Archive for April 2012

Lady Gaga Warned about Offending Indonesian Muslims

Lady Gaga in risque costumeLady Gaga has been warned about her provocative outfits ahead of her tour of Indonesia in June.

The multi-million-selling artist, who is on a 110-date world tour to promote her album Born This Way Ball, is currently in South Korea.

Indonesia is the world’s biggest Muslim nation and Islamic leaders have said her risque outfits will not be tolerated.

“I call on Lady Gaga to respect our cultural and traditional values. Most people here are Muslims and we cannot tolerate her revealing outfits and sexy performances,” the Indonesia Ulema Council leader Amidhan told AFP. “It’s better for Lady Gaga to cancel her show in this country if she has no willingness to respect our demand. Please do not destroy our nation’s morality and ruin our dignity.”.

Lady Gaga – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – has courted controversy for appearing clad in outfits made of raw meat or on high heels. Big Daddy, the promoters for the concert in Jakarta, said tickets began selling in early March and were sold out within two weeks.

Read the rest here: Lady Gaga Warned About Offending Indonesian Muslims, if you really care.

Just a little amusement to start the weekend off with a laugh.

Yemeni Woman Beheaded for Herbal Remedies

Image of Witches adding ingredients to a cauldronAccording to the Arabic website Al Shorfa, an al-Qaeda affiliated group in Yemen, called Ansar al-Sharia (or the “Supporters of Sharia Law”) beheaded a woman on April 11 for “practicing magic and sorcery.”

Members of the group broke into the home of Sharifa Amr—a local healer who used natural herbs to treat sick people—”beheaded her, and then hung her severed head in front of the home of another popular healer in the region, as a warning that he might share her fate.”

 

Read the rest here. (translated by Raymond Ibrahim)

Saudi Grand Mufti Authorizes Marriage to 10-Year-Old Girls

Girl in Saudi Arabia in Mosque The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah has given the official thumbs-up for Muslim men to marry girls as young as 10.

According to the Australian news portal The World Observer, the Grand Mufti also criticized those who desire to raise the minimum age of marriage to 25.

While lecturing at Imam Mohamed bin Saud Islamic University in the Saudi capitol of Riyadh, the Sheikh stated:

“Those who call for raising the age of marriage to 25 are absolutely mistaken. 

“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”

Read the rest here: Saudi Grand Mufti Authorizes Marriage to 10-Year-Old Girls.

Muhammed married Aisha when she was 6 years old and consummated the marriage when she was 9.  It is sunnah.  So the Grand Mufti is doctrinally correct in saying this pedophilia is okay.  Sad, isn’t it?

AFDI/SIOA Conference on Muslim Honor Killings, April 29th in Dearborn, MI

This Sunday, April 29th, AFDI/SIOA Jessica Mokdad Human Rights conference will be held in Dearborn, MI at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 5-8 pm.  The conference will be the first of its kind, an in-depth look at Islamic honor killings, featuring speakers Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, Nonie Darwish, Simon Deng, Michael Coren and others.
For more info, go here: Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference.

Check out this smear piece in the Dearborn Patch.  There will be a protest town hall program  against the AFDI/SIOA by Muslims and dhimmis who call the group ”Islamaphobic.”  Seems like the Muslims don’t want their dirty laundry aired in public.

Can a Man-Made Law Stop Acid Violence Against Women in Pakistan?

Bashiran Bibi, Pakistani Woman Victim of Acid AttackFrom the Express Tribune in Pakistan comes a report by Sahar Bandial on acid violence and how to combat it:


Horrific memories have a staying power, easily rekindled upon the appropriate trigger. The tragic end of Fakhra Younus in Rome last month was one such trigger. It took me back to the summer afternoon, some years ago, at the Mayo Hospital in Lahore: a dark room with a hospital bed covered by a makeshift protective tent and a muffled voice emanating from behind. A disfigured limb reached out; I stepped closer to encounter a persona, not recognisable in its physical form as human, melted away indiscriminately by the corrosive acid thrown on her by her spouse.

Words of comfort and promises of redress and legal action offered by the team of aid workers I accompanied did little to move the maimed woman, who had resigned to the dictates of fate, uninterested in seeking justice. The image is hard to forget and evokes horror, disgust, guilt and insecurity even today. It epitomises the capacity of evil, the frailty of life and the desperate dependability of women on patriarchal social norms and structures that remain untouched by a passive, and at times, complicit legal system.

Our legislature appears cognisant of the evil of acid violence and has taken the initial steps to redress it. The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Act passed last December — through the insertion of Section 336-A and 336-B in the Pakistan Penal Code — has explicitly identified “causing hurt by dangerous means or substance”, including any corrosive substance or acid, as a crime.

It also provides for stringent punishment, extending to life imprisonment. However, the definitional clarity brought by the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Act is not a sufficient response to the incidence of acid crimes in Pakistan, where over 700 cases of acid violence have been reported since 2006.

Read the rest here: How to Combat Acid-Violence.

The article concludes with, “Only within a more comprehensive legal system can the state’s criminalisation of  ‘hurt by acid’ and its commitment to gender equality and elimination of gender violence bear fruit.”

Sahar and others believe that stricter legislation and punishment will change the desires of a man to punish a woman, when he has been taught all his life that women are inferior and can be punished for not obeying his commands or for shaming him.  But will this law be adhered to and will there actually be dire consequences for the perpetrator?

I hope Shahar and the women of Pakistan obtain their objectives.  But under Islamic sharia law, a woman will still be punished and beaten by her husband; she still is not recognized as his equal.  There is nothing Shahar or any other person, male or female, can do to change the laws of Allah. As long as sharia laws exist, the causes, the desires that are causes for the acid attacks, will remain as the foundation for the violence against women no matter what form it takes.

New Egyptian Law: Sex with Dead Wives, Marriage at 14, Abolition of Women’s Rights to Education and Employment

Painting of Egyptian WomenEgyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives – for up to six hours after their death.

The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women’s rights of getting education and employment.

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’.

Read the rest here: Egypt Plans Farewell Intercourse Law.
And read more from Al Arabiya.

I would like to see the Islamic doctrine and sharia laws that provide the foundation for the ‘Sex with Dead Wives’ rulings. I know many Islamic scholars and they have never mentioned this disgusting act.

But mostly I am curious how much of this treatment the Egyptian women will take before they rebel?

Muslim Women in India Seek Equality in Divorce Laws

Muslim WeddingsMuslim women in India are seeking gender equality in marriage and divorce laws.

For more than a decade, Muslim women’s organizations in India have been fighting for changes in the body of Islamic law that governs marriage, divorce and the property rights of women. But as the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board held its annual convention in Mumbai last week, the battle lines had never been so starkly drawn. Although the Indian Constitution guarantees equal rights to all citizens irrespective of their religion, Muslims are governed by the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act of 1937. Attempts to apply a common civil code have often been viewed as interference in the practices of India’s largest religious minority.

The Personal Law Board is one of the country’s more influential Muslim groups. Its chiefly male membership of clerics and scholars has rejected proposals to change Muslim personal law, and is opposing a demand by women’s groups that marriages be legally registered, as is mandatory for non-Muslims.

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Pakistani Muslims Kidnap Hindu Teenagers to Marry

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Hindus in Pakistan accuse Muslims of kidnapping teens as wives.
The girls are forced to convert to Islam, rights groups say. In court, a few wives have chosen to stay with their husbands, but families say they were coerced.
[ . . . ]
In a country where Hindu-dominated India is widely reviled as Enemy No. 1, Pakistan’s Hindu community endures extortion, disenfranchisement and other forms of discrimination.

These days, however, Hindus are fixated on a surge of kidnappings of teenage girls by young Muslim men who force them to convert and wed. Pakistani human rights activists report as many as 25 cases a month.

Read the rest here.  (h/t to Grendel)

Now why would the religion of peace revile the Hindus and discriminate against them?

Women are Hated in the Islamic World

Women in Arab Countries are HatedMona Eltahawy has written a great article in Foreign Policy magazine on the state of gender equality (or inequality as the case maybe) in Middle East countries.  Here’s an excerpt:

 “ . . . They hate us. It must be said. 
Some may ask why I’m bringing this up now, at a time when the region has risen up, fueled not by the usual hatred of America and Israel but by a common demand for freedom. After all, shouldn’t everyone get basic rights first, before women demand special treatment? And what does gender, or for that matter, sex, have to do with the Arab Spring? But I’m not talking about sex hidden away in dark corners and closed bedrooms. An entire political and economic system — one that treats half of humanity like animals — must be destroyed along with the other more obvious tyrannies choking off the region from its future. Until the rage shifts from the oppressors in our presidential palaces to the oppressors on our streets and in our homes, our revolution has not even begun.

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Thousands of British Women Have Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

As many as 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations with medics in the UK offering to carry out the illegal procedure on girls as young as 10, it has been reported. 

Investigators from The Sunday Times said they secretly filmed a doctor, dentist and alternative medicine practitioner who were allegedly willing to perform circumcisions or arrange for the operation to be carried out. The doctor and dentist deny any wrongdoing.

The practice, which involves the surgical removal of external genitalia and in some cases the stitching of the vaginal opening, is illegal in Britain and carries up to a 14 year prison sentence.

It is also against the law to arrange FGM.

Known as “cutting”, the procedure is traditionally carried out for cultural reasons and is widespread across Africa.

It is thought to be needed as proof of a girl’s “purity” for when she marries, but victims are rarely given anaesthetic and frequently suffer long-term damage and pain.


Read the rest: 100,000 British Women Mutilated.

FGM, although a horrendous cultural practice, is argued pro and con in the Islamic world. Here is a detailed examination of its roots in Islamic doctrine.