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Acid Attacks in Iran

0 copyNews reports are coming in of massive demonstrations in Iran on October 25, throughout the northern half of the country — Saqqez, Tehran, Mashhad, Rasht, Shahr-e Kord, and Isfahan. The protests all focused on the issue of acid-throwing. At each event, the regime’s Revolutionary Guards, the police and their supporters moved in hard with tear gas and pepper spray. They were shooting in the air, and battering women.

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In early October 2014 alone, there were as many as 14 acid attacks on young women in Isfahan.[1]

One woman died from injuries sustained in the attack. The others have seen their futures destroyed within moments. Here is what acid can do:

“What Dano threw at her was sulfuric acid that melted her eyes to the sockets and left little of her face. Her nose and lips also disintegrated and one of her ears was severely disfigured. At the time, she was only fifteen, and her life would be changed forever.”[2]

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Islamic Countries Lowest on Gender Equality Index

BurkasIraq1 copyRecently the World Economic Forum released its annual “Global Gender Gap Index.” It showed what Associated Press calls a “marginal improvement” in women’s equality worldwide, according to data on several categories like access to healthcare, survival rates, education, income, and participation in the workplace and politics.

While mostly Nordic countries comprised the top ten among the 142 countries rated, the bottom ten included Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen – all of which are predominantly Muslim.

Penny Nance is CEO and president of Concerned Women for America. “We’ve said all along that women in the Middle East, women in many Muslim countries, are suffering from lack of basic human rights,” she tells OneNewsNow.

“There’s not the equal protection under the law for them, they don’t have the right to own property – they don’t even have the right to drive a car or to go out in public without a man. There is certainly a deficit of freedom for Islamic women.”

In light of the report, Nance wonders why American feminists aren’t voicing outrage.

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Yes, where are the American feminists and why aren’t they “voicing outrage?” Or at least talking and writing about the horrors of being a woman in an Islamic country.

“Zealot” – Review of a Play About Women in Islam

Political appointees lock horns in Mecca over the fate of a young Muslim woman who committed heresy – or asserted her human rights, or did what Allah told her to, or broke a law, depending on which character’s point of view you’re hearing.

It’s Theresa Rebeck’s “Zealot,” a grab bag of opposing viewpoints about gender roles, politics and religion, in its world premiere through Nov. 16 at South Coast Repertory.

Ann (Charlayne Woodard), U.S. Under Secretary of State, has hustled to Mecca in response to postings on the Net that there may be an uprising of some sort during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage that able Muslims are required to make at least once in their life. Ann is African American and an American Muslim.

She lands in the office of British consul Edgar (Alan Smyth), and almost immediately a bloodied Saudi cleric named Usama (Demosthenes Chrysan) arrives, reporting that “many” women (the number is unspecified) praying in the mosque removed their hijab, inspiring a violent riot.

A few minutes later, a young Farsi-speaking Iranian suspected protester (though she calls herself only a witness and denies having removed her headscarf) named Marina (Nikki Massoud) shows up to ask for asylum in the U.S.

Ann immediately offers asylum, while Edgar insists she be turned over to local authorities, inspiring a debate over whose rights should be respected: the individual’s or the state’s.

It’s an explosive mixture – politics, religion and the status of women in the context of this particularly troubled area – and as battle lines shift (especially after it is revealed that Marina has spent time at an American university), it soon becomes clear that nobody will “win” this debate.

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Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery = FGM?

WebA recent seminar on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at King’s College revealed that the argument for cultural relativism might not yet be dead, as activists against the practice continue to face opposition on the basis of hypocrisy, double standards and cultural hegemony.

Proponents of FGM argue that oppressive cultural practices in the West abound, and the recent increase in Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery across the Western world is only adding fuel to this fire.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines FGM as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” The label ‘FGM’ applies to a variety of procedures, which are more numerous and varied than most people might imagine. The practice is alarmingly common, with more than 130 million women around the world currently living with the painful legacy of the procedure.

In the UK, Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS), known colloquially as “designer vagina” surgery, is becoming increasingly common; figures suggest that the number of labial reduction procedures rose fivefold in the UK from 2001 to 2010. Designer vagina surgery, which usually involves the reduction in size of the labia minora, was carried out 2000 times in 2010 on the NHS. While some of these operations are carried out for medical reasons, the vast majority of women undergoing these operations do so with purely cosmetic objectives in mind. This trend is reflected across Western society, with more and more women willing to undergo surgery in the pursuit of a “neater”, more aesthetically pleasing vagina.

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Jinn Possession in Islam

jinn copyAn increasing number of Muslims in Scotland are claiming to be “possessed” by jinn, raising psychiatrists concern, thus calling for a faith-based support to offer an inclusive treatment for the patients..

“Many of the women who initially contact us want relationship counseling but after a few sessions they highlight the issue of possession by jinn (in the Islamic faith, supernatural creatures made from fire) or that someone is practicing black magic on their family,” Amina Akhtar, director of Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre (Amina MWRC), told the Herald Scotland.

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In Islam, jinn possessing humans and controlling them is a bit controversial. While some scholars see it as a fact, others totally reject it claiming that there is no evidence for this.

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However, it is true that some of the past scholars (Ibn Taymiyyah and others) have considered it as a fact while others deny this, Sheikh Kutty added.

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More about jinns in Islam:

In fact the abuses in muslim communities are sometimes backed by sharia law. According to a recent BBC report, a sharia court in Dubai has awarded a divorce to a man on the ground that the wife was ‘possessed’ by genies(Arabic- jinns). Possessed by jinns? In this 21st century? Yes that is a 21st century sharia ruling in Dubai.

The belief in jinns is rooted in Arabic mythology. But muslims who profess belief in jinns do not think jinns as mythical beings. They believe jinns are real – real in their being, real in their possession and real in the consequences of such possession. Muslims believe jinns are spirits that ”are able to take human and animal forms and to exercise supernatural influence over humans”. To many muslims in West and Central Africa, belief in jinn possession serves the same magical function as the belief in witchcraft or the belief in evil spirits or demons. In fact they think that witchcraft is ‘jinn-craft’.

Acid Attacks on Women in Iran

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Zealots on motorcycles are throwing acid at women whose veils are deemed too loose in the ancient city of Isfahan. Are they defying the law, or enforcing it?

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On October 16 the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) confirmed one report: a woman in a car had been attacked, and acid was thrown in her face. There was widespread speculation that it was done as a means of punishment because the woman was wearing an “improper” hejab arranged to show too much of the hair and face beneath.

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FGM on the Rise in Britain

FGM copyHundreds of women in England are being recorded as victims of female genital mutilation every month, a landmark report indicates.

In April this year, hospitals in England were told to start recording cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) they identified.

The figures today are from the first batch of statistics collated and released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

They show that in the last six months, 1,746 cases of the crime were identified in English hospitals.

In September alone, there were 467 new cases where women had been subjected to FGM. This adds to a further 1,279 cases of women who already been identified by the NHS in the five months previously as having been subjected to FGM.

However it is feared the figures could simply be the ‘tip of the iceberg’, with the practice a largely ‘hidden crime’ .

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AND MORE:

POLICE chiefs are warning people to be on the lookout for youngsters being taken overseas for female genital mutilation over the half-term break.

Children in Bolton and across Greater Manchester might be vulnerable, police said, as adults often use school holidays to take young girls to Africa, Asia and the Middle East where the procedure, which has been illegal in the UK since 1985, is most prevalent.

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More on the Sex Slavery of Non-Muslim Women by ISIS

artistic-image-of-muslim-selling-sex-slave copyThe holy book is clear about what to do when you capture a city: “Put to the sword all the men in it”. As for the women and children, “You may take these as plunder for yourselves.”

This is pretty much the advice that the fighters of Islamic State (IS) seem to have followed in the Sinjar area of northern Iraq, peopled largely by members of the Yazidi faith, that the jihadists seized last month.

Reports by the UN and independent human-rights groups suggest that the invaders executed hundreds of Yazidi men and kidnapped as many as 2,000 women and children.

Any doubt as to the fate of these captives was dispelled by the latest issue of IS’s glossy English-language online magazine, Dabiq.

An article titled “The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour” details religious justifications for reintroducing a practice that ended in all but a few Muslim countries more than a century ago.

It claims not only that the Koran, the sayings of the prophet and traditional Islamic law all endorse the enslavement of infidel women captured in wartime, but that the abandonment of this right has caused sin to spread; men are easily tempted to debauchery when denied this “legal” alternative to marriage.

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ISIS Stones to Death Another Woman Accused of Adultery


Islamic State militants in Syria stoned to death a young woman who they had accused of committing adultery.

According to the Arabic language news site Al-Arabiya, the stoning took place in the eastern part of the Hama province. A gruesome video of the execution was published by the media sources of the Islamic State (see below).

The video shows the victim’s father standing next an Islamic State member while facing his daughter. Using a pleasant, gentle tone, the militant explains to the woman that she is being punished for the crime of adultery.

The Islamic State member then asks the father if he’s willing to forgive his daughter. The father refuses adamantly. Turning to his daughter he adds, “I’m not your father.”

The militant again tries to convince the father to forgive his daughter before she is stoned to death, but he refuses. The daughter pleads with her father to forgive her, only to be told by him, “Don’t call me father.” In the end, the father only agrees to say, “Allah will forgive.

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Polygamy in Indonesia

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.

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