in the FIR. Raids were underway to arrest them, they added. Police said two relatives of Sher Muhammad had been arrested to question them about the whereabouts of others suspects.

The complainant, who said she was 12 years old, told police that her marriage with Sher Muhammad took place two months ago to settle a Rs110,000 loan her step-father had taken from him.

She said Sher Muhammad mostly kept her locked in a room at his house and beat her up whenever she requested him to free her. “Whenever I protested against the marriage and asked to be freed, he told me I was his property as he has purchased me from my father,” she added. She alleged that Muhammad’s younger brother sexually harassed her whenever Muhammad was away. She said she escaped on Sunday as Muhammad was away.

The child’s step-father said he had committed no crime. He said it was beyond his means to repay the debt so he had agreed to give the child in marriage to Sher Muhammad in return for the settlement of the debt. Mochiwala SHO Ayub Sahi said the girl would remain under police protection until someone from her family approached.

He said the child’s mother had yet to approach the police station. He quoted the child as saying that her mother had separated from Nawaz and was living with her parents. “The girl says she had wanted to go with her mother but her step-father did not allow her that,” the SHO said.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2012.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/348691/forced-marriage-step-father-elderly-husband-arrested/

Paparock
03-14-2012, 02:40 AM
Cleric Rapes 10-Year-Old Girl at Mosque


http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-03-11/kolkata/31144886_1_cleric-imam-medical-examination


CHINSURAH: The imam of a mosque at Namazgarh in under Hooghly Mogra police station went absconding after a van rickshaw owner complained to police that the cleric had allegedly raped his 10-year-old daughter.

In the complaint, the father Qurban Mollah said his daughter had broken down on Friday evening after suffering Sheikh Sarfuddin's brutality for days.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-03-11/kolkata/31144886_1_cleric-imam-medical-examination

Paparock
03-14-2012, 08:44 PM
Moroccan Girl Kills Herself After Judge Forced Her to Marry Man Who Raped Her


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114884/Moroccan-girl-16-kills-judge-forced-marry-man-RAPED-her.html


Angry Moroccans are demanding a change to the country's strict Islamic penal code after a 16-year-old girl killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist.

An online petition, a Facebook page and countless tweets expressed horror over the suicide of Amina Filali, who swallowed rat poison on Saturday in protest at her marriage to the man who raped her a year earlier.

Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code allows for the 'kidnapper' of a minor to marry his victim to escape prosecution, and it has been used to justify a traditional practice of making a rapist marry his victim to preserve the honour of the woman's family.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/03/14/article-2114884-06489F8F0000044D-465_468x322.jpg
Sentenced: A judge in Tangier (pictured) ordered the rapist to marry his victim as 'punishment'

'Amina, 16, was triply violated, by her rapist, by tradition and by Article 475 of the Moroccan law,' tweeted activist Abadila Maaelaynine.

Abdelaziz Nouaydi, who runs the Adala Assocation for legal reform, said a judge can recommend marriage only in the case of agreement by the victim and both families.

'It is not something that happens a great deal - it is very rare,' he said, but admitted that the family of the victim sometimes agrees out of fear that she won't be able to find a husband if it is known she was raped.

The marriage is then pushed on the victim by the families to avoid scandal, said Fouzia Assouli, president of Democratic League for Women's Rights.

'It is unfortunately a recurring phenomenon,' she said.'We have been asking for years for the cancellation of Article 475 of the penal code which allows the rapist to escape justice.'

The victim's father said in an interview with an online Moroccan newspaper that it was the court officials who suggested from the beginning the marriage option when they reported the rape.

'The prosecutor advised my daughter to marry, he said 'go and make the marriage contract'," said Lahcen Filali in an interview that appeared on goud.ma Tuesday night.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/12/02/article-2069066-0ECB6F6500000578-115_468x468.jpg
Rape victim: Gulnaz, who was pardoned by the Afghan president earlier this month, with her daughter in a Kabul jail. She was today released

In many societies, the loss of a woman's virginity outside of wedlock is a huge stain of honour on the family.

In many parts of the Middle East, there is a tradition whereby a rapist can escape prosecution if he marries his victim, thereby restoring her honour. There is a similar injunction in the Old Testament's Book of Deuteronomy.

Morocco updated its family code in 2004 in a landmark improvement of the situation of women, but activists say there's still room for improvement.

In cases of rape, the burden of proof is often on the victim and if she can't prove she was attacked, a woman risks being prosecuted for debauchery.

'In Morocco, the law protects public morality but not the individual,' said Assouli, adding that legislation outlawing all forms of violence against women, including rape within marriage, has been stuck in the government since 2006.

According to the father's interview, the girl was accosted on the street and raped when she was 15, but it was two months before she told her parents.

He said the court pushed the marriage, even though the perpetrator initially refused. He only consented when faced with prosecution. The penalty for rape is between five and 10 years in prison, but rises to 10 to 20 in the case of a minor.

He said Amina complained to her mother that her husband was beating her repeatedly during the five months of marriage but that her mother counselled patience.

A Facebook page called 'We are all Amina Filali' has been formed and an online petition calling for Morocco to end the practice of marrying rapists and their victims has already gathered more than 1,000 signatures.

The incident throws more light on the way women are treated in Islamic countries.

Last year a woman in Afghanistan, 21-year-old Gulnaz, was jailed for 'adultery by force' after she was brutally raped by her husband's cousin.
Her attacker was jailed for seven years for the crime that left her pregnant.

A global outrage saw the President of Afghanistan personally pardoning her and releasing her from Kabul's Badam Bagh jail, with no pre-conditions.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114884/Moroccan-girl-16-kills-judge-forced-marry-man-RAPED-her.html

New Ron
03-15-2012, 04:02 PM
Moroccan Girl Kills Herself After Judge Forced Her to Marry Man Who Raped Her




This will become the norm even in the west if we allow Sharia law to work alongside civil, local and federal laws.

Paparock
03-15-2012, 05:36 PM
This will become the norm even in the west if we allow Sharia law to work alongside civil, local and federal laws.

Unfortunately it has already started here in the USA because of those who refuse to understand the true nature of fundamental Islam! You can read cases almost weekly now of examples of sharia being allowed or even being enforced by liberal American judges in some states. The nose of the camel is under the tent so the question is are we as a people going to allow the rest of the camel of Muslim Law dictate American laws in the future or are we as a people going to say NO!

Paparock
03-16-2012, 06:06 PM
Abducted Hindu Girls Kept at Pakistani Seminaries

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsde...s-sister-.html (http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/03/16/275857--Abducted-Hindu-girls-being-forcibly-kept-at-Sindh-madrassas-Zardari-s-sister-.html)


Islamabad, Mar 16(ANI): Hindu girls are being forcibly kept in various madrassas in Sindh and are later forced to marry Muslims, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's sister Dr Azra Fazl has said.

She was referring to the case of Faryal Shah (Rinkle Kumari), who was allegedly abducted and forced to marry and convert to Islam in Sindh earlier this month.

Fazl stressed the need for legislation to protect minority rights and to end forced conversions, The Express Tribune reports.

She was speaking in the Pakistan's National Assembly in the wake of Zardari receiving a sharply-worded letter from California Congressman Brad Sherman, urging him to take action to ensure Faryal' returns to her family.

Another parliamentarian Nafeesa Shahalso backed Fazl and called on parliament to introduce legislation on "forced conversions".

Various non-Muslims were being forced to accept Islam as being reported by the media, she observed.

"Protection of the minorities should be ensured as enshrined in the Constitution," Shah added.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) member Dr Araish Kumar said that minorities were also being forced to read Islamic studies in Pakistan.

"Our students are being forced to read subject Islamiat in the government schools. If they refuse to study Islamic studies, they are struck off by the school administration," Kumar added. (ANI)

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsde...s-sister-.html (http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/03/16/275857--Abducted-Hindu-girls-being-forcibly-kept-at-Sindh-madrassas-Zardari-s-sister-.html)
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Paparock
03-16-2012, 06:22 PM
Pregnant Woman Murdered for Insulting Muhammad (http://islam-watch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=960:murder-of-heavily-pregnant-ummu-walad-for-criticizing-muhammad&catid=131:sarh&Itemid=58) (Islam Watch)
Apologists sometimes claim that Muhammad himself would be against killing anyone in defense of his own honor - unfortunately for them, he actually had the chance.


http://islam-watch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=960:murder-of-heavily-pregnant-ummu-walad-for-criticizing-muhammad&catid=131:sarh&Itemid=58


Ummu Walad's master murdered her for ridiculing the prophet and she miscarriaged her fetus. Muhammad's approved the barbaric murder.
Hadith Sahih Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 38, Number 4348 (http://www.cmje.org/religious-texts/hadith/abudawud/038-sat.php#038.4348):

Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:

A blind man had an Ummu Walad (a female slave who has borne a child to her master), who used to abuse the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and disparage him. He (the blind man) forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) was informed about it.

He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up.

He sat before the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.

Thereupon the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood.

http://islam-watch.org/images/stories/Ummu_Walad/muhammad_ummu_walad_2.jpg

http://islam-watch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=960:murder-of-heavily-pregnant-ummu-walad-for-criticizing-muhammad&catid=131:sarh&Itemid=58

New Ron
03-16-2012, 06:33 PM
Unfortunately it has already started here in the USA because of those who refuse to understand the true nature of fundamental Islam! You can read cases almost weekly now of examples of sharia being allowed or even being enforced by liberal American judges in some states. The nose of the camel is under the tent so the question is are we as a people going to allow the rest of the camel of Muslim Law dictate American laws in the future or are we as a people going to say NO!

Very true and yes I've seen alot of what happens in the US! Only a portion of Americans are ready to say no. By the time they get it, it might be too late.

Whats really upsetting is I've seen muslim women so upset over the story of girl raped by the Imam, and right after being enraged at the Imam, they talk about how evil Israel is.

You would think this kind of story would make them wake up, but only the parts about females being mistreated they understand and get mad about, but overall muslims will be muslims and might dress in jeans, but will still call for "soft sharia" here and there where its convenient. Ive seen it with my own eyes believe me.

New Ron
03-16-2012, 06:37 PM
Pregnant Woman Murdered for Insulting Muhammad (http://islam-watch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=960:murder-of-heavily-pregnant-ummu-walad-for-criticizing-muhammad&catid=131:sarh&Itemid=58) (Islam Watch)
Apologists sometimes claim that Muhammad himself would be against killing anyone in defense of his own honor - unfortunately for them, he actually had the chance.


http://islam-watch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=960:murder-of-heavily-pregnant-ummu-walad-for-criticizing-muhammad&catid=131:sarh&Itemid=58


Ummu Walad's master murdered her for ridiculing the prophet and she miscarriaged her fetus. Muhammad's approved the barbaric murder.
Hadith Sahih Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 38, Number 4348 (http://www.cmje.org/religious-texts/hadith/abudawud/038-sat.php#038.4348):

Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:

A blind man had an Ummu Walad (a female slave who has borne a child to her master), who used to abuse the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and disparage him. He (the blind man) forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) was informed about it.

He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up.

He sat before the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.

Thereupon the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood.

http://islam-watch.org/images/stories/Ummu_Walad/muhammad_ummu_walad_2.jpg

http://islam-watch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=960:murder-of-heavily-pregnant-ummu-walad-for-criticizing-muhammad&catid=131:sarh&Itemid=58


The "example" of the prophet as recorded in the Hadith is what Muslims all over the world will follow as their prescription......

Paparock
03-17-2012, 05:52 PM
(Iran) Over 700 Girls Under 10-Years-Old Married Since 2009


http://persian2english.com/?p=23753


Persian2English (http://persian2english.com/?p=23753)– Farshid Yazdani, a member of the Association for the Defense of Children’s Rights, has raised the flag on the increasing rate of the marriage of girls under the age of 10 in Iran. He stated that in 2009, 449 girls under the age of 10 were married off. The number increased to 716 cases in 2011.

Yazdani added that the number of marriages for girls under 15 years of age has increased from 33,383 in 2006 to 35,931 in 2007, 37,996 in 2008, and 43,459 last year (please note that the dates are approximate as the statistics were given according to the Iranian calendar, which begins at the start of the Persian New Year).

According to Yazdani, the rate of marriages of girls under the age of 15 has had a 45% increase compared to marriages in other age brackets. He added that these figures are based on the statistics released by Iran’s Civil Registrations Office, and they should set off alarms for social activists and policy makers.

Translation by Siavosh Jalili for Persian2English (http://persian2english.com/?s=%22siavosh%22&x=0&y=0)

Persian Source: Hamshahri Online (http://www.hamshahrionline.ir/news-163062.aspx)
افزایش آمار ازدواج دختران زیر 10 سال در کشور (http://www.hamshahrionline.ir/news-163062.aspx)

عضو انجمن دفاع از حقوق کودکان با اعلام هشدار نسبت به افزایش آمار ازدواج دختران زیر 10 سال در کشور گفت: در سال 88، 449 دختر زیر 10 سال در کل کشور ازدواج کرده*اند که این رقم در سال گذشته به 716 مورد افزایش یافته است.
فرشید یزدانی با اعلام آمار ازدواج دختران زیر 15 سال در طول سال*های 85 تا 88 به ایسنا گفت: در سال 85، 33هزار و 383 دختر زیر 15 سال ازدواج کرده*اند که این رقم در سال 86 به 35هزار و 931 مورد، در سال 87 به 37 هزار و 996 مورد و در سال گذشته به 43 هزار و 459 مورد رسیده است.
به گفته وی، آمار ازدواج دختران زیر 15 سال در خلال این سال*ها نسبت به آمار کل ازدواج*ها افزایش 45 درصدی داشته است.
عضو انجمن حمایت از حقوق کودکان عنوان کرد: این ارقام و آمارها براساس آمار سایت سازمان ثبت احوال است و هشدار جدی برای فعالان و سیاستگذاران اجتماعی است.

http://persian2english.com/?p=23753

New Ron
03-17-2012, 05:57 PM
So we see this SO CALLED "Moderate" President Karzai, going back on his word to protect womens rights in Afghanistan, and defend this new CODE OF CONDUCT that aims at mistreating women!

New Ron

AFGHAN PRESIDENT ENDORSES SHOCKING ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ FOR WOMEN THAT ALLOWS WIFE-BEATING
Posted on March 6, 2012 at 4:24pm by Erica Ritz

http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Burqa-Afghan-270x162.jpg

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president on Tuesday endorsed a “code of conduct” issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women’s rights in the country.

President Hamid Karzai‘s Tuesday remarks backing the Ulema Council’s document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban.

Both the U.S. and Karzai hope that the Taliban can be brought into negotiations to end the country’s decade-long war. But activists say they’re worried that gains made by women since 2001 may be lost in the process.

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan prior to the 2001 U.S. invasion, girls were banned from going to school and women had to wear burqas that covered them from head to toe. Women were not allowed to leave their homes without a male relative as an escort.

The “code of conduct” issued Friday by the Ulema Council as part of a longer statement on national political issues is cast as a set of guidelines that religious women should obey voluntarily, but activists are concerned it will herald a reversal of the trend in Afghanistan since 2001 to pass laws aimed at expanding women’s rights.

Among the rules: Women should not travel without a male guardian and women should not mingle with strange men in places like schools, markets or offices. Beating one’s wife is prohibited only if there is no “Shariah-compliant reason,” it said, referring to the principles of Islamic law.

See oringinal source here: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/afghan-president-endorses-shocking-code-of-conduct-for-women-that-allows-wife-beating/

Paparock
03-17-2012, 05:58 PM
Pakistan: 74% of Minority Women Sexually Harassed

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/234850/minority-women-pakistan-face-harassment.html


Islamabad, March 16 (IANS)

Around 74 percent of Pakistani women from minority communities -- Christians and Hindus -- were sexually harassed, while 43 percent faced religious discrimination at workplaces in 2010 and 2011, a study said.

Around 27 percent of minority women faced discrimination in admission to educational institutions and were forced to take Islamic studies for absence of any alternative subject, said National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) executive director Peter Jacob.

A study titled "Life on the Margins" conducted by the commission with rights activists, media and people from various walks of life has just been released.

The research, based on interviews with minority women, was led by Jennifer Jag Jivan and Jacob and assessed by three prominent minority women, Asiya Nasir, Ernestine C. Pinto and Pushpa Kumari.

Jacob said the study looked into social, political and economic conditions of minority women with a baseline survey conducted in 26 districts of Punjab and Sindh, the two provinces where 95 percent of minorities in the country lived.

As many as 1,000 Hindu and Christian women were interviewed.

The study looked into issues such as legal disparity, laws concerning minorities, religious and gender biases, forced conversions that affected everyday life of minority women.

During the study, it was found that only 47 percent of minority women were educated, lower than the national average -- 57 percent.

He said the living and economic conditions of women, assessed through income, savings, health and education placed minority women on the margins of social and economic development.

Though 55 percent of minority women saw the social environment as conducive to multi-religious living, around 62 percent of respondents were of the view that in the wake of a religious disturbance, a majority of people would not stand with them.

The study while noting the discrimination related to the Constitution of Pakistan, blasphemy laws and education policy, has recommended policy corrections and safeguarding women's rights.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/234850/minority-women-pakistan-face-harassment.html

Paparock
03-17-2012, 06:06 PM
Indonesian Islamists Denounce 'Gender Equality' Bill


http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/Aki/English/Religion/Indonesia-Islamist-groups-object-to-gender-equality-bill_313090806309.html


Jakarta, 15 March (AKI/Jakarta Post) - Six major Indonesian Islamic organizations have voiced objections to the gender fairness and equality bill, saying that some articles may harm Islamic values.

The objections were made during a consultation meeting between the organizations and the House’s religion and social affairs commission.

The criticisms came from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the Indonesian Consultative Council for Muslim Women Organizations (BMO-IWI), Aisyiah, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), the Islamic Community Party (PUI) and Muslimat NU.

The representatives, who were all women, said that the bill could further violate Islamic law on inheritance sharing, marriage and women’s rights to be a mother and housewife.

They said that the bill’s article 12, for example, which stipulated that every man and woman could freely choose a husband or wife, contradicted Islamic law that suggests the bride and groom be of the same religion.

Eneng Zubaedah from the MUI said that Islam, as a religion, strictly regulated the proportion of inheritance between a man and a woman, which was two to one.

“We have to realize that it may also contradict the idea behind the bill,” Eneng Zubaedah said.

HTI spokesman Iffah Ainur Rochmah said that gender equality that encouraged women to work would eventually cause more conflicts within marriages.

“In 2009, statistics from Jakarta revealed that the divorce rate of teachers went up mainly because wives had better salaries, and thus felt superior,” she said.

Commission head Ida Fauziyah said that she appreciated the insights and promised that the House would pay serious attention to the concerns.

http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/Aki/English/Religion/Indonesia-Islamist-groups-object-to-gender-equality-bill_313090806309.html

Paparock
03-18-2012, 05:33 PM
Egyptian lawmaker moves to restrict women's access to divorce

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/egyptian-lawmaker-moves-to-restrict-womens-access-to-divorce.html


This development is ironic in light of a recent report (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/02/egypt-copts-protest-disappearance-of-christian-girls-again.html) that ran at Bikya Masr, which played up women's access to divorce as a reason that was said to attract them to convert from Coptic Christianity to Islam. But as Sharia takes hold in Egypt in greater strength, that may yet turn out to be one more deception, one more strategically stated half truth to gain converts by hook or by crook.

One who converted for the divorce rights under the current, separate personal status laws for Muslims may be sorely disappointed at some point in the future. "Egyptian lawmaker proposes to limit women's right to divorce," from ZeeNews (http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/egyptian-lawmaker-proposes-to-limit-women-s-right_764438.html), March 18 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
Cairo: An Egyptian lawmaker has proposed a controversial draft law to limit the legal provisions for women to divorce or separate from their husbands.

Mohamed al-Omda, deputy head of the People's Assembly's Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, has submitted the draft to cancel a woman's right to divorce (Khula) or separate from her husband, privately-owned Al-Shorouk newspaper reported today.

Khula is the right of a woman in Islam to divorce or separate from her husband.
The term "Khula" is used here somewhat interchangeably in two senses: in the sense in accordance in Sharia, and as an umbrella term for women's access to divorce, even where lawmakers intend to roll back that option for women.
In the bill's explanatory memorandum, Omda said women's right to divorce through courts was granted to satisfy the National Council for Women (NCW), which was chaired by former first lady Suzanne Mubarak, allegedly to save women from persecution in eastern countries.

Sharia has been under siege since then, Omda claimed. In 2000, the parliament issued a law on the regulation of litigation procedures in personal status matters.

The law applied Sharia, in which the woman can obtain a divorce if she returns the financial settlement her husband paid her when they married. If a husband refuses to divorce his wife, the woman has the right to petition a judge in order to obtain to a divorce.

This law applies only to Muslim women as Christian women have a separate personal status law.

In recent months, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party has launched an attack on laws regulating personal status in the country.

They accuse the NCW of implementing Western strategies to spoil the family and social life in Egypt.
Last week, a number of Islamist MPs criticised the Khula law and the law regulating child custody, saying they contradict Sharia.

Paparock
03-18-2012, 06:59 PM
Arab Harassment of Women at Hebrew U. Campus Continues
"This is an unsafe place," says female student at Har Hatzofim campus. Arabs harass, abuse and even rape, yet police are unhelpful.

By Arutz Sheva
3/18/2012
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/153879


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/static/Resizer.ashx/news/250/168/331219.jpg
Students at Har Hatzofim (not connected to story)
Israel news photo: Flash 90


Female students at Hebrew University's Har Hatzofim (Mount Scopus) campus complain that Arabs routinely harass them and commit various sexual offenses. The police appear to be unable or unwilling to help. An activist group, Im Tirtzu, wants to set up a students' safety patrol.
Similar charges were made three years ago (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132297#.T2YKysXXCSo) and things seem to have gotten worse since then.

One female student who spoke to Arutz Sheva said: "This is an unsafe place. You can't go out in the evening after 6:00 p.m., when it is dark. They come here and they know that they can harass Jewish women.

They would not harass Arab women because they fear blood vengeance and the like." She told of a man aged between 40 and 50 who exposed himself to her and two other female students, and of four Arabs in a car who followed her at night in their car and whistled at her, and only drove off when other cars drove up and honked.

"I got off lightly but I know many girls where it ended differently and they experienced very harsh things," she said. "I am lucky. I heard of one girl who was raped. When you tell the police, they can't do anything, because there is no evidence of what happened."

She said that the university operates shuttle a service to the parking areas in order to avoid the harassment, but that this is only a partial solution.

Im Tirtzu sent letters to Minister of Public Security Yitzchak Aharonovich, Minister of Education Gideon Sa'ar, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Hebrew University President Prof. Menachem Ben Sasson, Jerusalem Police Commander Maj. Gen. Niso Shacham and the Head of the Committee for Advancement of Women's Status in the Knesset, MK Tzipi Hotovely, saying the phenomenon is growing worse. The group has offered to set up a students' patrol to protect the female students.

The Ministry of Public Security said that the matter is being looked into by the Ministry Ombudsman. The Jerusalem Police said that in 2011, eight complaints about sexual harassment at the Har Hatzofim campus were filed. Three of them were handed over to the State Attorney and five were closed.

MK Tzipi Hotovely said the matter will be discussed in a session of the Committee for Advancement of Women's Status at the start of the Knesset's summer session.

The stories fit a pattern of growing anarchy in Israel (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/153718#.T2YURcXXCSo) and systematic Arab intimidation, harassment and humiliation of the Jewish population. The "politically correct" regime that largely controls Israel's media and law enforcement arms focuses on male violence and harassment but mostly targets Jewish men, with the final effect, its critics say, of making Jews of both sexes more vulnerable to attack by Arabs.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/153879

Paparock
03-18-2012, 07:39 PM
Half of Married Women in Paki-stan Beaten by Husbands


http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_50pct-pakistan-urban-women-get-beaten-by-their-husbands_1663675


Fifty percent of women in Pakistan’s urban areas admit that their husbands beat them, a 2009 US State Department report on Pakistan has revealed.

In 2009, efforts were in progress to come out with a new domestic violence law in Pakistan. A private bill on domestic violence had been passed in the National Assembly in 2009, which required approval by the Pakistani Senate.

However, the Council of Islamic Ideology’s (CII) warning that a law against domestic violence will ‘push up divorce rates’ coupled with Mohammad Khan Sheerani’s objections (of the JUI-F), led to a deferment of the hearing in the Senate. Since then the government has not paid much attention to the matter and the bill has lapsed, The Express Tribune reports.

It appears that due to a fault within our social structure, even urban women not only tend to have a high tolerance for domestic violence, but also are often at the forefront of inflicting pain on other women.

Paparock
03-21-2012, 06:36 PM
Muslim Woman Severely Beaten for Having Interest in Jesus (http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religion-today/parents-islamic-extremists-beat-young-woman-india.html)


http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religion-today/parents-islamic-extremists-beat-young-woman-india.html


NEW DELHI, March 20 (CDN) — A young woman was thrown out of her home this month for daring to give thanks for healing in Christ’s name in a predominantly Muslim village in India’s West Bengal state, and then her parents helped Islamic extremists to beat her nearly unconscious.

The attack on Rekha Khatoon, 22, took place on March 9 in Nutangram, Murshidabad.

“I boldly told those who beat me up that I may leave my parents, but that I will not leave Jesus,” Khatoon said. “Jesus has healed me, and I cannot forget Him.”

In a village where hard-line Muslims have threatened to kill the 25 families who initially showed interest in Christ, leaving only five frightened Christian families, Khatoon was returning from worship with Believers Church at Al Hamdulillah Hall when her parents and Muslim extremists attacked her, she said. They called her a pagan, among other verbal abuse.

The mob also harassed the Christian woman who encouraged Khatoon to trust Christ as Lord, Aimazan Bibi, said Bashir Pal, pastor and founder of the village Believers Church.

“On the same night, Rekha Khatoon’s father, Nistar Shaike, and about 20 Muslim radicals surrounded Aimazan’s house, shouted anti-Christian slogans, threatened to harm her and her family and falsely accused her of ‘luring’ Rekha to convert to Christianity,” Pastor Pal told Compass.

After finding herself alone on a road after the beating, Khatoon had taken refuge in Aimazan Bibi’s home.

Khatoon had met Amaizan Bibi last year and told her about a reproductive ailment that caused her to bleed heavily, and the older woman had shared both the gospel of Christ and His healing power with her, Pastor Pal said.

“After Rekha Khatoon came to know about her ailment, she met one of our church members, Aimazan Bibi, and she shared her physical problem with her and told her that her illness was getting worse as she was not able to purchase medicines anymore,” he said.

Aimazan Bibi also invited Khatoon to attend church. On Dec. 23, Khatoon came to the worship center, where Christian women laid hands on her, he said. The pastor and congregation prayed for God’s healing touch in Jesus’ name.

“She received healing from Christ, and thereafter she attended the worship services whenever she could,” Pastor Pal said. “On Jan. 17, Khatoon attended one house church meeting in her village and once again testified that Jesus has healed her, and that she had not taken any medicine since Dec. 23.”

He said the Muslim extremists warned Khatoon not to have contact with Christians. West Bengal is 25.2 percent Muslim, with Hindus in the predominantly Hindu country making up 72.5 percent of the population in the state, according to Operation World. The state, which borders Muslim-majority Bangladesh, is only 0.6 percent Christian.

Upon learning that she was attending Christian worship meetings, her parents had strictly warned her not to have any relationships with Christians and not to attend their fellowship, Aimazan Bibi said.

“However, she told them that she cannot forget Jesus and His love for her,” she said.

Pastor Pal’s wife, nurse Anasea Pal, added that at another house church meeting, Khatoon brought her sister and talked about the healing she had received from Christ.

Khatoon has since relocated to another area, where she lives largely confined for her own protection.

Khatoon and her mother had attended worship services at the church previously; they began there in 2009 until area Muslims, furious to hear that several women were attending worship services, warned them to cease all contact with Christians or else they would face harm. The local mosque then offered Khatoon’s mother a job carrying food for the local Islamic leader to ensure she stopped all contact with Christians.

She also stopped Khatoon from attending Christian meetings.

Tensions prevail in the area, with enraged Muslim radicals threatening to hurt the five Christian families on the slightest pretext. In addition to harassing Aimazan Bibi, Islamic extremists have ruined her son Sirajul Shaike’s business, throwing away all his vegetables and chasing him out of the village market.

“It is very difficult for them now, since selling vegetables was the main source of income for the family,” Pastor Pal said.

Christians in the village have endured all manner of physical torture and social boycotts at the hand of Muslim extremists, Pastor Pal said. He added that the extremists are not allowing Christians to enter the village.

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religion-today/parents-islamic-extremists-beat-young-woman-india.html

Paparock
03-22-2012, 06:12 PM
UK Muslim Admits Passing Around Virgin for Gang-Rape (http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/main-section/rapist-admits-guilt-in-schoolgirl-abuse-trial-1-4370943)


http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/main-section/rapist-admits-guilt-in-schoolgirl-abuse-trial-1-4370943#


A RAPIST who preyed on a drunken virgin schoolgirl, taking her to three addresses in one night for him and others to abuse her, has been remanded in custody to await sentence after admitting his guilt.

Mohammed Ali Rehman dramatically changed his plea at Leeds Crown Court yesterday on the third day of a trial in which the jury had already seen clips filmed on a mobile phone by one of the 15-year-old’s molesters of some of her ordeal.

The court was due to resume watching the girl’s video interview in which she was describing in harrowing detail the events of that night, when Rehman’s counsel asked for the charges to be put to him again.

Rehman, 26, of Tanhouse Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury then admitted three charges of raping the teenager, now 17 and of Asian background, and one of attempted rape and the jury formally convicted him.

A short time later another defendant, Faisar Younas, 23, of Textile Street, Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, a charge the prosecution accepted, he having denied oral rape, and the trial was halted at that stage.

Judge Scott Wolstenholme discharged the jurors from giving further verdicts after hearing from Sharon Beattie, prosecuting, that the Crown proposed to offer no further evidence against three other defendants.

The judge told them earlier in the week a third defendant, taxi driver Larasab Hussain, had already changed his plea and admitted a sexual assault on the schoolgirl when she was showering. Miss Beattie said the Crown had reviewed the situation following the three convictions and with the complainant’s welfare uppermost in mind had decided not to continue with the trial.

She said the prosecution had “no concerns about the witness’s credibility or reliability” but the position of the other three defendants was different to those already convicted. She said the views of the victim had been fully canvassed.

Judge Wolstenholme told the jury it would not be right for them to enter not guilty pleas on the trio since the only evidence they had heard was towards establishing their guilt, they had not heard the girl’s full evidence or anything put forward by their defence.

“Miss Beattie on behalf of the prosecution has decided in the full knowledge of all the background that the Crown no longer seeks verdicts against them.”

He apologised to the jury for the “dreadful” phone clips they were shown and the distressing nature of the case but told them “in the end I hope you feel justice has been achieved.”

The schoolgirl and a friend had been drinking vodka before they went to Rehman’s then address in Sackville Street so the friend could get some cannabis from him.

When the friend left, however, the girl, who had been given more drink, remained. She was then raped by Rehman before he physically carried her over his shoulder to an address of Younas in Myrtle Street, where she was further abused by him.

She was then driven in Larasab Hussain’s taxi to an unknown third address where she was filmed naked on Hussain’s phone being molested before Hussain sexually assaulted her as she took a shower before she was returned to the first address.

Those cleared were Rehman’s brother Hassan, 19, and Wahid Hussain, 20, of Broomer Street, Ravensthorpe, found not guilty of attempting to rape the girl at the second address and Saquib Hussain, 31, of Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe found not guilty of a sexual assault.

After the case Det Insp Andy Leonard of the Kirklees Safeguarding Unit said every child exploitation case was different “this was opportunistic taking advantage of a vulnerable girl when the situation presented itself, but by working together, police, social workers, teachers and other agencies we are catching those involved.”

Pc Karen George said the girl had found reliving her ordeal in court traumatic. “She is relieved it is over and wants to get on with her life.”

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/main-section/rapist-admits-guilt-in-schoolgirl-abuse-trial-1-4370943#

Paparock
03-22-2012, 07:51 PM
REPORT: Nearly 1,000 Pakistani women 'killed for honor' last year


http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/22/202385.html


By AFP
Islamabad

At least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family’s honor, the country’s leading human rights group said Thursday.

The statistics highlight the growing scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there is no law against domestic violence.

Despite progress on better protecting women’s rights, activists say the government needs to do more to prosecute murderers in cases largely dismissed by police as private, family affairs.

“At least 943 women were killed in the name of honor, of which 93 were minors,” wrote the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report.

Seven Christian and two Hindu women were among the victims, it said.

The Commission reported 791 “honor killings” in 2010.

Around 595 of the women killed in 2011 were accused of having “illicit relations” and 219 of marrying without permission.

Some victims were raped or gang raped before being killed, the Commission said. Most of the women were killed by their brothers and husbands.

Only 20 of 943 killed were reported to have been provided medical aid before they died, the Commission wrote.

Despite the rising number of reported killings, activists have praised parliament for passing laws aimed at strengthening women’s protection against abuses.

Rights groups say the government should do more to ensure that women subjected to violence, harassment and discrimination have effective access to justice.

Last year, a Belgian court sentenced four members of a Pakistani family to prison for the murder of their daughter, who defied them by living with a Belgian man and refused an arranged marriage.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/22/202385.html

Paparock
03-24-2012, 12:34 AM
Egyptian Cleric: No to Mother’s Day—Even if it Saddens Mothers

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/egyptian-cleric-no-to-mothers-dayeven-if-it-saddens-mothers.html


Sheikh Yassir al-Burhami (http://www.raymondibrahim.com/11038/how-circumstance-dictates-islamic-behavior), an influential leader in Egypt’s Salafi party—which won some 25% of the nation’s votes, second only to the Muslim Brotherhood—just issued a fatwa banning any participation in Mother’s Day, which is celebrated March 21st in Egypt.

According to Ahl Al-Quran (http://www.ahl-alquran.com/site/arabic/show_news.php?main_id=23349), the context is as follows: A man wrote on Burhami’s website saying that his mother is in need of house furnishings, and his sister wanted him to contribute by helping to purchase the necessities, which they would present as a gift to their mother on Mother’s Day. The man refused, saying “I refuse to participate in anything that involves disobeying Allah”—celebrating Mother’s Day, a Western import, is seen as a sin according to Sharia (http://islamqa.info/en/ref/books/93), which specifically commands Muslims not to imitate the traditions of the infidels—adding that he would pay the money asked of him next month.

His question to Burhami: Which is the sin? Making his mother sad, but obeying Allah, or making his mother happy, but disobeying Allah?

Burhami’s response: “You may purchase these things on a different occasion, such as Eid al-Fitr or al-Adha [Islamic holidays], or on no occasion, like you did [by agreeing to pay next month]. However, it is forbidden to participate in the celebration [Mother’s Day], even if it saddens your mother.”

Paparock
03-29-2012, 05:35 PM
Women Running Away From Home Can Get 10yrs Behind Bars(Sharia in Afghanistan)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NPy1PusVjM

Paparock
03-29-2012, 06:48 PM
Pak. Media 'Name and Shame' Rape Victims

http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/10345/naming-and-shaming-rape-victims/


The Pakistani media can play an important role in assisting women. Journalists have the power to reveal hidden and not-so-hidden biases that society has regarding women, especially rape victims.

Unfortunately, our newspaper reports are heavily biased against women who have been raped and assaulted and reinforce the existing non-supportive attitude of society towards these women. As for television coverage of rape, it is noted with much resentment that many times these victims are put through more humiliation with extensive and unnecessary attention.

17-year-old Uzma Ayub was the rape victim in what was popularly known as the Karak rape case. After being abducted and kept in custody for 13 months where she was gang-raped and became pregnant, she was harassed by journalists earlier this year from her home all the way to her hospital bed. Chairperson of Human Rights Zohra Yusuf says: (http://tribune.com.pk/story/338953/journalistic-ethics-how-the-media-traumatises-rape-victims/) “In the case of Uzma Ayub (http://tribune.com.pk/story/332321/karak-rape-case-new-born-baby-girl-hospitalised-in-terrible-condition/), the victim has been blamed since the beginning.”

Director of Uks (http://www.uksresearch.com/VAW.html), an organisation that oversees the media’s coverage on women, Tasneem Ahmer says: “People are not really aware of what it means to expose their identity and need to be trained to deal with reporters. It is not fair to throw a person in front of the media just because it makes a good story.”

The media needs to seriously redress this insensitivity; rape victims’ pictures are printed in newspapers as well as repeatedly flashed on TV. At times the news is presented in a way that makes it seem as if the victim is the sinner.

In their haste to come first in delivering the news to their audience and for the sake of popularity, some news organisations are happy to compromise on ethics. Getting the juiciest scoop that will baffle the minds of viewers is a priority, so all thought of a code of conduct is forgotten.

A reporter from ARY News got an opportunity to enter the victim’s room after her delivery and started questioning her about the child’s birth. The reporter, Shazia Nasir (http://tribune.com.pk/story/338953/journalistic-ethics-how-the-media-traumatises-rape-victims/), justified her act by stating:
It is completely unethical to ask such questions, but there is too much pressure on reporters to get the story. If I would not have done it, Express News or GEO would have.
Incidents like the DHA (http://tribune.com.pk/story/93337/dha-rape-after-questioning-servant-police-worried-more-rapes-took-place/) and Shahkot rape (http://tribune.com.pk/story/306916/voice-of-the-voiceless-horrors-of-sexual-abuse-in-conflict-stricken-fata/) cases that sparked controversies were aired without a check on content by most television channels. Therefore, it is essential that a standard code of ethics is followed by all media organisations, who should then inform employees that such mishaps should be avoided. Reporters and sub-editors should be given proper training on how to report and write these stories.

In recent years, some sections of the press have displayed some awareness regarding the sensitivities involving coverage of rape cases.

English dailies like The Express Tribune and Dawn now avoid naming rape victims. Others must follow suit and citizens should campaign to inform those from the media fraternity who still publish names and photographs.

It is encouraging to see that the number of news items where names, addresses and other details were mentioned in bold letters in connection with rape cases are fewer today. More and more reporters now seem to recognise the fact that women are not merely objects, but human beings and thus the practice of maligning their characters, exposing them through identification and questioning their version of the truth is unethical behaviour.

Media groups make many excuses for these lapses in judgment. It is a competitive industry with a 24/7 news cycle and an audience that has an insatiable appetite. But taking that into account, there must be a certain level of professionalism that must be maintained if it is to be considered a respectable profession that serves for the benefit of society.

The public should, without a doubt, be made aware if there are vicious attackers on the loose, so as to take appropriate measures to protect themselves, but the purpose of providing a heads up is lost when the details of the victim are paraded and the attacker remains unknown.

http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/10345/naming-and-shaming-rape-victims/

Paparock
03-29-2012, 07:00 PM
Kidnapped Hindu Girl: I Would Rather Die than Convert


http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hindu-girl-tells-Supreme-Court-she-would-rather-die-than-convert-to-Islam-24358.html


Hindu girl tells Supreme Court she would rather die than convert to Islam
by Jibran Khan

Seized by an influential Muslim, with the "political cover" of an elected official, 19 year old Rinkel Kumari launches a desperate appeal to the courts. “Justice is denied Hindus in Pakistan” and therefore asks to" kill me here "in the courtroom. The family, after reporting to police, forced to leave the village in Sindh. Each year there are 300 forced marriages and conversions

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Islamabad (AsiaNews) - "In Pakistan there is justice only for Muslims, justice is denied Hindus. Kill me here, now, in court. But do not send me back to the Darul-Aman [Koranic school] ... kill me". This is the desperate, heartbreaking outburst of Rinkel Kumari, a Hindu girl aged 19, who has entrusted her heartfelt appeal to the judges of the Supreme Court in Islamabad. Her story is similar to that of many other young women and girls belonging to religious minorities - Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Ahmadis - kidnapped by extremist groups or individuals, most of the time lords or local mafia, which convert them by force and then marry them . And that is what the girl said on 26 March, before the judges of the capital's court.

The drama of Rinkel Kumari, a student of Mirpur Mathelo, a small village in the province of Sindh, began the evening of February 24: A handful of men seized her and delivered her a few hours later into the hands of a wealthy Muslim scholar, the man then called her parents, warning them that their daughter "wants to convert to Islam."

Nand Lal, the girl's father, a teacher of an elementary school, accused Naveed Shah, an influential Muslim, of kidnapping his daughter. The man has the "political cover" provided by Mian Mittho, an elected National Assembly Member, suspected of aiding and abetting. After identifying the perpetrators of the kidnapping of his daughter, he was forced to leave the area of origin to escape the threats of people affiliated with the local mafia. The father found refuge and welcome in Gurdwara in Lahore, in Punjab province, with the rest of his family.

As often happens in these cases, even the judiciary is complicit: a local judge ordered that the girl should be given to the Muslims, because her conversion is "the result of a spontaneous decision" and also stated the marriage was above board. A claim that was repeated on February 27, at the hearing before the court, after which the girl was "renamed" Faryal Shah.

However, the story of Rinkel is not an isolated case: every month between 25 and 30 young people suffer similar abuses, for a yearly total of about 300 conversions and forced marriages. Hindu girls - but also Christian - who are torn from their family and delivered into the hands of their husbands / torturers.

On March 26, she appeared before the judges of the Supreme Court in Islamabad, while the Hindu community waited with bated breath for the girl's statements in court. To avoid pressure, the presiding judge ordered the courtroom cleared and - later - the dramatic testimony was relayed: in Pakistan, "there is no" justice, "kill me here but do not send me back" to the kidnappers.

Speaking to AsiaNews Fr. Anwar Patras, the Diocese of Rawalpindi, condemned "with force" the kidnapping and forced conversion. "The Hindus in Sindh - adds the priest - live a hard life. The reality is getting harder for them, they are forced to migrate because the state is unable to protect them and their property.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hindu-girl-tells-Supreme-Court-she-would-rather-die-than-convert-to-Islam-24358.html

Paparock
03-29-2012, 07:19 PM
Acid victim Fakhra Younus' suicide shames all Pakistan


http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/world/acid-victim-fakhra-younus-suicide-shames-all-pakistan/story-e6frev00-1226314038233


http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2012/03/30/1226314/036829-fakhra-younus.jpg
Before and after ... acid victim Fakhra Younus / Pic: Fakhra Younus family Source: The Daily Telegraph


FAMILY and friends of a former Pakistani dancer who committed suicide after being heavily disfigured by an acid attack in 2000 said her death brought shame on Pakistan.

Fakhra Younus, 33, leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome on March 17, almost 12 years after the attack which she said left her looking "not human".

At the time of the attack, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was accused of entering her mother's house and pouring acid over her face as she slept.
The attack, in front of her then five-year-old son, left her unable to breathe and fighting for her life. She underwent 39 surgical procedures to repair her face in the past decade.

The acid almost completely corroded her nose, burned off her hair, fused her lips, blinded her in one eye, destroyed her left ear and burned her breasts.

After being rushed to hospital she said "My face is a prison to me", while her distraught son said at the time "This is not my mother".

Ms Younus moved to Italy to continue treatment in Rome. She left a suicide note complaining of legal indifference to such atrocities and insensitivity by Pakistan's rulers. Bilal Khar was arrested in 2002 and charged with attempted murder after the attack, only to be released on bail after five months.

The ex-parliamentarian and son of a wealthy Pakistani governor was eventually cleared of the attack, though many believe he could have used his family connections to escape conviction.

Since news of Ms Younus's suicide emerged, Khar has continued to deny any part in the attack. He has claimed in a television interview that a different man with the same name carried out the crime.

Khar claimed that his ex-wife killed herself because she did not have enough money, not because of her injuries.

More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women's rights organisation.

The Pakistani government introduced new laws last year criminalising acid attacks and stating that convicted attackers would serve at least 14 years in jail.

Tehmina Durrani, the ex-wife of Bilal Khar's father, had become an advocate for Younus after the attack, and said Younus had pledged to bring her attacker to justice when she had recovered.

Ms Durrani urged the Pakistani government to do much more to prevent violence against women.

"I think this whole country should be extremely embarrassed that a foreign country took responsibility for a Pakistani citizen for 13 years because we could give her nothing, not justice, not security," she said.

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/index_files/fakhra-younus.jpg

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/world/acid-victim-fakhra-younus-suicide-shames-all-pakistan/story-e6frev00-1226314038233

Paparock
03-29-2012, 07:30 PM
Mother Vilified by Muslims for Reporting Child Abuse by Imam


http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Nottingham-Imam-jailed-sex-attack-boys/story-15644396-detail/story.html


AN IMAM who sexually assaulted two boys has been jailed for three years.

Yazeid Osama Aqqad, 24, of Alfreton Road, Radford, touched one boy when he was sitting on his lap on two occasions and abused another boy after inviting him to sit on his lap.

The mother of the two boys has been "vilified" by the Muslim community for reporting the assaults, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

She has been subjected to "a number of unpleasant incidents" including an episode at her home and damage to her car, Sarah Knight, prosecuting, said.

The mother told the court she felt the acts were aimed at encouraging her to withdraw the allegations because in the eyes of the Muslim community, she had committed a sin.

Aqqad denied the offences during his trial, but was found guilty unanimously of three allegations of sexual assault on a male child under the age of 13 years.

Judge Andrew Hamilton disqualified him from working with children and ordered him to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

Muslim leaders in Nottingham who were contacted by the Post condemned Aqqad's actions and said the mother was absolutely right to report him.

Councillor Mohammed Ibrahim, who represents Berridge ward on the city council said: "There are people in every community who break laws and if someone is found to have broken the law, they should be punished."

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Nottingham-Imam-jailed-sex-attack-boys/story-15644396-detail/story.html

Paparock
03-29-2012, 07:33 PM
Family Tries to Drown Woman in River for Wanting Divorce


http://bikyamasr.com/64198/woman-thrown-into-egypts-nile-over-divorce-highlights-honor-violence/


According to news reports on Wednesday, an Egyptian man and his family tied up their daughter and threw her into the Nile river as a result of a divorce to her aging husband, who mistreat her and abused the young woman.

Luckily, a fisherman saw the girl and rescued her before she died, Emirates 24/7 reported.

According to their report, the girl had initially refused to marry the elderly man, but then acquiesced to her family pressure and wed, the report, which cited local Egyptian newspapers said.

After she and the man divorced over abuse, she returned to her family, who when the girl refused to remarry the man, was tossed into the river in an “honor crime.”

Women’s rights groups in Egypt told Bikyamasr.com that they are working with police currently to gather more information about the case and would soon be interviewing and assisting the young woman.

But they could give no further details on the situation, or the woman’s health.

“If this is really what happened, then it shows that there is a lot of work to counter honor violence in this country, where women and girls are killed because, simply, they are women,” Nora Tarek, a university student and women’s rights researcher in Cairo, told Bikyamasr.com. “We need help and we need to speak up.”

Last year, a 22-year-old woman was found dead on the Marsa Matrouh coastal road, with a noose around her neck, fully dressed and bleeding. Identifying the body and asking the family for information, the woman’s uncle confessed that her brother, an unemployed laborer, killed his married younger sister after he accused her of fleeing her home with a stranger.

weak sentences are often given to male relatives who murder their female relatives, with judges often viewing the case with leniency.

Between the year 2002 and 2003, The Association of Legal Aid for Women, (CWELA) began compiling and analyzing press coverage of 20 daily newspapers and weekly magazines that dealt with domestic violence in Egypt.

CEWLA’s report also showed that the perpetrators of violence were males in 75 percent of the cases and women represented 25 percent. The perpetrators were the husbands (52 percent), the fathers (10 percent), brothers (10 percent), the mothers (four percent) the rest were the sons, relatives of the husband or of the wife, the step father or the step mother. The types of violence were murder (76 percent), attempt to murder (5 percent), battering (18 percent), kidnapping 2.5 percent and the rest were different types such as burning property, forcing women to sign checks and become guarantors of men, accusation of insanity, etc.

The report indicated that causes of violence were honor crimes (42 percent), leaving the house without the husband’s approval (7.5 percent), wives asking for divorce (3 percent).

http://bikyamasr.com/64198/woman-thrown-into-egypts-nile-over-divorce-highlights-honor-violence/

Paparock
03-29-2012, 07:42 PM
400 Women Held in Afghanistan for Moral 'Crimes'
Up to 400 women and girls are being held in Afghan prisons for "moral crimes" including running away from home to escape beatings or forced marriage according to a study.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9169488/400-women-and-girls-held-in-Afghanistan-for-moral-crimes.html


Ten years after the toppling of the Taliban government was accompanied by Western promises of a new era of women's rights, the justice system remained "stacked against them at every stage", it found.

Virtually all teenage girls held in prison are accused of immorality, either extramarital sex or running away, and around half of adult women inmates.

Imprisonment for immorality has risen steadily since a supreme court ruling that any woman who runs away from her home and does not immediately go to a close relative or the police should be imprisoned.

The report by Human Rights Watch found many inmates had fled a forced marriage, or violent husbands and in-laws.

In some cases women had been charged with having extramarital sex after being raped or forced into prostitution, it said.

Kenneth Roth, executive director, said: "It is shocking that 10 years after the overthrow of the Taliban, women and girls are still imprisoned for running away from domestic violence or forced marriage.

"No one should be locked up for fleeing a dangerous situation even if it's at home. President Karzai and Afghanistan's (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/) allies should act decisively to end this abusive and discriminatory practice."

Running away is not an offence under the Afghan penal code, but the supreme court advised in 2010 that women and girls who flee their homes should be locked up as a precaution against prostitution and promiscuity.

The court declined to comment on the report.

The United Nations has estimated around three quarters of marriages in Afghanistan are forced and unmarried girls are also sometimes given, or exchanged, to resolve disputes or stand in place of a dowry.

Few women are able to gain divorces. If they run away instead, the husband's family often press for a conviction of extramarital sex as well, as an extra punishment, the report found.

The 120-page report, called "I Had to Run Away" said significant progress had since been made in schooling for girls and allowing women to enter politics, and there had been a fall in maternal mortality.

However bias against them remained rife in the legal system it said.

"Even the most horrific abuses suffered by women seem to elicit nothing more than a shrug from prosecutors, despite laws criminalising violence against women," Mr Roth said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9169488/400-women-and-girls-held-in-Afghanistan-for-moral-crimes.html

Paparock
03-30-2012, 03:15 PM
Raymond Ibrahim: More Evidence of Egyptian Police Stripping Women Naked?

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/raymond-ibrahim-new-video-of-egyptian-officer-stripping-woman-naked.html


We all remember the international uproar that erupted when, during a clash between police and protesters in Egypt, the former beat and partially stripped to her bra a female protester (subsequently known as the “Blue Bra Woman”).

An older video which purports to show an Egyptian officer ordering a woman to take off all her clothes, is even worse, sparking debate anew. For the stripping is not a product of haste, blind-rage, or chaos—as apologists for the Blue Bra Woman incident argue—but deliberate, methodical, and sadistic.

According to a new report appearing yesterday on El Bashayer (http://www.elbashayer.com/news-184508.html), Mohsin Bahsani, president of an Egyptian organization called Legal Assistance for Human Rights, has brought this video to the spotlight, saying he is preparing to submit a formal complaint to the Attorney General, asking for legal action to be taken, including identifying the perpetrators.

The video was earlier aired on the popular Egyptian program “90 Minutes” (click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnBpevB6fvI&feature=player_embedded#!); clip appears from around minute 1:45 to minute 4). It appears to be taped inside an apartment, where a man, dressed like an officer, threatens and slaps a woman around, bullying her to take off all her clothes. He constantly commands her to “strip,” and orders the others in the room to keep the door closed.

First he gives her a hard, swift slap across the face when she refuses to take off her top; then she takes it off but he orders her to take her bra off as well. After protesting, she complies, but then covers her face for shame, all while sopping; he yells at her not to cover her face and gives her another hard slap. Then he resumes ordering her to continue stripping, i.e., take her pants—and presumably underwear, based on precedent—off. The video soon cuts off.

The focus of 90 Minutes was whether this video is authentic and whether it can be proven that the man is a police officer. One of the guests, a journalist, seemed sure, pointing out that the man was wearing a holster with a gun in it (in Egypt, only officers are permitted to carry firearms). Likewise, the woman initially objected to being forced to strip naked, arguing “Are you going to drag me outside naked?” implying that she was being arrested and taken into custody; and towards the end the man, while ordering her to continue stripping, threatens her by saying, “Okay, off we go to the ministry [of justice],” again, implying he is an officer making an arrest.

The one main oddity of the video is that, towards the end of the clip, someone in the apartment leaps in front of the camera making a goofy face. Though one might argue that this takes away from the seriousness, and thus authenticity, of the situation, in fact, the counter argument can be made—that the jumping fool actually further demonstrates the authenticity of the video: If those making the tape were intentionally trying to frame Egypt’s police force—which the host of 90 Minutes offered as a possibility—surely they would not compromise their efforts by such a silly stunt in front of the camera.

A more likely interpretation is that the man is, in fact, an officer, who is at the apartment of friends or family, where he is doing them a “favor”— abusing his authority, “flexing his muscle” as it were, against this woman whom his buddies, for whatever reason, have targeted as needing to be threatened, shaken down, and shamed—all while some in the apartment goof around, apparently because such spectacles are not out of the ordinary.

Incidentally, this video was taken when Hosni Mubarak was in power, before the Revolution—a reminder that, brutality by authority figures in Islamic Egypt (http://www.raymondibrahim.com/10969/islam-slave-soldiers-return-to-egypt) is not a product of this or that regime, but of culture; a reminder that the beating and stripping of the Blue-Bra woman, which caused much international outrage, may well be the tip of the iceberg.

New Ron
03-30-2012, 05:32 PM
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gang Rape in Mariannelund

We’re all used to culturally enriched horror stories from Sweden, but this one is more horrific than usual. Kitman has gone through the latest material and produced a translated summary. He includes this introduction:

Mariannelund is famous as the hometown of the beloved author of children’s books Astrid Lindgren. It prides itself on its idyllic scenery, known throughout the world from the movies about Emil from Lönneberga. The area also features the largest so-called “Runkesten” in the world — a huge stone which happens to be positioned in such a way that it can be moved back and forth by the simple touch of a hand.

However, the construction of an asylum centre has recently made Mariannelund home to many strangers from backward countries. Suddenly the quiet little town is making much more sinister headlines: robberies, rapes, and attempted murders have been occurring lately in Mariannelund, all somehow related to the population replacement policy of the current regime.

The victim in the case below knew one of the perpetrators and “thought she was going to a party in Vimmerby”. Instead the trip went to the immigration facilities, and here her nightmare began.

Below is his translated summary (Mohammed Coefficient: 25%) from Avpixlat.

WARNING: Sensitive readers may want to skip the rest of this story. It contains clinical details that may be disturbing:
Vimmerby Tidning: Worst crime ever
Gang-rape without parallel in Swedish criminal history

Quote (from image of Vimmerby Tidning headline at Avpixlat):

Gang-rape of mother of two in Mariannelund Asylum Centre “unprecedented in Swedish criminal history”

This story concerns the case of a brutal assault on a mother of two in December 2011, for which eight Afghans are now facing charges. The assault took place in the Mariannelund Asylum Centre and was extended over a seven-hour ordeal. According to the men, the victim was “a bad woman, and a whore.”

The woman went into shock while the rapes were still underway, and has since been in a heavily traumatised state. She is now subject to nightmares and panic attacks, and lives in a psychiatric clinic. She is bound to a wheelchair due to damages to her abdomen, and suffers from faecal incontinence. However, the woman has sufficiently recovered to testify in the trial. She has demanded damages of 1,250,000 Skr.

The extensive gathering of technical evidence, mainly collection of the sperm stains, will be instrumental for the prosecutor Gunnar Brodin. Eight men are facing charges, and there are suspicions that there was a ninth perpetrator. However, this man has not been caught or identified.

During his final remarks the prosecutor spoke of 78 pieces of clothing submitted from nine individuals for examination by the State Forensic Laboratory. A task “beyond the usual” for the forensic lab. Altogether there were 48 sperm stains from the asylum centre apartment. Sixteen of the stains contained DNA from at least four persons, four had DNA from three persons, and fourteen stains contained DNA from at least two individuals. Sperm samples from four individuals were obtained from the victim’s intestines and digestive system.

“This confirms the victim’s testimony,” Gunnar Brodin said in his final remarks.

The prosecution is now ended, after an additional charge, as the prosecutor sought to show how the defendants subjected the mother-of-two to lethal danger by the taping her breathing passages.

The following individuals were facing charges:

Rafi Bahaduri, 25 years old
Salahedin Hashemi, 20 years old
Mohammadi Zia, 20 years old
Morteza Afzali, 20 years old
Mohammadi Aziz Ahmad, 33 years old
Rahmati Hedayat, 20 years old
Azim Ahklaghi, 20 years old
Rustam Ghafory, 21 years old

According to additional Swedish sources, the main perpetrator Rafi Bahaduri had already committed four other rapes in Sweden. He was recently convicted of the violent abuse and rape of a young girl in 2008. Unfortunately, he “cannot be deported” due to the fact that he came to Sweden in 2002 claiming to be less than fifteen years of age.

Source: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/gang-rape-in-mariannelund.html

Paparock
03-30-2012, 06:14 PM
Teen Girl Butchered by Father for Having US Actors on Phone


http://www.emirates247.com/crime/world/dad-kills-daughter-for-having-us-actors-on-her-mobile-phone-2012-03-26-1.450363


An Algerian man used a kitchen knife to slaughter his 16-year-old daughter after discovering pictures of American and Turkish actors in her mobile phone.

The man, identified as B. Majeed, sent his second wife and her children to her family so he could be left alone with his teen age daughter, Lidya.
“After finding photographs of some American and Turkish actors in her mobile phone, the father decided to kill his daughter and made plans for the murder,” the Algerian Arabic language daily Al Nahar said.

“When he was alone with her at home, he grabbed her and put the knife on her neck…he then slaughtered her like a sheep.”

The paper said the man, who had Lidya from his first wife, then phoned the police and surrendered to them.

http://www.emirates247.com/crime/world/dad-kills-daughter-for-having-us-actors-on-her-mobile-phone-2012-03-26-1.450363

Paparock
04-02-2012, 04:25 PM
Afghan women would face grim future under Taliban


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/01/INC31NR4DU.DTL


Half of all Afghans are utterly terrified, and understandably so.

At least 33,000 American troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan this year. And after all the justified fury over the burning of those Qurans and the shooting deaths of those 17 women and children, talk is rife in Washington right now about accelerating the withdrawal.

That leaves Afghan women scared to death. A nationwide survey of 1,000 of them by ActionAid, a nongovernmental organization, concludes: "A massive 86 percent are worried about a return to a Taliban-style government, with one in five citing their daughter's education (http://www.sfgate.com/education-guide/) as the main concern. And with good reason."

"There really is good reason to be afraid," said Anita Haidary, co-founder of the Afghan group Young Women for Change. "You can't go to school, you can't work. Nothing." When the Taliban fell from power in 2001, 5,000 girls were attending school. Today, the number is 2.5 million.

At the same time, a new report from the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization is titled: "Afghan Women after the Taliban: Will History Repeat Itself?" It concludes: "Most of women's important achievements over the last decade are likely to be reversed" because almost everyone believes that once foreign forces leave, the Taliban will almost certainly return to power.

What's to stop them? The feckless Afghan army - riddled with quislings and illiterate drug addicts? Only once in several thousand years of history has an Afghan army ever repelled an invading force, and that occurred 300 years ago.

But the truth is, Afghan women have good reason to be afraid even if the Taliban don't return. As that human-rights report noted, the government's embrace of women's rights over the past decade has been nothing more than a cynical deception perpetrated so Afghan leaders can continue enriching themselves.

The "Afghan political leadership's espousal of women's rights," the report says, "is more subject to the logic of attracting financial support from the international community than a credible expression" of "genuine and wholehearted support for Afghan women." And you know where most of that "financial support" goes - into cash-stuffed suitcases flown daily to banks in Switzerland and Dubai.

Now, with foreign forces about to leave, President Hamid Karzai and his crooked colleagues are already whittling away at half the population's rights - with complete impunity. The Ulema Council of religious bigots issued a ruling last month that permits men to beat their wives and forbids women to travel alone or mingle with men in public, while also ordering them to respect polygamy. It flatly states that women are worth less than men.

A few weeks earlier, this esteemed council forbade women appearing on television from wearing heavy makeup. The rulings hold no force of law, but amazingly Karzai endorsed them, offering a fatuous non-explanation: "The clerics' council of Afghanistan did not put any limitations on women."

The human-rights report recalled how the West more or less forced the Karzai government to create a Ministry of Women's Affairs, allocate a certain number of parliamentary seats for women and pass a law in 2009 called Elimination of Violence Against Women. All of that, it said, was intended to "create a trickle down effect that will eventually benefit all female citizens." That hasn't happened.

In fact, just before International Women's Day early last month, the U.N. office in Kabul urged the state to finally begin enforcing that law because "violence against women remains pervasive."

Young girls are still self-immolating to escape forced marriages to octogenarian men. Families caught in disputes are still giving their daughters away to settle the problem. Women who are raped are still jailed with the rapist because they are assumed to have tempted him. Women are still killed to settle a grievance between two men. And last weekend, in a typical incident, a man beat and tortured his wife with electric shock because she refused to enter prostitution to provide him with more income.

There's more, so much more. And what those retrograde Afghan leaders fail to realize is that women, suddenly invigorated by new freedoms, can actually bring fresh ideas, new energy, to one of the world's most primitive nations - probably more than Afghanistan's calcified men.

Haidary, co-founder of the young women's group, is actually a college student, a sophomore at Mount Holyoke. In Afghanistan, college graduates are quite rare, and despite the odds, she holds out hope.

"It's not easy to change things," she acknowledged in an interview. "But women have to remain positive - and think about how they can bring change."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/01/INC31NR4DU.DTL

Paparock
04-03-2012, 10:26 PM
UK: Sharia courts contravening UK law, oppressing women

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/04/02/sex-and-sharia-muslim-women-punished-for-failed-marriages/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/uk-sharia-courts-contravening-uk-law-oppressing-women.html


Here is yet more evidence that the opponents of anti-Sharia laws in the U.S., who maintain that there is no incompatibility between Sharia and the U.S. Constitution, are lying. "Sex and Sharia: Muslim women punished for failed marriages," by Charlotte Rachael Proudman in the Independent (http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/04/02/sex-and-sharia-muslim-women-punished-for-failed-marriages/), April 2:
Today I received another telephone call from a young Muslim woman, Nasrin, who pleaded with me to help her obtain an Islamic divorce. After fleeing a forced marriage characterised by rape and physical violence, Nasrin applied for an Islamic divorce from a Sharia council; that was almost 10 years ago now. Despite countless emails, letters and telephone calls to the Sharia council as well as joint mediation and reconciliation meetings, the Sharia council refuse to provide Nasrin with an Islamic divorce. Why? Because of Nasrin’s sex. An Imam at the Sharia council told Nasrin that her gender prevents her from unilaterally divorcing her husband, instead the Imam told her to return to her husband, perform her wifely duties and maintain the abusive marriage that she was forced into.

Having represented Muslim women pro bono at Sharia law bodies across the UK to obtain Islamic divorces, I am all too aware of the gender discriminatory experience many Muslim women suffer at some Sharia councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals (‘Sharia law bodies’). Unfortunately their experiences have not been highlighted by the media.

Instead some Sharia law bodies have been misrepresented by the media as being transparent, voluntary and operating in accordance with human rights and equality legislation. This is not the case.

Many Sharia law bodies rule on a range of disputes from domestic violence to child residence all of which should be dealt with by UK courts of law. Having observed Sharia law bodies ruling on legal disputes it is all too apparent that they operate within a misogynist and patriarchal framework which is incompatible with UK legislation. For instance, the cost of an Islamic divorce is £400 for a woman compared to £200 for a man at the Islamic Sharia Council in East London; this is an example of blatant gender discrimination which is incompatible with the Equality Act 2010....

Paparock
04-03-2012, 11:49 PM
Perhaps these stupid people should learn about human genetics! It is the male that determines if a male or female baby is conceived not the female!
Paparock

Mother Severely Beaten by In-Laws for Not Bearing Son


http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Hyderabad/Family-beats-up-mother-of-two-girls-pregnant-with-girl-child/Article1-835096.aspx#.T3tnaek-PLw.email


A 30-year-old mother of two girls in Andhra Pradesh is battling for life in hospital after a miscarriage in her sixth pregnancy following an alleged beating from her husband and in-laws who want her to bear them a male child.

Munni’s married life of eight years has been lorded

over by a soothsayer who has predicted that only the seventh child in her womb will be a son.

Police have arrested her husband Allahbaksh and in-laws, Rahman and Fathima, from the weaving town of Tenali in Guntur district for tying her to a pole and beating her on the stomach.

Munni fourth and fifth pregnancies had been aborted and one daughter had died soon after birth.

Since no doctor was willing to do the third consecutive abortion, given Munni’s delicate health, Allahbaksh and his parents took charge, said police circle inspector Shaikh Usman.

Munni's neighbours in Balajipeta heard her cries and admitted the profusely bleeding woman to a government hospital on Saturday, where doctors advised shifting her to a private facility.

Munni’s plight came to light on Sunday after she was admitted to a private hospital at Mangalgiri — where her parents live — following complications.

Munni’s family said she had tolerated the torture because she did not want to burden her poor parents. But after the harassment became severe, Munni sent her elder daughter to stay with her parents.
Assembly speaker N Manohar has visited Munni and asked doctors to provide all the necessary care to save her life.

The three accused were produced in a local court and sent to jail. There is no official word on whether action will be taken against the soothsayer.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Hyderabad/Family-beats-up-mother-of-two-girls-pregnant-with-girl-child/Article1-835096.aspx#.T3tnaek-PLw.email

Paparock
04-04-2012, 01:46 PM
UK: Sharia courts contravening UK law, oppressing women

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/04/02/sex-and-sharia-muslim-women-punished-for-failed-marriages/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/uk-sharia-courts-contravening-uk-law-oppressing-women.html

Here is yet more evidence that the opponents of anti-Sharia laws in the U.S., who maintain that there is no incompatibility between Sharia and the U.S. Constitution, are lying. "Sex and Sharia: Muslim women punished for failed marriages," by Charlotte Rachael Proudman in the Independent (http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/04/02/sex-and-sharia-muslim-women-punished-for-failed-marriages/), April 2:
Today I received another telephone call from a young Muslim woman, Nasrin, who pleaded with me to help her obtain an Islamic divorce. After fleeing a forced marriage characterised by rape and physical violence, Nasrin applied for an Islamic divorce from a Sharia council; that was almost 10 years ago now. Despite countless emails, letters and telephone calls to the Sharia council as well as joint mediation and reconciliation meetings, the Sharia council refuse to provide Nasrin with an Islamic divorce. Why? Because of Nasrin’s sex. An Imam at the Sharia council told Nasrin that her gender prevents her from unilaterally divorcing her husband, instead the Imam told her to return to her husband, perform her wifely duties and maintain the abusive marriage that she was forced into.

Having represented Muslim women pro bono at Sharia law bodies across the UK to obtain Islamic divorces, I am all too aware of the gender discriminatory experience many Muslim women suffer at some Sharia councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals (‘Sharia law bodies’). Unfortunately their experiences have not been highlighted by the media. Instead some Sharia law bodies have been misrepresented by the media as being transparent, voluntary and operating in accordance with human rights and equality legislation. This is not the case.

Many Sharia law bodies rule on a range of disputes from domestic violence to child residence all of which should be dealt with by UK courts of law. Having observed Sharia law bodies ruling on legal disputes it is all too apparent that they operate within a misogynist and patriarchal framework which is incompatible with UK legislation. For instance, the cost of an Islamic divorce is £400 for a woman compared to £200 for a man at the Islamic Sharia Council in East London; this is an example of blatant gender discrimination which is incompatible with the Equality Act 2010....

Paparock
04-06-2012, 03:20 PM
Islamists Defeat Domestic Violence Measure (Pakistan)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/360560/opposition-forces-government-to-defer-women-domestic-violence-bill/


ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday deferred the Domestic Violence Protection (Prevention and Protection) Bill 2009 following strong resistance by opposition parties including the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).


It was none other than JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman who dared the government to take the Bill through the house, warning his party would oppose it tooth and nail.

The National Assembly had passed the bill in 2009 but it could be passed in Senate within the stipulated 90 days, which is the legal requirement of the Constitution. Now, according to the rules of business this bill can be passed only in the joint sitting of the Parliament. Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Yasmeen Rehman had, earlier, tabled the bill stressing to institutionalise measures required to protect women and children from domestic violence. The House along with some amendments introduced by the MQM MNA, SA Iqbal Qadri, passed the bill.

The government wanted to move the long-pending Domestic Violence Bill, 2009 on Thursday when opposition opposed the fresh move saying, the bill could not get pass from the Parliament till it has been amended further. “We know bitterly about women’s rights than the PPP–Western culture can not be promoted on name of protection in Islamic states,” observed the JUI-F Chief.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmakers MNAs Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and Khwaja Saad Rafiq also expressed their concerns over some clauses in the bill, suggesting the government amend these. Muttahida Qaumi Movement parliamentary leader Haider Abbas Rizvi was of the view that the bill ought to be passed without delay, urging the chair to give its ruling for passage of the bill.

On this point, Fazl ur Rehman again suggested that the matter should be referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). But PPP Senator Raza Rabbani pointed out that the bill could not be referred to the CII under the law.

Lawmakers across party lines under head of PPP senior minister Syed Khurshid Shah will put their heads together and try to build consensus over the issue on Friday.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/360560/opposition-forces-government-to-defer-women-domestic-violence-bill/

Paparock
04-07-2012, 04:23 PM
Pakistan: Government scraps domestic violence bill after Islamic parties oppose it "tooth and nail"

http://tribune.com.pk/story/360560/opposition-forces-government-to-defer-women-domestic-violence-bill/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/pakistan-government-scraps-domestic-violence-bill-after-islamic-parties-oppose-it-tooth-and-nail.html


"Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God's guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them." -- Qur'an 4:34

More from our ever-burgeoning Islam Respects Women file: "Opposition forces government to defer women domestic violence bill," by Zahid Gishkori for The Express Tribune (http://tribune.com.pk/story/360560/opposition-forces-government-to-defer-women-domestic-violence-bill/), April 6 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday deferred the Domestic Violence Protection (Prevention and Protection) Bill 2009 following strong resistance by opposition parties including the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).

It was none other than JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman who dared the government to take the Bill through the house, warning his party would oppose it tooth and nail.

The National Assembly had passed the bill in 2009 but it could be passed in Senate within the stipulated 90 days, which is the legal requirement of the Constitution. Now, according to the rules of business this bill can be passed only in the joint sitting of the Parliament. Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Yasmeen Rehman had, earlier, tabled the bill stressing to institutionalise measures required to protect women and children from domestic violence. The House along with some amendments introduced by the MQM MNA, SA Iqbal Qadri, passed the bill.

The government wanted to move the long-pending Domestic Violence Bill, 2009 on Thursday when opposition opposed the fresh move saying, the bill could not get pass from the Parliament till it has been amended further. “We know bitterly about women’s rights than the PPP–Western culture can not be promoted on name of protection in Islamic states,” observed the JUI-F Chief....

Paparock
04-07-2012, 05:15 PM
In-Laws Beat Pregnant Woman to Kill Baby Girl (http://www.emirates247.com/crime/region/husband-beats-pregnant-wife-to-kill-baby-2012-04-05-1.452351)


http://www.emirates247.com/crime/region/husband-beats-pregnant-wife-to-kill-baby-2012-04-05-1.452351


A six-month pregnant woman was brutally beaten on her stomach by her husband and parents in-law with the help of a rod to deliberately kill the foetus growing inside her.

The woman lost her child after she was tortured mercilessly on the advice of the the family's religious teacher who allegedly told her husband and in-laws that she was carrying a girl child in her womb, according to reports in the Indian media.

This was the woman's fifth pregnancy and she had already been forced to terminate two pregnancies in the past. The couple have two girls.
A case has been filed against the husband and her in-laws.


http://www.emirates247.com/crime/region/husband-beats-pregnant-wife-to-kill-baby-2012-04-05-1.452351

Paparock
04-08-2012, 05:41 PM
Taliban commander: "There is no more or less in Sharia. If people are not happy with Sharia law, there is no other law for happiness"

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/04/201243135956894735.html

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/taliban-commander-there-is-no-more-or-less-in-sharia-if-people-are-not-happy-with-sharia-law-there-i.html


Mullah Dawran misunderstands Islam to the extent that he thinks that Sharia is unchanging, and that it calls for the subjugation of women and warfare against Infidels and the Muslims who collaborate with those Infidels. Surely some Western "moderate" from Hamas-linked CAIR (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/oklahoma-new-law-banning-sharia-dies-in-committee.html) or someone like Boy (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/11/the-incredible-reza-aslan-automated-insult-generator.html) Reza Aslan (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/02/best-selling-author-reza-aslan-lectures.html) will quickly go to Afghanistan to explain to Mullah Dawran that he is getting Sharia all wrong, wrong, wrong.

"Commander's words shed light on Taliban views: Group's eastern leader candidly discusses Afghan forces, morality police, and how they might act if returned to power," by Qais Azimy and Mujib Mashal for al-Jazeera (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/04/201243135956894735.html), April 4:
...In an exclusive interview with Mullah Dawran, a senior Taliban commander in northeastern Kunar province, we raised some of these issues. While he is only one voice in an increasingly fractured movement, his views are indicative of the morale and mentality of many who fight for the Taliban.Dawran has managed to escape several US military raids, in one of which he reportedly lost his wife and two children.

Below is an edited transcript of the conversation.

Tell us about the nature of the fight in your area?

The national army and police, they are tied to the government. In accordance with Sharia, fighting them is our obligation. This year, we believe we are passing through a difficult stage and god willing, this will be the year of victory. We have increased our operations compared to other years....

We have given sacrifices so that a Sharia system comes. Security can't come without a Sharia system, the whole world - enemies and friends - has realised that.

What are you trying to achieve from such operations?

We have two goals: one, if we still see these people in the areas where we fight for the cause, we can't say we have won, that we have brought a Sharia system. Because in a Sharia system, you first get rid of the infidels and then those who committed big sins - the traitors. They fought alongside the infidels against Islam. The second goal is that when the Americans leave, they leave us these saplings. These saplings that they planted with their hands - we want to uproot them so they dry out.

Has there been a change of policy in how you fight Afghan forces compared to foreign forces?

For us, there was never doubt in their kufr [infidelity] - that when we announced jihad on the Americans, we included the Afghan forces in it. Whether killing them is allowed or not - that decision was made when we initially announced our jihad. But we used our Islamic and Afghan mercy, thinking they will realise they are fighting for foreigners and against their religion. But they did not understand that. Every day, their damage increases and not lessens. We sent out statements, we released them [Afghan soldiers] when we captured them, and we were more flexible on them in battle....

In the areas of your control, we have seen morality police - the Vice and Virtue. How widespread is that? And what kind of activities are you after?

Thanks to god, we have religious scholars, Ulema, who decide. We have lifted our weapons for saving these people and one of our obligations is to save the children, the elders, these people from sin; if people cut their beards, if they smoke or chew tobacco, if they commit larger sins like theft. We try to prevent any vice. In the past, we tried to tell these people nicely. But more recently, the issue has… because we have conquered the area, people have to come to the mosques five times a day.

How about women? In your area, what is implemented regarding restrictions on women?

This is one thing we can say we have been lucky with from the past. I say luck because god will have mercy on those who spend their lives in the shadow of the Sharia. Allah ordered veiling and all our women oblige by it. If people don't oblige - no one does not oblige. This is a rarity. Those who cry of human rights or call themselves democrats say they give rights. The rights that Islam has given to a woman, no other religion has - that she sit quietly in her home, veiled. That she take care of food and clothes for her husband. See, the Americans say they have given their women rights. There is nothing more difficult than war and the Americans have given their women a back-pack and a weapon on their shoulder and they fight to give us rights.

What about female education? Do you allow that?

You saw that our schools are active and open in the area. Until a female reaches blogh [puberty], she should learn.

Here in the area, we have ulema in every school. I have to say one thing clearly: there is a hadith [prophet's saying] that everyone has heard that education is an obligation of every man and woman. But that hadith has not said the infidel way of education, or western way of education. That hadith means Quranic education. Education does not mean that a woman should lose her honour and dignity. If the leaders of the Emirate see education beyond this [puberty age] necessary - under circumstances that covering up of the women is obeyed - we will see then. Now, we only talk of education until puberty because here the system is weaker.
And would you allow women to work in offices?

Sharia does not allow that. We should leave this until we conquer some offices, and if there is need for work, we will gather the ulema to decide based on Sharia. That if a woman works, under what conditions should she work? Only if it is permitted under Sharia orders. If not, then working with a stranger, with a foreigner - even the voice of a woman is banned on a strange man. Allah says in his book that the man should lower his gaze and so should the woman - if looking is not permitted, talking is not permitted, then how can they work? Here, we want a Sharia system. Whatever is allowed in Sharia, we will not disobey. We do not want a western or democracy system.

What about the parliament? Would you permit them to be MPs?

The way it is now, this parliament - we reject this entirely. This does not exist in the Sharia, this is a western system, a democracy system. Their going to this parliament and joining this kind of a parliament in itself could be a reason for jihad - that our women are this free now. Listen to BBC, how they speak. Hearing a woman's voice is banned on others. They speak on the radio, in the parliament, on TV - while not being covered - and the whole world hears their voice. I want to say this briefly: if Sharia does not allow it, we will not accept it.

Do you see the end to this war in fighting, or through negotiations?

The history of jihad shows the result of jihad is either victory or martyrdom on the battlefield. In negotiations, Sharia is stepped on. When you and I talk, and we have different opinions, I am obliged to accept some of your views if you accept mine, otherwise it would not be negotiations. I approve such negotiations that will not step on Sharia. The kind of negotiations that steps on the blood of the martyrs and the Sharia - neither will anyone carry out that kind of negotiations, nor are we ready for it.

If the Taliban come back to power, will there be a difference in how they treated people?

There is no more or less in Sharia. If people are not happy with Sharia law, there is no other law for happiness.

You mean it will be the same - the Vice and Virtue police will be patrolling, asking about beard lengths, destroying cassettes? The exact same?

No. You see, we want Sharia system for these people and they accept it. The same thing might have been said harshly once and people might be unhappy. This time, we - the ulema and all institutions - will try to educate a person of its benefits. That, look, we want you to grow your beard: it is the tradition of the prophet, it is the beauty of a human. The ulema say that if a person shaves his beard, it is like someone hurting their nose or ear. Those who hurt their nose or ears are crazy. Same with prayer: that is what separates a Muslim and an infidel. We will be soft - but they will have to pray, it is not like we will pardon them. Previously, we were harsh on prayers. This time, we will show them the disadvantages of not praying. Sharia does not change, or that we be lenient on people on things related to Sharia.

Paparock
04-11-2012, 05:22 PM
New study shows that female genital mutilation is common in Iraq


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/new-study-shows-that-female-genital-mutilation-is-common-in-iraq.html


"Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar. bazr) of the clitoris (n: not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert). (A: Hanbalis hold that circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna, while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.)" -- 'Umdat al-Salik e4.3

"PRESS RELEASE: Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq / Study shows: FGM common in Kirkuk," from Mesop (http://www.mesop.de/2012/04/10/press-release-female-genital-mutilation-in-iraq-study-shows-fgm-common-in-kirkuk/), April 10 (thanks to AINA (http://www.aina.org/news/20120410195904.htm)):
For the first time, an empirical study proved that female genital mutilation is also prevalent in parts of Iraq beyond the borders of the Kurdish Region. WADI and the local women’s rights organization PANA have conducted an in-depth research about the existence and background of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kirkuk. They interviewed 1212 women above the age of 14 and asked each of them 61 questions.

Two years ago, WADI did a similar research in Kurdish Northern Iraq which revealed an alarmingly high prevalence rate of more than 72%. Around the same time, Human Rights Watch published a qualitative study which backs and complements WADI’s results. Meanwhile, after extensive protests and lobby efforts from activists and women’s rights groups (see notably the campaign STOP FGM in Kurdistan ), the Regional Government has adopted a legal ban of FGM and other forms of violence against women and children.

Not so in Southern and Central Iraq, which also comprises the multi-ethnic, oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The public authorities assume that FGM is non-existent outside the Kurdish Region.
The new Kirkuk study proves this assumption to be utterly false. According to its findings, 38.2% of Kirkuki women live with the consequences of FGM.

With 65.4%, Kurdish women are the most affected ethnic group. Arab women hold 25.7% and Turkmen women 12.3%.
Focusing on the religious affiliations, 40.9% of the Sunnis, 23.4% of the Shi’ites and 42.9% of the Kaka’is are genitally mutilated.

No Christians were found to be affected.

The FGM prevalence rate among girls under the age of 20 is a “mere” 15% which may indicate that the practice is about to decrease gradually. Among women aged 60-70, it is up to 80%.

When it comes to the reasons for the practice, the answers are evenly divided between “tradition” and “religion”, i.e. Islam.

In most cases, FGM means the amputation of the clitoris. Some women however – in the Arab-dominated countryside it is 21% – experienced more severe types, including the cutting of the inner and/or outer labia.

The Kirkuk findings prove that FGM is a common practice also among non-Kurds – Sunnis and Shi’ites alike. This data constitutes strong evidence for the assumption that FGM is prevalent throughout Iraq. Millions of women and girls are likely to be affected by these grave human rights violations.
Therefore, we call on the Baghdad parliament to address the issue as soon as possible, support public awareness and discuss further ways to counter female genital mutilation in Iraq. The complete study will be published in June 2012.

Paparock
04-14-2012, 04:15 PM
50% of ALL Marriages in Islamic Country Are From "BRIDE KIDNAPPING"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lagx_1088x8

Paparock
04-14-2012, 04:21 PM
Islamic religious cleansing and rape of Hindu women in Pakistan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl3jWkP3Z8I

Paparock
04-15-2012, 06:44 PM
Islam's War on Women - 8 Miles from the White House (http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/04/12/islams-war-on-women-8-miles-from-the-white-house/) (PJ Tatler)
The book this writer complains about is based on the Quran - a copy of which is probably on the shelf at the White House.


http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/04/12/islams-war-on-women-8-miles-from-the-white-house/


A book by a senior Indian Islamic scholar that recently prompted international outrage for directing Muslim husbands on how to properly beat and control their wives is on sale at the largest Islamic bookstore in the Washington D.C. area, just a twenty minute drive from the White House, all while the Obama campaign proclaims that Republicans are waging a “war on women” (http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-camp-romney-radically-anti-women/477056) by promoting pro-life, pro-family policies, and as DCCC media strategist Hilary Rosen continues to attack Ann Romney (http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/hilary-rosen-no-apology-120320.html) for her decision to stay at home and raise her five sons.

The book in question is “A Gift For the Muslim Couple” by Ashraf Ali Thanvi that directs a Muslim husband “it might be necessary to restrain her [wife] with strength or even threaten her,” adding that he may scold his wife, “beat by hand or stick,” withhold money from her or “pull (her) by the ears,” but should “refrain from beating her excessively.”

Thanvi’s book was recently in the news when the Toronto Sun discovered (http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/23/book-tells-muslim-men-how-to-beat-and-control-their-wives) the book being sold at a prominent Islamic bookstore in Toronto, prompting criticism (http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/24/angry-response-to-wife-beating-book) from all corners (http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/26/disgust-over-muslim-wife-beating-book) of Canadian politics and society. The story was picked up elsewhere (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119846/Muslim-guide-marriage-tells-husbands-beat-hand-stick.html) by the international press (http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/25/203069.html).

So will the Obama administration ask its Muslim “interfaith outreach partners” why such a vile volume is being sold across the Potomac River at the Halalco Bookstore and Supermarket in Falls Church, Virginia – just eight miles from the White House? I purchased a copy in the family section of Halalco on a trip to DC two weeks ago, and the book can be found available for purchase on the Halalco website (http://halalcosupermarket.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=80471).

This isn’t Halalco’s first dance with controversy, however.

Back in June 2010, my colleague CBN national security and counterterrorism reporter Erick Stakelbeck discovered the bookstore (http://blogs.cbn.com/stakelbeckonterror/archive/2010/06/02/exclusive-cbn-news-investigation-reveals-dc-area-islamic-store-selling-recordings.aspx)featured a large display of audio CDs and DVDs of Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki for sale just one day after Awlaki issued a fatwa calling for the killing of American civilians.

Initially, the store’s management refused to speak with Stakelbeck, telling him to come back the following day to speak to the owner. When he returned, the Awlaki display had magically vanished. While the owner stated that the Awlaki materials were “a good seller”, he couldn’t explain why other materials promoting violent jihad, products by other radical Islamic preachers, and even copies of the notorious anti-Jewish tract, “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, were being sold.

So if the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party want to find a real “war on women”, they should ask their Muslim outreach partners about products pushing Islam’s “war with women” being sold at the Halalco Bookstore right around the corner from the Dar al-Hijrah mosque and not far from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, led by Obama Shariah czar Mohamed Majid.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/04/12/islams-war-on-women-8-miles-from-the-white-house/

Paparock
04-17-2012, 04:39 PM
Police File Theft Charges over Forced Marriage of 4-Year-Old


http://tribune.com.pk/story/365697/for-the-wrong-crime-theft-case-filed-for-underage-marriage/


LAYYAH:

Kehror Lal Eisan police have registered theft and assault cases against 12 men accused by a villager of solemising the marriage of his four-year-old daughter to a 30-year-old man on a panchayat’s direction.

SHO Manzoor Khan told The Express Tribune that a decision on addition of sections on underage marriage to the FIR would be taken in the light of the findings of the investigation. The SHO said a stamped paper submitted by Elahi Baksh, father of the child, to the police was signed by him. This, he added, indicated that he had agreed to the panchayat’s decision about the child’s marriage to the nominated man. He said there was no need to prosecute the suspects for vani (marriage to settle a dispute) because the child was not married to settle a murder.

Elahi Bakhsh, a resident of TDA/79 village, however, said that he was forced into signing the document. He said the marriage was solemised at his house on Sunday, following a panchayat convened by one Ahmed Ali. He said the complaint he filed with the police stated that his child had been forcibly married to an adult at panchayat’s directives. He also accused the suspects of beating him and his family.

The panchayat was requested by Imam Bakhsh to deal with the alleged kidnapping of his daughter. Imam Bakhsh accused Elahi Bakhsh’s elder son of kidnapping the girl from his home in Dera Ismael Khan. Both the boy and the girl have been missing for over a week.

Talking to The Tribune, Panchayat leader Ahmed Ali had defended the verdict saying that justice demanded that Elahi Bakhsh give his daughter in marriage to one of Imam Bakhsh’s son. “His (Elahi Bakhsh’s) son took away Imam Bakhsh’s daughter. I was bound by tradition to order the child’s marriage,” he said.

Nikahkhwan Saeed Ahmed said he was forced by panchayat men to solemise the marriage.

The paper submitted to the police stated that Elahi Bakhsh would pay Rs200,000 if at any stage he refused to send the child with Imam Bakhsh’s son.

The FIR mentions Sections 458 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 380 (theft in dwelling house) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2012.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/365697/for-the-wrong-crime-theft-case-filed-for-underage-marriage/

Paparock
04-17-2012, 04:47 PM
Uproar in Morroco Over Underage Marriages


http://www.nationalreview.com/the-feed/296067/arab-winter-watch-uproar-morroco-over-underage-marriages

http://www.nationalreview.com/sites/default/files/nfs/uploaded/moroccorape.jpg
Via Washington Post: (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/new-arab-order-in-morocco-uproar-over-marriage-law-tests-islamist-government/2012/04/15/gIQA2kxGKT_story.html?hpid=z2)
Amina el-Filali, a moon-faced Moroccan peasant girl, seemed destined for an obscure life in this dreary little farming village 50 miles south of Tangiers. But that was before she was lured into sexual relations at age 15 by a 23-year-old unemployed laborer who took her into a shed next to the eucalyptus grove behind her house. That was before she was ushered into an early wedding, with the man who took her virginity, by a traditional Muslim family eager to salvage its honor. And that was before she swallowed rat poison to commit suicide rather than endure what she told her mother was an unbearable marriage. Since Amina took her life shortly before lunch March 10, she has become a national cause, an icon for women’s groups, human rights organizations, progressive politicians and millions of ­Western-oriented Moroccans who have demanded changing a law that permits marriage at such a young age. The law under attack is based on Islamic jurisprudence and tradition. As a result, the demands for change present a particularly unwelcome challenge to Morocco’s new Islamist government, which was elected in November on a promise to make Morocco more Islamic — not less. . .

http://www.nationalreview.com/the-feed/296067/arab-winter-watch-uproar-morroco-over-underage-marriages

Paparock
04-19-2012, 07:44 PM
Extremists poison schoolgirls' water, Afghan officials say


http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/17/world/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html


Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- At least 140 Afghan schoolgirls and female teachers were admitted to a local hospital Tuesday after drinking poisoned water, said local health officials, who blamed the act on extremists opposed to women's education.

The victims range in age from 14 to 30 and were taken to a hospital in Afghanistan's northeastern Takhar province after their school's water tank was contaminated, according to provincial health department director Dr. Hafizullah Safi.

No deaths were reported, but more than half the victims partially lost consciousness, while others suffered dizziness and vomiting.

"Looking at the health condition of these girls, I can definitely say that their water was contaminated by some sort of poison," Safi said. "But we don't know yet what was the water exactly contaminated with."

Taliban say they trained attackers (http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/17/world/asia/afghanistan-violence/index.html)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JlWQN7y634

Read the rest here>http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/17/world/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html

Paparock
04-22-2012, 01:14 AM
Saudi mufti okays marriage for 10-year-old girls

http://www.theworldobserver.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3209:saudi-mufti-okays-marriage-for-10-year-old-girls&catid=54:around-the-world&Itemid=188

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/saudi-mufti-okays-marriage-for-10-year-old-girls.html


"The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." -- Bukhari 7.62.88

In Islam, Muhammad is the supreme example of conduct (cf. Qur'an 33:21). Thus he is exemplary even in his marriage to a child: Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: "Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed."

The Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl "a divine blessing," and advised the faithful: "Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house."

"Saudi mufti okays marriage for 10 year old girls," World Observer (http://www.theworldobserver.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3209:saudi-mufti-okays-marriage-for-10-year-old-girls&catid=54:around-the-world&Itemid=188), April 21 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti okayed marriage for girls starting at age 10 and criticized those who want to raise the legal marriageable age, according to news reports.

Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh said a girl becomes ready for marriage at 10 or 12 according to Islam and stressed that Islamic law is not by any means oppressive to women, the London-based al-Hayat reported Wednesday.

"Those who call for raising the age of marriage to 25 are absolutely mistaken," al-Sheikh said in a lecture he gave at the faculty housing mosque of Imam Mohamed bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.

"Our mothers and grandmothers got married when they were barely 12. Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age."

Al-Sheikh's statements came in response to a question from a female attendee about marrying minor girls without their consent.

The Saudi National Human Rights Association (NHRA) has criticized the prevalence of the marriage of minors in the kingdom and considered it a violation of childhood. The association has sought to work with authorities to curb the practice and protect children's rights.

NHRA stressed that underage marriages are also a breach of several United Nations treaties including the Child Rights Treaty, which Saudi signed in 1996 and the Treaty for the Rights of Women that the kingdom joined in 2000.

Last year a similar fatwa, or religious ruling, by Salafi preacher Sheikh Mohamed al-Maghrawi allowing girls as young as nine to marry was condemned by Morocco’s Supreme Scientific Council. The council said it lacked religious validity because it was based on only one case—the marriage of Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) to Aisha bint Abu-Bakr.
But isn't Muhammad's example normative, as per Qur'an 33:21?

Paparock
04-22-2012, 02:10 AM
The Taliban’s Poisoning of Afghan Schoolgirls (http://frontpagemag.com/2012/04/20/the-taliban%e2%80%99s-poisoning-of-afghan-schoolgirls/)
The latest atrocity of Islamic gender apartheid
by Frank Crimi (http://frontpagemag.com/author/frank-crimi/)


http://frontpagemag.com/2012/04/20/the-taliban%e2%80%99s-poisoning-of-afghan-schoolgirls/


In a recent effort to prevent their attendance at school, the Taliban poisoned (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/us-afghanistan-women-idUSBRE83G0PZ20120417) nearly 150 Afghan schoolgirls, marking just the latest atrocity in a litany of barbaric acts the Islamist terror group continues to inflict upon the women and girls of Afghanistan.

The afflicted girls — all of whom suffered severe nausea, headaches, and dizziness — had become poisoned (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/us-afghanistan-women-idUSBRE83G0PZ20120417) after drinking contaminated water from jugs in their classrooms at their high school in Afghanistan’s northern province of Takhar. Many of the students were taken to a local hospital where some were listed in critical condition.

Fearing retribution, some school officials were initially reluctant to assign blame to any particular group for the chemical attack, with one simply saying (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/us-afghanistan-women-idUSBRE83G0PZ20120417), “This is either the work of those who are against girls’ education or irresponsible armed individuals.”

However, Afghan police investigators were somewhat more conclusive (http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan_poisoned_schoolgirls_takhar_province/24552396.html) stating that they “strongly suspected” a water supply truck at the girls’ school had been poisoned by Taliban insurgents as “an intentional act to poison schoolgirls.”

Of course, it doesn’t take too much investigative legwork to confirm Taliban culpability in crafting such a heinous plot given the terror group’s historical fondness for using poison on Afghan schoolgirls.

Specifically, Afghan Education Ministry officials have stated that the Taliban was behind at least 17 poison-gas attacks on girls’ schools in Afghanistan in 2010, six of which took place in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Those 2010 attacks included (http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2010-05-27-afghanistan-girls_N.htm) poison spray being used on four girls’ schools in Kanduz, attacks which hospitalized over fifty teenage girls; a gas poisoning (http://www.theweek.co.uk/politics/12131/taliban-accused-gas-attack-girls-girls%E2%80%99-school) of a girls’ high school in Kabul which required the hospitalization of 46 students and nine teachers; and a poison spray attack (http://www.theweek.co.uk/politics/12131/taliban-accused-gas-attack-girls-girls%E2%80%99-school) on a girls’ school in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul that hospitalized 20 students.

Now, the latest chemical poisoning in Takhar comes only weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a ceremony marking the start of Afghanistan’s school year had urged (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gUVnCHF443oRstQwT7BIGB1zahNw?docId=CNG.7aefb fc7a9475709ef601b6385299966.531) insurgent Islamist groups not to attack teachers and school children, saying that the country could only develop through the “spread of education.”

For Afghan girls, those educational opportunities have been growing significantly since the ouster of the Taliban from power in 2001 under whose rule women and girls were banned from going to school on the grounds that it was un-Islamic.

Instead, the Taliban subjected Afghan women to a terrifying Sharia nightmare that, among other things, forbade them from working outside the home or even leaving their homes unless accompanied by a close male relative. Failure to abide by these restrictions resulted (http://www.rawa.org/rules.htm) in public whippings, beatings or stoning.

However, once freed from the Taliban yoke, the enactment of a national Afghan campaign to expand educational opportunities for women has driven school enrollment (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gUVnCHF443oRstQwT7BIGB1zahNw?docId=CNG.7aefb fc7a9475709ef601b6385299966.531) from several thousand girls in 2002 to more than 2.7 million girls in 2011.

As Farooq Wardak, Afghanistan’s Education Minister, has noted (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12188517), “During the Taliban era the percentage of girls of the one million students that we had was 0 percent. The percentage of female teachers was 0 percent. Today 38 percent of our students and 30 percent of our teachers are female.”

Not surprisingly, those educational successes have also coincided with a decade of some remarkable progress made by Afghan women in other spheres, including the rise of women’s advocacy groups; election to government office; and training as military pilots and Olympic athletes.

Unfortunately, their incremental educational gains are being violently jeopardized by an unrelenting Taliban campaign of terror, a campaign which has subjected Afghan females to acid attacks and shootings; the destruction of their schools through arson, rocket and mortar attacks; and the killing of their teachers.

Examples of that campaign of violence includes ten Taliban fighters arrested (http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-224_162-4631708.html) for squirting acid (http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-224_162-4631708.html) onto 15 girls who were walking to school in the province of Kandahar, an assault which caused severe burns and disfigurement to many of the girls; Taliban gunmen beheading the headmaster of a girls’ school in Kabul: and insurgents destroying (http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2010-05-27-afghanistan-girls_N.htm) over 240 girls’ schools throughout the country.

Of course, it should be noted that while the Taliban are the most overtly lethal opponents of educational opportunities for Afghan women, they have been abetted in their efforts by the nodding assistance of Muslim men in the region who more often than not treat women little better than livestock.

As Farooq Wardak has acknowledged (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12188517), historical opposition to schooling for girls extends beyond the Taliban to the “deepest pockets” of Afghan society, a patriarchal society that remains heavily stacked against Afghan women and girls.

For example, Afghan females are subjected to the widespread and socially accepted practice of forced child marriage; honor killings; and the traditional Afghan practice known as “baad,” whereupon women are given away to pay family debts or settle disputes.

Not unexpectedly, the result of these and other abuses has made Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous and unforgiving places for women, where the life expectancy of an Afghan woman is just 44 years, where 31 percent suffer from physical violence and another 30 percent suffer from psychological trauma.

Now, a sustained terror campaign by the Taliban against their burgeoning educational aspirations threatens to add to those nightmarish woes.

More disturbingly, it also comes as US, Afghan government officials and the Taliban have been engaged for several months in an effort to initiate peace talks that could lead to the Islamists playing a role in the Afghan government once the American-led Coalition forces completely withdraw from the country by the end of 2014.

While the Taliban suspended the peace talks in March and instead have reignited a spring offensive — highlighted by well-orchestrated attacks on Kabul and three provincial capitals in eastern Afghanistan — the haunting specter of its potential return to power is cause for fear among Afghan women.

As Manizha Naderi, who heads the civil rights group Women for Afghan Women recently said (http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/manizha-naderi/), “If there are negotiations with the Taliban, women’s rights will be the first to go, and women will be forced to stay at home all over again,” adding, “Dark days are in Afghanistan’s future.”

Unfortunately for Afghan schoolgirls, those dark days are already here.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/04/20/the-taliban%e2%80%99s-poisoning-of-afghan-schoolgirls/

Paparock
04-24-2012, 09:23 PM
The Savage Lands of Islam (http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/04/savage-lands-of-islam.html) (Daniel Greenfield)
"What sort of religion can come out of a place that marries off ten year old girls and murders old women on charges of witchcraft?"

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/04/savage-lands-of-islam.html


The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has ruled that ten year old girls can be married off, because in his words, "Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age." The Mufti, who also recently called for destroying churches in the Arabian Peninsula, is descended from Mohammed Wahhab who gave birth to Wahhabism and his descendants have controlled the Saudi religious establishment, which has given them control of Islam around the world. For all his power and influence, the Mufti is blind and hasn't seen a thing in the last 52 years, an apt metaphor for his entire religion.



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The Grand MuftiSaudi Arabia, the heartland of Islam, still tries and executes witches. What sort of religion can come out of a place that marries off ten year old girls and murders old women on charges of witchcraft? Exactly the sort of religion you would expect to fly planes into skyscrapers, murder teenage girls for using Facebook and base their entire society on a ladder with Muslim men at the top, Muslim women a few rungs below and everyone else somewhere at the bottom.

The Saudis are not some aberration, they are Islam in its purest and truest form. This is where Islam originated, these are the people whose brutality and cunning spread it across the world, whose clans killed each other, then killed or enslaved minority groups, and then embarked on a wave of conquest that destroyed countless cultures and left behind seeds of hate that linger to this day.

Unlike Egypt or Syria, they were never colonized by European powers and the impact of Ottoman influence was limited. Oil has brought in massive amounts of money, but it has changed very little. There are limousines instead of camels, the slaves have foreign passports, though they are often still slaves, there is still a brisk trade in imported luxury goods, harems for princes and clans staggering under the weight of their indolent progeny.

Religiously, Wahhabism has done its best to recreate the "pure" Islam of its origins. Economically, oil has allowed the Gulf Arabs to prosper without reform or change. And if Mohammed were to ride out of the desert tomorrow, he would have little trouble fitting in, as soon as he developed a taste for Porsches. Anyone who wants to see the world as it was in Mohammed's day can visit Saudi Arabia and see inbred clans, slave labor, veiled women and thugs enforcing the will of Allah on every corner.

But you don't even need to visit Saudi Arabia because diluted forms of it can be found everywhere from Cairo to London and from Islamabad to Los Angeles. A hundred and fifty years after the United States freed its slaves, Muslim immigrants have brought back slavery, importing young girls to live as their slaves. Ninety years after American women won the right to vote, the ghosts of Islam tread the streets in sheets that hide their personhood and mark them as property.

The religious wars of the desert have not stayed there as the immigration Hegira has brought them here and everywhere. And that is the source of the Clash of Civilizations. Immigration has brought Muslims into closer contact with different cultures and religions who don't defer to them or give Islam the privileged status that its adherents are used to enjoying.

To know the truth of this all you have to do is measure the respective tolerance levels of America against the average Muslim country. There is no comparison with even the more secular Muslim countries, not in law and not in public attitudes. The sole benefit of the Arab Spring has been to expose the fraud of the moderate Muslim country. Egypt's transition to theocracy reminds us that a moderate Muslim state is a completely unrepresentative dictatorship. The alternative is majority Muslim rule.

The endgame of the Arab Spring and the immigration Hegira is to reduce the entire world to the level of Saudi Arabia. And that means eliminating outside influences in a long march to purification. Islamists know that they cannot enjoy complete cultural dominance over their own people until their rivals in the West are obliterated. To turn Egypt and Malaysia into Saudi Arabia, and to purify Saudi Arabia, the infidels must be brought down, their religions subjugated and their nations replaced with proper Islamic states.


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Islamic leaders are under no illusion that religion is a spiritual matter, they know that it is a numbers game. Wage enough wars, terrorize enough nations, marry enough barely post-pubescent girls and use them to crank out an endless supply of babies, intimidate or trick enough infidels into joining up and you win. That was how Islam took over so much territory and spread around the world, that is how it is doing it again now.

Islam is not a spiritual religion, even its paradise is a materialistic place, a fantasy harem where the physical pleasures of life can be enjoyed without restraint. That gives it an advantage over Judaism and Christianity, just as it gives the Saudis and the Pakistanis an advantage over the Americans and Israelis. There is no angst in Islam, no spiritual seeking and no room for doubt. The marching orders are always clear and individual deeds and thoughts matter less than a willingness to always obey.

Islam came out of the desert and it has never left the desert, instead it has brought the desert with it along with its codes, its deep hatreds, its constant deprivation, its deceptiveness and its nomadic expansionism. Where Islam goes, the desert rises, its tents, its red knives and its insecurities. It was backward even at the time of its birth and it has only become more so, but its singlemindedness is an advantage in an age of effete leftectuals and eurocrats dreaming of a transnational world.

While the leftectuals dream of windmills, the Saudis hire foreigners to pump their oil and then sell it to them, the money goes to fund the Hegira, its mosques in every city from Dublin to Moscow to Buenos Aires and Toronto, the fatwas, the bombs, the websites where the masked faithful hold up AK-47's, the Islamic science courses and sessions on learning to love the Hijab and then the Burqa,

The Saudis just want what everyone wants, for everyone to acknowledge their greatness and live like them. They can hardly be blamed for that when the West spends almost as much money promoting democracy and its own way of life to people who still execute witches and blasphemers. They may be savages, but they fell ass backward into enough black gold to fuel a global religious war, and they're using it cleverly and cunningly to transform our societies and wage war against us even while attending dinners at the White House. It's smoother work than our diplomats are capable of.

You can hardly blame the desert bandits for being what they are, but you can blame the apostles of reason for preaching about a golden age of tolerance and enlightenment from every purloined pulpit and then turning away the heartland to a religion that is nakedly brutal and intolerant at home.

An honest look at Saudi Arabia, at its cruelty, its slaves, its intolerance of other religions and even of women, should be enough to tell even the dimmest Eton or Harvard grad exactly what the West is in for. No matter how many specialists in Muslim tolerance show up at universities, there is the Grand Mufti explaining that Mohammed commanded the eradication of Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula, and therefore there can be no churches allowed there.

Even few apologists for Islam will defend Saudi Arabia for the simple reason that it is indefensible. The media will run the occasional story about the House of Saud's commitment to reform, much as Charles Manson keeps committing to becoming a better person, but even they don't really believe it. Yet even though Saudi Arabia is the heartland of Sunni Islam, and its fortunes shape and control mosques and teachings around the world, they insist on treating Islam and Saudi Arabia as two separate things.

It is brutally telling that the two centers of Islam, Saudi Arabia for the Sunnis and Iran for the Shiites, are genuinely horrifying places. Neither can remotely be associated with tolerance or human rights. It is simple common sense that the spread of Islam will make Western countries more like Saudi Arabia and Iran, rather than less like them.


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If Saudi Arabia is not an example that we wish to emulate, then why must we bodily incorporate the religion of Mecca and Medina into London and Los Angeles? What other possible outcome do we imagine that there will be but fewer rights and more violence, dead women, abused children, bomb plots and polygamy?

There are two Islams. The real Islam of the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and an imaginary Islam that exists only in the mosques of air and card table korans of academics apologists and political pundits who have decided that Islam cannot be bad, because no religion can be bad, not even one which kills and kills, it must just be misunderstood.

But then why not tell the Grand Mufti that he has misunderstood his own religion, the religion that he and his ancestors have dedicated themselves to purifying and reforming back to its roots? Telling him that would be a dangerous thing on his own turf, but it would also be foolish. The Grand Mufti's controversial statements contain nothing that Mohammed had not said and can the founder of a religion misunderstand his own teachings?

Islam is savage, intolerant, cruel and expansionistic, not due to a misunderstanding, but because it is what it is and no amount of wishing will make it otherwise. We have opened the door to the desert and a hot wind blows through into the northern climes. Either we can shut the door or get used to living in the Saudi desert.

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/04/savage-lands-of-islam.html

Paparock
04-24-2012, 09:32 PM
Killed Twice (http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/11149/killed-twice-marrying-the-man-who-raped-her/) (Tribune)
A story that didn't get nearly as much attention as merited was of the teen girl who committed suicide after being forced by a judge to marry her own rapist

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Amina Filali was just sixteen when she ended her life. PHOTO: SCREEN SHOT


A young girl lay dead across the bedroom floor, and a small open bottle lay just mere inches from her hand with the words ‘rat poison’ printed across the label. She had just committed suicide (http://tribune.com.pk/story/244443/suicide-notes-gang-rape-victim-sets-herself-on-fire/) - an act forbidden by the laws of God and nature.

Her reason? She was ordered by a judge to marry (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114884/Moroccan-girl-16-kills-judge-forced-marry-man-RAPED-her.html) the very man who had raped her. Amina Filali was just 16 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/03/moroccan-teenager-death-women-rights)when she ended her life.

Only last year, Amina’s parents filed charges against their daughter’s rapist who was 10 years older than the teenager. The judge, in the Moroccan city of Tangier, concluded that rather than punishing him, the two must marry.

The decision was taken in order to ‘resolve’ the damage of sexual violation against Amina, to force the boy to do the honourable thing and marry the girl he violated. However, this decision just led to more suffering for her family – the family that despised the rapist, now her husband.

The Moroccan penal code (http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/23/morocco-girl-s-death-highlights-flawed-laws)was updated in 2004 in order to give women greater rights. However, with rape cases, the victim is burdened with providing evidence that she was attacked or she risks getting prosecuted for debauchery. According to Moroccan law, (http://www.freedominfonetwork.org/forum/topics/please-check-protest-against-the-article-475-of-a-moroccan-law?page=1&commentId=6466724%3AComment%3A43491&x=1#6466724Comment43491) rapists are sentenced from five to ten years in prison which can also rise to between 10 and 20 years if the victim is a minor.

Article 475 of the penal code (http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/morocco_62113.html) allows the rapist to marry an under-age victim to preserve the honour of the woman’s life. This type of forced marriage stems from local rural traditions to ‘protect’ the honour of girls who have been raped. According to the Moroccan penal code, upon agreeing to marry the victim, the rapist becomes exempt from punishment.

In most cases, like Amina’s, the decision to marry one’s rapist in order to safeguard their own honour leaves the innocent victim (http://sistersofresistance.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/remembering-amina/) at the mercy of the cruel rapist and his family. Similarly, these young girls are often mistreated by the rapist’s family, and they suffer from domestic abuse as well as starvation.

The Moroccan law of ordering the victim to marry her rapist (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/03/moroccan-teenager-death-women-rights) is yet another form of violence and abuse committed against women. The law is utter cruelty disguised in the form of a solution. Rather than safeguarding the honour of women, this law safeguards the honour of men.

Surely, if the decision was taken in Amina’s favour, wouldn’t the judge have sent the rapist to prison or sentenced him to another punishment rather than telling the young girl to tie knot with the man who traumatised her in the worst possible way?

Unfortunately, the justice system (http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/article-475) is based on such ideologies, which is why perhaps many Moroccan feminists protest that the law should be changed to avoid women marrying their rapists.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r39a4EhTTxw


One thing is for sure – rapists can never make good husbands. Just think about it; can a man who treats a woman in such a despicable and dishonourable way ever make a good husband? Moreover, can the woman who was brutally raped ever make a good wife to the very man who sodomised her? She will surely hate an resent him for the rest of her life.

How on earth could a judge think that marriage could be an apt solution?

The story of Amina is not the first horror story we have heard. It is an all too common phenomenon in Muslim countries to protect one’s honour. My question is, is the honour of a patriarchal society (http://www.booksie.com/non-fiction/article/a_moroccan_writer/not-killed-twice) so sacred that the life of a human being becomes insignificant in comparison?

If justice (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/amina-al-filali-morocco-rape-suicide-law) – and I mean, real justice – was to be served to Amina, her rapist would’ve be stoned to death or hanged till his neck broke. The marriage ordered by the judge just goes to prove how strong male dominance is in this world and how weak the female position is.

Even though we go about living in the 21st century, the law, (https://www.facebook.com/AminaFilaliAbolishObsceneMoroccanLawArticle475)tra ditions and society values do not differ from the ones in the middle ages. It is high time that women demand their rights; it is high time we speak up for abolishing the law (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/03/2012315134325471675.html) that orders victims to marry their rapists.

New Ron
04-28-2012, 03:33 PM
Egypt to bring in law allowing man to have sex with dead wife
ANI

London, April 27, 2012

First Published: 13:06 IST(27/4/2012)
Last Updated: 23:51 IST(27/4/2012)

Egypt’s new Islamist-dominated parliament is preparing to introduce a controversial law that would allow husbands to have sex with their deceased wives up to six hours after death. Known as the "farewell Intercourse" law, the measure is being championed as part of a raft of reforms

introduced by the parliament that will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 for girls.
Egypt’s National Council for Women is campaigning against the changes, saying that ‘marginalising and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country’s human development'.

Dr Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, wrote to the Egyptian People’s assembly speaker Dr Saad al-Katatni addressing her concerns.

Egyptian journalist Amro Abdul Samea reported in the al Ahram newspaper that Talawi complained about the legislations, which are being introduced under ‘alleged religious interpretations’.

The subject of a husband having sex with his dead wife arose in May 2011 when Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death.

He also said that women have the right to have sex with her dead husband, alarabiya.net reported.

It seems the topic, which has sparked outrage, has now been picked up on by Egypt’s politicians.

TV anchor Jaber al Qarmouty slammed the notion of letting a husband have sex with his wife after her death under the so-called ‘Farewell Intercourse’ draft law.

“This is very serious. Could the panel that will draft the Egyptian constitution possibly discuss such issues? Did Abdul Samea see by his own eyes the text of the message sent by Talawi to Katatni?,” the Daily Mail quoted him as telling the website.

“This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner?” he added.

Source:http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Egypt-s-Farewell-Intercourse-law-allowing-sex-with-dead-wives-sparks-fury/Article1-846951.aspx

Paparock
04-29-2012, 06:50 PM
Women Raped and Fearful in Islamist-Held Areas of Mali
By William Lloyd-George

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28042012-mali-armed-groups-in-north-raping-women/


Increasing numbers of Malian women are being raped by Tuareg rebels and armed groups that have swept across the north of Mali since the beginning of year, expelling all government troops from the region.

According to Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, who is currently on a mission in Mali, there have been reports of rape and sexual violence taking place in towns and villages across the region.

“We’re very concerned about what appears to be a drastic increase in the targeting and sexual abuse of women and girls by armed groups in the north,” Dufka told IPS.

“Since rebel groups consolidated their control of the northern territory they call the Azawad, Human Rights Watch has documented several cases of rape and many others cases in which girls and women have been abducted from their homes, towns and villages, and very likely sexually abused.”

Dufka reports that most of the abuses have been, “perpetrated by rebels from the MNLA and to a lesser extent Arab militias allied to them.”

The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) is an umbrella term given to groups of armed Tuaregs who have come together with the declared goal of administrating an independent state, Azawad.

Since the colonial French left the region in 1960, there have been several Tuareg rebellions against the Malian government. Previous uprisings ended in negotiations and the appointment of rebel leaders to state positions.

However, the rebels say the Malian government has failed to stick to promises made in negotiations, and continue to demand an independent state.

This time, armed with a heavy arsenal of weapons left over from previous rebellions, and additional arms coming from Libya over the last few years, the MNLA have made unprecedented advances. This was made easier by the coup in Bamako and the subsequent withdrawal of state military in the north.

Commenting on the allegations made by Human Rights Watch, MNLA spokesman Moussa ag Assarid, currently in the Malian city of Gao, denied MNLA men were involved in the sexual violence. “These men are not MNLA, but are other men around,” says Ag Assarid speaking over the phone from Gao. He admitted, however, that “We cannot control all the people in Azawad.”

Although the MNLA declared an independent state on Apr 6, residents in the region say the rebel movement does not really seem to be in control. “One day, one armed group will come into town, then the next day it will be another; we feel very unsafe,” one resident in Gao who preferred to remain anonymous told IPS over the phone.

Since the conflict began, several armed Islamist groups have emerged in the region, adding to concerns for the future of women’s rights.

One group, Ansar Dine, led by Iyad Ag Ghali, a prominent leader in previous Tuareg uprisings, has begun attempting to enforce Sharia law in the north. Soon after entering Timbuktu, Ag Ghali announced the group’s beliefs on the radio.

“Misfortune is due to people’s lack of faith in God, and because they have abandoned the practice of Sharia, because we have changed our way of life under the influence of whites,” he said.

While Ag Ghali is estimated to only have around 300 men in his ranks, his influence goes far and wide. Many MNLA commanders are still loyal to him from previous rebellions, as are drug smugglers, and other Islamist groups in the region.

Since Ansar Dine announced Sharia law, there have been unconfirmed reports of Ag Gali travelling with leaders from AQIM, the regional Al Qaeda group. It is also believed that Nigeria’s extremist group, Boko Haram, and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa have been operating in the region.

As residents report foreigners increasingly being spotted in the Islamists ranks, fears grow that Ag Ghali’s goal of creating an Islamic state could be closer to being achieved. Many Malian women, who have enjoyed freedom and relative equality compared to women in other countries in the region, are concerned this freedom could soon be a thing of the past.

“Since these groups have arrived, we hardly go outside, we are terrified what will happen if we forget to do something they have told us to do,” a 40-year-old market vendor in Timbuktu, who also wished to remain anonymous, told IPS.

“I have been working in the market all my life, it is how I feed my children, how can I just stop now? Even if they allow me to work, I am not used to sitting in the baking heat all day covered head to toe.”

It is reported that Ansar Dine and other Islamist groups have been going door-to-door ordering women to wear veils and respect Islamic law. They have been going to hairdressers and ripping down photos of unveiled women, shutting down brothels and prohibiting the sale of alcoholic drinks.

While there have not been any reports of women being punished by Ansar Dine for failing to adhere to Sharia law, women in the region are growing increasingly fearful of the possibility that they will start being punished if the Islamist group gains more control.

Food, electricity and infrastructure have also been severely affected by the conflict. In many cities food and water are running low, and it has been difficult for civilians to receive humanitarian aid.

“The vulnerability of women in the north is increased by the lack of medical care, non-existent rule of law institutions, and limited humanitarian assistance which could mitigate their suffering and deter further abuse,” says Dufka.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28042012-mali-armed-groups-in-north-raping-women/

Paparock
04-29-2012, 07:30 PM
Turkey: Retreat on Women's Rights (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/29/tp-in-turkey-fears-of-a-retreat-on-womens-rights/) (UT San Diego)
The influence of the ruling Islamist party in Turkey is in full force. "So bleak is the situation that this year one outreach group suggested that the state should simply arm women and provide shooting lessons."

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/29/tp-in-turkey-fears-of-a-retreat-on-womens-rights/


Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived on the run for 15 years, ever since her abusive husband tracked her down, broke down her door and shot her in the leg six times after she refused to return to him.

Stoic and prematurely graying, she said her husband had since kidnapped her mother and stabbed her brother, trying to force them to reveal her whereabouts. She repeatedly turned to the police. But, she said, they chided her to return to her husband. Once, after her husband came to pick her up at the police station, she said she heard an officer advise him to break her legs so she could not escape.

“Our state is the No. 1 enemy of women,” Gokce said recently at a women’s shelter here in Istanbul, declining to use her last name for fear of her husband. “I was 14 when my husband started to abuse me, and now I’m 37, and I am still living in fear for my life despite all my cries for help.”

While reliable statistics are hard to come by, given what Turkish experts say is the serious underreporting of domestic violence here, rights groups point to a recent spate of high-profile attacks against women to raise the alarm that Turkey is backsliding on women’s rights. They say women’s progress is being undermined by Turkey’s flagging prospects for European Union membership and a Muslim-inspired government that is increasingly embracing the conservative values of the Arab world it seeks to lead.

So bleak is the situation that this year one outreach group suggested that the state should simply arm women and provide shooting lessons.

Fears that the governing party is diminishing women’s rights were fanned this month when President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial bill that extended compulsory education to 12 years but allowed home schooling after the first eight, which critics said could encourage the practice of taking child brides. The government rejected such criticism, saying the changes brought Turkey in line with international education standards.

The culture wars over women’s role in Turkish society also reflect tensions in a majority-Muslim country where the state’s official secularism is clashing with an ascendant class of religious conservatives. With their rise, rights groups say, men appear to be increasingly acting with impunity against women.

Last year there were 207,253 cases of deliberate injuries to women across the country, compared with 189,377 in 2010, according to official data collected by the National Police Headquarters in the capital, Ankara, and provided to Vildan Yirmibesoglu, the general secretary of Kader, a leading rights group.

A U.N. report published last July indicated that the incidence of domestic violence against women in Turkey topped the percentages in the United States and Europe. The report — based on data from a 2009 Turkish government study in which 12,785 women were interviewed across 12 regions — said 39 percent of women in Turkey had suffered physical violence at some time in their lives, compared with 22 percent in the United States and between 3 and 35 percent in 20 European countries. In February 2011, Turkey’s justice minister shocked the country when, in response to a parliamentary question, he said that there had been a staggering increase in the murders of women, from 66 in 2002, to 953 in the first seven months of 2009.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/29/tp-in-turkey-fears-of-a-retreat-on-womens-rights/

Paparock
04-30-2012, 07:09 PM
UK: Muslim leader misunderstands Islam, advocates female genital mutilation

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2136907/Genital-mutilation-British-muslim-leader-caught-camera-advocating-female-circumcision.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/uk-muslim-leader-misunderstands-islam-advocates-female-genital-mutilation.html


"Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar. bazr) of the clitoris (n: not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert). (A: Hanbalis hold that circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna, while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.)" -- 'Umdat al-Salik e4.3

We're constantly told that female genital mutilation is a cultural practice that has nothing to do with Islam, and are warned that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. Yet Mohammed Abdul not only didn't get this memo, but apparently he assumes that his hearers all share his point of view. What are the Vast Majority of Moderate Muslims planning to do about this spectacular misunderstanding of Islam?

"'Cheat genital mutilation ban by going abroad': British Muslim leader caught on camera advocating female circumcision," by Ian Garland for the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2136907/Genital-mutilation-British-muslim-leader-caught-camera-advocating-female-circumcision.html?ito=feeds-newsxml), April 29:
A British Muslim leader has been caught on camera advocating female genital mutilation.

Mohammed Abdul, the Imam of a Bristol mosque, was filmed urging a follower to take women and girls abroad so they can be circumcised legally.

The practise was banned by law in 2003, and it's illegal to help or encourage anyone to carry out the barbaric procedure overseas.

The Masjid al-Huda mosque in Bristol, where Muhammed Abdul is an Imam

The Masjid al-Huda mosque in Bristol, where Muhammed Abdul is an Imam

The footage was obtained by an undercover reporter working for the Sunday Times newspaper, who posed as a Muslim seeking advice.

During a meeting with Mohammed Abdul at the Masjid al-Huda mosque: 'In this country, it is not possible, we cannot do that. (For) any other Muslim who likes to practise the way of Prophet Muhammad, the best way is to go to other countries.
'Some families, they go to Africa or Arab countries.

'In this country you have to fight for your religion, your cultures, They (the British) don't like your Muslim cultures.'
Although female genital mutilation (FGM) has not been advocated by Muslim scripture, a number of clerics encourage it....
"Not been advocated by Muslim scripture, and yet supported by Muhammad's words: Muhammad is depicted in the Hadith as not condemning it, but merely cautioning against going overboard: "A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband." - Sunan Abu Dawud 41.5251

Paparock
04-30-2012, 07:23 PM
Egyptian Women Appeal Sex-After-Death, Teen Marriage Laws
Egyptian women urge the Islamist-dominated parliament not to pass a controversial law allowing a man to have relations with his dead wife.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155294
By Chana Ya'ar
4/30/2012


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Young Arab women (illustrative only)
Flash 90


Egyptian women have urged the country's Islamist-dominated parliament (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/11570#.T564S6uO2ZU) not to pass two controversial laws on age at marriage and sex after death.

The two laws include provisions that would void the rights of women to obtaining education and employment due to religious standards.

One of the laws would drop the minimum permissible age of marriage to age 14. The other would permit a husband to carry out conjugal relations with his wife within six hours following her death.

The latter issue was originally raised by Moroccan Islamic cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari in May 2011, according to the Al Arabiya pan-Arab news network. Bari was quoted as saying that marriage remains valid even after death – and that a woman could also claim the same right as a man in such a matter.

The news of the controversial legislation under consideration was reported last week by Egyptian columnist Amro Abdul Samea in the Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper. According to Samea, Dr. Mervat al-Talawi, head of Egypt's National Council for Women sent an appeal on the matter to Dr. Sa'ad al-Katatni, Speaker of the Egyptian People's Assembly.

A second journalist, TV anchor Jaber al-Qarmouty, commented on the “'Farewell Intercourse' draft law” after Samea's article was published, saying, “This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner?”

Since Islamists have taken over the Egyptian parliament in the past year, more moderate forces in the country have grown increasingly concerned over the future of women's rights in Egypt. At present, Egyptian women retain the right to end unhappy or abusive marriages without interference from a husband, through the Khula – the Islamic right to divorce law, which grants men the right to terminate a marriage as well. Islamists in the Egyptian parliament also wish to cancel the law empowering women to use the Khula to end a bad marriage.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155294

Paparock
04-30-2012, 07:45 PM
WHY DO THEY HATE US? (http://barenakedislam.com/2012/04/30/why-do-they-hate-us/)
‘The War Against Women in the Middle East’
FOTOSERIE: Waarom haten ze ons? (De oorlog tegen vrouwen in het Midden-Oosten)


http://ejbron.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/fotoserie-waarom-haten-ze-ons-de-oorlog-tegen-vrouwen-in-het-midden-oosten/



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http://ejbron.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/fotoserie-waarom-haten-ze-ons-de-oorlog-tegen-vrouwen-in-het-midden-oosten/

Paparock
05-02-2012, 12:38 AM
Chechnya's Muslim president endorses honor killing

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/29/chechen-women-in-mortal-fear-as-president-backs-ho/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/chechnyas-muslim-president-misunderstands-islam-endorses-honor-killing.html


How dreadfully inconvenient for the mainstream media spokesmen and Islamic supremacists who in the wake of our Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killing are busy claiming that honor killing has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. Until Muslims and non-Muslims face up to the fact that it does, more young women will die -- which apparently is fine with those who are speaking out against our Conference. "Chechen women in mortal fear as president backs Islamic honor killings," by Diana Markosian for The Washington Times (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/29/chechen-women-in-mortal-fear-as-president-backs-ho/), April 29 (thanks to Pamela Geller (http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/04/chechen-muslim-president-backs-honor-killings.html)):
ACHXOY-MARTAN, Chechnya — Chechnya's government is openly approving of families that kill female relatives who violate their sense of honor, as this Russian republic embraces a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam after decades of religious suppression under Soviet rule.

In the past five years, the bodies of dozens of young Chechen women have been found dumped in woods, abandoned in alleys and left along roads in the capital, Grozny, and neighboring villages.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov publicly announced that the dead women had “loose morals” and were rightfully shot by male relatives. He went on to describe women as the property of their husbands, and said their main role is to bear children.

“If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them should be killed,” said Mr. Kadyrov, who often has stated his goal of making Chechnya “more Islamic than the Islamists.”

In today’s Chechnya, alcohol is all but banned, Islamic dress codes are enforced and polygamous marriages are supported by the government.

Some observers say Mr. Kadyrov’s attempt to impose Islamic law violates the Russian Constitution, which guarantees equal rights for women and a separation of church and state....

Paparock
05-02-2012, 02:26 AM
Sexually Mutilated Girls & Bristol Mosque


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcShunfbJxI&feature=player_embedded

Paparock
05-02-2012, 05:05 PM
Opposing honor killing is 'Islamophobia'?
Exclusive: Pamela Geller tells of dueling conferences on either side of Shariah


http://www.wnd.com/files/2011/12/Pamela-Geller_avatar.jpgby Pamela Geller (http://www.wnd.com/author/pgeller/)



We held our AFDI/SIOA Jessica Mokdad Human Rights conference (http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/jessica-mokdad-human-rights-conference/) last Sunday in Dearborn, the first honor-killing conference of its kind.

Hundreds converged upon the Hyatt to join Robert Spencer and me and a full roster of luminaries to educate, elucidate and shine a light on the ugly and brutal atrocities under the Shariah. As expected, the goons, thugs and Muslim supremacists were also out in force. It seems that Islamic supremacists support murder for “honor,” for these subversive groups energetically opposed our conference dedicated to exposing the plight of women under Islamic law on the first anniversary of the honor murder of a Muslim girl in Michigan, Jessica Mokdad.

When we first called the conference, which we did to increase awareness of honor killings and gendercide under the Shariah, the only attention the media paid to it at all was to give a platform to the Mokdad family, which was whining that Jessica’s name was being used. Such grief – so touching the way so many Muslims go into “protect Islam” mode and not “protect our girls.”

We named the conference after Jessica because she was the victim of an honor killing. Her family should be standing with us instead of denying this. Darwin Jiles, a close friend of Jessica and a powerful speaker at our conference, has said that “Jessica was someone who wanted to have liberties, like every other young lady that is born in America outside of the traditions of Islam are able to do, to pursue her own happiness and to pursue her own dreams.” About Jessica’s stepmother, Cassandra, who claims it was not an honor killing, Jiles said: “Cassandra really is portraying a false picture. And Pamela has every right to place the conference to be named after Jessica in regards to this, because it was Islam that caused her death.”

So enraged were some members of the Muslim community over our attempts to protect Muslim girls who wish to live free that they held an “Islamophobia” town hall. That’s right – you’re against honor killings? Well then, in the eyes of Muslims in Dearborn, you are a racistislamophobic anti-Muslim bigot.

The speakers, including Imam Hassan al-Qazwini of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn and the hard-left propagandist Eli Clifton of Think Progress, exploited the fictitious narrative of the fear and paranoia that counter-jihadists supposedly exploit, without ever addressing honor killings, FGM or the millions slaughtered in 1,400 years of jihad warfare, cultural annihilation and enslavement. The irreligious Qazwini, who incited his herd to hatred against me during Friday prayers, called me a “bigot” and assured that crowd that “Geller and Spencer will fail because they are against God, they are against America, and people will not get with them.” Apparently he was also selling pieces of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Qazwini also said that he would like to ask me to stop defending Muslim girls here and start defending Muslim girls in “Palestine.” Muslim girls here don’t need defending? No doubt “Palestinian” girls need defense from honor murder (the Palestinian Authority has lighter sentences for honor killings than for other murders), but, of course, that is not what Qazwini meant. And I doubt Qazwini is too concerned about Israeli girls targeted by jihad missiles from Gaza.

Mayor John O’Reilly, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and several other local politicians were at the pro-honor killing hatefest. Is it any wonder the defenders of hatred and murder feel empowered?

Last Friday, Qazwini denounced, libeled and defamed me because I was fighting for the human rights of Muslim girls (http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/jessica-mokdad-human-rights-conference/). In his Friday English sermon, he warned his herd of my impending visit. Here’s the thing: No rabbi would ever get up in front of a congregation and badmouth someone the way he badmouthed me. Ever. It’s just completely, wholly different. This “religious figure” wailed that a bigot was coming to Dearborn and claimed that I am doing this for money (as if there were a living in this). The imam warned of a “big conspiracy” against Muslims.

He went on to lie about honor killing. This imam should have been calling for the expunging of Islamic teaching of the sanctioned killing of offspring according to the Islamic “honor code.” According to the Middle East Quarterly, 91 percent of the honor killings worldwide are Islamic. But for this imam, I am the problem. Muslim leaders like him should be standing with us in defense of the basic unalienable rights of young Muslim girls and Muslim women in the West. But they are Islamic supremacists who wish to impose Shariah in America.

Of course, when the media got wind of Sunday’s pro-honor killing demo, they were all over it like sharks to chum. Their articles described the pro-honor killing rally, but none reported on our agenda or contacted me for comment. Michigan Radio’s pro-honor killing coverage was typical:

“Dearborn conferences to address honor killings, Islamophobia.” (http://www.michiganradio.org/post/dearborn-conferences-address-honor-killings-islamophobia) Opposing honor killings is “Islamophobia.”

Anyone who opposed our human-rights conference on honor killing was supporting honor killing, gendercide, and the subjugation and oppression of women.

Yet despite the media bashing and the pro-honor killing protests, our conference was overbooked and standing room only – we could not accommodate all who wished to attend. And the crowd was rapt. No one left during the entire three-hour program, and no one’s attention was ever diverted. The crowd left energized to stand against the barbarity of honor killing and the infringements upon freedom Shariah is bringing to our nation.

It was a historic, game-changing moment for those who love freedom and the unalienable rights of every free individual.

Paparock
05-03-2012, 03:00 PM
Leading U.S. Muslim jurist:
Female genital mutilation an "honor" in Islam


http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html)

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/leading-us-muslim-jurist-female-genital-mutilation-an-honor-in-islam.html (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/leading-us-muslim-jurist-female-genital-mutilation-an-honor-in-islam.html)


How is it that Dr. Hatem al-Haj, a fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics and a leading Muslim jurist, misunderstands Islamic law so severely as to think that this purely cultural practice has something to do with Islam? Surely it can't be that the mainstream media and Islamic leaders in the U.S. have been lying to us, and FGM really is justified in Islam, could it? Naaah.

"AMJA Senior Committee Member: Female Genital Mutilation Is 'an Honor' per Islam," from Translating Jihad (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html), April 27 :
A couple of weeks ago I posted a translation of a paper by Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) senior committee member Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, in which he warned American Muslims against working in law enforcement in our 'infidel' nation (see here (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/mainstream-american-muslim-group-warns.html) for more details). Now in my latest translation, Dr. al-Haj explains why female circumcision is recommended and even 'an honor' for women....Below is my excerpted translation of the 41-page Arabic-language paper by Dr. Hatem al-Haj entitled "Circumcision of Girls:

Jurisprudence and Medicine" (see the original here and here):
The ruling on circumcision: Scholars have differed on the ruling on circumcision. They have agreed on its legitimacy for both sexes, but beyond that they have differed. Some--most famously the Shafi’ites--believe that it is obligatory for both sexes. Some believe it is obligatory for men only, and some believe it is recommended for both. At the very least it can be said that for women it is an honor, and for men it is sunnah [i.e. it is in accord with the tradition of Muhammad].There are many hadiths on circumcision, some of which will be presented here along with the commentary of some scholars:

From Abi-Hurayra, who attributed it to the Prophet: “Five (acts of) al-fitrah [Islamic law or way of nature] are circumcision, shaving pubic hair, plucking armpit hair, trimming fingernails, and clipping the mustache.” Also from Abi-Hurayra: “The Messenger of Allah said, ‘Abraham was circumcised when he was 80 years old’.”’ Allah said: “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith” [Qur’an 16:123]. Also recorded in a hadith is the saying of (Muhammad) to a man who converted to Islam: “Remove your infidel hair and be circumcised.”

Muhammad also said regarding circumcision: “If you touch the two circumcisions, you must wash.” Here is evidence that women were circumcised, and therefore any of the hadiths on circumcision which do not specify men or women, can be assumed to apply to both.

From Sa’id bin Jabir: “Ibn ‘Abbas was asked, “How old were you when the Prophet (PBUH) died?" He replied, "At that time I had been circumcised. People (in those days) did not circumcise men until they reached puberty.” From the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah--who used to circumcise girls--the Messenger of Allah said to her, “Reduce it, but do not remove too much, because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.” This is the most explicit evidence in the hadiths of Muhammad for female circumcision being legitimate and even recommended. From Ibn ‘Abbas, attributing it to the Prophet:

“Circumcision is sunnah for men and an honor for women.” This was narrated by al-Bayhaqi, and its attribution is weak.

Ibn al-Mundhir narrated from Abi-Barza: “We asked the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) about an uncircumcised man making pilgrimage to the Ka’aba. He replied, ‘No, not until he’s circumcised’.” This was considered a weak hadith by Ibn al-Mundhir and others.

There’s no doubt that among these hadiths there are those which are sound but do not explicitly command or urge women to become circumcised. There are also those which are met with disagreement by scholars, and these hadiths are more explicit in confirming the legitimacy of female circumcision. But the hadiths on the laws of al-fitrah which mention circumcision--and these are sound--do not mean that it is done on men only and not women. It is certain that circumcision includes both men and women, as is clearly stated in the hadith about touching the two circumcisions.

Below are words from scholars on the ruling on circumcision:

The Hanafis: Al-Zayla’i said: “The general ruling is that circumcision is sunnah, and is one of the trademarks of Islam. In fact, if the people of Egypt or some land decided to abandon its practice, the Imam would make war against them, for it cannot be abandoned except by necessity... Female circumcision is not sunnah, but it is an honor for men because it is more pleasing during sex” [ellipses in original].

The Malikites: From al-Kharshi’s brief summary of Khalil: “Its ruling (i.e. circumcision) is that it is sunnah for men, and it cuts off the foreskin. It is recommended for women, and is called khifad [reduction].”

The Shafi’ites: From [Asna al-Mutalib]:

“Circumcision is obligatory (at puberty). The reasoning for this is the saying of the Almighty: “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith” [Qur’an 16:123]. In Abraham’s religion, circumcision was present. Also in the two Sahihs: “He was circumcised when he was eighty years old.” In Sahih Ibn Hibban, and in al-Hakim it was said 120 years, and it was also said 70 years. Also it was narrated by Abu-Dawud: “(The Prophet) (PBUH) ordered a man who converted to Islam to be circumcised.” They said that since he cut off a member which could not be replaced, it had to be obligatory like cutting off the hand. Since the man was injured during the process, he feared it. If it were not obligatory for him, then it would not have been permissible. This is unlike the circumcision of little boys, crazy people, and those who cannot endure it, because the first are too young to be required to do anything, and the last are harmed by it.” Al-Nawawi said in al-Majmu’: “Circumcision is obligatory for our men and women. This was stated by many of the salaf, as al-Khatabi relates. Ahmad was one of those who said it was obligatory. Malik and Abu-Hanifa said that it was sunnah for everyone. This was related by al-Rafi’i. He also related that (circumcision) is obligatory for men and sunnah for women. These were the two approaches of Shadhan, and of the sound and famous school of thought which was penned by al-Shafi’i, in which the multitude of scholars declared that circumcision is obligatory for men and women.”

The Hanbalis: From Ibn Muflih’s Furu’ : “(According to Ahmad), circumcision is obligatory on all but women, for whom it is recommended. Our Shaykh said, ‘It is obligatory because cleanliness and prayer are obligatory’.” Ibn Qudama said: “Circumcision is a duty for men, and for women it is an honor, but it is not obligatory. This has been stated by many scholars.” Ahmad said: “The man is more difficult, because if the man is not circumcised, then the skin dangles over the [penis] and cannot be cleaned. But the woman is easier.”

The al-Mawsu’a al-Fiqhia (“The Encyclopedia of Jurisprudence”) summarizes scholars’ opinions on circumcision as follows:
“The ruling on circumcision: Scholars differ on circumcision as follows: First, the Hanafis and Malikites--and very rarely the Shafi’ites--hold to the opinion of what Ahmad said, that circumcision is sunnah for men but not a duty. It is one of the acts of al-fitrah, and one of the rituals of Islam. If the people of a particular land decided together to abandon its practice, the Imam would make war against them, just like if they abandoned the call to prayer. This also represents what the Malikites think about circumcision of women. Hanafis and Hanbalis consider female circumcision to be an honor and not sunnah. It is said by some Hanafis that it is also sunnah for [women], and some say that it is recommended. … Second, the Shafi’ites and Hanbalis, as is also stated by Sahnoun from the Malikites, believe that circumcision is a duty for both men and women. … Third, this is written by Ibn Qudama in al-Mughni, that circumcision is a duty for men, and for women it is an honor but not a duty” [ellipses in original].

[B]Assessment
It appears that for male circumcision the most correct view is that it is obligatory, owing to the saying of Muhammad to the man who converted to Islam: “Remove your infidel hair and be circumcised.” This was obligatory--there was no alternative.

Regarding women, perhaps the most correct view is that it is recommended, however there is consensus that it is (at least) legitimate.

Muhammad also endorsed it, as was narrated in the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah, who used to circumcise girls. He said to her: “Reduce it, but do not remove too much, because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.”

He also said, “If you touch the two circumcisions, you must wash.” This shows that female circumcision was prevalent during his day, and he did not repudiate it. Nor did he stipulate anything else regarding female circumcision.

Perhaps the saying that it is (only) recommended is due to the pain women must go through to carry out the acts of al-fitrah, such as circumcision, as stated in the sound hadith. But as we mentioned, this is not evidence of it being confined only to men. The term circumcision was used for both men and women during Muhammad’s time. But it is clear that performing circumcision must be preferable to not performing it, especially when one considers that circumcision includes both pain and revealing one’s nakedness. Thus if there was no benefit to it, the Messenger of Allah would not have agreed to it. However there is still no evidence for making it obligatory. The fact that the Messenger of Allah agreed to it despite the pain and discovering one’s nakedness is not evidence for making it obligatory. Instead, this is evidence for preferring the action over not doing it, as we stated. (Muhammad’s) command to Umm ‘Atiyah is not a command to all women to (be circumcised), but rather he was regulating its practice. He was not telling her not to do it, he was telling her not to go too far and injure the women.

His command to the man who converted to Islam does not apply to women. Even though the principle is that “women are men’s sisters”, and women are often included when addressing men and vice versa, that only applies when there is no reason to differentiate between them. Here the issue is different for men and women. The man’s foreskin could trap urine at the end of it and affect his cleanliness. The issue is not the same for women. Therefore it is appropriate for this to be stressed more for men, and this is apparent in the words of scholars and the works of the ummah.

I have summed up the words of Muhammad and of scholars to show that circumcision is legitimate, and that the principal issue in the study is the limits of circumcision.

Paparock
05-06-2012, 03:31 PM
Muslim Cleric: Education ‘Dooms' Women


http://tribune.com.pk/story/374754/curtailing-immodesty-ex-lawmaker-decrees-against-female-education/


KOHISTAN / DASSU:

A former lawmaker and cleric from Kohistan district, Maulana Abdul Haleem, termed formal education for women un-Islamic and asked parents to pluck their daughters from school, or else they would be ‘doomed’.

The nonagenarian, who was elected to the National Assembly from Kohistan on the now-defunct Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s ticket in 2002, also railed against non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the region in his Friday sermon, calling them ‘hubs of immodesty’.

Nestled in the Himalayas, the Kohistan district is picturesque, but also one of the least-literate and least developed in the country.

Fiery sermon
Maulana Haleem, who was an office-bearer of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl until recently, was delivering a Friday sermon, at Jamia Masjid Komila, on who is dayoos, or those liable to be condemned to hell.

“It’s beghairti (immodesty) to equip girls with secular education,” the cleric said, adding that those Kohistani parents who were sending their girls to schools were acting against ‘Islamic shariah’ and the local customs.

“The Kohistani culture does not allow parents to send their pardadar (modest) girls to schools,” the former lawmaker said.

He did not spare female NGO workers either.

“Some women from these NGOs visit our houses frequently, mobilising naïve Kohistani women to follow their agenda in the name of health and hygiene education,” he said, adding that this was ‘unacceptable to Kohistani culture’. He threatened them with ‘dire consequences’, saying that married female NGO workers will be sent back to their husbands, and the unmarried ones will be wedded to Kohistani men.

During his stint as a parliamentarian, Maulana Haleem had also declared poppy cultivation in Kohistan ‘in accordance with Islam’.

Keeping women at home
When approached for comments, the cleric stood by the contents of his sermon, and insisted that several Hadith books prohibit girls from receiving degrees and certificates in ‘secular education’.

He did not actually quote any reference though. Asked to explain how parents would be doomed for their daughters’ education, the cleric said that formal education paves the way for girls to enter the job market. “When they permit their women to work, they give them a free hand to mix with na-mehrum (men they are not related to by blood) – by doing so, the girl’s father, brother or husband become dayoos in the eye of the shariah,” he said.

Such people will never enter Paradise, he added.

The only responsibility men owe to women is their sustenance, and not education, he said. In return, the women should stay at home and look after their children and family members, he added.

Asked if Islamic states like Saudi Arabia and Iran were violating shariah by spending billions on women’s education, Maulana Haleem termed their steps un-Islamic.

If the government is serious about bringing development to Kohistan, it should utilise NGOs’ funding itself with the help of local men.

Men working for these NGOs can continue their work though, he said, saying that is not against the shariah and local culture.

He claimed that 97% of girls schools in Kohistan were closed and the few girls that were enrolled, only visited their schools to collect cooking oil which the education department was distributing with the support of foreign donors.

Standing up for women
Assistant District Officer Education Kohistan Saiful Malook Khan refuted Haleem’s claim. There are 255 primary, 13 middle-level, and one high school for girls in the district, Khan said.

While the number is not large, over 12,000 girls are enrolled in primary schools and are regularly attending their classes, he said.

Several girls from Maulana Haleem’s hometown are attending school while some women from the Maulana’s family are also working as teachers in the district, he added. The area’s current elected representative, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Abdul Sattar Khan assured full support to female students and teachers in Kohistan.

If the region is to progress, Kohistani girls should study at least up to the matric level, he said. Omar Hayat, a social activist in Hazara, also condemned Maulana Haleem’s statement barring female NGO workers from working.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/374754/curtailing-immodesty-ex-lawmaker-decrees-against-female-education/

Paparock
05-06-2012, 03:54 PM
Recovering Women in Bangladesh (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16796198) (BBC)
A somewhat hopeful story of a woman struggling to recover from horrific abuse


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16796198


When doctors in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, told Hawa Akther Jui that she would be able to write again with her mutilated right hand, her joy knew no bounds.

Ms Akther, 21, had lost all hopes of writing again after her fingers were cut off, allegedly by her husband because she started attending a college without his permission.

Doctors at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Dhaka carried out a series of surgical operations on Ms Akther's hand, which involved setting up a splint between her thumb and wrist so that she can hold a pencil or a pen.

"The fact that I can write again has given me lots of hope and confidence. I have slowly started practising. I will continue my studies and achieve my aim of becoming a lawyer," Ms Akther said while sitting in her parents' one-bedroom house in the town of Narsingdi.

Ms Akther has just finished sitting her exams. She is not yet able to write independently. She dictates answers and her sister writes them. The college has given her extra 20 minutes for this.

Brutality
She said that her husband, Rafiqul Islam, attacked her soon after paying a surprise visit from his job in the United Arab Emirates in December.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/58183000/jpg/_58183836_58183835.jpg
Activists say that women from all classes are at risk of domestic violence

When she met him at a relative's house, she said, he blindfolded her, taped her mouth and chopped off her fingers with a meat cleaver. They could not be attached again as they were recovered too late from a dustbin.

Ms Akther said that her husband, who is not well educated, did not approve of her enrolling in a local college for higher studies.
Mr Islam is in custody.

Although domestic violence in Bangladesh is rife, the brutality of this particular incident shocked the nation and there was an outpouring of sympathy for Ms Akther.

When I met her soon after the attack, she appeared shocked and traumatised and broke down repeatedly while explaining what happened. At that time, she said, she had begun to practise writing with her left hand.

Months later, she appears confident and chats without any hesitation to a stream of visitors to her house.

Her wounds on the right hand have healed but there are no fingers beyond her knuckles and only a half thumb is remaining.

'Example to everyone'
The mutilation has definitely not dented her resolve to continue with her studies. She proves that by writing a few sentences using a pencil.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/59193000/jpg/_59193418_58184112.jpg
Ms Akther was lovingly nursed by her family immediately after the attack

"All those horrible things happened to me because I wanted to study. So, I will pursue my education. Doctors say I cannot write [in] my exam for three hours at a stretch. So, I need a writer for the exam. But I will continue practising with my right hand," she said.

Her determination to fulfil this objective has even tempted her to break rules at home.

"I had to register and pay exam fees three days after my fingers were cut off. So, my parents told me not to sit for them this year," she said.

"But I didn't want to miss it. So I took money from my mother's handbag without her knowledge and paid my fee," she said with a giggle.

Ms Akther also said she did not want to go back to her husband's family again and will seek a divorce "once everything is settled".

Her family is gradually coming to grips with the situation. They said despite promises of help from various quarters, they did not receive much financial assistance for Ms Akther's medical expenses.

"We want her to get educated so that she can be self-reliant. We will do whatever we can do to fulfil her dreams. I think my daughter will be an example to everyone," said Musammat Parveen, Ms Akther's mother.

"We need to make sure that no girl goes through this kind of suffering."

Women's rights activists in Bangladesh point out that the brutal attack on Ms Akther is part of a growing trend of violence against educated women.

In June last year, a university lecturer lost her eyesight in an attack allegedly carried out by her husband. She said it happened because he was jealous of her academic achievements.

He denied the allegations, but was unable to face trial because he died in prison before the case went to court.

The 2011 Human Rights Report by the Odhikar organisation points out that violence against women is on the rise in the country.

It said that more than 300 women may have been killed in dowry-related violence last year. In addition to this, dozens of women were also killed in rape and acid attacks.

"Domestic violence happens in all sections of the society and it is increasing. But very few women come forward to report these abuses because of the social stigma," Odhikar spokeswoman Taskin Fahmina said.

"Ms Akther's attempts to talk about this openly are a positive sign. The awareness is increasing, but the law should be implemented properly to punish those found guilty. That will send out a clear message to others."

The stoicism of women such as Ms Akther proves the old argument that education plays a vital role in creating more awareness of the scourge of domestic violence.

"I think women should get an education like men. Once they are educated, they don't have to rely on others," she asserts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16796198

Paparock
05-07-2012, 05:09 PM
French Cleric Calls for Immoral Women to be 'Whipped to Death'


http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=154028


Paris—The French finance ministry froze the assets of a radical imam from Tunisia who is under the threat of expulsion for anti-Semitism, an official announcement said. Mohammed Hammami, 76, has lived in France for decades and was accused in January by Interior Minister Claude Geant of making “violently anti-Semitic remarks” as well as calling for women to be “whipped to death” for adultery.Hammami was hospitalized in February for what his lawyer said was psychological and physical shock from the accusations and was unable to attend an expulsion hearing.

France expelled two Islamic radicals in April and was planning to deport three more as part of a crackdown announced after a gunman of Algerian decent killed seven people in the city of Toulouse.Gueant said an Islamist militant of Algerian origin who had previously been sentenced for his role in a 1994 Marrakech terrorist attack, was expelled for renewing ties in radical Islamic movements.

A preacher of Malian origin was deported for promoting anti-Semitism, advocating the full face veil and rejecting the West.

Meanwhile Imams from Saudi Arabia and Turkey as well as a suspected Tunisian militant, who called for the death of all those who deviate from Islam, were due to be expelled, an Interior Ministry statement said, adding that other expulsions would take place soon.—INP

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=154028

Paparock
05-08-2012, 06:36 PM
Violence Against Women Soars 150% in Three Years (Turkey)


http://www.todayszaman.com/news-279672-gender-based-violence-nearly-doubles-in-3-years-report-says.html


Violence against women in Turkey increased one-and-a-half times between 2008 and 2011, according to a parliamentary report released over the weekend.

The parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission's sub-commission on violence against women and family members compiled information from applications submitted to the gendarmerie and police stations between 2008 and 2011. The cases included honor-based crimes, sexual harassment and assault, the promotion of prostitution, intentional injury, torture, the sexual abuse of minors, fraudulent marriage and forced marriage.

Violence against women increased one-and-a-half times between 2008 and 2011, according to the sub-commission's report. In 2008, Turkey witnessed 48,000 incidents of gender-based violence; that figure jumped to 80,398 in 2011.

Bilecik, Elazığ, Isparta, Karaman, Kayseri, Denizli and Bartın had the greatest numbers of reports of gender-based violence in the three-year period, according to the report's findings. İstanbul, Turkey's most densely populated province, ranked 65th out of 81 provinces in terms of reports of gender-based violence per capita. The Turkish capital of Ankara ranked 46th and major city İzmir ranked 17th.

The provinces with the greatest increase in gender-based violence were Trabzon and Ağrı. Both provinces saw the number of reported cases of violence against women increase five-fold.

Whether violence against women is indeed increasing in Turkey has been a highly contentious point of debate, with suggested figures differing among political parties, sociologists and activists. While some point to research that shows an increase in reported incidents of violence, others such as Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin argue the increase is a sign of the greater visibility of the issue in the media and in society.

Some sociologists argue that if there has been an actual hike in gender-based violence, it could be a repressive, patriarchal backlash against enhanced women's rights and place in the workforce.

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-279672-gender-based-violence-nearly-doubles-in-3-years-report-says.html

Paparock
05-09-2012, 05:22 PM
'Become a Muslim and We'll Spare Your Life' (http://www.persecution.org/2012/05/08/egypts-lost-daughters-the-abduction-of-christian-girls/) (Persecution)
The abduction of Christian girls is reaching epidemic proportions in Egypt.


View It All Here>http://www.persecution.org/2012/05/08/egypts-lost-daughters-the-abduction-of-christian-girls/ (http://www.persecution.org/2012/05/08/egypts-lost-daughters-the-abduction-of-christian-girls/)

Paparock
05-10-2012, 04:15 PM
Pakistan:
Hindu girl Rinkle Kumari kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam

http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta2/tft/article.php?issue=20120413&page=9

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/pakistan-hindu-girl-rinkle-kumari-kidnapped-and-forcibly-converted-to-islam.html


"It has been decades that Hindu girls have been abducted and forcibly converted. We hear little or no voice at all against this oppression." Indeed, this is a human rights abuse that the world ignores. Mustn't be "Islamophobic," after all. No Compulsion In Religion Update: "Opinion: Rinkle Kumari - the new Marvi of Sindh," by Marvi Sirmed in the Friday Times (http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta2/tft/article.php?issue=20120413&page=9), April 13-19 edition:
Malalai Yusafzai, the brilliant Pakistani girl who defied Taliban's dictation and stood firm on getting educated and persuaded her peers to do so, is a face of Pakistan that we all want to see. More and more. With pride and denial. We like to see Malalai in denial of Rinkle. Rinkle Kumari, the 19 years old Sindhi Hindu girl who was kidnapped and allegedly forcibly converted to Islam before coercively marrying her to a Muslim Naveed Shah. The ones who show this uncomfortable face of Pakistan are condemned to be the 'traitors' and 'Pakistan-haters'. If trying to correct these painful imperfections of our society is treason, let me commit it for once. Rinkle's story needs to be told loudly and to everyone.Rinkle was kidnapped on February 24 by Naveed Shah and four other people. Police refused to lodge an FIR and to include the names of the influential Mian Aslam, Mian Rafique and their father Mian Mithu. She was produced in the court of Civil Judge Ghotki where she insisted on going to her family but the judge illegally sent her to the police custody in Sukkur Women's Police Station.

What will Rinkle's family and the threatened Hindu community of District Ghotki do if Rinkle is allowed to join her family after the hearing on March 18? Who will provide security to them?

In sheer mockery of the President of Pakistan and his party Co-Chairperson, Mithu announced in front of many civil society activists that if Rinkle's custody is snatched from him, he will set Mirpur Mathelo ablaze. The president had given a media statement against forced conversions earlier that day. "Come what may, justice will have to prevail" was the answer in a firm strong voice when I asked Raj Kumar, Rinkle's uncle, if he was scared. Probably this resolve has come from years of persecution and injustice. "It has been decades that Hindu girls have been abducted and forcibly converted. We hear little or no voice at all against this oppression," said Amar Lal, counsel to Rinkle Kumari's family.

Notwithstanding the support that media and civil society demonstrated for Rinkle, the state response remains an enigma. The Chief Justice of Supreme Court opened a long pending constitutional petition against forced conversions, filed in 2007 by Pakistan Hindu Council, and contained the names of three relatively recent cases of forced conversions including Rinkle Kumari. It was this intervention that finally infused courage in Rinkle Kumari, who spoke her heart to the CJ in camera on March 26, following which he announced in presence of national and international media that Rinkle wanted to go to her mother while Lata was double minded.

He ascertained that the girls seemed to be under serious pressure, were continuously crying, were refusing to go with police. In such circumstances, honourable Chief Justice opined that before recording any free-will statement, they should be provided free atmosphere. He ordered to shift her to Panah, the shelter home run by Justice (R) Majida Razvi in Karachi. As soon as he made this announcement, Rinkle screamed in front of media that she wanted to go to her mother.

The Hindu community was stopped from attending court proceedings in Mirpur Mathelo.

After the CJ passed orders to shift her to the shelter house, Rinkle started crying and screaming in the court, as reported by KTN TV channel, that she wanted to go to her mother. She also shrieked ear-piercingly that she will not go to the shelter house and would rather like to sleep in the court. It was heart rending to hear her say in the court that she doubted if she could get any justice in a system where majority is Muslim and wanted to make her Muslim forcibly, which is why she thought they were helping each other, not her. Prior to this hearing, every event that happened under this case screamed at the loudest, sheer weakness of the system of justice, moral bankruptcy in our institutions, our collective hypocrisy and helplessness of the highest state authorities to reign in the rogue elements of the society.

Hindu community was completely banished from attending court proceedings in Mirpur Mathelo, the other party, however, did not have any such pressure. While only four family members of Rinkle Kumari were allowed in the premises and only two in the courtroom, thousands of Mithu's men chanted slogans outside the court and hundreds were present inside the court. An open display of weapons was a clear message to the court and judges, who could not ask any of the weapon-wielding Allah-o-Akbar chanting beards out of the court. Under these circumstances, when Rinkle was still in police custody, god knows how she managed to organize a press conference among, of course, Mian Mithu's men and with a Bluetooth mobile device stuck in her right ear. West is bad for conspiring against Islam, but Western technology is apparently good for Islam's spread!

When she was being dictated via blue tooth, Rinkle tried hard to satisfy questioning journalists and forgot what inspired her to embrace Islam. 'Sura Eeklus', she tried to pronounce Sura Ikhlaas twice, unsuccessfully though. When asked about the meaning or gist of the contents of Sura Ikhlas, she was dumbstuck and was forcibly taken out by Mithu's son. Yes, you read it right. While in Police custody, she was under complete control of Mithu's men. Media also learned in this press conference that Rinkle actually does not even know Naveed Shah, who she was married to hours after abduction. At 5am she was abducted from her home on February 24, at 3pm the same day she was married. Honourable Court might ask Mithu what made him make this important decision of the life of an independent woman, even if she had embraced Islam, in such a hurry?
Read it all (http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta2/tft/article.php?issue=20120413&page=9). And there is much more about this issue here (http://marvisirmed.com/) and here (http://rinklecase.blogspot.in/2012/05/translating-account-form-close-friend.html).

Paparock
05-10-2012, 04:38 PM
Indonesia: Islamic supremacists stall gender equality bill


http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107725

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/indonesia-islamic-supremacists-misunderstand-islam-stall-gender-equality-bill.html


Now wait a minute. Muslim spokesmen in the West constantly insist that Islam respects women; some even claim that Islam grants them equality of rights with men (see, for example, here (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/08/transcript-zayedspencer-debate-on-does-islam-guarantee-women-equality-of-rights-with-men.html)). And yet Muslims in Indonesia are opposing the gender equality bill on Islamic grounds. And oddly enough, the Muslim spokesmen in the U.S. and Europe who insist that Islam grants women equality of rights will not say a word about their Indonesian coreligionists, but will simply ignore them while continuing to brand as greasy Islamophobes the non-Muslims in the West who dare to point out the religiously-sanctioned mistreatment of women in Islam.

"Islamists Stall Gender Equality Bill," by Kafil Yamin for IPS (http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107725), May 9:
JAKARTA, May 9, 2012 (IPS) - The fate of a gender equality bill pending in Indonesia’s parliament and aligned with the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms discrimination against women (CEDAW) has become uncertain after falling afoul of powerful Islamist groups.

No fewer than six major Islamic organisations have formally objected to the equality bill on the ground that some of its articles go against Islamic values in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation where 80 percent of its 238 million people are followers of the faith.

Organisations opposed to the bill include the influential Indonesian Ulema Council, the Indonesian Consultative Council for Muslim Women Organisations, Aisyiah, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) and the Islamic Community Party.

Iffah Ainur Rochmah, spokeswoman for HTI, said after an important consultation with parliament’s commission on religion and social affairs held on Mar. 16 that gender equality and policies that encourage women to seek employment could only lead to conflicts within marriages.

According to Rochmah, divorce rates among female teachers were high because "wives with better earnings may feel superior to men leading to conflict."

The bill goes against the grain of the Islamic Shariah law on inheritance which favours males. It also allows a man or a woman to freely choose a marriage partner regardless of religious persuasion and seeks to legalise homosexual or lesbian marriages.

Many ordinary women now accuse non-government organisations (NGOs) such as the international Women Against Shariah (WAS) of creating confusion in Indonesian society that has set notions about the place of men and women in it.

According to WAS, Shariah law imposes second class status on women and is incompatible with the basic principles of human rights that include equality under the law and the protection of individual freedoms....

Indonesia’s women empowerment and children protection ministry reports that the number of domestic violence cases has increased during the last two years - 105,103 cases in 2010 and 119,107 cases in 2011.

But, what irks many ordinary women is allegedly hyped up data on gender violence released by some NGOs. "It’s amazing how these NGOs can collect data so easily in a large and diverse country like Indonesia. We are a society that keeps domestic affairs out of public view," Amira said.

Yeni Huriani, a lecturer at the State Islamic University of Bandung, says many NGOs have no credibility. "Let’s be honest, there are some NGOs who attempt to draw public attention by creating controversy and may possibly be trying to attract donor funds," she said.

Recently an obscure NGO, Keadilan Jender dan Hak Asasi Manusia (Gender Justice and Human Rights), published a survey alleging that students of Islamic boarding schools in Central Java have become the victims of sexual abuse by their teachers.

Although the survey did not cite any responsible teacher, student or manager of any Islamic school, it found its way to the popular ‘Solopos’ tabloid, sparking outrage among Muslim leaders, academics, and students.

"How can such unreliable information be spread among the public? Sadly, this is the kind of information that is used by feminist lobbyists to press their agenda," Huriani said.

"This is the work of radical feminists who are fed by the West," Kirana Andilycia, a housewife, commented in the Facebook group ‘No to Gender Equality Bill’. "It has been stamped in their minds that Muslim women are oppressed, beaten, and excluded from public positions, although the facts are different."

Andilycia said it is not difficult to see that the real aspirations of Indonesian women are not reflected in the bill. "I think freeing women from breastfeeding and demanding 30 percent of (parliament) house seats are a bit much. That is not what Indonesian women want.

"We will stick to Islamic teaching in women’s affairs. God created women different from men. Our duties and responsibilities are different. Our tendencies and inclinations are different. But we are equal as human beings, as God’s creatures."...

Paparock
05-10-2012, 06:22 PM
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Paparock
05-10-2012, 06:54 PM
Islamic Hardliners Force Afghan Girl's School to Close


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/09/us-afghanistan-schools-girls-idUSBRE8480ZT20120509


(Reuters) - Headmaster Abdul Rahman was heading to work when a man he believes was a member of the Taliban accosted him and warned him to shut his high school in eastern Afghanistan or face the consequences.

Rahman agreed and his school, which teaches girls and boys, became one of more than 100 mixed or girls' schools that have closed in Ghazni province in recent weeks, in what the Ministry of Education says is a Taliban campaign against educating girls.

Rahman has since re-opened his school, just south of provincial capital Ghazni, but is having difficulty in persuading students to return.

"We now have to prove to families that nothing bad will happen to their children," Rahman told Reuters at the one-storey, bright yellow school building, built three years ago by foreign troops.

Afghan girls were banned from receiving an education and women were not allowed to work or vote under the five-year rule of the hardline Islamist Taliban.

Since the group was toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in 2001, women have won back those rights. But the situation remains precarious and the future uncertain as the Afghan government and U.S. officials try to negotiate with the Taliban for a peaceful settlement to the end of the increasingly unpopular war, which just entered its 11th year.

The Ministry of Education says 550 schools in 11 provinces where the Taliban enjoy popular support have been shut recently.

"Most of these are girls' schools and it is obvious that the Taliban are responsible for the threats against them," ministry spokesman Amanullah Iman said. The Taliban denied involvement.

Earlier this week unknown attackers burned down a large girls' school in Khogiani district in Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan (http://www.reuters.com/places/pakistan). Five more girls' schools in that district have since shut, said regional education spokesman Asif Shinwari.

Also this week, a roadside bomb in eastern Paktika province targeted the vehicle of five education department workers but missed. They were later gunned down in a firefight, local officials said.

HARDLINE IDEOLOGIES
In southern Helmand province, a bastion of the Taliban, education official Mohammad Sarhadi said they have managed to reopen only 100 of the 170 that were forced to shut in recent months.

President Hamid Karzai, who has taken to calling the Taliban "brothers" in recent speeches, urged the group to stop their campaign against education. "I call on the Taliban elders to avoid this and let our children get educated," he said in a radio address last week.

The Taliban blamed the government for the schools' closure. "The enemy is stirring propaganda against us," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.
Mujahid said the Taliban deemed education "a necessity", and added that their children attended schools in rural areas.

Senior Afghan peace negotiators say the Taliban are willing to soften their hardline ideologies in an attempt to regain a share of power, and the group has said it is open to domestic business and wants to treat all ethnic groups equally.

But when asked if the Taliban now supported girls' education, Mujahid said: "It is too early to discuss this."

Parents are terrified of sending daughters to school even in the capital Kabul, where the Afghan government and a heavy NATO and foreign diplomatic presence maintain security.

"I am scared my daughters will get poisoned or killed while going to school, " said father Abdul Satar, from the north of the city.

Last year girls at a school near Kabul survived a poisoning attack, similar to that last month in northern Takhar province, where 150 girls became ill after drinking contaminated water in what officials said was an attack by conservative radicals.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/09/us-afghanistan-schools-girls-idUSBRE8480ZT20120509

Paparock
05-12-2012, 06:03 PM
Morocco: Pious Muslims stone and beat woman wearing dress they thought too revealing

http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/2012/05/11/feature-02

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/morocco-pious-muslims-stone-and-beat-woman-wearing-dress-they-thought-too-revealing.html


Wearing revealing clothing: haram. Assaulting a woman wearing revealing clothing, and stripping her naked in public: halal. "Rabat Salafists assault woman over dress," by Mohamed Saadouni for Magharebia (http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/2012/05/11/feature-02), May 11:
Intense debate on personal freedoms renewed recently in Morocco after a young woman wearing a short modern dress in a Rabat market was assaulted by people described as Salafists.

Witnesses told Magharebia the girl was stoned and beaten because she was wearing clothes that were too revealing in the eyes of the assailants.

Human rights and women's organisations issued statements denouncing the assault on the Moroccan girl, during which she was stripped of her clothes entirely. Young Moroccan men and women turned to Facebook and online groups to call for protection of individual freedoms in Morocco, including the group "Débardeur and I am fine."

"Though this incident appeared in the media and gained wider attention, that does not mean it is not repeated on an almost regular or semi-daily basis in all the alleys and streets of our cities. It may not end in stripping the girl of her clothing, but the verbal and physical harassment that women may experience is sometimes more heinous and horrible," said Nora Al-Fuari, an activist journalist at the Al-Sabah daily and a member of the Facebook group.

"From here came the idea of creating this page on Facebook, which we made open to everyone, including those in hijab or niqab, or the 'coarse' males who share the same vision with us. The selection of Débardeur is just a symbol, in reference to freedom—the freedom of women to wear what they want. Débardeur was mother of the 'short skirt'," she added. "In the end, the body is her body and no one has the right to confiscate it."

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane responded to the controversy by speaking out in defence of personal liberties.
"I believe in freedom, God created us free," the prime minister said. "Who is Benkirane to tell Moroccans to shave your beards or to impose the hijab? Individual liberties are sacred and are not to be touched," he added.

Meanwhile, a Salafist supporter on the Facebook page going by the name Abu Ayyub clung to the necessity of Moroccan women to respect the requirements of Islamic dress. He contended that there was a legitimate "Sharia" dress that must be abided by.

"We must abide by the teachings of our Islamic religion, which calls on women to cover up their charms and abide by the veil imposed on Muslim women. I'm against calls for women to reveal their charms, and that must be countered firmly and with stricter protection of morality," the commenter wrote....

Paparock
05-12-2012, 06:33 PM
Pak. Police Protect Muslim Rapist of 12-Year-Old Catholic Girl


http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=3503


Kasur, Pakistan: May 7, 2012. (PCP) A 12 years old Catholic Christian girl named Khalida Hamid tells horrified incident of rape in his village one year ago. “On 5th May 2011, at 7: 00 PM, I went to by sugar from a shop, in routine mostly I bought things from shop, so, I bought sugar and I was coming back to my home while electricity was not working of whole village. There were the corn fields in front of our house because our house is outside the village. So, when I reached near my house, Muhammad Riaz son of Muhammad Hanif caught me and kept his hand on my mouth and pulled me in the corn crops. I started to cry as he tore my cloths, I requested please forgive me, forgive me but his mind was like a beast and he started to rape with me and I cried very loudly. After that I got senseless”

Hamid Masih aged 41, who is father of rape victim girl Khalida Hamid tell his account of incident and struggle to ensure justice for his daughter “On 5th May 2011 at about 7pm we were sitting at our home and two my friend ‘Sadar Masih son of Fjaa Masih and Akram Masih son of Bali Masih” were also there at my home. We heard the cry of a girl, and we try to search place, because of dark we get torch, searched the place and I saw my daughter Khalida nearly, she was naked, senseless and wet with blood, I understood that anybody raped with my daughter and it was the crying of my daughter. I try to wear her cloths, but it was really unbearable for me, I also got senseless for short time. Then I and my friends took my daughter at my house. It was a big shock for my whole family as they all know the situation. On the other hand bleeding was nothing stopped. We called Lady Doctor at our home; she refused to cure and told that it is raped case so you took her in Government hospital. After half an hour Khalida came in sense. Khalida told that when I was buying sugar from the shop Muhammad Riaz was also buying some grocery from the same shop, when I was coming back my home, Muhammad Riaz was also coming behind me. When I reached near my house Muhammad Riaz strictly shut my mouth with hand and pulled me in crops. I requested to release me but he raped with me and he ran away by seeing my bad condition”

Hamid Masih said that after hearing the story, I went with my friends at Muhammad Riaz’s home. I met his father and told him whole story. After listening my words, He got angry and said you want only insult us in the town, the story is totally wrong which you are telling. He abused us and said leave our place and go away now, what you want to do, you are Christian and you can’t do anything against us. It is Islamic country and court, police, government is Islamic, so you are nothing. I hurt badly.

“I came back home, took my daughter in Police station and registered a case against Muhammad Riaz “FIR No.331/11, Offense No. 376” in Fathay pure police station Saddar Kasour city. The Police arrested him and Muhammad Riaz got confirms bail and he released within 5 days. Even police arrested him just as a formality to satisfy me while police was supporting him. After his release I just got more pressure for compromise from Muhammad Riaz’s family because they are very strong. My Christian friends Sadar Masih and Akram Masih left me soon by seeing the family pressure. By money and politically that family is very strong while I have no money for Hire an advocate. So, now a day they pressurizing and insulting me that what you can do against us, one day you will must force to compromise with us” said Hamid Masih

Hamid said that it is true they are strong even they stopped DNA test report which was the proof against Muhammad Riaz. Only medical report I could get in which rape is clear. I am very weak by money and politically, It is my prayer to God, He will give me peace and justice in this situation while I am helpless, poor against a strong Muslim family.

Pastor Rafique Bhatti of Stephens Shaheed Foundation (reg) Pakistan said “I found this person is spiritual, and the story of his daughter is true, opposite family is strong. By seeing the tears in daughter’s and family member’s eyes and their helplessness, I request President (UCF) we need legal advisor’s fee, DNA test report fee, travailing, communication and some support for this poor family. Please help us in this matter we can get justice if you support immediately. On 15th May we have one trial date and may be one more trial date in the court of additional session Judge Kasour, in these dates if we provide DNA test report with senior legal advisor, Muhammad Riaz can go in jail for 25 years”

Mr. Pervez Masih, President of UCF said that I want to inform that during reporting, I came to know by some villagers ( Muhammad Asrif, Sarwar Masih, Kala Masih and Namdad Masih), Kahlida’s family is in much difficult time, not safe here. Opposite family is planning against them, if they don’t accept their offer for compromising, they will kill them and fired home badly and take action against them on religious issues.

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=3503

Paparock
05-12-2012, 06:48 PM
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May 8, 2012 Special Dispatch No.4707



http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm

Former Pakistani Lawmaker Denounces Secular Education for Women, Justifies Honor Killings: "Killing of Women In the Name of Honor Is a 'Local Custom and Religious Practice,'" Warns Female Western NGO Staff that They will Be Captured and Given Away as Brides


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Maulana Abdul Haleem

In a Friday sermon, former Pakistani lawmaker and prominent Islamic cleric Maulana Abdul Haleem justified honor killings of women who opt for secular education, and has threatened to forcibly marry off female staff of secular non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who visit the district of Kohistan to work with women's education, health, and other welfare projects.

Maulana Abdul Haleem, who was born in 1922 in the town of Pattan in Kohistan district, is a member of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) party and is known to have nurtured a generation of Islamic clerics in Pakistan. In 2002 he was elected a Member of the National Assembly, the lower house of the parliament, from the platform of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), an alliance of religious-political parties cobbled together at the behest of then-Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.

According to a Pakistani daily, during his stint as an MP, Maulana Abdul Haleem also declared poppy cultivation in Kohistan to be "in accordance with Islam."[1] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn1)

According to a Pakistani website, Maulana Abdul Haleem is a father of eight sons and seven daughters, and his hobbies include delivering religious education in the form of dars, lessons in the Koran and Hadith.[2] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn2)

The warning against female staff of NGOs was issued in a Friday sermon at the central mosque in the town of Kamila in Kohistan district in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and was confirmed in comments to journalists afterwards.[3] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn3) Following the sermon, a journalist asked him if Islamic nations like Saudi Arabia and Iran are violating shari'ah by spending billions on women's education, Maulana Haleem termed their steps as "un-Islamic."[4] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn4)

Following are excerpts from Maulana Abdul Haleem's sermon, as quoted in various Pakistani newspapers:

On the Modesty Code for Women and Secular Education: "It's Beghairti (Immodesty) to Equip Girls With A Secular Education"; "If A Woman Gets Education, She Would Also Seek A Job, Which Islam Doesn't Allow

"It's beghairti (immodesty) to equip girls with a secular education…. The Kohistani parents who are sending their girls to schools are acting against 'Islamic Shariah' and the local customs…. The Kohistani culture does not allow parents to send their pardadar (modest) girls to schools."[5] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn5)

"The 'secular' education of women is against Islamic injunctions… If a woman gets education, she would also seek a job, which Islam doesn't allow in any way…."[6] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn6)

"Getting education for degrees by women is repugnant to Islamic injunctions, because if a woman gets a degree, she may use it for job, an act which Islam doesn't allow in absence of mehram (close relatives)…."[7] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn7)

"Several Hadith books prohibit girls from receiving degrees and certificates in 'secular education'…. Formal education paves the way for girls to enter the job market."[8] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn8)

On Men's Role Vis-à-vis Women: "The Only Responsibility Men Owe to Women is Sustenance, Not Education…. In Return, the Women should Stay at Home and Look After Their Children"

"When they permit their women to work, they give them a free hand to mix with [I]na-mehrum (men to whom they are not related blood) – by doing so, the girl's father, brother or husband become dayoos [someone who accepts the wrongdoings of female family members] in the eye of the shari'a…."[9] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn9)

"Such people will never enter Paradise….[10] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn10)

"The only responsibility men owe to women is sustenance, not education…. In return, the women should stay at home and look after their children and relatives…."[11] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn11)

"Killing of women in the name of honor is a 'local custom and religious practice' in Kohistan…. If someone witnesses female relatives roaming with ghair mehram (other than close relatives), he can kill her without producing four witnesses [as required under Islamic law for such a punishment]."[12] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn12)

The Threat Against NGOs: "If Women Working in NGOs Enter Kohistan, We Won't Spare Them; We'll Solemnize Their [I]Nikkah (Marriage) with Local Men"

"Some women from these NGOs visit our houses frequently, mobilizing naive Kohistani women to follow their agenda in the name of health and hygiene education…. This is 'unacceptable to Kohistani culture' …. [They will face] 'dire consequences' …. [and] married female NGO workers will be sent back to their husbands, and the unmarried ones will be wedded to Kohistani men."[13] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn13)

"If the NGOs wanted to work for womenfolk in the district [Kohistan] they should come through proper channel and utilize the government departments. People of Kohistan cannot be influenced by women, and NGOs should immediately stop the practice of sending women to Kohistan, or prepare for the consequences…."[14] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn14)

"If the government is serious about bringing development to Kohistan, it should utilize NGOs' funding itself with the help of local men. Men working for these NGOs can continue their work though… that is not against the Shariah and local culture."[15] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn15)

"These [girls'] schools have become cattle pens while the teachers received salaries without carrying out their duties."[16] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn16)

"If women working in NGOs enter Kohistan, we won't spare them; we will solemnize their nikkah (marriage) with local men."[17] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_edn17)


Endnotes:
[1] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref1) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[2] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref2) http://elections.com.pk/candidatedetails.php?id=127 (http://elections.com.pk/candidatedetails.php?id=127), accessed May 7, 2012. The original English of all reports cited in this dispatch has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

[3] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref3) The News (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[4] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref4) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[5] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref5) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[6] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref6) The News (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[7] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref7) Dawn (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[8] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref8) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[9] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref9) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[10] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref10) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[11] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref11) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[12] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref12) Dawn (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[13] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref13) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[14] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref14) The News (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[15] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref15) The Express Tribune (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[16] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref16) The News (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

[17] (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm#_ednref17) Dawn (Pakistan), May 6, 2012.

http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6345.htm

Paparock
05-13-2012, 03:19 PM
Stories Of Many Afghan Women Remain Untold

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8t8HcXAaW4

Paparock
05-13-2012, 03:49 PM
Woman Beaten, Stoned and Stripped by Salafists over Short Skirt
By Ambrosia Sabrina (http://www.ibtimes.com/archives/articles/reporters/ambrosia-sabrina/)


http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/340410/20120513/moroccan-woman-beaten-stoned-striped-salafists-revealing.htm


A Moroccan woman was reportedly stripped off her cloths in broad daylight after an ultra-conservative Islamist sect deemed her attire to be "too revealing" and not in line with religious code of conduct in the country.

The young woman, whose name and age remains undisclosed, was said to have been beaten and stoned for wearing a "short dress" at a market place in the city of Rabat, reported North African news website Magharebia. It was not known when the incident had happened.

The assault was reportedly carried out by Salafists, an extremist group who in recent years are believed to have a link with Al-Qaeda (http://www.ibtimes.com/topics/detail/88/al-qaeda/). The attack reportedly came on the heels of an announcement made by Quran reciter Abu Zeid, who called for a particular day to be consigned to "chastity and modesty", the report said.

The incident fuelled outrage among several human support organizations, especially women's right groups, who condemned the attack and brought to light the deficit in women's freedom in the country. Many Moroccans even took to Facebook (http://www.ibtimes.com/topics/detail/372/facebook/) to decry the assault and necessitate the increased protection of personal liberties, the publication said.

"Though this incident appeared in the media and gained wider attention, that does not mean it is not repeated on an almost regular or semi-daily basis in all the alleys and streets of our cities," activist journalist Nora Al-Fuari from the Al-Sabah daily said, according to the report.

"It may not end in stripping the girl off her clothing, but the verbal and physical harassment that women may experience is sometimes more heinous and horrible".

The incident also drew Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's attention. Benkirane reportedly said, "Individual liberties are sacred and are not to be touched".

Prior to becoming prime minister, Benkirane had said in statement that he "will never ask if a woman is wearing a short skirt or a long skirt."

Baghdad-based rights organization Beit Al-Hikma cited "a government headed by an Islamic party" as perpetuators of the attack, and that the incident "would block the move towards democracy, freedoms and the rule of law".

With over 98 percent of the population being Muslims, Morocco (http://www.ibtimes.com/topics/detail/538/morocco/) imposes idealistic concepts of Islam on its women population. These women, however, enjoy far more rights compared to women in other Muslim-dominated countries, and hold positions in several jobs strictly designated for men, according to the Professional Women's Network.


http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/340410/20120513/moroccan-woman-beaten-stoned-striped-salafists-revealing.htm

Paparock
05-15-2012, 02:39 AM
Muslim Brotherhood Offers Free Genital Mutilation (http://bikyamasr.com/68750/egypts-brotherhood-mobile-fgm-convoys-condemned-by-womens-group/)
Egypt’s Brotherhood Mobile FGM Convoys Condemned by Women’s Group


http://bikyamasr.com/68750/egypts-brotherhood-mobile-fgm-convoys-condemned-by-womens-group/


http://cdn.bikyamasr.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FGM-Egypt-300x199.jpg (http://cdn.bikyamasr.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FGM-Egypt.jpg)
Education key to ending FGM in Egypt.


CAIRO: A number of Egyptian human rights groups have submitted a communication to the Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud against the Muslim Brotherhood`s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) to investigate the complaints of people in the village of Abu Aziz in the Minya governorate, south of Cairo, over the existence of a large medical convoy organized by the party that wanders streets and does medical examination on people, including female circumcision, or female genital mutilation, in violation of Egyptian law, conventions and treaties signed by Egypt.

In Egypt’s legal code, Female Genital Mutilation is criminalized, as well as the inciting by doctors to convince families of the young girls of the need to agree to circumcise their daughters, “as a matter of preserving chastity.”

The communication demanded Mervat Tallawy, the head of the National Council for Women (NCW) and Major General Seraj EL Din El Rouby, the Governor of Minya, and Nasr El Sayed , Assistant Minister for primary health care, and preventive medicine, and family planning, to intervene to stop what it called “a farce propaganda for free circumcision, which was organized by one of the political parties, in Minya governorate to promote circumcision.”

The communication came after reports were circulated on news websites and social networking websites, including Facebook and Twitter about a convoy organized by the FJP to promote circumcision among girls in Minya.

Tallawy, on Sunday, held a meeting with the governor of Minya to discuss the mechanisms of organizing awareness campaigns and seminars for women in the governorate, on how to address and fight against female genital mutilation, “which is being carried out by the FJP in the governorate.”

Tallawy called on the Governor of Minya to combat such operations, and to spread awareness in the governorate, and to “coordinate with the Council in any issue related to women.”

The National Council for Women denounced the statements issued by the Secretary of the Freedom and Justice Party for the People’s Assembly on female circumcision, pointing out that such an act and calls “may put the person who promotes it under penalty of law because FGM is criminalized, and against human rights in general and women in particular.”

The Council said it would not stand silent and will “combat these calls, which is an affront to Egyptian women, especially since the law criminalizes this act,” pointing out that the attempts by some to ignore this law and the abolition of the law that bans FGM.

The council added that “the call for female circumcision is totally unacceptable.”

The NCW said it will adopt an awareness campaign in various governorates in Egypt to address the grave consequences of female genital mutilation and, appealing to citizens, especially women, “not to respond to calls for this illegal act, which violates the dignity and rights of women,” and calling for lawmakers to “comply with the law and address such propaganda for free circumcision.”

http://bikyamasr.com/68750/egypts-brotherhood-mobile-fgm-convoys-condemned-by-womens-group/

New Ron
05-15-2012, 03:28 AM
Muslim Brotherhood Offers Free Genital Mutilation (http://bikyamasr.com/68750/egypts-brotherhood-mobile-fgm-convoys-condemned-by-womens-group/)
Egypt’s Brotherhood Mobile FGM Convoys Condemned by Women’s Group


http://bikyamasr.com/68750/egypts-brotherhood-mobile-fgm-convoys-condemned-by-womens-group/


http://cdn.bikyamasr.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FGM-Egypt-300x199.jpg (http://cdn.bikyamasr.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FGM-Egypt.jpg)
Education key to ending FGM in Egypt.

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Horrible stuff :/

And what are the feminists in America doign about it? Probably nothing.

Paparock
05-15-2012, 03:47 AM
Horrible stuff :/

And what are the feminists in America doign about it? Probably nothing.

No probable about it. American Feminists are hypocrites and cowards (in my opinion) especially when it comes to Islam. They practice the see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil unless it comes to Israel or involves conservatives; then they will scream and protest.

New Ron
05-16-2012, 05:55 AM
No probable about it. American Feminists are hypocrites and cowards (in my opinion) especially when it comes to Islam. They practice the see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil unless it comes to Israel or involves conservatives; then they will scream and protest.

Ive heard that the American Pediatric Medical have even decided to allow partial cutting of the clitoris in American medical establishments, in order to stop people from sending their daughters abroad to get the full clitoris cut off.

As if it should be a choice between partial mutilation or complete!

In France the same thing was discussed but was denied by both the left and right. In Europe and in France specifically while lacking many principles the feminsts there and law makers are unlike their American counter parts when it comes to womens rights.

The primitive africans, be they muslims or christians need to leave their SAVAGE practices in their own countries when they come to the West. This is why many are fed up with multiculturalism!

New Ron
05-16-2012, 05:58 AM
Father-in-law, 56, who kept son's 22-year-old Pakistani bride as a sex slave was caught when she learned enough English to call 999

Evil 56-year-old made his victim swear on the Koran that she would keep the abuse secret

The woman came to the UK speaking no English following an arranged marriage

After three months of abuse the bride, 22, was able to speak enough of the language to tell police

Depraved sexual attacks caused the women to contemplate suicide
Husband stopped staying with his parents, leaving vulnerable bride at his father's mercy

By TOM GARDNER
PUBLISHED: 12:19 GMT, 15 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:23 GMT, 15 May 2012
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Abuse: The victim, who cannot be identified, became a slave to her abuser, the court heard

An evil father-in-law who imprisoned his son’s Pakistani bride as a sex slave has been jailed – after his victim learned enough English to call police and beg for help.
The depraved 56-year-old stripped the bride of her jewellery and passport after she came to Britain following an arranged marriage, a court heard.

He made her swear on the Koran that she would keep the abuse a secret and promised to heap shame on her by forcing her to divorce his son if she refused his demands for sex.
But after more than three months of abuse, she summoned the little English she had picked up and called 999 at dead of night to plead with the police for help.
Her life was such unbearable misery that she contemplated suicide, Bradford Crown Court heard, after her husband effectively abandoned her at his parents' home.

The defendant, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, subjected the 22-year-old to ‘repeated and sustained’ sexual abuse, scratching her arm with a screwdriver and burning her with an iron to reinforce his authority over her, the court heard.


Prosecutor Richard Clews said he told her not to wear underwear to make the abuse easier. He molested her when his wife was out, after locking the house doors.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, made his victim do the housework, care for his grandchildren and bring him breakfast in bed.
Mr Clews said the bride spoke no English when she came to the UK in 2008, aged 18, following an arranged marriage.

Her husband stayed out late and then stopped coming back to his parents’ home at all, leaving his bride under the power and control of her father-in-law.

Anguish: Bradford Crown Court heard harrowing details of the crimes against the 22-year-old Pakistani bride committed by her father-in-law
Jailing him for seven years, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC told the man: ‘She was your prisoner and slave in your home.’

He added: ‘The slavery turned into repeated, sustained sexual abuse and degradation.’
The man forced her to watch pornography and physically hurt her with his ‘unfaithful and disgusting activity’.
The judge praised the woman’s bravery and commended Detective Constable Sharon Larkin, of West Yorkshire Police, for her work on the case.

The man pleaded guilty to sexual assault, between May 1 and August 12, 2010, causing his victim to engage in sexual activity against her will causing her actual bodily harm.
After the case, DC Larkin said: ‘West Yorkshire Police treat all sexual offences extremely seriously and with the utmost integrity.

‘This was a particularly sensitive case in which the victim was subject to sexual, physical and mental abuse over a sustained period.

‘This man abused his position of trust to inflict horrendous acts upo

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144704/Father-law-56-kept-sons-22-year-old-Pakistani-bride-sex-slave-caught-learned-English-999.html#ixzz1v0c9SDBN

Paparock
05-17-2012, 08:14 PM
Is It a Crime to Be a Girl? (http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/11599/is-it-a-crime-to-be-a-girl/)(Tribune)
Over a thousand babies are killed and dumped in Pakistan each year. At least 90% are girls.


http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/11599/is-it-a-crime-to-be-a-girl/


It was an hour of joy and happiness for my mother when the doctor told her she would have me in her arms in nine months. But this happiness turned into despair for my father and grandmother as they came to know that a girl would be born (http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/9404/a-female-baby-a-waste-of-space/) to their family. They forced my mother to kill me before I was born.
Daddy, please don’t kill me. I won’t make you angry. I’ll be a good daughter; I won’t ask you for expensive clothes and toys. Please don’t kill me.
But I was killed after just 30 days in my mom’s uterus.

This is what an unborn female fetus may feel when it is brutally murdered by her own family. Aamir Khan’s production, “Satyamev Jayate”, that aired on May 6, inspired me by its very first episode, showing the darker side of society.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG3WygJmiVs


This opened my eyes to a problem which is both common and heart-rending. Although I realise that I live in a society where women are often criticised and used as objects to please everyone they are related to, it was still difficult for me to digest the fact that the majority of people in certain societies feel no regret when killing the unborn female fetus.

They do it just for the sake of having a baby boy who would carry their family’s name forward.The research on the show displayed a highly dismal picture regarding the survival rate of females compared with males.
After watching this show, I wondered if this was only happening in India. Is Pakistan free from this practice?

To answer my questions and satisfy my conscience, I did a bit of research and found a report by CNN called “Killing of infants on the rise in Pakistan (http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-20/world/pakistan.infanticide_1_edhi-foundation-abdul-sattar-edhi-karachi?_s=PM:WORLD)“, published in 2011, which stated that over 1,200 newborns were killed and dumped in Pakistan in that year, which was an increase of about 200 from the previous year. Statistics show that roughly nine out of 10 newborns killed are female.

I was completely shocked by the statistics presented in the report.
Man has no right to decide whether a baby should live or die (http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/10831/steal-a-baby-sell-a-baby/). We must learn to respect this wonderful gift of God, be it a boy or a girl.

http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/11599/is-it-a-crime-to-be-a-girl/

Paparock
05-19-2012, 03:42 PM
Morocco Gives Serial Child Rapist Just 3 Years


http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/05/18/214865.html


A Moroccan court has sentenced a man found guilty of raping two young sisters, between 6 and 8 years old, to three years in prison in a ruling that was slammed by rights groups as too soft.

A security investigation revealed that the man, a husband and father of three, has lured his victims mostly school children to his butcher shop which is located near a public elementary school, according to Moroccan media reports.


The Touche Pas a Mon Enfant (Don’t touch my child) group, which is dedicated to defending the rights of sexually abused children, has slammed the court's decision as too lenient and called for judiciary responsible for defending children against rape crimes.

The group said in a statement that child rapists should receive the harshest punishments possible, and called for a rally in front of the appeals court in the Atlantic coastal city of El Jadida to protest against the sentence seen as lenient.

In March, the story of a young Moroccan girl, Amina el-Filali, who committed suicide after she was forced to marry her rapist, shocked Morocco and drew wide international condemnations against rape and child abuse.

Rape victims in Morocco have to prove to authorities that they did not participate in consensual sex. They are also stigmatized and given meager social assistance. A convicted rapist can face five to 10 years in prison, but up to 20 if the victim is a minor.

According to a 2009 report by Touche Pas a Mon Enfant, child rape cases declared by the families of the victims in Morocco only make up a tiny percentage of the abuse committed because of the taboos associated with the issue in Morocco.


http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/05/18/214865.html

Paparock
05-19-2012, 03:46 PM
Sudan Sentences Woman to be Stoned for Sex
(Man Goes Free)


http://www.sudantribune.com/Sudanese-woman-reportedly,42634


May 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A court in the Sudanese capital Khartoum has sentenced an unidentified woman to be executed by stoning for committing the “crime of fornication” under Islamic Shariah laws, local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

http://www.sudantribune.com/local/cache-vignettes/L340xH230/Woman-0d33c.jpg

Video footages showing a Sudanese woman being flogged by the country’s morality police known as the Public Order Police The sentence was handed down on 14 May by Judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo who presides over the general criminal court in Um Bada area, in the suburbs of Khartoum’s twin-city of Omdurman.

According to the privately-owned daily newspaper Al-Ahram al-Yawm, the court issued the sentence after the defendant refused to “retract her earlier confessions” that the child she gave birth to is from a man other than her husband.

The man she said she had a sexual relationship with has denied the charge and was therefore acquitted by the judge.

The predominantly Muslim Sudan is supposedly governed by Shariah laws under the rule of the Islamist National Congress Party (NCP).

However, there are no recorded cases of courts applying the extreme punishments of stoning to death for adultery or the amputation of hands for theft.

Newspapers said that the sentence has been referred to the Supreme Court for final approval.

http://www.sudantribune.com/Sudanese-woman-reportedly,42634

Paparock
05-20-2012, 03:55 PM
Pakistan: 14-year-old Christian girl kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pakistan,-appeal-for-Christian-girl-kidnapped-and-forced-to-convert-to-Islam-24798.html

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/pakistan-14-year-old-christian-girl-kidnapped-and-forced-to-convert-to-islam.html


Will the Islamophobia never end? No Compulsion In Religion Update from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: "Pakistan, appeal for Christian girl kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam," by Shafique Khokhar for Asia News (http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pakistan,-appeal-for-Christian-girl-kidnapped-and-forced-to-convert-to-Islam-24798.html), May 19 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Faisalabad (AsiaNews) - The family of Mary Salik (fictional name for security reasons) asks for justice for the 14 year old Christian girl, kidnapped last May 4 in Ali (Faisalabad, Punjab) and forced to convert to Islam. The author of the kidnapping is the uncle of the girl, who embraced Islam about a year ago and since then ended all contact with the family of origin. He kidnapped the young girl to marry her off with his son Kashif. The wedding was celebrated on 7 May.

The girl's father, told AsiaNews that "my daughter is only 14 years old and suffers from the birth from heart problems and can not do heavy work. After converting my brother is conspiring against our family and kidnapped Mary with deception ".

Immediately after the seizure, the father of the young Christian girl turned to local police and demanded the immediate release of his daughter, but the agents refused to return Mary to her family. According to police, the girl converted of her own free will and submitted as evidence a written statement in which the girl says to "be mature and have embraced Islam without coercion or threats."...

Paparock
05-21-2012, 10:27 PM
"A fatwa was announced in a mosque on May 11, stating that any woman using a cell phone will have acid thrown in her face"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/a-fatwa-was-announced-in-a-mosque-on-may-11-stating-that-any-woman-using-a-cell-phone-will-have-acid.html


http://www.jihadwatch.org/images/Phone-veil.jpg
The niqab won't help

Acid attacks are increasingly popular among Islamic supremacists bent on controlling women and punishing them for getting out of line. "Pakistani Women Writers Denounce Islamic Clerics' Fatwas Against Women's Use Of Cell Phones And Access To Secular Education," from MEMRI (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6387.htm), May 20 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
Former Pakistani lawmaker and cleric Maulana Abdul Haleem recently issued a fatwa (Islamic degree) against secular education and justifying honor killings of women.[1 (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/840/6345.htm)]The fatwa was issued in a sermon during a weekly Friday prayer in Kohistan district in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Haleem also threatened that women from secular NGOs who visit Kohistan district may be married off forcibly to local men. In a similar incident, a cleric announced a fatwa in a mosque in Noshki town of Pakistan's Baluchistan province, justifying acid attacks on women who use cell phones.

Both fatwas elicited no condemnation from the main Pakistani media. However, two Pakistani women – an author and a blogger –slammed the clerics' fatwas, arguing that there is an urgent need to stop such fatwas against women. In an article titled "Fatwas Against Women: From The One Who Wears Bangles," Fouzia Saeed – an author and a social scientist – stated: "I think it is time for our society to forcefully stop such people who not only violate the dignity and safety of women citizens, but also give a bad name to Islam…"

In another article "Our Stunted Society," blogger and communications consultant Tazeen Javed argued that such fatwas are breeding narrow-mindedness. She wrote: "A country like ours can ill-afford adventurism of any kind, but most dangerous is the practice of resorting to a fatwa to get a point across. Not only does this breed a narrow and rigid view of issues, it also leaves no room for dialogue, debate, and consultation, making us an increasingly 'stunted' and intolerant society."

Fouzia Saeed: "A Fatwa Was Announced In A Mosque On May 11, Stating That Any Woman Using A Cell Phone Will Have Acid Thrown In Her Face"

Following are excerpts from Fouzia Saeed's article:[2]

"Fatwas against women are becoming common again. In Noshki, Baluchistan, a fatwa was announced in a mosque on May 11, stating that any woman using a cell phone will have acid thrown in her face. Another fatwa was issued in Kohistan about two weeks ago, warning 'NGO women' that they would be forcefully married to their local men if they dared to enter the area. There was a time when such fatwas were more common, resulting in serious punishments inflicted on women who dared to venture beyond the four walls of their homes.

"However, over the last four years there has been a steady improvement in creating space for women to be more visible in public. After decades of repression, women have turned the cycle in a different direction by building a high level of solidarity among women from many backgrounds. The awareness that one woman's advancement is linked to breaking the shackles of others has gained ground. Not just women; many men are fully in support of this process of change.

"Who will tell the 'fatwa guys' that they are nearly an extinct species? Who will tell these men that they need to wake up to 2012. Who will tell them that our interest in them is limited to a single news item? Perhaps they should be kept in a museum with the caption 'we used to have people like this who thought work for women was 'un-Islamic' but marrying them by force was 'Islamic.' Idiots who thought talking on a cell phone was 'un-Islamic' but throwing acid in women's faces was 'Islamic'!'

"I think it is time for our society to forcefully stop such people who not only violate the dignity and safety of women citizens, but also give a bad name to Islam, a religion which places a priority on the dignity of women."...
Uh huh.:pat:

Paparock
05-21-2012, 10:54 PM
Pakistan:
Muslim cleric misunderstands Islam, issues fatwa threatening female NGO workers

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\05\15\story_15-5-2012_pg7_19

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/pakistan-muslim-cleric-misunderstands-islam-issues-fatwa-threatening-female-ngo-workers.html


The leaders listed below are urging other clerics to condemn this fatwa. We shall see if they will. "Fatwa against female NGO workers condemned," from the Daily Times (http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\05\15\story_15-5-2012_pg7_19), May 15 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
LAHORE: Chanan Development Association (CDA) has condemned a fatwa issued by Maulvi Abdul Haleem, a former Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal MNA, on Saturday, threatening women workers of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Kohistan. CDA Executive Director Muhammad Shahzad Khan said that the fatwa against female NGO workers and girls’ education was not only against human rights, but also against the teachings of Islam. He added that it was a shame that people like Abdul Haleem, misinterpreted Islamic values just to gain fake popularity. Sana Sohail, national coordinator of Y-PEER Pakistan, emphasised that this kind of act would provoked negative impression about the women who work in NGOs. She added that all religions supported girls’ education. Other youth leaders Bashir Ahmed from South Waziristan, Najamus Sahar from Gilgit-Baltistan, Mariam Ishaq from Lahore, Faizan Hassan from Quetta, Fatima Zafar from Multan, Qaiser Roonjha from Lasbella, Raza Ravjani from Karachi, Wiqas Ahmed from Peshawar and Shaheen Kausar from Muzaffarabad urged other religious leaders to speak against this fatwa and correct Abdul Haleem on true teachings of Islam. They also urged the government to take action against mullahs who themselves did not understand Islam....
About time! There are so very many of those!

Paparock
05-24-2012, 03:20 AM
AFGHAN TALIBAN, Obama’s ‘peace’ negotiating partners, stage yet ANOTHER poison attack on schoolgirls

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/23/us-afghanistan-poisoning-idUSBRE84M0N420120523

(Reuters) - More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months blamed on conservative radicals in the country's north, Afghan police and education officials said on Wednesday.

The attack occurred in Takhar province where police said that radicals opposed to education of women and girls had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms. Scores of students were left unconscious.

Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), says the Taliban appear intent on closing schools ahead of a 2014 withdrawal by foreign combat troops.

"A part of their Al Farooq spring offensive operation is ... to close schools. By poisoning girls they want to create fear. They try to make families not send their children to school," NDS spokesman Lutfullah Mashal said.

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education said last week that 550 schools in 11 provinces where the Taliban have strong support had been closed down by insurgents.

Last month, 150 schoolgirls were poisoned in Takhar province after they drank contaminated water.

Since 2001 when the Taliban were toppled from power by U.S.-backed Afghan forces, females have returned to schools, especially in the capital Kabul. They were previously banned from work and education.

But there are still periodic attacks against students, teachers and school buildings, usually in the more conservative south and east of the country, from where the Taliban insurgency draws most of its support.

http://barenakedislam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/63734572-taliban-presence.jpg

Paparock
05-28-2012, 05:20 AM
Pakistani Christian Acid Victim Starts Over in US


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bNc3Iy7_hU

Paparock
05-28-2012, 05:27 AM
Sexual Slavery,Mental Hospitals,Domestic Violence:
Horrors Pakistani Women Face


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOAYGhnSi8Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27bJ9lutn3Y

Paparock
05-31-2012, 04:38 PM
Muslim Journalist Challenges Sharia, Gets Accused of ‘Hate’ (http://pjmedia.com/blog/muslim-journalist-challenges-sharia-gets-accused-of-hate/)
Mona Eltahawy receives the typical treatment given to defenders of Muslim women.
by Robert Spencer


May 31, 2012
http://pjmedia.com/blog/muslim-journalist-challenges-sharia-gets-accused-of-hate/?singlepage=true


Mona Eltahawy’s piece in the May/June issue of Foreign Policy criticized a series of practices that are justified in Islamic law, including child marriage, wife-beating, and female genital mutilation. Counter-jihadist activists and writers have been calling attention to these human rights abuses for years, but Eltahawy’s piece was singular in that she is a Muslim journalist.

Muslims for the most part (with some notable exceptions) don’t criticize Muslim practices, particularly those that are rooted in Islam, and mainstream media journalists do so even less often. But the reaction to Eltahawy’s article among her fellow Muslim women is even more striking than her article itself.

If the mainstream media narrative about “extremists” making up only a tiny minority of Muslims, the vast majority of which are “moderate,” were true, Eltahawy’s article should have won applause from Muslim spokesmen in the U.S., and particularly Muslim women. But instead, Harvard professor Leila Ahmed confronted Eltahawy on MSNBC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z0DB2XOoHc&feature=player_embedded):
Mona, I appreciate what you do. I would love it if — I understand if you want to get your message across. It’s an important message. But if possible [you should not] give fuel, fodder to people who simply hate Arabs and Muslims in this climate of our day.
Eltahawy appeared surprised to be accused of fueling hate — the same accusation that jihadists and Islamic supremacists have leveled against counter-jihadists for years. And she answered it in exactly the same way counter-jihadists have innumerable times:
That’s the whole point. It’s not me that makes Muslims look bad. It’s those atrocities that make Muslims look bad. And as a writer, it’s my job to poke the painful places.
But Leila Ahmed was not alone in not wanting Eltahawy to call any attention whatsoever to those “painful places.” Another prominent Muslim woman in America, Dalia Mogahed, took to the pages of the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/does-mona-eltahawys-approach-hurts-women/2012/05/15/gIQAXnqSSU_blog.html) to denounce Eltahawy’s article. Mogahed is the executive director and senior analyst at the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, and has served Barack Obama as an adviser in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is an open advocate of Sharia, so it is perhaps not surprising that she also took a dim view of Eltahawy’s poking of the painful places.

Mogahed invoked unnamed “critics” who, she said, “question not the crimes Eltahawy describes but the causes she assigns, namely Islam and Arab culture’s inherent ‘hate’ for women, alleging that her analysis is not only pedestrian but panders to prejudice. The real danger however is that Eltahawy’s narrative harms the very cause she claims to champion.

Conflating women’s rights advocacy with Arab inferiority or Islam-bashing doesn’t empower the champions of change, it aids their enemies.”

“Islam-bashing”? Eltahawy’s article actually makes only glancing mentions of Islam. She criticizes the Egyptian criminal code for saying that “if a woman has been beaten by her husband ‘with good intentions’ no punitive damages can be obtained,” but never mentions that wife-beating is actually sanctioned in the Qur’an (4:34). She notes that “demonstrations in support of child marriage outstrip those against it, fueled by clerical declarations that opponents of state-sanctioned pedophilia are apostates because the Prophet Mohammed, according to them, married his second wife, Aisha, when she was a child.” But she ignores or is unaware of the fact that the assertion that Muhammad consummated his marriage to Aisha when he was in his fifties and she was nine is not just a minority view among some crank clerics, but is abundantly attested in the hadith collection that Muslims consider most reliable, Sahih Bukhari.

Eltahawy never confronts Islam head-on as a cause of the human rights abuses against women that she is excoriating, but it is abundantly clear that she knows that the religion contributes to them, and that is enough for Mogahed to claim that her approach actually “hurts women.” That’s right: standing up for women’s rights and pointing to a primary root cause of the Muslim mistreatment of women actually harms women. How? Ask George Orwell.

Mona Eltahawy has thus been introduced this past week to the treatment that Islamic apologists and supremacists have been giving counter-jihadists for years. When Pamela Geller and I hosted a conference on honor killing and Islamic law in Dearborn, Michigan, in April, Islamic spokesmen excoriated us for “hate.” Standing up for Muslim women in danger of honor killing is hate. In June, we’re hosting a conference in defense of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who is on death row for converting from Islam to Christianity in Iran, and once again Islamic supremacists are crying “hate” — yet do they stand up for the freedom of conscience and Islam’s death penalty for apostasy? Of course not.

The way Leila Ahmed and Dalia Mogahed reacted to Mona Eltahawy’s article is illuminating. It shows that they care more about protecting the image of Islam than about human rights for women, and in that, they are by no means alone among Muslims in the U.S. It also reveals the tactic that Islamic supremacists and their willing allies in the mainstream media have employed for years in order to demonize and marginalize those who have dared to speak out against human rights abuses that are sanctioned by Islam. No one is safe from this tactic, no matter how impeccable his or her PC credentials may be, as Mona Eltahawy has just learned. Anyone — anyone — who defends the rights of the victims of Sharia will be accused of “hate.” But the real haters are, clearly, those who are doing the accusing.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/muslim-journalist-challenges-sharia-gets-accused-of-hate/?singlepage=true

Paparock
06-04-2012, 03:58 AM
Afghanistan: Islamic supremacists poison 97 more girls for the crime of going to school

http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/06/02/97-takhar-students-poisoned.html

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/06/afghanistan-islamic-supremacists-poison-97-more-girls-for-the-crime-of-going-to-school.html


Girls going to school: a grave sin. Poisoning girls who go to school: pleasing to Allah. "97 Takhar students poisoned," by Nadar Azizi and Zarghona Salehi for Rawa News (http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/06/02/97-takhar-students-poisoned.html), June 2:
PAN, May 27, 2012: Once again radicals opposing girls’ education on Sunday poisoned more than three dozen schoolgirls in northern Takhar province, the third incident of its kind over the past two months, officials said.

At least 97 students of the Bashirabad girls’ high school in the northern province of Takhar were poisoned on Saturday, officials said.

Seven schoolgirls are in critical condition while the rest were discharged from hospital after treatment, Public Health Director Habibullah Rostaqi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Education Director Abdul Wahab Zafari said most of the 8th grade and 10th grade students were victims to Saturday’s poisoning.

With the latest case, the number of poisoned school girls over the past one month had reached 400, he said.

Paparock
06-07-2012, 04:35 PM
Alarming assaults on women in Egypt's Tahrir
By SARAH EL DEEB

http://www.kcautv.com/story/18722146/alarming-assaults-on-women-in-egypts-tahrir


CAIRO (AP) - Her screams were not drowned out by the clamor of the crazed mob of nearly 200 men around her. An endless number of hands reached toward the woman in the red shirt in an assault scene that lasted less than 15 minutes but felt more like an hour.

She was pushed by the sea of men for about a block into a side street from Tahrir Square. Many of the men were trying to break up the frenzy, but it was impossible to tell who was helping and who was assaulting.

Pushed against the wall, the unknown woman's head finally disappeared. Her screams grew fainter, then stopped. Her slender tall frame had clearly given way. She apparently had passed out.

The helping hands finally splashed the attackers with bottles of water to chase them away.

The assault late Tuesday was witnessed by an Associated Press reporter who was almost overwhelmed by the crowd herself and had to be pulled to safety by men who ferried her out of the melee in an open Jeep.

Reports of assaults on women in Tahrir, the epicenter of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year, have been on the rise with a new round of mass protests to denounce a mixed verdict against the ousted leader and his sons in a trial last week.

The late Tuesday assault was the last straw for many. Protesters and activists met Wednesday to organize a campaign to prevent sexual harassment in the square. They recognize it is part of a bigger social problem that has largely gone unpunished in Egypt. But the phenomenon is trampling on their dream of creating in Tahrir a micro-model of a state that respects civil liberties and civic responsibility, which they had hoped would emerge after Mubarak's ouster.

"Enough is enough," said Abdel-Fatah Mahmoud, a 22-year-old engineering student, who met Wednesday with friends to organize patrols of the square in an effort to deter attacks against women. "It has gone overboard. No matter what is behind this, it is unacceptable. It shouldn't be happening on our streets let alone Tahrir."

No official numbers exist for attacks on women in the square because police do not go near the area, and women rarely report such incidents. But activists and protesters have reported a number of particularly violent assaults on women in the past week. Many suspect such assaults are organized by opponents of the protests to weaken the spirit of the protesters and drive people away.

Mahmoud said two of his female friends were cornered Monday and pushed into a small passageway by a group of men in the same area where the woman in the red shirt was assaulted. One was groped while the other was seriously assaulted, Mahmoud said, refusing to divulge specifics other than to insist she wasn't raped.

Mona Seif, a well-known activist who has been trying to promote awareness about the problem, said Wednesday she was told about three different incidents in the past five days, including two that were violent. In one incident, the attackers ripped the woman's clothes off and trampled on her companions, she said.

Women, who participated in the 18-day uprising that ended with Mubarak's Feb. 11, 2011 ouster as leading activists, protesters, medics and even fighters to ward off attacks by security agents or affiliated thugs on Tahrir, have found themselves facing the same groping and assaults that have long plagued Egypt's streets during subsequent protests in the square.

Women also have been targeted in recent crackdowns on protesters by military and security troops, a practice commonly used by Mubarak security that grew even more aggressive in the days following his ouster. In a defining image of the post-Mubarak state violence against women, troops were captured on video stomping with their boots on the bare chest of a woman, with only her blue bra showing, as other troops pulled her by the arms across the ground.

A 2008 report by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights says two-thirds of women in Egypt experienced sexual harassment on a daily basis. A string of mass assaults on women in 2006 during the Muslim feast following the holy month of Ramadan prompted police to increase the number of patrols to combat it but legislation providing punishment was never passed.

"If you know you can get away with sexual harassment and assault, then there is an overall impunity," Human Rights Watch researcher Heba Morayef said.

The case is more paradoxical in Tahrir, which has come to symbolize the revolution, but has lost its original luster among Egyptians weary of more than a year of turmoil.

Women say they briefly experienced a "new Egypt," with strict social customs casually cast aside during the initial 18-day uprising - at least among the protesters who turned the square into a protected zone. But that image was marred when Lara Logan, a U.S. correspondent for CBS television, was sexually assaulted by a frenzied mob in Tahrir on the day Mubarak stepped down, when hundreds of thousands of Egyptians came to the square to celebrate.

The post-Mubarak political reality for women also has deteriorated. They have lost political ground in the 16 months since Mubarak's ouster - even winning fewer seats in parliament in the first free and fair elections in decades. The 508-member parliament has only eight female legislators, a sharp drop from the more than 60 in the 2010 parliament thanks to a Mubarak-era quota. Women's rights groups also fear the growing power of Islamist groups will lead to new restrictions.

Activists have no idea what finally happened to the woman in the red shirt. But they have been alarmed by the rise in violent attacks on women, which has chipped away at efforts to project the square as a utopia free of discrimination and violence.

Seif said there is a responsibility inside the square.

"I think it is getting worse because people don't want to acknowledge it is happening or do something to reduce it," said Seif. "It is our job to put an end to it, at least in Tahrir."

http://www.kcautv.com/story/18722146/alarming-assaults-on-women-in-egypts-tahrir

Paparock
06-09-2012, 04:42 PM
Egypt: Hundreds of men assault and molest women holding demo against sexual harassment

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/44294/Egypt/Politics-/Mob-attacks-women-at-Egypt-antisex-harassment-rall.aspx

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/06/egypt-hundreds-of-men-assault-and-molest-women-holding-demo-against-sexual-harassment.html


More glorious flowering of democracy and pluralism in "Arab Spring" Egypt. "Mob attacks women at Egypt anti-sexual harassment rally," from AP (http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/44294/Egypt/Politics-/Mob-attacks-women-at-Egypt-antisex-harassment-rall.aspx), June 9:
A mob of hundreds of men have assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment, with the attackers overwhelming the male guardians and groping and molesting several of the female marchers in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

From the ferocity of Friday's assault, some of the victims said it appeared to have been an organised attempt to drive women out of demonstrations and trample on the pro-democracy protest movement.

The attack follows smaller scale assaults on women this week in Tahrir, the epicenter of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year. Thousands have been gathering in the square this week in protests over a variety of issues — mainly over worries that presidential elections this month will secure the continued rule by elements of Mubarak's regime backed by the ruling military.

Earlier in the week, an Associated Press reporter witnessed around 200 men assault a woman who eventually fainted before men trying to help could reach her.

Friday's march was called to demand an end to sexual assaults. Around 50 women participated, surrounded by a larger group of male supporters who joined hands to form a protective ring around them. The protesters carried posters saying, "The people want to cut the hand of the sexual harasser," and chanted, "The Egyptian girl says it loudly, harassment is barbaric."

After the marchers entered a crowded corner of the square, a group of men waded into the group of women, heckling them and groping them. The male supporters tried to fend them off, and it turned into a melee involving a mob of hundreds.

The marchers tried to flee while the attackers chased them and male supporters tried to protect them. But the attackers persisted, cornering several women against a metal sidewalk railing, including an Associated Press reporter, shoving their hands down their clothes and trying to grab their bags. The male supporters fought back, swinging belts and fists and throwing water.

Eventually, the women were able to reach refuge in a nearby building with the mob still outside until they finally got out to safety....

Assaults on women Tahrir have been a demoralising turn for Egypt's protest movement....
No kidding, really?

Paparock
06-09-2012, 05:28 PM
Egyptian "Honor": Brothers Butcher Mother, Sister, and Aunt


http://www.raymondibrahim.com/2012/06/egyptian-honor-brothers-butcher-mother-sister

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/06/egyptian-honor-brothers-butcher-mother-sister-and-aunt.html


Over at Gatestone Institute (via RaymondIbrahim.com (http://www.raymondibrahim.com/2012/06/egyptian-honor-brothers-butcher-mother-sister)) I describe yet the latest "honor-slaughter":
According to the June 5 edition of Youm7, two brothers in a village in Assuit, Egypt, slaughtered their mother, sister, and aunt, "after discovering their sister's actions were contrary to morality."

After chaos erupted in the house, including gunfire, local police surrounded and broke into the home, only to find the aunt, Saida Muhammad Mukhtar, a 55-year-old housewife, "with her head sliced off"; the mother, Amina Ahmed Muhammad, also 55 and a housewife, was found "drowned in blood by the entrance of the house"; and the sister, Sana Mukhtar, 39-years-old and a widow, was found butchered in a room.

The two brothers—Ahmed Mukhtar, 35, and Abd al-Basit, 24—were subsequently arrested, and confessed to the murders in detail.

Such slayings are not rare occurrences in the Islamic world, and even in the West—wherever there are Muslims. A day before this story emerged, a Muslim man in Germany beheaded his wife in front of their six children—while screaming "Allahu Akbar!" or "Allah is greater!"—"throwing her dismembered head from the roof of their apartment."

Paparock
06-10-2012, 06:26 PM
Pakistani Cops Kidnap and Gang-Rape Tourist Girls (http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/10-Jun-2012/mily-cops-accused-of-gang-raping-tourist-girls)


http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/10-Jun-2012/mily-cops-accused-of-gang-raping-tourist-girls


DERA GHAZI KHAN - The Border Military Police on Saturday arrested four men, including three colleagues, for gang-raping five female tourists in Fort Munro.

The accused kidnapped the victims from a checkpost and later committed the gang rape at a private house. Three of the culprits - Amjad Ali, Muhammad Zafar and Naveed Iqbal - are BMP personnel.

The victims were identified as Shama, Aalia and Guria, residents of the Data Darbar area of Lahore, and Saima and Sanam from Bahawalpur. On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, while taking notice of the tragic incident, ordered the divisional commissioner of Dera Ghazi Khan to submit a detailed report on the issue within 24 hours.

Upon the orders of the judicial magistrate, a woman medical officer examined the gang rape victims and submitted her initial findings, while the samples were dispatched to a laboratory for further analysis.

According to police, the three officials of the BMP, responsible for maintenance of law and order in the tribal belt, stopped a vehicle, carrying five women and a man, for checking at the entry point of the hill station Fort Munro late Thursday night. As per the statement of the victims, they were allegedly kidnapped and taken to a private house where they were gang-raped by the three BMP officials and two others (one of them has been identified as Majeed Leghari while the other’s identity could not be ascertained). The victims told media that they were set free on Friday morning, after which they reached DG Khan city and submitted an application to the political assistant for the registration of a case.

A senior official of BMP told reporters that a case (No 1/12) had been registered against the five accused, including the three BMP constables, after a medical examination of the victims at the DHQ Dera Ghazi Khan.

It must be mentioned that the incident took place on Thursday night within the precincts of the Fort Munro Border Military Police Station.
According to a private TV?channel, Prezident Zardari has taken notice of the incident and sought a report.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/10-Jun-2012/mily-cops-accused-of-gang-raping-tourist-girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhjZa-yJ1kI

Paparock
06-12-2012, 10:30 PM
Turkish Islamic supremacists bar woman from public bus: "We would sin if you get on this bus, you are causing us to sin"



http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/06/turkish-islamic-supremacists-bar-woman-from-public-bus-we-would-sin-if-you-get-on-this-bus-you-are-c.html


As Turkey gallops toward reimplementation of Sharia, we get yet another glimpse of how radically anti-woman Islamic law really is. "Turkish woman barred from public bus by religious fanatics," from Hürriyet Daily News, June 12:
A Turkish woman claimed she was prevented from boarding a public bus by a group of Islamists because her outfit would "cause them to sin," according to a report by daily Evrensel. Yağmur Yılmaz, 21, said she left home on June 3 to go to work, wearing a pair of sweatpants and a T-shirt. Yılmaz said she walked to a stop in Istanbul's Edirnekapı district to get on a bus going to Fatih district, where she worked. A group of around 15 men and women clad in burqas, cloaks and turbans who were on the bus blocked Yılmaz's path, saying she could not get on the vehicle. Yılmaz said she told the group it was everybody's right to board the bus, to which the women from the group replied, "We would sin if you get on this bus, you are causing us to sin." The men in the group also harassed Yılmaz, she claimed, saying: "Look at her. Her head is not covered, shame!" "Nobody in the bus did anything about it, not even the driver," Yılmaz said. "There were other 'uncovered' women waiting at the stop, but they just stood by idly."
They probably didn't want to risk getting attacked.
Yılmaz told Evrensel that she had been using the same bus route for a long time and that it was the first time that she encountered such an incident. "I was wearing sweatpants and a T-shirt because it was a Sunday [when many workers can wear more casual clothes], but no one would have the right to do such a thing even if I were wearing a skirt or a dress." Yılmaz said she was startled by the incident, meaning that she was unable to take the bus' license plate number to file a complaint. "I wanted the public to learn about it," she said. "It was a shameful act and should not have happened in the first place."
Watch for it to happen more often.

Paparock
06-12-2012, 11:55 PM
Saudi Feminist Cancels Trip Amid Death Threats (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/saudi-regime-protester-manal-alsharif-cancels-us-trip-over-death-threats-7827902.html)


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/saudi-regime-protester-manal-alsharif-cancels-us-trip-over-death-threats-7827902.html


A Saudi woman who publicly defied the country's ban on female drivers has been forced to cancel a planned trip to the United States after receiving multiple death threats and learning that she is the subject of a fatwa issued by a fundamentalist Muslim cleric.

Manal al-Sharif became a global symbol of the struggle for gender equality in the Middle East after a video of her driving through the streets of Khobar was uploaded to YouTube last April, at the height of the Arab Spring. She was later arrested and imprisoned for nine days.

On Wednesday this week she had been due to be honoured for her high-profile activism at an awards ceremony in Washington organised by Vital Voices, a US-based pressure group which campaigns for women's rights and has close ties to the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

But 48 hours before the event, organisers were told that Ms Sharif, a divorced single mother, had reluctantly decided to stay in Saudi Arabia, amid what appears to be growing fears for both her personal safety and that of her family. In an email, she said a recent filmed speaking appearance at the Oslo Freedom Forum, a human rights conference held annually in Norway, had brought a slew of threats from conservatives angered by her feminist critique of Saudi Arabia's highly-repressive laws and social conventions.

Tensions are also rising in advance of 17 June, the first anniversary of an organised "protest drive" that saw Ms Sharif and dozens of female supporters get behind the wheel in defiance of misogynistic laws which make it illegal for women to drive in the country.

Explaining her decision to stay at home, she said: "Threats I was faced with after speaking in Oslo made me take the decision to keep a low profile to be able to prepare for the first anniversary of 17 June."

It is not the first time Ms Sharif has been targeted for her activism. Last month, she told The Independent how her growing political profile had led to her losing a job at Aramco, a Saudi-controlled oil company where she had worked in information security for more than a decade.

She has since been the subject of a fatwa issued by Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Tarifi, a cleric who follows Wahhabism, one of the most unbending forms of the Muslim faith which has a huge following in the Islamic state. He declared Ms Sharif a "hypocrite," a designation which amounts to questioning her religious allegiance and therefore placing her safety at further risk.

Initial reports of her last-minute decision to cancel the US trip suggested that she had been the subject of threats by un-named "Saudi officials".
But in an email to The Independent, Ms Sharif stressed that no threats against had come directly from members of the country's government.
Despite her absence from Washington, Ms Sharif did not go entirely unrecognised at the Vital Voices ceremony which was to have seen five "heroines" of the Arab Spring receive medals.

When the four other honourees were called on to the stage at the Kennedy Center Opera House, they left a gap to represent where Ms Sharif should have been standing.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/saudi-regime-protester-manal-alsharif-cancels-us-trip-over-death-threats-7827902.html

Paparock
06-13-2012, 12:23 AM
Father, sons held for ‘honour killing’ in Kuwait

19 year old strangled to death by siblings
By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
June 10, 2012


http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/father-sons-held-for-honour-killing-in-kuwait-1.1033923



Manama: Four Syrian brothers are facing murder charges after they allegedly admitted that they had killed their teenaged sister after they were ordered to do so by their father, a newspaper in Kuwait reported on Sunday.

Authorities also detained the 19-year-old victim’s father who reportedly incited the “honour” killing.

The Al Watan daily report said the police in Jahra called the victim’s father and asked him to take his daughter home. The victim was initially reported missing prompting the police to conduct a search.

As they were going home, the father and his sons allegedly beat her up and strangled the victim inside the car. They then buried her in the Salmi desert area.

The girl’s mother, who was anxiously waiting, was shocked when the suspects came home without her daughter. Unable to get satisfactory answers from them, she called the police who told her that her daughter had left the police station along with her father.

Intrigued by the mother’s questions, the police summoned the father to ask him about his daughter.

He, however, claimed that she had eloped again.

The investigators pressed on the four brothers and broadened their probe and they eventually learned about the killing, the daily said.

The victim’s body was exhumed on Friday.

Thousands of women have been killed by their male relatives each year in the name of family honour or crimes of passion or dowry deaths.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/father-sons-held-for-honour-killing-in-kuwait-1.1033923 (http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/father-sons-held-for-honour-killing-in-kuwait-1.1033923)

Paparock
06-13-2012, 12:27 AM
45-Year-Old Woman Raped to Settle Loan (http://tribune.com.pk/story/391998/45-year-old-woman-raped-to-settle-loan/)


http://tribune.com.pk/story/391998/45-year-old-woman-raped-to-settle-loan/


PESHAWAR: A 45-year-old woman was allegedly raped after her husband offered his relative to sleep with his wife in order to settle a loan.

The woman lodged an FIR with the Bana Marhi police station on Saturday, stating that her husband Farid Gul had taken a loan from a family member, which he was not able to return on time. Upon increased pressure from their relative Raj Wali, her husband told Wali that he could sleep with his wife in order to settle the loan.

“My husband came to our house with the man and told me to sleep with Wali. When I refused to do so both men overpowered me,” she told the police, adding that with the help of her husband, Wali raped her after which both men left.

Police said the woman had registered an FIR under sections 376 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). “We have registered an FIR under the PPC and Hudood Ordinance,” he said.

SP Asif Iqbal told The Express Tribune that said several raids had been made but the police have failed to make any arrests. “I am hopeful that the accused will be arrested soon and they will face trial in court.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/391998/45-year-old-woman-raped-to-settle-loan/

Paparock
06-13-2012, 12:39 AM
Pakistan: Fatwas Against Women (http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3105/pakistan-fatwas-against-women) (Gatestone)
Fatwas condemning education for women and even approving acid attacks for using cell phones fly under the radar in Islam-saturated Pakistan.
by Anna Mahjar-Barducci (http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/author/Anna+Mahjar-Barducci)


http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3105/pakistan-fatwas-against-women
Women using a cell phone will have acid thrown in her face." — Maulana Abdul Haleem, Islamic cleric.
Fatwas against women's rights are being issued on an almost daily basis in Pakistan now. One of the most outspoken misogynist clerics, Maulana Abdul Haleem, a former Islamist legislator, recently issued a fatwa against formal education for women and another fatwa calling for the abduction of non-married female NGO workers. In May, Maulana Abdul Haleem also justified to the media killing women in the name of "honor" as a "local custom and a religious practice." In a similar tone, a Pakistani cleric issued a fatwa justifying acid attacks on women who use cell phones. A list of recent fatwas issued in Pakistan includes:

Fatwa: Women Using a Cell Phone Will Have Acid Thrown in Her Face

In an article published in the Pakistani media outlet The Express Tribune, Pakistani feminist writer Faouzia Saeed reported that in Noshki, a town in the region of Balochistan, a fatwa was announced in a mosque on May 11, stating that any woman using a cell phone will have acid thrown in her face.

Fatwa: Formal Education for Women Is Un-Islamic

The Express Tribune also reports that Maulana Abdul Haleem, former legislator and member of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazlur Rehman, a religious conservative party in Pakistan, came up with several misogynist fatwas.

In the beginning of May, the nonagenarian Islamist leader launched a fatwa stating that formal education for women is un-Islamic and reprimanding parents who send their daughters to school. In the fatwa, Maulana Abdul Haleem asks parents to terminate their daughters' education, threatening that those who keep sending their daughters to school will be burn in hell.

When approached for comments, The Express Tribune reports, Maulana Abdul Haleem stressed that according to Islamic tradition, it is forbidden for girls to receive degrees and certificates in a "secular education system," as formal education paves the way for girls to enter into the job market. "When they permit their women to work," he said, "they give them a free hand to mix with na-mehrum [men they are not related to by blood] – by doing so, the girl's father, brother or husband become dayoos [someone who accepts female family members' wrongdoings, and hence liable to be condemned to hell] in the eye of shariah law." Maulana Abdul Haleem also stated that women should stay at home and look after their children and family members.

The Express Tribune reports that the cleric claimed that 97% of girls schools in the Kohistan district, in North-West Pakistan, were closed, and the few girls that were enrolled only visited their schools to collect cooking oil, which the Education Department was distributing with the support of foreign donors.

The idea that women should not receive a formal education is widespread among Pakistani Islamists. In April, Islamist militants bombed a government girls' middle school in the north of the country.

Fatwa: Abduction of Female NGO Workers

Maulana Abdul Haleem recently issued another fatwa, targeting female NGO workers in the Kohistan district, in North-West Pakistan, again according to The Express Tribune. It reports that the fatwa declares all NGOs working in the region as "hubs of immodesty." "Some women from these NGOs visit our houses frequently, mobilizing naïve Kohistani women to follow their agenda in the name of health and hygiene education," he said, adding that this is "unacceptable to Kohistani culture." He then stated that married female NGO workers should go back to their husbands, whereas the unmarried ones will be forcibly wedded to Kohistani men to make them stay at home. "If women working in NGOs enter Kohistan, we won't spare them and solemnize their nikkah (marriage) with local men,", he said.

Reactions to Fatwas

Pakistani civil society reacted in the media against these fatwas. In particular, several petitions were launched on blogs and on social networks, but on the political level, no initiative has been taken.

Pakistani columnist Tazeen Javed complained about both the government's inaction and that issuing fatwas has became a normal Pakistani habit. "[Maulana Abdul Haleem] a former legislator issues fatwas during a Friday sermon inciting hatred against a group of people [NGO workers] and declaring the constitutional rights of getting an education for half of the population forbidden, and no one, barring a few bloggers and tweeters, raises even an eyebrow. […] Fatwas are so commonplace that even a power utility company resorted to seeking one a few years back to get people to pay for their electricity. Since that utility is still burdened with thousands of unpaid bills, we know how useless that fatwa turned out to be," Tazeen Javed wrote, adding that Pakistan can ill-afford adventurism of any kind but that most dangerous is the practice of resorting to fatwas to get a point across. "Not only does this breed a narrow and rigid view of issues, it also leaves no room for dialogue, debate and consultation, making us an increasingly 'stunted' and intolerant society."

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3105/pakistan-fatwas-against-women

Paparock
06-16-2012, 02:35 AM
DRESSCODE FOR FEMALE TOURISTS TRAVELING TO IRAN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeEG3jaqyzk

Paparock
06-16-2012, 04:14 AM
Malaysian Women Fear Being Sold into Sex Slavery (http://bikyamasr.com/69783/women-in-malaysia-escape-sex-slavery/)


http://bikyamasr.com/69783/women-in-malaysia-escape-sex-slavery/


KUALA LUMPUR: A local media report this week highlighted the growing concern for women in the country being abducted and sold into sex work.

According to The Malaysian Insider, five women have escaped that fate after they reported being attacked and tried to be kidnapped by unknown assailants.

The women escaped their would-be abductors who allegedly had plans to sell them.

Harian Metro reported that one of the women, who only wished to be known as Ms Najwa, claimed she was abducted near her rented house in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, at 3pm on Monday.

However, she escaped when the van ferrying her and four other women stopped at a petrol station in Simpang Pulai, Perak.

Najwa, a bank officer in Kuala Lumpur, said she was forced into the van by three men.

The incidents have women’s advocates in the country frustrated, but optimistic that police in Malaysia are attempting to put an end to the illegal trade in women for sex work.

“I think we should at least see some positives to this situation,” social worker Nora Tantin told Bikyamasr.com, “because until a few years ago the police would do little to assist women and now they are actively trying to protect women from being kidnapped and forced to work as sex workers in the country.

“This is a good thing for the country,” she added.

http://bikyamasr.com/69783/women-in-malaysia-escape-sex-slavery/

Paparock
06-27-2012, 01:07 AM
In case you were still wondering about the need for four (male) witnesses in cases of rape (http://barenakedislam.com/2012/06/25/in-case-you-were-still-wondering-about-the-need-for-four-male-witnesses-in-cases-of-rape/)
Islamic Scholar Explains Difference Between Rape And Fornication

http://barenakedislam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/24.gif


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD7FX69J-04

Paparock
06-27-2012, 02:19 AM
Pregnant Wife Beaten to Death for Not Voting Muslim Brotherhood (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/24/222413.html)
By Yasmin Helal


http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/24/222413.html


An Egyptian plumber in Alexandria beat his pregnant wife to death upon learning that she had not voted for Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi, reported the Egyptian daily al-Wafd on Sunday.

According to police reports, the initial argument between the couple who was not named escalated into violence, despite her pleas. Battered and bruised, she was reported to have died at the hospital from injuries sustained.

Domestic fights have dominated Egyptian news headlines when the bid fell on the two most feared and most controversial candidates, Mursi and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.

Voters, along with Egyptian media personalities, heatedly defended their chosen candidates and eagerly await the result which will be announced Sunday.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/24/222413.html

Paparock
06-28-2012, 02:09 AM
Sexual Assault on Female Reporter of Christian Channel in Egypt(raw video)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb6gjMu4bzI

Paparock
06-28-2012, 01:42 PM
British Journalist Details Horrific Sexual Assault in Tahrir Square After Muslim Brotherhood Victory

by http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/userphoto/ericaritz.thumbnail.jpegErica Ritz (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/author/ericaritz)

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/british-journalist-details-horrific-sexual-assault-in-tahrir-square-after-muslim-brotherhood-victory/


Tens of thousands of Egyptians crowded into Cairo’s famous Tahrir Square Sunday to celebrate the victory of presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CFgQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theblaze.com%2Fstories%2Fmusl im-brotherhood-candidate-wins-egypts-presidential-election%2F&ei=dw3rT7acMOqs2gW92tnIAQ&usg=AFQjCNGJ7hA9IZzXLQYZahtj_zxl1oODPg), but British journalist Natasha Smith is issuing a stern warning against getting caught up in the “wave of euphoria” like she originally did.

Despite the atmosphere of “jubilation, excitement, and happiness,” she said, the festive crowd quickly turned on her, pulling her from her male companion, ripping off her clothes, and violating her (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/natasha-smith-egypt_n_1628245.html?utm_hp_ref=world).

Natasha Smith explained (http://natashajsmith.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/please-god-please-make-it-stop/) on her blog [content warning; all emphasis added]:
Men began to rip off my clothes. I was stripped naked. Their insatiable appetite to hurt me heightened. These men, hundreds of them, had turned from humans to animals.

Hundreds of men pulled my limbs apart and threw me around. They were scratching and clenching my breasts and forcing their fingers inside me in every possible way. So many men. All I could see was leering faces, more and more faces sneering and jeering as I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions.

I shouted “salam! Salam! Allah! Allah!” In my desperate state I also shouted “ma’is salaama!” which actually means “goodbye”…
[...]
At this point, I said aloud to myself, calmly, over and over, “please God. Please make it stop. Please God. Please make it stop.”
Eventually, Natasha says, her companion was able to find her and they were able to escape the tent she had taken refuge in with the help of a few friendly Egyptians, one of whom pretended to be her husband:


The men outside remained thirsty for blood; their prey had been cruelly snatched from their grasp. They peered in, so I had to duck down and hide. They attempted to attack the tent, and those inside began making a barricade out of chairs. They wanted my blood.
[...]
[The man who pretended to be my husband] pulled me through the crowds out of the back of the tent. He told me: “don’t cry. Do not cry. Look normal.”

I was barefoot, dodging broken glass and debris, trawling through mud and dirt. My inner reserves of strength kicked in, and I stopped crying and just thought “keep calm and carry on.”
Smith’s alleged treatment by authorities and hospital staffers immediately thereafter was almost equally disturbing, because it demonstrated such apathy for the crime:
Upon reaching a government hospital downtown, we tried to explain the situation. People stared at us blankly, sloping around the corridors. We were turned away and told to go to a nearby hospital instead. Nobody would take us; we just had to walk there.

Upon arrival, I was eventually ushered into a small cubicle. Two men asked “are you pregnant? Married? A virgin?” They seemed displeased by my response of “no”.
[...]
Finally our friends turned up with a lady from the embassy. I was taken to a private hospital where a doctor’s first question was “are you married?”, which is of course the most important question to be asking a victim of mass sexual abuse. He and a female nurse (who only reluctantly kept me covered up) looked briefly at the damage and just wandered off, saying that because I didn’t have internal bleeding, they couldn’t do anything.
The Huffington Post notes (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/natasha-smith-egypt_n_1628245.html?utm_hp_ref=world):
Other female journalists have faced sexual assault while working from Egypt in the past. CBS News’ Lara Logan was attacked while reporting from Tahrir (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/28/lara-logan-speaks-out-assault_n_855101.html) during the 2011 revolution. She described the incident in an interview on “60 Minutes,“ saying that men in the crowd had ”raped me with their hands.” Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy also detailed (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/24/mona-eltahawy-egypt-sexual-assault_n_1111841.html) her assault at the hands of Egyptian security forces, who detained her during protests in November.

The trend, however, is not limited to high-profile cases. Egyptian women have reported widespread sexual harrassment and abuse, with 83% of local women saying in a 2008 study (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7514567.stm) by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights that they had been harassed. Earlier in the month, a group of women who attempted to protest such treatment were abused themselves (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/09/egyptian-women-protesters-sexually-assaulted) as they marched in the square.
Despite it all, Smith maintains a love for the country and hope for its people, saying that “this vicious act was not representative of the place I had come to know and love.”

Smith‘s blog post has received nearly 800 comments as of this article’s publication, and now that the story is being picked up by international outlets (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2165445/British-journalist-Natasha-Smith-22-recalls-horrific-sexual-assault-Egypts-Tahrir-Square.html?ito=feeds-newsxml), that number is only likely to increase.

However, unlike many other stories, a shocking number of the commenters told their own stories of sexual abuse in Egypt, or what had happened to their friends and relatives.

“This is a consistent trend, and it has to stop,” Smith said.

(H/T: Weasel Zippers (http://weaselzippers.us/2012/06/26/american-female-journalist-sexually-assaulted-by-mb-mob-in-egypt-please-god-please-make-it-stop/))

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/british-journalist-details-horrific-sexual-assault-in-tahrir-square-after-muslim-brotherhood-victory/

Paparock
07-02-2012, 01:40 PM
Doctors Reveal: Iraqi Women are Subjected to Court-Ordered Virginity Tests

by http://0.gravatar.com/avatar/edac975f8afa1de788e1e382e6c79b57?s=17&d=http%3A%2F%2F0.gravatar.com%2Favatar%2Fad516503a 11cd5ca435acc9bb6523536%3Fs%3D17&r=GSharona Schwartz (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/author/sharonachwartz)

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/doctors-reveal-iraqi-women-are-subjected-to-court-ordered-virginity-tests/


Doctors in Baghdad revealed to AFP that they have been conducting virginity tests ordered by Iraqi courts on newly-married women whose husbands suspect they were not virgins before their wedding.

In many cases, the tests show that they were indeed virgins, which may not be much consolation after being subjected to the humiliating accusation and procedure. In a society where honor killings have occurred, the issue can be a matter of life or death for the women involved. Premarital sex is considered in devout Muslim communities to be a stain on the family honor.

AFP reports (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/07/01/223767.html):
An average of several virginity tests are performed per day at the Medical Legal Institute (MLI) in Baghdad, in a small windowless room with blue-tiled walls and a black table with leg stirrups at one end.

Other equipment includes a white scope on a wheeled stand and a bright white light, also on wheels, near the end of the table.

“Most of the cases we received after the first day of marriage,” said Dr Munjid al-Rezali, the director of the MLI.
“The husband claim that she is not a virgin, and then the family bring her here, through the courts, this all come through the courts, and we examine her,” Rezali said, speaking in English.

“It’s not uncommon, we are seeing a lot,” he added.
The tests include examination of the woman’s hymen, but the man involved may also come under scrutiny.
Ignorance and male dysfunction are sometimes to blame, the doctors suggest:

The man may be tested for impotency, Rezali said, noting that in some cases, a man with erectile dysfunction may pretend the woman was not a virgin to hide his shame.
The results of the tests go directly to the courts, and are not given by the MLI to the parties involved, Rezali said.

“They think that during the marriage, (the) first day of marriage, there should be blood… they think if there is no blood, there is no virginity,” said Dr Sami Dawood, a forensic doctor at the MLI who has been involved in the tests.
This belief, he said, indicates that sex education and knowledge is “very poor.”
Dr. Dawood told the French news agency that the tests take between 15 and 30 minutes and are supervised by three doctors, at least one a woman. He said these tests are conducted only when ordered by a court. If a woman is found not to be a virgin, her family must then compensate the groom’s family for bridal gifts and money spent on the engagement and wedding.

The controversy over virginity tests in the Arab world received wide attention during the anti-Mubarak demonstrations last year. As The Blaze reported (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/egyptian-military-admits-to-virginity-tests-pledges-to-stop-conducting-them/) then, female protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square said that they had been subjected to virginity tests while in police custody. Later, an Egyptian court ordered the country’s military rulers to put an end to the practice (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/egyptian-court-bans-military-virginity-tests-on-female-detainees/).

But then in March, an Egyptian military tribunal denied those tests were conducted (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/egypt-military-court-clears-doctor-of-virginity-tests-%E2%80%94-and-denies-they-even-took-place/), and acquitted an army doctor of a charge of public obscenity over the issue. He was accused by a female protester who said she was forced to undergo a virginity test while in custody.

(H/T: Al Arabiya (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/07/01/223767.html))

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/doctors-reveal-iraqi-women-are-subjected-to-court-ordered-virginity-tests/

Paparock
07-03-2012, 12:29 AM
Indian MMS - Hindu and Sikh Girls forcefully converted to Islam by Muslim Boys with LOVE Jihad


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2RQiNumf_Q


http://barenakedislam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Khilafah.jpg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH72i4byUCQ

Paparock
07-07-2012, 02:06 PM
Prominent Islamist Clerics Demand Moroccan Journalist Be Executed for Favoring Greater Sexual Freedom

by http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/userphoto/billyhallowell.thumbnail.pngBilly Hallowell (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/author/billyhallowell)

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/prominent-islamist-clerics-demand-moroccan-journalist-be-executed-for-favoring-greater-sexual-freedom/


RABAT, Morocco (The Blaze/AP) — Three of Morocco’s most prominent conservative clerics have publicly backed a demand that a journalist be put to death for supporting greater sexual freedom in the North African kingdom. The country has been under the rule of Islamist Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane since 2011.

(Related: Meet Morocco’s New Islamist Prime Minister (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/meet-moroccos-new-islamist-prime-minister/))

Mokhtar el-Ghzioui, the editor of the daily al-Ahdath al-Maghribia, publicly supported a call by a Moroccan human rights activist to decriminalize sex outside of marriage. He said in a TV interview last week he would be fine with his mother or sister having consensual sexual relations outside of wedlock.


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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2012 file photo Muslim cleric Omar Heddouchi speaks at a press conference with fellow former detainees Hassan al-Kettani, right, and Abou Hafs, left, in Rabat, Morocco. The three clerics of the ultraconservative Salafi strand of Islam in Morocco, backed a death threat by a preacher against a journalist supporting greater sexual freedom in the North African kingdom. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm, File)

A preacher in the far eastern city of Oujda near the Algeria border then made a YouTube video on June 28 condemning el-Ghzioui as a “dyouth” a religious term for someone who willingly lets his wife commit adultery, and called for his death.

The preacher, Abdullah Nahari, was then summoned by the local prosecutor to answer to the charge of inciting a crime.

Abou Hafs, Omar el-Heddouchi and Hassan al-Kettani, the three most prominent clerics of the ultraconservative Salafi strand of Islam in Morocco, all spoke out in support of Nahari on their Facebook pages late Thursday.

“The arrogance of the secularists has become intolerable,” Kettani said. “A dyouth tells the world he would let his family sin and is then denounced by a sheikh and then it is the latter who is threatened with prison?”

The three men were imprisoned in 2003 and later implicated for inspiring a string of bombings by Islamist militants in Casablanca that killed 45 people. They were pardoned by the king in February.

On Thursday, journalists demonstrated outside the offices of the newspaper in support of el-Ghizioui.

Khadija Riyadi, the head of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, called for the canceling of article 490 of the penal code criminalizing sex outside of marriage in an interview June 18, sparking an unexpected debate in the normally conservative state-run media.

She described the controversy as a part of the battle between the monarchy and the newly elected Islamist government that came to power in November elections, pointing out that her organization has often taken such stands and been ignored by the establishment media, which is dominated by the powerful royal court.

Opposition political parties with close ties to the palace often try to make the Islamist government look bad by portraying them as overly conservative on social issues.

“We know that the Islamist government is not universally liked by the higher levels of power, and I realize that many political actors, especially those connected with the palace, have exploited my statements to settle their scores with the elected government,” she told The Associated Press.

“Still, that doesn‘t mean that it isn’t necessary to have more debate on these subjects,” she added.

A new constitution adopted under the pressure of Arab Spring demonstrations gives Morocco’s elected politicians more powers, but ultimate authority still lies with the king and his powerful courtiers.

Morocco, a favored destination for European tourists, is overwhelmingly Muslim and both drinking alcohol and sex outside marriage are prohibited by law. The laws are not strictly enforced, however.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/prominent-islamist-clerics-demand-moroccan-journalist-be-executed-for-favoring-greater-sexual-freedom/ (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/prominent-islamist-clerics-demand-moroccan-journalist-be-executed-for-favoring-greater-sexual-freedom/)

Paparock
07-08-2012, 06:29 PM
Taliban shoot woman 9 times in public execution as men cheer 'God is great!'


http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/08/world/asia/afghanistan-public-execution/index.html?hpt=hp_t2


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Girls were forbidden to go to school when the Taliban ruled the country from 1996 to 2001. (File photo)


Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A shot rings out, but the burqa-clad woman sitting on the rocky ground does not respond.

The man pointing a rifle at her from a few feet away lets loose another round, but still there is no reaction.

He fires a third shot, and finally the woman slumps backwards.
But the man fires another shot.

And another. And another.

Nine shots in all.

Around him, dozens of men on a hillside cheer: "God is great!"

Officials in Afghanistan, where the amateur video was filmed, believe the woman was executed because two Taliban commanders had a dispute over her, according to the governor of the province where the killing took place.

Both apparently had some kind of relationship with the woman, said Parwan province governor Abdul Basir Salangi.

"In order to save face," they accused her of adultery, Salangi said.

Then they "faked a court to decide about the fate of this woman and in one hour, they executed the woman," he added.

Both Taliban commanders were subsequently killed by a third Taliban commander, Salangi said.

"We went there to investigate and we are still looking for people who were involved in this brutal act," he said.

It is not clear from the video when it was filmed.

The killing took place in the village of Qimchok, not far north of the capital Kabul.

Lawmaker Fawzia Koofi called it a huge backward step for women's issues in Afghanistan.

"I think we will have to do something serious about this, we will have to do something as women, but also as human beings," she said. "She didn't even say one word to defend herself."

Koofi wept on Saturday as she watched the video of the execution.

The United States condemned the killing "in the strongest possible terms," calling it a "cold-blooded murder."

"The protection of women's rights is critical around the world, but especially in Afghanistan, where such rights were ignored, attacked and eroded under Taliban rule," the American embassy said in a statement on Sunday.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan also condemned the execution.

"Let's be clear, this wasn't justice, this was murder, and an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty," ISAF commander Gen. John Allen said in a statement Sunday. "The Taliban's continued brutality toward innocent civilians, particularly women, must be condemned in the strongest terms. There has been too much progress made by too many brave Afghans, especially on the part of women, for this kind of criminal behavior to be tolerated."

The public execution is the latest and among the most shocking examples of violence against women in Afghanistan, but it is far from an isolated case.

Nearly nine out of 10 women suffer physical, sexual, or psychological violence or forced marriage at least once in their lifetimes, Human Rights Watch said in its 2012 annual report.

The country has 14 shelters for abused women, a number which the campaign group says "does not meet even a small fraction of the need."

Hundreds of students and teachers at girls' schools in the country have been hospitalized with suspected poisoning this year alone. Girls were forbidden to go to school when the Taliban ruled the country from 1996 to 2001.

Salangi, the provincial governor, spoke to CNN about the killing on Sunday, the same day that representatives of more than 80 nations and organizations met to consider pouring billions more aid dollars into the country.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged delegates including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not to demand complex reforms in exchange for the money.

"Afghan institutions are still in their nascent stages," he said. "The very programs which offer the best hope of sustainability of Afghan institutions should not be held hostage to complex preconditions."

Clinton said donors at the conference pledged about $16 billion for Afghanistan over four years. That amount did not include money from the United States because any foreign aid must be approved by Congress.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/08/world/asia/afghanistan-public-execution/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Paparock
07-09-2012, 02:34 AM
Egypt Conducts 1st Sex-Slave Marriage

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http://theantislave.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/egypt-conducts-1st-sex-slave-marriage/


“When I want a sex-slave,” [i] should be able to go “to the market and pick out whichever female I desire and marry her.” — Sheikh Huwaini
Egypt’s “first sex-slave marriage” took place mere days after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi was made president.

Last Monday, on the Egyptian TV show Al Haqiqa (“the Truth”), journalist Wael al-Ibrashi showed a video-clip of a man, Abd al-Rauf Awn, “marrying” his slave. Before making the woman, who has a non-Egyptian accent, repeat after him the Koran’s Surat al-Ikhlas, instead of saying the usual “I marry myself to you,” the woman said “I enslave myself to you,” kissing him in front of an applauding audience.

Then, even though she was wearing a hijab, her owner-husband declared that she is forbidden from such trappings and commanded her to be stripped of them, so as “not to break Allah’s laws.” She took her veil and abaya off, revealing, by Muslim standards, a seductive red dress (all the other women present were veiled). The man claps for her and the video-clip ends.

The man, Abd al-Rauf Awn, who identified himself as an Islamic scholar who studied at Al Azhar and an expert at Islamic jurisprudence, then appeared on the show, giving several Islamic explanations to justify his marriage, from Islam’s prophet Muhammad’s “sunna,” or practice, of “marrying” enslaved captive women, to Koran 4:3, which declares: “Marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four… or what your right hands possess.”

Though the term malk al-yamin literally means “that which is owned by your right hand,” for all practical purposes, and to avoid euphemisms, according to Islamic doctrine and history, she is simply a sex-slave. Linguistic evidence even suggests that she is seen not as a human but as a possession.

Even stripping the sex-slave of her hijab, the way Awn did, has precedent. According to Islamic jurisprudence, whereas the free (Muslim) woman is mandated to wear a hijab, sex-slaves are mandated only to be covered from the navel to the knees—with everything else exposed. Awn even explained how Caliph Omar, one of the first “righteous caliphs,” would strip sex-slaves of their garments, whenever he saw them overly dressed in the marketplace.

Awn further went on to declare that he believes the idea of sex slave marriage is ideal for today’s Egyptian society. He bases this on ijtihad, a recognized form of jurisprudence, whereby a Muslim scholar comes up with a new idea—one that is still rooted in the Koran and example of Muhammad—that fits the circumstances of contemporary society. He argued that, when it comes to marriage, “we Muslims have overly complicated things,” so that men are often forced to be single throughout their prime, finally getting married between the ages of 30-40, when they will have a stable career and enough money to open a household.

Similarly, many Egyptian women do not want to wear the hijab in public. The solution, according to Awn, is to reinstitute sex-slavery—allowing men to marry and copulate much earlier in life, and women who want to dress freely to do so, as technically they are sex-slaves and mandated to go about loosely attired.

The other guest on the show, Dr. Abdullah al-Naggar, a professor in Islamic jurisprudence at Al Azhar, fiercely attacked Awn for reviving this practice, calling on him and his slave-wife to “repent,” to stop dishonoring Islam, and arguing that “there is no longer sex-slavery”—to which Awn responded by sarcastically asking, “Who said sex-slavery is over? What—because the UN said so?”

In many ways, this exchange between Awn, who advocates sex-slave marriage, and the Al Azhar professor symbolizes the clash between today’s “Islamists” and “moderate Muslims.” For a long time, Al Azhar has been engaged in the delicate balancing act of affirming Islam while still advocating modernity according to Western standards, whereas the Islamists—from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Salafis—bred with contempt and disrespect for the West, are only too eager to revive Islamic practices that defy Western standards.

While this may be the first sex slave marriage to take place in Egypt’s recent history, it is certainly not the first call to revive the practice. Earlier, Egyptian Sheikh Huwaini, lamenting that the “good old days” of Islam were over, declared that, in an ideal Muslim society, “when I want a sex-slave,” he should be able to go “to the market and pick whichever female I desire and buy her.” Likewise, a Kuwaiti female politician earlier advocated for reviving the institute of sex-slavery, suggesting that Muslims should bring female captives of war—specifically Russian women from the Chechnya war—and sell them to Muslim men in the markets of Kuwait.

http://theantislave.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/egypt-conducts-1st-sex-slave-marriage/

Paparock
07-09-2012, 05:12 PM
Sharia Financier Limits Women's Access to Banking

http://www.zawya.com/story/Women_cannot_open_bank_accounts_for_their_children _in_the_UAE-GN_08072012_090743/ (http://www.zawya.com/story/Women_cannot_open_bank_accounts_for_their_children _in_the_UAE-GN_08072012_090743/)

Women cannot open bank accounts for their children in the UAE

Abu Dhabi Women cannot open or manage bank accounts for their children under 18 years of age, according to Central Bank regulations even if they are the children’s sponsors or custodians. Women who were met with a strong no from the bank urged the government to take swift action and equate men with women in this regard.

A high-profile expatriate working woman and the custodian of two children told Gulf News that the bank she has been dealing with for more than 15 years has refused to open an account for her two children — aged eight and six —aand asked her instead to bring her divorced husband to the bank do so. “I can’t understand the logic behind it. It is an impossible demand. I am the one who will deposit the money in a bid to secure the education and the future of my children,“ the mother and famous news anchor at a pan Arab TV station in Dubai said. She said when the government has allowed her to sponsor her two children it means that the government considers her capable of sponsoring her children. It contradicts the bank’s rule when they ask her to bring her ex-husband or one of his brothers to manage the account of her children. The bank hinted that the rule is in compliance with Islamic Sharia. “I can’t believe that we are in the 21st century and treat women as illegitimate custodians of their own children. This is nothing to do with Sharia. It is a backward understanding of the Sharia which had never dealt with such a case. It is we who implement Sharia, “ she said.

A spokesperson for the Central Bank told Gulf News: “We apply the provisions of Islamic Sharia in this regard. Mothers are legal guardians and trustees and they are not custodians or natural guardians,”

“The UAE is a Muslim country. Only fathers can open bank accounts for their children as they are their natural guardians or custodians,” added the spokesperson.

“If the father is dead, the custodians are either the uncle, the grandfather or the brother from their father’s side. However, the guardian is the one who is designated by the custodian and should replace the custodian if he is absent through a power of attorney issued for this purpose,” Riyad Kirdasy, a consultant at the Ban Globe Advocates and Legal Consultancy, told Gulf News.

“As per Central Bank regulations, we open accounts only for individuals who have completed 21 years of age,” said W. Ahmad, of NBAD customer service.

“All individuals who are 18 years of age are permitted to open a savings account while those who are 18 years of age and employed with government or semi-government entities may also open a current account,” added Ahmad.

“Accounts for saving accounts for minors below 18 years of age may be opened provided that they are opened and operated by the minor’s natural guardian [father] or by the legal guardian [designated by the court],” he explained.

“The husband has to sign the papers in the bank and this is the Central Bank’s policy. Also, if the mother wants to have access to these savings accounts of her children, her husband has to sign a power of attorney for the account per se,” said Ahmad.

Commercial Bank of Abu Dhabi said: “ The father has to sign all documents pertaining to the account and he has also to sign all documents with regard to withdrawals in the future. The husband can give his wife who is a third party a power of attorney to operate the account.”

By Shehab Al Makahleh Staff Reporter

http://www.zawya.com/story/Women_cannot_open_bank_accounts_for_their_children _in_the_UAE-GN_08072012_090743/

Paparock
07-12-2012, 02:07 PM
‘An Insult to Islam’: Pakistani Acid Attack Victim Describes Horrific Anti-Christian Assault That Nearly Killed Her
"They wanted to hang me."
by http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/userphoto/billyhallowell.thumbnail.pngBilly Hallowell (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/author/billyhallowell)


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/an-insult-to-islam-pakistani-acid-attack-victim-describes-horrific-assault-she-faced-over-her-christian-faith/


Julie Aftab is only 26-years-old, but she’s seen more trauma and tragedy than most individuals her age. Ten years ago, while she was living in Pakistan and working as an operator in a tiny office, she was brutally attacked with acid. The incident left her with lasting scars and in need of intense medical treatment. Today, she is rebuilding her life in Houston, Texas, and speaking out about the horror she endured.

In a recent interview with The Houston Chronicle, Aftab recounts the events that led to the vicious assault she faced at the tender age of 16. One day, while she was working at an office in Pakistan, she recalls a man coming in and asking if she was a Christian (he noticed a cross necklace she was wearing). When she responded “yes,” he began to yell at her, claiming that she was hell-bound for refusing to embrace Islam.

Eventually, the man left — but he came back less than an hour later to up the ante on his attacks. He promptly threw a bottle of battery acid on the teenager, burning her face and body instantly. When she tried to escape, a second man grabbed her her and poured the dangerous substance down her throat.

In a description reported by The Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2172338/They-wanted-hang--thought-insult-Islam-I-lived-New-life-Pakistani-Christian-woman-suffered-savage-acid-attack-Muslim-man-thought-traitor.html#ixzz20O03bYMf), Aftab’s teeth began to fall out and her esophagus was substantially burned. As she sought help in the streets outside of the office, a woman poured water over her and took her to the hospital. But the bizarre and traumatic experience didn’t end there. When she arrived for treatment, doctors refused to help her — because she was a Christian.http://d.agkn.com/pixel!t=650!?ct=US&st=CA&ac=714&zp=92832&bw=4&dma=195&city=13903&che=1678071&uuid=2479496269156909220&camid=6135942&plaid=75195696&creid=48931557&adgid=250950069

“They all turned against me,” she told the Houston Chronicle (http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Pakistani-acid-attack-victim-finds-new-life-in-3690925.php#photo-3169096). “Even the people who took me to the hospital. They told the doctor they were going to set the hospital on fire if they treated me.”

Inevitably, the hospital turned her away and, as her family desperately sought treatment for her, others did as well. Finally, a hospital agreed to treat her; the damage to her body was extensive. Aftab couldn’t speak or move her arms, she was missing an eye and eyelids and the majority of her esophagus was burned. The attack was so bad that her teeth could be seen through the space where her cheek once resided.

Doctors thought the young woman was bound to die, but she survived after nearly one year in the hospital. But her survival — seeing as she was an open Christian who denied Islam — was lamented by many. The Chronicle continues (http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Pakistani-acid-attack-victim-finds-new-life-in-3690925.php#photo-3169096):
Aftab quickly learned that in her old neighborhood, she was a pariah. Her mutilated face was plastered on the news, associated with insulting Islam. Her family was persecuted, and their house was burned down.

“They wanted to hang me,” she said. “They thought it would be an insult to Islam if I lived.”

Aftab and her parents went to a nondenominational bishop in Pakistan, who said he would try to help. He took her in, contacted Shriners Hospitals for Children (http://www.chron.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news%2Fhouston-texas&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Shriners+Hospitals+for+Children%22), and arranged for her treatment in Houston.

He gave her one piece of advice before she left Pakistan in 2004: “If you forgive them,” he said, “your wound will heal without any medication. You can heal from the inside out.”
Today, she lives on and is rebuilding the pieces of her life that were taken away from her so savagely. Initially, she was angry, wondering why God would allow such a horrific event to happen to her. Today, she has learned to forgive.

Upon arriving in Texas, the Ervin family, locals who had heard about her plight, took her in and taught her English. Doctors, too, pitched in on donated time to reconstruct her face and to provide the treatment she needs. Today, she is filled with thanksgiving and gratefulness.

“Maybe those doctors don’t know what they did. Maybe they think they just did their jobs,” Aftab told the Chronicle. “But for me, they gave me a life.”

Now, she calls her scars “my jewel, my gift from God.” This month, she is scheduled to take her citizenship test and she is continuing her studies as an accounting major at the University of Houston-Clear Lake — truly a story of triumph over tragedy.

(H/T: Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2172338/They-wanted-hang--thought-insult-Islam-I-lived-New-life-Pakistani-Christian-woman-suffered-savage-acid-attack-Muslim-man-thought-traitor.html#ixzz20O03bYMf))

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/an-insult-to-islam-pakistani-acid-attack-victim-describes-horrific-assault-she-faced-over-her-christian-faith/

Paparock
07-12-2012, 03:24 PM
Medical experts agree, Egypt is the world leader in Female Genital Mutilation (http://barenakedislam.com/2012/07/12/medical-experts-agree-egypt-is-the-world-leader-in-female-genital-mutilation/)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7ByI2tAsPQ



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Paparock
07-12-2012, 03:32 PM
90% OF MOSQUES IN UK PREFER TO KEEP WOMEN OUT


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb5swQb78vA

Paparock
07-12-2012, 04:23 PM
The Unending War on Afghan Women (http://frontpagemag.com/2012/frank-crimi/the-unending-war-on-afghan-women/)
The “honor beheading” of an Afghan woman and her two children is only the latest example of the increasing barbarism
by Frank Crimi (http://frontpagemag.com/author/frank-crimi/)

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/frank-crimi/the-unending-war-on-afghan-women/


The “honor beheading” of an Afghan woman and her two children is but the latest act of barbarism in the escalating and seemingly never-ending violence being levied upon Afghanistan’s women and girls.

The latest victims of the Afghan war on women were a 30-year-old woman named Serata and her eight-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter, all of whom had their heads cleaved from their bodies by Serata’s divorced husband, Mohammad Arif.

While Serata appeared to be the sole target of Arif’s revenge, according (http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/04/afghanistan-honourkilling-idINDEE8630DN20120704) to Afghan police, after her children saw their father burst into their home in Ghazni province and “take their mother’s head off, he killed them too.”

Serata and her children’s horrific deaths were prompted because she had apparently “dishonored” Arif’s familial reputation by divorcing him last year after suffering through a decade of abuse, a stain so great that it necessitated Arif’s act of bloody vengeance.

Sadly, this horrific crime appears to be only the latest in a rapidly growing wave of “honor killings” plaguing Afghan women and girls, a swell that saw 17 such killings reported across Afghanistan in March and April alone.

Those cases include (http://www.aihrc.org.af/en/press-release/924/press-release-on-the-women-murdered-in-kunduz-and-baghlan-provinces.html) a 22-year-old woman choked to death by her husband in Kunduz province; a 40-year-old woman beheaded by her husband in Khost province; and a 26-year-old woman in Baghlan province who was first choked to death and then burned up with boiling hot water.

Like Serata, seeking a divorce can lead a woman to her death at the hands of an aggrieved husband or relative. Yet women slated for honor killings can also include those who have married a man of their own choosing; had any contact with an unrelated male; dated a Christian; openly flirted; or adopted Western ways of dress and behavior.

However, acts over which a woman has no control, such as being the victim of rape, can also provoke an honor killing.

In February, Estorai, a 22-year-old mother of two, was strangled (http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/02/08/the-grit-afghanistanand-8217-s-living-hell-for-women.html) to death by her husband for her failure to produce a male offspring. Unhappy that their firstborn was a girl, Estorai’s husband had warned that he would kill her if she gave him another daughter, a deadly promise he kept within weeks after Estorai gave birth to their second daughter.

In June, Gulsika, a 20-year-old woman in Kandahar province, was shot (http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article=74241&pageid=24&pagename=Society) by her husband for her failure to conceive, even though doctors who had examined her said it was her husband — and not Gulsika — who was the one unable to have children.

Yet, while the rise in Afghan honor killings has been on a meteoric rise of late, overall violent attacks on women and girls throughout Afghanistan have also dramatically increased.

To some, the resurgence in violence has been attributed to the Taliban extending its reach across Afghanistan and bringing with them the brutal yoke it had placed on Afghan women during its five-year rule of the country from 1996 -2001.

That Taliban reign subjected Afghan women to a Hobbesian nightmare of public floggings and executions if they, among other things, failed to wear a head-to-toe burqa; worked outside their homes or even left their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative; laughed loudly; or were photographed or filmed.

This Taliban-brand of female stewardship was on display in a gruesome video (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/07/us-afghanistan-taliban-woman-idUSBRE8660C320120707) recently taken in a village in Parwan province in which a Taliban member is seen shooting a kneeling woman accused of adultery five times in the head with an automatic rifle.

Before the shots struck the women’s head, a male voice in the background intoned, “Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it’s the wrong way. It is the order of Allah that she be executed.” To that refrain, a cheering throng of over 150 male villagers chanted, “Long live the Afghan mujahideen!”

It should be noted that while the woman had been charged with the “crime” of adultery, she was in fact the discarded pawn of two Taliban commanders, both of whom had been sexually involved with her before deciding to torture her and then kill her to settle a dispute between the two of them.

Yet, while the Taliban may indeed be largely responsible for the latest rise in violence, the actions of the brutal Islamists are being abetted by the many Muslim men in Afghanistan who have long been treating women and girls little better than human chattel. (For those of you not familiar with the meaning of chattel here is what merriam-webster says from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chattel (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chattel) . 1: an item of tangible movable or immovable property except real estate and things (as buildings) connected with real property . 2 : slave (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slave), bondman (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bondman) . Examples of CHATTEL: <at one time, the children of black slaves were also considered chattel> Paparock)

The UN reports that nearly 90 percent of Afghan women suffer from some form of domestic violence. That abuse includes being given away to pay family debts or settle disputes as well as forced child marriage, the latter practice which has led to over half of the marriages in Afghanistan involving girls under the age of 16.

Not surprisingly, according to the head of an Afghan women’s rights group, these early marriages “cause dangerous levels of stress for women too young to cope” with the “wifely roles expected of them,” roles that more often than not include a torrent of physical and emotional abuse issued from the bride’s husband and family.

Tragically, the trauma engendered from forced child marriage has also produced an epidemic of suicides from desperate girls unable to flee their matrimonial hell. In Afghanistan’s Daikundi province alone, an investigative report (http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/02/17/unreported-suicides-in-central-afghan-province.html) by the Institute of War and Peace Reporting found that at least 200 women annually commit suicide in an effort to flee forced marriage.

While most of these young women take rat poison or insecticides or hang themselves in order to exit their turmoil, a fairly new and equally disturbing trend of suicide is taking place: self-immolation. In western Afghanistan alone 94 cases of self-immolation (http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/03/28/94-self-immolation-cases-registered-in-western-afghanistan.html) by young teenage brides who have been married off by their families have occurred over the past year.

Yet, as sad as it may sound, it’s not terribly surprising that these young girls feel forced to take such extreme measures to extricate themselves from family violence given the religious and cultural penalties they will suffer for even raising complaints about their plight.

In Afghanistan’s highly patriarchal society women who seek help from Afghan courts and police are often pressured by authorities to withdraw their complaints, or failing that, find themselves arrested and jailed for committing “moral crimes.”

One such case (http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/02/17/afghan-bride-burns-herself-in-protest-of-domestic-violence.html) involved a 15-year-old bride named Sadat who set herself on fire after months of being beaten repeatedly by her husband and father-in-law, an act which resulted in burns over 80 percent of her body.

Prior to her self-immolation, Sadat had petitioned Afghan courts to end the violence in her home. However, the prosecutor accused Sadat of lying, demanding that she withdraw her complaints or face “dire consequences” if she refused. According to Sadat, “Such behavior left me with no choice but self-immolation because it was the only way to get rid of the violence and insults.”

Of course, it should be noted that Afghan women will find little legal relief if forced to utilize their other judicial option, their local “jirga.” These tribal assemblies of village elders, common throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, bring a brand of Sharia justice that can be especially harsh.

An example of that justice occurred in 2011 in neighboring Pakistan when a Pakistani jirga declared that a 13-year-old girl who had been kidnapped (http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/126719/family_defies_convention_by_not) and viciously gang raped for three days by four Muslim men to be a “black female” and thus subject to an honor killing from her family.

As AIHRC Commissioner Suraya Subhrang said (http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/woman-two-children-beheaded-in-afghanistan-honor-killing-1.448854), these “men make a quick decision in their own courts to kill a girl and hold a prayer for her the next day.”

Given the rising cloud of murderous deaths enveloping the women and girls of Afghanistan, the prayer rooms in Afghanistan’s mosques must be overflowing.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/frank-crimi/the-unending-war-on-afghan-women/

Paparock
07-14-2012, 06:19 PM
'The Earlier the Better' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGm4zVpKeJQ&feature=g-all-u) (YouTube)


(Video) According to this cleric, it is the Islamic way to marry off girls as young as possible. You just have to be careful of those pesky infidel laws.

Paparock
07-16-2012, 04:03 PM
Egypt: Muslim tourists buying underage girls for temporary marriage, using and abandoning them

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2173796/Rich-Arab-tourists-buying-age-brides-Egypt-just-summer-3-200.html#ixzz20hWtjnE0

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/07/egypt-muslim-tourists-buying-underage-girls-for-temporary-marriage-using-and-abandoning-them.html


Shi'ites justify temporary marriage, mutah, by their reading of Qur'an 4:24:
And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you. Lawful unto you are all beyond those mentioned, so that ye seek them with your wealth in honest wedlock, not debauchery. And those of whom ye seek content (by marrying them), give unto them their portions as a duty. And there is no sin for you in what ye do by mutual agreement after the duty (hath been done). Lo! Allah is ever Knower, Wise.
And while Sunnis ostensibly reject this practice, it is rising among Saudis (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/04/temporary-marriages-on-the-rise-among-saudi-men.html), and now we see it also here in Egypt. And as for the girls being underage, why not? Muhammad did it: "The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." -- Bukhari 7.62.88

"Sordid trade in the 'summer brides': Arab tourists are 'buying underage Egyptian sex slaves' to serve them for just a few months,'" from the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2173796/Rich-Arab-tourists-buying-age-brides-Egypt-just-summer-3-200.html#ixzz20hWtjnE0), July 15:
Wealthy tourists from the Persian Gulf are paying to marry under-age Egyptian girls just for the summer, according to a report.

These temporary marriages are not legally binding and end when the men return to their homes in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

The tourists pay a 'dowry' to poor families through intermediaries with prices ranging from £320 to £3,200.

The young victims - some under 18 - suffer sexual slavery and are forced to be servants to their 'husbands', claims the U.S. State Department report 'Trafficking in Persons'.

The shame of Aziza one of several 'summer wives' who live in villages around Giza, was highlighted by the paper.

Aziza - not her real name - married a 45-year-old man from Saudi Arabia when she was 17 because he promised to find a job for her brother in the Gulf, and gave her penniless parents the equivalent of £2,120, [sic]

The Saudi Arabian also bought her dresses and took her to top restaurants. He stayed a month before returning home, but promised she could join him later.

After waiting several months and now heavily pregnant, she tried to trace him through the Saudi embassy so her child could be formally recognised.

But her marriage was not officially registered which meant she could not prove her claim. Aziza had to return to her family and raise her baby as a single mother.

No foreigner can marry an Egyptian girl if there is an age difference of 10 years, according to state laws. But parents and marriage brokers are getting round the restriction.
They will forge birth certificates to make the girls appear older and the men younger. In 2009, a court in Alexandria jailed two registrars for conducting temporary marriages of hundreds of girls under 18.

Sex before marriage is banned under Islamic law and most hotels and landlords demand proof before allowing a couple to share the same room.

But the report found that many parents will marry their daughter without her consent and often the girls agree to the arrangement because their families have no money....

Paparock
07-17-2012, 10:17 PM
Raped? Your fault


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrUuMY3UCa8

Paparock
07-23-2012, 02:24 AM
Afghan man kills two daughters in 'honour killing'


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/afghan-man-kills-two-daughters-in-honour-killing/story-fnd134gw-1226432283336


AN AFGHAN man killed his two teenage daughters when they returned home four days after running away with a man in a southern village.

The father, who shot the girls, has been detained on murder charges in Nad Ali district in the southern province of Helmand, a hotbed of the Taliban insurgency, provincial police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang said.

"He killed two of his daughters. His daughters had run away with a young man four days ago. When they returned home their father killed them," Mr Farhang said.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for the young man, who is said to be working as an interpreter with NATO forces in the southern province, Mr Farhang said.

Relations between men and women outside marriage are strictly controlled under Islam and infringements are harshly punished by most families in the troubled Central Asian nation.

So-called "honour killing" is a common practice in Afghanistan, an ultra-conservative Islamic nation which has been at war for most of the past three decades.

The Taliban, an Islamic insurgent group waging war against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai, recently publicly executed a young woman in a village near Kabul after she was accused of adultery.

The execution was widely condemned internationally after a shocking video of the killing surfaced in Afghan media. It showed a crowd cheering as a man shot the woman with a rifle.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/afghan-man-kills-two-daughters-in-honour-killing/story-fnd134gw-1226432283336

Paparock
07-24-2012, 03:18 PM
Kashmir: Imam throws acid in face of woman for operating beauty parlor

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kashmiri-acid-attack-victim-let-down-by-law/1/209157.html

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/07/kashmir-imam-throws-acid-in-face-of-woman-for-operating-beauty-parlor.html


Don't get all exercised over this, you greasy Islamophobes. After all, priests and ministers and rabbis throw acid in the faces of women who get out of line all the time, don't they? Don't they?

"Kashmiri acid attack victim let down by law," from India Today (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kashmiri-acid-attack-victim-let-down-by-law/1/209157.html), July 23:
She waited for justice for seven years but it was all in vain. Gul Naaz came to know earlier this week that a court has exonerated the men accused of throwing acid on her and leaving her disfigured for life.

Her fault: She had dared to open a beauty parlour in Kishtwar district of Jammu.

"Two men who threw acid on me were arrested. They were kept in the police station for a night and released the next day. The case went to the sessions court. I was called once to record my statement. I was told that I'll be called again, but it never happened," Naaz, 34, said.

"The police informed me on Tuesday that the case has been closed and the accused exonerated by the court," she said, adding that she plans to file an appeal against the decision.
In 2006, Naaz, who has three children, opened a beauty parlour in Kishtwar to earn her livelihood as her husband had suffered serious injuries in a traffic accident.

She said two men - Sajjad Ahmad and Liyqat Ali - told her to close down the beauty parlour or she would have to face serious consequences.

"I just laughed at Sajjad, who was also the imam of a local mosque. I thought they were joking. But one day they executed the threat," Naaz said.

The attack damaged one eye completely. "Whatever money I had, I spent that on my treatment. All these years I have gone through hell for nothing and those who did it are roaming freely," she said....

Paparock
07-24-2012, 04:57 PM
Iran To Consider Legalizing Marriage For Girls Under 10-Years-Old To Comply With Sharia Law


http://weaselzippers.us/2012/07/10/iran-to-consider-legalizing-marriage-for-girls-under-10-years-old-to-comply-with-sharia-law/


http://weaselzippers.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Ayatollah-Ali-Khamenei.jpg

Every pedophile’s dream come true.
(Mohabat News) (http://www.mohabatnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4923:iran-seeks-to-legalise-marriage-for-girls-under-10&catid=35:inside-iran&Itemid=278) — According to recently released statistics, in the past few weeks over 75 female children under 10 were forced to marry much older men. In 3929 cases, bride and groom were both under 14.

In a discussion of the issue organised by the Khabar Online news website, conservative law-maker and spokesperson for the Majles committee Mohammad Ali Isfenani said: “Before the revolution girls under 16 were not allowed to marry.

Parents determined to get around the law would often tamper with their daughter’s birth certificate. Under the previous constitution, people were legally regarded as adults when they were 18. After the revolution the age at which children were regarded as going through puberty was lowered to 9 for girls and 15 for boys.

He added: “As some people may not comply with our current Islamic legal system, we must regard 9 as being the appropriate age for a girl to have reached puberty and qualified to get married. To do otherwise would be to contradict and challenge Islamic Sharia law.”

http://weaselzippers.us/2012/07/10/iran-to-consider-legalizing-marriage-for-girls-under-10-years-old-to-comply-with-sharia-law/


http://barenakedislam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Islam-child-brides1-212x300.jpg

http://barenakedislam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2868679440105229747S600x600Q85.jpg

Paparock
07-25-2012, 02:42 PM
France: Seven Muslims beat up woman for attending party during Ramadan

http://www.thelocal.fr/page/view/young-woman-beaten-for-being-a-bad-muslim

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/07/france-seven-muslims-beat-up-woman-for-attending-party-during-ramadan.html


"According to the woman, the men issued threats and said: 'You are a bad Muslim', and 'you bring shame to Islam because you went to a party on a day of Ramadan.'"

Attending a party during Ramadan: haram. Beating up a young woman who attended a party during Ramadan: halal, and pleasing to Allah.

Eurabia Alert: "Young woman beaten for being a 'bad Muslim,'" from The Local (http://www.thelocal.fr/page/view/young-woman-beaten-for-being-a-bad-muslim), July 23 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
Police in the south of France have launched an investigation after a woman claimed she was beaten up by seven men in Viviez for attending a party during Ramadan.

The young woman, originally from Morocco, was driving home from the party on Friday night when two other cars trapped hers, newspaper Midi Libre reports.

The men are reported to have beaten her up before leaving without saying anything.

After they had left, the woman drove home. Shortly afterwards, she headed towards the local police station to report the attack.

On her way to the station, the seven men tracked her down again and assaulted her a second a time.

According to the woman, the men issued threats and said: “You are a bad Muslim”, and “you bring shame to Islam because you went to a party on a day of Ramadan.”

Paparock
07-26-2012, 04:16 PM
The Great Muslim Cover-Up (http://frontpagemag.com/2012/daniel-greenfield/the-great-muslim-cover-up/)
Covering up women and the truth about Islam
by Daniel Greenfield (http://frontpagemag.com/author/daniel-greenfield/)


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http://frontpagemag.com/2012/daniel-greenfield/the-great-muslim-cover-up/


Over in Toronto, a Muslim cleric with the unwieldy name of Al-Hashim Kamena Atangana had a great idea. Al-Hashim’s idea was for Toronto to pass laws forcing women to wear burkas. “Cover up or get raped,” was the implied message. Toronto only has an estimated 5.5 percent Muslim population so the Toronto Taliban probably won’t be getting their way until they have higher double digit numbers, but they can wait.

Meanwhile in Egypt where the population is 90 percent Muslim and the other 10 percent are running for their lives, a new TV channel represents a brave new frontier in Islamic feminism. Maria TV features women giving lifestyle and makeup tips while wearing full niqab, which covers their faces and leaves only their eyes exposed. According to some Saudi clerics who think that women are only allowed to leave one eye exposed, this makes them either a bold feminist experiment or shameless strumpets.

In a country where Tahrir Square has become synonymous with sexual assault; the Al-Hashim paradigm is taking hold. There are photos of female students at Cairo University (http://frontpagemag.com/2010/jamie-glazov/how-the-veil-conquered-cairo-university/) from the 60′s and 70′s that showed them dressing like women did in the 60′s and 70′s. But by the time Obama showed up to praise Cairo University as a great representative of Islamic civilization, the cover-up had begun. The question is where will the cover-up end and what will the Cairo University class of 2020 look like? They probably won’t have faces, but will they even have eyes?

You can attend a university with your head covered, even with your face covered, but it gets harder to attend class when your eyes are covered. If the trend means anything in a decade Muslim feminism will mean fighting for the right to keep one eye open in a creed that wants everyone to keep their eyes shut.

The West has reacted to the Islamic cover-up with its own cover-up. The Western liberal will run through the gamut of his own civilization’s sins before reluctantly admitting that some parts of the Muslim world may not be an ideal place to be a woman, but he immediately reaches for a rolled up copy of the New York Times and uses Tom Friedman’s latest report from an airport’s luxury lounge in Dubai or Kuala Lumpur as proof that the reforms are coming.

Indeed if you read anything from Tom Friedman, who is expert at writing books about how the world is becoming a global village because it’s so ridiculously easy for him to fly anywhere on his frequent flyer miles, that is all he can talk about. Saudi Arabia is constantly being reformed. Why in 1962 it abolished slavery and recently the Saudi king has agreed to let women vote in municipal elections in 2015. This is naturally a big deal in an absolute monarchy that has been ruled by the same family for longer than it had oil companies.

There is no question that King Abdullah is a great feminist. If you doubt that just ask any one of his 13 wives. It may be true that women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive or leave the country without permission from their husband; but so long as Tom Friedman has a comfortable seat and an alcohol-free drink whenever he flies to Saudi Arabia, the reports of reforms will keep on coming about this cheerful outpost in our global village.

We all live in villages. Our village is a place where women are considered human beings, but in the village that is an ocean and a desert away, women are considered property. The problem is that lately our two villages have been overlapping thanks to the heap big magic of the airport. Americans travel to Saudi Arabia, where they are told to cover themselves up and respect the local customs, and Muslims travel to Canada where they tell the city of Toronto that it needs to cover up its women or they won’t be responsible for the consequences. Our village just can’t seem to win.

This is not the sort of stuff that you put in tourist brochures, this is the sort of stuff you cover up, and these days our nations exist as long tourist brochures covering up the problems and extolling the virtues of all these people who visit, move in, learn to fly planes and ram them into buildings.

Our tourist brochures say, “Diversity,” but diversity is another one of our village’s unique virtues. It’s not a virtue when you reach Saudi Arabia, and it’s not a virtue when Saudi Arabia reaches us. Our noble commitment to diversity leads us to diversify by investing in multiculturalism, but many of the men with thirteen wives and sharp knives in that other village are not interested in multiculturalism.

The Taliban showed us what they thought of multiculturalism when they blew up Buddhist statues and the Islamists in Mali are showing us what they think of multiculturalism with a rampage directed against Sufi shrines. The Muslim Waqf in Jerusalem is continuing its vandalism of the remains of the Second Temple. All of them are following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia which has waged a campaign of destruction against the cultural artifacts of every other culture.

In India, Hindus had the temerity to sing in their own country during the month of Ramadan, which ended in violence as furious Muslims tried to explain their views on multiculturalism with big rocks. In that same spirit, Al-Hashim Kamena Atangana, like so many other Muslim clerics, is trying to explain to us that while in our village it may be the custom to treat women as human beings, in his village it is the custom to treat them as property.

The Al-Hashims bellow that Western women should act more Muslim and Western feminist groups encourage their members to try on hijabs as gestures of tolerance and servitude. That great Islamic feminist, King Abdullah and his thirteen wives, whose kingdom spends billions on such propaganda, no doubt approves, and wishes they would move on to not driving cars as another gesture of tolerance for our new wonderfully diverse village.

The hijab is the gateway to the burka and both are just forms of mobile purdah, the segregation that requires a woman to stay at home. And if she can’t stay in her tent, then she can only go out while wearing a big black tent that goes everywhere she goes.

Under the burka, the Muslim woman is still locked up in her room in her husband’s house even when she’s out and about in the marketplace. It is a liberal concession that allows her to occasionally leave the house while still being locked up in the house. And this brilliant bit of Islamic feminism, this reform which says that women can occasionally leave the house and shouldn’t be raped so long as they’re wearing a tent that makes it look like they’re still in purdah, is just one of the ways that Islam is enriching our multiculturalism with its monoculturalism.

Western liberals respond to the problem with the same methods as Middle-Eastern Islamists. Their solution to everything is the great cover-up. Muslims cover up women, Western liberals cover up the Muslim abuse of women. Muslims are afraid of dealing with the idea that women are more than mobile property and Western liberals are terrified of dealing with the idea that this is what Muslims actually believe about women.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, whether it’s for the bacteria that thrive under full body robes or the kind that thrive in ideologies which try to control everyone. No matter how many cover-ups are made and how many cloaks, hijabs and burkas are thrown over the truth, sooner or later the cover-ups have to end and the truth has to shine forth.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/daniel-greenfield/the-great-muslim-cover-up/

Paparock
07-26-2012, 04:24 PM
Pak. Islamists Vow Acid Attacks on Women Shoppers (http://www.examiner.com/article/scare-grips-turbat-as-jhangvi-threatens-to-throw-acid-on-women-faces)

http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_content_width/hash/e0/16/e016ac7a6779240377680814e87ea50f.jpg


http://www.examiner.com/article/scare-grips-turbat-as-jhangvi-threatens-to-throw-acid-on-women-faces


The militant Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has threatened to throw acid on the faces of women who venture to the bazaars in Mekran's largest town of Turbat, according to a radio report.

"The militants sent text messages to the public that women who venture to go for shopping in the market place like the Lehri market and StarPlus market on their own would be attacked by Lashkar-i-Jhangvi," a caller told the pro-militant Radio Gwank based in Sweden.

Balochistan (http://www.examiner.com/topic/balochistan) has been a battleground for secular and democratic forces and Islamists for many years, but the Islamists mostly existed on the fringe of society.

During the military dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq, Saudi Arabia pumped in millions of dollars to finance hundreds of madressahs where poor Baloch students went for religious education.

"What we see now is the coming of age of the graduates of those madressahs," said former speaker of the Balochistan assembly Mir Akram Dashti of the National Party.

There have been at least three reported cases of acid throwing (http://tribune.com.pk/story/252042/acid-crime-victims-determined-to-get-back-to-work/) in Balochistan in the last two years. According to Amnesty International, on 29 April, three sisters, Fatima, aged 20, Sakeena, aged 14 and Saima, aged 8, were disfigured by acid thrown at them in Kalat town, Balochistan, apparently for violating a ban on leaving the house without a male guardian.

The latest threat has come in the Muslim Lent, or Holy Ramadhan, when Islamists generally become more excited because of the hunger pangs due to fasting.

In Turbat, itself there cases two years when needles were *****ed into the bodies of women shoppers by attackers who would run away after harassing the women, according to Radio Gwank.

In the last decade militancy has also raised its head in Balochistan. The separatist militants have often targeted the softer nationalist for not raising the independence slogans by accusing them of being government informers.

Those killed by the militants include Maula Bakhsh Dashti, Mohammed Hussain, Dr Lal Bakhsh and Nasim Jangiyan of the National Party
Just 10 days back Dr. Malik Baloch, president of the National Party deplored that political immaturity of the militants was helping the rise of fundamentalists in Balochistan and said as many as seven different government agencies are busy countering the secular and democratic forces.

Secular Democrats in Balochistan complain they are sandwiched between the military, mullahs and militants.

Moreover, at least one in every four Baloch is a Zikri, who do not believe in going for Hajj to Saudi Arabia, and any growth of Islamic fundamentalism is likely to tear apart the Baloch political fabric.

Saudi dollars and agents are said to be busy at work to this day not only inside Balochistan but also London and Washington DC to fan religious extremism in Eastern (Pakistan) Balochistan and Western (Iranian) Balochistan.

Baloch members of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi that issued the threats to the women have been involved in the massacre of Shia Hazaras.

http://www.examiner.com/article/scare-grips-turbat-as-jhangvi-threatens-to-throw-acid-on-women-faces

Paparock
07-27-2012, 06:04 PM
No case yet for sale of 12-year-old

http://tribune.com.pk/story/412244/no-case-yet-for-sale-of-12-year-old/


HAFIZABAD:
A woman’s complaint against her son, accusing him of having sold his sister, has yet to be registered with the police because of a jurisdiction dispute between Saddar and City stations.

Station House Officers Najam Butt (Saddar) and Nawaz Sial (City) both said that Solangi village, the suspect’s hometown, did not fall in their jurisdiction.

In her complaint, Basheeran Bibi accused her son Muhammad Anser of having sold his 12-year-old sister to his two brothers-in-law for Rs20,000. She said the two men had sexually assaulted the child and forced her to do their household chores.

Basheeran Bibi said her daughter had escaped detention and arrived home in Solwe Awan village a couple of days ago. Talking to The Express Tribune, the woman said her son had earlier sold her for Rs30,000 to a man in Gujranwala a year ago. “He wanted me to marry the man but I never signed the marriage deed. I fled as soon as I found the chance to do so,” she said. She said Anser was arrested for this by City police but was later released on bail. “I withdrew the FIR later because he came to me and apologised,” she said.

She said when she later married a brick kiln worker in Solwe Awan and moved in with him, her son refused to let her take her daughter with her.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/412244/no-case-yet-for-sale-of-12-year-old/

Paparock
07-28-2012, 03:29 PM
Egypt: Muslims kidnap and enslave thousands of Christian girls

http://www.bikyamasr.com/73903/us-professor-says-coptic-girls-being-kidnapped-forced-into-servitude-in-egypt/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/07/egypt-muslims-kindnap-and-enslave-thousands-of-christian-girls.html


"Forbidden to you are your mothers and daughters, your sisters, your aunts paternal and maternal, your brother's daughters, your sister's daughters, your mothers who have given suck to you, your suckling sisters, your wives' mothers, your stepdaughters who are in your care being born of your wives you have been in to -- but if you have not yet been in to them it is no fault in you - and the spouses of your sons who are of your loins, and that you should take to you two sisters together, unless it be a thing of the past; God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate; and wedded women, save what your right hands own." (Qur'an 4:23-24)

Will the Islamophobia never end? "US professor says Coptic girls being kidnapped, forced into servitude in Egypt," by Joseph Mayton for Bikya Masr (http://www.bikyamasr.com/73903/us-professor-says-coptic-girls-being-kidnapped-forced-into-servitude-in-egypt/), July 27 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
CAIRO: A new report from George Washington University professor Michele Clark and Coptic rights activist Nada Ghaly has argued that thousands of young Coptic Christian girls in Egypt are the victim of kidnapping and forced servitude by Muslims in the North African country.

“Women and girls who are found indicate they were befriended by friends or relatives of their kidnappers, or the kidnappers themselves, drugged and then taken in a well-organized plan.

“Others, like a young mother who testified before the Helsinki Commission last week, were snatched by violent strangers in broad daylight. Her would-be abductor shouted to bystanders while dragging her to a waiting taxi, ‘No one interfere! She is an enemy of Islam’,” said a report highlighting the new report.

The report, which detailed Clark and Ghaly’s latest description of violence against young Coptic women, goes on to say:
Abduction, many who return home indicate that they were raped and told they could not go home because their families would never accept them back. Many are beaten; others are forced into domestic servitude. They are not allowed to leave where they are held without a member of their captor’s family keeping watch. They eventually are brainwashed into thinking the only way to be safe is to convert. Their families, who have been searching frantically for their daughters, sisters and wives — without any help from the police — often never discover their fate. The lucky ones find out via YouTube and other websites that their daughters are alive and have converted. While some conversions could be legitimate, overwhelming evidence points to abduction, forced marriage and coerced conversion persecuting the Coptic population.

Clark is not new to her outspoken coverage of the plight of Coptic women, issuing near annual reports on the situation, which some observers say embellishes and delivers a picture that is far from accurate.

In recent years, Coptic Christian advocacy groups have lambasted the Egyptian authorities for allegedly not forcing the return of Coptic girls to their families after they have allegedly been kidnapped by Muslim men. Police and media have reported scores of missing women over the past few years and many quickly return to their families without much explanation.

Some Coptic families have alleged that the women were kidnapped by Muslim men and forced to undergo conversion to Islam.

But some women’s rights advocates here argue that these are not kidnappings. More often, they see these cases as cries for help by young women in the socially conservative Coptic community, which traces its church to the first century when, by traditional belief, the apostle Mark founded it in Egypt as the first Christian church in history.

In particular, rights activists say the missing young women draw attention to customs among traditional Copts, particularly the lack of access to divorce and the practice of arranged marriages.

“A key reason for the so-called ‘kidnappings’ is that Coptic women have no right to divorce,” Nehad Abul Komsan, head of the Cairo-based Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights and now leading member of the newly re-established National Council of women, told Bikyamasr.com in a previous interview on the subject.

“This means that if their parents tell them they are going to marry their cousin, they have to submit to this and have no choice . . . So they turn to Islam, not because of a spiritual belief in the religion but because it gives them more of an opportunity to choose their life’s path,” she said.

Once returned to their families the women’s absences often remain unexplained and the ongoing controversy has served as flashpoints for long-simmering tensions between the Coptic and Muslim communities.

One of most reported cases is of Irene Hanna Labib, who was allegedly kidnapped from Sohag, some 500 kilometers south of Cairo, in 2009. According to AINA’s reporter, Mary Abbelmassih, the Egyptian police in the area are refusing to go after her abductor. She argues that Labib’s kidnapping is part of the “Islamization business” and part of the way Egypt’s Muslim population are attempting to rid Egypt of Christians.

She quotes Magdy Khalil, a Copt and researcher, who says “abducting and converting Coptic girls to Islam is not only a result of the paranoid and racist incitation against the Copts, it is an organized and pre-planned process by associations and organizations inside Egypt with domestic and Arab funding, as the main role in seducing and luring Coptic girls is carried through cunning, deceit, and enticement, or through force if required.”

But Komsan said her organization has received numerous reports from Coptic women who seek their help in deciding what to do with their lives, especially in a situation when legal divorce is not an option.

She said another major factor spurring young Coptic women to flee their families is the move in the 1990s by Coptic Christian churches to forbid conversion to another Christian sect in which they might have found more freedom.

“It is not necessarily a societal problem; it is more religious issues that face women in our society,” said Abul Komsan.
“Women face leaders that force them to do things that they do not have any desire to do. They do certain things, such as running away from their family and converting to Islam, because it is the only way to get out of their designated role their family has for them.”

Laura, a Coptic woman in her mid-20s living in Alexandria who asked that her surname not be used, agreed. She said that while a few of the kidnappings may be authentic, most of the media reports are based on fabrications made by the families to disguise their daughters’ dissatisfaction.

“We, as Coptic women, have to deal with what our priests tell us and force upon us on a daily basis and often many women just can’t take it any longer so they just leave their families and run off with a Muslim man,” she says.

Because of the alleged kidnappings, more women are coming to her organization for counseling, Abul Komsan says, and many ask for advice about whether to leave or stay.

Muslim leaders have condemned the alleged kidnappings as contrary to Islamic thinking. Al-Azhar’s former grand sheikh Sayyed Al-Tantawi told Al-Ahram a few years ago that “these actions are contrary to Islam and we hope to receive more information concerning alleged kidnappings and would like to have an open dialogue with our Christian brothers and sisters in the country.”...
Actually, kidnapping infidels and enslaving them is fully sanctioned in Islamic law: "As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, 'When you encounter those who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks' (Qur'an sura 47, verse 4)" — Abu’l-Hasan al-Mawardi, [I]al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance), trans. by Dr. Asadullah Yate, (London), Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd., 1996, p. 192.

Paparock
07-28-2012, 03:35 PM
UK: Muslima kidnaps and drugs daughter for not marrying the right man: "you're worse than a prostitute, you should be killed"


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2179946/Muslim-grandmother-kidnapped-drugged-daughter-wouldnt-marry-right-man-jailed.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#socialLinks

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/07/uk-muslima-kidnaps-and-drugs-daughter-for-not-marrying-the-right-man-youre-worse-than-a-prostitute-y.html


Naila Afsar would probably have become another victim of Islamic honor killing if this case had not come to the attention of authorities. And at least for now, they weren't dhimmi enough to ignore it and allow Naila to be murdered. "Muslim grandmother who kidnapped and drugged her own daughter because she wouldn't marry the 'right' man is jailed," by Graham Smith for the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2179946/Muslim-grandmother-kidnapped-drugged-daughter-wouldnt-marry-right-man-jailed.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#socialLinks), July 27:
A devout Muslim grandmother has been jailed for four years for kidnapping and drugging her own daughter after she refused to marry the man her family wanted her to.

Mother-of-eight Shamim Akhtar, 59, was jailed with her son Shamrez Khan and her son-in-law Zahid Mahmood for abusing Naila Afsar, then 23, out of 'some misplaced sense of warped family honour'.

Khan, 34, was given a five-year sentence and Mahmood, 37, was jailed for four years at Burnley Crown Court today....

Akhtar, of Bradford, was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and two counts of administering a drug after a four-week trial at Preston Crown Court earlier this year.

Khan, of Bradford, and Mahmood, of Accrington, Lancashire, both pleaded guilty to the same offences part-way through the same trial.

Mrs Afsar's family had lined up a marriage for her with her cousin but, after some time together, she decided she wanted to end that relationship, the court heard.

She came under sustained pressure from her family in Bradford to the extent that she fled to Newcastle, where she thought they would not find her.

In Newcastle, she met postgraduate student Afsar Saddiq. They started a relationship and later married.

Once settled, Mrs Afsar tried to re-establish a relationship with her family but they began to pressure her again to divorce and restart the relationship with her cousin.

Things came to a head in January 2010 when Khan, his mother and others travelled to Newcastle, broke into Mrs Afsar's flat and threatened her and her husband.

She was taken to Accrington where various attempts were made to change her mind.

At one point her mother said to Mrs Afsar that she was 'worse than a prostitute, you should be killed', the court heard.

Judge Newell said: 'She resisted these attempts and she stood up to you.'

He said Khan, who was effectively the head of the family, pushed and slapped his sister.

Khan thought his sister's actions had 'brought shame and disgrace on the family, had impugned their honour'.

Eventually, Mrs Afsar was made to drink a milky liquid which contained the drug lorazepam - described in court today as a 'date rape drug'.

She was bundled into a car in an attempt to force her to go from Accrington to Bradford, against her will....

Paparock
07-29-2012, 03:04 PM
Islamic Sex-Slave Marriages Blamed on “International Zionism”

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/07/islamic-sex-slave-marriages-blamed-on-international-zionism.html


The seriousness of recent calls to legalize sex slave “marriages” in Egypt as a way to allow Muslim men to have premarital sex within the bounds of Sharia was recently demonstrated by the fact that many Islamic authorities—including Egypt’s Grand Mufti (http://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=724772&) and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar (http://www.alwafd.org/%D8%AF%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A7-%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86/235580-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%AD%D9%88%D8%AB-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A%D 8%A9-%D9%85%D9%84%D9%83-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D9%25)—made it a point to condemn the practice as contrary to Islam.

While it is refreshing to see Islamic leaders reject this perverse call, it is typical to see others portraying it as a foreign conspiracy. For instance, after rejecting the notion of sex-slave marriages, Dr Muhammaad al-Mukhtar al-Mahdi (http://www.alwafd.org/%D8%AF%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A7-%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86/235474-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%89-%D8%B2%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AC-%D9%85%D9%84%D9%83-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%AE%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AC-%D8%B9%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8), a professor of Islamic studies at Al Azhar, said “the crime is not that someone suggested it, but that someone made it easy for him to say and spread such things among the people,” adding that “this is a matter that international Zionism stands behind.”

In other words, Wael al-Ibrashi, the Egyptian liberal talk show host who first aired this matter, followed of course by the default bad guys, “international Zionism,” are the true “criminals”—not the self-proclaimed “expert” at Islamic jurisprudence who studied at Al Azhar and came up with this idea of sex-slave marriages in the first place (click here for original story (http://www.raymondibrahim.com/11952/egypt-sex-slave-marriage)).

Paparock
07-31-2012, 05:29 AM
115,000 Schoolgirls Defy Taliban


http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/07/schoolgirls-beat-taliban/


PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jul 28 2012 (IPS) - Far from fears that female education is on the decline after the Taliban campaign against girls’ schools, female students outclassed their male counterparts in the secondary school examination for 2012.

And participation itself was a success. In all 265,000 students sat the examinations, including 115,343 girls. The results were declared over a ten-day period earlier this month.

The results have come as a boost to authorities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and nearby Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) regions of north Pakistan. “It’s great given the Taliban’s attitude towards female education,” KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told IPS.

“About 700 schools were damaged by miscreants in the last five years in KP and FATA. Despite that girls have got top positions in the secondary school certificate (SSC) examination.” The top 15 positions went to girls. This meant an outright rejection of Taliban calls against women education, Hussain said.

In militancy-riddled Malakand division in KP, girls grabbed 10 of the 20 top positions. Malakand saw destruction of 181 schools from 2007 to 2009, among them 118 were girls’ schools.

“For one-and-a-half years I sat idle due to Taliban’s opposition to female education but since their defeat in 2009, I have been studying vigorously,” Farzana Bibi, who got second place in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) in Swat, one of the seven districts of Malakand division, told IPS over telephone. “Now, I intend to become a doctor and serve the women patients in my area.” The BISE is the examining body conducting the SSC examination.

The results are dramatic given that the literacy rate for women in KP is 17 percent, and in FATA 43 percent, compared to the national Pakistani average of 68 percent.

“Many people who could afford it have shifted to Peshawar and other safer places from war zones only to ensure better education for their girls,” Islamuddin Khan, controller of examinations at BISE in Pewhawar told IPS.

Khan dismissed a widely held belief that Pakhtuns are against women’s education. “Pakhtuns are spending more on women education than they do on men,” he said.

These results, he said, were made possible because the army, the police and the population in these areas stood like a rock against the Taliban.

Mardan, one of the 25 districts in KP, had seen much militancy since 2006. “The militants destroyed 23 girls schools besides burning about 150 music shops,” education officer Dildar Ali told IPS. “The city also saw several suicide bombings, two of them hitting army training centres. But now the female students are a ray of hope for a better future.”

Jamila Begum, who clinched third position in the SSC examination, wants to take on the Taliban. She said she wants to become a police officer to protect schools against miscreants.

“The government must attach great importance to women’s education,” she told IPS over telephone. “We need more investment to educate women and thwart the Taliban’s attempts of scaring women away from getting educated.” The 2012 results have shown that women are undeterred by threats from insurgents, she said.

Javid Khan, assistant controller examination at the BISE in Mardan, said it was encouraging that girls had accepted the Taliban challenge, with some support from the authorities. “We have been urging parents to concentrate on women’s education.”

There is now a need for more women teachers, he said. “We need more female teachers and doctors to cope with the problem of education health needs. The Taliban had barred female doctors and nurses from venturing out in public when they held sway over Swat till 2009.”

Senior educationist Mubarak Shah at the University of Peshawar said the Taliban ban on female education had actually worked to the advantage of women. “The majority of girls thought that education was something very precious that the Taliban were keeping them away from. The Taliban opposition reinforced the girls’ resolve to study.”

The next step would be for women to find lucrative careers, he said.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/07/schoolgirls-beat-taliban/

Paparock
07-31-2012, 05:52 AM
Brave Jihadis Shoot Five Women to Death (http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=423323&MID=149&PID=2)


http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArchiveDetails.aspx?ID=423323


Gunmen shot dead a women, her three daughters and her daughter-in-law in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Saturday evening, security and medical officials said.

The women were killed at a house in Al-Shuhada area of Samarra, north of Baghdad, after iftar, the meal in which Muslims end their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan, a police lieutenant colonel said.

The source said the gunmen were targeting the older woman's husband, Hamid Majid, who is the director of a school in Samarra, but that he was not there at the time.

A medical source at Samarra hospital said it had received the bodies of five women who had been shot dead.

The latest violence comes after Iraq suffered a spike in unrest in June, when at least 282 people were killed, according to an AFP tally based on figures supplied by officials and medics.

Violence in Iraq has declined sharply from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common.

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArchiveDetails.aspx?ID=423323

Paparock
08-01-2012, 04:35 AM
Robert Spencer: Islam and Sex Slavery
By Robert Spencer


http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/07/atlas-exclusive-robert-spencer-islam-and-sex-slavery.html



Bikya Masr reported last week (http://www.bikyamasr.com/73903/us-professor-says-coptic-girls-being-kidnapped-forced-into-servitude-in-egypt/) that “a new report from George Washington University professor Michele Clark and Coptic rights activist Nada Ghaly has argued that thousands of young Coptic Christian girls in Egypt are the victim of kidnapping and forced servitude by Muslims in the North African country.” Meanwhile, every day seems to bring fresh reports of Muslim gangs in Britain forcing young non-Muslim girls into prostitution and sex slavery. Muslims from the Twin Cities area ran an interstate sex trafficking ring (http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/02/muslim-gang-sex-trafficking-trial-in-tennessee-unusual-in-scope-30-on-trial.html) until they were caught and indicted in late 2010. The dirty secret behind such reports is that this behavior is sanctioned in Islam.

The Qur’an forbids Muslim men to have sexual relations with “wedded women, save what your right hands own.” (4:4) “Prosperous are the believers who in their prayers are humble and from idle talk turn away and at almsgiving are active and guard their private parts save from their wives and what their right hands own then being not blameworthy.” (23:1-6)

Those whom their “right hands own” are slaves, and inextricable from the concept of Islamic slavery as a whole is the concept of sex slavery, which is rooted in Islam’s devaluation of the lives of non-Muslims. The Qur’an stipulates that a man many take four wives as well as hold slave girls as sex slaves. These women are captured in wartime and are considered the spoils of war. Islam avoids the appearance of impropriety, declaring that the taking of these sex slaves does not constitute adultery if the women are already married, for their marriages are ended at the moment of their capture. A manual of Islamic law directs: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled” (Reliance of the Traveller, o9.13).

This is by no means an eccentric or unorthodox view in Islam. The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2011/05/egyptian-shaykh-jihad-is-solution-to.html) that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that as they waged jihad warfare against infidels, Muslims would take slaves. He clarified what he meant in a subsequent interview (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2011/06/video-shaykh-al-huwayni-when-i-want-sex.html):
…Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels….Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars--there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.

When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur’an by the name milk al-yamin, “that which your right hands possess” [Qur’an 4:24]. This is a verse from the Qur’an which is still in force, and has not been abrogated. The milk al-yamin are the sex-slaves. You go to the market, look at the sex-slave, and buy her. She becomes like your wife, (but) she doesn’t need a (marriage) contract or a divorce like a free woman, nor does she need a wali. All scholars agree on this point--there is no disagreement from any of them. [...]

When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her.
Right around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti activist and politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2011/06/video-kuwaiti-activist-i-hope-that.html) in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality.
…A merchant told me that he would like to have a sex slave. He said he would not be negligent with her, and that Islam permitted this sort of thing. He was speaking the truth….I brought up (this man’s) situation to the muftis in Mecca. I told them that I had a question, since they were men who specialized in what was halal, and what was good, and who loved women. I said, “What is the law of sex slaves?”

The mufti said, “With the law of sex slaves, there must be a Muslim nation at war with a Christian nation, or a nation which is not of the religion, not of the religion of Islam. And there must be prisoners of war.”

“Is this forbidden by Islam?,” I asked.

“Absolutely not. Sex slaves are not forbidden by Islam. On the contrary, sex slaves are under a different law than the free woman. The free woman must be completely covered except for her face and hands. But the sex slave can be naked from the waist up. She differs a lot from the free woman. While the free woman requires a marriage contract, the sex slave does not--she only needs to be purchased by her husband, and that’s it. Therefore the sex slave is different than the free woman.”
While the savage exploitation of girls and young women is an unfortunately cross-cultural phenomenon, only in Islamic law does it carry anything approaching divine sanction. Here is yet another human rights scandal occasioned by Islamic law that the international human rights community cravenly ignores.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/07/atlas-exclusive-robert-spencer-islam-and-sex-slavery.html

Paparock
08-01-2012, 07:54 PM
Pakistani Christian Women Abducted, Forcibly Converted (http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=3659)


http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=3659


London: July 30, 2012. (CLAAS) In the recent months there have several reports about the ongoing persecution, kidnapping and abduction of the Christian women and girls in Pakistan. According to the news, a daughter of Morris Masih from

Rawalpindi was kidnapped by Mohammad Abid and Tariq Ali. Morris Masih has asked the police to register a case against Abid and Ali and recover his daughter, but they have refused to register the case. In another case, in Faisalabad Christian Waris Masih’s wife was kidnapped, he has also reported it to the police, but they failed to give him any information about his wife.

Also in Chunian, Punjab, the sister of a pastor has been kidnaped raped and forcibly converted to Islam. Muzamal Arif, Pastor Aurangzeb's sister, was kidnapped around a month ago by some Muslim men while returning home from college. She was held for days, suffered sexual abuse, threats and violence. In such a state of terror and exhaustion, first she was coerced into converting to Islam, and then marriage. The girl is now a Muslim and married to Muhammad Nadeem.

Her family reported the incident to the police station in Chunian, but no investigations have been conducted and instead her abductors have presented a report to the court attesting to the girl now being Muslim and legally married. Among other things, the girl is a minor and, according to the law, marriage is not permitted to minors. However, according to local Christians, the kidnappers' family is rich and powerful and manages to bypass these legal measures.

For the last several years there has been an alarming increase in the kidnapping and false conversion of Christian girls.

According to a report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), last year 1800 Christian and Hindu girls were forcibly converted to Islam. The police hardly registered any cases against the

Muslim kidnappers and sometimes even supported them. On some occasions courts even used Islamic laws in favour of the perpetrators. This is a growing problem for Christians and Hindus and CLAAS has raised its concerns with the Pakistani government, but unfortunately it has fallen on deaf ears. Pakistan is becoming an increasingly unsafe place for religious minorities.

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=3659

Paparock
08-02-2012, 03:02 PM
‘This is World War III’: Saudi Cleric Says Equality for Women ‘Sends Shivers Down Your Spine’

by http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/userphoto/mytheosholt.thumbnail.jpgMytheos Holt (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/author/mytheosholt)


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/this-is-world-war-iii-saudi-cleric-says-equality-for-women-sends-shivers-down-your-spine/


Islam, as many a liberal thinker will happily inform you, is a religion of peace, and anyone who disagrees, or questions what else it might teach, is racist. If this is so, one wonders how such people would defend the following clip, apparently of a sermon by Saudi cleric Sa’d Al-Qa’ud, decrying the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a law which the cleric in the video decries as an attack on “Allah and his Shari’a.”


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wk0LR1NlDY

“Reading the articles of this agreement, dear brothers, sends shivers down your spine, and make your hair stand on end due to its hideous nature,” al-Qa’ud snarls. “One of the articles in this agreement, dear brothers, calls for complete equality between men and women. Any distinction between men and women is eliminated. One of the articles states that when a girl reaches the age of 18, nobody has guardianship over her. Not her father, her husband, her brother, or anyone for that matter. She can act with complete freedom. They say that a girl younger than 18 has the right to decide when she will become sexually active. It means she can decide when to exercise her right to commit consensual fornication.”

This, apparently, horrifies Al-Qa’ud. “Anyone contemplating this agreement knows full well that this is World War III, this time against the family, Muslim and non-Muslim,” he says.

H/T MEMRI (http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/3512.htm)

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/this-is-world-war-iii-saudi-cleric-says-equality-for-women-sends-shivers-down-your-spine/

Paparock
08-03-2012, 07:47 PM
UK Rapist Who Punished Women for Being Out Alone is Sentenced (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9039015/Rapist-who-struck-to-teach-women-a-lesson.html)


http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02120/Sunny-Islam_2120011b.jpg
After Islam’s arrest, his DNA was linked with three other attacks near his home in Barking Photo: National News and Pictures


http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02120/Sunny-Islam_2120011b.jpg


Sunny Islam, 23, dragged away his victims, including a 15 year-old, at knifepoint, then bound and assaulted them.

Police fear that Islam, who raped four women over three months in east London, may have attacked many more.

At Woolwich Crown Court, Judge Patricia Lees sentenced Islam to a minimum sentence of 11 years before he is considered for parole. She told him: “The nature and extent of these offences drives me to the conclusion that you represent an extreme and continuing danger to women, particularly those out at night.”

Islam was traced through the number plate of his girlfriend’s car after he kidnapped and raped the 15 year-old in September 2010. He grabbed her from behind as she walked home with a friend, then drove her to a secluded spot where he raped her twice.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the teenager said: “No one will ever understand the flashbacks, they are so real, at night I lay in my bed and it is like I am there.

“It is like a screen in my mind forcing me to relive that night again and again. People will say time will heal, but I think time has helped me accept the truth — that I will never escape what happened.”

Judge Lees said: “You told her you were going to 'teach her a lesson’. Those words are a chilling indictment of your very troubling attitude towards all of these victims. You seem to observe women out at night as not deserving respect or protection.”

After Islam’s arrest, his DNA was linked with three other attacks near his home in Barking, said Sara Lawson, prosecuting.

On July 8, 2010 Islam raped a 20-year-old prostitute twice, then six days later attacked a 28 year-old, dragging her into his car where he forced her to perform a sex act. She managed to escape by kicking out the back window.

The fourth victim, a 30 year-old who was also attacked in September, did not come forward until police identified her blood in the back of the car.
Islam, who told the jury he was a practising Muslim, was convicted of seven charges of rape, one of sexual assault and one of kidnap.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02120/Sunny-Islam_2120011b.jpg

Paparock
08-08-2012, 01:32 AM
Sweden: Muslim says calling women "whores" and throwing meat at them is normal male behavior


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/sweden-muslim-says-calling-women-whores-and-throwing-meat-at-them-is-normal-male-behavior.html


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj0bvQko-zY


Eurabia Update from Sweden, where they are much more worried about counter-jihadists than about the increasing assaults of Swedish women: "Sweden: Muslim immigrant youth justifies 'Calling Swedish women whore is normal,'" from The Muslim Issue (http://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/sweden-muslim-immigrant-calling-women-whore-is-normal-in-school/), August 5 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur (http://www.blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/2012/08/sweden-calling-women-whore-is-normal.html)):
Even young girls in Swedish schools have not been spared the growing problems with Muslim immigration seen all over Europe and the U.S. within a short one+ decade. Swedish schools with a high muslim population tackle a new problem that has not been present before in their docile and mild country. Muslim males are known to stalk and harass Swedish female students, throw lunch plates and meat at them to insult them (to refer to them as a ‘piece of meat’) and calling them names if they reject their advances. The muslims consider this normal male behavior. In spite of having lived in Sweden for many years they have been unable to separate Islamic conduct from appropriate conduct within Swedish culture, and still continue to think and act as if they live in an Islamic country.

Time to start planning for a complete change in immigration policies in Sweden, don’t you think?

[Watch this video report (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvf6KZ-Kr3g&feature=player_embedded) from Belgium that demonstrate how women all across cities of Europe are followed, harassed and insulted on a daily basis by muslim men, making them fear walking outside. You would rarely find any of this behavior in European cities 15-20 years ago. It is solely a problem originating from muslims immigration.]

[Translation of Video interview of a muslim man in Sodertalje, Sweden, where a growing problem of assault and harassment against women are being reported]

Q: Do you believe that calling ‘whore’ in all directions and throw meat at them, have something to do with ethnicity or is it a general issue?

Muslim: It is a general issue and more a male one, I think, if you look at it from the basics. It’s more common that if you have a person of the female gender, and that if I try and pick her up and she ignores me in front of my friends, it is more normal that I call her whore. Not that it has to be that way, but I’m just explaining. It’s more normal.

Q: But you don’t find this to be typical immigrant behavior?
Muslim: No it is not. No it is not, but it is a typical manly thing. It’s more a man’s thing.

Q: So let’s say we would clean Sodertalje from all immigrants, then [you say] these Swedish girls would still not be free from having meat thrown on their heads?

Muslim: Never. And I don’t believe it [would change anything]. There will always be problem some Swedes or immigrants around.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/sweden-muslim-says-calling-women-whores-and-throwing-meat-at-them-is-normal-male-behavior.html

Paparock
08-08-2012, 02:07 AM
'Post-Reform' Tunisia Demotes Women, Outlaws Free Speech...


http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/tunisias-draft-constitution-brands-women-complementary-to-men



TUNIS // Tunisian politicians have provoked outrage by debating draft laws that would impose prison sentences for vaguely defined acts of blasphemy and approving wording in the country's new constitution that says women are "complementary" to men.

The clash between the Islamist-dominated interim government and those who fear that rights and freedoms are being eroded is the latest struggle in the battle to redefine Tunisia (http://www.thenational.ae/topic/location/africa/tunisia)'s political and cultural landscape after the 23-year rule of former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was deposed last year.

"Bad day at the Commission of Rights and Freedoms," read a note posted last week on the Facebook page of Selma Mabrouk, a member of the centrist Ettakatol party and the parliamentary committee tasked with drafting a new constitution. The ruling, she said, "seems to break completely with the idea of equality of the sexes".

The panel approved an article to the new constitution under the principle that a woman is a "complement with the man in the family and an associate to the man in the development of the country", according to Ms Mabrouk's August 1 Facebook post.

The wording was passed by a 12-8 vote, with 9 of those in favour coming from Ennahda, the moderate Islamist political party. Its passage does not mean that the formulation has become law. The article must must be approved by another parliamentary committee and the entire new constitution put to a public referendum.

Though not the final word, the ruling drew widespread criticism.

Writing on the Nawaat website, which describes itself as an independent, collective blog, Wafa Ben Hassine, a Tunisian-American activist, said: "By defining women as 'complementary', we rob from the potential of Tunisian women - both within society and within themselves."

Ennahda prompted further concerns last week when it introduced a draft law that would criminalise offenses against "sacred values".

Human Rights Watch said the proposed anti-blasphemy legislation threatens freedom of expression, citing proposed prison terms and fines for insulting "the sanctity of religion".

The watchdog raised concern that "broadly defined" offences would restrict freedom of speech.

"If passed, this draft law would introduce a new form of censorship in a country that suffered from so much censorship under the ousted president," said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and North Africa director, in a statement issue on Friday.

The bill will be debated by the National Constituent Assembly, in what is likely to be a tense discussion.

In June, there were nationwide riots after some Muslims alerted religious leaders and their Facebook friends to the presence of artworks in a gallery in the upscale La Marsa suburb of Tunis that in their view seemed to question religion's role in society. The artwork included images of veiled women hanging from punching bags in a boxing ring.

The ensuing row saw government ministers condemning religious leaders for inciting violence but also calling for regulation to control the content of artwork. This infuriated artists, some of whom had received death threats for their role in the exhibition.

"I think the society is divided on the issue of the role of religion of Tunisia almost equally," said Radwan Masmoudi of Tunis's Centre for the study of Islam and Democracy. "About half of Tunisians consider Islam as a complete way of life, but there is another half of the Tunisian people who are more secular, who say religion is a personal matter that should not interfere with politics."

"This," he added, "is the historic compromise which must be made as we are writing a new constitution ... it's a very very difficult question and it's not surprising that it has come to the fore."


http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/tunisias-draft-constitution-brands-women-complementary-to-men

Paparock
08-08-2012, 10:42 PM
AMJA Senior Committee Member:
Female Genital Mutilation Is 'an Honor' per Islam
by Translating Jihad (http://www.blogger.com/profile/01108216415524395646)



http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-INAdyg2wgik/T5qB5m7jAiI/AAAAAAAAAGU/ENQ61XluEWo/s200/20120427_HatemalHaj.png (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-INAdyg2wgik/T5qB5m7jAiI/AAAAAAAAAGU/ENQ61XluEWo/s1600/20120427_HatemalHaj.png)
Dr. Hatem al-Haj, addressing

http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html


Islamic Institute of Orange County, June 2009 (link (http://vimeo.com/5371310))[Update, 23 May:

Apparently a petition against Dr. al-Haj (http://www.change.org/petitions/revoke-the-certifications-of-hatem-elhagaly) was started by a Jihad Watch reader after this translation was published on Jihad Watch, and the Mayo Clinic responded by firing Dr. al-Haj (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/mayo-clinic-fires-doctor-who-said-female-genital-mutilation-is-an-honor-for-women.html). Dr. al-Haj since published a clarification of his position on female circumcision (http://www.drhatemalhaj.com/), in which he claimed that he has "always condemned female genital mutilation." He said instead that he only supports "a subtype of Female Genital Cutting FGC, a harmless procedure called the ritual nick." However, according to the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) and U.S. federal law (http://mgmbill.org/usfgmlaw.htm), any type of female circumcision is considered female genital mutilation. That is why I referred to it as such in this post. He also complained that my translation was excerpted and left out a lot of what he said on the topic. In my translation I was mainly concerned with Dr. al-Haj's explanation of the ruling of Islamic law on female circumcision/FGM, which is why I translated only the portion of the paper that dealt with that specifically. He is of course welcome to produce his own English-language version of the entire paper if he would like to make it available to the English-speaking audience.

Unfortunately for Dr. al-Haj, his position on FGM may not be the only one that is problematic for him as a pediatrician practicing in the United States. He also produced an Arabic-language post on child marriage (http://www.drhatemalhaj.com/ar/%D8%A3%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%A8%D8%A9-%D8%A5%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%A9/%D9%86%D8%B9%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B2%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7-r-%D9%88%D9%87%D9%8A-%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D8%B3%D8%B9-%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7-%D8%B9%D9%8A%D8%A8-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B0%D9%84%D9%83/) entitled, "Yes, He (PBUH) Married Her at Age Nine, and There Is Nothing Wrong with That," which I hope to have time to translate soon.]

A couple of weeks ago I posted a translation of a paper by Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA (http://www.amjaonline.org/)) senior committee member Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, in which he warned American Muslims against working in law enforcement in our 'infidel' nation (see here (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/mainstream-american-muslim-group-warns.html) for more details). Now in my latest translation, Dr. al-Haj explains why female circumcision is recommended and even 'an honor' for women. This is the same practice which is popularly known as female genital mutilation (FGM) due to the pain it causes women. The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) "the procedure has no health benefits for women," and causes a range of health problems including "severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth."

Yet Dr. al-Haj, a medical doctor and fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.aap.org/), ignores FGM's detrimental effects on women's health, and instead argues that it is 'an honor' for women. He justifies this position by referring repeatedly to the words of classical Islamic scholars from the four schools of mainstream Sunni Islamic thought, all of which attest to FGM's legitimacy under Islam. He also refers to the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, who reportedly counselled people in his day on how to perform FGM in a way that would be "more beautiful to behold and better for [the woman's] husband."

Thanks again to the Center for Security Policy (http://centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.xml) for their assistance and expertise on AMJA.
Below is my excerpted translation of the 41-page Arabic-language paper by Dr. Hatem al-Haj entitled "Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine" (see the original here (http://www.drhatemalhaj.com/ar/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%A8/%D8%AE%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%82%D9%87-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%A8/) and here (http://www.salafvoice.com/article.php?a=487)):
The ruling on circumcision: Scholars have differed on the ruling on circumcision. They have agreed on its legitimacy for both sexes, but beyond that they have differed. Some--most famously the Shafi’ites--believe that it is obligatory for both sexes. Some believe it is obligatory for men only, and some believe it is recommended for both. At the very least it can be said that for women it is an honor, and for men it is sunnah .

There are many hadiths on circumcision, some of which will be presented here along with the commentary of some scholars:

From Abi-Hurayra, who attributed it to the Prophet: “Five (acts of) al-fitrah [Islamic law or way of nature] are circumcision, shaving pubic hair, plucking armpit hair, trimming fingernails, and clipping the mustache.” Also from Abi-Hurayra: “The Messenger of Allah said, ‘Abraham was circumcised when he was 80 years old’.”’ Allah said: “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith” [Qur’an 16:123]. Also recorded in a hadith is the saying of (Muhammad) to a man who converted to Islam: “Remove your infidel hair and be circumcised.”

Muhammad also said regarding circumcision: “If you touch the two circumcisions, you must wash.” Here is evidence that women were circumcised, and therefore any of the hadiths on circumcision which do not specify men or women, can be assumed to apply to both.

From Sa’id bin Jabir: “Ibn ‘Abbas was asked, “How old were you when the Prophet (PBUH) died?" He replied, "At that time I had been circumcised. People (in those days) did not circumcise men until they reached puberty.” From the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah--who used to circumcise girls--the Messenger of Allah said to her, “Reduce it, but do not remove too much, because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.” This is the most explicit evidence in the hadiths of Muhammad for female circumcision being legitimate and even recommended. From Ibn ‘Abbas, attributing it to the Prophet: “Circumcision is sunnah for men and an honor for women.” This was narrated by al-Bayhaqi, and its attribution is weak.

Ibn al-Mundhir narrated from Abi-Barza: “We asked the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) about an uncircumcised man making pilgrimage to the Ka’aba. He replied, ‘No, not until he’s circumcised’.” This was considered a weak hadith by Ibn al-Mundhir and others.

There’s no doubt that among these hadiths there are those which are sound but do not explicitly command or urge women to become circumcised. There are also those which are met with disagreement by scholars, and these hadiths are more explicit in confirming the legitimacy of female circumcision. But the hadiths on the laws of al-fitrah which mention circumcision--and these are sound--do not mean that it is done on men only and not women. It is certain that circumcision includes both men and women, as is clearly stated in the hadith about touching the two circumcisions.

Below are words from scholars on the ruling on circumcision:

The Hanafis: Al-Zayla’i said: “The general ruling is that circumcision is sunnah, and is one of the trademarks of Islam. In fact, if the people of Egypt or some land decided to abandon its practice, the Imam would make war against them, for it cannot be abandoned except by necessity... Female circumcision is not sunnah, but it is an honor for men because it is more pleasing during sex” [ellipses in original].

The Malikites: From al-Kharshi’s brief summary of Khalil: “Its ruling (i.e. circumcision) is that it is sunnah for men, and it cuts off the foreskin. It is recommended for women, and is called khifad [reduction].”

The Shafi’ites: From [Asna al-Mutalib]: “Circumcision is obligatory (at puberty). The reasoning for this is the saying of the Almighty: “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith” [Qur’an 16:123]. In Abraham’s religion, circumcision was present. Also in the two Sahihs: “He was circumcised when he was eighty years old.” In Sahih Ibn Hibban, and in al-Hakim it was said 120 years, and it was also said 70 years. Also it was narrated by Abu-Dawud: “(The Prophet) (PBUH) ordered a man who converted to Islam to be circumcised.” They said that since he cut off a member which could not be replaced, it had to be obligatory like cutting off the hand. Since the man was injured during the process, he feared it. If it were not obligatory for him, then it would not have been permissible. This is unlike the circumcision of little boys, crazy people, and those who cannot endure it, because the first are too young to be required to do anything, and the last are harmed by it.” Al-Nawawi said in [I]al-Majmu’: “Circumcision is obligatory for our men and women. This was stated by many of the salaf, as al-Khatabi relates. Ahmad was one of those who said it was obligatory. Malik and Abu-Hanifa said that it was sunnah for everyone. This was related by al-Rafi’i. He also related that (circumcision) is obligatory for men and sunnah for women. These were the two approaches of Shadhan, and of the sound and famous school of thought which was penned by al-Shafi’i, in which the multitude of scholars declared that circumcision is obligatory for men and women.”

The Hanbalis: From Ibn Muflih’s Furu’ [body of rules and regulations for man’s behavior]: “(According to Ahmad), circumcision is obligatory on all but women, for whom it is recommended. Our Shaykh said, ‘It is obligatory because cleanliness and prayer are obligatory’.” Ibn Qudama said: “Circumcision is a duty for men, and for women it is an honor, but it is not obligatory. This has been stated by many scholars.” Ahmad said: “The man is more difficult, because if the man is not circumcised, then the skin dangles over the [penis] and cannot be cleaned. But the woman is easier.”

The al-Mawsu’a al-Fiqhia (“The Encyclopedia of Jurisprudence”) summarizes scholars’ opinions on circumcision as follows:

“The ruling on circumcision: Scholars differ on circumcision as follows: First, the Hanafis and Malikites--and very rarely the Shafi’ites--hold to the opinion of what Ahmad said, that circumcision is sunnah for men but not a duty. It is one of the acts of al-fitrah, and one of the rituals of Islam. If the people of a particular land decided together to abandon its practice, the Imam would make war against them, just like if they abandoned the call to prayer. This also represents what the Malikites think about circumcision of women. Hanafis and Hanbalis consider female circumcision to be an honor and not sunnah. It is said by some Hanafis that it is also sunnah for [women], and some say that it is recommended. … Second, the Shafi’ites and Hanbalis, as is also stated by Sahnoun from the Malikites, believe that circumcision is a duty for both men and women. … Third, this is written by Ibn Qudama in al-Mughni, that circumcision is a duty for men, and for women it is an honor but not a duty” [ellipses in original].

Assessment

It appears that for male circumcision the most correct view is that it is obligatory, owing to the saying of Muhammad to the man who converted to Islam: “Remove your infidel hair and be circumcised.” This was obligatory--there was no alternative.

Regarding women, perhaps the most correct view is that it is recommended, however there is consensus that it is (at least) legitimate. Muhammad also endorsed it, as was narrated in the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah, who used to circumcise girls. He said to her: “Reduce it, but do not remove too much, because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.” He also said, “If you touch the two circumcisions, you must wash.” This shows that female circumcision was prevalent during his day, and he did not repudiate it. Nor did he stipulate anything else regarding female circumcision.

Perhaps the saying that it is (only) recommended is due to the pain women must go through to carry out the acts of al-fitrah, such as circumcision, as stated in the sound hadith. But as we mentioned, this is not evidence of it being confined only to men. The term circumcision was used for both men and women during Muhammad’s time. But it is clear that performing circumcision must be preferable to not performing it, especially when one considers that circumcision includes both pain and revealing one’s nakedness. Thus if there was no benefit to it, the Messenger of Allah would not have agreed to it. However there is still no evidence for making it obligatory. The fact that the Messenger of Allah agreed to it despite the pain and discovering one’s nakedness is not evidence for making it obligatory. Instead, this is evidence for preferring the action over not doing it, as we stated. (Muhammad’s) command to Umm ‘Atiyah is not a command to all women to (be circumcised), but rather he was regulating its practice. He was not telling her not to do it, he was telling her not to go too far and injure the women.

His command to the man who converted to Islam does not apply to women. Even though the principle is that “women are men’s sisters”, and women are often included when addressing men and vice versa, that only applies when there is no reason to differentiate between them. Here the issue is different for men and women. The man’s foreskin could trap urine at the end of it and affect his cleanliness. The issue is not the same for women.

Therefore it is appropriate for this to be stressed more for men, and this is apparent in the words of scholars and the works of the ummah.

I have summed up the words of Muhammad and of scholars to show that circumcision is legitimate, and that the principal issue in the study is the limits of circumcision.
http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html

Paparock
08-11-2012, 10:35 PM
Gender-Based Violence Leading Cause of Death for Young Women in Turkey (http://www.todayszaman.com/news-289172-gender-based-violence-leading-cause-of-death-for-women-aged-15-44.html)
Gender-based violence leading cause of death for women aged 15-44

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-289172-gender-based-violence-leading-cause-of-death-for-women-aged-15-44.html


The number of women who die due to gender-based violence surpasses the number of women who lose their lives due to cancer, traffic accidents, wars and malaria, revealed a study by the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy.

The ministry announced in July that they would soon be implementing a national action plan to combat violence against women. The national plan announced by the ministry also included important statistics regarding gender-based violence.

The number of women between the ages of 15 and 44 who lose their lives to gender-based violence outstrips deaths due to traffic accidents, malaria, cancer and war, revealed one of the surprising statistics.

The United Nations also recently conducted a study on violence against women on a global scale. The UN study revealed that 8 percent of women in Canada, 11 percent in Sweden, 14 percent in Italy, 15 percent in Japan, 20 percent in Denmark and 27 percent of women in Australia had been subjected to physical violence at least once in their lives. The UN described violence against woman as an act that physically, sexually or psychologically hurts or might hurt a woman, or threatening a woman with such acts, forcing her to do something or depriving a woman of her freedom.

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-289172-gender-based-violence-leading-cause-of-death-for-women-aged-15-44.html

Paparock
08-12-2012, 04:27 PM
Muslims Riot in Mumbai - Female Cops Molested


http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/assam-protest-violence-in-mumbai-police-arrest-23-people/1/212903.html


The rioters from Raza Academy who set police and media vehicles on fire at Azad Maidan on Saturday also molested women constables who were deployed at Azad Maidan, where rioting took place.

The Mumbai (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/mumbai-protest-against-assam-riots-turns-violent/1/7556.html) Crime Branch has arrested 23 rioters from among those who had gathered around Azad Maidan to protest against the recent Assam violence (http://www.indiatoday.intoday.in/story/prithviraj-chavan-orders-probe-assam-riots-mumbai/1/212875.html). All 23 arrested have been charged with rioting, molesting police constables and damaging public property.

The initially "peaceful" protest by the Raza Academy against the violence in Assam (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/assam-violence-ethnic-riots-tarun-gogoi-upa-government/1/211666.html) turned ugly after some of the miscreants set fire to OB vans of the television channels and began attacking policemen trying to control the mob. The mob went on to thoughtlessly destroy the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial in South Mumbai in their fit of unwarranted rage.

Several BEST buses were damaged just like media and police vans were set on fire. The Mumbai Crime Branch has also charged 23 of the mob with charges relating to molestation of women constables who were deployed as part of the additional security to control the situation. Police sources said that the mob manhandled women constables and shoved them around inappropriately while being restrained by the force. Two police constables are reportedly missing while 47 have been injured.

The police had reportedly fired 26 aerial rounds of bullets and used about 30 tear gas shells to control the mob that also ran into CST station to stop and damage suburban train operations, but luckily the services resumed after 20 minutes as the mob was brought under control.

The state government of Maharashtra has also deployed extra security personnel at train stations where trains enter the city from the north-eastern states. A delegation of BJP leaders also met with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, seeking a stricter action against the rioters.

The state is on a high alert ahead of Independence Day on Wednesday. Chavan told reporters, "A statewide alert has been issued to ensure there is no adverse fallout of the incident. Rapid Action Force and the state police have been deployed at sensitive locations. The crime branch will probe just how the situation suddenly took a violent turn."

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/assam-protest-violence-in-mumbai-police-arrest-23-people/1/212903.html

Paparock
08-15-2012, 04:40 PM
Special Report: Upsurge in "honor killings" triggers Palestinian calls for cultural changes, new laws


http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=7245


Attorney: "A man who murders his daughter, wife or sister stays in prison only three months."[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2012]

Op-ed: "Every day more than one crime is committed against more than one woman... I shall criticize out loud the social culture
that still seeks justifications for the murder of women."
[Al-Ayyam, Aug. 7, 2012]

Lecturer on PA TV: "Part of our [Palestinian] identity is to kill women, to beat women..." [PA TV (Fatah), June 24, 2012]

Lecturer on PA TV: "Part of our [Palestinian] identity is to kill women, to beat women... and this exists in all Arab societies..."
[PA TV (Fatah), June 24, 2012]

by Itamar Marcus
(View full report in PDF (http://palwatch.org/STORAGE/special%20reports/report_Upsurge_in_honor%20killings_150812%20.pdf))

Palestinian press reports about murders of Palestinian women by male family members, in so-called family "honor" killings, have been increasing. According to an op-ed in the official Palestinian Authority daily:
"The frequency with which crimes against women are committed is rising constantly, and every day more than one crime is committed against more than one woman..."
[Al-Ayyam, Aug. 7, 2012]

Palestinian Media Watch (http://palwatch.org/) notes that the murders have been widely condemned by Palestinian officials and human rights activists, some of whom have called for new legislation and longer prison terms. Others have argued that the killings won't stop until there is a change in Arab - Muslim culture.

An op-ed in the official Palestinian Authority daily said that legislation won't be effective unless there is a "cultural revolution" rejecting honor killings:
"There are some who even praise and glorify this [honor killings] as a manly, heroic act, turning it into an aspect of [our] culture that molds the character of Arab and Islamic societies.

If we wish to free our society from this crime's octopus grasp, we must first admit that without a cultural revolution that will cleanse our perceptions, our books, and our heritage from sanctifying murder performed in the name of Allah and honor... we will not be able to take a single step towards lessening this crime..."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2012]


An Israeli Arab lecturer interviewed on PA TV likewise placed the blame on hundreds of years of Arab culture:
"Part of our [Palestinian] identity is to kill women... to beat women... Palestinian identity has its charms, but there are things that we have adopted from Arab culture for centuries that harm the individual and the woman."
[PA TV (Fatah), June 24, 2012]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SImcdfIcE90

Click to view (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=588&fld_id=588&doc_id=7244)


An op-ed criticized the "tribal mentality" that justifies the murder of women:
"Every day, more than one crime is committed against more than one woman... I shall criticize out loud the social culture that still seeks justifications for the murder of women. The rumors and justifications for murder heard after the killing of these two [victims] led a woman journalist to write an article demanding that we respect the reason for killing the girl [in Tulkarem]... As for the woman from Bethlehem who was murdered in front of people in the street without anyone trying to save her, people have already become experts at spreading rumors to convince us that her husband was right, and that there undoubtedly must be a reason that made the killing necessary... There is no justification for murder... and there is no country or country-in-the-making that still bases itself on the tribal mentality."
[Al-Ayyam, Aug. 7, 2012]

Others blame the Palestinian government and legal system for not punishing the crime severely enough:
"Activist Khawla Al-Azraq...: 'The law reinforces violence against women, legalizes the murder of women, and protects the murderers, in spite of the amendments that the President [Abbas] has introduced'... Attorney Salwa Banura said that the law encourages murders, since arguments for leniency [mitigating circumstances] are accepted by the courts, and a man who murders his daughter, wife or sister stays in prison only three months, and is then released."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2012]

The Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha Dhiab led a sit down strike opposite the PA courts:
"Participants demanded legislation that would provide protection for women from violence aimed at them and to impose extremely heavy penalties on murderers of women."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2012]

The following are longer transcripts of these recent statements, and additional documentation from the past two years about the problem of killing women in the name of family "honor" in Palestinian society:

Blaming Arab and Muslim Culture

An op-ed in the official PA daily blamed an outdated "culture that molds the character of Arab and Islamic societies."

Headline: "Violence against women - a legitimate crime!"

"Our [Arab and Muslim] societies consider the crime of violence against women, honor killings, and avenging the killing [of relatives], as legitimate, understandable and [part of] a unique heritage. There are some who even praise and glorify this as a manly, heroic act, turning it into an aspect of [our] culture that molds the character of Arab and Islamic societies.

If we wish to free our society from this crime's octopus grasp, we must first admit that without a cultural revolution that will cleanse our perceptions, our books, and our heritage from sanctifying murder performed in the name of Allah and honor... we will not be able to take a single step towards lessening this crime, even if the books of [new] laws reach the roof of Parliament and the civil courts (i.e., no matter how many civil laws are passed against it.)"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2012]

An Israeli Arab university lecturer, Yusuf Jabareen, explained on PA TV that killing and beating women is a negative part of Palestinian identity taken from Arab culture that has to be corrected.

Yusuf Jabareen: "Part of our identity is to kill women, for example, to kill women, to beat women..."

PA TV host: "You generalize."

Jabareen: "No. I don't generalize."

Host: "Not everyone is the same."

Jabareen: "Part of our identity is to attack women - we must acknowledge it. Every society has its defects and its charms. Palestinian identity has its charms, but there are things that we have adopted from Arab culture for centuries that harm the individual and the woman. For example, in recent months, look how many women were killed in Lod, in Ramle, and in Acre, and so on. That's part of our identity."
[PA TV (Fatah), June 24, 2012]
Click to view (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=588&fld_id=588&doc_id=7244)

A columnist in the PA daily condemned honor killings, calling them "racist murder":


"None of us who are alive can be honored as long as the mentality of racist murder, what is called honor killings, exists across the dark society... It seems that many of us still think of them [women] as the bent rib of Adam, void of intelligence or religion..."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2012]

An op-ed condemned "tribal mentality" that seeks to justify the killing of women:
Headline: "All excuses are rejected out of hand"

"The frequency with which crimes against women are committed is rising constantly, and every day more than one crime is committed against more than one woman...

The latest two incidents, in which a girl in Tulkarem and a woman in Bethlehem were murdered, led to the writing of this column, in which I shall criticize out loud the social culture that still seeks justifications for the murder of women. The rumors and justifications for murder after the killing of these two [victims] led a woman journalist to write an article demanding that we respect the reason for killing the girl [in Tulkarem]...

As for the woman from Bethlehem who was murdered in front of people in the street without anyone trying to save her, people have already become experts at spreading rumors to convince us that her husband was right, and that there undoubtedly must be a reason that made the killing necessary...

There is no justification for murder... and there is no country or country-in-the-making that still bases itself on the tribal mentality. The law and the right to life must be respected, and the criminals must be punished. All excuses are rejected out of hand; we refuse to agree to murder... We reject measures that protect the murderers, and the justifications that claim that this keeps the unity and cohesiveness of society, since our cohesiveness and unity will be strengthened only through justice."
[Al-Ayyam, Aug. 7, 2012]

Former PA Minister of Health condemned forced marriages of women to men "50 years older" in the following op-ed:
"In less than two weeks, there were two reports of women murdered for reasons that seem to be connected to honor. The last case, a woman from the Hebron district, was murdered by her father and brother after her husband expelled her from their shared home. This is the 12th case of what has been called since the beginning of 2012 'honor crimes.'

The father of the girl is now guilty of his daughter's murder, but in the indictment against the murderer, the father, it is not mentioned that this is not the first time that he murdered her. He already murdered the victim, his daughter and flesh and blood, a number of years earlier when he married her off to a man who was 50 years older than her. In other words, he married her to someone the age of a grandfather...

Unfortunately, the murderer didn't act alone and found partners to his crime: his son, the brother of the murder victim, and the corrupt doctor who agreed to write a death certificate. This shows that there is public support for violence against women and that the perpetrators of this crime are ready to prepare excuses and even cover it up forever, so that the criminals do not receive a proper punishment."
[Al-Ayyam, Aug. 10, 2012]

Blaming the legal system

One murder given prominence in the PA press was the killing of Nancy Zaboun, a Palestinian woman murdered by her husband. According to the PA daily, her husband killed her because she wanted to work for a few days to earn money to buy her son a birthday present.

"Bethlehem district governor, Abd Al-Fatah Hamail, denounced the crime [murder of Nancy Zaboun by her husband because she wanted to work] and said that this act contradicts the customs of the Palestinian people. He stressed that the accused man would be brought to justice, and he spoke about the amendments which President Mahmoud Abbas has introduced into the lenient sections of [law regarding] murder [of women]; these assure that every man found guilty will receive his punishment, with no other consideration...

Expert and activist Khawla Al-Azraq criticized the use of the present law of personal status, saying: 'It is a disgrace that we are still using the law of personal status that was legislated in the 1950's. This Jordanian law has already been amended a number of times in Jordan, but we are still using it. The law reinforces violence against women, legalizes the murder of women, and protects the murderers, in spite of the amendments that the President [Abbas] has introduced'...

Attorney Salwa Banura said that the law encourages murders, since arguments for leniency [mitigating circumstances] are accepted by the courts, and a man who murders his daughter, wife or sister stays in prison only three months, and is then released."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2012]

The Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha Dhiab led a delegation that met with the President of the Supreme Court to demand "an end to the leniency employed in cases of honor crimes."

"Justice Farid Al-Jalad, President of the Supreme Court, met yesterday at his office in Ramallah with a delegation from the Ministry for Women's Affairs and from the Women's Union, headed by Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha Dhiab... to discuss the causes for the recurrence of crimes against women, following the three latest crimes that took place in different cities in the West Bank and Gaza. The delegation stressed its faith in the Palestinian legal system and demanded an end to the leniency employed in cases of honor crimes...

At the same time, a sit down strike organized by Dhiab was held opposite the courts compound in Ramallah... in which participants demanded legislation that would protect women from violence directed at them and impose extremely heavy penalties on murderers of women."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2012]

"Representatives of a number of feminist institutes demanded the swift enactment of laws in the area of personal status to protect families from violence, along with steps to deter the killing of women. This was said during the demonstration yesterday in Ramallah... that protested the culture of crimes of murder against women for what is called "honor"...

The organizer of the "Civil Organizations for Struggle against Violence against Women" explained that two women murdered in Bethlehem and Hebron had approached the police, but it did not supply them with protection and did not save their lives."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2012]

New legislation
"President Abbas decided yesterday to appoint a legal committee, made up of his legal advisor, Hassan Al-Awri, and the Minster of Justice, Ali Muhana, to examine the law of personal status and others. This in order to improve the laws and amend them, so Palestinian women's rights will be protected and defend them from oppression, violence, and discrimination. The president's decision comes following the increase in attacks and cases of murder of women."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2012]

Arrest of man who stabbed his daughter to death:
"Commander of the Tulkarem police, Ma'aruf Al-Barbari, said... that on the second day of Ramadan, a father fatally stabbed his daughter several times, even though her family had celebrated her success in the matriculation examinations a day prior to her death, and she had achieved an average of 88.

He stressed that investigations were still going on to uncover the motives and causes for this chilling crime, and noted that the girl's father had been arrested. He called upon residents to act responsibly and not to rush to pass judgment on their children, and destroy the family. He stressed that following the so-called family honor killings of many girls, it turned out after pathological examination and autopsy -- that the victims were virgins."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2012]

Violence against women in PA society- an ongoing challenge

While the subject of "honor killing" has received significant press lately, the problem is not new. Already in 2010, a Palestinian MP called for action noting that 62% of Palestinian women report they are "victims of violence." At that time, the spokesman of the Hebron police tried to minimize the problem saying that the severity of the reports are "exaggerations" and that men are also victims of violence by women.

"Sahar Al-Kawasmeh, member of the Palestinian Parliament noted that the percentage of Palestinian women who are victims of violence has reached 62%. Among these, 23% are subjected to physical violence, which is a worrying figure.

Ahmad Atawneh, Director of Public Relations for the Hebron police, said that there are exaggerations in the presentation of the severity of violence against women, and that the statistics that the police have compiled show that there exists counter-violence carried out by women against men."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 4, 2010]

In February 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights published statistics on the frequency of "honor killings" and criticized the lenient prison sentences given by the courts, which view killing to defend "family honor" as an acceptable extenuating circumstance for murder:

Headline: "The phenomenon of murdering women - disregard for the law and reinforcement of traditions with no basis in religious law"

"Director of the Unit for Women's Affairs at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Muna Al-Shawa, said that the Center is concerned about the recurring crime of murder of women in the Palestinian territories for so-called 'family honor.' This is a result of the immunity given to the criminal because of light sentences, such that the maximum sentence does not exceed three years shortened [for good behavior], meaning, nearly 24 months...

Al-Shawa emphasized that according to the statistics of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 13 cases of honor-killings took place last year. The victims included 9 women, a boy, and 3 men....

It is well-known that instances of murder of women are not a new phenomenon, but have been going on for many years. Several studies have been carried out on this issue, including special research carried out by the Project for the Support and Training of Women, as part of the Mental Health program in Gaza, in 2005... This research noted that all instances of murder for so-called family honor involve women [as victims], and do not involve men. Similarly, it turns out that instances of murder were carried out for various criminal reasons, but were attributed to family honor, so that the criminal would escape sentencing and would benefit from the extenuating circumstances awarded to him by law."
[[I]Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2011]

In May 2011, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was praised for introducing new legislation.

"Women's organizations, human rights organizations, workers' unions, the political factions and the various social organizations in the Hebron district have hailed the President's [Abbas'] decision to instruct the legal advisor to the Presidential Office to amend sections 340 and 98 of the Jordanian Penal Act 16 of 1960, which allows those who have carried out crimes of murdering women in so-called honor killings, to escape justice...

The participants in the meeting once again demanded that the judiciary and executive branches [of the government] speed up investigation of the circumstances of the murder of the young woman Ayah Barad'iyya (21) from Zurif."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2011]

http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=7245

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08-16-2012, 03:51 AM
James M. Arlandson: Women's Status and Roles in Early Islam

8 Women’s Status and Roles In Early Islam
Can Modern Islam Move Past Its Outdated Origins?
by James M. Arlandson, Ph.D.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html


This series of articles about Islamic sharia law is intended for educators, judges, lawyers, city council members, legislators, government bureaucrats, journalists, think tank fellows, TV and radio talk show hosts, and anyone else who occupies the “check points” in society. They initiate the national dialogue and shape the flow of the conversation. They are the policy and decision makers.

They have heard the critics of shariah and conclude that the critics exaggerate. Islam is a world religion that deserves respect. Its critics may be “Islamophobes.”

Yet these same intellectual elites may have a private, gnawing feeling that the critics may be partly right. After all, reports come out of the Islamic world that people get stoned to death and women are mistreated. But the elites recover from their private doubts, concluding that Islam is being hijacked by extremists.

The Quran has a few verses that seem positive about women’s status and place in society (3:195, 4:19, and 4:124). Quoting those verses, Muslim expositors and traditionalists tell the world that shariah elevates women.

For example, Dr. Jamal A. Badawi, a member of the Fiqh Council of North America, in an article first printed in 1971, but reprinted many times since then by popular demand, asserts that Islam and the Quran rose high above seventh-century Arab culture and lifted women’s status. He proclaims that the Quran says that even though men are a degree above women in status (2:228), men’s status "implies no superiority or advantage before the law."

Further, this part of Badawi’s conclusion says that the elevation of women reflects Islam’s intrinsic truthfulness:

In the case of Islam such compassionate and dignified status was decreed, not because it reflects the environment of the seventh century, nor under the threat or pressure of women and their organizations, but rather because of its intrinsic truthfulness.
This article balances out those purely positive claims.

THE QURAN

This section is divided into four parts: Women’s Status, Women’s Inheritance, Women’s Testimony, and Women as Fields.

Women’s Status

Husbands are a degree above their wives in the legal context of divorce. Quran 2:228 says:

228 … [Divorced] women have [rights] similar to their obligations, according to what is fair, and [ex-]husbands have a degree [of right] over them: God is almighty and wise. (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn2)(Quran 2:228)
Another translation says:

228 ...Wives have the same rights as the husbands have on them in accordance with the generally known principles. Of course, men are a degree above them in status. (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn3)… (Quran 2:228)

At first, this verse appears positive: "Wives have the same rights as the husbands" or “similar obligations.” However, the verse goes on: "men are a degree above them in status" or “a degree of rights] over them.” The word “degree” means in Arabic “rank, dignity, stage, step in rank, honor, authority . . . place above, degree of superiority.” (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn4) As noted, the context of this verse is the divorce court. How does womankind’s inferior status play out there?

In the domestic sphere, men are again superior to women. Quran 4:34 says:

34 Husbands should take good care of their wives, with [the bounties] God has given to some more than others and with what they spend out of their own money.[v] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn5) (Quran 4:34)
Another translation says:

34...Men are the managers of the affairs of women because Allah has made the one superior to the other.[vi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn6)... (Quran 4:34)

In Arabic the verb form of the word “make superior” or “more” means “to exceed, excel, remain over and above; to contend for superiority... to excel another in merit, prefer... grant favor to one in preference to another.”[vii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn7) The verse says that Allah made them this way.

But these verses appear in the context of daily life and the divorce court. Traditionalists tell us that the verses do not go to the essence of womankind; Allah has made them equal to mankind theologically. But practically, in seventh-century culture, men were the heads of household, so of course the Quran would reflect its culture.

Fair enough. We should interpret the Quran in its historical and cultural context. But in the same breath traditionalists tell us that the Quran is timeless. They imply or state openly that it should be applied to women in the modern era (see Modern Islam, below).

However, it is this cultural reading of the Quran that Muslim feminists use to reinterpret it. Every aspect does not apply to the modern era (see Modern Islam, below).

But before we get the section on Modern Islam, we have to see how womankind’s inferior status and roles play out in other Quranic laws.


Women’s Inheritance

In dividing the inheritance, a female gets half of a male’s share. Quran 4:11 says:
11...The share of the male shall be twice that of a female.[viii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn8)… (Quran 4:11)

Another translation reads:

11 … God commands you that a son should have the equivalent share of two daughters.[ix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn9) (Quran 4:11)
It could be argued that in the seventh century women got married and their husbands took care of them, so the women did not need the same amount of inheritance. However, that only shows that the Quran should be interpreted in its historical context and not be applied today.

Women’s Testimony

Next, a woman’s testimony often counts half of a man’s testimony. Quran 2:282, an extremely long verse that has here been shortened, says:
282 … And let two men from among you bear witness to all such documents [contracts of loans without interest]. … But if two men be not available, there should be one man and two women to bear witness so that if one of the women forgets (anything), the other may remind her.[x] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn10)... (Quran 2:282)

Another translation:
282 … You who believe, when you contract a debt for a stated term … If two men are not there [to witness it], then call one man and two women out of those you approve as witnesses, so that if one of the two women should forget" the other can remind her.[xi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn11)
Regardless of the business context where women of the seventh century may not have had expertise, the foundational reason for having two women witnesses is that one of them may "forget" something. The hadith, below, clarifies that women have “deficient” minds.

Women as Fields

This brief section speaks to women’s sexual status in marriage. A husband has sex with his wife, as a plow goes into a field.

Quran 2:223 says:
223 Your women are your fields, so go into your fields whichever way you like.[xii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn12)...(Quran 2:223)

Another translation says:
223 Your wives are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth, when or how you will.[xiii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn13)… (Quran 2:223)

The hadith reveals that “whichever way you like” is about sexual positions and a certain preference (see below). It also shows a husband’s control over his wife’s body.

THE HADITH

The hadith are the traditions or narrations about the words and deeds of Muhammad and his companions, outside of the Quran. Sunni Muslims take them seriously. For more discussion of the hadith, see the article in this series, titled What Is Shariah?

This section is divided into the same four parts: Women’s Status, Women’s Inheritance, Women’s Testimony, and Women as Fields.

Women’s Status

This long hadith contains a lot of information, saying that women make up the majority in hell; their testimony counts half of men’s; and their intelligence and religion are deficient. To compensate for these shortfalls, they have to give alms.

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Once Allah's Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) on ‘Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of hell fire were you (women)." They asked, "Why is it so, O Allah's Apostle?" He replied, "You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you." The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?" He said, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn't it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?" The women replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her religion."[xiv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn14)

This next hadith says that women are an evil omen.

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: I heard the Prophet saying, “Evil omen is in three things: The horse, the woman and the house.”[xv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn15)

This hadith says that a wife cannot observe optional fasts without her husband’s permission:
Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet said, ‘A woman should not observe Saum (fast) (optional ones) except with her husband's permission if he is at home (staying with her).’"[xvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn16) Women need their husband’s permission to leave to house and go to the mosque: “Narrated Salim's father: The Prophet said, ‘If the wife of anyone of you asks permission to go to the mosque, he should not forbid her.’"[xvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn17)

In the following hadith, if a wife does not go to her husband’s bed whenever he wants, angels curse her until morning:
“Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet said, ‘If a man invites his wife to sleep with him and she refuses to come to him, then the angels send their curses on her till morning.’"[xviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn18)

Next, this hadith says that the majority of humans in hell are women:
Narrated Usama: The Prophet said, "I stood at the gate of Paradise and saw that the majority of the people who entered it were the poor, while the wealthy were stopped at the gate (for the accounts). But the people destined for the Fire were ordered to be taken to the Fire. Then I stood at the gate of the Fire and saw that the majority of those who entered it were women."[xix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn19)

It is sometimes claimed that since the majority of people on the earth are women, the majority of people in hell would be women. However, this parallel hadith says the women are in hell because of their ingratitude, not because of their population surplus:
...Then I saw the (Hell) Fire, and I have never before, seen such a horrible sight as that, and I saw that the majority of its dwellers were women." The people asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is the reason for that?" He replied, "Because of their ungratefulness."[xx] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn20)...
The following hadith, narrated by Aisha, says that a woman is not allowed to wear a wig or hair lengtheners, even when her hair is falling out. If she does, Allah curses her:
Narrated Aisha:An Ansari [Medinan helpers who aided Muslims coming to Medina] woman gave her daughter in marriage and the hair of the latter started falling out. The Ansari women came to the Prophet and mentioned that to him and said, "Her (my daughter's) husband suggested that I should let her wear false hair." The Prophet said, "No, (don't do that) for Allah sends His curses upon such ladies who lengthen their hair artificially (by wearing false hair)."[xxi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn21)

In the next hadith women are crooked like ribs. Does that mean her character is crooked? Does it mean she is naturally out of place or not quite acceptable in society? Is she naturally delicate? Whatever it means, men are to take care of them, and they must not try to straighten women out, or they will break.

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said ..."And I advise you to take care of the women, for they are created from a rib and the most crooked portion of the rib is its upper part; if you try to straighten it, it will break, and if you leave it, it will remain crooked, so I urge you to take care of the women."[xxii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn22)

Then, women are equated with dogs when women walk in front of men who are praying. Aisha objected to the comparison:
Narrated Aisha: The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)." I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away, for I disliked to face him."[xxiii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn23)
Finally, this hadith says that women are an affliction and harmful to men.

Narrated Usama bin Zaid: The Prophet said, "After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women."[xxiv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn24)
Women’s Inheritance

This hadith, narrated by Muhammad’s cousin Ibn Abbas, an authoritative transmitter, reiterates the Quran’s command about a woman getting half a man’s share.

Narrated Ibn Abbas: (During the early days of Islam), the inheritance used to be given to one's offspring and legacy used to be bequeathed to the parents; then Allah cancelled what He wished from that order and decreed that the male should be given the equivalent of the portion of two females.[xxv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn25)...

Women’s Testimony

This hadith removes any ambiguity about women’s testimony and her deficient mind implied in Quran 2:282:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?" The women said, "Yes." He said, "This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind."[xxvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn26)Women as Fields

These hadith clarify what Quran 2:23 means. The second hadith says that a husband may approach his wife when and how he wills, indicating the authority he has over her. The parenthetical comments are added by the translator and are not original to the text. If one reads these hadith without them, then ambiguities emerge.

Ibn Umar then resumed his recitation. Nafi added regarding the Verse: ... "So go to your tilth (have sexual relations with your wives in any manner, as long as it is in the vagina and not in the anus) when or how you will”... Ibn Umar said, "It means one should approach his wife in”[xxvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn27)....

Narrated Jabir: Jews used to say, "If one has sexual intercourse with his wife from the back, then she will deliver a squint-eyed child." So this verse was revealed: "Your wives are a tilth for you; so go to your tilth (have sexual relations with your wives in any manner as long as it is in the vagina and not in the anus) when or how you will”[xxviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn28). . . .

A Severe Practice

The hadith collector and editor Abu Dawud records this tradition about female circumcision:
Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet... said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.[xxix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn29)

The Quran says nothing about this kind of circumcision.

CLASSICAL LAW

Classical law is based on the Quran and the hadith. Jurists scoured both of them to come up with rulings on various issues. For more discussion, see the article titled, What Is Shariah? in this series.

We divide this section into the same four parts as the previous section: Women’s Status, Women’s Inheritance, Women’s Testimony, and Women as Fields. But we end the section with a severe ruling in the Shafi’i school about female circumcision.

Women’s Status

Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan (d. 795), a student and colleague of Abu Hanifah, a founder of a school of law, approvingly quotes Malik ibn Anas (d. 795), who is yet another founder of a school of law, in a section titled “the Husband’s Right over His Wife.” This opinion says that the husband has responsibility of heaven or hell for his wife.

... [A] paternal aunt of his came to the Messenger of Allah and that she claimed that he asked her, “Do you have a husband?” She answered, “Yes.” Then she claimed that he asked her, “How are you towards him?” and that she said, “I only fall short in what I am incapable of doing.” He said, "Then look to how you are in relation to him, because he is either your heaven or your hell.”

We can interpret the last clause theologically or domestically. If it is theological, then the husband has control of his wife’s fate in the afterlife – heaven or hell. If it is domestic, then he can make her life blissful (heaven) or miserable (hell). Both interpretations may be true at the same time. The key principle is that a husband has authority over his wife in religious matters.

Malik was not only a founder of a school of law, but was also a hadith collector and editor. In his law book, womankind, next to a horse and a house, are an ill omen or bad luck, just as we saw in the hadith section, above.

Malik related to me... that the Messenger of Allah... said, "If it exists, it is in a horse, a woman, and a house" meaning ill luck. Malik related to me... that the Messenger of Allah... said, "Ill luck is in a house, a woman and a horse."[xxx] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn30)

It is not clear how Malik would use this principle of womanly bad luck in his rulings, but the courtroom results cannot be good for women.

A woman is not allowed to be a caliph. Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 1368) wrote Reliance of the Traveler: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law. It summarizes rulings in the Shafi’i School of law. He says:
[M]ale (K: to be able to devote himself fulltime to the task, and to mix with men, the leadership of a woman being invalid because of the rigorously authenticated... hadith, "A people that leaves its leadership to a woman will never succeed").[xxxi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn31)

However, the next discussion says that a few jurists allowed women to become judges. Ibn Rushd (d. 1198), known in the West as Averroës, is the most thorough compiler and editor of legal opinions. His two-volume work took over twenty years to write. They provide a foundation in Islamic law for judges and legal scholars throughout the Islamic world, where it is still used today. Those who did not allow her to become a judge did so on the basis of her deficient legal status, comparing her to a slave.

They [jurists] differed about the condition of being a male. The majority said that it is a condition for the validity of the judgment. Abu Hanifa said that it is permitted for a woman to be a qadi [judge] in cases involving financial claims. Al Tabari said that it is permitted to a woman to be a judge in all things without any restrictions.... Those who denied the right of a woman to be a judge compared it (the office of the qadi)to the office of the head of state, and also compared a woman to the slave due the deficiency in her legal capacity. Those who permitted her judgment in cases of financial claims did so comparing it to the permissibility of her testimony in such claims. Those who considered her judgment as executed in each thing said that the principle is that any person who is able to render judgment among people his decision is valid, except in matters restricted by consensus, like the office of head of state.[xxxii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn32)

Though the purpose of this series of articles is, unfortunately, to expose the negatives in Islam, the above passage does show some improvement for a woman’s life and liberty.

Next, according to Misri, a wife may reprove her husband: “If it be wondered whether a child is entitled to reprove his father, or a wife her husband, or for private citizens to reprove their ruler, the answer is that all are fundamentally entitled to.”[xxxiii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn33)

Yet Misri says that a woman must not contend with her husband because he has authority over her.

It is offensive to contend against the words of anyone with authority over one... or talk back, oppose, rebut, or disobey such a person … the prohibition applying to such people as a follower with his leader, son with his parents, student with his teacher, wife with her husband, or unlearned person with a scholar. All of this is very ugly behavior and deserves disciplinary action... since each of these is obliged to obey the one over them.[xxxiv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn34)

And another scholar commenting on the manual done by Misri says that a woman’s mobility is severely limited:
(A: A husband may permit his wife to leave the house for a lesson in Sacred Law, for invocation of Allah... to see her female friends, or to go to any place in the town. A woman may not leave the city without her husband or a member of her unmarriageable kin... accompanying her, unless the journey is obligatory, like the hajj [pilgrimage]. It is unlawful for her to travel otherwise, and unlawful for her husband to allow her to.) (n: In the Hanafi school, it is not unlawful for her to travel beyond city limits without a husband or member of her unmarriageable kin unless the distance to her intended destination exceeds ca. 77 km. / 48 mi.).[xxxv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn35)

According to Misri and a later commentator, a woman is entitled to support from her husband, unless she disqualifies herself from it by these actions, like refusing to have sex with him at any time day or night or not instantly obeying him.

The husband is only obliged to support his wife when she gives herself to him or offers to, meaning she allows him full enjoyment of her person and does not refuse him sex at any time of the night or day. She is not entitled to support from her husband when: (1) she is rebellious... (O: meaning when she does not obey him) even if for a moment; (2) she travels without his permission, or with his permission but for one of her own needs; (3) she assumes ihram [state of pilgrim sanctity] for hajj [pilgrimage] or umra[lesser pilgrimage or visit to Mecca that may be performed any time of the year]... (4) or when she performs a voluntary fast without her husband's permission (O: though if he allows her to fast and does not ask her to break it, he must provide her support).[xxxvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn36)

Misri says that men should not obey women:
The Prophet … said: … "Men are already destroyed when they obey women."[xxxvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn37)…

Women’s Inheritance

Quran 4:11 says that a woman inherits half of what a man does. Malik would not dare misinterpret such a clear verse, so he writes:
The generally agreed upon way of doing things among us... about fixed shares of inheritance (fara’id) of children from the mother or father when one or the other dies is that if they leave male and female children, the male takes the portion of two females.[xxxviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn38)

Ibn Rushd states that Muslim jurists agree on the clear teaching of the Quran about women inheriting half of what men inherit.

Muslims [jurists] agreed that the inheritance of the child from his father or mother, if they are both males and females, is that the share of the male is equal to the shares of two females[xxxix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn39)

Since there is strong agreement or consensus among the schools about women’s inheritance being half that of a man, we do not need to go further on the subject.

Women’s Testimony

Quran 2:282 says that two women may testify compared with one man. In swearing testimony about a freeman freeing a slave and a dispute arising over it, Malik says another “man and two women testify” in behalf of the disputant; then the disputant wins and the sale is cancelled.[xl] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn40) In the context of cases about freemen and freewomen and slaves, and in the specific contexts of marriage, crimes, and childbirth, two women testifying count as one man.

Malik said, “There are people who say that an oath is not acceptable with only one witness and they argue by the word of Allah... [Quran 2:282 is quoted] Such people argue that if he does not bring one man and two women, he has no claim and he is not allowed to swear an oath with one witness.”[xli] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn41)

Malik goes on to offer his opinion that one man is allowed to testify. But the main point in all these rulings is that two women count as one man in a court of law.

As for legal opinions from other schools of law, Ibn Rushd again guides us. Quran 2:282 appears in a contractual business context, but legal scholars differ on whether woman may serve as witnesses in other contexts, like criminal cases.

For the "crime" of sexual immorality (zina), which in Islam is punishable by death for adultery and whipping for fornication, four males must prove the crime. Females are excluded.[xlii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn42) So this means that if a wife suspects adultery from her husband, she cannot get four women to catch him in the act. She has to get four men.

In crimes like theft and their punishments (hudud): "The opinion that is adopted by the majority is that the testimony of women is not admissible in hudud, with men or independently."[xliii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn43) But one legal school says it is admissible, when accompanied by the testimony of a man.[xliv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn44)

In personal law, such as divorce, retraction of divorce, marriage, and emancipation of slaves, Abu Hanifah’s school of law says a woman’s testimony is accepted.[xlv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn45) This implies that the other schools of law deny this right to a woman.

In personal law affecting women only, like birth, consummation, and "the defects of women," Ibn Rushd reports: "the independent testimony of women, that is, women unaccompanied by male witness, is acceptable according to the majority."[xlvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn46) One school of law puts things indelicately: "Abu Hanifa permitted the testimony of women (about women) for the area that is between the navel and the knees."[xlvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn47)

Women as Fields

Misri and a later commentator intend to ensure that anal sex is not permitted, even though there were ambiguities in early Islam. Misri and the later commentator rule:
A husband possesses full right to enjoy his wife's person (A: from the top of her head to the bottoms of her feet, though anal intercourse... is absolutely unlawful) in what does not physically harm her.[xlviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn48)

A Severe Ruling

Misri, two later commentators, and the translator of Misri’s manual write about women’s circumcision:
Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce... of the clitoris (n: not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert). (A: Hanbalis hold that circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna [tradition or example of Muhammad], while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.) [xlix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn49)MODERN ISLAM: CAN IT MOVE PAST ITS OUTDATED ORIGINS?

A moderate calls for the reform of Islam, while a traditionalist believes Islam, revealed in the Quran and presented in the authentic hadith, is fine the way it and defends it. Usually, religious leaders are selected in this section, but sometimes a Muslim, like a journalist or medical doctor, who is in the public eye is included too.

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the traditionalists and moderates, when the moderates do not reinterpret the Quran, yet argue for women’s rights from it, as written.

Traditional Views

It is not difficult to see that Sayyid Abul A’La Maududi and Sayyid Qutb are traditionalists.

Sayyid Abul A’La Maududi (d. 1979) was an Indo-Pakistani scholar who tried to impose shariah on his home country through his political party called Jamaat-i-Islami. We used his translation mostly used in this article.

Recall that Quran 4:34 says that men are the “managers” of women’s affairs. He explains that the Arabic word for "manager" stands for anyone who is: “[R]esponsible for the right conduct, safeguard and maintenance of the affairs of an individual, an institution, or an organization. Thus, man is governor, director, protector, and manager of the affairs of women.”[l] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn50)

Then he informs us that men are not superior to women in a moral way, that is, in honor and excellence, but men "have been endowed with certain natural qualities and powers that have not been given to women or have been given in a less [sic] degree.”[li] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn51)

Quran 4:11 says that women inherit half of what a man does. Maududi explains the rationale behind the verse:
The first guiding principle about the division of inheritance is that the share of the male shall be double that of the female, and this is very sound and just. As the Muslim law lays the major burden of the economic responsibility of the family on the male and keeps the female almost free from it, justice demands that her share of inheritance should be less than that of the male.[lii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn52)

The problem with Maududi’s explanation is that it is too culture-bound; paradoxically, however, it is intended to be universal. It may be true that in seventh-century Arabia a male had most or all of the responsibilities over the household. This may be true even today in traditional Muslim countries or regions. However, this law of inheritance should in no way be applied to the western world or in other regions that value life and liberty and intend to grow economically.

Quran 2:282 says that two women are needed to testify because one may forget, and the other may need to remind her. Despite this collaboration between witnesses, which in normal circumstances would disqualify their testimony, the main point we learned from the hadith is that a woman’s mind is deficient.

Sayyid Qutb (d. 1966), an early leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, comments on this mental deficiency:
Such a mistake [of forgetting] may occur for a number of reasons, such as lack of experience or knowledge, or failure to understand the subject matter or the ramifications of the' contract. A woman's impulsive nature tends to make her impressionable and more easily influenced or swayed. This emotional, sympathetic nature is necessary and, indeed, advantageous for women in their role as mothers. Human nature being indivisible, it would be present whenever women are called upon to witness or judge anything requiring deliberation, reflection and strict impartiality. Having two women rather than one, provides a greater assurance that they will balance each other and provide an objective testimony.[liii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn53)

As just noted, Quran 4:34 says that men are the managers of women. Verse 32 says about the same. And 4:11 says that women inherit half of what a man takes. Qutb, commenting on these verses in one section, spends a lot of time telling us why the Quran is just and promotes equality among the sexes.

In its distribution of the functions and shares of inheritance between men and women, Islam observes human nature, which has made man different from woman and given each of them his or her distinctive characteristics. This is to enable them to discharge their respective duties, not for their own benefit but for the benefit of human life, which can only achieve proper fulfillment and its ultimate objectives through the multiplicity of characteristics, functions and duties between the two different sexes. Because the characteristics and functions of man and woman are different, their positions and shares vary. The ultimate beneficiary is that great institution which we call human life.

When we consider the Islamic system as a whole and then consider that particular aspect which organizes relationships between the two parts of the single soul from which both men and women have been created, we find no room for such ancient arguments of the type mentioned in the reports quoted above. Nor can we find any room for modern arguments advanced by shallow-minded people of both sexes.

It is useless and futile to try to depict matters as if a raging battle is going on between the two sexes in which points and victories are scored. The attempt by some serious writers to discredit women and to attribute all sorts of vices to them is equally futile, whether it is made in the name of Islam or under the guise of scholarly analysis. There is no question of a battle whatsoever. There are simply differences of characteristics and potentials. Differences in the proper distribution of tasks and specialities which achieves both complementarity and absolute justice, as can only be expected from the Divine method.[liv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn54)

Islam says women have deficient minds. Women get half of men’s inheritance. And Quran 4:34 goes on to give permission to the husband to hit his wife if he fears rebellion or highhandedness from her. It is difficult to see how any of those divine commands promote “complementarity and absolute justice, as can only be expected from the Divine method.”

Quran 2:223 says that “your women are your fields, so go into your fields whichever way you like.” Maududi tries to smooth over the metaphor by extending it to a farmer at work in his field.

Allah has not created women merely for the enjoyment and entertainment of men. The relation between the two is as serious an affair as that of a farmer and his field. The farmer does not go into his field merely for recreation and enjoyment but for cultivations to get produce from it. In the same way, a man should go to his wife to produce children. Allah’s law, however, is not concerned with the method of cultivation but with the demand that man should go to the field and not elsewhere and to his own field and for production.[lv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn55)

Thus the farmer may "cultivate" his "field" in any way he likes. Says Maududi: "Allah’s law, however, is not concerned with the [B]method of cultivation"... (emphasis added). This means a farmer / husband may choose his sexual method. But the metaphor breaks down because surely a farmer did not have that many methods to plow a field and plant his seeds in seventh-century Arabia, did he? Also, why doesn’t the field get to choose? To carry on the passive field metaphor, we should remember that early Islam assumes that a man controls his wife’s body. Recall that a hadith says she must have sex when he wants, or angels will curse her.

Harun Yahya writes for the Muslim Women’s League, USA. Normally, he would be considered a moderate, but he takes the traditional view that the Quran expresses full rights for women, and it is universally compatible with human nature and valid for all stages of history.

God's commandments about the status of women and the relations between men and women, which have been revealed to us through the Qur'an, consist of full justice. In this regard, Islam suggests equality of rights, responsibilities and duties between the two genders. Islam is based on sympathy, tolerance and respect for human beings, and does not discriminate against women in this matter.

The examples of good morals communicated to us in the Qur'an are universally compatible with human nature, and are valid for all stages of history.[lvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn56)

Though he argues for women’s rights, his view of the Quran’s universality and validity today means that he does not acknowledge that the Quran has difficult verses.

Saudi Arabia moved a small step in the right direction from a feminist point of view, when the Supreme Judiciary Council ruled as follows:
King Abdullah was making his inaugural speech at the third year of the Shoura

Council’s fifth session.

On arrival at the council headquarters, the king was received by acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Sattam and Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Grand Mufti of the Kingdom Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, President of the Supreme Judiciary Council Saleh bin Homaid and a number of religious scholars and sheikhs were also present to greet the monarch.

"All people know the role of women in the annals of Islam and their position cannot be marginalized. There were great women who contributed a great deal toward the progress of the religion of Islam from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)," said King Abdullah.

"Since we reject any marginalization of women in Saudi society in every domain, in accordance with Shariah (Islamic) guidelines and following consultations with many of our scholars, especially those in the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars, we have decided the following:
"First, women will be allowed to participate in the Shoura Council as members from the next session onwards.

"Secondly, as of the next session, women will have the right to nominate themselves for membership of municipal councils and also have the right to participate in the electoral process."

However, in the same report the king said his country would stay within sharia laws:
My brothers and sisters, you have your own rights according to Islamic law to achieve your goals with pride and dignity. It is our right to seek your opinion and advice according to Shariah guidelines and the fundamentals of religion, and those who stay away from these guidelines are arrogant people and they have to bear responsibility for their actions.[lvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn57)

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) is a made up of team of religious scholars, most of whom have their doctorates in Islamic law or other Islamic subjects. They are qualified to write fatwas (religious rulings or opinions). The site uses the write-in Question and Answer format.

An emailer writes a long question about inheritance. No matter what the scenario is, the scholar says women get one share, while the men get two.

The AMJA scholar replies:
Assuming the accuracy of the information you provided in your question, and that your father did not leave any legal heirs other than those whom you mentioned (Meaning: no parents were alive when he died);

The property your father left behind is to be inherited by five family members; 1/8 of its value for his wife and the remaining 7/8 must be divided into 6 shares; 2 for each son, and 1 for each daughter.

After dividing the property according to the above formula; the legal heirs of your mother should inherit her estate accordingly. In this case: her share should be divided into 6 shares; 2 per male and 1 per female.[lviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn58)

Next, the hadith says a woman’s mind is deficient. An email asks about this in the context of women giving testimony.

The AMJA scholar replies:
The Arabic language is a rich and deep language. Sometimes the same word has different meanings based on the context and the way it is used. The best way to understand the hadith in question is to read it in its original language with someone who is quite familiar with the Arabic language.

Deficiency here is a description of the human nature that Allah (swt) created females with. It is not a criticism or underestimation of women’s rank in Islam, since Allah (swt) will hold us to account based on our abilities, both physical and intellectual.

Refraining from praying and fasting during menses is not a literal deficiency; rather, it is a comparison of the overall performance of these two rituals (praying and fasting) between men and women. Even if it were to be taken literally as a deficiency, women are not to be blamed for that because it is the way they were created by Allah (swt).

For instance, for a man to miss the Juma’a [Friday] prayer when he is traveling or sick is a deficiency, but it is not a sin, while missing the Juma’a without excuse is a deficiency and a sin, as well.

The same rule holds for bearing witness; women are not blamed for that because the level of accuracy in remembering events and the ability to describe these events is something beyond their control.

An interesting aspect of the same hadith is that the woman who asked the Prophet (saaws) about the meaning of deficiency was . . . [Arabic word is given] according to the narrator of the hadith, and this word in Arabic means smart, prudent, and intelligent![lix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn59)

So, the AMJA scholar says in the next-to-last paragraph, above, that women are not to be blamed for not remembering events and not being able to describe them; it is out of their control. It seems odd that men do not fit in this inability in the courtroom, as well. They can forget things too. One woman’s testimony in a business court of law should always be equal to one man’s testimony. This belief about women’s deficiency in such matters comes from the seventh century, despite the scholar’s clever turn of phrase in the last paragraph. Can traditionalists acknowledge that this outlook on women has an expiration date – back then?

Quran 2:223 says women are tilth or fields. An emailer asks about it.

The AMJA Permanent Fatwa Committee replies:
Allah … means that: your wives are the farm in which your children are bred, so approach your tilth how you will and where you will. In this verse Allah means by Harth fertile ground. Moreover, Harth, in general, means cultivation/planting. But whereas wives are the cause of cultivations (children), so they become tilth if the meaning is understood.

The patent meaning is: Approach your tilth from where you wish of the different approaches. "Approaching" in this topic indicates sexual intercourse.

It was related on the authority of Ibn-Abbas: "fa`atu harthakom ana she`atom", {so approach your tilth when or how you will}, he said men have sexual relations with your wives in any manner as long as it is not in the anus or during the menstruation period. Also it was related of Ibn-Abbas "fa`atu harthakom ana she`atom", Harth "tilth" means Vagina, and you may approach it from the front or from the back or in any way you want as long as you do not exceed/approach other than the vagina, as Allah says the Holy Qur`an "fa`atohonna men haythu amarakomu Allah" {then go in unto them as Allah has ordained for you}.[lx] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn60)

Finally, an emailer writes about female circumcision, and the AMJA scholar replies after long introductory remarks on a specific kind of circumcision’s science and benefits:
… Now, the Islamic position: In the hadeeth [hadith] the Prophet advised removing a very slight portion of flesh, which is that clitoral hood. He forbade excising much and explained that it would be better for the husband that only a very small piece of flesh gets removed. This means that female circumcision in Islam is not even partial clitoridectomy, but it is simply the removal of the clitoral hood.

The Prophet said to Oum-Atteyah (the female circumciser): [Arabic is quoted]

“Cut but not excessively for this would be more conducive to brightness of the face and better for the husband."[Narrated by Aldahhak ibn Qays and recorded by al-Hakim Saheeh al-Jame' 336]

As for the ruling, it is controversial; the majority of the scholars regard it as mustahab (preferable sunnah), some regard it allowable and some consider it wajib (obligatory) because of the previous hadeeth.

The question is not to ban female circumcision because of the position of certain nations, but how do we regulate this as Muslims? Most of the problem and the bad publicity stem from the fact that, not infrequently, unqualified people perform the procedure and they may do more harm than good. If it was left to the specialists, it wouldn't have been misused and wouldn't have gotten such bad publicity. So, it is essential that the medical doctors are the only ones to be permitted to do it. The surgeon will then judiciously remove what needs to be removed (which may be nothing in certain cases and women as indicated by our scholars.)

What should we Western Muslims do?

For Muslims who live in the West, since it is not mandatory and it is at the same time illegal in the West, and would bring about harm to the people who practice it, I wouldn't advise having it done, as long as you are a resident/citizen of the West.

However, we should never doubt anything in our religion because of the bad publicity the media creates about it. Would it have been sensible for Muslims fifty years ago to doubt male circumcision because it was not yet shown by science to be of benefit?[lxi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn61)

The worst places to be a woman is primarily in Islamic countries, says a researcher, who provides a map.[lxii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn62)

A Severe Practice

This study is from the U.S. Department of State:
According to the study, of 100 mothers in the Kemayoran community in Jakarta, 97 percent of their female children had been circumcised. Trained midwives or physicians circumcised the baby girls using a blood lancet or sewing needle to ***** the clitoris until bleeding occurred. However, some midwives merely wiped the clitoris with alcohol and bethadine. This procedure took place when the girl was 40 days to five years old.

The 100 mothers surveyed from the rural West Java community of Cijeruk said 100 percent of their female children had been circumcised.

Traditional birth attendants (TBAs) performed the procedure using small scissors, a razor blade or even a small piece of sharpened bamboo. The TBAs cut a small piece of the prepuce (clitoral hood) or the clitoris itself until bleeding occurred. This procedure was performed when the baby was about 40 days old.[lxiii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn63)

Moderate Views

Here in this section, we do not keep track of the main areas, like women as fields or women’s testimony, but of reform generally. This approach to a general reform is best, because if reformers can convince their more traditional fellow Muslims that the Quran’s patriarchy should be left back in the seventh century, then all of the specific verses fall by the wayside.

A few women are members of the Iranian parliament, a country that can be objectively classified as oppressive of women’s rights.

[Q&A] with Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former member of Iran's parliament (2000-2004). She is currently a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

What role have women played in Iran's parliament since the 1979 revolution?

Women in parliament can be divided into two groups: those who have a feminist conscientiousness or awareness, and those who do not.

Once we, the reformists, won the election in 2000, we began having meetings and seminars with women's rights activists. Our promise during the sixth parliament (between 2000 and 2004) was to change discriminatory laws against women.

There were women and men who defended women's rights. On one bill related to women's issues, one of our male colleagues told us, "It is important that as a member of the clergy, I defend this bill, rather than you women having to defend it." So the sixth parliament had a very different atmosphere than subsequent parliaments.[lxiv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn64)

These women are heroes in their own way, so the above excerpt has been placed in the moderate section.

Dr. Zainab Alwani is the vice-chairman of the executive council at Fiqh Council of North America. After quoting verses in the Quran that speak of humankind forming alliances and taking care of the earth, she concludes that complementary roles between men and women best expresses the Quran’s ideal for them:

Therefore, men are responsible for maintaining the family financially, and providing for a broad range of needs, including spiritual, emotional, and intellectual needs. Without this divine injunction, some men may not fulfill their financial responsibility towards their family... While men are obligated to work in order to support the family, women may choose to work outside the home or may choose not to work, depending on the individual circumstance of the family.

Muslim women did not restrict the meaning of work only to the financial support of their families. They came to realize that each individual has special qualities that better enable them to perform a certain societal role; and society as a whole functions more effectively when that role is fulfilled. As the Qur’an says, “And in nowise covet those things in which God has bestowed His gifts more freely on some of you than on others: to men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn. But ask God of His bounty. For God has full knowledge of all things.” (4:32).

Muslim women work diligently on promoting social justice in all levels. They were actively engaged in the process of socioeconomic development of their societies. They became pioneers in establishing many social, educational and even political programs and institutions including schools, orphanages, hospitals, libraries, and other critical institutions. With this understanding, women became the conscience of society, to pinpoint what plagues the community and help in providing valuable solutions.

In conclusion, cooperation and complementary gender relationships leads to the fulfillment of humankind’s mission on earth: the healthy partnership wilayyah [mutual partnerships] between men and women as khalifs... vicegerents, stewards or God-agents on this earth. This mission should be maintained and enforced to help cleanse society from corruption and drive it towards peacefulness and purity.[lxv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn65)Though these words are positive, she does not explain the negative verses in the Quran, but at least she reinterprets the positive ones to show the complementarity between men and women.

Dr. Margot Badran is senior fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, specializing in women and gender in Muslim societies. She delivered a talk at the American Research Center in Egypt, outlining a feminist hermeneutics (interpretation) of the Quran.

Feminist hermeneutics distinguishes between the universal or timeless basic principles and the particular and contingent, or ephemeral. In the case of the latter, certain practices were allowed in a limited and controlled manner as a way of curtailing behaviours prevalent in the society into which the revelation came while encouraging believers or placing them on the path to fuller justice and equality in their human interactions. Feminist hermeneutics has taken three approaches:

1) revisiting ayaat [verses]of the Qur'an to correct false stories in common circulation, such as the accounts of creation and of events in the Garden of Eden that have shored up claims of male superiority;

2) citing ayaat that unequivocally enunciate the equality of women and men;

3) deconstructing ayaat attentive to male and female difference that have been commonly interpreted in ways that justify male domination.[lxvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn66)

Three forward-thinking claims stand out in Badran’s excerpt: One is that she acknowledges the Quran has problematic verses about women. Two is that the Quran must be set in its historical context (“particular, contingent, ephemeral”), which justifies “male domination.” Then the verses that justify this domination can be set aside or deconstructed in some way.

She delivered this lecture in English in Egypt. Was it translated in Arabic and discussed by religious leaders there?

Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian-American columnist. Her bio accompanying her impassioned plea says that in November 2011, Egyptian police beat her, breaking her left arm and right hand, and sexually assaulted her. She was detained by the Interior Ministry and military intelligence for 12 hours. She offers this solution as to why Arab men hate women.

First we stop pretending. Call out the hate for what it is. Resist cultural relativism and know that even in countries undergoing revolutions and uprisings, women will remain the cheapest bargaining chips. You -- the outside world -- will be told that it's our "culture" and "religion" to do X, Y, or Z to women. Understand that whoever deemed it as such was never a woman. The Arab uprisings may have been sparked by an Arab man -- Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire in desperation -- but they will be finished by Arab women.[lxvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn67)

To sum up this section on modern Islam, these examples will appear outdated in a few years. But regardless of the particulars, they still reveal that Muslims are going through a struggle or reinterpretation of the Quran and Islam itself. However, the traditionalists outnumber and outweigh the moderates, because the traditionalists have 1,400 years of the Quran, the hadith, classical law, and history on their side. The Quran and original Islam are extremely conservative and loathe to reform.

CONCLUSION

Despite the proclamations by traditionalists that Islam is universal (cross-cultural) and timeless in all its rulings and divine Quranic verses, it is very much rooted in seventh-century patriarchal culture.

Islam says that "Men are a degree above [women] in status"; and "Allah has made the one [mankind] superior to the other [womankind]." Allah himself made men superior to women. Muhammad also says in the hadith:

"This [diminishment of a woman’s testimony] is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind." That statement insults the one quality in humans that exalts them and gives them dignity: their rational, thinking mind.

If Islam elevated womankind above the plight of women before Islam arrived on the scene, it did not go far enough by today’s standards. The Quran, traditions, and classical shariah law are too time-bound and culture-bound.

Islam, classically interpreted, as we have just observed in the previous four sections, does not elevate women’s status. Islam’s view of women is in fact deeply influenced by its seventh century culture; indeed, everyone and every worldview are influenced by their culture to one degree or another.

In defense of progress, in the USA the inheritance can be divided equally among all siblings, regardless of their gender, if the testator so chooses. No religious law prohibits this from happening. One woman may testify, and her testimony is weighted equally with that of one man in a court of law. No legal ruling from a judge today says that womankind’s mind is deficient. Women are not regarded as a field that men may plow, so to speak. That image is demeaning.

So, American laws and outlook fit into a modern context better. Everyone is equal before the law. There is no built-in prejudice against women today.

If traditional Muslims believe that they can never learn anything from the “arrogant” West, then this refusal to learn is also arrogant.

By the false accusation of “Islamophobia,” defenders of Islam would shame us into never speaking out against obviously bad and defective customs and outlooks in shariah. However, it is not culturally insensitive to point them out; in fact we would be derelict in our duty to our own society if we were to neglect to speak out. We would be too deferential to bad practices in Islam if we remain silent. Silence is complicity.

Islamic law as it pertains to women should never be allowed to spread throughout modern societies that value life and liberty, which will lead, eventually, to happiness, especially for women, as they define happiness.

The religious aspects of shariah, like fasting and praying and washing, do not harm society monetarily or physically, so Muslims can practice them in private or at the mosque. But the laws laid out above are not benign, so they must be set aside and rejected.[lxviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_edn68)


Endnotes:
Jamal Badawi, “The Status of Women in Islam (http://www.institutealislam.com/the-status-of-woman-in-islam-by-dr-jamal-badawi/),” Institute al Islam, 1971.

(http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, The Quran, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford, 2010). The words in brackets are his. If readers would like to see various translations of the Quran, they may go to the website quranbrowser.com (http://quranbrowser.com/) and type in the references.

[iii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Unless otherwise noted, in this article we use the translation of Sayyid Abul A’La Maududi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abul_Ala_Maududi), [I]the Meaning of the Qur’an, 4thed., vol. 1, trans. Ch. Muhammad Akbar, ed. A. A. Kamal, (Lahore, Pakistan: Islamic Publications, 2003), 165, Chapter 2 (http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/2/index.html). His translation and commentary are available online at englishtafsir.com (http://www.englishtafsir.com/). If the readers would like to see other translations of the Quran, they may go to the website quranbrowser.com (http://quranbrowser.com/) and type in the references.

(http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Abdul Mannan Omar, Dictionary of the Holy Quran, Hockessin, Noor Foundation, 2004), 175-76. The root is d-r-j. The translator Maududi adds “status” in the verse, but others say “responsibility” (Hilali and Khan), “advantage” (Yusuf Ali),“right” (Abdel Haleem).

[v] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Abdel Haleem’s translation, with his bracketed insertion.

[vi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Maududi, Meaning, vol. 1, 329, Chapter 4 (http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/4/index.html).

[vii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Omar, Dictionary, 429. The root is f-d-l. For the verb form, see 2:47, 122, 253; 4:32, 95; 6:86; 7:140; 13:4; 16:71; 17:21, 55, 70; 27:15; 45:16.

[viii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Maududi, [I]Meaning, vol. 1, 311, Chapter 4 (http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/4/index.html). See Quran 4:176.

(http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Abdel Haqleem’s translation

[I][I][x] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid, vol. 1, 205, Chapter 2 (http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/2/index.html).

[xi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Abdel Haleem’s translation, my bracketed insertion.

[xii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Abdel Haleem’s translation.

[xiii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Hilali and Khan, [I]The Noble Qur’an, (Riyadh: Darussalam, 2002).

[xiv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Bukhari, Menses, 001.006.301, with minor mechanical adjustment; see also Obligatory Charity Tax, 002.024.541. Is it true that since women make up the majority of the world, it only stands to reason that they would be the majority in hell? This misses the point – and misses the possibility that women may be more spiritual than men. The reasonthat women make up the majority in hell is their harshness and ingratitude. So it has nothing to do with a numerical majority. The hadith are searchable online at the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (http://www.cmje.org/religious-texts/hadith/), under the aegis of the University of Southern California.

[xv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Bukhari, Marriage, 007.062.030-32; and Jihad, 004.052.110.

[xvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 007.062.120; the parenthetical comments are inserted by the translator. Cf. 007.062.123.

[xvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 007.062.165.

[xviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 007.062.121; cf. 007.062.122; Beginning of Creation, 004.054.469.

[xix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 007.062.124 and 007.062.126; cf. Beginning of Creation, 004.054.464; Making Hearts Tender, 008.076.456.

[xx] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Idem, Marriage, 007.62.125.

[xxi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 007.062.133.

[xxii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 007.062.113; 007.062.114.

[xxiii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Bukhari, Prayer (Salat), 001.009.490, the parenthetical comments are added by the translator. I made small mechanical adjustments.

[xxiv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Idem, Marriage, 007.062.033.

[xxv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. Laws of Inheritance, 008.080.731; the parenthetical comments were inserted by the translator.

[xxvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Bukhari Witnesses, 003.048.826.

[xxvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Bukhari, Commentary on the Quran, 6.4527, with small mechanical adjustments (the online link is presently dead). The parenthetical comments are by the translator. He notes that Bukhari himself left the ending of the hadith blank, the translator commenting that Bukhari did not know what Umar had meant. However, early Muslim commentators say that Ibn Umar permitted anal sex. See Sam Shamoun, “Women in Islam, Part 2 (http://answering-islam.org/Shamoun/women_in_islam2.htm),” answering-islam.org.

[xxviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 6.4528, with small mechanical adjustments (the online link is presently dead).

[xxix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Abu Dawud, General Behavior, 41.5251.

[xxx] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Malik ibn Anas, Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik ibn Anas: The First Formation of Islamic Law, rev. ed., trans. Aisha Bewley, Inverness, Scotland: Madina Press, 1989, 2001), 54.8.21-22. This law book is also available at the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (http://www.cmje.org/religious-texts/hadith/).

[xxxi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, Reliance of the Traveler: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, rev. ed., trans. Nuh Ha Mim Keller, (Beltsville, Maryland: Amana, 1994), 641. The notes labeled “K”were done by Muhammad Shirbini Khatib (d. 1570), who taught and died in Cairo, Egypt.

[xxxii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibn Rushd, [I]The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer, vol. 2, trans. Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, (Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization, Reading, UK: Garnet, 1994-1996), 553-54.

[xxxiii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Misri, Reliance, 717.

[xxxiv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 765-66. Disciplinary action may involve hitting (see the article on wife-beating).

[xxxv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 538. The comments by “A” are those of Sheikh Abd al-Wakil Durubi (b. 1914) who was from Syria, and studied in Cairo and was then appointed imam in Damascus. The parenthetical notes labeled “n” are by the translator.

[xxxvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. The comments label “O” are done by Sheikh Umar Barakat (d. post-1890), who worked in Mecca.

[xxxvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 672. That ruling is found in the section“Enormity,” meaning “immoderate, monstrous, outrageous … great wickedness … a grave offense against order, right, or decency” (Webster’s Dictionary).

[xxxviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Malik, Muwatta,27.1.

[xxxix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibn Rushd, Distinguished, 2.413.

[xl] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Malik, Muwatta, 36.4.7.

[xli] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid.

[xlii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibn Rushd, Distinguished,2.559.

[xliii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid.

[xliv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid.

[xlv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid.

[xlvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid.

[xlvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 2.560.

[xlviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Misri, Reliance, 526. The parenthetical comments labeled “A” are those of Sheikh Abd al-Wakil Durubi.

[xlix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. 59. The parenthetical comments labeled “O” are those of Sheikh Umar Barakat (d. post-1890). The parenthetical comments labeled “A” are those of Sheikh Abd al-Wakil Durubi. The parenthetical notes labeled “n” are by the translator. The translator mitigates the harshness of this ruling. Though this series of articles does not compare religions, one verse in the New Testament lifts the discussion about circumcision: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6). No woman should have to be circumcised for any reason and in any way, to show her love for God.

[l] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Maududi, Meaning, vol. 1, 333, note 56 (http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/4/index.html#sdfootnote57sym).

[li] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid, vol 1, 333, note 57 (http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/4/index.html#sdfootnote58sym).

[lii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. vol. 1, 312, note 15 (http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/4/index.html#sdfootnote15sym).

[liii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Sayyid Qutb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayyid_Qutb), In the Shade of the Quran, rev. ed., vol. 1, trans. Adil Salahi and Ashur Shamis, (Markfield: Islamic Foundation, 2003), 473.

[liv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Ibid. vol. 3, trans. and ed. Adil Salahi and Ashur Shamus (Markfield: Islamic Foundation, 2001), 121.

[lv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Maududi, Meaning, vol. 1, 162, note 241 (http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/2/index.html#sdfootnote241sym).

[lvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Harun Yahya, “The Eminence Islam Attaches to Women (http://www.mwlusa.org/topics/equality/eminence_women.htm),” Muslim Women’s League USA (http://www.mwlusa.org/).

[lvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) M. D. Rasooldeen and Walaa Hawari,“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Announced Sunday that Saudi Women Would Be Allowed to Stand and Vote in Municipal Elections and Also Become Members of the Shoura Council (http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article506568.ece),” Arab News, September 26, 2011.


[lviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Main Khalid al-Qudah, “Inheritance (http://amjaonline.com/00en_f1_details.php?fid=83895),”amjaonline.com, March 4, 2011, Question ID or fatwa no. 83895 (http://amjaonline.org/fatwa-corner/search/). The parenthetical comment is original.

[lix] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Main Khalid al-Qudah, “Are Women Deficient? (http://amjaonline.com/00en_f1_details.php?fid=77217)” amjaonline.com, December 23, 2008, Question ID or fatwa no. 77217 (http://amjaonline.org/fatwa-corner/search/).

[lx] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Permanent AMJA Fatwa Committee, “Interpretation of the Honorable Verse (http://amjaonline.com/00en_f1_details.php?fid=251),” amjaonline.com, July 14, 2004, Question ID or fatwa no. 251 (http://amjaonline.org/fatwa-corner/search/).

[lxi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Hatem al-Haj, “Female Circumcision (http://amjaonline.com/00en_f1_details.php?fid=81556),” amjaonline.com, May 25, 2012, Question ID or fatwa no. 81556 (http://amjaonline.org/fatwa-corner/search/). The first bracketed insertion is mine; the other one is his. All of the parenthetical comments are his. See also, “Leading U.S. Muslim Jurist: Female Genital Mutilation an ‘Honor’ in Islam (http://www.faithfreedom.org/articles/op-ed/leading-u-s-muslim-jurist-female-genital-mutilation-an-honor-in-islam/),” May 3, 2012. faithfreedom.org.

[lxii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Valerie M. Hudson, “The Worst Places to Be a Woman (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/24/the_worst_places_to_be_a_woman),” Foreign Policy, April 24, 2012.

[lxiii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) United States Department of State, Indonesia: Report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Female Genital Cutting (FGC) (http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/46d57879c.html), June 1, 2001.

[lxiv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Semira M. Nikou, “Women Struggle in Parliament (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2011/09/women-struggle-in-parliament.html#ixzz1at8Y7Ki6),” Part 7, September 22, 2011, Frontline, pbs.org, with slight mechanical adjustments.

[lxv] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Zainab Alwani, “The Quranic Concepts of Gender Relations (http://www.fiqhcouncil.org/node/12),”Fiqh Council of North America (http://www.fiqhcouncil.org/).

[lxvi] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Margot Badran, “Islamic Feminism: What’s in a Name (http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2002/569/cu1.htm),” Al-Ahram weekly online, January 2002.

[i][lxvii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) Mona Eltahawy, “Why Do They Hate Us? (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us?page=0,0)” [I]Foreign Policy, May / June 2012.

[lxviii] (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html#_ednref) This series of articles does not contrast Christianity and Islam on the topic of women. However, readers may be curious about it. If so, they may click on these articles here (http://answering-islam.org/Women/place.html) and here (http://answering-islam.org/Responses/Azeem/women_response.htm).

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/james-m-arlandson-womens-status-and-roles-in-early-islam.html

Paparock
08-16-2012, 03:56 PM
Swedish rape-jihad: "police reported an average of five rapes a day in Stockholm"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/swedish-rape-jihad-police-reported-an-average-of-five-rapes-a-day-in-stockholm.html (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/swedish-rape-jihad-police-reported-an-average-of-five-rapes-a-day-in-stockholm.html)


The capital of Sweden is probably also the European capital of rape. Since Swedish police, politicians and media do their best to cover the Muhammad-factor, we have to look at neighbouring Scandinavian countries for a reasonable explanation:

Rape jihad in Denmark: More than half of all convicted rapists have immigrant backgrounds. Iraqis, Iranians, Turks and Somalis dramatically overrepresented... (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/07/rape-jihad-in-denmark-more-than-half-of-all-convicted-rapists-have-immigrant-backgrounds-iraqis-iran.html)

Oslo, Norway: 69 percent increase in rapes (76 rapes in 91 days). Share of non-Westerners among 'attack-rapists': 100 percent. (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/04/oslo-norway-69-percent-increase-in-rapes-76-rapes-in-91-days-share-of-non-westerners-among-attack-ra.html)

Stavanger, Norway: Nine out of ten rapists are 'men from minority groups' (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/01/stavanger-norway-nine-out-of-ten-rapists-are-men-from-minority-groups.html)
Norway: Muslim rapist tells victim that in Islam, women have no rights (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/05/norway-muslim-rapist-tells-victim-that-in-islam-women-have-no-rights.html)

Translated by Nicolai Sennels, DN.se (http://dn.se/), August 14: "Increase in rapes in Stockholm (http://www.dn.se/sthlm/okning-av-valdtakter-i-stockholm)":
In July, police reported an average of five rapes a day in Stockholm. It is the highest figure in five years, Metro writes.A total of 149 rapes was reported to the police in Stockholm in July. ...

It is unclear whether there is an actual increase in rapes or if it is because more victims go to the police.

"I hope that the reason for the increase is that we manage to uncover some of the rapes that are normally not reported. We work very actively on securing women's rights and we work effectively against hate crime," says Kjell Lindgren, chief information officer of the Stockholm police, to Metro.

The newspaper said that rapes of children under 15 account for the largest increase. These notifications have more than doubled compared to July 2011.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/swedish-rape-jihad-police-reported-an-average-of-five-rapes-a-day-in-stockholm.html (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/swedish-rape-jihad-police-reported-an-average-of-five-rapes-a-day-in-stockholm.html)

New Ron
08-31-2012, 02:39 PM
Tunisia: Islamic supremacists demand legalization of polygamy as part of "post-revolution initiative to cancel all laws that contradict Islamic principles"

"And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four." -- Qur'an 4:3

Sharia is coming fast to "Arab Spring" Tunisia, where we were told that the uprising against Ben Ali was a flowering of Western-style notions of democracy and freedom, and had nothing to do with jihad or Islamic supremacism. Now, of course, it is abundantly clear that we few who were saying just the opposite were right all along.

"Islamist organization demands Tunisia legalize polygamy," from al-Arabiya, August 30 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The head of a Tunisian Islamist organization called this week for his country to legalize polygamy as part of a post-revolution initiative to cancel all laws that contradict Islamic principles.
Adel Elmi, head of the Tunisian Moderate Association for Awareness and Reform, formerly known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said in a Wednesday radio statement that marriage laws ought to be modified.

“Sanctioning polygamy is a popular demand now in Tunisia,” Elmi said.

The practice was permitted in Islam and should be legalized if it deemed in the best interest of society, Elmi said, proposing Tunisia’s marriage laws be referred to courts for modification, under certain conditions.

“For example, the first wife has to approve before her husband is allowed to remarry,” he said.

Tunisia has some of the strongest women’s rights laws in the Middle East. The Personal Status Code passed in 1956 by late Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba prohibited polygamy, raised the age of marriage for girls to 17 years old, facilitated women’s ability to obtain divorce in court, and banned forced marriages for minor girls.

All that will be reversed in due course.

But since the Islamic al-Nahda Party came to power in October elections last year, Tunisian women’s rights organizations have been apprehensive about the possibility losing some of their rights.
The new Islamist government has pledged to preserve women’s rights, but talk of Tunisian Islamist figures violating the polygamy ban has stirred controversy in the country.

Lawyer and rights activist Radia al-Nasrawi alleged that a prominent member of the Islamic al-Nahda Party, whose name she refused to disclose, was already married to two women....

Posted by Robert on August 31, 2012 5:22 AM | 1 Comment

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/tunisia-islamic-supremacists-demand-legalization-of-polygamy-as-part-of-post-revolution-initiative-t.html

New Ron
09-02-2012, 09:03 PM
Imam suspected of framing Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan

http://nationalpostnews.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/pakistan-blasphemy-imam.jpg?w=620

Farooq Naeem / AFP / GettyImagesPakistani policemen escort Islamic cleric Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, centre, upon his arrival at a court in Islamabad Sept. 2, 2012. Police said witnesses reported he had torn pages from a Koran and planted them in Rimsha Masih’s bag beside burned papers.

ISLAMABAD, Sept 2 — A Christian girl who was arrested under Pakistan’s controversial anti-blasphemy law may have moved a step closer to freedom on Sunday after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.

Still, Rimsha Masih, whose arrest last month angered religious and secular groups worldwide, may be in danger if she returns from jail to her village.

Some Muslim neighbours insist she should still be punished, and said the detained imam was a victim.

Under Muslim Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, the mere allegation of causing offence to Islam can mean death. Those accused are sometimes killed by members of the public even if they are found innocent by the courts.

Related
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Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan placed in solitary confinement, too frightened to speak
“Pour petrol and burn these Christians,” said Iqbal Bibi, 74, defending the imam on the steps of the mosque where he preaches in Masih’s impoverished village of Mehr Jaffer.

“The cleric of the mosque has been oppressed. He is not at fault. He is innocent.”

Masih was accused by Muslim neighbours of burning Islamic religious texts and arrested, but on Sunday police official Munir Hussain Jafri said a cleric had been taken into custody after witnesses reported he had torn pages from a Koran and planted them in Masih’s bag beside burned papers.

The imam, Khalid Jadoon Chishti, appeared briefly in court on Sunday before he was sent to jail for a 14-day judicial remand.

A bail hearing will be held on Monday for Masih, whose case has re-focused a spotlight on Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, under which anyone who speaks ill of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad commits a crime punishable by death.

See more here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/02/imam-suspected-of-framing-christian-girl-accused-of-blasphemy-in-pakistan/

New Ron
09-02-2012, 09:06 PM
Imam suspected of framing Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan

http://nationalpostnews.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/pakistan-blasphemy-imam.jpg?w=620

Farooq Naeem / AFP / GettyImagesPakistani policemen escort Islamic cleric Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, centre, upon his arrival at a court in Islamabad Sept. 2, 2012. Police said witnesses reported he had torn pages from a Koran and planted them in Rimsha Masih’s bag beside burned papers.

ISLAMABAD, Sept 2 — A Christian girl who was arrested under Pakistan’s controversial anti-blasphemy law may have moved a step closer to freedom on Sunday after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.

Still, Rimsha Masih, whose arrest last month angered religious and secular groups worldwide, may be in danger if she returns from jail to her village.

Some Muslim neighbours insist she should still be punished, and said the detained imam was a victim.

Under Muslim Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, the mere allegation of causing offence to Islam can mean death. Those accused are sometimes killed by members of the public even if they are found innocent by the courts.

Related
Pakistan’s extremism comes home to roost
Iman Sheikh: Pakistan’s anti-Christian witch hunt
Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan placed in solitary confinement, too frightened to speak
“Pour petrol and burn these Christians,” said Iqbal Bibi, 74, defending the imam on the steps of the mosque where he preaches in Masih’s impoverished village of Mehr Jaffer.

“The cleric of the mosque has been oppressed. He is not at fault. He is innocent.”

Masih was accused by Muslim neighbours of burning Islamic religious texts and arrested, but on Sunday police official Munir Hussain Jafri said a cleric had been taken into custody after witnesses reported he had torn pages from a Koran and planted them in Masih’s bag beside burned papers.

The imam, Khalid Jadoon Chishti, appeared briefly in court on Sunday before he was sent to jail for a 14-day judicial remand.

A bail hearing will be held on Monday for Masih, whose case has re-focused a spotlight on Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, under which anyone who speaks ill of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad commits a crime punishable by death.

See more here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/02/imam-suspected-of-framing-christian-girl-accused-of-blasphemy-in-pakistan/

Paparock
09-18-2012, 10:14 PM
Egypt Police Arrest 22 Men for Sexually Harassing Schoolgirls


http://www.bikyamasr.com/77709/egypt-police-in-suez-arrest-22-for-sexually-harassing-girls-on-first-day-of-classes/


CAIRO: Egyptian security in the city of Suez reported that it arrested 22 men for sexually harassing high school students outside of two schools on the first day of classes, the al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Sunday.

One of the arrested men was reportedly intoxicated.

Sexual harassment of school girls is not a new phenomena in Egypt, but security forces are paying more attention to it in recent years.

General Adel Ref’at, head of Suez security, said that police patrols will continue to guard girls’ schools in the city, making sure that no harassment takes place when school is out.

Earlier this month, the head of the National Council of Women (NCW) Mervat Tallawy said that Egyptian women are harassed, on average, “7 times every 200 meters.”

Her comments came as the issue of Egypt’s sexual harassment epidemic continued to make international headlines.

Last week, a woman was murdered after she lashed out at a man in Assuit who had groped her, the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) reported. The man, after the woman said she would claim her rights, shot her in the chest, leaving her to die.

http://www.bikyamasr.com/77709/egypt-police-in-suez-arrest-22-for-sexually-harassing-girls-on-first-day-of-classes/

Paparock
09-19-2012, 12:58 AM
AMJA Senior Committee Member:
Female Genital Mutilation Is 'an Honor' per Islam
by Translating Jihad (http://www.blogger.com/profile/01108216415524395646)


http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html


[Update, 23 May: Apparently a petition against Dr. al-Haj (http://www.change.org/petitions/revoke-the-certifications-of-hatem-elhagaly) was started by a Jihad Watch reader after this translation was published on Jihad Watch, and the Mayo Clinic responded by firing Dr. al-Haj (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/mayo-clinic-fires-doctor-who-said-female-genital-mutilation-is-an-honor-for-women.html). Dr. al-Haj since published a clarification of his position on female circumcision (http://www.drhatemalhaj.com/), in which he claimed that he has "always condemned female genital mutilation." He said instead that he only supports "a subtype of Female Genital Cutting FGC, a harmless procedure called the ritual nick." However, according to the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) and U.S. federal law (http://mgmbill.org/usfgmlaw.htm), any type of female circumcision is considered female genital mutilation. That is why I referred to it as such in this post. He also complained that my translation was excerpted and left out a lot of what he said on the topic. In my translation I was mainly concerned with Dr. al-Haj's explanation of the ruling of Islamic law on female circumcision/FGM, which is why I translated only the portion of the paper that dealt with that specifically. He is of course welcome to produce his own English-language version of the entire paper if he would like to make it available to the English-speaking audience.

Unfortunately for Dr. al-Haj, his position on FGM may not be the only one that is problematic for him as a pediatrician practicing in the United States. He also produced an Arabic-language post on child marriage (http://www.drhatemalhaj.com/ar/%D8%A3%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%A8%D8%A9-%D8%A5%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%A9/%D9%86%D8%B9%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B2%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7-r-%D9%88%D9%87%D9%8A-%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D8%B3%D8%B9-%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7-%D8%B9%D9%8A%D8%A8-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B0%D9%84%D9%83/) entitled, "Yes, He (PBUH) Married Her at Age Nine, and There Is Nothing Wrong with That," which I hope to have time to translate soon.]

A couple of weeks ago I posted a translation of a paper by Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA (http://www.amjaonline.org/)) senior committee member Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, in which he warned American Muslims against working in law enforcement in our 'infidel' nation (see here (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/mainstream-american-muslim-group-warns.html) for more details). Now in my latest translation, Dr. al-Haj explains why female circumcision is recommended and even 'an honor' for women. This is the same practice which is popularly known as female genital mutilation (FGM) due to the pain it causes women. The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) "the procedure has no health benefits for women," and causes a range of health problems including "severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth."

Yet Dr. al-Haj, a medical doctor and fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.aap.org/), ignores FGM's detrimental effects on women's health, and instead argues that it is 'an honor' for women. He justifies this position by referring repeatedly to the words of classical Islamic scholars from the four schools of mainstream Sunni Islamic thought, all of which attest to FGM's legitimacy under Islam. He also refers to the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, who reportedly counselled people in his day on how to perform FGM in a way that would be "more beautiful to behold and better for [the woman's] husband."

Thanks again to the Center for Security Policy (http://centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.xml) for their assistance and expertise on AMJA.

Below is my excerpted translation of the 41-page Arabic-language paper by Dr. Hatem al-Haj entitled "Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine" (see the original here (http://www.drhatemalhaj.com/ar/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%A8/%D8%AE%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%82%D9%87-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%A8/) and here (http://www.salafvoice.com/article.php?a=487)):

The ruling on circumcision: Scholars have differed on the ruling on circumcision. They have agreed on its legitimacy for both sexes, but beyond that they have differed. Some--most famously the Shafi’ites--believe that it is obligatory for both sexes. Some believe it is obligatory for men only, and some believe it is recommended for both. At the very least it can be said that for women it is an honor, and for men it is sunnah .

There are many hadiths on circumcision, some of which will be presented here along with the commentary of some scholars:

From Abi-Hurayra, who attributed it to the Prophet: “Five (acts of) al-fitrah [Islamic law or way of nature] are circumcision, shaving pubic hair, plucking armpit hair, trimming fingernails, and clipping the mustache.” Also from Abi-Hurayra: “The Messenger of Allah said, ‘Abraham was circumcised when he was 80 years old’.”’ Allah said: “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith” [Qur’an 16:123]. Also recorded in a hadith is the saying of (Muhammad) to a man who converted to Islam: “Remove your infidel hair and be circumcised.”

Muhammad also said regarding circumcision: “If you touch the two circumcisions, you must wash.” Here is evidence that women were circumcised, and therefore any of the hadiths on circumcision which do not specify men or women, can be assumed to apply to both.

From Sa’id bin Jabir: “Ibn ‘Abbas was asked, “How old were you when the Prophet (PBUH) died?" He replied, "At that time I had been circumcised. People (in those days) did not circumcise men until they reached puberty.” From the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah--who used to circumcise girls--the Messenger of Allah said to her, “Reduce it, but do not remove too much, because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.” This is the most explicit evidence in the hadiths of Muhammad for female circumcision being legitimate and even recommended. From Ibn ‘Abbas, attributing it to the Prophet: “Circumcision is sunnah for men and an honor for women.” This was narrated by al-Bayhaqi, and its attribution is weak.

Ibn al-Mundhir narrated from Abi-Barza: “We asked the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) about an uncircumcised man making pilgrimage to the Ka’aba. He replied, ‘No, not until he’s circumcised’.” This was considered a weak hadith by Ibn al-Mundhir and others.

There’s no doubt that among these hadiths there are those which are sound but do not explicitly command or urge women to become circumcised. There are also those which are met with disagreement by scholars, and these hadiths are more explicit in confirming the legitimacy of female circumcision. But the hadiths on the laws of al-fitrah which mention circumcision--and these are sound--do not mean that it is done on men only and not women. It is certain that circumcision includes both men and women, as is clearly stated in the hadith about touching the two circumcisions.

Below are words from scholars on the ruling on circumcision:

The Hanafis: Al-Zayla’i said: “The general ruling is that circumcision is sunnah, and is one of the trademarks of Islam. In fact, if the people of Egypt or some land decided to abandon its practice, the Imam would make war against them, for it cannot be abandoned except by necessity... Female circumcision is not sunnah, but it is an honor for men because it is more pleasing during sex” [ellipses in original].

The Malikites: From al-Kharshi’s brief summary of Khalil: “Its ruling (i.e. circumcision) is that it is sunnah for men, and it cuts off the foreskin. It is recommended for women, and is called khifad [reduction].”

The Shafi’ites: From [Asna al-Mutalib]: “Circumcision is obligatory (at puberty). The reasoning for this is the saying of the Almighty: “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith” [Qur’an 16:123]. In Abraham’s religion, circumcision was present. Also in the two Sahihs: “He was circumcised when he was eighty years old.” In Sahih Ibn Hibban, and in al-Hakim it was said 120 years, and it was also said 70 years. Also it was narrated by Abu-Dawud: “(The Prophet) (PBUH) ordered a man who converted to Islam to be circumcised.” They said that since he cut off a member which could not be replaced, it had to be obligatory like cutting off the hand. Since the man was injured during the process, he feared it. If it were not obligatory for him, then it would not have been permissible. This is unlike the circumcision of little boys, crazy people, and those who cannot endure it, because the first are too young to be required to do anything, and the last are harmed by it.” Al-Nawawi said in [I]al-Majmu’: “Circumcision is obligatory for our men and women. This was stated by many of the salaf, as al-Khatabi relates. Ahmad was one of those who said it was obligatory. Malik and Abu-Hanifa said that it was sunnah for everyone. This was related by al-Rafi’i. He also related that (circumcision) is obligatory for men and sunnah for women. These were the two approaches of Shadhan, and of the sound and famous school of thought which was penned by al-Shafi’i, in which the multitude of scholars declared that circumcision is obligatory for men and women.”

The Hanbalis: From Ibn Muflih’s Furu’ [body of rules and regulations for man’s behavior]: “(According to Ahmad), circumcision is obligatory on all but women, for whom it is recommended. Our Shaykh said, ‘It is obligatory because cleanliness and prayer are obligatory’.” Ibn Qudama said: “Circumcision is a duty for men, and for women it is an honor, but it is not obligatory. This has been stated by many scholars.” Ahmad said: “The man is more difficult, because if the man is not circumcised, then the skin dangles over the [penis] and cannot be cleaned. But the woman is easier.”

The al-Mawsu’a al-Fiqhia (“The Encyclopedia of Jurisprudence”) summarizes scholars’ opinions on circumcision as follows:

“The ruling on circumcision: Scholars differ on circumcision as follows: First, the Hanafis and Malikites--and very rarely the Shafi’ites--hold to the opinion of what Ahmad said, that circumcision is sunnah for men but not a duty. It is one of the acts of al-fitrah, and one of the rituals of Islam. If the people of a particular land decided together to abandon its practice, the Imam would make war against them, just like if they abandoned the call to prayer. This also represents what the Malikites think about circumcision of women. Hanafis and Hanbalis consider female circumcision to be an honor and not sunnah. It is said by some Hanafis that it is also sunnah for [women], and some say that it is recommended. … Second, the Shafi’ites and Hanbalis, as is also stated by Sahnoun from the Malikites, believe that circumcision is a duty for both men and women. … Third, this is written by Ibn Qudama in al-Mughni, that circumcision is a duty for men, and for women it is an honor but not a duty” [ellipses in original].

Assessment

It appears that for male circumcision the most correct view is that it is obligatory, owing to the saying of Muhammad to the man who converted to Islam: “Remove your infidel hair and be circumcised.” This was obligatory--there was no alternative.

Regarding women, perhaps the most correct view is that it is recommended, however there is consensus that it is (at least) legitimate. Muhammad also endorsed it, as was narrated in the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah, who used to circumcise girls. He said to her: “Reduce it, but do not remove too much, because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.” He also said, “If you touch the two circumcisions, you must wash.” This shows that female circumcision was prevalent during his day, and he did not repudiate it. Nor did he stipulate anything else regarding female circumcision.

Perhaps the saying that it is (only) recommended is due to the pain women must go through to carry out the acts of al-fitrah, such as circumcision, as stated in the sound hadith. But as we mentioned, this is not evidence of it being confined only to men. The term circumcision was used for both men and women during Muhammad’s time. But it is clear that performing circumcision must be preferable to not performing it, especially when one considers that circumcision includes both pain and revealing one’s nakedness. Thus if there was no benefit to it, the Messenger of Allah would not have agreed to it. However there is still no evidence for making it obligatory. The fact that the Messenger of Allah agreed to it despite the pain and discovering one’s nakedness is not evidence for making it obligatory. Instead, this is evidence for preferring the action over not doing it, as we stated. (Muhammad’s) command to Umm ‘Atiyah is not a command to all women to (be circumcised), but rather he was regulating its practice. He was not telling her not to do it, he was telling her not to go too far and injure the women.

His command to the man who converted to Islam does not apply to women. Even though the principle is that “women are men’s sisters”, and women are often included when addressing men and vice versa, that only applies when there is no reason to differentiate between them. Here the issue is different for men and women. The man’s foreskin could trap urine at the end of it and affect his cleanliness. The issue is not the same for women. Therefore it is appropriate for this to be stressed more for men, and this is apparent in the words of scholars and the works of the ummah.

I have summed up the words of Muhammad and of scholars to show that circumcision is legitimate, and that the principal issue in the study is the limits of circumcision.

http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html

desertscout
09-19-2012, 01:13 AM
Do these Islamic male swine circumcise all the females of their herds and flocks, or is it only the Human females that are treated lower than animals???
:pat:

Paparock
09-20-2012, 04:07 PM
Crazed father 'tied daughter to tree and hacked her to death with an axe because he was ashamed she worked in a beauty salon'
By Jill Reilly (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Jill+Reilly)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205545/Crazed-father-tied-daughter-tree-hacked-death-axe-ashamed-worked-beauty-salon.html


A father allegedly bludgeoned his daughter to death with an axe because he was ashamed she worked in a beauty salon.

That is the claim of Allah Ditta's children who watched him hack Shagufta to death near their home in the Adiala suburbs of Pakistan.

Police said the accused was arrested and confessed killing his 32-year-old daughter, a mother of one.

A blood-stained axe he was believed to have used to kill her, was also found, reported Dawn.com (http://dawn.com/2012/09/19/father-hacks-daughter-to-death-2/).

Shagufta had a young son and had divorced about three years ago.

Police quoted the younger sister as saying 'My father tied her to a tree in the jungle near our house and swung the axe at her neck, killing her instantly.'

The victim's brother, Fiaz Ali, said in a police statement that his father was angered after a lady that Shagufta worked for as a maid, offered her a position in a beauty salon.

The younger sister said that Shagufta was beaten by her father the night before her death when she announced her intention to join the salon.

She said that the family intervened and they thought the debate was closed.

But in the night she woke up and saw her father taking Shagufta away, holding a piece of rope and an axe in his hand.

When she went to watch the scene unfold with her brother, watching as Shagufta was taken away by her father to the nearby jungle.

There he allegedly tied her to a tree, abused her and then smashed her neck with an axe, killing her on the spot, according to the pair.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205545/Crazed-father-tied-daughter-tree-hacked-death-axe-ashamed-worked-beauty-salon.html

Paparock
09-20-2012, 04:52 PM
70% of Jailed Afghan Women Arrested for Fleeing Husbands
By Sadaf Shinwari

http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/09/17/70-jailed-afghan-women-are-accused-of-home-escape.html


“Forced marriages, difference in age of couples, violence, use divorce comments and several other issues are the main motives which forces Afghan girls and married women to flee from their homes.”

Chief of the parliamentarian commission for human rights, civil society and women’s affairs Fawzia Koufi expressed concerns regarding the Afghan women detainees where majority of them have been arrested for escaping their homes.

Fawzia Koufi said more than 70% of the Afghan women have been jailed for escaping their homes despite this is not crime in Afghan law.

She said, “This is a major issue and women are jailed over adultery after escaping from their home. If the government does not have a specific law in this regard then it should be referred to us in order to modify a regulation in a bid to clarify the rules and prevent misunderstanding and misuse by Afghan attorney and police regarding the Afghan women.”

Afghan justice minister along with the Afghan women’s affairs minister and deputy administration of the Afghan interior ministry also attended the session to discuss the ways on how to prevent jailing Afghan women who are fleeing from their houses.

Afghan women’s affairs minister Husn Banu Ghazanfar said jailing Afghan women over fleeing charges from their house is one of the major issues.

She said, “Forced marriages, difference in age of couples, violence, use divorce comments and several other issues are the main motives which forces Afghan girls and married women to flee from their homes.”

In the meantime Afghan justice minister Habibullah Ghalib said fleeing from home is not a crime in Afghan law and no case should be referred to Afghan courts in this regard.

He said, “Escaping from home is not a crime and this was discussed during sessions last year. The issue was also discussed with the chief of the Afghan Supreme Court which was approved and was sent to concerned organizations by Afghan Justice High Council.”

In the meantime deputy administrative of the Afghan interior ministry Gen. Mirza Mohammad Yarmand said women escaping from their homes without committing adultery are not a crime based on the crime law of Afghanistan.

According to reports majority of the Afghan girls and women are leaving their homes to prevent from violence however they are reportedly facing more issues once they flee from their homes and majority of them are not accepted by their family to return.

http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/09/17/70-jailed-afghan-women-are-accused-of-home-escape.html

Paparock
09-24-2012, 04:48 PM
Wife 'Married for Sex' is Beaten for Getting Pregnant


http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/188184/reftab/96/t/Married-just-for-sexual-pleasure/Default.aspx


KUWAIT CITY, Sept 22: A young Kuwaiti woman miscarried and bled profusely when her aged husband physically attacked her after she informed him about the pregnancy, reports Al-Horriya daily.

Reportedly, when the victim, who thought she was breaking good news to her aged husband whom she married two months back, informed him that she was pregnant, he detested the news and attacked her as he had only married her for sexual pleasure and indulgent care.

When securitymen from Hawally police station received information about the incident, they rushed to the location and referred the woman immediately to the hospital.

A medical examination was carried out on her which revealed that she was suffering from tremendous internal bleeding.

A case was registered against the suspect for investigations.

http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/188184/reftab/96/t/Married-just-for-sexual-pleasure/Default.aspx

Paparock
09-25-2012, 09:41 PM
Quran Teacher Rapes 4-Year-Old - Blames the Devil


http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/courts/devil-played-with-my-head-says-teacher-accused-of-rape


DUBAI // A Quran teacher told a policeman he raped a four-year-old boy because "the devil played with my head", a court heard today.

Prosecutors told the Criminal Court that the Bangladeshi HM, 24, was employed to give lessons to the children of four families who share a villa in Al Hamriya.

The Pakistani boy's father, 30-year-old ME, said the lessons took place in the villa's kitchen after Maghrib prayer for an hour every day except Thursdays and Fridays and that his son had been taking part in them for two months before the rape occured on July 18 this year.

Following that day's lesson, "My son came back to our room very frightened," said the boy's 25-year-old mother, SE. She said that when she asked him why he was afraid, he told her the teacher had ripped his trousers off and hurt him. The boy described the rape to her and said that it hurt him so much that at one point the teacher stopped and began touching him with his hand instead.

The mother told the boy's father and uncle who then caught the teacher and took him to the police station.

AA, a 45-year-old Yemeni policeman, said that when interrogated the teacher admitted raping the child, saying: "I was wrong and the devil played with my head."

A forensics report confirmed the boy had been raped and found traces of the teacher's DNA on his body.

The boy told prosecutors that the teacher had molested him with his hand twice before.

The teacher faces the death penalty if found guilty. He did not enter a plea when he appeared in the court. The case was adjourned to October 14 while the court assigns a lawyer to defend him.

http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/courts/devil-played-with-my-head-says-teacher-accused-of-rape

Paparock
09-28-2012, 05:34 PM
Child Marriages 32% of All Marriages in Pakistan


http://tribune.com.pk/story/434512/underage-victims-to-stop-child-marriages-state-needs-to-step-in/


ISLAMABAD:
Marriage at an early age is a harsh reality for many young women, with dire repercussions for them, their children and the community. Still, according to UNICEF, child marriages accounted for 32 per cent of all marriages in the country from 1987 to 2005.

During a consultative meeting that was held to discuss the sensitive topic on Monday, it was shared that not much is expected to change in the next decade if the government does not take the issue seriously. Around 100 million girls are expected to enter into child marriage in the next decade, it was said.

Participants got together to map out the social, medical and legal work being done to decrease the prevalence of child marriages.

Qindeel Shujaat, legal adviser on human rights, said that while there are laws to prevent child marriages, the Child Marriages Restraint Act 1929 hasn’t been modified in 82 years. “The punishment for violating the law is a fine of Rs1,000, or one month imprisonment. If a marriage involving children takes place, the adults are punished, but the marriage is not dissolved,” she said. However, according to Shujaat, the law’s implementation is non-existentant.

Participants recommended that the minimum punishment be increased to two years and the fine to at least Rs100,000 to deter offenders.

Penalties should be applicable on parents of both the bride and groom. Also, the minimum age for marriage for both boys and girls should be 18 years. While a 16 year-old girl is eligible for marriage, she cannot vote, drive or open a bank account. The groom is required by law to be 18 or above.

In addition to the legal framework and social implications, health consequences of child marriages were also highlighted. Girls are at a higher risk of birth-related morbidities such as fistula, post-partum haemorrhage, sepsis and hypertensive disorder. The underage mother and child’s psychological health is also adversely affected as the transition to motherhood is abrupt and premature.

“Young girls lose control over their bodies and lives. Patriarchy determines the girls’ fate and they are imprisoned in an adult life while still children,” said Uzma Tahir, policy manager Actionaid. She also stated that it was imperative to change the societal mind set that considers women the personal property of their male family members. “The difficulty in bringing about reforms is doubled as laws are not conducive to change,” Tahir said.

Rutger’s WPF Country Director Qadeer Baig said, “We want to engage the media to raise awareness on early marriages and pregnancy and influence policy makers and government officials to bring about legislative change in the minimum age of marriage.”

The event was jointly arranged by Actionaid, Bedari and Plan International.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/434512/underage-victims-to-stop-child-marriages-state-needs-to-step-in/

Paparock
09-28-2012, 05:52 PM
Sharia in action in Tunisia: Woman raped by police accused of "indecency"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/sharia-in-action-in-tunisia-woman-raped-by-police-accused-of-indecency.html

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=54589


According to Sisters In Islam, a Muslim reform group, there is evidence that most -- up to 75% -- of the women imprisoned in Pakistan are there because of rape. Islamic evidence laws disallow a woman's testimony in such cases, and require testimony from four male witnesses of the act to establish the rape. If such witnesses are not found, as is usually the case, and the accused perpetrator denies the act, as is usually the case, then the woman's very rape charge becomes evidence that she has committed zina -- unlawful sexual activity.

Ah, the glories of the Arab Spring: "From victim to accused: Tunisian raped by police indicted for ‘indecency,’" by Antoine Lambroschini for Middle East Online (http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=54589), September 26:
Tunisian civil society groups expressed outrage on Wednesday after a young woman was accused of indecency by two policemen jailed for raping her, amid criticism of the Islamist-led government for rolling back women's rights.The woman and her fiance were summoned by a magistrate on Wednesday to face the two policemen, both found guilty of rape and jailed, who accuse her of "indecency" and "assault," a group of Tunisian NGOs said in a statement.

The interior ministry said the woman and her boyfriend were apprehended by three policemen on September 3, when they were found in an "immoral position."

Two policemen then raped her, while the third held the handcuffed fiance.

The NGOs, which include the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women and the Tunisian League of Human Rights, slammed what they described as a procedure that "transforms the victim into the accused."

It "is designed to frighten, and to force her and her fiance to waive their rights," they added.

They also questioned "the seriousness of the government's commitment to applying the national plan to combat violence against women."

"Rape as a means of repression is still practised in Tunisia," a coalition of leftwing opposition parties said separately, calling for a law to protect "Tunisian men and women against all forms of physical, moral and sexual violence."

MP Karima Souid, who belongs to Ettakatol, a centre-left group that partners the Islamist party Ennahda in Tunisia's ruling coalition, condemned her party's support for the government in protest at the proceedings against the rape victim.

"I completely dissociate myself from this government. The rape case and the summoning of the victim this morning is the last straw," she wrote on Facebook.

Interior ministry spokesman Khaled Tarrouche said that the ministry "had nothing to do with" the proceedings against the young women, emphasising that the decision to summon her was taken by the magistrate.

"In this case, we acted as was required of us. What had to be done was done, and the three police agents were arrested straight away," he said, insisting that cases of police assaulting women were "isolated."

The justice ministry was not immediately reachable for comment.

Since the Islamists' rise to power after the revolution last year, Tunisian feminist groups have accused the police of regularly harassing women, by challenging them over their clothing, or when they go out at night unaccompanied by family members.

Ennahda also provoked a storm of protest for proposing an article in the new constitution that referred to the "complementarity" of men to women rather than their equality.

Many saw the proposed article, which was abandoned on Monday, as a ploy by the Islamists to reverse the principle of gender equality that made Tunisia a beacon of modernity in the Arab world when it was introduced six decades ago.

Paparock
09-28-2012, 06:03 PM
Sharia in action: Egypt considering sanctioning marriage of nine-year-old girls

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/sharia-in-action-egypt-considering-sanctioning-marriage-of-nine-year-old-girls.html

"The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." -- Bukhari 7.62.88

Muhammad being the supreme example of conduct for Muslims (cf. Qur'an 33:21), child marriage is sanctioned by his example. So it is no surprise that Muslim Brotherhood Egypt would be considering legalizing it.

"Egypt: NCW Rejects Marriage of Nine-Year-Old Girls," from Egypt State Information Service via AllAfrica.com (http://allafrica.com/stories/201209191374.html), September 19:
The National Council for Women (NCW) has expressed its profound dismay at statements made by some members of the Constituent Assembly in charge of writing Egypt's new constitution on the possibility of sanctioning marriage of sexually mature girls even if they were at the age of nine.

The NCW described such viewpoint as a setback to child rights and is only expressive of outdated traditions still prevailing in the Egyptian society.

Paparock
10-03-2012, 09:19 PM
Egyptian Woman Protest Sharia's Version of 'Equality'

http://cdn.bikyamasr.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Baheya-Ya-Masr-300x247.jpg
A drawing made by activists to symbolize rejection to Article 36 of the draft constitution – (Source: Baheya Ya Masr)


http://www.bikyamasr.com/79068/protest-against-anti-women-article-in-draft-constitution/


CAIRO: A large number of groups staged a demonstration and held a press conference on Tuesday evening in protest against a proposed constitutional article that puts women’s equality at risk.

The demonstration took place at 6 p.m. by the Shura Council (parliamentary upper house) where the constituent assembly, tasked with rewriting Egypt’s constitution, convenes.

Participants fear that “Article 36″ threatens women rights and conflicts with other articles of the long-awaited constitution.

The controversial draft clause suggests that the state will reinforce gender equality in all spheres but in accordance with the interpretations of Sharia (Islamic law).

Activists and rights groups fear that certain interpretations of Islamic texts may undermine women in one sphere or all, and thus oppose the proposed article.

The constitution-writing body is dominated by Islamists which some fear may attempt to mold Egypt’s constitution to suit their purposes.

According to the Facebook page calling for the protest, supporters of the cause include:

Political parties: The Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Popular Socialist Alliance Party, the Free Egyptians Party, the Egyptian Popular Current, the Constitution Party, Egypt Party, the Justice Party, the Tagammou Party, the Nasserist Party and Freedom Party.

Unions and Fronts: The National Front for Defending Egyptian Women, the Alliance of Organizations, the Egyptian Feminist Union, the Feminist Voice, Baheya Ya Masr, Min Haii (It’s My Right), the Egyptian Woman, the Egyptian Women’s Movement for Change, You’re a Free Egyptian Woman, Speak Up Movement, the Coalition for Women of the Revolution, the Voice of the Nubian Woman, the Egyptian Women Lawyers for Steps Forward Movement, the Enlightened Egypt Movement, the Front for Defending Creativity and the We Can See You Movement.

Feminist and Legal Foundations: The New Woman Foundation, the Women and Memory Forum, the Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, the Foundation for Egyptian Women Issues, the Association of Mothers for Legal Custody, the Alliance for Arab Women, the Legal Foundation for Family Assistance, the General Association for Women’s Associations for Health Promotion, the Solidarity Foundation for Funding Azhar, the Center for Communications for Development (ACT), the Women’s Parliament, the Life is Not Complete without the Ta (female pronoun) Movement, the Egyptian Democratic Institute, the Egyptian Democratic Association, the Center for Supporting the Law State, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, the National Initiative for Positive Involvement.

Public Figures: Dr. Mohamed Abul-Ghar, Dr. Hussam Eissa, Amr Mousa, Dr. Amr Hamzawi, Dr. Jalal Amin, Dr. Mohamed Nour Farhat, Dr. Abdel-Galeel Mostafa, Dr. Ziyad Bahaa El Din, Dr. Hazim El Beblawi, Mr. Ahmad El Ghandour, Dr. Abdel-Azeem Hammad, Dr. Sameer Murqos, Mr. Basem Kamel, Ms. Niam El Baz, Ms. Shuhra Ameen Elalam, Mr. Khalid Hal, Dr. Mouna Zulfikar, Dr. Essam Elislambouly, political activist George Ishac, Writer Gamal Fahmy, Writer Abdallah El Sinnawi, Writer Sakina Fouad, Director Khalid Youssef, Director Hala Khalil, Artist Fayrouz Karawya, Attorney Ameer Salim, Ms. Inas Mekkawi, Dr. Houda Badran, Dr. Fatma Khafaji, Ms. Niveen Ebeid, Ms. Amal AbdelHadi, Dr. Rajia Omran, Dr. Anisa Hassouna, Mr. Rami Shaath, Dr. Nadia Abdel Wahab, Mr. Ahmad Fawzi, Ms. Farida El Shoubashi, Mr. Farid Zahran, Ms. Amani El Khayyat, Dr. Hana AbulGhar, Mr. Yasser Rizk, Ms. Fadya Mougheeth, Ms. Shahinda Maklad, Ms. Nourelhouda Zaki, Ms. Nahed Eissa, Ms. Azza Balbaa, Ms. Kareema El Hefnawi, Ms. Souad Hammoudah, Ms. Safa El Sawi, Ms. Fatin Mohammad Ali, Ms. Shams El Atrubi, Attorney Hala Fouad Riyad, Dr. Manal Omar, Mr. Hussein AbdelGhani, Dr. Mouna Abul-Ghar, Dr. Nouhad Abul Qumsan, Ms. Mouna Moneer, Dr. Niveen Mousad, Ms. Buthaina Kamel, Writer Mohammad Salmawi, Dr. AbdulGhaffar Hanneish, Dr. Fawzi El Aryan, Mr. Alaa AbdulMonem, Mr. Mustafa El Guindi, Mr. Mohammad Youssif, Dr. Fathiyya El Assal, Ms. Samira Ebrahim, Ms. Samya Jaheen, Mr. Mohammad ElEjatty, Ms. Ghada Shahbandar, Shaheeda Al baz, Ne3m Al baz, Safaa Zaki Mourad, Ahmed Saied, Amr Al Shobaky and Emad Abo Ghazi.


http://www.bikyamasr.com/79068/protest-against-anti-women-article-in-draft-constitution/

Paparock
10-04-2012, 07:54 PM
Islamists Consider Syrian Women 'Spoils of War'
By: Radwan Mortada (http://english.al-akhbar.com/author/radwan-mortada)

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/12796/


The emergence of extremist Islamists groups joining in the war against the Syrian regime has been a cause of serious concern to many on both sides of the conflict. As groups and factions split over their ideological and political agendas, fierce fighting is repeatedly breaking out in the opposition camp.

Several days ago, the commander of a group calling itself al-Qaeda in the Levant, was assassinated. Abu Mohammad al-Shami, better known as al-Absi, was killed by Islamist fighters from the Salafi-leaning al-Farouq Battalion, which is also ideologically affiliated with al-Qaeda.

These Jihadis conspired with elements from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to ambush and kill Absi in a border area near Turkey. Two different accounts are being circulated regarding his death.

According to the first, the assailants caught him by surprise, abducted him and then took him to an unknown destination where they stabbed him to death and disposed of his body. Reportedly, Sheikh Abu Basir al-Tartusi and the commander of Ahrar al-Sham Brigade, Abu Abdullah, tried to intervene to secure Absi’s release before he was killed, but to no avail.

The second account purports that the assassins had asked Absi to meet them to discuss some issues and then killed him.

Absi’s death led to violent clashes between his group and militants from the Farouq Battalion backed by fighters from the FSA, killing scores and leaving more injured. The clashes have been described as being among “the most serious to have occurred since the beginning of the uprising among Jihadi elements” who flocked to Syria from Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Europe and beyond.

Absi had come as an emissary of the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda front-group, to establish an Islamic emirate in Syria. Absi was, along with his battalion, “the first to liberate the Bab al-Hawa border crossing, raising the black flag [of al-Qaeda] over official buildings there,” according to a Salafi Jihadi source.

The two groups set their many differences aside and agreed to eliminate Absi after securing a green light from Turkey.There are many possible motives for Absi’s murder, including disputes over influence, leadership, and the application of Sharia as well as accusations of treason. In this context, the source revealed to Al-Akhbar that “the reason for [Absi’s] assassination was the tolls he imposed on the flow of weapons.”

Following Absi’s takeover of the Bab al-Hawa crossing, the Jihadi leader levied protection payments from all arms smugglers and the groups receiving weapons shipments through the crossing. These taxes were often paid in the form of a portion of the shipment, sometimes up to 30 percent, and were turned over to Absi personally. He reportedly claimed the arms were being stashed away in preparation for the decisive battle looming, “the great battle expected to occur after the fall of the regime,” according to the Jihadi source.

Absi’s actions angered the Farouq Battalion, which is active in Aleppo and Idlib, as well as the FSA. The two groups set their many differences aside and agreed to eliminate Absi after securing a green light from Turkey. The Turkish side had sought to persuade Absi several times to exempt Turkish arms shipments sent to groups affiliated to Turkey, but he refused on the grounds that his Islamic duty required him to take a cut.

Absi’s assassination was not the first time the Jihadis have killed one of their own.

According to reports coming from Idlib and Aleppo obtained by sources in the Syrian opposition, clashes between Islamist militant groups have become more frequent as they compete for power and influence, each one asserting that their religious interpretation is the only true path.

power struggles play out over a number of issues, but a trend has emerged of justifying assassinations by accusing the target of collaborating with the regime.There also appears to be a cultural clash between non-Arab Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Chechnya on the one hand, and Arabs from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and Jordan on the other, over the exploitation of sex slaves.

Some Islamists consider these women to be spoils of war, especially the wives and daughters of regime supporters, but local fighters are more apprehensive about the issue. Dozens of women have reportedly been sexually assaulted.

Others within the movement have firmly stood up to these groups and rejected such practices. For one thing, they believe that this will turn sympathetic Syrians against them.

These power struggles play out over a number of issues, but a trend has emerged of justifying assassinations by accusing the target of collaborating with the regime.

The result of this fracturing is that Syria is being divided into territories controlled by rival militant groups that dare not cross into another area without expecting a bloody confrontation.

Meanwhile, Al-Akhbar has learned that a number of Lebanese and Palestinian Jihadis who went to Syria to join the fighting have since forsaken the movement and returned home after witnessing the fierce internal fighting.

“We are now afraid of the regime falling, because our people have already started slaughtering one another. We can only guess at what will happen tomorrow, when the regime collapses,” said one of these disillusioned fighters.

Many Islamist leaders contacted by Al-Akhbar believe that this splintering is damaging to their cause and even threatens the revolution itself.

Reconciliation efforts led by global leaders of the Islamist movement are currently under way, with several delegations dispatched to Syria. So far these initiatives have not borne fruit.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/12796/

Paparock
10-07-2012, 01:43 AM
Muslim Trafficking Networks Target Coptic Women

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2012/October/Muslim-Trafficking-Networks-Target-Coptic-Women/


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CAIRO, Egypt -- Recent attacks against churches are driving thousands of Egyptian Christians to seek asylum in the West.

Many of them are women who fear they are targets for abduction, forced conversion, and forced marriage by Muslims.

CBN News traveled to Cairo to investigate the trafficking of young Egyptian Christian women.

The Abduction of Mary
Magda Kaiser, a Coptic Christian, is distraught over her missing daughter, Mary.

"She was our only daughter, so we spoiled her," she explained. "She got whatever she wanted, but she was very shy."

"We were close friends," Kaiser continued. "She never went anywhere without me. She always asked me to go with her because she was afraid of being alone, by herself."

Mary, an exceptional student, won mathematical achievement awards. At the age of 19, she entered university to study pharmacology. That's where she befriended a Muslim classmate.

One night when the two women went out together for pizza and a movie, Mary suddenly fell ill. Friends last saw her entering a taxi.

"We knew she was missing because she didn't come home that night," Kaiser said. "We believe her Muslim friend put drugs in her food and hired people who abduct young Christian girls to kidnap her."

A day later, police informed Mary's family they had located her not far from Cairo, in the town of Kerdasa. They said Mary had converted to Islam and had married a Muslim vendor.

Foul Play?
Magda and her husband suspected foul play. They believed their daughter had become a victim of a vast, Islamic human trafficking network - one targeting young Christian women.

"All this was coordinated between the government, police, the Wahhabis, Salafis. Everyone was in on it," Kaiser said.

Officials summoned Mary to the police station where her father waited to see her.

"Four veiled ladies and four bearded men walked in to the police station, accompanied by two policemen with machine guns," Kaiser recalled.
"As they walked by, my husband screamed out our daughter's name, 'Mary!' As Mary turned around to acknowledge him, one of the bearded men pushed her away and punched her in the face," she said.

Overcome by rage, Mary's father demanded to talk to his daughter. The police refused and ordered him to leave.

They said they closed the case because Mary was now a Muslim.

The Kaiser home used to be one of much joy, laughter, and happiness. But five years after Mary's disappearance, her bed remains empty.

The emotional hurt still lingers. Her family said that she was a devout Christian - there's no way she would have willingly embraced Islam.

A Common Occurrence
Abduction cases like Mary's are now common place in Egypt.

A new study found the number of disappearances and abduction of Egyptian Christian girls is increasing. Kidnappings of underage females and mothers of young children are also on the rise.

George Washington University professor Michele Clark is one of the authors of the study. She testified recently before the Helsinki Commission, debunking arguments that suggest Christian girls are leaving their faith and families simply for romance.

"They say yes to friendship, romance, to hope, a future, safety and security. Nevertheless, (they) did not consent to being ripped from their family without ever being able to see them again," she said.

Nor, she added, did these Christian women consent to being forcibly converted to a religion other than their own, or consent to a life of captivity.

Expert: US Must Intervene
So, what should be done? Middle East analyst Walid Phares said the Obama administration must openly discuss the matter with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

"The perpetrators in Egypt must know from the media, from public discussion, that our officials are demanding from the president of Egypt and demanding from the future, or current parliament, that these issues be at the table, that the constitutional committee that is looking at the future constitution take in consideration these elements," Phares told CBN News.

Clark also said the Egyptian government needs to create a national registry documenting the disappearance of minors.

"The Egyptian government will request an annual accounting of all cases of disappearances, including open and ongoing cases as well as prosecutions that resulted from these investigations," she said.

Meanwhile, Egyptian leaders are still debating the possibility of imposing a strict interpretation of shariah on the society, law that tolerates forced conversion and forced marriage for non-Muslim women.

As for Magda Kaiser, she said she will not give up searching for her daughter.

"She will still be my daughter no matter what happens to her," Kaiser said. "I will keep trying to get her back. I believe in God's promises and I trust the Lord will never forsake us."

"And I ask everybody to pray for us," she continued. "I am confident the day will come when I will see her or meet her again."

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2012/October/Muslim-Trafficking-Networks-Target-Coptic-Women/

Paparock
10-09-2012, 07:11 PM
Pakistani Taliban Shoot 14-Year-Old Peace Activist in the Head…And She Survives
"She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol."
by http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/userphoto/ericaritz.thumbnail.jpegErica Ritz (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/author/ericaritz)


(TheBlaze/AP) — A Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school in Pakistan’s volatile Swat Valley Tuesday, shooting and wounding a 14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban, officials said.

The attack in the city of Mingora targeted 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who is widely respected for her work to promote the schooling of girls– something that the Taliban strongly opposes. She was nominated last year for the International Children’s Peace Prize.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling Malala’s work “a new chapter of obscenity” that must be “finished.”

The bus was about to leave the school when a bearded man approached and asked which one of the girls was Malala, the town’s police chief town explained. Another girl pointed to Malala, but the activist denied it was her so the gunmen apparently shot both of the girls (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/09/us-pakistan-schoolgirl-idUSBRE8980EB20121009).

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Malala Yousufzai is moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar for treatment in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (Photo: AP)


Malala was shot twice– once in the head and once in the neck– but her wounds were not life-threatening, said Tariq Mohammad, a doctor at the main hospital in Mingora. The second girl shot was in stable condition, the doctor said. Pakistani television showed pictures of Malala being taken by helicopter to a military hospital in the frontier city of Peshawar.

“She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/09/us-pakistan-schoolgirl-idUSBRE8980EB20121009) Reuters. “She was young, but she was promoting Western culture…”

In the past, the Taliban has threatened Malala and her family for her activism. When she was only 11 years old, she began writing a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC’s Urdu service about life under Taliban occupation. After the Taliban were ejected from the Swat Valley in the summer of 2009, she began speaking out publicly about the militant group and the need for girls’ education.

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Malala Yousufzai is moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar for treatment in Mingora, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (Photo: AP)


While chairing a session of a children’s assembly supported by UNICEF in the valley last year, the then-13-year-old championed a greater role for young people.

“Girl members play an active role,” she said, according to an article on the U.N. organization’s website. “We have highlighted important issues concerning children, especially promoting girls’ education in Swat.”

The attack displayed the viciousness of Islamic militants in the Swat Valley, where the military conducted a major operation in 2009 to clear out insurgents. The scenic valley– nicknamed the Switzerland of Pakistan– was once a popular tourist destination for Pakistanis, but the Taliban’s near-total takeover of the area in 2008 transformed it practically overnight.

Part of a wave of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters expanding their reach from safe havens near the Afghan border, militants forced men to grow beards, restricted women from going to the bazaar, whipped women they considered immoral and beheaded opponents.

The Express Tribune has more (https://www.youtube.com/user/theexpresstribune):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsofVRsLI-8

During the roughly two years of their rule, Taliban in the region destroyed nearly 200 schools. Most were girls’ institutions, though some prominent boys’ schools were struck as well.

While the Pakistani military managed to flush out the insurgents during the military operation, their Taliban’s top leadership escaped, leaving many of the valley’s residents on edge.

Kamila Hayat, a senior official of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, praised Malala for standing up to the militants and sending a message across the world that Pakistani girls had the courage to fight for their rights. But she also worried that Tuesday’s shooting would prevent other parents from letting their children speak out against the Taliban.

“This is an attack to silence courage through a bullet,” Hayat said. “These are the forces who want to take us to the dark ages.”

Paparock
10-09-2012, 08:25 PM
Christian Woman Abducted, Forcibly Raped and Converted


http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Faisalabad:-24-year-old-Christian-abducted,-forced-to-convert-to-Islam-and-marry-her-abuser-26034.html


Faisalabad: 24-year old Christian abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abuser
by Shafique Khokhar

Shumaila Bibi kidnapped by a 26 year old Muslim Muhammad Javed Iqbal on the way home. Subjected to sexual assault and forced to study the Koran. On a pretext she managed to escape and return to her family. Her captor denounced the girl's father for "kidnapping" her. Shumaila's future hangs in the balance.

Faisalabad (AsiaNews) - Seized at dawn, forced to endure sexual abuse and to marry the young Muslim man who abducted her with the help of his family and convert to Islam. This is the dramatic story of Shumaila Bibi, a 24-year old Christian who worked in Nishatabad, a suburb of Faisalabad (Punjab), in a textile company. The episode dates back to September 24, and for days she was subjected to a daily nightmare with her tormentor; on October 5, using a ruse, she managed to escape. However, her so-called "husband" denounced her flight and with his parents - reversing the facts - reported her family for "kidnapping" her. The police accepted his version of the facts and have opened an investigation claiming that the girl converted and married "of her own free will." The future of Sumaila is hanging by a thread and will depend on the decisions of the justice of Pakistan, who on more than one occasion have failed to protect the rights of religious minorities in the country.

At 6 in the morning of 24 September Shumaila Bibi, who worked in a textile company, had just finished her shift and was about to return home. On the way she ran into to the 26 year old Muslim Muhammad Javed Iqbal, who had approached her family with the intention, over time, of establishing an engagement (though "I refused and I have repeatedly discouraged it" the young woman tells AsiaNews). Despite all this, with the help of his mother, two brothers, some uncles and the threat of a gun, Muhammad dragged the girl into a nearby vehicle.

At the time, there was only the guard of Millat Textile Mills factory to witness the scene. Threatened by the abductors family he did not intervene. The next day, Muhammad Javed Iqbal - along with 25 relatives - led Shumaila to a lawyer, Muhammad Tanveer Aslam. In his office, he forced her to sign a statement of intent, under which she declared her marriage to the young Muslim and conversion to Islam.

For days she was sexually abused, harassed and forced to study the Koran and the precepts of Islam. During one of these lessons she asked her Muslim teacher to be able to go home earlier than the scheduled time. Free to move, Shumaila escaped and returned to her parents' house. This, however, infuriated the groom who immediately reported the girl's parents to the police for ... "Kidnapping." The officials upheld his complaint because the young woman converted and consented to the marriage "of her own free will" and without compulsion.

The Catholic activists of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church of Pakistan (NCJP) have taken up the defense of Mansha Masih, girl's father, 68, who now risks prison for kidnapping. The lawyers have filed a counter complaint and now seek justice, though on several occasions the will of the majority and Islamic law have dominated in spite of the rule of law, to decide on the matter. Her future is hanging by a thread and there is a real fear she will be returned to her torturers. Interviewed by AsiaNews, Shumaila confirmed that she wants to "live with my parents and practice the Christian faith." The young Muslim helped her find a job and with this "subterfuge" introduced himself into the family and tried to approach her. "But I refused - she clarifies - several times and I invited to desist" from his intent. "And for that, he ruined my life."

Fr. Nisar Barkat, diocesan director of NCJP in Faisalabad, said that "we do our best to provide aid and assistance to victims like Shumaila." The priest invokes the "intervention" of the police to "ensure the legality and freedom" of the community. "We have to be careful - he warns - of the manipulation of religion in the name of justice, and the state must guarantee religious freedom in the country."

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Faisalabad:-24-year-old-Christian-abducted,-forced-to-convert-to-Islam-and-marry-her-abuser-26034.html

New Ron
10-10-2012, 01:31 AM
Lara Logan: Obama lying, al-Qaeda and Taliban stronger than ever

A reporter who actually reports the truth: what a rare commodity these days. "Reporter Lara Logan brings ominous news from Middle East," by Laura Washington for the Chicago Sun Times, October 7 (thanks to all who sent this in):

This was no ordinary rubber chicken affair. That was my reaction to the extraordinary keynoter at Tuesday’s Better Government Association annual luncheon.
Lara Logan, a correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes,” delivered a provocative speech to about 1,100 influentials from government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate arenas. Such downtown gatherings are a regular on Chicago’s networking circuit. (I am a member of the BGA’s Civic Leadership Committee, and the Chicago Sun-Times was a sponsor).

Her ominous and frightening message was gleaned from years of covering our wars in the Middle East. She arrived in Chicago on the heels of her Sept. 30 report, “The Longest War.” It examined the Afghanistan conflict and exposed the perils that still confront America, 11 years after 9/11.

Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent.

“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”

Logan stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.

She made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”

Our enemies are writing the story, she suggests, and there’s no happy ending for us.

As a journalist, I was queasy. Reporters should tell the story, not be the story. As an American, I was frightened.

Logan even called for retribution for the recent terrorist killings of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other officials. The event is a harbinger of our vulnerability, she said. Logan hopes that America will “exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”...

Posted by Robert on October 8, 2012 4:02 PM

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/10/lara-logan-obama-lying-al-qaeda-and-taliban-stronger-than-ever.html

New Ron
10-10-2012, 01:54 AM
Lara Logan breaks her silence on CBS 60 Minutes


CBS 60 minutes correspondent Lara Logan a native of South Africa, raped by Egyptian muslims, speaks out for the first time of the exact details of what happened that horrible day when the crowd in Tahrir was celebrating the fall of President Husni Mubarak.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO12X1nhzzk

Paparock
10-12-2012, 07:07 PM
Forced Conversion Opponent Gets Death Threats
Targetted for campaign against forced conversion of girls of his community
By Mohammad Ashraf, Correspondent


http://gulfnews.com/news/world/pakistan/sindh-leader-gets-threats-for-his-campaign-1.1088233


Karachi: A Sindh leader on Thursday said he was getting life threats because of his campaign against forced conversion of girls of his community and subsequently the forced marriage.

Saleem Khurshid Khokhar who is a member of Sindh province assembly and president of Sindh chapter of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance told the media in a press conference that the police was not registering the his complaint against the threat but only after the interference of the provincial assembly the case was registered.

“The police station was not willing to take my case but after the interference of the assembly they did it undesirably and so far no one was arrested,” Khokhar complained.

There has been a standing complaint by minorities in Pakistan that their young girls were being kidnapped, forcibly converted and married. These girls are compelled to accept their new status, the minorities say.

“This is such a crucial issue that those who raise their voice against this face life threats and even the judiciary refrain to take up the case because of rising intolerance in the society,” Khokhar said.

He referred to a recent murder case in which Malek Atta Mohammad, a provincial parliamentarian was killed in front of him home last month for critcizing the forced marriages. The killers were not arrested so far.

“Likewise I started getting threats while I was pursuing the case of Rinkle Kumari in the Supreme Court in Islamabad,” Khokhar said.

Early this year, the case of 19-year Rinkle Kumari attracted the attention of the national and international media after she was allegedly kidnapped and forced into marriage with Naveed Shah. The Supreme Court however ruled that she was free to go anywhere she desired but she chose to be with her Muslim husband.

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/pakistan/sindh-leader-gets-threats-for-his-campaign-1.1088233

Paparock
10-12-2012, 07:31 PM
Afghanistan's Child Brides (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2216553/International-Day-Girl-Child-2012-Devastating-images-terrifying-world-child-brides.html?ITO=1490) (Daily Mail)
Pictures of children - and the men who proudly have sex with them.
By Snejana Farberov (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Snejana+Farberov)

The terrifying world of child brides: Devastating images show girls young enough to be in pre-school who are married off to older men


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2216553/International-Day-Girl-Child-2012-Devastating-images-terrifying-world-child-brides.html?ITO=1490


At age 11, Ghulam was married off to 40-year-old Jaiz in a rural Afghan village, making her only one of more than 10 million young girls who are being forced to wed men old enough to be their fathers or grandfather every year.

In an effort to start a global conversation about the devastating effects of early marriages, which are currently practiced in more than 50 developing countries, the United Nations designated October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child this year.

To mark the occasion and draw attention to the problem of child brides, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair teamed up with National Geographic (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/child-brides/gorney-text) to create a series of heart-breaking photos depicting girls as young as five years old being married off to middle-aged men in countries like India, Yemen and Ethiopia.

Although child marriage is against the law in many countries, and international treaties forbid the practice, it is estimates that about 51 million girls below age 18 are currently married, often under the cover of darkness and in secret. In Afghanistan alone, it is believed that approximately 57 per cent of girls wed before the legal age of 16.

Various factors drive parents of child brides to marry off their daughters, from the community’s pressure to confirm to age-old cultural customs to economic considerations. In poor, developing nations, it is not uncommon for families to settle debts by offering their daughters as payment.

Beside India, where girls are usually wed to boys who are only a couple of years their senior, the husbands may be decades older than their prepubescent betrothed. It is not uncommon for men to kidnap girls and rape them first before trying the knot.

Since 2003, Sinclair has been traveling to remote corners of the world in countries like Nepal and Yemen to document weddings of child brides and their transformation into young mothers in the hope of giving them a voice and raising awareness of the problem.

Experts agree that early marriage denies the girls education and robs them of their childhood because most young wives, burdened by grownup responsibilities, do not get a chance to interact with their peers or carry on friendships outside the household.

Ghulam, the 11-year-old bride from Afghanistan who was married off in 2005, was forced to drop out of school, giving up on her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Parents often remove their daughters from school even before they are engaged to limit their interactions with boys.

In many cases, the girls are lorded over by their husbands and in-laws, leaving them vulnerable to domestic violence as well as physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

Underage wives who are lucky enough to escape from their husbands end up living in poverty, or worse. Some girls turn to prostitution to earn a meager income and enter brothels, where they are subjected to horrific abuse.

Most girls who enter early marriages are expected to get pregnant right away, which often leads to tragedy for both the mothers, who are still children themselves, and their babies.

Adolescent wives are more likely to have obstructed labor because their bodies have not fully developed yet. Statistics show that pregnancy death for child brides is double that of women in the 20s, according to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/child-brides-child-marriage-too-young-to-wed).

One doctor based in the Yemeni capital Sanaa listed some of the medical consequences of forcing girls into sex and childbirth before they are physically mature - ripped vaginal walls and internal ruptures called fistulas which can lead to life-long incontinence.

Girls are often too young to understand the concept of reproduction. The doctor said: 'The nurses start by asking, "Do you know what's happening?" "Do you understand that this is a baby that has been growing inside of you?"'

Unless international organizations take steps to reverse the troubling trend, it is estimated that over the next decade, 100 million more girls—or about 25,000 girls a day—will marry before they turn 18.

To learn more about the campaign to end the practice of early marriages, go to Too Young To Wed. (http://www.tooyoungtowed.org/)

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Paparock
10-12-2012, 08:09 PM
Malala's Diary (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19899540) (BBC)
A courageous Pakistani schoolgirl writes of life under Taliban rule - and pays the price.




Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai first came to public attention in 2009 when she wrote a BBC diary about life under the Taliban. Now recovering from surgery after being shot by the militants, the campaigner for girls' rights is in the spotlight again.

Malala was 11 when she began writing a diary for BBC Urdu (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7834402.stm).

Her blogs described life under Taliban rule from her home town of Mingora, in the northwest region of Pakistan she affectionately calls "My Swat".

I am afraid - 3 January 2009

"I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. I was afraid going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools. Only 11 students attended the class out of 27. The number decreased because of Taliban's edict.

On my way from school to home I heard a man saying 'I will kill you'. I hastened my pace... to my utter relief he was talking on his mobile and must have been threatening someone else over the phone."

By 2009, the Taliban controlled much of the Swat Valley and applied their austere interpretation of sharia law.

"When the Taliban came to Swat they banned women from going to the market and they banned shopping," Malala told the BBC last year (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14420886).
Continue reading the main story (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19899540#story_continues_2) Malala Yousafzai


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Began blogging for BBC Urdu (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7834402.stm) in 2009 under pen name Gul Makai aged 11
Campaigned for girls' right to education
Shot on way home from school in Mingora, main town in Swat Valley
Doctors removed bullet from her head
Pakistani Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility, saying she was anti-Taliban and secular
Pakistan girl surgery 'a success' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19893309)
But Malala's primary objection was to the Taliban's prohibition of female education. Militants had destroyed over 150 schools in 2008 alone.
"Malala Yousufzai was one of the few brave voices who spoke out" (http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/robcrilly/100184438/malala-yousafzai-is-a-rare-beacon-of-hope-in-pakistan/), writes The Daily Telegraph's Pakistan correspondent Rob Crilly.

"She did it anonymously - to do otherwise would have brought immediate death. But her blog for the BBC Urdu Service detailing the abuses meant no one could pretend an accommodation with the terrorists was anything other than a deal with the devil."

Halima Mansour in the Guardian heralds Malala as a young "Pakistani heroine" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/10/malala-yousafzai-young-pakistani-heroine) for her bravery and independence.

"Malala doesn't want to play to some western-backed or Taliban-loved stereotype. She shows us that there are voices out there, in Pakistan, that need to be heard, if only to help the country find democracy that is for and from the people, all the people."

Do not wear colourful dresses - 5 January 2009

"I was getting ready for school and about to wear my uniform when I remembered that our principal had told us not to wear uniforms and come to school wearing normal clothes instead.

"So I decided to wear my favourite pink dress. Other girls in school were also wearing colourful dresses. During the morning assembly we were told not to wear colourful clothes as the Taliban would object to it."

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/63409000/jpg/_63409984_63409983.jpg Pakistani schoolgirls pray for her recovery

When she wrote her blogs for BBC Urdu, Malala was already able to speak English and hoped one day to become a doctor.

One sombre entry, titled "I may not go to school again", details the imminent closure of her school in January 2009. Other entries express her fear of being killed by the Taliban.

But she received support and encouragement in her activism from her parents. The idea for the blog was even that of her father Ziauddin, who runs a local private school.

"Of course, it was a risk [to let her write the blog]", he told BBC Outlook in January this year (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ys51s), "But I think that not talking was a greater risk than that because then ultimately we would have given in to the slavery and the subjugation of ruthless terrorism and extremism."

I may not go to school again - 14 January 2009

"I was in a bad mood while going to school because winter vacations are starting from tomorrow. The principal announced the vacations but did not mention the date the school was to reopen.

"The girls were not too excited about vacations because they knew if the Taliban implemented their edict [banning girls' education] they would not be able to come to school again. I am of the view that the school will one day reopen but while leaving I looked at the building as if I would not come here again."

Malala's father was himself an outspoken education activist who received death threats from the Taliban.

Along with many locals, Malala and her family went into exile from the Swat Valley when a government military operation attempted to clear the region of Taliban militants.

"I'm really bored because I have no books to read", she told Adam B. Ellick (http://www.nytimes.com/video/2009/10/10/world/1247465107008/a-schoolgirl-s-odyssey.html), who made a documentary about her in 2009.

Following the military's partial success in driving back the Taliban, Malala was able to return to Mingora later that year.

During 2009, Malala began to appear on television and publically advocate female education.

With her raised public profile, becoming the "progressive face of Swat", Waseem Ahmad Shah, of Pakistani paper The Dawn, finds it inexcusable that Malala was ultimately "left at the mercy of militants" (http://dawn.com/2012/10/10/malala-yousafzai-the-progressive-face-of-swat-2/n).

In 2011 she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by The KidsRights Foundation.

Later last year the government awarded her the National Peace Award - subsequently renamed the National Malala Peace Prize - for those under 18 years old.

Malala's experiences have had an impact upon her future aspirations. She told The Dawn earlier this year that she plans to form her own political party focused on promoting education (http://dawn.com/2012/01/04/school-named-after-malala/).

For many Pakistanis, Malala has become a symbol of resistance to the Taliban.

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Malala Yusufzai spoke to BBC Urdu in November 2011

"Malala was the lone voice in that wilderness," writes Feryal Gauhar in the local Express Tribune. (http://tribune.com.pk/story/449431/comment-the-earth-bleeds-for-malala/)

"Hers was the voice which made us consider that indeed, there can be alternatives, and there can be resistance to all forms of tyranny. Today, the attempt to silence that voice shall only make her stronger; the blood stains on her school uniform shall only feed the conviction that as long as there is breath and life, there shall be struggle."

"Malala rose to heights few of us can aspire to," adds Gauhar.
Interrupted sleep - 15 January 2009

"The night was filled with the noise of artillery fire and I woke up three times. But since there was no school I got up later at 10am. Afterwards, my friend came over and we discussed our homework. Today is the last day before the Taliban's edict comes into effect, and my friend was discussing homework as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened.
"Today, I also read my diary written for the BBC in Urdu. My mother liked my pen name Gul Makai. I also like the name because my real name means 'grief stricken'."

Malala is now recovering in hospital after being shot in the head and neck by a Taliban militant on Tuesday.

Her shooting "has shocked an unshockable Pakistan", notes Samira Shackle in the New Statesman (http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/world-affairs/2012/10/shooting-malala-yousafzai-has-shocked-unshockable-pakistan).

Shackle is not alone in juxtaposing Malala's bravery with "the fact that major politicians and indeed, entire governments, have shied away from making such bold statements [about female education] against the Taliban".

But Rob Crilly in the Telegraph states how "on this occasion they [the politicians] have sensed the public horror and begun making a beeline for Malala's sickbed".

"If she makes a full recovery - and she still has a long, long way to go - I suspect Malala will remain one of the few voices prepared to take on the extremists. And the politicians will mamake their excuses and forget all about their promises."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19899540

Paparock
10-15-2012, 07:51 PM
Egypt: Islamic supremacist member of Constituent Assembly objects to constitutional clause prohibiting sex trafficking, violence against women

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/10/egypt-islamic-supremacist-member-of-constituent-assembly-objects-to-constitutional-clause-prohibitin.html

http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3608.htm


http://www.memritv.org/embedded_player/thumbRequest.php?clip_id=3608

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Child marriage: "The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." (Sahih Bukhari, volume 7, book 62, number 88)

Wife-beating: "Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God's guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them." (Qur'an 4:34)

"Egyptian Islamist Muhammad Saad Al-Azhari Opposed to Clause in Constitution Preventing Sex Trafficking," from MEMRI (http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3608.htm), September:
Following are excerpts from a TV show featuring Muhammad Saad Al-Azhari, a member of the Egyptian Constituent Assembly, which was broadcast on Al-Nas TV on September 24, 2012.

Muhammad Saad Al-Azhari: We were discussing a clause [proposed for the constitution] prohibiting forced labor and sex trafficking in women and children. I and some other members objected to this clause. We said that "trafficking in women" in the UN covenants refers to child marriage.
[...]

Then they wanted to add an article protecting women from violence. With such a clause, you wouldn't be allowed to say anything to her, let alone touch her. And there were things worse still...

TV Host Sheikh Khaled Abdallah: The people of Egypt should know what those secularists are trying to do. The man is a member of the Constituent Assembly. It's not me saying this. "Child protection" means that if your child goes astray, you cannot discipline him, beat him, or even say a word to him, or else he might call 911 like they do in America. Your wife will act insolently, and you won't be able to say a word to her. Forget about your manhood. If you dare to say anything to her, she will call the police on you. They want to exclude the Islamists from formulating the constitution, and do things that contradict the shari'a and the teachings of our Prophet. Go ahead.

Muhammad Saad Al-Azhari: If your wife claims that you were intimate with her without her consent, it will be considered rape according to the law. This is part of women's protection from violence. If you have full sexual relations with your wife against her will, she will be able to file a complaint against you. That's where things are headed....
Horrors!

Paparock
10-18-2012, 01:38 AM
Arab Women Professionals Voice Fears of Post-Arab Spring Islamization


Click to view video>http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3609.htm (http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3609.htm)



Transcript:
TV host: Slogans like "Jihad, oh Obama, Tahrir Square belongs to Osama" have been heard recently in Cairo. Are you worried about this?

Egyptian teacher of Medicine Dr. Nadia Madani: Of course. The Egyptian revolution, whose goals were freedom, social justice, and a better life for the people, should not be turned into a religious or sectarian conflict for whatever reason. Merely hearing such slogans makes you worry that we are heading towards an Afghanistan-like scenario, common in places suffering from religious conflicts, extremism, and restrictions on the lifestyle of the people.

[...]

TV host: When you heard that Muhammad Al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, went down to Tahrir Square, what was the first thought that came to your mind?

Dr. Nadia Madani: I immediately imagined a Taliban scenario, and an attempt to undermine the stability of the younger generation, dragging them to violence.

[...]

Tunisian politician 'Aisha Al-Majri: We labored to bring about the Arab Spring, but there are people with foreign and domestic agendas who are trying to gain a foothold anywhere they can. The Salafis, or the extremists, are among those who are seeking such a foothold. We will do what we can to stop this.

TV host: In your opinion, will they succeed?

'Aisha Al-Majri: They are trying, and they are financed and supported by superpowers, pushing them to establish a foothold. We will minimize this in any way we can. We have paid a price with our blood, and if necessary, we will pay with more blood to stop them. Tunisia will be the first to stop this [Salafi] wave.

[...]

Libyan social activist Ambaraka Muhammad Adala: We do not have Al-Qaeda in Libya, but if you follow the news, you hear about Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, and so on and so forth. But I believe they will find no place in Libya.

[...]

I hope that Libya is not afflicted with the problems we hear about in other countries like Afghanistan. We do not want to become another Kandahar.

Women participated in the struggle for our freedom, but all of a sudden, you hear people saying that a woman's voice is 'awrah. What happened in the days of the Prophet Muhammad? Didn't women speak? Were their voices not 'awrah back then?

Paparock
10-19-2012, 11:43 PM
Yemeni woman sentenced to death for killing male relative who tried to rape her


http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/19/244701.html


By Mustapha Ajbaili
Al Arabiya

A Yemeni woman has been sentenced to death for having opened fire and killed a male relative who climbed up the wall of her house in an attempt to rape her.

Raja Hakimi was initially sentenced to two years in prison by a district court in the southern province of Ibb. The sentence was raised to death by the court of appeals, prompting the condemnation of women and human rights groups.

Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC), an organization co-founded in 2005 by Tawakkol Karman, a recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, condemned the death sentence against Rajaa as an “unjust ruling, which violates all legislation and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

WJWC said in a statement that the woman, Hakimi, was “only defending herself” against an armed man who tried to exploit the absence of the woman’s husband and attack her with the intention to rape her.

The man reportedly carried a gun and climbed up the wall of Hakimi’s house in the middle of the night trying to enter the house from the window, Adenalghad.net and voice-yemen.com websites reported.

When she saw him, the frightened Hakimi pulled up the gun of her husband and opened fire on the assailant. He fell down to the ground and died. In the morning, neighbors saw the body of the man and informed the police, who then arrested Hakimi.

Hakimi pleaded guilty for murder but insisted that that she killed him in self-defense. However, her words were not taken into consideration by the appeals court, which ordered sending her to the gallows.

But deputy general director of legal affairs in the province of Ibb, Abdulrakeb Alhimyari, told Al Arabiya English that the act of killing was “possibly planned beforehand.”

He quoted Abdul Alim al-Hakami, a relative of both the woman and the murdered assailant, as saying that “justice was finally held.”

Abdul Alim was a previous government official in the province of Ibb, according to Alhimyari.

Alhimyari said Abdul Alim told him that the assailant was “dragged into the house” in order to be killed. But Alhimyari insisted that this story could not be verified as true.

Some local media had claimed that relatives close to family of murdered assailant have influence on local authorities in the province of Ibb, which could explain why the ruling was in their favor.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/19/244701.html

Paparock
10-20-2012, 04:39 PM
Kyrgyztan Tougher on Livestock Theft Than Kidnapping Women


http://www.rferl.org/content/move-to-toughen-kyrgyz-bride-snatching-laws/24744049.html


What's worse, livestock theft or bride kidnapping?

In Kyrgyzstan, someone who steals a cow could go to prison for up to 11 years. But men who kidnap underage girls and force them into marriage run little risk of prosecution -- although current legislation does provide for a three-year sentence.

That may be about to change -- at least a little bit.

A bill working its way through the Kyrgyz parliament would increase the maximum sentence for those kidnapping girls under 17 years of age to 10 years in prison. That would make the penalty equal to that for ordinary abductions.

Under the new legislation, those kidnapping women over 17 would face five-year sentences.

The bill, which passed its second reading on October 18, must still pass a third reading and be signed by President Almazbek Atambaev to become law.

The new sentences would still be lower than for livestock theft, but supporters nonetheless say the proposed legislation is a vast improvement, especially if the crime is actually prosecuted.

In addition to improving the protection of women's rights, they say, it would also help address the endemic problem of underage marriage in Kyrgyzstan.

Banura Abdieva is head of the women's rights organization Leader. She spoke to RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service during a rally by activists in front of parliament as lawmakers debated the bill on October 18.

"Article 155 [of the Criminal Code dealing with bride kidnapping] must be implemented immediately," said Banura Abdieva during a rally by activists in front of parliament as lawmakers debated the bill on October 18. "Bride kidnapping contradicts the Sharia law and the state law, so ask yourself: what is ruling Kyrgyz society?"

A Kyrgyz Tradition

As legislators entered the parliament building, Abdieva and other activists distributed copies of the suicide note of Yrys Kasymbai, a 20-year-old kidnapping victim who hanged herself after being forced to marry her abductor and have unwanted sexual relations with him.

The man, Shayimbek Imankulov, was sentenced in September to six years in prison in the northeastern Issykul Province for the abduction and rape of Kasymbai. It was the harshest sentence yet for a crime involving bride kidnapping.

Opponents of the new legislation have argued that the increased sentences were excessively harsh and that bride kidnapping is a Kyrgyz tradition.

While Kyrgyz courts hear hundreds of cases of livestock theft every year, relatively few proceedings are initiated in cases of bride kidnapping.

That’s because kidnapped brides sometimes consent to their fate, are isolated in the home of the abductor, or are reluctant to press charges because they face pressure from their family, society, and local authorities.

Bride kidnapping is often accompanied by violent crimes such as rape, which are also rarely prosecuted.

There is no reliable figure, but rights activists estimate that nearly 12,000 women and girls are kidnapped and forced into marriage annually.

A 2011 UN report (http://www.unicef.org/kyrgyzstan/Situation_analysis_ENG.pdf) cites studies showing that as many as 80 percent of all marriages in some rural areas are the result of bride kidnapping.

Bride snatching in Kyrgyzstan is tightly connected to the issue of underage marriage since many of the abducted brides are less than 18 years old, the minimum legal age for marriage.

Children's rights activist Elena Voronina maintains that phenomenon has been on the rise in recent years.

"[My colleagues and I] are sure that early marriage is increasing rather than decreasing,' she said."[According to statistics from 2006], approximately 12 percent of women get married before 18. Most of them live in rural areas and they are from disadvantaged families. According to our recent statistics, the rate for early marriage is 14.2 percent in rural places and 9 percent in cities."

Sanctioned By A Religious Ceremony

Critics say girls coerced into early marriage are often denied opportunities for education and become the victims of forced domestic labor.

Jamal Frontbek-kyzy, chairwoman of the Muslim women's NGO Mutaqalim, believes that underage marriage should be a decision taken by the girl and no one else.

"Getting married at an early age is the personal decision of every girl and no one can force her, not even her parents," she said. "Sometimes, when a girl says she is willing to get married at an early age, parents oppose her decision. This is the personal decision of that girl. I want to repeat again that kidnapping or forced marriage is against Islam."

Many kidnapped brides have their union sanctioned by a religious ceremony. But underage marriages are generally not registered by the state, leaving the girls with few legal rights.

Twenty-year-old Alimakhan, a resident of the southern city of Batken who was kidnapped when she was 16, is a single mother with a three-year-old child.

"Right after finishing school I was kidnapped by a fellow from my village," she said. "After 26 days of living together he left for Russia. I stayed at his parents’ house and lived there for six months. Then my mother-in-law started to complain about my behavior and began making accusations against me. We separated and I left. I gave birth at my parent’s home and now my child is 3 years old. As I didn’t get a marriage certificate, we don’t have any support or contact [with my former husband's family].”

Legislation designed to discourage bride kidnapping failed in parliament earlier this year.

The bill proposed fining Islamic clerics for blessing marriages without a state registration certificate.


http://www.rferl.org/content/move-to-toughen-kyrgyz-bride-snatching-laws/24744049.html

Paparock
11-12-2012, 04:24 PM
Italy: Muslim father kills children after his wife refuses to wear Islamic veil and threatens to leave

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/11/italy-muslim-father-kills-children-after-his-wife-refuses-to-wear-islamic-veil-and-threatens-to-leav.html


More bitter fruit of the culture of violence created by a religion that calls for the beating of disobedient women (Qur'an 4:34) and stipulates no penalty for a parent who kills a child. "Italy: Muslim Father Kills Children After His Wife Refuses To Wear Islamic Veil And Threatens To Leave," from Midnight Watcher (https://midnightwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/italy-muslim-father-kills-children-after-his-wife-refuses-to-wear-islamic-veil-and-threatens-to-leave/), November 9 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur (http://www.blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-i-can-say-is-dont-order-sheep-reeps.html)):
Novopress (Translation) – “It seems that he no longer supported the habits of his wife including the fact that she had decided to no longer wear the veil as dictated by the tradition of the women if their country. This is the explanation given by the Corriere Della Sera.

Their country of course is Morocco, whom originates Mustafa Hajjaji, 44 Years old and his wife, ten years his junior. But the drama took place in the city where they had immigrated, Umbertide in the Perouse province, Ombrie region. It is there that Tuesday night, [Government officials] alerted by the wife, found in the bathroom the cadavers of two of the couple’s children, Ahmed, 8 years old, and Jiahane, 12 years old....

Just a month ago a woman had complained against her husband for threats of being hit and injuries and poor treatment. She had explained to the government officials of Citta Di Castello that her husband had brandished a knife against her. In the past the man had notably threatened on motive that she had stopped wearing the veil.

Before attempting to commit suicide the Moroccan had traced with blood on the walls, inscriptions in Arabic that are barely legible. He has also left a paper. The investigators attempt to decipher and to translate the messages in hope of finding explanations to the double murder. According to the Corriere della Sera, Mustafà Hajjaji wanted to punish his wife perhaps because after stopping wearing the veil, she had decided to leave her husband.”

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/11/italy-muslim-father-kills-children-after-his-wife-refuses-to-wear-islamic-veil-and-threatens-to-leav.html

Paparock
11-12-2012, 04:27 PM
Iran: Four women stoned to death

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/11/iran-four-women-stoned-to-death.html


Stoning is not "extremist"; it is Islamic law for adulterous women. The caliph Umar, one of Muhammad's closest companions, even maintained that it was originally in the Qur'an:
'Umar said, "I am afraid that after a long time has passed, people may say, "We do not find the Verses of the Rajam (stoning to death) in the Holy Book," and consequently they may go astray by leaving an obligation that Allah has revealed. Lo! I confirm that the penalty of Rajam be inflicted on him who commits illegal sexual intercourse, if he is already married and the crime is proved by witnesses or pregnancy or confession." Sufyan added, "I have memorized this narration in this way." 'Umar added, "Surely Allah's Apostle carried out the penalty of Rajam, and so did we after him." (Bukhari, vol. 8, bk. 82, no. 816)
"Allah's Apostle" is, of course, Muhammad, who did indeed carry out stonings. Here is the hadith in which he challenges the rabbis about stoning, and in which there is amidst the barbarism and brutality a final act of love and compassion:
The Jews came to Allah's Apostle and told him that a man and a woman from amongst them had committed illegal sexual intercourse. Allah's Apostle said to them, "What do you find in the Torah (old Testament) about the legal punishment of Ar-Rajm (stoning)?" They replied, (But) we announce their crime and lash them." Abdullah bin Salam said, "You are telling a lie; Torah contains the order of Rajm." They brought and opened the Torah and one of them solaced his hand on the Verse of Rajm and read the verses preceding and following it. Abdullah bin Salam said to him, "Lift your hand." When he lifted his hand, the Verse of Rajm was written there. They said, "Muhammad has told the truth; the Torah has the Verse of Rajm. The Prophet then gave the order that both of them should be stoned to death. ('Abdullah bin 'Umar said, "I saw the man leaning over the woman to shelter her from the stones." (Bukhari, vol. 4, bk. 56, no. 829)
Even the monkeys practiced stoning, according to another hadith:
During the pre-lslamic period of ignorance I saw a she-monkey surrounded by a number of monkeys. They were all stoning it, because it had committed illegal sexual intercourse. I too, stoned it along with them. (Bukhari, vol. 5, bk. 58, no. 188)
Muhammad's example is, of course, normative for Islamic behavior, since "verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much" (Qur'an 33:21).

"Bodies of Four Women Stoned to Death Show Marks of Torture," from Mohabat News (http://www.mohabatnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5688:bodies-of-four-women-stoned-to-death-show-marks-of-torture&catid=35:inside-iran&Itemid=278), November 6:
Mohabat News -- Freedom Messenger website said in a news story that according to the reports published on various Iran news sites , the bodies of four women who are said to have been "stoned", have been moved to Tehran forensic. In addition to injuries caused by throwing rocks, traces of torture are also visible on the head and faces of the women.

According to the report by Meli-Mazhabi website (a subsidiary to National-Religious opposition group of Iran) the corpses of four women who apparently had lost their lives following the execution of stoning decree, have been transferred by the judiciary security forces to Tehran forensic mortuary.

The report published on Saturday, November 03, 2012 quoting from a "reliable source" says: "Besides the traces remaining from collision of stones on the head and face of the women, traces of torture and severe beatings on their bodies ahead of the stoning is also visible. Based on the contents of their files, these four women had been convicted for illicit relations and drug abuse crimes."

It adds that no one has referred to the forensic for officially delivering the bodies during the past few days. It is not clear that on what date the trial has been held and whether or not their families are aware of their status.

News of stoning of these four women have been published while in the October 4, 2012, Allahyar Malekshahi, Law and Justice Committee chairman of Islamic Consultative Assembly (the Parliament) had spoke of determining alternative punishment for "stoning" in the new bill of "Islamic Penal Code"....

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/11/iran-four-women-stoned-to-death.html

Paparock
11-12-2012, 05:24 PM
The Struggle against Female Circumcision in Mauritania


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Paparock
11-12-2012, 05:35 PM
(Egypt) Women's Rights Lose to Sharia in New Constitution


http://www.bikyamasr.com/80582/cancelling-egyptian-womens-rights-in-constitution-planned-aggression/

Cancelling Egyptian women’s rights in constitution “planned aggression” (http://www.bikyamasr.com/80582/cancelling-egyptian-womens-rights-in-constitution-planned-aggression/)

By Joseph Mayton (http://www.bikyamasr.com/author/admin/)


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Egypt women stand and wait to vote last December, but now face potential destruction of their rights with new constitution.

CAIRO: The leading Egyptian women’s rights organization, the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) has condemned the constituent assembly in the country tasked with writing the first post-uprising constitution.

The ECWR said in a statement that the cancellation of a number of women’s rights clauses is “planned aggression against Egyptian women” and demanded that women and their rights are protected in the new constitution.

“In the light of intimidating the Egyptian women and seeking to attack their rights by some dominant mainstream in the constituent assembly of the constitution, the Egyptian society was shocked due to the announcement, on behalf of some members of the committee, on the cancellation of article 68 from what is known as the draft of constitution,” ECWR said in their statement.

Article 68 had guaranteed the rights and equality of women and men in all sectors of society, including political, cultural, economic and social life “and all other fields without prejudice to the provisions of Islamic Shari’a.

“The State provides the services of motherhood and childhood for free. The state ensures the women’s health care, social and economic rights and the right of inheritance and reconcile with her duties towards the family and her work in the society. The state provides protection and special attention of household, divorced, and widowed women and others of women who most in need,” read Article 68.

The rights group urged the constituent assembly to abide by the understanding that men and women are equal under Egyptian law.
“The need to include specific references aiming at establishing the principle of equality between women and men, addressed ‘women and men’, instead of the signals or ambiguous and general words such as ‘personals and citizens or individuals’. The reference of women or men in the preamble reinforces the idea that says women and men are equal in the constitution and both of them have the same rights and duties, and they are treated equally without any discrimination,” ECWR continued.

Women’s rights have become a major focal point in the new constitution, with a number of conservatives on the assembly pushing to revoke many of the gains achieved in the years leading up to the Egyptian uprising, including divorce rights, economic rights and the age of marriage. Salafists – Islamic puritans – have been calling for the age of marriage to be lowered as well as the cancellation of woman’s right to divorce.

ECWR said that the “commitment to guaranteeing equality in the rights between the Egyptian women and men which includes guaranteeing full rights and freedom and the necessity of passing on legislation that enhance achieving equality. Additionally, passing any other mechanisms and measures to protect persons and categories from discrimination,” it continued.

The first draft of the new constitution has already sparked fears that conservatives are taking much more control of Egypt’s future through provisions that put more weight on Islamic law rather than civil law.

Women’s rights are at the forefront of the ongoing controversy.

http://www.bikyamasr.com/80582/cancelling-egyptian-womens-rights-in-constitution-planned-aggression/

Paparock
11-14-2012, 07:48 PM
Conservative Cleric Pushes for Child Marriage
By Cam McGrath (http://www.ipsnews.net/author/cam-mcgrath/)

http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/11/radical-clerics-seek-to-legalise-child-brides/


CAIRO, Nov 14 2012 (IPS) - An ultraconservative Salafi cleric recently sparked outrage among Egypt’s liberal circles when he attempted to justify his opposition to a proposed constitutional article that would outlaw the trafficking of women for sex.

Speaking on privately-owned Al-Nas satellite channel, Sheikh Mohamed Saad El-Azhary said he feared the proposed article could conflict with the local practice of child marriage. He explained that in Egypt, particularly in rural areas, there is a culture of marrying off girls as soon as they hit puberty.

“The important thing is that the girl is ready and can tolerate marriage,” El-Azhary declared.

He went on to protest proposed laws protecting women from violence, warning that if allowed to pass husbands could be prosecuted for beating their child brides or forcing themselves upon them.

“If you have intercourse with your wife against her will, she will be able to file a complaint against you,” he said. “That’s where things are headed.”
Followers of the Salafi trend believe in a literal reading of the Quran and hadith (traditions of Prophet Muhammad) and aspire to emulate the lifestyle of the Prophet and his companions. Their puritanical approach to Islam has put them at odds with secular Muslims and minority groups, who denounce their intolerant worldview.

For Salafis, the fundamental justification for child marriage is passages in the hadith that state Prophet Muhammad married his third wife when she was six years old, and consummated the marriage after her first menses at nine.

Sheikh Yasser Borhamy, spokesman for the Salafi Dawah, outlined his interpretation of the Quranic texts during an interview with TV presenter Wael El-Ebrashy. He argued that Egypt’s marriage laws contradict the provisions of Sharia (Islamic law), as girls should be married off once they reach puberty, or before “if she can”.

“If Islam allowed it during the Prophet’s time, it will be permissible until the End of Days,” Borhamy asserted.

While Salafis represent just a small but vocal minority of Egyptians, the recent election of an Islamist parliament and president has extended their political clout.

But what deeply concerns child rights advocates is that El-Azhary and Borhamy are members of the committee tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution. And they are not alone. Other members of the Islamist-stacked panel are known to share their views on child marriage and may be attempting to enshrine them in the constitution.

“We fought for years to raise the minimum age of marriage for girls (from 16) to 18, and now the Islamists want to lower it,” says women’s rights activist Azza Kamel. “There are Salafis arguing it should be as low as nine.”

Some battles may have already been lost.

When a copy of the constitution’s first draft circulated last month, rights advocates were shocked to find that a proposed clause banning the trafficking of women had been omitted. Salafi members of the drafting committee had argued to have it removed on the grounds that human trafficking “does not exist in Egypt” and its mere mention “tarnishes Egypt’s image.”

International agencies strongly disagree. According to a 2010 report by the U.S. State Department, human trafficking exists at many levels in Egypt. The country is a transit point and destination for trafficked African and Asian women and children, who are subjected to forced labour and prostitution.

It is also a source of trafficked women, including young girls exploited under the guise of marriage.

Local NGO Memphis Foundation for Development says the phenomenon of child marriage is widespread in Egypt, particularly in rural areas where parents often marry off their daughters early to escape grinding poverty. Research conducted in 2008 found that nearly a quarter of all marriages involved girls under 16.

Afaf Marei, director of the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE), says many of these underage girls are sold by their parents to wealthy Gulf Arabs who come to Egypt in search of “summer brides”.

The marriages are arranged by lawyers who act as brokers, and may last from hours to months according to the “dowry” paid to the parents. Often the transaction is made without the girl’s knowledge or consent.

“These marriages are a form of trafficking women (under the pretence of) Islamic law,” says Marei.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the conservative Islamic group that dominated this year’s parliamentary and presidential polls, has kept a low profile in the discourse on child marriage. While some reformists in the group reject the practice, its hardline leaders were the principal opponents of the 2008 law that raised the minimum marriage age of girls to 18.

Now, as pressure mounts on the constitutional drafting body to have the document ready by a Dec. 12 deadline, the Brotherhood’s weight could prove decisive both on the panel and at the polls. If the constitution goes to a referendum without a clause explicitly banning the trafficking of women, it is likely to pass given the Brotherhood’s ability to rally public support, say liberal activists.

“We’re fighting to win, but rationally I don’t think we can,” concedes Amal Abdel Hadi, head of the New Women Foundation. “This is just one battle and we’re fighting the Islamists on even greater issues such as (to guarantee) the equality of citizenship.”

http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/11/radical-clerics-seek-to-legalise-child-brides/

Paparock
11-24-2012, 05:00 PM
Modern, moderate Malaysia: Islamic court allows marriage of 12-year-old girl

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/11/modern-moderate-malaysia-islamic-court-allows-marriage-of-12-year-old-girl.html

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ieDPB92voKbub-OiIGxfl91TGT6A?docId=CNG.ffd45c8f53e34a40930b4ce3b 3c5caed.791


"The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." -- Bukhari 7.62.88

Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: "Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed."

The Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl "a divine blessing," and advised the faithful: "Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house."

The Qur'an also allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated” (65:4).

Thus this news should come as no surprise to anyone -- except those who have bought the deceptive line of Islamic supremacists in the West, that Aisha was actually nineteen, etc.

"Activists slam marriage of 12-year-old in Malaysia," from AFP (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ieDPB92voKbub-OiIGxfl91TGT6A?docId=CNG.ffd45c8f53e34a40930b4ce3b 3c5caed.791), November 23:
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian activists on Friday slammed the wedding of a 12-year-old to her 19-year-old boyfriend, renewing their calls for the government to outlaw child marriages.

Nur Fazira Saad and Fahmi Alias married last week in northern Kedah state after the girl's father agreed to the union and an Islamic court granted permission, The Star daily reported.

"It is better for them to get married rather than doing something improper," Saad Mustafa, the girl's father, was quoted as saying.

But Ratna Osman, executive director of activist group Sisters in Islam, described the young couple's marriage as "shocking".

"I don't understand why this is allowed in a country like Malaysia... We are talking about a developed country," she told AFP. "The concern is that this is a child being married off... No parents should be doing this."

Child marriages are not uncommon in the conservative Southeast Asian country, where 60 percent of the population of 29 million people are Muslim.

Two years ago, the marriage of a 14-year-old Muslim girl to a 23-year-old schoolteacher triggered similar calls for reform.

Girls below the age of 16 must obtain the permission of Islamic courts, which regulate civil matters for Muslims. But activists say such permission is too readily granted.

There was another outcry in October when two men, aged 19 and 22, were released on probation after courts convicted them of statutory rape.

In both cases the girls, aged 12 and 13, had not been forced, lawyers said....
Oh, well, then!

Paparock
11-24-2012, 06:05 PM
Egypt: Islamic supremacists pushing to legalize female genital mutilation

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/11/egypt-islamic-supremacists-pushing-to-legalize-female-genital-mutilation.html

http://www.dw.de/it-happens-at-night-genital-mutilation-in-egypt/a-16397510


Islamic apologists in the West maintain that female genital mutilation has nothing to do with Islam, and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. But eventually Muslims themselves get around to vindicating every last charge that greasy Islamophobes have ever made about Islamic belief and practice.

"Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr 'clitoris' [this is called khufaadh 'female circumcision'])." -- 'Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0980722306?ie=UTF8&tag=robertspencer-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0980722306), p. 64

"It happens at night: Genital mutilation in Egypt," by Cornelia Wegerhoff for Deutsche Welle (http://www.dw.de/it-happens-at-night-genital-mutilation-in-egypt/a-16397510), November 22:
Despite being legally banned, female genital mutilation in Egypt is on the rise, causing lifelong pains, health problems and even death for the women who undergo it. Islamists are pushing to legalize the procedure again.

Umm Mohamed lives in a part of Cairo where others dump their garbage. The 47-year-old Muslim woman has experienced many hardships in her life. Putting on a brave face, she says she is used to being daily surrounded by dirt and misery. But what really hurts, she admits, is the pain she personally had to endure 35 years ago.

When Mohamed was 12, nearly all parents from the quarter where she lived brought their daughters of the same age to a hair dresser. "We didn't know why," she says, "but we were all very excited, as each girl had just been given a new, white dress."

In celebration of the day, the girls' hands had been painted with henna. They were ever so proud. But then came the moment of shock: "Suddenly this man, who was really a stranger to us, started to undress us," she recalls. "Then he got out his razor blade." All the girls underwent the procedure which mutilated them for life - without narcotics and without even minimal hygene standards.

'How can my family do this to me?'

Mohamed bled for three days. When it didn't stop, her father went to the local baker for some ashes to cover up the wound. But the dirt only made everything worse. "I still remember asking myself how my family could do this to me," Mohamed says, tears clouding her eyes. Another girl from her neighbourhood, she adds, even died after the procedure.

And that girl was hardly alone. As the number of deaths rose, Egypt banned female genital mutilation (FGM) by law in 2008. Medical practitioners and midwives, who traditionally perform the procedure in the countryside, now do so at the risk of imprisonment. Issuing an Islamic legal opinion, a so-called fatwa, Egypt's Grand Mufti has also clarified that female genital mutilation is against the Islamic value system.
Yet in doing so he has contradicted legal rulings endorsed by al-Azhar (quoted above) and the words of Muhammad himself. Muhammad is depicted in the Hadith as not condemning it, but merely cautioning against going overboard: "A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband." - Sunan Abu Dawud 41.5251

This raises the question of whether the Grand Mufti's condemnation was honest, or was for Western consumption.
But since the revolution, Umm Mohamed says she has seen a new increase in female genital mutilations.

During the Mubarak regime people used to fear punishment, but these days the medical practitioners in her quarter don't even bother to hide their actions any more: "During the day, they circumcise little boys, and the girls they do at night for twice the money," Mohamed says angrily. "Everybody knows this."

Mustering her courage as a simple woman, Mohamed went to the police station to make a report. "But the officers told me that they had other things to worry about," says the mother of three, who was able to save her own daughter the painful mutilation.

Umm Mohamed openly addresses what for most Egyptian woman is a taboo: Most victims live in chronic pain and have problems with their sexuality, and they also face serious health problems both during pregnancy and giving birth.

Omayma Idris, a Cairo-based gynaecologist, says that more than 90 percent of all married Egyptians today are thought to have undergone mutilation. After the prohibition, she says, one could see a decline, "but since the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists are in power in Egypt, the numbers are on the rise again; they encourage families to do it again."

Not even the deeply religious Muslims in Saudi Arabia mutilate girls and women, she adds.

Islamists push for legalization

Salafists and representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood - the political home of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi - want to see female genital mutilation legalized again.

Their push for legalization alerted the German advocacy group for women's rights, Terre des Femmes, which collected 12,000 signatures against the practice in Egypt.

The group presented the signatures together with a petition to the Egyptian ambassador in Berlin at the beginning of November.

In several places around the country, Islamists have already created precedents, according to Mervat Tallawy, president of the National Women's Council for Egypt. A few weeks ago, she learned about the Muslim Brotherhood using buses as mobile clinics in the rural Minia province.

"The mutilation of girls had been offered as a sort of health service, free of charge," Tallawy says. And the buses, she adds, had stickers with the logo of the "Party for Freedom and Justice" - the political branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (c) Spencer Platt/Getty Images Pressure groups ask President Mursi to explicitly condemn FGM.

Following the incident, the National Women's Council contacted the local governor and the Ministry of Health in Cairo. But a spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood flatly denied all charges and, in turn, accused the villagers of misusing the logo.

Tallawy laughs bitterly laugh about that. Villagers, she says, lead very simple lives and many can barely read. She doesn't think they're capable of such forgery. But what she does believe to be more likely is that the Muslim Brotherhood is funding illegal mutilation procedures in the countryside.

"That's child abuse and a barbaric act," Tallawy says with disgust. "But as long as the Egyptian president doesn't explicitly condemn such actions, the fundamentalists are going to carry on and lead us back into the Middle Ages. I have no idea where their hatred for women comes from."
Really?

Paparock
11-26-2012, 03:49 PM
Reactionary Modernism in Saudi Arabia:
Electronic Trackers for Guardians of Women

November 25, 2012 Richard Landes
http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2012/11/25/reactionary-modernism-in-saudi-arabia-electronic-trackers-for-guardians-of-women/


In a seminal book about the Nazis, Jeffrey Herf wrote about what he called Reactionary Modernism (http://books.google.com/books/about/Reactionary_Modernism.html?id=QRHbrqzywrcC), that is the combination of fascination with and openness to new technology combined with a regressive politics. People who make the mistake of considering an opening to technology with an openness to modernity may be making a fundamental category error.

In my work, I define “modernity” as the effort to organize polities around the principles of equality before the law (http://books.google.com/books?id=-ly08wDNPVcC&pg=PA215&dq=heaven+on+earth+%22civil+polities+and+the%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KumxUMuhGMPO0QHz2YHYDQ&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=heaven%20on%20earth%20%22civil%20polities%20and% 20the%22&f=false). Most other aspects of what we call modernity (and post-modernity) stem from that egalitarian impulse. One of the main points of Bernard Lewis’ analysis in What Went Wrong (http://books.google.com/books?id=-ly08wDNPVcC&pg=PA215&dq=heaven+on+earth+%22civil+polities+and+the%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KumxUMuhGMPO0QHz2YHYDQ&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=heaven%20on%20earth%20%22civil%20polities%20and% 20the%22&f=false), is the disconnect between the Muslim desire for Western technology and their inability to adopt the socially egalitarian principles that generated that technology. For those who have not read it, I recommend my father’s chapter on Arab poverty despite their oil wealth in The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (http://books.google.com/books?id=A6JPn5zAR1AC&lpg=PP1&dq=landes%2C%20wealth%20and%20poverty%20of%20natio ns%2C%20google%20books%20%22the%20thousand%20years %20from%20the%20fall%20of%20Rome%22&pg=PA393#v=onepage&q&f=false).

Indeed, the misunderstanding of the “Arab Spring” as a democratic movement was based on the assumption that if the people in the street were using twitter and facebook, then they must be as liberal-minded as college students.

Below, is an article from al Arabiya describing the use of tracking devices to keep track of women who might be acting too independently for the tastes of a culture deeply committed to gender apartheid. (H/T:ES)
‘Where’s my wife?’ Electronic SMS tracker notifies Saudi husba (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/22/251255.html)nds (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/22/251255.html)


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Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country. (Photo courtesy: zawaj.com)


By AL ARABIYA WITH AFP
Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together.

Manal al-Sherif, who became the symbol of a campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy a driving ban, began spreading the information on Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple.

The husband, who was travelling with his wife, received a text message from the immigration authorities informing him that his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh.

“The authorities are using technology to monitor women,” said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the “state of slavery under which women are held” in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the “yellow sheet” at the airport or border.

The move by the Saudi authorities was swiftly condemned on social network Twitter — a rare bubble of freedom for millions in the kingdom — with critics mocking the decision.
“Hello Taliban, herewith some tips from the Saudi e-government!” read one post.

“Why don’t you cuff your women with tracking ankle bracelets too?” wrote Israa.

“Why don’t we just install a microchip into our women to track them around?” joked another.

“If I need an SMS to let me know my wife is leaving Saudi Arabia, then I’m either married to the wrong woman or need a psychiatrist,” tweeted Hisham.

The trigger
But what provoked the new control method? Local media has reported that controversy caused by the escape of a Saudi woman to Sweden in recent month triggered the move.
The Saudi woman was reported to have converted to Christianity and fled the country, but she denied earlier reports of her conversion and said she wants to return to Saudi Arabia, local daily Al-Yaum reported in July.

The 30-year-old woman also denied that she appeared in a YouTube video posted on July 10 where a veiled woman who was thought to be her claims to have converted to Christianity after having a dream.

“I am a Muslim, I’m fasting in Ramadan and I will not change my religion until judgment day,” she told the newspaper.
The woman said she was facing some family problem when her boss, a Lebanese-national, convinced her that the solution to her problems was to leave Saudi Arabia to a freer country.

“A Lebanese man and another Saudi colleague helped me flee Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, and from there to Qatar before going onwards to Lebanon,” she said. She alleges that when she arrived in Beirut she was taken to a monastery where she was asked to work as a maid.

The woman’s father filed a lawsuit against the two men for helping his daughter leave the country without his knowledge. The Lebanese man was reportedly jailed Monday in the city of Khobar on the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom applies a strict interpretation of Shariah, or Islamic law, and is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive.

No law specifically forbids women in Saudi Arabia from driving, but the interior minister formally banned them after 47 women were arrested and punished after demonstrating in cars in November 1990.

Last year, King Abdullah granted women the right to vote and run in the 2015 municipal elections, a historic first for the country.

In January, the 89-year-old monarch appointed Sheikh Abdullatif Abdel Aziz al-Sheikh, a moderate, to head the notorious religious police commission, which enforces the kingdom’s severe version of sharia law.

Following his appointment, Sheikh banned members of the commission from harassing Saudi women over their behaviour and attire, raising hopes a more lenient force will ease draconian social constraints in the country.

But the kingdom’s “religious establishment” is still to blame for the discrimination of women in Saudi Arabia, says liberal activist Suad Shemmari.

“Saudi women are treated as minors throughout their lives even if they hold high positions,” said Shemmari, who believes “there can never be reform in the kingdom without changing the status of women and treating them” as equals to men.

But the many restrictions on women have led to high rates of female unemployment, officially estimated at around 30 percent.

http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2012/11/25/reactionary-modernism-in-saudi-arabia-electronic-trackers-for-guardians-of-women/

Paparock
11-26-2012, 06:19 PM
'Angry Men' Rip Off Women's Clothes at Tahrir Square


http://www.bikyamasr.com/81525/near-tahrir-3-women-have-clothes-ripped-off-chased-by-mob/


CAIRO: An angry mob of around 300 men near Egypt’s Tahrir Square attacked and ripped three women’s clothes off and chased them near one of the field hospitals by the square.

The state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported that the women, of an unknown age, had their clothes torn from their bodies by the mob, assaulted and were then chased near the frontlines of the ongoing clashes with police on Sunday early afternoon.

The report said that protesters nearby who saw the incident intervened and rescued the women from further assault.

On Friday, as tens of thousands converged on the main Egyptian square in Cairo, more and more reports of sexual assaults against women once again came to fruition.

One incident that sparked a fervor of worries occurred near the Pizza Hut on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, with dozens of men allegedly brutally assaulting a woman on the street. According to a doctor, the woman was the victim of “mass rape.”

While the incident was reported on Twitter, a group of male protesters reportedly intervened and were able to remove the woman from the assault. Those who first revealed the incident refused to speak to the media, including Bikyamasr.com on the incident, but it again highlighted the fear women have of taking to Tahrir during mass protests.

Other women on the micro-blogging site and on Facebook reported being groped and harassed while they were in Tahrir, including a number of female journalists.

Sunday is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

As crowds continue to maintain positions in Tahrir in opposition to President Mohamed Morsi’s decrees that put him above the rule of law, women’s safety is again a growing concern.

Unfortunately, this is a never-ending problem facing Egyptian women when large demonstrations are called for in central Cairo.

In June, an anti-sexual harassment demonstration organized by over 20 Egyptian women’s groups in protest against the recent escalation of assaults in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was attacked about an hour and half after it began by unknown troublemakers.

The participants reported being attacked by a mob of “thugs” who attempted to throw rocks and glass at them, but the clash was over quickly as volunteers securing the protest intervened to stop it.

This was not the first time a women’s rights march was attacked in Tahrir Square.

Last March, and on International Women’s Day, a march of tens of women was attacked by a cynical mob of men who did not like women protesting for more rights.

Several female protesters were injured and one woman had to have 8 stitches in her head. Almost all of them were groped and sexually assaulted in the attack.

A 2008 study by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) found that well over two-thirds of Egyptian women are sexually harassed daily in the country.

The participants held signs that read “It is my right to protest safely,” “Groping your sister is shameful for the square” and “Be a man and protect her instead of harassing her.”

“We are fed up,” protester Mai Abdel Hafez, 24, told Bikyamasr.com.

http://www.bikyamasr.com/81525/near-tahrir-3-women-have-clothes-ripped-off-chased-by-mob/

Paparock
11-30-2012, 03:51 PM
No equal rights for women; owning slaves not banned


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_EGYPT_CONSTITUTION_GLANCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-29-20-23-22


Disputed articles in Egypt's draft constitution


http://analytics.apnewsregistry.com/analytics/v2/image.svc/AP/RWS/hosted.ap.org/MAI/V8347-2012-11-29T2023Z/E/prod/AT/ACAIRO (AP) -- An Islamist-dominated panel is voting on Egypt's draft constitution, the country's first charter after the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general.

Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote.

Here are some of the disputed articles:

- As in past constitutions, the new draft says that the "principles of Islamic law" will be the basis of law. Previously, the term "principles" allowed wide leeway in interpreting Shariah. But in the draft, a separate new article is added that seeks to define "principles" by pointing to particular theological doctrines and their rules. That could give Islamists the tool for insisting on stricter implementation of rulings of Shariah.

- A new article states that Egypt's most respected Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, must be consulted on any matters related to Shariah, a measure critics fear will lead to oversight of legislation by clerics.

- An article underlines that the state will protect "the true nature of the Egyptian family ... and promote its morals and values," phrasing that is vague and suggests state control over the contents of such arts forms as books and films.

- The draft contains no article specifically establishing equality between men and women because of disputes over the phrasing. However, it maintains that a woman must balance her duties toward family and outside work, suggesting that she can be held accountable if her public role conflicts with her family duties. No such article is mentioned for men.

- An article bans insulting or defaming the prophet and messengers, but is vague about what constitutes an insult, raising concerns of restrictions to freedom of expression.

- An article seeking to ensure people's dignity bans "insulting humans", a vague phrasing that rights activists say contradicts freedom of expression.

- An article maintains that the state supports the arts, science and literature and works to implement them in a way that serves society. That has raised concerns that some arts deemed not in the service of society may be restricted or censored.

- An article preserves the right of the military to try civilians before military tribunals in cases for crimes that harm the armed forces without restrictions, despite an outcry from activists who were calling for the abolishing of such tribunals. More than 11,000 civilians were tried before military tribunals during the post-Mubarak transition overseen by the military.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_EGYPT_CONSTITUTION_GLANCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-29-20-23-22

Paparock
12-04-2012, 12:39 AM
Saudi Arabia: Muslim cleric labels women "whores" for working with men

By Robert (http://www.jihadwatch.org/)


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/saudi-arabia-muslim-cleric-labels-women-whores-for-working-with-men.html


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Hazmat suits for work at Hardee's: understandable. But why aren't the men wearing them?

Even though they were all gussied up in their hazmat suits. Sharia Alert from the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places: "Saudi cleric under fire for labelling waitresses as ‘prostitutes,’" from al-Arabiya (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/30/252695.html), November 30 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://thereligionofpeace.com/)):
A Twitter post ignited a battle of arguments over a post tweeted by a Saudi cleric describing the newly-introduced waitress at a fast-food restaurant in Saudi Arabia as “prostitutes”.

The debated topic sparked when Saudi Sheikh Ali Al Mutairi reacted to a number of Saudi tweets calling for the boycott of popular American fast-food restaurant, Hardee’s.

The reason?

The burger chain had recently allowed women – for the first time – to work as waitresses at their branches across the coastal city of Jeddah.

“At the beginning of her shift she’s a waitress. When her shift ends she becomes a prostitute. The more she’s around men the easier it becomes to get closer to her”, tweeted Al-Mutairi, whose twitter account (@4aalmutairi ) boasts more than 5,000 followers.

Despite this cleric’s views reflecting an existing frustration amongst some conservative segments in Saudi Arabia which oppose women’s right to work and fear that allowing females to mix with men may lead to unwanted social behaviours, Mutari’s rather controversial tweet was deemed too extreme to many Saudis on Twitter.

“Prostitution is not in working trying to survive but it is in corrupted minds that use religion to distort other’s reputation,” posted one male in response to Mutar’s tweet.

“Prostitute? So any female employee in my country is a whore now?” wrote a female tweep by the handle of @Sulafa_97.
Many commented by telling Sheikh Al Mutairi that through doubting the morality of ‘chaste’ women and describing them in the way he did, the cleric would be committing a serious vice, according to well-known Islamic teachings.

Another tweep posted pictures of some Hardee’s waitresses posted over social media by saying “These women are all covered up that I wouldn’t look at them, plus if your sister goes to that restaurant would you prefer a man or a woman taking her order?”

Despite the reaction to Sheikh Al-Mutairi’s views being mostly critical, there were some supportive tweets like one which says, “We know your intention and we give you the benefit of the doubt; stay as you are, a splinter in the throats of liberals”.

As reactions mounted and a hashtag was created to discuss his tweet, Al-Mutairi replied to many of his critics saying:

“In the name of God, I have seen this hashtag and some are asking to apologise because they think I have defamed Hardee’s waitresses – the truth is I warned from the dangers of sexes mixing, at the beginning she is a waitress and in the end they will want her to become a prostitute and between are the devil’s steps”, tweeted the sheikh.

“As for hypocrites who shave their beards and moustache (a common way of describing liberals in Saudi Arabia), there is no apology for them because their zeal isn’t for God,” he added....
Off with their heads!

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/saudi-arabia-muslim-cleric-labels-women-whores-for-working-with-men.html

Paparock
12-04-2012, 01:15 AM
Israel: Muslim murders his teenage sister for dating a boy his family didn't like

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/israel-muslim-murders-his-teenage-sister-for-dating-a-boy-his-family-didnt-like.html


Longtime Jihad Watch readers may notice that I have posted the following information before. And I will continue to post it, as long as the near-universal denial and obfuscation continues, which I expect will be until right around the time that hell freezes over.

Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide (http://www.meforum.org/2646/worldwide-trends-in-honor-killings). A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that "retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right." However, "not subject to retaliation" is "a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring." ('Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.

The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/02/palestinian-authority-gives-pardons-or-suspended-sentences-for-honor-murders.html) for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/iraqi-women-ask-for-tougher-sentences-for-islamic-honor-murderers.html) for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/07/after-an-increase-of-wife-killings-on-the-pretext-of-adultery-syria-allows-for-tougher-penalties-for.html) limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but "the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour 'provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'" And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings.

Al-Jazeera reported (http://english.aljazeera.net/archive/2003/09/2008410102158508644.html) that "Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values."

In light of all this, until authorities get the courage to tell the truth about honor killing, there will be many more such murders.

"15-year-old Bedouin girl stabbed to death in suspected honor killing," by Michal Shmulovich for the Times of Israel (http://www.timesofisrael.com/15-year-old-bedouin-girl-stabbed-to-death-in-suspected-honor-killing/), November 26 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
A 15-year-old girl was apparently stabbed to death on Monday in a suspected honor killing in the Bedouin town of Tel Sheva. The victim’s 24-year-old brother called the police to confess to killing her.

Police rushed to the scene and discovered signs of violence on her body. She was pronounced dead immediately. The brother who called the police was arrested, along with his two male siblings.

Police believe the girl was murdered because she was dating a boy against the wishes of her family, and refused to sever ties with him....

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/israel-muslim-murders-his-teenage-sister-for-dating-a-boy-his-family-didnt-like.html

Paparock
12-05-2012, 06:18 PM
Sex mobs target Egypt's women


http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/05/15675200-men-dont-have-to-worry-about-being-caught-sex-mobs-target-egypts-women?lite


By Charlene Gubash, NBC News

Updated at 7:48 a.m. ET: CAIRO - Walaa Al Momtaz doesn’t leave her home for up to five days at a time. The neatly veiled 22-year-old misses her friends at City University, where she studies English and German, but what she faces upon leaving her house defeats her.

Men and boys constantly harass and threaten Al Momtaz on the bus, on the street and at the university.

"Every day men talk to me in a bad way, laugh at me and say things about what I am wearing," she told NBC News. On a recent bus trip, a man stuck his hand through a gap in the seat to touch her.

Al Momtaz has gotten off relatively lightly.

On Nov 25, Al-Ahram state newspaper reported three women were sexually assaulted during anti-Morsi demonstrations by hundreds of men.

In September, Eman Mostafa, 16, was gunned down after she spit in the face of a man who harassed her in the province of Assiut, according to police reports.

The Feb. 11, 2011, attack on CBS News' Lara Logan as she filed a report for "60 Minutes" in Tahrir Square (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46116972/ns/today-entertainment/t/lara-logan-says-egypt-assault-left-her-ptsd/#.UL8cYIPBGac), epicenter of the uprising that forced dictator Hosni Mubarak to step down last year, brought international attention to the problem of sex attacks on women in public places.

Public violence against women was rampant well before the movement that unseated Mubarak in 2011. According to a 2008 study by an Egyptian NGO, 83 percent of women have been victims of harassment.

In the post-Mubarak era, activists and protesters have reported many particularly violent assaults on women. Some experts allege the government and security officials are failing to take the problem seriously. More than 700 claims of harassment were filed across Egypt over the four-day Id al-Adha holiday in late October.

Egypt's Morsi flees palace as protesters battle cops (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/04/15673963-morsi-flees-egypts-presidential-palace-as-last-warning-protesters-battle-cops)
"It is not a country of law, not a state of law anymore. It has given men a chance to harass women without being accused," said Afaf Marie, director of the Egyptian Association for Community Participation and Enhancement, an NGO.

Some activists fear that women's rights will suffer under the rule of President Mohammed Morsi, who is an Islamist.

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi reportedly left the palace via the back door to avoid further confrontation, as crowds vented their fury at Morsi's decree granting him nearly unlimited powers. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

Government inaction has allowed the problem to spiral out of control, Heba Morayef, director of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa, told NBC News. Police no longer inspire fear as they did before the revolution. In addition, locals say it appears there are fewer police on the increasingly lawless streets -- and often none in Tahrir Square.

"The state is failing to respond,” she said. "Men don’t have to worry about being caught.”

Analysis: Supporters of Islamist president push Egypt to tipping point (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/03/15646347-supporters-of-islamist-president-push-egypt-to-tipping-point?lite)
In addition, filing charges against an attacker is a daunting process in a society where sex is taboo, and police often don’t take allegations seriously, Morayef said.

"Failure to prosecute is a major factor in the escalation of violence against women in public places," Morayef said.

Friend or foe
On Nov. 19, journalist Sonia Dridi was wrapping up her live report for French Channel 24 from Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square when a crowd of up to 30 men surrounded her.

As the bodies closed in, Dridi said she concentrated on staying on her feet.

"I was just looking at (fellow correspondent Ashraf Khalil) and felt hands touching me. I was trying to concentrate,” Dridi told NBC News by telephone. “At some point I said to Ashraf, ‘Oh my God, they are touching me.’”

She didn’t know who was a friend or an attacker.

"It is so confusing that at some point I had the impression that those (who were) saying they would help were trying to take advantage,” Dridi said.

In 'new Egypt', mobs sexually assault women with impunity (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47717050/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/new-egypt-mobs-sexually-assault-women-impunity/#.UL80-YOpDvE)
The mob pounded on the glass doors after she reached the safety of a Hardee’s restaurant on Tahrir Square, which has become a sort of refuge for women. Dridi realized her skirt was unzipped and broke down in tears.

"The thing that was so sad was that the Hardee’s waiters were … waiting to help me because they are so used to that," she told NBC News.

The brave
Despite the risks, some women are venturing into potentially dangerous situations to stand up for what they believe in.

"I am afraid of harassment," said Mai Alam, 53, who was in Tahrir Square protesting against a recent Morsi decree giving himself sweeping powers. "I am with my husband and I keep pepper spray in my purse at all times.”

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/121204-egypt-Mai-Alam.photoblog600.jpg
Charlene Gubash / NBC News

Mai Alam, 53, a state TV employee, was accompanied by her husband at a recent rally in Tahrir Square. She carries pepper spray to ward off would-be attackers.

“But this issue is more important than my fear of sexual harassment,” the Egypt TV employee added.

And while women find ways of coping with violence, activists have formed groups to protect them. They say the police often don't intervene when women are attacked.

During a recent holiday, citizen vigilante groups patrolled Cairo during the recent Id al-Adha holiday, The New York Times reported (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/world/middleeast/egyptian-vigilantes-crack-down-on-abuse-of-women.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&).

At a recent march, men wearing fluorescent vests stood on rickety wooden towers and used binoculars to scan the crowd for signs of sexual mobbing. Local group Fouada Watch has set up a hotline for women, anti-harassment patrols seek to protect women in hot spots and bring alleged offenders to the police, and online services like Harassmap pinpoint dangerous sites.

Analysis: Egyptians warn that Morsi is no friend of US (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/01/15578733-egyptians-fear-decades-of-muslim-brotherhood-rule-warn-morsi-is-no-friend-to-us)
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil recently announced that a law was being drafted to combat sexual harassment through harsh penalties, calling the issue a "disastrous phenomenon."

As the government decides what, if anything, to do about the epidemic of violence, women like Al Momtaz continue to try and carve out a normal life in a country that has empowered the bad along with the good.

"Everybody thinks that democracy and freedom are a license to do whatever they want," she said.

NBC News' Taha Belal contributed to this report.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/05/15675200-men-dont-have-to-worry-about-being-caught-sex-mobs-target-egypts-women?lite

Paparock
12-06-2012, 08:30 PM
12-Year-Old Murdered for Refusing Forced Marriage


http://tribune.com.pk/story/475606/woman-threatened-for-pursuing-daughters-honour-killing-case/


BAHAWALPUR:

A woman has claimed her in-laws have threatened to kill her if she continues to pursue an honour killing case against them.

Soorat Bibi, a resident of Chak 239-P, said her 12-year-old daughter, Saima Abbasi, had been declared karokari two months ago after she declined a marriage proposal. She said Saima was later murdered by her uncle, Shakoor Abbasi, and grandfather, Bhooral Abbasi.

She said they had asked her and her children to leave their house and forcefully seized of her cattle.

She said Bhooral Abbasi had been threatening her after police arrested Shakoor Abbasi.

“Saima was drinking water when her three uncles, Ghafoor, Noor and Shakoor Abbasi, and her grandfather Bhooral grabbed her hair and started beating her. They then shot her.

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She died in front of my eyes.” She said her husband, Yaqoob Abbasi, was supporting his brothers.

Nanthar police station Station House Officer Aslam Khan said the case had been registered two months ago against the girl’s three uncles and grandfather.

He said Shakoor Abbasi had been arrested. “The other accused are nowhere to be found,” he said. He said Soorat Bibi had not reported that she was being threatened.

Rahim Yar Khan DPO Sohail Zafar Chatta said they had not received such a complaint. The incident was in his notice, he said, adding he would provide Soorat Bibi protection if she asks for it.

Asked why she hasn’t registered a complaint with the police, Soorat Bibi said she was in hiding due to the threats. “I am looking for a safe passage to go to police,” she said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/475606/woman-threatened-for-pursuing-daughters-honour-killing-case/

Paparock
12-06-2012, 08:33 PM
Mother of Four to Be Flogged for Marrying by Choice


http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/saudi-mom-to-be-lashed-for-marrying-foreigner-2012-12-06-1.486178


A Saudi court sentenced a local mother of four to five days in jail and ordered her lashed 10 times for marrying a Syrian man without getting official approval in violation of Saudi laws governing mixed-marriages, press reports said on Thursday.

The court in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah also handed down the same sentence to the woman’s ex-husband and ordered him to pay her SR1,600 as alimony every month, the Arabic language daily Almadina said.

Muna Mohammed Ladan said she married that man in 2005 and had two children from him before she filed for a divorce for mistreatment.

In 2008, she remarried him after he assured her that he had changed and that he would not abuse her again. They had two other children but she filed for a divorce again last week on the grounds he started to be abusive.

“I have appealed the sentence and I hope the court will abolish that sentence for the sake of my children,” Ladan said.

http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/saudi-mom-to-be-lashed-for-marrying-foreigner-2012-12-06-1.486178

Paparock
12-10-2012, 04:10 PM
Modern, moderate Indonesia:
Muslim groups push for female genital mutilation

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/modern-moderate-indonesia-muslim-groups-push-for-female-genital-mutilation.html

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Java,-radical-Islam-in-favor-of-female-genital-mutilation-26563.html


Pamela Geller (http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/12/devout-muslims-in-indonesia-push-for-female-genital-mutilation.html) is spot on when she says:
We're constantly admonished that female genital mutilation is a "cultural" practice that has nothing to do with Islam. It's just another lie. Even the story below, while telling us that the practice is widespread, tells us that it "is not a rule set in a rigid manner by the precepts of Islam," and that it is only widespread because of the actions of "the more extreme and integral fringe." The fringe made it widespread? This is just more whitewashing of Islam's human rights abuses. The practice is fundamentally Islamic...
Indeed. Islamic apologists in the West maintain that female genital mutilation has nothing to do with Islam, and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. But eventually Muslims themselves get around to vindicating every last charge that greasy Islamophobes have ever made about Islamic belief and practice.

"Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr 'clitoris' [this is called khufaadh 'female circumcision'])." -- 'Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0980722306?ie=UTF8&tag=robertspencer-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0980722306), p. 64

"Java, radical Islam in favor of female genital mutilation," by Mathias Hariyadi in Asia News (http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Java,-radical-Islam-in-favor-of-female-genital-mutilation-26563.html), December 7 (thanks to Pamela Geller (http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/12/devout-muslims-in-indonesia-push-for-female-genital-mutilation.html)):
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - In rural areas and more remote areas of Indonesia, particularly the island of Java, female circumcision is still a widespread traditional practice. Although it is not a rule set in a rigid manner by the precepts of Islam, it resists in the most populous Muslim country in the world thanks to the favorable opinion of a large part of society, due to the more extreme and integral fringe. Over the years, activists and politicians have launched campaigns and appeals in an attempt to eradicate the popular custom, which puts the physical health of girls at risk. However, efforts to stem the "tetesan" - as it is called in the country - have so far been a vain war fought on "two different fronts", at a governmental level and on a purely religious level. Renowned experts of Islamic law in Indonesia, interviewed by AsiaNews, stigmatize the practice of female circumcision as "damaging", even if it continues the comparison - which in many cases results in open clashes - between the fuqaha extremists and moderate Muslims leaders. With the first in favor of mutilation, while the latter engaged in campaigns to put an end to the phenomenon.The the Muslim intellectual Sumanto Al Qurtuby says the faction that supports tetesan is linked to the Salafi and Wahhabi community, which together with other fundamentalist groups are concentrated in Bandung and Aceh. They believe that circumcision is "morally" encouraged by Sharia, or Islamic law, and reiterated in the hadith, in anecdotes related to the life of the Prophet Muhammad. However, the expert adds, while the practice is "suggested" it is not "mandatory" and there are no moral foundations of Islamic law that state it should be perpetrated. There are in fact six different drafts of the hadith - better known as "Kutub as-Sittah" - and only one of these "calls for" the spread of female circumcision.

Together with the moral issue, there is also a health and a pyscological aspect. The practice of FGM, in fact, results in the loss of sexual pleasure and is often practiced in contexts far from sterile, in which there is a clear risk of infection or post-operative consequences. This is why human rights activists, citizens and a large part of civil society have fought for and end to this practice - especially in rural areas. An act, they describe as "dangerous" and "contrary to the health care."

The author of this article in his youth, when he was about eight years old, witnessed firsthand circumcision practiced on a young girl, forced by her parents (Muslims) to submit to the "Islamic ritual." Rather than doing it in a private and appropriately sterilized room - as I recall - the act of female circumcision was carried out in the open air, her feet on the ground, while the genital organ was removed with a razor blade. The little girl began to scream in pain, as a stream of blood oozed from the wound. At the end of the rite, I remember that the family offered a kind of celebration of the "thank you" to neighbors, for taking part in the "Islamic ritual."

An opinion poll carried out by the government in 2003 confirmed that the practice of female genital mutilation is still widespread in rural areas. In 2006, the Ministry of Health tried to intervene to stem the tide, without any substantive results regarding what is defined by a number of fronts, especially among female movements as, "an example of domestic violence." Throughout Indonesia at least 400 non-governmental organizations have arisen that are fighting against the practice. The movements in unison, recall that Jakarta is one of the signatories of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Convention) and is called to make every effort to reduce the social impact of this practise.

Paparock
12-10-2012, 06:36 PM
Head of Women's Affairs Shot to Death in Afghanistan


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20662105


An official in charge of women's affairs and an Afghan provincial police chief were killed in separate attacks on Monday, officials say.

Nadia Sidiqi, acting head of the women's affairs department for Laghman province, was shot on her way to work.

Gen Mohammad Musa Rasuli, Nimroz's police chief, was on his way home from Herat province when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb, police said.
Last week, Afghanistan's spy chief was wounded in a Taliban suicide bombing.

Asadullah Khalid was attacked in Kabul by a man who posed as a peace envoy, in what correspondents say was a blow to peace efforts.

Nadia Sidiqi was shot and killed by two unidentified gunmen while on her way to work on a motorised rickshaw, the AFP news agency reports.
"We have launched an investigation and we have sealed off the area where the attack took place and we will very soon capture the attackers," Laghman police chief Ahmad Sherzad told AFP.

Ms Sidiqi took over the Laghman women's affairs department from Hanifa Safi who was killed in a bomb attack in July. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18832391)

Ms Safi, who had been a leading advocate of fair treatment for women, died when a bomb attached to her car exploded as she left her home in Laghman province.

A spokesman for the police chief of Laghman province told the BBC that the acting director did not have bodyguards with her, despite being entitled to them.

Last week, a 25-year-old female health worker was assassinated in Kapisa province, which borders Laghman.

In Nimroz, officials said that Gen Rasuli died of his wounds in hospital. Three other people were also injured in the attack, reports say.

It is unclear who carried out either attack. The Taliban frequently target government and provincial officials.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20662105

Paparock
12-14-2012, 05:52 PM
Robert Spencer: Women in the Qur'an


Click to view video>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zmXvJDjrlBw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zmXvJDjrlBw)

Paparock
12-14-2012, 06:09 PM
Sharia in action in Mali:
Islamic supremacists give woman 100 lashes for giving water to a male visitor

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/sharia-in-action-in-mali-islamic-supremacists-give-woman-100-lashes-for-giving-water-to-a-male-visit.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-northern-mali-islamists-attacks-against-civilians-grow-more-brutal/2012/12/11/5b74a734-3e46-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html



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"And the thief, male and female: cut off the hands of both, as a recompense for what they have earned, and a punishment exemplary from Allah" (Qur'an 5:38)

"There's really no such thing as just Sharia, it's not one monolithic Continuum - Sharia is understood in thousands of different ways over the 1,500 years in which multiple and competing schools of law have tried to construct some kind of civic penal and family law code that would abide by Islamic values and principles, it's understood in many different ways..." -- Reza Aslan (http://www.sbs.com.au/insight/episode/index/id/337#transcript)

And yet whenever we see Sharia implemented, it looks the same. Now, why is that?

"In northern Mali, Islamists’ attacks against civilians grow more brutal," by Sudarsan Raghavan for the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-northern-mali-islamists-attacks-against-civilians-grow-more-brutal/2012/12/11/5b74a734-3e46-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html), December 11:
SEGOU, Mali — On a sweltering afternoon, Islamist police officers dragged Fatima Al Hassan out of her house in the fabled city of Timbuktu. They beat her up, shoved her into a white pickup truck and drove her to their headquarters. She was locked up in a jail as she awaited her sentence: 100 lashes with an electrical cord.
“Why are you doing this?” she recalled asking.

Hassan was being punished for giving water to a male visitor....

“The people are losing all hope,” said Sadou Diallo, a former mayor of the northern city of Gao. “For the past eight months, they have lived without any government, without any actions taken against the Islamists. Now the Islamists feel they can do anything to the people.”

Refugees fleeing the north are now bringing stories that are darker than those recounted in interviews from this summer. Although their experiences cannot be independently verified — because the Islamists have threatened to kill or kidnap Westerners who visit — U.N. officials and human rights activists say that they have heard similar reports of horrific abuses and that some may amount to war crimes.

The refugees say the Islamists are raping and forcibly marrying women, and recruiting children for armed conflict. Social interaction deemed an affront to their interpretation of Islam is zealously punished through Islamic courts and a police force that has become more systematic and inflexible, human rights activists and local officials say.

Two weeks ago, the Islamists publicly whipped three couples 100 times each in Timbuktu for not being married, human rights activists said.

The Islamist police had spotted Hassan giving water to a male visitor at her house last month. Hassan’s brother knew an Islamist commander and pleaded for mercy. After spending 18 hours in jail, she was set free with a warning. The next day, she fled here to Segou, a town in southern Mali that has taken in thousands of the displaced, mostly women and children.

It was fortunate, Hassan said, that she was handing the glass to her friend out on the veranda. “If they had found me with him near the bedroom, they would have shot us both on the spot,” she said.

With organization, ‘abuse’

Radical Islamists have transformed vast stretches of desert in the north into an enclave for al-Qaeda militants and other jihadists. They have imposed a hard-edged brand of sharia law, echoing Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, in this West African country where moderate Islam has thrived for centuries....

Paparock
12-14-2012, 08:30 PM
AMJA Senior Committee Member: Female Genital Mutilation Is 'an Honor' per Islam (http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html)


http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html



Center for Security Policy for their assistance and expertise on AMJA.

Below is my excerpted translation of the 41-page Arabic-language paper by Dr. Hatem al-Haj entitled "Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine" (see the original here (http://www.drhatemalhaj.com/ar/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%A8/%D8%AE%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%82%D9%87-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%A8/) and here (http://www.salafvoice.com/article.php?a=487)):
The ruling on circumcision: Scholars have differed on the ruling on circumcision. They have agreed on its legitimacy for both sexes, but beyond that they have differed. Some--most famously the Shafi’ites--believe that it is obligatory for both sexes. Some believe it is obligatory for men only, and some believe it is recommended for both. At the very least it can be said that for women it is an honor, and for men it is sunnah .

There are many hadiths on circumcision, some of which will be presented here along with the commentary of some scholars:

From Abi-Hurayra, who attributed it to the Prophet: “Five (acts of) al-fitrah [Islamic law or way of nature] are circumcision, shaving pubic hair, plucking armpit hair, trimming fingernails, and clipping the mustache.” Also from Abi-Hurayra: “The Messenger of Allah said, ‘Abraham was circumcised when he was 80 years old’.”’ Allah said: “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith” [Qur’an 16:123]. Also recorded in a hadith is the saying of (Muhammad) to a man who converted to Islam: “Remove your infidel hair and be circumcised.”

Muhammad also said regarding circumcision: “If you touch the two circumcisions, you must wash.” Here is evidence that women were circumcised, and therefore any of the hadiths on circumcision which do not specify men or women, can be assumed to apply to both.

From Sa’id bin Jabir: “Ibn ‘Abbas was asked, “How old were you when the Prophet (PBUH) died?" He replied, "At that time I had been circumcised. People (in those days) did not circumcise men until they reached puberty.” From the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah--who used to circumcise girls--the Messenger of Allah said to her, “Reduce it, but do not remove too much, because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.” This is the most explicit evidence in the hadiths of Muhammad for female circumcision being legitimate and even recommended. From Ibn ‘Abbas, attributing it to the Prophet: “Circumcision is sunnah for men and an honor for women.” This was narrated by al-Bayhaqi, and its attribution is weak.

Ibn al-Mundhir narrated from Abi-Barza: “We asked the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) about an uncircumcised man making pilgrimage to the Ka’aba. He replied, ‘No, not until he’s circumcised’.” This was considered a weak hadith by Ibn al-Mundhir and others.

There’s no doubt that among these hadiths there are those which are sound but do not explicitly command or urge women to become circumcised. There are also those which are met with disagreement by scholars, and these hadiths are more explicit in confirming the legitimacy of female circumcision. But the hadiths on the laws of al-fitrah which mention circumcision--and these are sound--do not mean that it is done on men only and not women. It is certain that circumcision includes both men and women, as is clearly stated in the hadith about touching the two circumcisions.

Below are words from scholars on the ruling on circumcision:

The Hanafis: Al-Zayla’i said: “The general ruling is that circumcision is sunnah, and is one of the trademarks of Islam. In fact, if the people of Egypt or some land decided to abandon its practice, the Imam would make war against them, for it cannot be abandoned except by necessity... Female circumcision is not sunnah, but it is an honor for men because it is more pleasing during sex” [ellipses in original].

The Malikites: From al-Kharshi’s brief summary of Khalil: “Its ruling (i.e. circumcision) is that it is sunnah for men, and it cuts off the foreskin. It is recommended for women, and is called khifad [reduction].”

The Shafi’ites: From [Asna al-Mutalib]: “Circumcision is obligatory (at puberty). The reasoning for this is the saying of the Almighty: “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith” [Qur’an 16:123]. In Abraham’s religion, circumcision was present. Also in the two Sahihs: “He was circumcised when he was eighty years old.” In Sahih Ibn Hibban, and in al-Hakim it was said 120 years, and it was also said 70 years. Also it was narrated by Abu-Dawud: “(The Prophet) (PBUH) ordered a man who converted to Islam to be circumcised.” They said that since he cut off a member which could not be replaced, it had to be obligatory like cutting off the hand. Since the man was injured during the process, he feared it. If it were not obligatory for him, then it would not have been permissible. This is unlike the circumcision of little boys, crazy people, and those who cannot endure it, because the first are too young to be required to do anything, and the last are harmed by it.” Al-Nawawi said in [I]al-Majmu’: “Circumcision is obligatory for our men and women. This was stated by many of the salaf, as al-Khatabi relates. Ahmad was one of those who said it was obligatory. Malik and Abu-Hanifa said that it was sunnah for everyone. This was related by al-Rafi’i. He also related that (circumcision) is obligatory for men and sunnah for women. These were the two approaches of Shadhan, and of the sound and famous school of thought which was penned by al-Shafi’i, in which the multitude of scholars declared that circumcision is obligatory for men and women.”

The Hanbalis: From Ibn Muflih’s Furu’ [body of rules and regulations for man’s behavior]: “(According to Ahmad), circumcision is obligatory on all but women, for whom it is recommended. Our Shaykh said, ‘It is obligatory because cleanliness and prayer are obligatory’.” Ibn Qudama said: “Circumcision is a duty for men, and for women it is an honor, but it is not obligatory. This has been stated by many scholars.” Ahmad said: “The man is more difficult, because if the man is not circumcised, then the skin dangles over the [penis] and cannot be cleaned. But the woman is easier.”

The al-Mawsu’a al-Fiqhia (“The Encyclopedia of Jurisprudence”) summarizes scholars’ opinions on circumcision as follows:

“The ruling on circumcision: Scholars differ on circumcision as follows: First, the Hanafis and Malikites--and very rarely the Shafi’ites--hold to the opinion of what Ahmad said, that circumcision is sunnah for men but not a duty. It is one of the acts of al-fitrah, and one of the rituals of Islam. If the people of a particular land decided together to abandon its practice, the Imam would make war against them, just like if they abandoned the call to prayer. This also represents what the Malikites think about circumcision of women. Hanafis and Hanbalis consider female circumcision to be an honor and not sunnah. It is said by some Hanafis that it is also sunnah for [women], and some say that it is recommended. … Second, the Shafi’ites and Hanbalis, as is also stated by Sahnoun from the Malikites, believe that circumcision is a duty for both men and women. … Third, this is written by Ibn Qudama in al-Mughni, that circumcision is a duty for men, and for women it is an honor but not a duty” [ellipses in original].

Assessment

It appears that for male circumcision the most correct view is that it is obligatory, owing to the saying of Muhammad to the man who converted to Islam: “Remove your infidel hair and be circumcised.” This was obligatory--there was no alternative.

Regarding women, perhaps the most correct view is that it is recommended, however there is consensus that it is (at least) legitimate. Muhammad also endorsed it, as was narrated in the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah, who used to circumcise girls. He said to her: “Reduce it, but do not remove too much, because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.” He also said, “If you touch the two circumcisions, you must wash.” This shows that female circumcision was prevalent during his day, and he did not repudiate it. Nor did he stipulate anything else regarding female circumcision.

Perhaps the saying that it is (only) recommended is due to the pain women must go through to carry out the acts of al-fitrah, such as circumcision, as stated in the sound hadith. But as we mentioned, this is not evidence of it being confined only to men. The term circumcision was used for both men and women during Muhammad’s time. But it is clear that performing circumcision must be preferable to not performing it, especially when one considers that circumcision includes both pain and revealing one’s nakedness. Thus if there was no benefit to it, the Messenger of Allah would not have agreed to it. However there is still no evidence for making it obligatory. The fact that the Messenger of Allah agreed to it despite the pain and discovering one’s nakedness is not evidence for making it obligatory. Instead, this is evidence for preferring the action over not doing it, as we stated. (Muhammad’s) command to Umm ‘Atiyah is not a command to all women to (be circumcised), but rather he was regulating its practice. He was not telling her not to do it, he was telling her not to go too far and injure the women.

His command to the man who converted to Islam does not apply to women. Even though the principle is that “women are men’s sisters”, and women are often included when addressing men and vice versa, that only applies when there is no reason to differentiate between them. Here the issue is different for men and women. The man’s foreskin could trap urine at the end of it and affect his cleanliness. The issue is not the same for women. Therefore it is appropriate for this to be stressed more for men, and this is apparent in the words of scholars and the works of the ummah.

I have summed up the words of Muhammad and of scholars to show that circumcision is legitimate, and that the principal issue in the study is the limits of circumcision
http://www.translatingjihad.com/2012/04/amja-senior-committee-member-female.html

Knaur
12-15-2012, 02:01 PM
Double Standards and Sharia Laws, a potent combination asking for disaster, shame.

Paparock
12-17-2012, 07:05 PM
‘Down With Morsi!’:
Christians, Women Allege Voter Suppression in Egypt’s Constitution Referendum

by http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/userphoto/ericaritz.thumbnail.jpegErica Ritz (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/author/ericaritz)

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/down-with-morsi-christians-women-allege-voter-suppression-in-egypt-constitution-referendum/


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A woman carrying her daughter vents her frustrations to electoral staff as she and others wait to cast their vote during a referendum on the new Egyptian constitution at a polling station on December 15, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Getty Images)

(TheBlaze/AP) — Nevine Mustafa finally had enough after 10 hours of waiting to cast her “no” vote in Egypt’s referendum on a highly disputed draft constitution. She and the other women in line were convinced the judge running the polling station was deliberately stalling to drive away voters opposed to the document.

So the 39-year-old housewife and dozens of other women launched a protest, blocking the street and chanting against the judge in an upper class district of Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city.

“The line was not moving since 8 a.m. I protest. It is now 7 p.m.,” an agitated Mustafa said at the time. “He wants us to get bored and leave.” After their protest, new officials were brought in to speed up the process.

The scene was a reflection of the deep distrust of Egypt’s ruling Islamists and their management of a referendum on a draft constitution that they largely wrote. Questions raised Sunday over the referendum’s legitimacy suggest the confrontation between Islamists and their secular, liberal and Christian opponents will not be resolved by the long-awaited vote.

As Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rushed the referendum despite high pitched opposition, the dispute over the charter has turned into a fight over the Islamists’ hold on power, and the ballot has become a yes or no vote on the president himself.

Rights activists and opponents of the constitution said Sunday that the first round of voting a day earlier was marred by widespread violations, including suppression of voting by opponents of the charter, particularly women, Christians. A coalition of rights groups said the first round was invalid and should be held over again (the second round of voting, which will incorporate the remaining provinces, is scheduled for December 22).

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Tanks line up in front of the presidential palace on December 16, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Getty Images)

But it appears highly unlikely that their objections will even be considered.. The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, said the constitution was on route to approval.

The margin from the first round of voting, which took place in 10 of Egypt’s 27 provinces, was narrow – and turnout low, at only 32 percent.
Preliminary results showed 55.8 percent backed the draft, according to the Brotherhood. Its count was based on a compilation of results announced at each individual polling station.

The strongest “no” vote was in Cairo, with 68 percent, according to the official website of Egypt’s state television. The “yes” vote narrowly carried Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria, with roughly 56 percent.

The head of the referendum commission said the official results will be announced after the second and last round, scheduled for next Saturday. It was an indication that reports of violations will not stop the process, at least at this stage. Islamists enjoy wide support in most of the 17 provinces of the second round.

The claims of violations are likely to further stoke tensions ahead of the second round, though, as each camp works to mobilize a population that largely opted to stay on the sidelines of the rivalry.

Over the past three weeks, hundreds of thousands from both camps have held rival protests in the streets that sparked violence leaving at least 9 people dead.

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi signs in his name before casting his vote at a polling station during a referendum on a disputed constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan dismissed the rights groups’ allegations as politically motivated to sway public opinion.

“These organizations are funded by Western countries. Just like the Westerners hate the Islamists, so do these groups. They are seculars and they hate the Islamists and have foreign agendas,” Ghozlan said.

Despite worries over the vote’s fairness, voters “should do down in big numbers to say no,” a member of the main opposition National Salvation Front, Abdel-Ghaffar Shukr, told a press conference. The group called for new protests Tuesday.

Many voters who backed the charter argue that men who fear God have written the text, so it must be given a chance.

But the women’s protest during Saturday’s voting in Alexandria’s Rushdi neighborhood reflected anger over what they view as the Brotherhood’s domineering way of ruling. Scores of women blocked traffic, chanting, “Down with the rule of the Brotherhood leader.”

A young man with a light beard – which the women took as a sign he was a Brotherhood member – tried to break up the protest, telling the women they were obstructing traffic, said Mustafa, who herself wears a conservative headscarf.

“So we shouted: Down with Morsi!” she said.

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Egyptians women wait to cast their votes outside a polling station during a referendum on a disputed constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of President Morsi, in Alexandria, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (Photo: AP)

The women contended the judge running the station was trying to suppress voting in the district, known to be a stronghold of “no” voters. He repeatedly closed the station for long breaks to pray, talk on the phone, or eat, said Nada Abdel-Azim, a 23-year old who was among the protesters.

“He even asked one voter what she voted,” she said. When told “no,” he shut down for another break, she said.

“The country is split into two. We too are Muslims. Why are they labeling us infidels” for rejecting the charter, said Abdel-Azim, a teacher.

Standing in the same line, Mervat Ahmed, a 42-year woman wearing a veil that left only her eyes visible – a sign of the most conservative Muslims – got angry when an acquaintance called her to urge her to vote “yes.”

“No, don’t tell me this. I am still voting no!” she shouted into the phone. Explaining herself, she said: “I am not convinced by this constitution. The president has great powers. I don’t want to wait more years to try to strip him of this power. We will not be able to by that time.”

By the end of the day, only 2,873 of the 6,500 women registered in Rushdi district were able to vote. The “no” vote overwhelmingly carried the neighborhood, with only 552 “yes” votes.

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Egyptian women wait in line outside a polling station to cast their votes during a referendum on a disputed constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Amina Fouad, a 43-year-old self-employed businesswoman, said the district’s turnout seemed higher to her. She and her daughter passed by the station four times waiting for the line to die down before finally deciding to wait to vote.

She said she was voting “no” “to clear my conscience, but she expected the “yes” to win. “It is a joke. I don’t trust them,” she said.

To make it worse, most of the country’s judges, who normally supervise elections, boycotted the referendum. Opposition voters accused the judges who did participate of being biased, saying some influenced people to vote “yes.” Other voters Saturday also reported suspected Brotherhood members inside polling stations urging people to vote in favor of the charter.

Some judges, in turn, complained that they were overburdened because of the boycott, causing long waits.

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A supporter of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood holds a copy of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, as he shouts slogans during a demonstration in Cairo’s Nasr City on December 14, 2012. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

For Islamists, the constitution is the keystone for their ambitions to bring about Islamic rule, a goal they say is justified by their large victory in last winter’s parliamentary elections.

The opposition had demanded Morsi cancel the referendum because the draft was passed by Islamists in the Constituent Assembly amid a boycott by secular, liberal and Christian members. For opponents, the draft threatens the notion of moderate Islam Egypt had adopted for decades. They fear it will torpedo what freedom they have, particularly for women and religious minorities.

At a press conference Sunday, representatives of seven rights groups denounced the vote, saying it was carried out without sufficient guarantees of fairness. They said they had reports some polling centers closed earlier than scheduled and that in some cases Christians were denied entry to polls and women were prevented from voting. They said they had reports of individuals falsely identifying themselves as judges.
The Agence France-Presse (AFP) has the latest:

Negad Borai, the head of one of the groups, said the election commission did not investigate thousands of complaints on alleged violations and irregularities.

On his Twitter account, Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt’s best known reform leader, questioned whether a vote held “under insufficient judicial supervision, clearly tenuous security and the violence and violations we are witnessing” could lead to stability.

The National Council for Human Rights, a state agency, also said that vote-buying took place outside polling centers and that some independent monitors were turned away from polling stations.

While the charges are serious, they don’t touch the wholesale vote fraud that defined Mubarak’s 29-year rule.

In Alexandria’s middle-class el-Shatbi neighborhood, a group of women complained that their ballots weren’t even stamped, raising concerns that the votes wouldn’t be counted.

Habiba el-Sayed, a 49-year-old housewife, screamed at the line as she walked out of the station, urging other women to ensure that their ballots were stamped.

“For two hours, people voted without stamped ballots. Beware!” she screamed.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/down-with-morsi-christians-women-allege-voter-suppression-in-egypt-constitution-referendum/

Paparock
12-17-2012, 08:53 PM
"Allah Makes It So Easy For Women To Get Into Paradise All They Have To Do Is


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_wrFmlJ71s

Paparock
12-18-2012, 06:19 PM
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International Policy Council


Egypt's Islamists Sexually Assaulting Women

by Mudar Zahran (http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/author/Mudar+Zahran)
December 18, 2012
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3503/egypt-islamists-sexual-assault

An Arab girl whose honor or chastity has even been questioned automatically becomes a social outcast, regardless of whether or not the accusation was well-founded. "All that happened," she added, "while the police were watching…A police officer even told a Muslim Brotherhood member, 'Whatever you wish to do, sir.'"
It is a tough time in Egypt for the non-Islamists in general and for women in particular -- all thanks to the Western tolerance for Islamists' hijacking the Arab revolutions.

The Muslim Brotherhood [MB] will apparently stop at nothing to achieve their goal of controlling Egypt. On December 1, the Daily Mail reported (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241374/Muslim-Brotherhood-paying-gangs-rape-women-beat-men-protesting-Egypt-thousands-demonstrators-pour-streets.html) that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was paying gangs to rape women and beat men who were protesting the latest push for absolute power by Egypt's President and MB leader, Mohamed Morsi.

The British daily, The Times, quoted Egyptian activist Magda Adly, the director of the Nadeem Centre for Human Rights, as saying: "under Mubarak, the government paid thugs to beat male protestors and sexually assault women…this is still happening now. ... I believe thugs are being paid money to do this ... the Muslim Brotherhood have the same political approaches as Mubarak."

Marwah Farouk, an activist and member of the Egyptian Socialist National Alliance Party, spoke to ON TV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3Xy4wN3vjM) on December 6, after she was allegedly held captive by MB members during anti-Morsi protests in the region of Al-Itahdia Palace. She said two of her female colleagues were kidnapped and detained by MB members, then one of the two -- a former political prisoner -- was sexually assaulted and beaten by MB members who then prevented her colleagues from taking her into the hospital. "All of that happened," she added, "while the police were watching. ... A police officer even told an MB member: 'Whatever you wish to do, sir;'" adding, "All that is happening is systematic."

The surge of sexual harassment in Egypt was also covered by Channel 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjrDXvIDhs8), which revealed recently that young men are being paid to attack women who protest the regime. Political activist Affaf Al-Sayed told the channel's reporter, "Muslim Brotherhood members were sexually assaulting women in order to make sure women activists would keep away from Tahrir Square" and that women "were targeted by sexual assaults by both the MB and elements of the former regime." And prominent Egyptian academic and political scientist Jamal Zahran told ON TV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7PwODuO7Uc) that the whole scene in Tahrir Square was a "political harassment" by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The MB denies the claim, and even alleges that "the assaults are executed by thugs dressed in MB T-shirts."

The Islamists' attack on Morsi's female opposition is not exclusive to non-Islamist females; it included Nawarah Nijim, a hijab-wearing activist whose father is a renowned Egyptian poet. Nawarah has been a strong activist against Mubarak's regime, the Egyptian military council and now Morsi's constitutional amendments granting him dictatorial powers. Islamists assaulted her in public (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZxjnZPV4E) last January. An orthodox Muslim, Nijim has been opposed to the Islamists in Egypt. She was interviewed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Q7ah2MXAw) by Al-Fareen TV, where she criticized Egypt's Islamists and said:" I've just come here to find a young man, around 15 years old whom I heard saying: If the Sheikhs of Islam are like those [Egypt's Islamists] I want to disbelieve in God."

While Egypt's Islamists are denying any involvement in sexual attacks against female opposition members, Islamist leaders have nonetheless been publicly threatening male opposition members with harm and even death, and at the same time defaming the honor of the female members of the opposition by describing them as prostitutes, adulterers, belly dancers or ill-mannered. In Arab culture, all accusations are taken at face value. An Arab proverb goes: "A woman's honor is like a match; it can be burnt only once;" therefore, an Arab girl whose honor or chastity has even been questioned automatically becomes a social outcast, regardless of whether or not the accusation was well-founded.

The Texas-based Arab Times, one of the most popular Arab online newspapers, confirmed that the threats and accusations against the personal honor of anti-Islamists was being made by Islamist leaders in Egypt. On December 4, the Arab Times's headline read: "Assaulting personal honor on Egypt's Islamist TV stations (http://www.arabtimes.com/portal/news_display.cfm?Action=&Preview=no&nid=12557): The most significant feature of the Egyptian Spring." The editor comments: "Despite the fact that Islam bans accusations of adultery on innocent people and considers that [a false accusation] one of the seven deadly sins, lately we have come to see that this is not the conviction of the Islamists in Egypt."

The Quran states (http://quran.com/24) in the Chapter of Al-Nour (the Light): "And those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses - lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient." Therefore, Islamists in Egypt are breaking the laws of the Sharia by accusing women of being adulterers, without any foundation. This slander raises the question: Will the Islamists undergo Sharia's punishment of eighty lashes for these unproven accusations?

The latest victim of the Islamists' accusations was Halah Fehmi; an Egyptian state TV anchor who presented a show against the MB's policy only to find out she was pulled off the air in the middle of a program. In response, she held a shroud to indicate her will to give up her life for her cause; and vowed on live TV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eymJ6SAZOiU) to maintain her opposition against the MB and their tactics.

Apparently, unable to withstand the criticism, Islamist TV presenter, Sheikh Khaled Abdullah went on air, called her (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Aqn2M_n2P0) "a belly dancer" and threatened anti-Morsi protesters with: "Advice for the opposition, don't rush to hold your shrouds, you will be wearing those very soon."

By calling Halah Fehmi a "belly dancer," Sheikh Abdullah undermined her credibility and worthiness both as a woman and as a political activist.

Abdullah Badir -- a Salafist Sheikh, religious scholar, academic and political leader-- has been bombarding Morsi's female opposition with accusations undermining their "honor". He told an Islamist TV network (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Xgtb77zpA) that "each of those in Tahrir Square [Morsi's opposition] is holding a girl under his wing and taking her into one of the tents for the public prostitution that is happening at Tahrir Square, they call it a revolution while it is actually ill-manners and sin."

Sheikh Badir did not restrict making his accusations to TV networks; he also delivered a speech (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd-j9llsP5k) after Friday mosque prayers, in which he said: "As for the thirty girls who were stripped from their clothes at Tahrir Square…of course, those girls are low; actually they go to Tahrir Square for that purpose… any girl sitting there; doesn't she have a family to take her back home? Of course she doesn't; in fact she goes there because of that."

Tarnishing personal honor does not seem to stop with women; Egypt's Islamists also have been targeting the honor of female relatives of Morsi's male opponents. For example, Sheikh Hazem Shoman attacked one of Morsi's outspoken opponents, Muhammad Al-Baradei, the former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Sheikh Shoman can be seen here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkHvKX6V4v0) saying, "You want a liberal state? What liberal state Mr. Al-Baradei? You... whose daughter is married to a Christian infidel? Of course she married a Christian infidel because she is a liberal!" According to Islam and Egyptian law, a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim man. By making this accusation, Sheikh Shoman is undermining Al-Baradei's honor, and undermining his character as a politician. The accusation was significant enough to send Al- Baradei onto live TV to dismiss the claim by noting that his son-in-law, an Austrian, had converted to Islam "under Sharia law and at the Egyptian embassy in Vienna" before marrying his daughter.

Further, Islamist lawyer Nabih El-Wahsh claimed in an interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTnQS-5vQRs) with an Islamist TV channel that prominent anti-Morsi TV anchor, Amir Adib, has been breast-fed by the famous Egyptian belly dancer, Najwa Fouad. In Islam, a child who is breast-fed by a woman automatically becomes a son or daughter to her; therefore, Al-Wahsh's claim labels Amir Adib as the son of a belly dancer, reducing his personal honor in the eyes of his viewers.
It is clear that Egypt's Islamists do not observe any values or laws that might stand in their way of controlling the largest Arab country, even if that means breaking the laws of Sharia itself; and for that they do not seem to spare anyone who stands on their way, be they Muslims, or non-Muslims, males or females.

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3503/egypt-islamists-sexual-assault

Paparock
12-20-2012, 04:45 PM
Tunisia: Muslim cleric calls for "sterilizing the wombs of Jewish women"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/tunisia-muslim-cleric-calls-for-sterilizing-the-wombs-of-jewish-women.html

http://www.timesofisrael.com/tunisian-imam-sued-for-call-to-sterilize-the-wombs-of-jewish-women/


The "Arab Spring" in full flower. "Tunisian imam sued for call to ‘sterilize the wombs of Jewish women,’" by Michael Bassin for the Times of Israel (http://www.timesofisrael.com/tunisian-imam-sued-for-call-to-sterilize-the-wombs-of-jewish-women/), December 20:
The Tunisian Association to Support Minorities is suing a prominent Tunisian imam for hateful incitement against Jews.During a Friday sermon broadcast live on November 30 on Hannibal TV, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Suhayli of Rades, a suburb of Tunis, told his followers at the Khatib mosque that “God wants to destroy this sprinkling of Jews… and is for sterilizing the wombs of Jewish women,” the liberal Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Qais El-Beltagi, a lawyer representing the association, alleges in the lawsuit that Al-Suhayli’s comments violated Tunisia’s 2011 Decree 115, which criminalizes “calls to hatred between races and religions, and the population.” He said that article 52 of the decree calls for “a prison term of between one and three years and a fine ranging from 500 to 1,000 euros” for hate-filled speeches....

Paparock
12-22-2012, 05:53 PM
Sharia in action in Yemen:
Muslims murder woman for drinking alcohol

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/sharia-in-action-in-yemen-muslims-murder-woman-for-drinking-alcohol.html


Drinking alcohol: haram. Murdering someone for drinking alcohol: pleasing to Allah. "Yemen extremists kill woman in alcohol raid," from AFP (https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/gulfnews/yemen_extremists_kill_woman_in_alcohol_raid), December 21 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
Armed extremists killed a woman in Yemen's main southern city of Aden when they raided several homes whose owners allegedly have alcoholic drinks, residents and a security official said on Friday.

"More than ten" armed men on motorbikes stormed three houses in Aden's Memdara neighborhood on Thursday, residents said.

The owners fled except for one woman who remained in one of the apartments, the sources said, adding that the gunmen shot her dead before driving off.

A security official in Aden told AFP that "we have received a complaint stating that Islamist extremists have killed a woman." He did not give any further details.

Extremists took advantage of a year-long uprising in Yemen that ousted veteran strongman president Ali Abdullah Saleh, seizing control of large swathes of territory in the country's southern and eastern provinces.

Despite giving up most of these territories after an all-out army offensive against them that ended in June, many have infiltrated the once bustling port of Aden in an attempt to impose their strict version of Islamic (sharia) law.
Have you ever noticed that mainstream media reports frequently reference a "strict version of Sharia" -- in Iran, or Saudi Arabia, or Nigeria's Kano state, or Yemen, or elsewhere -- but we never read about a "relaxed version of Sharia"? That's because there isn't one. Contrary to the lies of Islamic apologists in the West, the content of Sharia is quite clear. And quite "strict" in all its variations.
Thought to be linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the militants operate mainly by night, harassing young couples seen together and sometimes launching deadly attacks against security forces.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/sharia-in-action-in-yemen-muslims-murder-woman-for-drinking-alcohol.html

Paparock
12-24-2012, 03:24 PM
Australia: Muslim cleric says, "Islamic law permits by definition, by prophetic statement and by practice female circumcision"


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/australia-muslim-cleric-says-islamic-law-permits-by-definition-by-prophetic-statement-and-by-practic.html



Islamic apologists in the West maintain that female genital mutilation has nothing to do with Islam, and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. But eventually Muslims themselves get around to vindicating every last charge that greasy Islamophobes have ever made about Islamic belief and practice.

"Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr 'clitoris' [this is called khufaadh 'female circumcision'])." -- 'Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0980722306?ie=UTF8&tag=robertspencer-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0980722306), p. 64

"Female circumcision is a right, says imam," by Rachel Baxendale for The Australian (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/female-circumcision-is-a-right-says-imam/story-fn59nokw-1226542730442), December 24 (thanks to Block Ness):
A MUSLIM leader and outspoken opponent of female genital mutilation says female circumcision, which he defines as the partial removal of the clitoral hood, is not only an utterly distinct practice, but the "divinely ordained right of a woman" under Islam.

Sydney-based Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development founder and president, Imam Afroz Ali, appeared on the ABC's 7:30 program in October, condemning female genital mutilation and saying he had been told by community members of its occurrence in Australia.

But Imam Afroz defines female circumcision and female genital mutilation as "two very different, and unrelated, kinds of acts; the former being permissible and the latter completely forbidden under Islamic law".

The imam, who was yesterday unable to be contacted, made the argument in a paper entitled Mutilating Facts: Setting the Record Straight About Female Circumcision & Genital Mutilation, published this year on his SeekersGuidance website.

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"Islamic law permits by definition, by prophetic statement and by practice female circumcision," he wrote. "The definition under Islamic law for female circumcision is exclusively the removal of the uppermost extra skin at the top of the clitoral glans.

"Female circumcision in its legitimate form is a personal and human right of a woman; genital mutilation is a horrible crime."

Imam Afroz indicated he believed the practice should only be performed on post-pubescent women. The imam argued his definition of female circumcision was the same as labiaplasty, or genital cosmetic surgery, which was legal in Australia.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists vice-president Ajay Rane said he had three main concerns about Imam Afroz's paper.

"Firstly, I felt that there was confusion in the article itself. On the one hand, he's saying female circumcision is supposed to be a woman's right in Islam, on the other, he's saying it's a cultural thing," he said. "The second issue is that of consent, and the third is who does these procedures?

"How do you train them to understand the difference between removal of a small and large amount? How do you control that?"...
Indeed.

Paparock
12-31-2012, 01:23 PM
No honor among thieves: Iran whines about Saudi cleric approving temporary marriage with Syrian women, despite Shia approval for temporary marriage

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/no-honor-among-thieves-iran-whines-about-saudi-cleric-approving-temporary-marriage-with-syrian-women.html

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/31/280993/militants-can-marry-syrian-women/


Shi'ites justify temporary marriage, mutah, by their reading of Qur'an 4:24:
And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you. Lawful unto you are all beyond those mentioned, so that ye seek them with your wealth in honest wedlock, not debauchery. And those of whom ye seek content (by marrying them), give unto them their portions as a duty. And there is no sin for you in what ye do by mutual agreement after the duty (hath been done). Lo! Allah is ever Knower, Wise.
They see in this marriage as something contracted by means of payment ("give them their portions") for a specified time by mutual agreement.

But when a Sunni Muslim cleric calls for the practice in Syria, it becomes an egregious crime, since the Syrian jihadist rebels are fighting against the Iranian-backed Assad regime. Maybe the Iranians want all the Syrian temporary wives for themselves.

"Militants can marry Syrian women: Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia," from PressTV (http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/31/280993/militants-can-marry-syrian-women/), December 31:
A hard-line Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia has recently issued a special religious decree that permits the militants in Syria to engage in short-term marriages with Syrian women.

Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi said that the marriages between the foreign-backed militants and Syrian women will satisfy the militants’ sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians.

He added that the marriages, dubbed by him as “intercourse marriages,” can be with Syrian females as young as 14 years old.

He also promised “paradise” for those who marry the militants.

Arifi has issued similar decrees in the past in support of the violence in Syria.

He has also been organizing a fundraiser for the militant groups fighting Syrian government forces.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country as there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Paparock
12-31-2012, 01:29 PM
India: Rich Muslims buying girls for temporary marriage

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/india-rich-muslims-buying-girls-for-temporary-marriage.html

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/how-arabs-buy-wives-and-dump-them-in-a-few-weeks-310679?pfrom=home-otherstories


This article says that this practice of temporary marriage, i.e. prostitution behind the hypocritical fig leaf of a "marriage" with a time limit, violates Islamic law. However, it is actually an established Shi'ite concept that is also prevalent among some Sunnis. We saw it taking place in Egypt (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/07/egypt-muslim-tourists-buying-underage-girls-for-temporary-marriage-using-and-abandoning-them.html) last summer. It is also rising among Saudis (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/04/temporary-marriages-on-the-rise-among-saudi-men.html), even though Sunnis ostensibly reject it.

Shi'ites justify temporary marriage, mutah, by their reading of Qur'an 4:24:
And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you. Lawful unto you are all beyond those mentioned, so that ye seek them with your wealth in honest wedlock, not debauchery. And those of whom ye seek content (by marrying them), give unto them their portions as a duty. And there is no sin for you in what ye do by mutual agreement after the duty (hath been done). Lo! Allah is ever Knower, Wise.
They see in this marriage as something contracted by means of payment ("give them their portions") for a specified time by mutual agreement.

"How Arabs buy 'wives' and dump them in a few weeks," from Mid-Day.com (http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/how-arabs-buy-wives-and-dump-them-in-a-few-weeks-310679?pfrom=home-otherstories), December 28:
Mumbai: A month-long investigation by MiD DAY journalists has revealed a twisted form of human trafficking that involves rich Arabs, greedy Qazis, sham marriages, agents and girls lured into the flesh trade or those looking for a quick buck.

The modus operandi: set up a temporary or time-bound wedding to a rich Arab. The affluent Arab offers a negotiated amount for the services of a 'wife' during his stay in India. The price for the 'booty' varies from Rs. 15,000 to nearly a lakh for the 10-day marriage. Girls from poor families are sold like commodities to the Arabs, many of whom arrive on tourist visas from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar. While this may seem shocking to many, the women involved in this latest form of flesh trade are often willing participants.

The Arab and The Qazi

These predators have been perpetrating a blatant crime under the veneer of nikaah, abusing the Islamic rules of marriage. Abusing the sanctioned provision which allows a Muslim man to have four wives at a time, many old Arabs are not just marrying minors in Mumbai and Hyderabad, but marrying more than one minor in a single trip to the country.

The Pimp and The Victim

A healthy stream of women keep flowing into the city from all parts of the country to solicit the Arab clientele who have turned Mumbai into a sex haven. For as little asRs 2,000 per job, scores of women line up every evening hoping to catch the eye of the adulterous tourist.

Over a month-long operation, Kranti Vibhute posed as a would-be bride and Bhupen Patel as her friend trying to help her get the deal. They found that these deal brokers, prostitutes and Qazis have been running this business quite explicitly.

A Qazi, who solemnises the weddings and also facilitates the divorce proceedings, takes 50 percent of the negotiated price as his cut. The agent, who sources the girls, takes 25 percent of the balance amount.

The pimps, cab drivers and sub-agents charge Rs. 500-1,000 per deal.

The Arab gets a sex slave for a temporary period, who he calls his 'wife', and takes her on a vacation with him. Once the honeymoon period is over, he brings her back dumps her with a 'talaaq' and goes back to the Qazi's office for a new bride. The girl gets her cut and lines up for the next husband to come her way.

The Qazis solemnise these sham marriages, in violation of Islamic principles of nikaah and talaaq. A woman cannot be married off to another man unless her first husband gives her a divorce, or she has sought khula (separation) and has completed the iddat period (a gap of at least three months and 13 days).

Victims?

Owing to abject poverty and wretched living conditions, many women are forced into the world of flesh trade. While some girls have fallen victim to the flesh trade, tricked by the promise of monetary benefits and a better standard of living, others have chosen the path to make a quick buck.

During the course of the operation, MiD DAY discovered that several women, who were once sold as brides to Arabs, have now turned into agents and pimps. The women now scout villages and cities looking for fresh blood to incorporate into the trade.

Paparock
01-07-2013, 03:48 PM
Female genital mutilation:
unreported, ignored, unpunished, and lied about

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/special-report-female-genital-mutilation--unreported-ignored-and-unpunished-8439824.html

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/01/female-genital-mutilation-unreported-ignored-unpunished-and-lied-about.html


This report from the UK's Independent never mentions FGM's justification in Islamic law. The Independent wouldn't dare be so "Islamophobic."

Islamic apologists in the West maintain that female genital mutilation has nothing to do with Islam, and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. But eventually Muslims themselves get around to vindicating every last charge that greasy Islamophobes have ever made about Islamic belief and practice.

"Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr 'clitoris' [this is called khufaadh 'female circumcision'])." -- 'Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0980722306?ie=UTF8&tag=robertspencer-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0980722306), p. 64

"Islamic law permits by definition, by prophetic statement and by practice female circumcision" -- Australian Imam Afroz Ali (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/australia-muslim-cleric-says-islamic-law-permits-by-definition-by-prophetic-statement-and-by-practic.html)

"Special report: Female genital mutilation - unreported, ignored and unpunished," by Brian Brady and Paul Cahalan in the Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/special-report-female-genital-mutilation--unreported-ignored-and-unpunished-8439824.html), January 6:
The failure to punish anyone for carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) in almost a decade since Labour introduced a new law designed to stamp out the practice is forcing prosecutors to seek alternative methods to tackle the problem. The Government was facing growing criticism from campaigners after an Independent on Sunday investigation into the horrifying practice known as "cutting", in which the genitals of women and girls are severed by unqualified people in the belief it will preserve the girl's virginity.
Would it be better if it were done by "qualified people"?
Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), told The Independent on Sunday last night that he and Justice Department officials are considering plans to use child-protection legislation to prosecute those who mutilate women, girls and babies. The IoS inquiry revealed that hundreds of hospitals, councils and police forces are failing to enforce the law designed to stop the agonising procedure. Only a few authorities have reported evidence of the illegal practice in the past three years; many admitted they did not even have a policy in place to deal with cases. Three government departments said they do not collect statistics on the prevalence of the problem.

The findings confirm campaigners' fears that laws designed to stamp out FGM are failing to protect tens of thousands of British women and girls every year, and have not led to a single conviction. In contrast, France has convicted more than 100 complicit parents and FGM "practitioners" since 1988.

The DPP revealed the change in tactics yesterday as he responded to the criticism and said he will not hesitate to call for a change in the law. He said he feared it would take another quarter of a century for present anti-FGM laws on their own to produce successful prosecutions, as they ultimately depended on girls reporting their own families to the police. "The nub of the problem is that we are talking about girls of 10, 11 or even younger. We can do all we can to make clear that FGM is an offence, but it is unlikely that a girl would come forward and give evidence against her parents and be separated from them. If we hope against hope that a girl will come forward, we'll be waiting 25 years," he said. He added that he was actively exploring ways to use a wider offence where the authorities would not necessarily need a child to be a witness.

The DPP admitted that prosecutors were being hampered by the failure to collect statistics on the numbers of women affected. "We haven't got the full picture. That needs to change." He said his plan of action also included the collection of "more robust data on allegations of FGM, so the scale of the problem can be gauged".

The lack of clear statistics contrasts starkly with Department of Health research carried out in 2007 which estimated that as many as 80,000 women in the UK – more than a quarter of them under the age of 15 – are at risk of having all or part of their external genitals removed, in line with ancient customs. The practice occurs in dozens of countries in Africa, and in some areas of the Middle East and Asia, where it is claimed FGM preserves a girl's virginity until marriage by limiting her sexual behaviour. The ritual has been illegal in Britain since 1985, and the United Nations General Assembly last month approved a resolution to ban FMG internationally following protests over its lasting impact on the physical and mental health of victims.

However, campaigners have warned that many young girls have been taken out of UK primary schools by their parents to be cut overseas, often with razors, knives or broken glass, usually without anaesthetic.

Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP whose 2003 FGM Act bans girls being taken abroad to have the procedure, said teachers, doctors and police had shown "a lack of sufficient will to confront minority ethnic groups on such an issue". She added: "It's very nice to get a law through Parliament, but if it isn't acted upon, it isn't worth the paper it's written on."

Hull MP Karl Turner will use a debate in Parliament this week to challenge ministers to force healthcare staff, teachers and police to work more closely together to ensure anyone suspected of cutting British children is brought to book. He said: "Female genital mutilation needs to be taken as seriously as any other child-protection issue. Hundreds of thousands of voiceless victims have been denied justice and this figure rises year on year."

Mr Starmer said he did not want to repeal existing anti-FGM laws, as that would "send the wrong message", but he conceded "the legislation clearly isn't nearly enough on its own". His FGM "action plan" also pledges to "explore whether evidence to prosecute offences under other legislation is possible and may be easier to support". He targeted the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act, which creates an offence of "causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to die or suffer serious physical harm", as route to tougher action.

A Freedom of Information request to more than 500 hospitals and local education authorities found that fewer than 50 kept records of women and girls who were found to have suffered FGM, believed to have undergone the procedure or suspected of being at risk. Many police forces refused to release data, citing "confidentiality" and "sensitivity".

However, of those that reported cases, the Whittington Hospital in London and St James's University Hospital, Leeds, both recorded some 450 instances of female genital mutilation during the past three years.

Dudley council revealed that it had received reports involving three children "aged between newborn to four years of age", and four young adults. Newport council reported that a pupil aged eight was prevented from leaving the country as it was suspected that she might be a victim of FGM while abroad. The Metropolitan Police recorded more than 200 reports in which FGM was listed as a concern, including victims who feared they may be at risk, since 2003....

Paparock
01-23-2013, 05:05 PM
15-Year-Old Christian Girl Forcibly Converted, 'Married'


Read it all here>http://www.persecution.org/2013/01/22/christian-girl-in-pakistan-allegedly-forced-into-marriage-and-conversion-to-islam/

Paparock
02-11-2013, 07:33 PM
Christian Girl Raped, Women Tortured by Pak. Hardliners


http://www.bosnewslife.com/26420-pakistan-christian-women-abused-girl-raped


LAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife (http://www.bosnewslife.com/))-- Christian relief workers rushed to a volatile district in Pakistan's Punjab province Saturday, February 9, after security forces and Muslim hardliners allegedly abused Christian women and raped at least one Christian girl.

"Yesterday some Muslims and some [undercover] police men raided Kaila Masih's house" in the town of Pattoki [where they] "beat and tortured Christian women Zareena Bibi,Hameedan Bibi and Sharifan Bibi," said the Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD), an advocacy and aid group.

It was the second such incident in Punjab's Kasur District within about two weeks, according to LEAD investigators. On January 25 a 15-year-old Christian girl, Fouzia Bibi, was raped by two influential Muslim men in the district's village of Roday, LEAD Chief Sardar Mushtaq Gill told BosNewsLife.

Gill said he met a local pastor and victims and helped to register a criminal case against the alleged attackers of the women, including "police officials and other Muslims."

INDEPENDENT POLICE?

LEAD also demands that the rape case be moved to more independent police in Pattoki amid concerns that authorities are reluctant to investigate the crime because of pressure from influential Muslims in the region.

Though police "arrested" one suspect, "he was not yet sent to jail", complained LEAD investigators.

Another alleged rapist "is free and making threats to Christians of the area," LEAD said, adding that both men should be jailed.

Local Pastor Saleem Gill said in published remarks that he wasn't surprised about the slow police investigation. "Our people are poor that's why they are treated like this," he reportedly said.

http://www.bosnewslife.com/26420-pakistan-christian-women-abused-girl-raped

Paparock
02-14-2013, 03:59 PM
UK: Muslim claims that Islam allows him to beat his wife

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/02/uk-muslim-misunderstands-his-own-religion-claims-that-islam-allows-him-to-beat-his-wife.html

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/13/community-order-for-llandudno-muslim-man-who-claimed-religion-allowed-him-to-hit-wife-55578-32802656/


http://www.jihadwatch.org/images/Miah.jpg

Where could Shamshu Miah have gotten such a crazy idea as to think that Islam allowed him to beat his wife?

“Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them." -- Qur'an 4:34

"Muslim man who claimed religion allowed him to hit wife," by Owen Hughes for the Daily Post (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/13/community-order-for-llandudno-muslim-man-who-claimed-religion-allowed-him-to-hit-wife-55578-32802656/), February 13:
A Muslim man who claimed his religion entitled him to hit his wife has been given a community order.
Shamshu Miah, 58, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, struck his wife three times after she did not get him a cigarette.

He later told police his religion allowed him to hit his wife if she did not do as she was told.

Yesterday Llandudno magistrates court heard his wife continued to support Miah, who suffered from bipolar episodes.

The court heard she wanted him to move back to the family home.

Miah was ordered to undertake community mental health treatment. He has to pay £85 costs.

Paparock
02-14-2013, 05:44 PM
Egyptian Cleric Abu Islam:
Christian Women who Go to Tahrir Square to Get Raped Are Not Taboo


Click to view video>http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3741.htm


Transcript:

Abu Islam: They say that [harming] women is taboo. The naked, unveiled women who go [to Tahrir Square] in order to get raped – all of a sudden, they are considered taboo... Then they call for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to resign. By the way, 90% of them are Crusader women, and the other 10% are Freemasons and widows who are fearless and out of control. These women talk like ghouls. They have no shame, no manners, no fear, and not a shred of femininity. Be feminine, woman! You have a religious obligation to be a woman. But you see these women with disheveled hair, like a devil! These are devils in the form of women. You should learn from Muslim women.

Paparock
02-18-2013, 03:47 PM
The ‘Epidemic’ of Sexual Harassment—and Rape—in Morsi’s Egypt
Yet another horrifying reality of the Obama-supported “Arab Spring.”
by Raymond Ibrahim (http://frontpagemag.com/author/raymond-ibrahim/)


http://frontpagemag.com/2013/raymond-ibrahim/the-epidemic-of-sexual-harassment-and-rape-in-egypt/


Since the “Arab Spring” came to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power, sexual harassment, abuse, and rape of women has skyrocketed. This graph (http://harassmap.org/?l=en_US), which shows an enormous jump in sexual harassment beginning around January 2011, when the Tahrir revolts began, certainly demonstrates as much. Its findings are supported by any number of reports appearing in both Arabic and Western media, and from both Egyptian and foreign women.

Hundreds of Egyptian women recently took to the streets of Tahrir Square to protest the nonstop harassment they must endure whenever they emerge from their homes and onto the streets. They held slogans like “Silence is unacceptable, my anger will be heard,” and “A safe square for all; Down with sexual harassment.” “Marchers also shouted chants against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails,” wrote Al Ahram Online (http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/64191/Egypt/Hundreds-march-against-sexual-harassment-in-downto.aspx)

The response? More sexual harassment and rapes.

One woman recently appeared on Egyptian TV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gH_tjtEe94) recounting her horrific experiences. On the program, she appeared shaded, to conceal her identity—less because she felt personal shame or guilt at what happened and more to protect her and her family from further abuses. She recounted how she saw a Facebook notice that Egyptian women were going to protest the unsafe conditions for women on the Egyptian street and decided to join them on their scheduled march in Tahrir Square on January 25, the anniversary of the revolution. “I did not realize I would become the victim,” she lamented. When it started to get dark, her group heard that “strange looking men” were appearing and that it was best to leave the area.

During some chaos she was lost from her group. One man told her “this way,” pretending to help her to safety—“I was so naïve to believe him!”—only to lead her to a large group of men, she estimated around 50, who proceeded to encircle and rape her. “This was the first time someone touched me” quietly recounted the former virgin: “Each one of them attacked a part of my body.” Several pinned her down while others pulled off her pants and stripped her naked, gang-raping her for approximately 20 minutes. She explained how she truly thought she was going to die, and kept screaming “I’m dying!” In response, one of her rapists whispered in her ears: “Don’t worry. Take it,” even as the rest called her derogatory names she would not recite on the air.

Considering that in late November last year, when many Egyptians were protesting President Morsi’s Sharia-heavy constitution and the Muslim Brotherhood responded by paying gangs and thugs to rape protesting women in the streets (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241374/Muslim-Brotherhood-paying-gangs-rape-women-beat-men-protesting-Egypt-thousands-demonstrators-pour-streets.html#axzz2KAGy5su9), anecdotes like the above are becoming commonplace. Indeed, to appreciate the regularization of sexual harassment and rape in Egypt, consider the words of popular Salafi preacher Abu Islam (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/07/264982.html), who openly, and very sarcastically, blamed the victims:
“They tell you women are a red line. They tell you that naked women—who are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped—are a red line! And they ask Mursi and the Brotherhood to leave power!” Abu Islam added that these women activists are going to Tahrir Square not to protest but to be sexually abused because they had wanted to be raped. “They have no shame, no fear and not even feminism. Practice your feminism, sheikha! It is a legitimate right for you to be a woman,” he said. “And by the way, 90 percent of them are crusaders [i.e. Christian Copts] and the remaining 10 percent are widows who have no one to control them. You see women talking like monsters,” he added.
No doubt some will argue that Abu Islam is just a “radical” who speaks for himself. Yet many more formal bodies made similar observations, including the new Egyptian parliament’s Shura Council’s “human rights committee,” whose members said
that women taking part in protests bear the responsibility of being sexually harassed, describing what happens in some demonstrators’ tents as “prostitution.” Major General Adel Afify, member of the committee representing the Salafi Asala Party, criticized female protesters, saying that they “know they are among thugs. They should protect themselves before requesting that the Interior Ministry does so. By getting herself involved in such circumstances, the woman has 100 percent responsibility.”
These sentiments are widely shared in Egypt. A study by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights said that 98% of foreign female visitors and 83% of Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment. Sixty-two percent of men admitted to harassing women, while 53% blame women for “bringing it on.”

Even non-Egyptian women are becoming increasingly familiar with this phenomenon. After describing her own personal experiences with sexual harassment in Egypt, Sarah A. Topol asserts (http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/sexual-harassment-in-egypt/) that “Sexual harassment — actually, let’s call it what it is: assault — in Egypt is not just common. It’s an epidemic. It inhabits every space in this society, from back alleys to the birthplace of the newest chapter of Egyptian history.… For the 18 days of protest last year, for me, Tahrir Square was a harassment-free zone. I noticed it, everyone did. But as soon as President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, the unity ended and the harassment returned.”

Journalists Sophia Jones and Erin Banco also elaborated on the epidemic of sexual harassment in Egypt (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/27/egypt-s-sexual-harassment-epidemic.html):
It’s difficult to write about sexual harassment and assault in Egypt without sounding like Angry White Girls. But as journalists, it is not merely our job to report in such an environment, it is an everyday psychological and sometimes even physical battle. We open our closets in the morning and debate what to wear to lessen the harassment—as if this would help. Even fully veiled women are harassed on Cairo’s streets. As one young Cairo-based female reporter recently remarked, “it’s a f–ked-up reality that we will be touched.”…. Like hundreds of other countries around the world, sexual harassment and assault happens everyday in Egypt. It happens to both Egyptian women, and to foreign women. It happens at all times of the day, despite what some may think, at the hands of men—young boys, grown men, police officers, military officers, and almost everyone in between.
The journalists then offer an all too familiar story:
Nor is this merely limited to sexual harassment, but it often, under the right circumstances—few witnesses, the availability of dark allies—culminates into fullblown gangrape. For example, Natasha Smith a young British journalist covering Tahrir Square, was dragged from her male companion into a frenzied mob in the hundreds. “Men began to rip off my clothes,” she wrote on her blog (http://natashajsmith.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/please-god-please-make-it-stop/). They “pulled my limbs apart and threw me around. They were scratching and clenching my breasts and forcing their fingers inside me in every possible way … All I could see was leering faces, more and more faces sneering and jeering as I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions.”
All this is yet one more example of the true nature of the Obama-supported “Arab Spring.”

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/raymond-ibrahim/the-epidemic-of-sexual-harassment-and-rape-in-egypt/

Paparock
02-20-2013, 06:05 PM
Quran Teacher Jailed for Raping 4-Year-Old Student


http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/teacher-gets-15-years-for-raping-4-year-old-boy-1.1148221


Dubai: A Bangladeshi man has been jailed for 15 years after a court convicted him of raping a four-year-old boy while teaching him how to memorise the Quran.

The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant, 24-year-old H.M., although he pleaded not guilty and denied the accusations.

Prosecutors asked the court to implement the death sentence against H.M. as per Article 354 of the Penal Code.

The boy’s father testified that the incident happened two months after he agreed to the defendant teaching his son the Quran along with the neighbour’s son.

“The accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment,” said the presiding judge in courtroom three on Tuesday.

Records said the incident happened in a villa shared by four families in Al Hamriya.

“I agreed with H.M. to give my son Quran lessons once I learnt that he was teaching our neighbour’s son. He gave our children Quran lessons at the kitchen table after Maghrib prayer except over the weekend. I was in Bur Dubai when my wife told me over the phone that our son had been abused. She claimed that my son told her that the defendant exposed himself and did something bad to him. I rushed home and my son told me the same thing. My four-year-old said H.M. did something bad to him at the beginning of the lesson… then the defendant cleaned himself up and continued the lesson. My son claimed that when he asked the defendant to stop because what he did to him was painful… H.M. asked my son to keep silent. Our neighbour’s son confirmed that he saw the incident and described what happened,” claimed the father.

Records said the father and his brother-in-law lured the defendant to Abu Hail. The defendant tried to run away when he saw the boy’s father. Records said the father and his brother-in-law took H.M. in their car to their residence and called the police.

Meanwhile H.M. repeatedly apologised to the father and asked for forgiveness.

A Yemeni policeman claimed that the defendant was scared and apologised alleging that he was seduced by the devil.

Tuesday’s judgement remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/teacher-gets-15-years-for-raping-4-year-old-boy-1.1148221

Paparock
02-27-2013, 05:25 PM
Nearly Half of Saudi Women are Beaten at Home

http://www.emirates247.com/crime/region/nearly-half-saudi-women-are-beaten-at-home-2013-02-26-1.496510

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/02/nearly-half-saudi-women-are-beaten-at-home.html


"Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God's guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them." (Qur'an 4:34)

Muhammad’s example is normative for Muslims, since he is an “excellent example of conduct” (Qur'an 33:21) – and according to a canonical hadith, Muhammad’s favorite wife, his child bride Aisha, reports that Muhammad struck her. Once he went out at night after he thought she was asleep, and she followed him surreptitiously. Muhammad saw her, and, as Aisha recounts: “He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” (Sahih Muslim 2127) Aisha herself said it: “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women.” (Sahih Bukhari 7.72.715)

The Koran commentary Ruhul Ma’ani reflects mainstream Muslim understandings of this verse when it gives four reasons that a man may beat his wife: “if she refuses to beautify herself for him,” if she refuses sex when he asks for it, if she refuses to pray or perform ritual ablutions, and “if she goes out of the house without a valid excuse.”

"Nearly half Saudi women are beaten at home," from Emirates 24/7 (http://www.emirates247.com/crime/region/nearly-half-saudi-women-are-beaten-at-home-2013-02-26-1.496510), February 26 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
Nearly half Saudi women are beaten up by their husbands or other family members at home and many of them are hit by sticks and head cover, according to a university study published in local newspapers on Tuesday.

Surprisingly, the study found that the Bedouin men who still dwell the desert in the conservative Gulf Kingdom, are less violent than Saudi men in urban areas.

The study was conducted by Dr Lateefa Abdul Lateef, a social science professor at King Saud University in the Capital Riyadh. It involved female students at the university and some Saudi women covered by the government’s social security.

“The study showed that nearly half those covered by social security and more than a third of the female students at the university are beaten up at home,” Dr Lateefa said, quoted by the Saudi Arabic language daily Almadina.

“Husbands were found to be beating their wives more than others….they are followed by fathers, then brothers then sons…hands and sticks were found to be used mostly in beating women, following by men’s head cover and to a lesser extent, sharp objects.”

The study showed that husbands beating their wives included both educated and non-educated men and that “those dwelling in the desert are less violent with their wives than those living in cities or villages.”

The study found that the main reasons for violence against women include poor religious motives, drug addiction and alcoholism, arrogance and a tendency to control, psychological problems, poverty, and unemployment.

Paparock
02-27-2013, 05:57 PM
The Perverse World of Abu Islam

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/02/the-perverse-world-of-abu-islam.html


Egyptian Sheikh Abu Islam — of Bible-destroying, rape-approving fame — is again causing drama. In regards to his second claim-to-fame — inciting Muslims to rape women protesters (http://www.raymondibrahim.com/from-the-arab-world/the-epidemic-of-sexual-harassment-and-rape-in-morsis-egypt/), because they must all be Christian “crusaders” anyway — a lawyer has recently submitted complaints that help provide context for Abu Islam’s “worldview” concerning women: among other things, he is accused of raping a Syrian minor girl (http://www.light-dark.net/vb/showthread.php?p=1040281378), as well as sexually assaulting his own daughter-in-law (http://www.light-dark.net/vb/showthread.php?p=1040281373).

For all these reasons—specifically “insulting religion,” a crime in Egypt, and inciting rape of Christian women—he was recently arrested for questioning. A little before he was arrested, his final TV tirade was about the gall of some Muslims and the media for referring to killed Egyptian Christians as “martyrs," when infidels should ever receive that honorific, which should be reserved for suicide-bombers and terrorists.

Most recently, his family and friends began saying that Abu Isam died in prison (http://www.light-dark.net/vb/showthread.php?p=1040284789), first by a snake bite, then because he was denied his diabetes medicine—prompting many Salafis to protest. Authorities deny that he died, saying he will soon be released (even as several Egyptian Christians languish in jails over rumors that they insulted Muslim Muhammad).

Such is the world of one of Sharia law's most vocal supporters in Egypt.

Paparock
03-01-2013, 07:48 PM
Video: Five Pakistani Women Buried Alive in Group Honor Killing
What Islamic barbarity will ever outrage the West’s “progressives”?
by Frontpagemag.com (http://frontpagemag.com/author/frontpagemag-com/)


http://frontpagemag.com/2013/frontpagemag-com/video-five-pakistani-women-buried-alive-in-group-honor-killing/


Where are the protests from the West’s humanitarian progressives?


WARNING GRAPHIC MATERIAL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVrIel539jQ


WARNING GRAPHIC MATERIAL

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/frontpagemag-com/video-five-pakistani-women-buried-alive-in-group-honor-killing/

Elwyn
03-02-2013, 12:25 AM
Where is the outrage of the feminists? Oh that's right, the only time they scream is when liberal women "say" they are being discriminated against. Feminists don't care about Islamic (women)slaves.

And this is the religion Obama says we are to respect.

Paparock
03-06-2013, 06:45 PM
Family Strips and Whips Girl for Dating Non-Muslim

by Nicolai Sennels


http://islamversuseurope.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/denmark-girl-with-palestinian.html

"Copenhagen Police arrested four close family members of a 17-year-old girl Tuesday night (March 5th 2013). ... Those arrested are two married couples with Palestinian background - the girl's parents and her aunt and uncle. ... It is a case of honor-related violence, which apparently stems from the fact that the family could not accept that the girl has got a Danish boyfriend.

The girl's parents picked her up Monday at Nørrebro and according to the prosecutor they lured her to come with them to visit some family members in Taastrup (Copenhagen suburb), where other family members waited for her. The father told one of the other family members that he or she was allowed to kill her, and that the father did not want to see her again.

Then the girl's parents left, and the girl was ordered to undress, after which she was beaten with a leather belt, got her hair cut off and had a belt tightened around her neck so she could not breathe.

The violence lasted for two hours but stopped, as the 17-year-old succeeded in escaping from the house. She then called the police."

http://islamversuseurope.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/denmark-girl-with-palestinian.html

Paparock
03-07-2013, 05:04 PM
Islamic -Honor Violence- Rising in the West - World - CBN News - Christian News

Warning Graphic Content


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3tG_B1mg7U&feature=player_embedded

Warning Graphic Content

Paparock
03-07-2013, 06:12 PM
Women's Day finds Arab women in grim state

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4353766,00.html


CBS report shows only 21.5% of Arab women are employed, half of them part-time; initiative runs courses to empower sector, with small success; 'Arab women considered property,' says Arab official

The International Women's Day (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4352874,00.html) to be marked on Friday emphasized feelings of discrimination among Arab women, who see little improvement in their social, political and employment standing.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4341818,00.html), only 21.5% of Arab women were employed in 2011, compared to 68% of Jewish women. About half of working Arab women are part-time workers.

Contrary to popular belief, reports show the reasons for the low employment rates are not linked to tradition or mentality, but to far more prosaic factors.

http://www.ynetnews.com/PicServer2/02022009/1869650/YAB_1811-(Large))_wa.jpg
Arab women protest for work (Archives)(Photo: Yaron Brener)

Place of residence, type of community, education levels, job experience, the local Arab job market's limited range, lack of proper public transportation and no day-care facilities are the major factors listed in several studies.

Low levels of Hebrew (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4352909,00.html) proficiency have also been cited as a factor preventing Arab women from integrating in the work force (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4337223,00.html).

Some claim that the hijab (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4304619,00.html), the traditional head gear worn by many Arab women, is not readily accepted by many workplaces run by Jews.

Denied access to the Jewish job market, Arab women are forced to find work in the struggling Arab communities, which employ them illegally, with employers often taking advantage of their high motivation and their limited options.

Roads to change

But not all Arab women are willing to accept this predicament.

"The Arab woman deserves to be part of the decision making process and empower her social standing," says Ranin Div-Yazbaki, who promotes employment of Arab women in Majd al-Krum.

Among other activities, the project, run by the Abraham Fund Initiative (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3711641,00.html), offers training programs in Hebrew, CV writing, computer lessons and courses in personal and community empowerment.

The project's job placement rating stands at 63%, with many women finding jobs according to their individual skills.

"In the past, public opinion didn't support the promotion of Arab women, but today the situation has changed and you can see many projects of empowerment," said Div-Yazbaki.

Samia Aramush-Mahmid, spokesperson for Haifa (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4352572,00.html)'s Arab sector, offered a more optimistic view on things.

"Arab women in Israel (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3284752,00.html) have undergone a significant change in recent years. There is greater awareness to rights and higher levels of education," she explained.

"Arab women's employment rate has increased and their jobs vary from manual labor to academic positions."

Even so, Aramush-Mahmid is aware that the road ahead is long. "Alongside this positive change, many Arab societies across Israel continues to oppress women, play down their capabilities and deny their basic rights.

"In many places the woman is still considered the husband's property, she is dependent on him economically and socially. Her fate is in her husband's hands and in the hands of the other males in the family, including her father, brothers and sons."

Though Aramush-Mahmid described Haifa as relatively open to Arab women, who may enjoy greater freedom, the situation is markedly different in other areas in Israel.

"Most men discount women's abilities and try to degrade us at any price," said an Arab woman from the Negev (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4352907,00.html) area.

"I personally registered for a women's empowerment and promotion course despite my family's objections, which were based on primitive, hurtful and destructive notions.

"They tried to convince me to stay home and threatened me, but I insisted, putting my life at risk to achieve my aspirations until I reach my goal."

Samah Sulaima-Agbarieh, a social worker from Lod (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4325694,00.html), claims International Women's Day holds no special significance.

"I think this day will be the same like any other for Arab women," she said.

"In the past year Arab women were murdered, girls under 17 were wed and more than 1,000 babies were born to teen mothers.

"In the south a girl murdered (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4348483,00.html) her elderly husband, another girl was attacked with acid (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4346675,00.html); in Tira (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4223191,00.html) a man murdered his sister because she was working, and more shocking incidents occur all the time," she expounded.

"Many women are quietly suffering and no one receives help or support. I wish all our women progress, liberty and freedom," she said. "The road ahead is long and we, as activists, need every hand and any support by other women."

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4353766,00.html

Elwyn
03-08-2013, 03:59 AM
What do they expect? The Quran teaches that women are stupic and inferior.

Paparock
03-10-2013, 03:56 PM
The Kidnapping of Coptic Girls
Christian women and girls continue to be abducted on a near daily basis and forced to convert to Islam.
by Frank Crimi (http://frontpagemag.com/author/frank-crimi/)

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/frank-crimi/the-kidnapping-of-coptic-girls/


When a rumor circulated last week that a Muslim woman in the southern Egyptian city of Kom Ombo had been forcibly converted to Christianity, a mob of Muslims felt compelled to riot, attacking and firebombing the city’s local Coptic Christian church.

The rioting in Kom Ombo had begun when local Muslim residents believed a missing 36-year-old Muslim woman had been forced to convert to Christianity and was being held against her will in the Church of Mar Girgis, Kom Ombo’s largest Coptic Church.

That transgression was apparently egregious enough to induce hundreds of local Muslims to surround the church for three days hurling Molotov Cocktails and rocks, a melee that caused injury to over two dozen Christians and Egyptian police.

Of course, it should be noted that Copts, who make up 10 percent of Egypt’s populace, are used to being on the receiving end of Muslim ire, having seen over the past several years scores of their churches routinely attacked and burned.

In fact, Muslim rage at Coptic churches and their parishioners extends beyond Egyptian borders, fury evidenced by the recent attack (http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/66064/World/Region/Gunmen-attack-Egyptian-Coptic-church-in-Libyas-Ben.aspx) by gunmen of an Egyptian Coptic church in the Libyan city of Benghazi that injured two priests.

That assault had been preceded by the arrest of nearly 50 Egyptian Christians in Benghazi on suspicion of proselytizing, detention which included the Christians reportedly being tortured by, among other things, having their tattooed crosses burned off with acid.

Nevertheless, the mob fury in Kom Ombo began to dissipate somewhat when the missing woman reappeared to her family, where according (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/03/03/2497287/egypt-missing-muslim-woman-found.html) to an Egyptian police official, it was found that she was not the victim of a forced conversion but rather had disappeared for “family and social reasons.”

Yet, while the rumor of the forced conversion was revealed to be a fake, what is all too real is the ongoing and escalating abduction and forced conversion to Islam of Coptic Christian women and girls by Egyptian Muslims.

While this distressing practice has been plaguing Egypt’s Coptic community for decades, the number of these abduction cases, perhaps not surprisingly, has dramatically grown since the January 2011 ouster of Egyptian President Hosnai Mubarak.

In a 2012 report (http://www.csi-usa.org/TellMyMotherIMissHer.pdf) commissioned by Christian Solidarity International titled Tell My Mother I Miss Her and written by George Washington University professor Michele Clark and Coptic human rights activist Nadia Ghaly, 500 cases were reported of Coptic females having been kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam.

For those young women and girls fortunate enough to escape their captors, their horrors were chillingly expressed by one of the authors of the CSI report before a US congressional committee in July 2012:
Many who return home indicate that they were raped and told they could not go home because their families would never accept them back. Many are beaten; others are forced into domestic servitude. They are not allowed to leave where they are held without a member of their captor’s family keeping watch. They eventually are brainwashed into thinking the only way to be safe is to convert. Their families, who have been searching frantically for their daughters, sisters and wives — without any help from the police — often never discover their fate.
Equally disturbing is that while the number of abduction cases has dramatically grown, the age of its victims has dramatically shrunk, with the typical age of abductees, according to an official with a Christian NGO, to now be 13-14 years of age.

One of those young girls is Sarah Ishaq Abdelmalek, a 14-year-old Coptic girl who disappeared (http://www.aina.org/news/20130201192615.htm) in September 2012 after stopping at a bookstore on her way to school.

Sarah’s kidnapper was believed to be the 27-year-old Muslim bookstore owner, Mahmoud Abu Zied Abdel Gawwad, a married man and father who reportedly smuggled Sarah across the border into Libya. Despite an Egyptian prosecutor ordering Gawwad’s arrest in October 2012, the police have yet to arrest him.

Yet, that governmental inaction should come as little surprise to those who believe Sarah and girls like her to be the victims of a well-orchestrated plan to kidnap Coptic females, an operation run by Egyptian Salafist groups, Muslim businessmen and Egypt’s governing authorities.

Elements of that plan were detailed in a May 2008 report (http://www.aina.org/news/20090718111414.htm) by the Egyptian newspaper, Al Fagr, which told of Muslim businessmen funding an operation “carried out with the collusion of State Security and Mosque sheikhs” to buy Christian females for conversion to Islam, prices which depended on the “girls’ ages, looks and social standing.”

Moreover, according (http://www.aina.org/news/20130202195322.htm) to Ebram Louis of the Association of Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearance, a Christian NGO, “In every Egyptian province there is a Salafist association which handles the kidnapping of Christian girls. They have homes everywhere where they keep them.”

Still, even if a girl’s location is reported to Egyptian authorities, Louis said those officials will simply “inform the Salafists, who then move her away to another home and then we lose all trace of her.”

The sad reality, however, is that the abduction and forced conversion of Christian women and girls has not only found fertile soil in Egypt but in Muslim countries scattered throughout Africa, the Mideast and Asia.

In Pakistan, for example, it is estimated that every year over 700 Christian girls are kidnapped, forced to marry their Muslim abductors and convert to Islam.

In many instances, these forced marriages and conversions are carried out by powerful and influential Muslim families who threaten and severely beat the young girls into verifying their compliance if questioned by local authorities.

However, as in Egypt, these abductors have little need to take the added step of forcing compliance from their victims, given Pakistan’s legal entities either have no moral qualms about the practice or are themselves bribed to turn a blind eye to the situation.

In Egypt, one of those blind eyes belongs to Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi who has publicly denied that the practice of forced Islamization of Coptic women and girls even exists in his country.

While Morsi may be willfully ignorant, others see the situation all too clearly, such as Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II. He has called (http://www.aina.org/news/20130201192615.htm) the kidnapping and forced conversion of Christian girls a “disgrace for the whole of Egypt,” while also asking, “Can any family accept the kidnapping of their daughter and her forced conversion?”

Unfortunately, while many Christian families may not be accepting of this horrendous practice, it may be safe to assume that the Obama administration is, given its recent decision to send over $200 million to Egypt in financial assistance.

That money, which is part of more than $1 billion in US financial aid promised to Egypt by President Obama in 2012, was reportedly contingent upon the Egyptian government’s promises of economic and political reforms, a benchmark that the Obama administration apparently believes has been met.

While many may disagree with that assessment, perhaps some of that US-taxpayer funded money can be earmarked to help save the Coptic women and girls of Egypt from their Muslim abductors.

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/frank-crimi/the-kidnapping-of-coptic-girls/

Paparock
03-10-2013, 04:36 PM
Victim Doused with Acid for Refusing to Marry Rapist


http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4354501,00.html


Information released in case reveals relatives of 16-year-old Nazareth girl allegedly raped her for months, attacked her after rejected marriage proposal. Doctors fighting to save victim's sight

When the accused understood that the 16-year-old girl he raped intended to marry another, he spilled acid on her face. This is a portion of the indictment filed Sunday morning in the case of the acid attack in Nazareth (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4352850,00.html).

As a result of the assault, the young girl sustained injuries to her eyes and throat. She was hospitalized in serious condition at the Rambam Medical Center (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4336866,00.html) in Haifa and the doctors are still fighting to save her sight.

The two attackers, ages 51 and 17 are the young woman's relatives. The full indictment, which will be filed with the Nazareth District Court by Attorney Liora Hilu, from the Northern District Prosecutor's Office, has been placed under gag order in order to prevent any additional harm to the girl's privacy. The two are accused of multiple acts of rape and aggravated assault.

A summary of the released information on the indictment reveals that the two accused sexually assaulted the 16-year-old girl for months. In addition, the elder of the two men, who is married with children, asked to wed the girl, but the family refused him.

"Close to the month of February 2013, the accused was made aware of the complainant's intention to become engaged to someone else," the prosecutor described. "The accused understood that her engagement was likely to distance her from him, and thus, he would not be able to continue to rape her."

http://www.ynetnews.com/PicServer3/2013/02/20/4469332/44693260100097408529no.jpg
The victim in the hospital (Photo: Elad Gershgoren)

The indictment also reveals that last February 18th, at around 11:30 PM, the accused knocked on the girl's bedroom window. "When the complainant opened her window, the accused spilled hydrochloric acid (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4250112,00.html) on her head and face and fled."

Simultaneous to the filing of the indictment, the prosecutor's office filed a request for remand until the completion of proceedings. Ynet was informed that the main evidence in the case is the girl's testimony. "The acts of the accused reveal his immense brutality, as he will not stop at anything to attain his desires and as he does not value human life," as stated in the request.

Meanwhile, the girl's mother told Ynet: "My daughter was not raped, I don't know where these stories came from. My daughter spoke to me and told me that she did not say she was raped."

According to the mother, her daughter was tired and dazed while being examined. "She didn't understand what the investigators said to her. The issue of rape will cause us great harm, especially to my daughters.

"The police should wait until my daughter is released from the hospital and from this emotional crisis caused to her and then they will be able to speak to her freely and confirm every word she says, but to come and speak about rape is unacceptable to us."

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4354501,00.html

Paparock
03-12-2013, 04:08 PM
Mufti of Libya, calls on Muslim nations to reject UN document on women's rights, saying it's against Islamic law


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/03/mufti-of-libya-misunderstands-islam-calls-on-muslim-nations-to-reject-un-document-on-womens-rights-s.html

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10870710


"Libyan Islamic cleric rejects women's rights document," from the Associated Press (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10870710), March 12:
Libya's supreme religious cleric is calling on Muslim nations to reject a United Nations document on women's rights, saying that it counters Islamic law.

Mufti al-Sadiq al-Ghiryani issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against the document set to be signed by nations at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women this month.

While Islamic jurisprudence prefers witnesses for a divorce, the mufti says the U.N. document insists on judicial interference.

The edict issued Monday criticizes the document's references to inheritance and its equating of men and women. Al-Ghiryani says this puts full burden on women to share equally in terms of domestic spending.

The mufti also condemns the document's wording on sexual freedoms and the rights of children born out of wedlock.

Paparock
03-12-2013, 05:04 PM
Muslim Pedophile gangs turning British children into serial rape victim


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q70T3eJZfnU

Paparock
03-15-2013, 04:01 PM
Time to Demand Human Rights in the Middle East
And stop the obsession with Israel.
by Ronn Torossian (http://frontpagemag.com/author/ronn-torossian/)


http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ronn-torossian/time-to-demand-human-rights-in-the-middle-east/ (http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ronn-torossian/time-to-demand-human-rights-in-the-middle-east/)


For all the flaming liberals who scream about equal rights, discrimination and the like, where are these people when it comes to women’s rights in the Middle East?

An industry comprised of many elite liberals, concerned with “humanitarian issues,” is the industry in which I make my living in Public Relations. And lo and behold, amidst deafening silence, the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) last week hosted “The 4th Public Relations Forum” in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Major US PR firms (http://www.5wpr.com/), including Ketchum, Hill & Knowlton, and Burson-Marsteller, have offices in the region and surely benefit from the PR growth in the region. But why don’t they look at where they are making their living?

Recently in Saudi Arabia, seven men were executed by the government – after torture and without lawyers or the right to appeal at their trial. The nation of Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t recognize the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Saudi courts allow beheading, stoning, and the US State Department says “discrimination against women is a significant problem” in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian women are required to have a male guardian and need their guardian’s permission for marriage and divorce; travel, if under 45; education; employment; opening a bank account; and they can’t drive or vote. If Muslims convert to another religion, the penalty is execution.

Fit place for Public Relations (http://www.5wpr.com/) liberals to hold conferences, huh?

Yet, review yesterday’s New York Times and witness no less than three op-eds attacking Israel. In Israel, the recently named beauty queen, Yityish Aynaw, is a black African woman. She’s a 21-year-old Ethiopian-born Israeli who came to the country alone at the age of 12 and works as a salesperson. She will be having dinner with US President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres next week, and as she said, she was “very excited” about meeting him, as he had a “notable influence on her life.” Ms. Aynaw cited Martin Luther King Jr. as one of her heroes and is living in a land of opportunity – for all: women, blacks and others.

Meanwhile, Gaza had their marathon cancelled by the United Nations because women were not allowed to participate. As the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said, “This disappointing decision follows discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted that no women should participate.” Of course, Jews would have been lynched had they tried to participate. Meanwhile, in the recent marathon in Jerusalem, Israel saw Jews, Arabs, Europeans, men and women participating and having a grand old time.

In Israel, on occasion the handful of mostly American Jews of “Women of The Wall” receive extensive media coverage for their fight to be allowed to pray at all areas of the Western Wall in coed prayer with full regalia. Despite the fact that it is in contravention of Israeli law, they do so often – and the holiest site for Jews in the world to pray is open to everyone and anyone 24/7.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the Middle East, women are viewed as a men’s property – and that is barely focused upon. Who remembers last year’s protests by hundreds of women in Egypt in which 13 people were killed and Egyptian soldiers beat and stripped women protesters? The newly liberated Middle East ignores the fact that the (post-Qaddafi) Libyan National Transitional Council chief pledged to uphold Islamic law and ease polygamy rules. In nearly the entire Middle East, Islamic law is the law, and women are inferior to men.

Liberals should pay more attention to the rest of the Middle East and stop worrying about Israel (http://www.algemeiner.com/author/ronn-torossian/). Instead of attacking Israel stupidly, focus on the terrorists and terrorizers of all those who don’t subscribe to their exact way of life.

By the way, don’t forget three years ago all those urgently needed humanitarian flotillas for the poor people of Gaza? Where are all those bleeding-hearts now when tens of thousands have been slaughtered in Syria? Still no flotilla to Syria (http://frontpagemag.com/2012/ronn-torossian/wheres-the-flotilla-to-syria/)?

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ronn-torossian/time-to-demand-human-rights-in-the-middle-east/ (http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ronn-torossian/time-to-demand-human-rights-in-the-middle-east/)

Paparock
03-18-2013, 05:05 PM
Female genital mutilation on the rise in the United States

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/03/female-genital-mutilation-on-the-rise-in-the-united-states.html


Western news articles about female genital mutilation routinely assert that it is solely a cultural practice, not justified by any religion. Yet again and again we see Muslim clerics justifying it, and it is sanctioned in Islamic law.

"Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr 'clitoris' [this is called khufaadh 'female circumcision'])." -- 'Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0980722306?ie=UTF8&tag=robertspencer-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0980722306), p. 64

"Islamic law permits by definition, by prophetic statement and by practice female circumcision" -- Australian Imam Afroz Ali (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/australia-muslim-cleric-says-islamic-law-permits-by-definition-by-prophetic-statement-and-by-practic.html)

"Female genital mutilation on the rise in the United States-report," by Lisa Anderson for TrustLaw (http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/female-genital-mutilation-on-the-rise-in-the-united-states-report/), March 11 (thanks to The Religion of Peace (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/)):
NEW YORK (TrustLaw) - The ancient, brutal practice of female genital mutilation (http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/special-coverage/fgm/) (FGM), once considered primarily a problem of the developing world, is a growing threat to girls and women in the United States, according to a new report (http://www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org/storage/sanctuary/documents/report_onfgm_w_cover.pdf).

The United States has longstanding laws against the practice of FGM on U.S. soil and in January, passed a federal law against sending young women outside the country for so-called "vacation cutting". However, girls living in America increasingly are at risk of the procedure both at home and abroad, according to research by Sanctuary for Families (http://www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org/).

The New York City-based non-profit organisation, which specialises in gender-based violence, said up to 200,000 girls and women in the United States are at risk of FGM and that the number is growing.

"People in the United States think that FGM only happens to people outside of the United States, but in all actuality, people here all over the country have been through FGM," said Jaha, 23, formerly from Gambia and now a survivor and advocate against FGM.

"Kids that were born in this country are taken back home every summer and undergo this procedure," she was quoted as saying in the report.

The study cited analysis (http://www.brighamandwomens.org/Departments_and_Services/obgyn/services/africanwomenscenter/research.aspx) of data from the 2000 census that found between 1990 and 2000 the number of girls and women in the United States at risk of the procedure - which involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia - increased by 35 percent.

SADNESS, EMPTINESS
Most prevalent in immigrant African and Middle Eastern communities, FGM generally originates in the belief by some cultures that it preserves a girl's virginity before marriage and discourages her from promiscuity after she is wed. In many communities, a girl is deemed unfit for marriage if she has not undergone FGM.

The report said FGM has been performed in the United States by health care providers who support FGM or do not want to question families' cultural practices.

Whether performed covertly on U.S. soil or in ceremonies held in ancestral homelands during school vacations, the procedure often is done by traditional practitioners using crude implements, such as razor blades and broken glass. They often operate in unsanitary conditions, far from medical facilities, without anaesthesia, antiseptics or antibiotics.

The physical and psychological effects can be devastating and even fatal. FGM can cause severe pain during sexual intercourse, haemorrhage, shock, complications in childbirth and fistula. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.

"FGM has affected me emotionally throughout my entire life. Those terrible moments stay with me and I just cannot forget them," a 53-year-old woman named Nafissatou, originally from Guinea, told researchers.

"When I went to the hospital to give birth to my children, my experience with FGM was what I remembered most. Every time I shower, I think about it. There is a sadness and emptiness I fell every day because of what FGM took from me," she said.

LACK OF PROSECUTIONS
The United Nations last December called for a global ban on FGM, but, as with laws in the United States, implementation is extremely difficult and, to date, prosecutions have been rare.

The United States has had a law against FGM since 1996 and 20 states have passed their own statutes. But, according to the report, as of 2012, there have been no prosecutions under federal law, and only one criminal case has been brought forward under a state statute.

One problem is that families in the United States, even those who oppose FGM for their daughters, often find themselves under severe pressure from their extended families to subject girls to the procedure.

Another obstacle is a lack of reporting of FGM either by victims, girls at risk or their families. Part of the reason may be due to ignorance of the law, the report found.

"However, reasons for underreporting likely also include reluctance on the part of the girl or her family to come forward, precisely because they know and fear the legal penalties for doing so," it said.

"Many girls fear that innocent family members, especially their mothers, will be considered complicit in their family’s efforts to force them to undergo FGM, or worry that if they report their relatives, they will be arrested, prosecuted, and possibly deported," it added....

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/03/female-genital-mutilation-on-the-rise-in-the-united-states.html

Paparock
03-18-2013, 06:52 PM
Child Rape in Indonesia a 'National Emergency'


http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/child-rape-in-indonesia-a-national-emergency/580399


Indah Kristina, a working mother with a 5-year-old daughter, is deeply concerned about the string of media reports on sexual abuse of children in Indonesia over the past few months.

“I’m scared to think that it could have been my child. I don’t even want to take my eyes off of her because I noticed many victims were raped or sexually abused by people they knew and trusted,” the 31-year-old event organizer told the Jakarta Globe.

However, as a single mother, Indah must work and leave her daughter in the care of teachers or a nanny from time to time. Indah said she started giving her young daughter lessons about her own body in very simple ways that she could easily understand.

“I can’t watch her 24 hours a day, so I told her that not everybody can touch her private parts. My daughter also knows she’s not allowed to let any man enter her room without supervision,” she said.

In the past few months, Indonesia has been rocked by shocking cases of children being sexually abused.

In January, an 11-year-old girl fell into coma for six days and later died of infection. Doctors confirmed she had been sexually abused and contracted sexually transmitted diseases from her rapist.

It was later learned that the girl was raped several times by her own father.

In late February, the family of a 5-year-old boy filed a report to the police after he was allegedly sodomized by his neighbors, a police officer and a construction worker.

The boy was severely traumatized, and medical examination revealed he had been sexually abused.

Shortly after the case went public, the family had to evacuate after being intimidated by neighbors who did not believe the boy’s claim and thought the family was trying to stir up trouble.

“We have already declared 2013 as a year of national emergency over child sexual abuse. This is totally unacceptable,” said Arist Merdeka Sirait, chairman of the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA), a nongovernmental organization advocating children’s issues.

Arist said there had been a worrying escalation in the number of child sex abuse cases. In 2010, Komnas PA received 2,046 reports of violence against children, 42 percent of which were sexual.

In 2012, the figure had risen to 2,637 cases, 62 percent of them sexual abuse.

“Remember this is just the tip of the iceberg, many more cases go unreported,” Arist added.

Maria Advianti, secretary of the Indonesian Commission on Child Protection (KPAI), said the most worrying part was that most rape or sexual abuses were committed by family members.

“In such cases, the probability of the victim filing a report is even lower.”

Maria said rape committed by family members usually went unreported because the family could not bear the shame if it was publicly known.

“We have heard cases where daughters were raped by their own fathers for years, in such cases where it would be impossible for the mothers to be totally ignorant, she said.

“I believe the mothers knew but were too afraid to say anything out of shame, or because the fathers were the bread-winner, and if the fathers went to jail the family would not have any means to survive.”

Community’s role

“We need to change society’s mindset. People must know that there is nothing private when it comes to rape or domestic violence,” Arist said.

“The neighborhood has a shared responsibility to be aware of what’s happening in their surroundings, and if the neighbor knows something but doesn’t say anything about it because they believe it’s none of their business then they too must be held accountable.”

Gregorius Pandu Setiawan, a prominent psychiatrist and former director of mental health at the Ministry of Health, echoed that sentiment, saying communities must be alert all the time.

“Children are the easiest prey for sexual predators because they are completely powerless against adults, physically and psychologically, not to mention most abuses come with a threat, so terrified children do not say anything. It’s society’s job to notice if something is wrong,” he said.

Pandu said that in urban areas there was a growing trend of people gradually stopping to care about what’s going on in their surroundings.

“It has happened in a densely populated city like Jakarta: with so many stress triggers in their life, people simply do not care about what’s going on,” he said.

Arist said children would continue to be victimized by sexual predators as long as Indonesians did not perceive sex abuse as a serious crime.

“Sadly it has been deeply ingrained in our permissive society that women and children are sex objects, and we need to re-educate our people so that nobody should be subjected to such atrocities. We need to speak up,” he said.

In late 2012, a 14-year-old student in Depok was expelled from her school after she was kidnapped and raped by a man she met online.

The growing use of the Internet and social media in Indonesia has also played a role in the escalating number of cases of sexual abuse against children.

Last week, a 15-year-old junior high school student was raped by several men after she agreed to meet someone she befriended on Facebook.

“In the social media era, even 10-year-olds have started using Facebook or Twitter. Parents must take control before it’s too late,” Arist warned.

“Internet use is inevitable in this age, and we can’t stop our children from using it, but we can teach them how to use the Internet healthily.”

Arist said many children spend excessive amounts of time in front of computers or gadgets because their family was dysfunctional and did not provide them with security or a sense of protection. He said unhappy children would resort to the Internet to seek attention and could easily fall prey to seduction by strangers.

“Many of those children who agreed to meet their captors were loners who did not get the affection they wanted from their family. Strengthening family values and spending more quality time with our children might change this, he added.

Maria proposed that parents monitor what their children were doing on the Internet carefully.

“Don’t give them limited access to the Internet but assist and guide them. Parents must also check what the children have been browsing,” she said.

Tougher laws, or better enforcement?

Arist said the growing prevalence of child sexual abuse indicated a failure in the Indonesian legal system.

“Clearly our current law isn’t working, it doesn’t provide any deterrent for the perpetrator,” he said.

Under the 2002 Law on Child Protection, anyone who has intercourse with a minor can face up to 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of Rp 60 million ($6,200).

“We need to revise the law; the minimum punishment for child sex abuse should be at least 15 years while the maximum sanction should be a life sentence,” Arist said.

“There should be additional punishments if the perpetrators were the parents, teachers, or police officers of the children, and supposed to protect them.”

But Maria said Indonesia did not need to revise the law, just make sure law enforcement was upheld.

“I think the current law is sufficient, it’s the enforcement that concerns me; many times prosecutors only demand seven to eight years for the perpetrators, so they could walk free in a few years,” she said.

University of Indonesia criminologist Erlangga Masdiana said harsher punishments alone would not be enough to reduce the rate of sexual violence in Indonesia.

“The problem is much more complex than that. There’s the demoralization problem and the poverty issue [for example]. The government must address these issues individually, and we need to strengthen our fading spiritual values, be it religion or anything else,” he said.

For victims of sexual abuse, serious counseling sessions are needed to help their psychological recovery.

Maria said there were several counseling or trauma centers run by the government or private organizations that provided assistance to rape victims.

“But the number is nowhere near enough compared to the number of children being victimized by sexual predators, that’s why we need to empower our society so everyone can take part in healing traumatized children,” she said.

Pandu added that victims of sex abuse must be handled very carefully to properly heal their trauma, with the counseling done in a very private and safe environment.

“It really angers me to see children who have been sexually victimized interviewed on TV with their faces covered by a mask, it’s really dangerous for their mental health,” he said.

Pandu said it was very unlikely for victims to forget what happened, but with proper care their pain could be eased.

“The counselors must have the capacity to handle these vulnerable children, and all of society must ensure they can return to a safe environment without any stigma and without any worry that the horrible experience could happen again,” he said.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/child-rape-in-indonesia-a-national-emergency/580399

Paparock
03-19-2013, 04:32 PM
Brotherhood Attack on Women Bodes Ill (https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/brotherhoods-assault-of-womens-rights-is-just-the-start) (Mmedia)
The Muslim Brotherhood's reign in Egypt reminds us that Islamism "boils down to a set of extremely reactionary social attitudes that don't have any real implications for such key issues of governance."


https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/brotherhoods-assault-of-womens-rights-is-just-the-start


No more illusions. No further evasions. Tolerate not a single additional apologetic explanation. Admit no further concessions to a false moral and cultural relativism. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has now fully exposed itself as what many of us have been trying to explain it is: paranoid, chauvinistic, reactionary, retrograde, and, above all, misogynistic.

The Brotherhood has reminded us, in a bizarre rant (http://ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30731) against the UN Commission on the Status of Women, that Islamism in practice invariably prioritizesmisogyny (and homophobia). But this is merely the vanguard of a much broader set of intended and inevitable repressions against minorities, individuals and, eventually, all opposition.

Islamism doesn't have the intellectual depth of a systematic political ideology. It has no specific economic theory or program beyond mercantilism, with some (apparently malleable) suspicions about interest. It doesn't have an analysis of class or other key social structures. Its ‘theory’ of the relationship of the individual and society simply empowers those claiming religious authority and ‘authenticity’. It has no distinctive defense strategy, foreign policy, developmental program, or anything like that.

Instead, it boils down to a set of extremely reactionary social attitudes that don't have any real implications for such key issues of governance.

The Muslim Brotherhood was formed in the 1920s in order to exploit and manipulate religious sentiment to seize political power. They seek to use that power to ‘Islamize’ Egypt and other Arab societies along ultraconservative lines that purport to be ‘traditional’ but are often in fact modern innovations or new interpretations of past practices.

Their stock in trade is a paranoid jeremiad that holds that Muslim and Arab societies are under assault by modernity in general and the West in particular. They pose as defenders of an Arab and Islamic ‘moral specificity’ and ‘cultural particularity’ that are supposedly under siege. As a solution to these and all other challenges, they proclaim ‘Islam is the answer’, as interpreted and enforced by them, of course.

In practice that generally means oppressing women and reversing the rights that they have gained even under the highly flawed postcolonial Arab state system. In the crudest patriarchal worldview, protecting the country means defending the home and family, and, especially, ‘protecting’ women. And that, in turn, means men and male-dominated society have to control and repress women, especially when it comes to sexual and domestic rights.

The Brotherhood's statement drips with this trademark paranoid cultural chauvinism and siege mentality, warning that the UN Declaration "would lead to complete disintegration of society, and would certainly be the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries."

How? Because, the Brotherhood statement claims, the UN Commission would allow "girls full sexual freedom," allow the reproductive rights of contraception and abortion, grant equal rights to children born outside of marriage, grant equal rights to homosexuals and "protect prostitutes," allow wives to sue husbands for rape, provide equal inheritance for women, make men partners rather than "guardians" of women, provide for equality in marriage legislation, allow judges rather than husbands to decide on divorces, and remove the requirement of a husband's consent for a woman to travel, work or otherwise function normally in society.

The most telling element of this breathtakingly misogynistic rant is the assertion of ‘guardianship’ of men over women, rather than the apparently horrifying notion of equal partnership. The Brotherhood statement time and again asserts male privilege and male primacy. It casts gender equality as a mortal threat to Islamic values and Arab culture.

To this mentality, female sexuality – above and beyond social, political, and economic freedom and equality – is the primary threat to be contained and controlled. This is the howl of a male hysteria in full-blown panic mode, but also a calculated political tool.

So, Egyptians can expect the Brotherhood in the long run to do its utmost to reverse the modest gains that women have made in Egypt over the past century. Even in Saudi Arabia, the trend is towards granting women greater rights, not rolling the clock back.

Although the Brotherhood has the presidency, it still has neither full control of Egypt's politics nor has it transformed Egyptian society. Contrast its statement with that of Egypt's official representative (http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw57/generaldiscussion/memberstates/egypt.pdf) to the Commission.

So much for the notion of the Brotherhood as moderate, open-minded, equitable, or pluralistic, or the idea that power will moderate them, at least as an organization. By releasing this document now, to the surprise, dismay, and astonishment of many, the Brotherhood has proudly reconfirmed its core orientation as authoritarian, intolerant, oppressive, and, above all, viciously misogynistic.

No one in Egypt or abroad will be able to claim "we had no idea" about the Brotherhood's actual ideology, because they just gleefully shoved their unrepentant extremism down our throats. Their rule is not just a threat to Egyptian women, but to everybody.


https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/brotherhoods-assault-of-womens-rights-is-just-the-start