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Islamic Clerics Say Child Marriages Are Legal

Stop Child MarriageWhen police raided a marriage ceremony in Karachi on Wednesday (May 14) and found a 46-year-old groom about to marry his 14-year-old bride, the wedding didn’t come as a shock to most here in this conservative Muslim country — the raid did.

The bride told police her marriage had been consensual, police officials said. Her age was listed as 18 on the marriage certificate.

Marrying off girls as young as 10 is still a widespread practice in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere in Asia and Africa, despite the prohibition of child marriage in some existing national and provincial laws. Between 2000 and 2010, about 24.4 million women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married before the age of 18, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund.

Now some lawmakers in Pakistan are hoping to end the practice by introducing harsher punishments for clerics, guardians and spouses involved in arranging child marriages across the country. The province of Sindh, whose capital is Karachi, outlawed the practice in late April — hence the raid.

The Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2014 introduced in the National Assembly in March proposes amending a 1929 law by making involvement in a child marriage a recognizable offense and creating stricter punishments, including two-year prison sentences or fines of up to $1,000.

Still, [Marvi]Memon and other bill supporters are facing stiff resistance from opponents to the bill, such as the Council of Islamic Ideology, a body charged with advising the government on Islamic law.

In March, the council ruled that laws related to the minimum age of marriage were against the teachings of the Quran and that children of any age could get married if they had reached puberty. They argue that the Prophet Muhammad took underage wives.

“Parliament should not legislate laws which are against the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah,” said Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani, the council’s chairman, referring to the Muslim holy book and oral traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Read more:  Islamic Clerics in Pakistan Say Child Marriage is Legal.

Pakistani Man Arrested for Buying 12 Year Old Girl

Poster about Pakistani child sexual abuseThe police on Tuesday night arrested a man who had allegedly ‘bought’ a girl from her brothers a year ago.

Model Town SP Tariq Aziz Sindhu told The Express Tribune that Mariam, youngest of seven siblings, lost her parents in a motorbike accident three years ago. She then started living with two of her brothers, Shamoon and Asif, in Bhai Pheru.

The SP said she was ‘sold off’ to a distant relative, Basheer Masih, for Rs40,000 a year ago.

He said Mariam ran away from Masih’s house in Youhanabad on Friday and went to her uncle Bhola Masih for help. He said her uncle brought her to the police.

Sindhu said the police found and arrested the man on Tuesday. He said he claimed he had married the girl at Model Town courts a year ago. He said the man could not furnish proof of the marriage.

“He is obviously lying as no court would allow him to marry a 12-year-old,” Sindhu said.

Sindhu said that the girl had accused the man and his 18-year-old nephew of sexually assaulting her.

Read the rest here. http://tribune.com.pk/story/708525/crime-against-women-girl-sold-a-year-ago-recovered-buyer-arrested

Child Marriages in Pakistan

Child bride in PakistanShe was barely 12 years old and a student of class-V. I still remember how innocent Shaista looked in her bridal dress,” said Sulaiman while talking about his marriage. He was 17 then, and the couple spent three years together. “She never asked for a single pair of clothes or shoes. She was too afraid to talk to me as I often beat her to teach her manners. Despite my best efforts, she remained stubborn.”

Sulaiman wanted her to be more diligent in getting his shoes polished and clothes pressed. He also wanted his wife to be flirtatious and smiling constantly. “One day I asked her to give me a glass of water and she retorted, ‘what for’? So, I divorced her, despite the fact that we had a beautiful baby boy,” he explained.

Sulaiman, a resident of Akhorwal area of Darra Adam Khel, then married another girl who was 16 years old and was what he calls a ‘better wife’.

Thus, the cycle of child marriages continues in the country.

Read the rest: Child Marriage in Pakistan    (hat tip to Halal Porkchop)

Mohammed married his second wife Aisha when she was 6 years old and consummated the marriage when she was 9.  Mohammed is the example of the perfect man and the pattern for all Muslim men to follow. For an in-depth look at pedophilia and child marriages in Islam, read this.

8-Year-Old Girl Married to 26-Year-Old Man to Settle Dispute

Child bride in AfghanistanA local jirga in Shamali area of Battagram [Afghanistan] has decided to marry off an eight-year-old girl to a 26-year-old man to settle a dispute between two families.

Local sources said that the jirga was held last week to settle a dispute, which was result of the second marriage of the father of the minor girl. They said that father of the minor girl eloped with a married woman few years ago.

The custom of handing over women to rival party for settling a dispute is called vani in the area. The practice is still common in remote parts of upper Hazara.

Read the rest: Forced Child Marriage: 8-Year-Old Girl Married to Settle Dispute.

This is typical behavior in the ignorant tribal honor/shame culture of Afghanistan.  This is the same culture that spawned Islam and sharia law.  And since the doctrine and laws can not be changed or modernized, this primitive behavior will always belong to the ummah, the believers in Islam, no matter what country they colonize, whether it’s Afghanistan or America.  Don’t think that just because Islam has come to the West, that it will modernize and will accept our culture and laws. Islam is a theocracy whose ideology and politics trump ours, for it is from Allah and is divine and ours is from filthy kafirs.

Iraq Set to Legalize Marriage for Nine Year Old Girls

Islam PedophiliaIn a controversial move, the Iraqi parliament is set to legalize the age of marriage for girls as young as 9 years old and prohibits the marriage of non-Muslim women unless it is temporary.

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The Civilized Debate, an organization that defends the civil and human rights of Iraqis through debates reported on its  website that there were 6 deaths and 200 cases of divorces of young girls who were married off as minors last year.

Read the rest: Iraq to Legalize Marriage of 9-Year-Old Girls

It seems the Shia influence in Iraq is pulling the country toward the Iranian model of a totally sharia compliant government.  I feel so sorry for the Iraqi women.

 

 

Pedophilia in Afghanistan

Child brideA new report on human rights in Afghanistan released by the U.S. State Department reveals that girls as young as six can be “married” away or betrothed and are the victims of frequent sexual abuse from older men, sometimes within their own families.

Although the Taliban have a reputation for religious conservatism, that conservatism does nothing to protect women and girls from the sexual depredations of men. Women and girls are commonly victimized and those that speak out are likely to be blamed themselves, regardless of age differences.

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The Taliban argue that restricting child marriages is “un-Islamic.” In their culture, it is perfectly acceptable to marry children or to promise them in marriage. Traditionally a girl may be betrothed, but the marriages are supposed to be delayed until puberty. However, this is not always respected. Also, early onset of puberty can occur in some girls, sometimes as young as eight.

Read the rest: Afghanistan and State-Sanctioned Pedophilia  

Sharia Law for Iraqi Women Proposed

Operation Iraqi FreedomIf you think the Iraqi government has reached its limit in violating women’s rights, think again. On 25 February, the Iraqi council of ministers approved a new personal status law called Ja’fari law, named after the sixth Shi’ite imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq, who founded his own school of jurisprudence (Shi’ite). It was submitted to parliament for a vote.

The bill “sets the legal age of marriage for females as nine and males as 15, although it could be even lower with the consent of a guardian, father or a grandfather.

Article 104 permits unconditional polygamy.

Article 101 says men have the right to “enjoy” sex with their wives any time they want, and wives cannot leave their marital home without their husband’s permission.

Article 126 says husbands are not required to pay financial support when their wife is either a minor or a senior and hence unable to sexually satisfy them.

Article 63 prevents Muslim males from permanently marrying non-Muslim females, which means a Shi’ite Muslim male is allowed to marry non-Muslim females temporarily in what is called mut’a marriage. Mut’a is when a man who wants to have sex with a woman “marries” her in the presence of a religious figure, who acts as a mut’a broker. The man will specify how long the marriage will last, ranging from a few hours to many years.

Read the rest: New Iraqi Bill Would Legalize Marital Rape and Child Marriage.

This is none other than Islamic sharia law with a Shia flavor. This is what American soldiers fought and lost their lives for?  How sad.

Pakistanis for Child Brides and Polygamy

Muslim man and four wivesThe Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday ruled that Pakistani laws prohibiting marriage of underage children are un-Islamic.

At the end of its two-day session on Tuesday, the CII said that according to Islam there is no minimum age of marriage. Islam does not forbid marriage of young children, the council said. However, the rukhsati (consummation of marriage) is allowed only in the case that both husband and wife have reached puberty.

The CII’s ruling comes a day after its chairman, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani said laws regarding second marriage of a man in the presence of the first wife were against religious principles.

“Sharia allows men to have more than one wife and we demand that the government should amend the law,” he told reporters after a CII meeting.

Read the rest: Muslims in Pakistan Push for Child Marriage and Polygamy

The Council knows its Islamic religious doctrine and law. Will the Pakistani government cave?

Australian Child Bride Married to 25 Year Old by Imam

A Lebanese IT student was accused of child bride marriage after marrying a 13-year-old girl, the case now being handled by the Burwood Local Court in Sydney.

The 26-year-old IT student was in custody and facing charges that involved 25 counts of sex with a child, ABC reported.

child brides According to the news reports, it was a Muslim cleric that married the two. The father of the girl was also set to face charges. The accused student only appeared through a video link from the Sydney jail he was being held.

His barrister applied for a bail to be heard on March 3. Issues related to a more suitable residence and the resolution of a criminal justice visa was raised.

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According to child abuse detectives who handled the case, the father of the minor girl was shocked that the husband of his daughter has been charged with child sex offences, SMH wrote.

Police authorities also allegedly reported the Islamic ceremony may have happened right in the backyard of the girl’s dad.

Read the rest: Australian Child Bride Sanctioned by Islam  

When Mohammed was in his 50’s, he married Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine and had reached puberty. So in Islam, marrying a thirteen year old is not a problem.  This is recorded in the hadith of Bukhari and is sunna.

Pakistan’s Child Brides – OK in Islam

two-child-bridesOne sunny afternoon as she skipped home from school, Saneeda was accosted by her estranged father, who wanted to marry her to a man she’d never met to settle a debt of “honour”. She was five years old.

A few months earlier, Saneeda’s father Ali Ahmed had eloped with a girl from another valley. To avoid violent revenge from her family, he promised to give them his daughter and niece Sapna in marriage.

Offering young girls as brides in compensation to settle disputes persists in many areas of the country. In Saneeda’s home district of Swat, the practice is known as “swara”.

Government data show that it is on the rise in Swat, four years after an army operation ended the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s brutal two-year rule in the scenic valley once known as the “Switzerland of Pakistan”.

Nine cases were registered in the area in 2013, up from just one in 2012. Rights groups say the true number is much higher.

Read the rest: Pakistani child given over in marriage for honor.  More about child brides in Pakistan.

In Islam, it is permitted for a man of any age to marry a girl from the age of nine years since Mohammed, the perfect example of a Muslim man, married Aisha at six and consummated the marriage when she was nine.

Sunnah

The Prophet Muhammad is considered an example for Muslims to follow. His life example is known as the sunnah, and is a valid source of Islamic law. The things that the Prophet Muhammad said and did have been gathered together in texts called hadith.