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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.

Polygamy in Indonesia

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coren.indonesia.polygamy.cnn.640x360 copyThe authorities in East Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara Province [Indonesia] adopted a bylaw that allows polygamy upon payment of a million rupees (just over 80 dollars) to the local treasury department.

This has sparked controversy and an animated discussion among Indonesians. Although morally accepted under Islam – which allows up to four wives – polygamy in modern Indonesia “is not considered a common practice.”

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In the past ten years though, a radical change has occurred under the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Although he has remained a one-wife man, he has been unwilling or unable to stop polygamy from making a comeback in the country, especially in the government itself.

Indeed, some of his government ministers, from pro-Islamic parties, are polygamous, and the president has done nothing to prevent it. However, what happened in East Lombok has aspects and peculiarities that make it “different” from what normally happens.

In fact, not only is polygamy “approved from a moral and legal point of view” but also it is seen a source of revenue.

Read the rest here.

Four Afghan Women Shot as Adulterers

M_Id_387598_Afghan_Women copyAt least four women were mysteriously killed by unknown gunmen in western Farah province of Afghanistan late Thursday night.

According to local government officials, the women were shot dead and their bodies were left on a roadside in the central city of Farah.

The main motive behind the murder of women is not clear so far, but the security officials are saying that preliminary reports suggest the women were shot dead over adultery.

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Muslim Father Stabs Daughter to Death for Using Cell Phone

More Halloween Clip Art Illustrations at http://www.ClipartOf.comFaleh Ghazi Albasman, 59, stabbed 24-year-old Mashael in the neck 13 times in the flat that they shared in Bournemouth, before picking up another blade and wounding himself in the stomach.

After being taken to hospital, Albasman spoke Arabic to a surgeon, asking him what the penalty for honor killings were in Britain, before telling him: ‘it’s all about the honor’.

Albasman confessed that he was ‘boiling with anger’ when he attacked his daughter, saying she had been ‘disrespectful’ to him and told him ‘to go home’, Winchester Crown Court heard.

The final straw came when he found her talking on a mobile phone, saying that her behaviour had become ‘inappropriate in my culture’.

The court heard Albasman had come over to Bournemouth, Dorset, with Mashael in November 2013 to be her ‘chaperone’.

She had started an English language course in the seaside town, just before she was found dead by paramedics on March 30 this year.

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said: ‘Mashael Albasman was killed due to multiple stab wounds, 13 in all, mainly concentrated on the neck.

Read the rest here.

Saudi Arabia and Women’s Sports

Saudi Girls Play Basketball at their school

Saudi Girls Play Basketball at their school

Human Rights Watch last week called on the kingdom to make clear what steps it was taking to ensure that women are included in international competitions and able to participate in sports generally. Saudi Arabia failed to field women athletes at the recent Asian Games after it was forced by the IOC to allow all of two expatriate women to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.

The degree to which Saudi Arabia feels pressured by increasingly unsustainable restrictions on women’s sports was evident in Saudi responses to criticism. Rather than point to the kingdom’s long-standing denial of women’s rights rooted in culture and justified by a puritan interpretation of Islam, Mohammed al-Mishal, the secretary-general of Saudi Arabia’s Olympic Committee, said that Saudi Arabia did not have women athletes who would have qualified for the 2014 Asian Games.

Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa director Sarah Leah Whitson dismissed Mr. Al-Mishal’s defence as excuses. “Two years after the London Olympics, the time for excuses is over – Saudi Arabia needs to end its discrimination against women and ensure women’s right to participate in sport on an equal basis with men… Limiting women’s participation to specific sports is yet another example of Saudi Arabia’s refusal to allow women to compete on an equal basis with men,” Ms. Whitson said.

Despite the restrictions, Saudi Arabia has taken small steps towards expanding women’s ability to engage in sports. The country’s Shura Council, a consultative assembly, has urged the education ministry to study the possibility of introducing physical education for girls in public schools. The move could lead to a lifting of the ban on female sports in public schools.

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So the Saudi Shura council is urging the education ministry “to study the possibility of introducing P.E. for girls.

Is it possible that the Saudi girls can keep their virginity, modesty, and honor when they exercise? How far will this “urging” go? They better be careful. Exercise might lead to the Saudi women driving cars.

UPDATE: Saudi Girls’ School Defies Religious Ban on Physical Exercise

FGM in NYC

An African immigrant used a razor blade to mutilate a woman’s genitalia in a gruesome mingling of culture, cruelty and crime, the Daily News has learned.

Moussa Diarra, 48, was arrested after the alleged Sept. 14 attack on the 24-year-old victim at his upper Manhattan apartment, authorities said.

The victim says she was reluctant to call police because Diarra threatened to kill her if she exposed his attempt at performing a female circumcision — removing her clitoris.

Diarra, a native of the Ivory Coast, sliced the woman’s genitals with a razor blade “for his own direct sexual gratification,” according to a criminal complaint.

The suspect, arrested Sept. 23, was indicted six days later on charges of a criminal sexual act and two counts of assault — along with a fourth count of aggravated sexual assault for inserting a foreign object into her vagina in the month before the razor attack.

Read the rest here.

ISIS Says Rape and Slavery of Non-Muslim Women is Sharia Law

BuqnfrlCYAAuEsx copyIn the latest edition of the magazine [Dabiq], ISIS explains its treatment of Yazidi women and children:

[M]ilitants captured, enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children. The English language version of the magazine, which can be seen here, says “the enslaved Yazidi families are now sold by the Islamic State soldiers.” It also says militants “divided” women and children among themselves after taking Sinjar in August.

And the justification, according to ISIS?

“Before Shaytān reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak-hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffār (non-believers of Islam) and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sharī’ah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur’ān and the narrations of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) (Muhammad), and thereby apostatizing from Islam.”

Read the rest here.

And ISIS is precisely correct.

Australian Muslim Married 12-Year-Old Guilty of Child Sex Abuse

1010996_627492440638251_1830136146_n copyA Lebanese student who married a 12-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to persistent sexual abuse of a child. The maximum penalty is a 25-year jail sentence.

The 26-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the girl’s identity, pleaded guilty in Burwood Local Court yesterday via video link from Villawood Detention Centre, where he has been detained since his student visa was revoked.

Read the rest here. And more here.

Robert Spencer, an Islamic scholar, comments on this report:

Few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the 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)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Read the rest of Spencer’s blog here.

Couple Stoned to Death for Adultery

stoning2 copyIslamic State fighters in control of an Iraqi town stoned a couple to death after they were convicted in an IS court of committing adultery, a witness said. Instead of treating it like a normal stoning, a punishment that has become a regular occurrence under ISIS, militants took their time with the process in order to ensure maximum torture.

“It is a terrible scene I wish I did not remember,” a civil servant who said he was present told NBC News on Thursday. Eight fighters carried out the execution as a crowd of some 200 residents in Ar Rutbah in western Anbar province stood by powerless to stop the brutal attack.

“They brought the man and the woman, they tied their hands and covered their faces, and started to stone them,” added the witness, whose name has been withheld because he feared for his safety. The claim could not be independently confirmed.

The couple took a longer time than usual to die, as militants used stones “smaller than a baseball” to cause slow and painful death, according to the witness.

“What ISIS did is exactly what had been mentioned in the Quran — to punish married people who commit adultery,” he added. “But look, we are in the 21st century, and those insurgents would like to take us back in time. Who knows, maybe they will issue new laws in future, like it is not allowed to drive a car, and we have to use camels instead.”

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“Face Up” to FGM

86088_End_FGM_ copyA new app called ‘Face Up’ has been launched to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual violence and child marriage.

It works by users downloading an image of their face within the app which becomes digitally imprinted with the words “I’m putting girl rights where they can’t be ignored”. Once the photo is uploaded, the photo is added to the #FaceUP album.

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FGM: How Sad to Cut the Flower of Life by Asma Marwan

My heart breaks for these innocent girls,

mutilated at their sacred core

by barbaric customs and a heinous cult,

condemned to suffer forever more.

Mutilated women never knowing what they miss,

the satisfaction of sexual bliss, or having an easy childbirth,

accepting that their life is of little worth.

 

How sad to cut the flower of life,

to take away the pleasure

that takes away strife,

and eases the soul and makes you whole,

that makes a man and woman one,

and makes a sacred bond

that all long for and few have found.

 

May these women wake from this nightmare

of subjugation and inhumanity,

this aberration of sex and power,

may they rise above the pain and sorrow

caused by this patriarchal pagan sacrifice

and stop the hands that wield the knife,

that cuts out the root of their flower of life.

Saudi Arabia’s Gender Discrimination Examined

naomi001_0 copy“You cannot assume the same starting point” for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia as Western countries, journalist Katherine Zoepf obviously understated in a September 17 presentation of her research in the doctrinaire Muslim kingdom. Zoepf’s discussion of the “not just window dressing” reform in the kingdom’s strict “gender segregation” allowing women retail jobs, though, raises important questions about Islamic “extremism” in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

Zoepf’s Washington, DC, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Pulitzer Center) address centered on her December 2013 New Yorker article “Shopgirls.”  Zoepf described therein how Saudi King Abdullah decreed in June 2011 a ban on male lingerie and cosmetic shop workers, leading the way towards other women retail positions. Though “not…immediately evident,” Zoepf wrote, a “women’s revolution has begun in Saudi Arabia.”

A “male guardian—usually a father or husband” controlling “permission to study, to travel, and to marry” makes Saudi women “effectively…legal minors.” A Saudi female doctor mentioned by Zoepf at Pulitzer Center, for example, enjoyed travel to places like Paris for medical conferences with her liberal husband’s generous permission, but after his death came under a conservative son’s strictures. Another woman under the guardianship of her brother was raising her son as a liberal future replacement.

A “devout Saudi man avoids even mentioning the names of his wife and daughters in public” and they never met the man’s friends at home in one of the world’s “most patriarchal societies,” Zoepf wrote. “You wouldn’t imagine that they live in the same homes.”

Read the rest here. 

I missed posting Katherine Zoepf’s article when it was published. Please read it. I think the “reforms” will always be minor. Prejudice against women is tightly interwoven into Islamic doctrine. And Saudi Arabia, like the Islamic State, is proud to be the fruit of orthodox, pure Islam.