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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FBI: AWOL soldier had bomb materials near Ft. Hood APBy The Associated Press | AP
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Arizona Wingnuts Outraged To Hear Muslin Word Being Used On Teevee
by Kirsten Boyd Johnson
9:37 am July 22, 2011

Arizona’s fearful wingnut hordes are used to hearing many words they do not understand coming out of the teevee, but their finely tuned hate sensors picked up on one of those incomprehensible sounds recently because it had sort of a murderous jihad-y ring to it. “Haboob” is the word, an Arabic term for “dust storm” currently popular with local Arizona weather newscasters for the very obvious reason that is is fun to say “boob” on television. Weather nerd humor! But that is not at all funny to Arizona’s xenophobe community, who figger this means either the Muslin God is sending all these maniacal apocalyptic doom swirls to Arizona, or the Sharia law is infiltrating our nation’s cabal of weather forecasters. Which is worse? Eh, the latter. Time to write in to the editors!

The NYT reports:

“I am insulted that local TV news crews are now calling this kind of storm a haboob,” Don Yonts, a resident of Gilbert, Ariz., wrote the Arizona Republic after a particularly fierce, mile-high dust storm swept through the state on July 5. “How do they think our soldiers feel coming back to Arizona and hearing some Middle Eastern term?”

Diane Robinson of Wickenburg, Ariz., agreed, saying the state’s dust storms are unique and ought to be labeled as such.

“Excuse me, Mr. Weatherman!” she said in a letter to the editor. “Who gave you the right to use the word ‘haboob’ in describing our recent dust storm? While you may think there are similarities, don’t forget that in these parts our dust is mixed with the whoop of the Indian’s dance, the progression of the cattle herd and warning of the rattlesnake as it lifts its head to strike.”

REMEMBER THE TROOPS, which means they could at least use words more common to the other kind of brown people that Americans have historically been very excited to kill. [NYT]
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Fri, 07-22-2011 - 11:45am

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) - A massive bomb shattered Norway's main government building in Oslo Friday, killing two people police were quoted as saying by local news agency NTB.

There was no claim of responsibility, though NATO member Norway has been the target of threats, if not bombs, before, notably over its involvement in conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was safe, NTB said.

NRK radio said at least two people were killed in an attack that may have brought global political violence to the quiet Scandinavian city.

"It exploded -- it must have been a bomb. People ran in panic and ran. I counted at least 10 injured people," said bystander Kjersti Vedun, who was leaving the area.

A Reuters reporter at the scene said the blast scattered debris across the streets and shook the entire city center around 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. EDT). He saw eight people injured, one covered in a sheet and apparently dead.

"So far I can confirm that we have received seven people at Oslo University Hospital," a press officer at the clinic said.

"I don't know how seriously wounded they are."

The explosion blew out most of the windows of the 17-storey central government building, cast a huge pall of smoke over the city and scattered shards of metal and other debris for hundreds of meters.

Nearby ministries were also hit, including the oil ministry, which was on fire. Heavy debris littered the streets.

John Drake, senior risk consultant, at London-based consultancy AKE said: "It may not be too dissimilar to the terrorist attack in Stockholm in December which saw a car bomb and secondary explosion shortly after in the downtown area.

"That attack was later claimed as reprisal for Sweden's contribution to the efforts in Afghanistan."

The Reuters correspondent said the streets had been fairly quiet in mid-afternoon on a Friday in high summer, when many Oslo residents take vacation or leave for weekend breaks.

The tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building, as well as the damage to the buildings, appeared consistent to witnesses with that from car bombs.


NATO member Norway has sometimes in the past been threatened by leaders of al Qaeda for its involvement in Afghanistan. But political violence is virtually unknown in a country known for sponsoring the Nobel Peace Prize and mediating in international conflicts, including in the Middle East and Sri Lanka.

It has also taken part the NATO bombing of Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to strike back in Europe.

David Lea, Western Europe analyst, at Control Risks said: "There certainly aren't any domestic Norwegian terrorist groups although there have been some al Qaeda-linked arrests from time to time. They are in Afghanistan and were involved in Libya, but it's far too soon to draw any conclusions."

(Additional reporting by Gwladys Fouche in Oslo and Peter Apps and William Maclean in London; Writing by Alister Doyle; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

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Tue, 07-05-2011 - 1:18pm
Women-run Afghan media offer untold side of story ReutersBy Amie Ferris-Rotman | Reuters
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Wed, 06-22-2011 - 5:54pm
Clinton Finally Expresses ‘Support’ for Saudi Women Drivers
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
By Patrick Goodenough
Hillary Clinton Saudi Arabia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, right, upon her arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/State Department)

(CNSNews.com) – Although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has championed women’s rights from Azerbaijan to Zambia, it took her weeks to respond to an appeal to publicly support a campaign by Saudi women to be permitted to drive.

Even then, her comments on Tuesday came not of her own initiative, but in response to a question at a press availability – and after Saudi women activists and journalists had questioned her public silence on the subject.

In her answer, Clinton signaled once again the Obama administration’s sensitivity about the U.S. being seen to be preaching change to a non-Western culture – and to an important U.S. ally. She repeatedly stressed that the driving campaign was coming from Saudi women themselves.

“I am moved by it and I support them, but I want to underscore the fact that this is not coming from outside of their country,” she said.

“We have raised this issue at the highest level of the Saudi government,” Clinton continued. “We’ve made clear our views that women everywhere, including women in the kingdom, have the right to make decisions about their lives and their futures. They have the right to contribute to society and to provide for their children and their families. And mobility, such as provided by the freedom to drive, provides access to economic opportunity, including jobs, which does fuel growth and stability.”

Clinton concluded by reiterating that the campaign was a Saudi one. “I want to, again, underscore and emphasize that this is not about the United States, it’s not about what any of us on the outside say; it is about the women themselves and their right to raise their concerns with their own government.”

Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs (IGA), was unimpressed by Clinton’s remarks, calling them an unhelpful “distraction.”

“I wonder why did she suddenly remember women’s rights in Saudi Arabia two years after her appointment as a secretary of state?” he told CNSNews.com late on Tuesday.

Al-Ahmed said Clinton remained “aloof to women rights in Saudi Arabia,” and had not raised pressing issues such as the ban on women voting or running for office. (The kingdom is planning municipal elections in September – for only the second time ever – and says women may not vote or be candidates.)

“Clinton appears to want to be a hero for something she has not worked to achieve,” he said. “I say that because I have been trying with the State Department [to get action] on such issues with no success. In fact, the U.S. and the E.U. have never had a policy to empower women in Saudi Arabia, and they had decades to do it.”

Another Saudi rights advocate welcomed Clinton’s statement, despite it having come “very late.”

“It’s powerful and will give the struggling and destructively marginalized Saudi women a tremendous moral boost,” said Ali Alyami, executive director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.

“I can only hope that she and the president will continue to speak up publicly and frequently in support of the Saudi women's rights not only to drive, but to obtain their God-given and natural rights,” he told CNSNews.com.

“Empowering Saudi women is in the U.S.’s and the international community’s best interests,” Alyami said, adding that the women were at the forefront of advocating religious tolerance and rejecting religious extremism.

‘Where are you when we need you most?’

Resistance to the driving ban, enforced on the basis of a decade-old fatwa by the Wahhabi-ruled kingdom’s then-mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, has made headlines on and off over a number of years, but especially so over the past month, since a public act of defiance by a mother and IT consultant named Manal al Sharif.

Sharif posted online a video clip of herself driving, and discussing the implications of the ban while doing so. The religious police, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, arrested her and she was held in custody for nine days.

Last Friday, a month after Sharif’s one-woman demonstration, a “drive-in” campaign by Saudi women got underway, with an estimated 40 women getting behind the wheel. A report in the Saudi daily, Arab News, called it a failure, although the organizers had said from the outset it would be open ended and non-confrontational.

Back on June 3, four days after Sharif was released from prison, Saudi Women for Driving – an “informal consortium of Saudi women’s rights activists” facilitated by the activist website change.org – first wrote to Clinton, asking her to “make a public statement supporting our right to drive.”

After hearing nothing, on Monday this week the group wrote again: “As we launch the largest women’s rights movement in Saudi history, where are you when we need you most?” they asked Clinton. “In the context of the Arab Spring and U.S. commitments to support women’s rights, is this not something the United States’ top diplomat would want to publicly support?”

Expressing appreciation for public endorsements from several U.S. congresswomen, the group told Clinton that such a statement coming from her “would be a game changing moment.”

On Monday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland defended Clinton. “I don't think that anybody can question the secretary’s commitment to universal human rights for women,” she said, adding that Clinton and others were employing “quiet diplomacy” on the matter.

In a phone conversation Friday between Clinton and Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on a range of Mideast issues, Nuland said, “the subject of driving did come up.”

The “quiet diplomacy” comment prompted yet another response from Saudi Women for Driving.

“Quiet diplomacy is not what we need right now,” the group said in a statement early Tuesday. “What we need is for you, personally, to make a strong, simple and public statement supporting our right to drive.”

Hours later, a CNN reporter asked Clinton about the issue during a press conference at the State Department with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and their Japanese counterparts.


Saudi Arabia’s policies towards women affect them on many levels. Al-Ahmed’s IGA has launched a campaign calling for Saudi Arabia to be banned from international sporting events, including the 2012 Olympic Games, until women are freely allowed to participate.

In the eight summer Olympics in which Saudi Arabia has participated since 1972, it has sent a total of 166 male athletes, and no women. The International Olympic Committee’s charter prohibits “any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, sex or otherwise.”

The “Arab spring” protests have largely bypassed the oil-rich kingdom, despite some small-scale demonstrations – most by Shi’ites unhappy about the Saudi-backed crackdown on protests in Bahrain – and an unsuccessful online attempt to launch a “day of rage.”

In a major speech on the protests sweeping parts of the Arab world last month, President Obama drew some criticism for making not one mention of Saudi Arabia.

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TheReligionofPeace.com Guide to Understanding Islam What does the Religion of Peace Teach About... How a Woman Must Prove Rape Question: Why are rape victims punished by Islamic courts as adulterers? Summary Answer: Under Islamic law, rape can only be proven if the rapist confesses or if there are four male witnesses. Women who allege rape, without the benefit of the act having been witnessed by four men who subsequently develop a conscience, are actually confessing to having sex. If they or the accused happens to be married, then it is considered to be adultery. The Qur'an: Qur'an (2:282) - Establishes that a woman's testimony is worth only half that of a man's in court (there is no "he said/she said" gridlock in Islam). Qur'an (24:4) - "And those who accuse free women then do not bring four witnesses (to adultery), flog them..." Qur'an (24:13) - "Why did they not bring four witnesses of it? But as they have not brought witnesses they are liars before Allah." Qur'an (2:223) - "Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will..." There is no such thing as rape in marriage, as a man is permitted unrestricted sexual access to his wives. From the Hadith: Bukhari (5:59:462) - The background for the Qur'anic requirement of four witnesses to adultery. Muhammad's favorite wife, Aisha, was accused of cheating [on her polygamous husband]. Three witnesses corroborated the event, but Muhammad did not want to believe it, and so established the arbitrary rule that four witnesses are required. Additional Notes: Rape is virtually impossible to prove under Islamic law (Sharia) and even in more moderate countries. If the man claims that the act was consensual sex, there is very little that the woman can do to refute this. Islam places the burden of avoiding sexual encounters of any sort on the woman. There can be no such thing as rape in marriage, even if the husband has to hit the wife in order to bring about her submission. As a recent fatwa reminds a woman, she "does not have the right to refuse her husband, rather she must respond to his request every time he calls her." (Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 33597). TheReligionofPeace.com Home Page © 2006-2011 TheReligionofPeace.com. All rights reserved.

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*** I suppose just as much as Jews and Christians follow the Bible (particularly Leviticus) in their lives.

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 2:56pm

I suppose just as much as Jews and Christians follow the Bible (particularly Leviticus) in their lives.


Guess again. A trip to the library and all the dictionaries seems to be in order.
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*** That wouldn't happen with the Muslim friends I have. Their wives are treated with the utmost respect, and I would say actually rule the roost.