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ISIS Uses Islamic Doctrine to Defend Taking Sex Slaves


sex-slaves-e1418153030339-665x385 copyThe Research and Fatwa Department of the Islamic State (ISIS) has released a pamphlet on the topic of female captives and slaves.

The pamphlet, which is dated Muharram 1436 (October/November 2014) and was printed by ISIS’s publishing house, Al-Himma Library, is titled Su’al wa-Jawab fi al-Sabi wa-Riqab (“Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves”).

It was presumably released in response to the uproar caused by the many reports this summer that ISIS had taken Yazidi girls and women as sex slaves.

Written in the form of questions and answers, it clarifies the position of Islamic law (as ISIS interprets it) on various relevant issues, and states, among other things, that it is permissible to have sexual intercourse with non-Muslim slaves, including young girls, and that it is also permitted to beat them and trade in them.

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Violence against Ethiopian Muslim Women

The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a study that examines the state of women’s health in many countries around the globe. Its report for Ethiopia is particularly shocking, revealing an epidemic of violence against women that is so bad, it is commonplace.

Specially-trained female investigators interviewed thousands of women across the rural regions in Ethiopia where Islam is prevalent, and found that where they were commonly subject to physical and sexual abuse. Physical abuse was defined as any kind of harmful or potentially harmful physical contact or the threat of such contact. It included the use of objects and weapons as well as hands and feet.

Half, 49 percent, of all women in Ethiopia with partners have experienced direct physical

violence as a part of their relationship. An astounding 59 percent reported sexual violence. Overall, 71 percent, nearly three quarters of all women, experience some kind of violence at the hands of their partners, usually husbands. [snip]

The shocking statistics don’t end there. Eight percent of pregnant women report suffering violence, with the perpetrator being the father of the unborn child 98 percent of the time.

Five percent of women reported being abused by their fathers after the age of 15 and one percent reported being molested by their fathers. [snip]

The common thread in most of these abuse cases was Islam. Muslims have a traditional disrespect for women which is codified in their Quran and practices. Islam may be the most misogynistic religion in the world.

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The reason for this misogyny in Islam is found in the Koran and sunnah (the words and deeds of Mohammed) and enshrined into sharia, Islamic law, including wife-beating.


Acid Attack on British Muslim Convert

Acid-Attack-Vikki-Horsman copyA woman left horribly burned and disfigured after being doused with corrosive acid has described the moment she saw the eyes of her masked attacker.

Vikki Horsman had “peeked around the corner of the porch door” to a hooded male caller wearing a bandana across his face who then threw the liquid directly in her face on April 15 this year. (snip)

Earlier, she had described the breakdown of her relationship with 80-year-old Muslim man Mohammed Rafiq – more than 60 years her senior – with whom she had been sleeping since she was 18.

Rafiq, whom she had known six years, had bought her a car, but became increasingly “very controlling” she told the court.

“He often accused me of cheating on him,” he said.

She also told the jury of seven women and five men how she had “pressure put on me” from Rafiq to convert to Islam, and change her name to Aleena Rafiq in November 2013.

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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

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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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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