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About Asma Marwan

The Story of the Poetess Asma bint [daughter of] Marwan and her Death * There was a poetess [in Medina] who wrote a poem against Mohammed and his new way of life, Islam. Mohammed said, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” One of his followers heard him and on that very night went to the woman’s home and killed her. The assassin was able to do the work in the dark as the woman slept. Her other children lay in the room, but her babe lay on her breast. The stealthy assassin removed the child and drove the knife into her with such force that he pinned her to the bed. In the morning, he went to Mohammed and told him [what he’d done]. Mohammed said, “You have helped Allah and his Apostle.” When asked about the consequences, Mohammed said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads together over this.” Mohammed turned to the people in the mosque. He said, “If you wish to see a man who has assisted Allah and his Prophet, look ye here.” Omar cried, “What, the blind Omeir?” “No,” said Mohammed, “call him Omeir the Seeing.” * from the Sira (the life of Mohammed) Source Texts Guillaume, A. 1955. The Life of Mohammad: A Translation of Bin Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 996. Muir, Sir William. 1923. The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources Edinburgh: Reprint, John Grant, page 239.

Heretic by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

heretic copyFollowing the events of the Arab Spring, Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes in her latest book, “Heretic,” she came to the conclusion that “ordinary Muslims are ready for change.” Hirsi Ali has strong thoughts on what form that change should take for Muslims: a major overhaul of their religion.

“Without fundamental alterations to some of Islam’s core concepts,” she says, “we shall not solve the burning and increasingly global problem of political violence carried out in the name of religion.”

. . . in “Heretic” she is also trying to reach non-Muslim Americans, too many of whom, she feels, champion religious tolerance while ignoring the social injustices she sees embedded in Islam.

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This woman is a true heroine. She continues to warn the West of the dangers of Islamic intolerance and violence even as she has numerous death threats against her. She knows what she’s talking about. Why won’t we listen?

Groom Beats Bride at His Mother’s Request

crime-480 copyAn Egyptian groom who knocked his bride out by fracturing her skull just after their wedding told police he did so at his mother’s request to control his wife.

The unnamed groom said he took his wife to their new home just after wedding and slapped her three times as his mother told him.

“My mother said this would help me control my wife through our marital life. She warned me that my brothers are all controlled by their wives because they did not listen to her and hit their brides,” he said, according to Egypt’s ‘Al Bawaba News’ network.

“After I slapper her, she hit me back. I then went to the kitchen and brought a metal bar, which I used to hit her on the head and body.”

Police arrested the man on charges of causing serious injuries to his wife, who suffered from fractures in her skull and pelvis.

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Honor Killings in Chechnya and Pakistan

f66a43efa283e6ceecf9b0cc1838856b copyA man in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya is facing trial for the killing of his daughter.

Chechnya’s prosecutor’s office said on March 18 that the resident of the Chechen capital, Grozny, confessed to the November 2013 killing, saying that he did it “to punish his daughter for amoral behavior.”

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A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved.

Nearly 20 members of the woman’s family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said.

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Muslim Sex Attacker Says Fasting for Ramadan Caused Bad Behavior

118447_pc copyA sex attacker molested four teenage girls then claimed he did not know what he was doing because he was fasting for Ramadan, a court heard today.

Shamsul Islam, 33, sidled up to girls as young as 15 on empty buses and trains across east London then sexually assaulted them.

When one of his victims confronted him he said ‘I’m sorry, I’m fasting, I don’t know what I’m doing,’ Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

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Saudi Woman Gets 70 Lashes for Insulting a Man

saudiarabiawomanman-ip_0 copyA woman in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 70 lashes after ‘insulting’ a man on private messaging service WhatsApp.

The unnamed 32-year-old will also have to pay a 20,000 Saudi Riyal (£3,604) fine for tarnishing the reputation of the man, a court has ruled.

The case was filed at Al Qatif criminal court in eastern Saudi Arabia by the man following an argument. The nature of the row is unknown.

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FGM Increasing in the U.S.

fgmc-unitedstates-share-1 copyLast month, Jaha Dukureh held the hand of a pregnant 17-year-old girl as she went through a particularly painful experience in the delivery room. Dukureh supported the girl after she fled an arranged marriage.

“I was looking at the doctors just because they are looking at her, they know something happened to her, but they didn’t say anything about it.”

Like Dukureh herself, the soon-to-be mother was a survivor of female genital mutilation – but none of the doctors or nurses assisting in her birth inquired about that.

She said she wanted to say to the people in the hospital, “This girl almost died because of this and you guys are just looking at it as if it’s culture. She’s [a minor] and you’re not even asking…why this happened to this girl when FGM is illegal in this country.”

“That bothers me,” Dukureh said in a phone interview with ThinkProgress. “FGM needs to be looked at as child abuse.”

The 25-year-old founded Safe Hands for Girls to advocate for greater awareness and more stringent laws around FGM. She’s working to make sure that the same sort of requirements for reporting child abuse apply to female genital mutilation, a form of gender-based violence which is increasingly common in the United States.

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ISIS Executes 3 Women for Refusing Temporary Marriage

14075166991961_700 copyIslamic State (IS) militants have executed three young women in Mosul, accusing them of refusing temporary marriage, nikah, with other jihadists.

An eyewitness from Mosul told BasNews that the militants continue to abduct women with whom they want to have temporary marriage.

The source, that wanted to remain anonymous for reasons of safety, said that on Wednesday, IS arrested 13 women in different parts of Mosul. The insurgents executed three of them after they were transferred to Nimrud, east of Mosul.

The source claimed that out of the 13, the three that refused to have sex with the militants were executed.

BasNews has previously reported that jihadists have killed more than 150 women in Mosul for refusing to have sex with them.

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More from Pam Geller.

ISIS Passes Around Young Muslim Brides

A former Islamic State militant has revealed that young Muslim women travelling to Syria to marry jihadists are being passed between men at the rate of one husband a week.

The extraordinary claim from a ex-member of the terror group – responsible for a series of brutal beheadings of Western hostages – comes amid growing concern about the influence of the group on British teenagers.

The informant claims young girls are forced to marry and sleep with older commanders in marriages that last just seven days, before being divorced and partnered with a new spouse.

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Saudi Victim of Violent Gang Rape Sentenced to 200 Lashes and Jail

The victim of a violent gang rape has been sentenced by a Saudi Arabian court to 200 lashes and six months in jail for the crimes of speaking to the press and indecency.

According to Sharia Law, a Saudi Arabian woman must be accompanied by a male guardian at all times in public, something the 19 year old victim did not obey when she went to meet a friend, according to website Live Buddhism.

While in a car with a student friend, retrieving a picture, two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a secluded area. She said she was raped there by seven men, three of whom also attacked her friend.

The Shi’ite Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating the Kingdom’s religious diktats on segregation of the sexes, where woman are treated as second class citizens.

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