The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Al-Arabiya(h/t Maria J) “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two U.N. official in Iraq. The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.
“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to Reuters. “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.
No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.
FGM, the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, is a tradition practiced widely in many Muslim countries and often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent “immoral” behavior.
Worldwide, more than 130 million girls and women have undergone FGM and more than 700 million women alive today were children when they were married. The practice of FGM previously occurred only in isolated pockets of Iraq, mainly Kurdistan, according to Badcock.
Mosul city currently has some two million people, more than half of whom are women as there are many female-headed households in the area, she said. Several more million people live in surrounding areas, she added.
“There are reports of rapes of women, of forced marriages,” Badcock added.
An estimated 130 million young girls have undergone sexual mutilation, mostly in Muslim countries, but now, apparently in Great Britain, Europe, and the USA, too.
Their mandate? To apprehend civilian women who do not follow the organization’s strict brand of Sharia law. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has started imposing extensive restrictions in the [Syrian] province of Raqqa, in the northeast of the country.
al-MonitorISIS requires the “imposition of the full-face veil,” requiring “all sisters to wear the full-face veil in public, in line with Islamic morality. Women must wear Islamic dress, which consists of the full-face veil and an abaya to cover the whole body, in addition to gloves. Women are not allowed to raise their voices in the street or walk at a late hour without a male guardian.”
“Every sister that continues to violate Sharia after a three-day warning will be punished along with her guardian,” the statement asserted, stressing that if these rules are not applied, “we risk losing control of the liberated areas.”
SyriaDeeplyShortly after the Sunni militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retook control of Raqqa earlier this year, it created the al-Khansaa’ Brigade, an all-female unit operating in the city. Its purpose is to apprehend civilian women in Raqqa who do not follow the organization’s strict brand of Sharia law, including a mandate that all women be fully covered in public and that they be accompanied by a male chaperone.
“We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law,” says Abu Ahmad, an ISIS official in Raqqa. “There are only women in this brigade, and we have given them their own facilities to prevent the mixture of men and women.”
He says the organization, which has been pushing further into eastern Syria after taking control of the Iraqi city of Mosul and key points on the Iraq-Syria border last month, needs a female brigade to “raise awareness among women, and arrest and punish women who do not follow the religion correctly. Jihad is not a man-only duty. Women must do their part as well.”
The women who join the brigade are either women of Raqqa who wanted to take part in ISIS’s activities there, or, often, the wives of mujahedeen who have come to fight from other parts of Syria or the region.
Though women are assuming new, more powerful roles across Syria – the U.N. now estimates that one in four displaced families in Syria has a female head – residents here say that any “girl power” wrought by the brigade is mitigated by the harsher restrictions they have been tasked with imposing on Raqqa’s women.
“ISIS created it to terrorize women,” says Abu al-Hamza, a local media activist. He says the brigade raided the city’s Hamida Taher Girls School and arrested 10 students, two teachers and a secretary on the grounds that some of them were wearing veils that were too thin. Others were accused of wearing hair clips under the veil, pinning them in a way that showed too much of their faces.
Al-Hamza says that the women subsequently spent six hours in an ISIS detention center, where they were whipped. “After arresting those women and girls,” continues al-Hamza, “they took them to ISIS prisons and locked them in for six hours and punished some of them with 30 whips each.”
Zainab is a local teen who was arrested by female members of ISIS four months ago. “I was walking down the street when a car suddenly stopped and a group of armed women got out,” she says. “They insulted me and yelled at me. They took me to one of their centers and kept me locked in a room. Nobody talked to me or told me the reason for my detention. One of the women in the brigade came over, pointing her firearm at me. She then tested my knowledge of prayer, fasting and hijab.”
The fighter told Zainab she had been arrested because she had been walking alone, without an escort, and because her hijab was not worn properly. “You should be punished for taking your religion lightly,” she told Zainab, before threatening harsher punishment should she be arrested again. Two hours later, she was released. But for Zainab – and other women here – the message was clear.
Jihadists in the northern Syrian province of Raqa have accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. It was the first “execution” of its kind by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria, which has proclaimed the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.
al-Arabiya “The Islamic state carried out its first sentence of death by stoning against a woman in Tabaqa, accusing her of adultery,” said the Britain-based Observatory, referring to a town in Raqa province, most of which is under ISIS control.
An activist in the province confirmed the report, and said the stoning took place in a public square in the Tabaqa market area on Thursday evening. “This is the first time that this has happened here,” added Abu Ibrahim.
A second activist in Raqa, Hadi Salameh, said the woman was reportedly in her thirties, but that few details were known about her except that she was killed after sentencing by an ISIS religious court. “The situation is unbearable. Stoning is the worst punishment history has known. A quick death is more merciful,” Salameh told AFP via the Internet, using a pseudonym for security reasons.
“The woman’s family did not know the sentence was going to be carried out at this time,” said Salameh. He said residents are “terrified” of ISIS, but fear the consequences of reacting to its harsh methods.
ISIS first emerged in the Syrian conflict in late spring last year. Some Syrian rebels initially welcomed the jihadists, seeing them as potential allies in their war to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But the group’s systematic abuses and quest for domination swiftly turned the mainstream opposition against it, and rebels have been battling ISIS fighters since January.
President Sisi makes good on his promise to severely punish the perpetrators of sexual assaults on women, something of a first for Egypt.
Egypt’s newly sworn-in president el-Sisi apologized in person to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a mob during weekend celebrations marking his inauguration, a gesture that he backed up by ensuring the attackers received the harshest sentences
IB Times(h/t Susan K) An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to life in prison on Wednesday for the sexual assaults of several women during public rallies in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The charges were levied in a nationally televised broadcast. The men were convicted in connection with a series of sexual assaults, one of which occurred during public celebrations for the inauguration of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the Associated Press reports.
A video of the sexual assault was posted to YouTube. In the footage, an injured, fully naked woman was dragged through Tahrir Square after suffering an attack. Egypt asked YouTube to remove the video, Reuters reported.
Women chanted slogans as they gather to protest against sexual harassment in front of the opera house in Cairo June 14, 2014, after a woman was sexually assaulted by a mob during the June 8 celebrations marking the new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration in Tahrir square
Three individuals received several life sentences for participating in more than one sexual assault, while two others were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The court sentences represent the harshest penalties enacted by Egyptian authorities since outgoing interim President Adly Mansour decreed that subsequent sexual assaults would be punished by a minimum of six months in prison.
Egypt has dealt with rampant sexual violence for years, particularly in the wake of the overthrow of the Mubarak regime in 2011. A survey conducted by the United Nations in 2013 found that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women reported being sexually harassed, while a further 91 percent of women felt unsafe on the street.
A former Playboy bunny has converted to Islam in a move she describes as a “rebirth.” Felixia Yeap, who was Malaysia’s first ever Playboy bunny, has cast off her fluffy rabbit ears and embraced Islam in a ceremony last Thursday.
UK Mirror Ms Yeap made the announcement in a statement she posted to her 850,000 followers on Facebook. She said: “I hope everyone will pray that I will be steadfast and committed in my new journey. Only Allah can repay all those who prayed for my new life.” The statement gained more than 750,000 likes after it was posted, with Ms Yeap explaining she chose Thursday as it was also her 28th birthday.
Ms Yeap is also a famous model in her home country (not for long).
“Today is a historic date for me. It’s like a rebirth. Incidentally, this year, my birthday falls on the 5th of Ramadan. “I’m more excited to know that this date falls on a Thursday, the Prophet Muhammad’s favorite day.”
On June 12, only two day after capturing Mosul and other territories in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria issued a decree ordering the people to send their unmarried women to “jihad by sex.” In the proclamation ISIS threatens to impose Sharia law on all who fail to comply.
AINA(h/t Jack) Here’s a translation of the decree. AINA cannot confirm the authenticity of this document.
After liberation of the State of Nineveh, and the welcome shown by the people of the state to their brotherly mujahideen, and after the great conquest, and the defeat of the Safavid [Persian] troops in the State of Nineveh, and its liberation, and Allah willing, it will become the headquarters for the mujahideen. Therefore we request that the people of this state offer their unmarried women so that they can fulfill their duty of jihad by sex to their brotherly mujahideen. Failure to comply with this mandate will result in enforcing the laws of Sharia upon them.
Allah we have notified, Allah bear witness. Sha’ban 13, 1435
Angry Egyptian woman says rape should not be categorized as ‘harassment,’ punishable by 3-7 years, or less, in jail. Rapists should be strung up by their feet in Tahrir Square and executed in public, allowing victims the right to cut off a piece of the rapist’s flesh.
It gives new meaning to the term ‘cutting your nose to spite your face.’
(None of the photos below are of the woman in this story, but they are all Muslims)
DAWN A Pakistani Muslim policeman, charged by his teenage wife, whom he married when she was just 7, of chopping off her nose and keeping her in wrongful confinement for many days, was arrested by police and sent to prison by a local magistrate on Sunday. Shahida, a victim of child marriage, claimed that she was only seven when she was married to the suspect, Sahibzada, a constable of special police. She alleged that her husband used to torture her on different pretexts.
The 17-year-old mother and her child managed to escape from the residence of her husband at Manja area in Kabal tehsil in injured condition on Thursday. She was admitted to Saidu Sharif Hospital for the treatment of her chopped nose.
An official of Kabal police station told Dawn that after the girl was admitted to the hospital, a complaint was registered by police on her behalf and the next day the suspect was arrested. He said that police produced the suspect before the court of local magistrate which sent him to prison.
The official confirmed that in police custody the suspect admitted that he had cut the nose of his wife. Shahida’s mother told journalists that her daughter was a victim of the custom of Watta Satta. She said that they had arranged the marriage of her son with the sister of Sahibzada when Shahida was only seven and in return they agreed to marry Shahida with Sahibzada in future.
However, she said, at the time of her son’s marriage his in-laws demanded that the marriage of Shahida with Sahibzada should also be solemnised and they had to fulfil that demand.
Shahida vividly recalled that she was playing outside at the time of her marriage when she was asked by her mother to wear her marriage clothes, following which she was married to Sahibzada. She added that she was having a son from the wedlock. She told police that few days ago she was severely tortured by Sahibzada following which she went to her parent’s home and a complaint was lodged with the local police.
Shahida said that later when she returned to home around 20 days ago, Sahibzada cut her nose and locked her in a room. She added that she was given only two meals a day. Three days ago, she said, she got an opportunity and escaped to her parent’s home from where she was taken to hospital.
Signs posted on the walls of several girls’ schools in Saudi Arabia have prompted concerns after they appear to suggest that the modesty of a woman is dependent on the men in their family. With slogans such as “your manhood can be judged by kind of abayas the women in your family wear.”
Abayas are a traditional loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress, worn by most women in the Gulf.
FrontpageThe objection here is to Abayas that are overly fancy or women who wear them without entirely covering the face. It’s telling that Saudi Muslims link manhood to forcing women to cover their faces. That is the real origin of the Hijab and other forms of repressive Purdah clothing for women.
Muslim masculinity is pathologically insecure. It’s burdened by a sense of paranoia about the chastity of a man’s mother, sister and daughters. The Muslim man goes through life terrified that his “honor” will be mocked when a woman disobeys him. Islamic religion expresses itself in dominating non-Muslims and Islamic honor culture expresses itself in dominating women.
Al-ArabiyaHowever, one man, Majed Al-Dhowayyan, tweeted that no one has the right to issue such judgments and asked radicals to correct their thoughts and ideas before judging others on appearances. Meanwhile, other residents said they considered the signs to be a new method for improving behavior and ethics.
A faculty member at Dammam University’s Psychology Department, Dr. Fatimah Al-Ali, criticized the absence of monitoring bodies that allow such signs to be posted without understanding their true meaning.
Official spokesman of the Ministry of Education, Mubarak Al-Esaimi, said such signs are the responsibility of the guidance section, but refused to say whether the ministry agrees or disagrees with the message in the signs. He simply said: “I do not have an answer.”
According to the newspaper, a source in the Ministry of Education said one of the most leading causes of the spread of extremism is allowing extremists access to the education sector.
Say this in many EU countries, and you are punished because the EU now follows Islamic blasphemy laws.
They call her a ‘fire cracker‘. SisterHatune Dogan is a Turkish/Aramean refugee whose Syrian Orthodox Christian family had to flee their home town in South East Turkey from horrific Muslim treatment of Christians and threats of violence against them. Today she lives in Germany and regularly travels to Islamic countries where she helps other Christians who have been abused, kidnapped or tortured by their Islamic neighbors. Sister Dogan has made some controversial videos with gruesome photos attesting to the atrocities going on in the Muslim world against Christians.
A teenager survived being shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family for marrying the man she loved, police in Pakistan said. Saba Maqsood was attacked by her father, uncle, brother and aunt before she was tossed into the canal, said Ali Akbar, a spokesman for police in Hafizabad.
UK Daily Mail It comes just a week-and-a-half after the broad daylight ‘honour killing’ of another woman in a city centre drew worldwide condemnation. Mr Akbar told Reuters that the most recent case was also ‘an honour-related incident.’
‘The victim, Saba … married her neighbour Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the wishes of her family,’ he said.
‘They took her to Hafizabad, shot her twice and threw her in the canal after putting her in a sack, presuming that she was dead.’ Mr Akbar said Ms Maqsood was wounded in her cheek and her right hand. Her relatives fled the scene, he said, and after minutes in the water she regained consciousness and struggled to the bank, where passers-by helped her.
‘She is a brave girl. She came out of the canal and approached a nearby fuel station from where a rescue team rushed her to hospital,’ he said.
Many devout Pakistani Muslim families believe it is dishonourable for a woman to fall in love and choose her own husband. Women from such families are expected to agree to arranged marriages. Refusal can lead to honour killings.
Women planning to go to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, better bring their summer burqas, it will be 120 degrees. Homosexuals are advised not to come at all.
The Australian FOR those of you wondering whether it’s acceptable to wear leggings without tunic tops over them, Qatar has an answer: “leggings are not pants”. The Arab emirate has launched a social media campaign to educate Western tourists on appropriate clothing ahead of the 2022 World Cup, which is likely to bring an influx of badly-dressed visitors to the state.
Campaign group “Reflect your Respect” has created a graphic to share on Instagram and Twitter showing what sort of outfits are considered immodest in the Islamic country.
The advert, also being handed out in leaflet form at Qatari airports, reads: “If you are in Qatar, you are one of us. Help us preserve Qatar’s culture and values, please dress modestly in public places.” The words are printed alongside pictures of four stick figures wearing unsuitable outfits, each with a cross underneath.
Three are women — one in a sundress, another in shorts and a singlet and a third wearing leggings and a T-shirt, with a muffin-top of bare midriff clearly visible. The fourth figure is a man in shorts and a singlet. The advert clarifies that “modesty” means being covered from shoulders to knees, and that “leggings are not pants”.
It is part of the Qatari Islamic Culture Centre’s efforts to educate foreigners on local customs and practices.
Nasser Al Maliki, Chief of Public Relations in Fanar, told Gulf News: “The amount of immodest clothing is growing in public places, especially shopping malls. Such foreigner behaviour conflicts with our traditions. We do not want our kids to be exposed to it or learn from it, and that’s why we will start this campaign.”
The Arab state also forbids residents and visitors from uttering “indecent phrases”, displaying affection in public, drinking alcohol and taking photos of people they do not know. Any behaviour considered obscene under Sharia law — including homosexuality — is punishable with a fine and up to six months in prison.
Many tourists have previously fallen foul of Islamic law in Muslim countries. One British couple were arrested for kissing in a Dubai restaurant in 2009, while another pair were sentenced to jail for having sex on the beach. Other visitors have been imprisoned for exchanging steamy text messages or drinking.
The Islamic Culture Centre launched a similar campaign in 2012 under the name “One of Us”, but it was withdrawn after expats said it made them feel excluded, according to Doha News.
Some American women are all ready to go
And the latest campaign has drawn a mixed reaction from observers. Some Twitter users called it an “excellent project which everyone should support” and said “expats should respect local tradition”. But others responded by claiming that Muslims did not “respect local traditions in Europe”.
Several even suggested that the campaign could be misused in Western countries to discriminate against Muslims and justify a ban on traditional niqabs and hijabs.
The group plan to hand out chocolates, flowers and shawls along with their information, in the hope of engaging with tourists in a positive manner.
Shhh, the dirty little secret about foreign workers who work for slave wages and are regularly abused in the wealthy Gulf States