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12 Year Old Muslim“Wife” Has Miscarriage

28993_486395394749945_89325792_n copyA 12-year-old girl who was “married” in an Islamic ceremony in her family’s Hunter Valley home fell pregnant but miscarried, a court has heard.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was examined at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead after she complained of sharp right abdominal pain. Doctors found she had an ectopic pregnancy – where the fertilised egg implants outside the uterus – and miscarried.

The now 13-year-old’s pregnancy was revealed in a statement of facts tendered to the NSW District Court during a sentencing hearing for a 27-year-old Lebanese university student, who also cannot be named for legal reasons.

In October last year the man pleaded guilty to one count of persistent sexual abuse of a child.

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Disgusting but legal in Islam where sharia laws says girls can be married as young as nine or when menses begins. Why is marriage at this young age legal? Mohammed married his second wife Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine. And whatever was permitted for Mohammed is permitted for Muslims.

Art Exhibit Withdrawn Due to Muslim Protests

Zoulikha-Bouabdellah_Silence_2008-14_courtesty-of-artist-1024x682 copyAn artwork depicting high-heeled shoes on Islamic prayer mats has been removed from an exhibition after a Muslim group warned of possible violence in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The French-Algerian artist, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, withdrew the work from an exhibition in a northern Paris suburb with a large Muslim population after an Islamic group told local authorities it could provoke “uncontrollable, irresponsible incidents”.

It is considered disrespectful to step on Muslim prayer maps with shoes. Ms Bouabdellah has replaced the artwork, “Silence”, previously exhibited in Paris, New York, Berlin and Madrid, with a video installation showing belly-dancing to the French national anthem, with swirling red, white and blue shawls symbolising the national flag.

The decision sparked protests from other artists who complained that freedom of expression was being undermined only weeks after 12 people were killed when gunmen attacked the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Another four people were killed at a kosher supermarket, and a policewoman was shot dead near a Jewish school.

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Muslim Father Tortures and Kills 10 Year Old Daughter

A Yemeni father callously tortured and killed his daughter, 10, for allegedly committing adultery in the northern Dhamar province, a local official who questioned the man told Gulf News on Tuesday.

On the weekend, Yemenis on social media widely circulated a photo of a tortured girl who was found dead by shepherds in a rugged area in the northern province of Ibb.

Within hours, police found out that the girl was killed by her father. Colonel Mohammad Qassem Al Hadi, the director of Dhamar’s Criminal Investigation Department, said that the man admitted that he brutally tortured and shot her four times with his rifle.

The official told Gulf News that the father used different methods of torture to force her into admitting having sex with another man, including putting an iron to her skin.

During the investigation, the man admitted that he threw his daughter off a cliff in the Samara Mountains in Ibb province after severely beating her.

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VIDEO: Interview with two young girls forced to marry

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

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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