Radical Islam & Sharia Law

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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 1:01pm

From the BBC, February 2, 2011:

Four arrested after Bangladesh girl 'lashed to death'

By Anbarasan Ethirajan BBC News, Dhaka

Crowd outside Hena Begum's houseA crowd gathered outside the teenager's house after news of her death emerged

Four people including a Muslim cleric have been arrested in Bangladesh in connection with the death of 14-year-old girl who was publicly lashed.

The teenager was accused of having an affair with a married man, police say, and the punishment was given under Islamic Sharia law.

Hena Begum's family members said a village court consisting of elders and clerics passed the sentence.

She was alleged to have had the affair with her cousin and received 80 lashes.

Punishment received

The family members of the married man also allegedly beat the girl up a day before the village court passed the sentence in the district of Shariatpur.

Hena BegumHena Begum died after being taken to hospital

"Her family members said she was admitted to a hospital after the incident and she died six days later. The village elders also asked the girl's father to pay a fine of about 50,000 Taka (£430; $700)," district superintendent of police, AKM Shahidur Rahman, told the BBC.

He said it had not been established yet whether she died because of the punishment she received or another reason.

"We are still waiting for the post-mortem report. In the meantime, we are also looking for another 14 people including a teacher from a local madrassa in connection with this case," Mr Rahman said.

Activists say dozens of fatwas - or religious rulings - are issued under Sharia law each year by village clergy in Bangladesh.

"What sort of justice is this? My daughter has been beaten to death in the name of justice. If it had been a proper court then my daughter would not have died," Dorbesh Khan, the father of Hena Begum, told the BBC.

He said those responsible for the death should be punished.

A group of people held a rally on Wednesday in the town of Shariatpur in protest against those who gave the fatwa and demanded action against them.

This is the second reported fatality linked to a Sharia law punishment since the practice was outlawed last year by the High Court.

A 40-year-old woman in the district of Rajshahi died in December, days after she was publicly caned for allegedly having an affair with her stepson.

Nearly 90% of Bangladesh's estimated 160 million population are Muslims, most of whom practise a moderate version of Islam.

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 12:24pm

The Republican Party is complicit in Obama’s coup d'état.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2001
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 11:31pm
To me it has to with the type of religion. Not all religions do this by any means. Many are gentle and fair to women.
Soliel
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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 11:32pm
Are they religious or secular Muslims? Yes, secular Muslims are like secular Jews or Christians...born into but not really believers.
Soliel
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Sat, 02-12-2011 - 9:52am
The Muslims I know are religious and they follow Sharia in their lives, but they don't expect me to live by their rules. In other words, they are reasonable religious people. Frankly, right know, I'm more worried about extremist Christians who want me to live by their rules and are actively trying to legislate their beliefs.
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Sat, 02-12-2011 - 12:44pm

I agree. And, even in *any* given religion as a whole there will be segments/denominations that use a slanted interpretation from the basic set of beliefs, to dominate and control women, or take these beliefs to extreme interpretations, as well as those denominations/segments who do not, but still share the basic tenets of belief. And, just as that is true with Islam, it is true of Christianity and other world religions, such as even Buddhism, where some "versions" are totally male dominated as to leadership, etc. I think dominant culture has a lot to do with it. Violent cultures reflect their dominant religion in violent and brutal ways. Such as the article that started this thread. :|


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Sat, 02-12-2011 - 12:51pm


iluvkrats wrote:
The Muslims I know are religious and they follow Sharia in their lives, but they don't expect me to live by their rules. In other words, they are reasonable religious people. Frankly, right know, I'm more worried about extremist Christians who want me to live by their rules and are actively trying to legislate their beliefs.


Good points, and perhaps clearer than I just attempted. ;) Even in our secular gov't there are attempts always to try to make it a theocracy, dominated by religious rules and beliefs. We see the attempts of an insidious mix of legislation and religion all the time, as you wrote, even in our own country. i-can-t.gif



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Gypsy

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 11:12am

Women should be afraid of sharia law. . .very, very afraid:

Saudi prince questions ban on women driving
Wed Mar 9, 2011 5:25pm GMT
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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 1:18pm
I'm not the least bit concerned about Sharia law, but am extremely concerned with radical Christian fundamentalists pushing their brand of law currently in the U.S. Let's actually be afraid of something that is actually happening.
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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 3:49pm

"I'm not the least bit concerned about Sharia law, but am extremely concerned with radical Christian fundamentalists pushing their brand of law currently in the U.S. Let's actually be afraid of something that is actually happening."

ITA! :| There's very little difference in the misogynistic thrust of either fundamentalist versions. Semantics only; but the Intent is very much the same. :(


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