Muslim Imam Fayhan al-Ghamdi (left) and 5-Year-old daughter Lama (right)
by, Ludovica Iaccino | International Business Times
A Saudi Imam accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter, has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay “blood money”.
Fayhan al-Ghamdi was sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes in 2013.
The court also ordered al-Ghamdi to pay his ex-wife, the girl’s mother, one million riyals ($270,000) in “blood money”.
According to some reports, al-Ghamdi had suspected his daughter had lost her virginity and had tortured her accordingly.
Al-Ghamdi’s daughter Lama suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken back, broken ribs, a broken left arm and extensive bruising and burns.
It was reported that al-Ghamdi had suspected his daughter of losing her virginity and had beaten her and molested her in response.
It was even suggested that he had raped her himself, although this was denied by Lama’s mother.
The preacher – who is considered a celebrity in Saudi Arabia and often appears on Saudi television – admitted he used a cane and cables to inflict the injuries after doubting his five-year-old daughter’s virginity and taking her to a doctor, according to the campaign group Women to Drive.
Lama died ten months later.
Al-Ghamdi, however, has now been released as “blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment” a judge ruled, according to Albawaba News.
Al-Ghamdi served only a few months in jail before a judge ruled the prosecution could only seek blood money.
The money is considered compensation under Islamic law, although it is only half the amount that would have been paid if Lama had been a boy.
Despite the fact Saudi Arabia hands out sentences of capital punishment, fathers cannot be executed for murdering their children in the country, Women to Drive said.
Many activists were disappointed that al-Ghamdi did not receive a life sentence.
The Times reported sources in the Saudi capital Riyadh as saying the royal family has been outraged over the release, with senior members intervening to ensure a stricter punishment is given.
One source told the newspaper, “The royal court is now looking at the case. He [al-Ghamdi] will stay in prison for a long time.”
The release saw people taking to the social media to voice their dissent and outrage. On Twitter, the hashtag #AnaLama (which translates into “I Am Lama”) has been set up.
Islamic Terrorist in the UK, Anjem Choudary.
by, Natalie Glanvill | The Waltham Forest Guardian | h/t The Iconoclast
Extremist Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after campaigning in a van inscribed with the logo of Syrian opposition group with close links to al-Qaeda.
Choudary, based in Walthamstow, and his followers took to the streets of Dalston last weekend in a white transit van adorned with the logo of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (al-Sham) (ISIS).
ISIS is a jihadist group established in the early years of the Iraq War which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is fighting with opposition forces in Syria.
In a video Choudary can be seen sticking the leaflet on the van.
Chants in praise of ISIS can later be heard during calls for Shariah Law to be established in the UK.
The video also shows the ISIS logo being pinned to the coat of a young child.
Police have confirmed officers are investigating events in Dalston last weekend. No arrests have been made.
The event has been condemned by Allama Junaid Alam Qadri, a member of Waltham Forest Islamic Association (WFIA) and Imam at Lea Bridge Road Mosque.
He said: “Any kind of racism or promoting terrorism especially among our youth is be strongly condemned by Muslims and any other persons.
“I don’t believe they are doing this for Islam as Islam does not support their causes. This is not a Muslim country; we should not impose our religion on other people.”
“He cannot interfere with the system of government. We live in a democracy, [Choudary] is living in a stupid world and has no sense.”
by, The Times of India
BHOPAL, India: The 70-year-old, who eloped with a minor girl, was caught from a village close to Sultanpur bus stand in Raisen district on Thursday night. The girl was also accompanying him. Septuagenarian was booked for kidnapping on a complaint by girl’s grandmother.
Accused Hafeez Khan alias Rashid had taken the girl to Tulsipura village in a bus to one of his relative’s place.
Police officials said minor, a class X student, was missing from her house since March 4. Daughter of a labourer of Jhansi, she lives with her grandparents in Bhopal.
The elderly man, who is also a quack ‘treating’ child-less couple, told police the girl had come to him after which he took her to Raisen. Meanwhile, she told police that he had physical relations with her in past. This time, he however did not do anything, she said. Police said the man will also be booked under sections of protection of children from sexual offences act 2012.
When local residents of Bajaria, where the elderly man resided, had objected while he was taking the girl to his room on March 4, he told them that he would marry the girl. But soon, he escaped with her.
Cops said, Hafeez had come in contact with her a year ago. He used to impart religious education to her at her home. However, for past six months he had not visited her house, police said. Cops have also recovered some photographs and other objectionable material from his room in old Bhopal locality.
Hafeez tried his best to come clean in the matter. He told cops that he had stopped going to her house as the family of girl had started suspecting her. Regarding reports that he has been booked for rape in past, the accused said only an arms act case was registered against him.
RABAT, Morocco: A few days after hundreds of African migrants stormed a border fence in an attempt to cross into the Spanish enclave of Melilla from northern Morocco, Spain is planning to tighten its security around Ceuta and Melilla. Photo courtesy of: Morocco World News
by, Aziz Allilou | Morocco World News | bacon bits to the Halal Pork Shop
This is bad news for the thousands of people searching for a better life who manage to cross into Spain each year; it has become hopeless to make it into either Melilla or Ceuta, due to Spain’s new plan to raise security on its borders.
According to Euro Weekly News, Spain is to spend more than €2.3m to fortify Ceuta and Melilla, the two major Morocco-Spanish crossing points for sub-Saharan Africans.
A Spanish official says that this measure is meant to deter the thousands of migrants who arrive at the borders of Spain´s two exclaves in North Africa.
Video Footage Captures Muslim Invasion of Spain:
Spain´s Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz, who spoke to Euro Weekly News, specified that reinforcements in the coming weeks will include “lining the six-meter-high fences that surround both cities with a type of mesh designed to impede anyone from climbing”.
He added that in Ceuta, “an additional 20 civil security agents are to be deployed and a helicopter to help with the dissuasion and detection of migrants..in Melilla, the government is planning to build three watch towers that will be equipped with heat-sensitive cameras.”
Najarana Khatun (24) of Rajbiraj Municipality-7, who was allegedly set on fire by her in-laws in Rajbiraj. Photo courtesy of: The Himalayan
by, Byas Shankar Upadhyay | The Himalayan | Halal Pork Shop
RAJBIRAJ, Nepal: While the entire world is marking the International Women’s Day, a woman in Saptari district has been allegedly been set in fire by her own family members.
Najarana Khatun (24) of Rajbiraj Municipality-7 was seriously injured in the fire allegedly set by her mother-in-law Bano and sister-in-law Nurjahan.
She has sustained burn injuries on her head and other parts, and she cannot speak.
Najarana’s husband Guddu Ansari is in Saudi Arabia for employment for last one month.
The in-laws allegedly ignited the fire and left the house at around 1:30 pm today. Locals informed police and rescued the woman within 30 minutes of the incident.
Najarana was rushed to the Gajendra Narayan Hospital in Rajbiraj. But the hospital referred her to Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), according to DSP Rajkumar Baidabar.
Neighbours said Najarana used to have frequent quarrels with her in-laws.
Her father-in-law Mahammud Ansari said he did not know about the incident as he was working at his tailor at the time of incident.
Meanwhile, police arrested Bano and another woman for investigation.
Iraqi Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration against the draft of the “Al-Jafaari.” Photo courtesy of: Yahoo News
by, Suadad al-Salhy | Reuters | Yahoo News
BAGHDAD, Iraq: About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child custody to fathers.
The group’s protest was on International Women’s Day and a week after the cabinet voted for the legislation, based on Shi’ite Islamic jurisprudence, allowing clergy to preside over marriages, divorces and inheritances. The draft now goes to parliament.
“On this day of women, women of Iraq are in mourning,” the protesters shouted.
“We believe that this is a crime against humanity,” said Hanaa Eduar, a prominent Iraqi human rights activist. “It would deprive a girl of her right to live a normal childhood.”
The UN’s representative to Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, also condemned the legislation. Mladenov wrote on Twitter the bill “risks constitutionally protected rights for women and international commitment”.
The legislation goes to the heart of the divisions in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, as Shi’ite Islamists have come to lead the government and look to impose their religious values on society at large.
It describes girls as reaching puberty at nine, making them fit for marriage, makes the father sole guardian of his children at two and condones a husband’s right to insist on sexual intercourse with his wife whenever he wishes.
The legislation is referred to as the Ja’afari Law, named after the sixth Shi’ite imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq, who founded his own school of jurisprudence.
The draft was put forward by Justice Minister Hassan al-Shimari, a member of the Shi’ite Islamist Fadila party, and approved by the cabinet on February 25.
It must now be reviewed by parliament, but the draft could very well languish, with national elections scheduled for April 30, and vocal opposition among secularists.
Shi’ite religious parties first attempted to pass a version of the law in 2003 under U.S. occupation, angering secular Iraqis and prompting protests. Since then, amid Iraq’s turmoil, the tug-of-war has continued between Iraq’s secularists and Islamists.
Iraq’s current personal status law enshrines women’s rights regarding marriage, inheritance, and child custody, and has often been held up as the most progressive in the Middle East.
The proposed new law’s defenders argue that the current personal status law violates sharia religious law.
“This is the core of the freedom. Based on the Iraqi constitution, each component of the Iraqi people has the right to regulate its personal status in line with the instructions of its religion and doctrine,” said Hussein al-Mura’abi, a Shi’ite lawmaker and Fadila party leader.
A Muslim girl that had her nose cut-off by her husband.
by, The Nation | h/t Halal Pork Shop
KARACHI, Pakistan: At least 1601 women were [murdered] in Pakistan in the name of honor or for other reasons in 2013. According to data provided by the Madadgar National Helpline Founder Zia Ahmed Awan, at least 370 women were raped while 185 incidents of gang-rape were reported across the country. He said that 2133 women were tortured during the same year while 887 faced torture by police. Similarly, 608 women were abducted, some 406 were forcefully married which included 176 cases of Vani.
He said that 217 women were killed after being raped, 220 of them were killed after being accused of Karo-kari, 1164 women were killed for unknown reasons while 452 committed suicide. Awan added that 193 women were burnt alive, 205 were smuggled and 220 ran away from their houses for different reasons. He said that at least 6516 incidents of crime against women were reported including 2602 in Punjab, 1883 in Sindh, 1181 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhua, and 864 in Balochistan.
He said that the given figures were compiled from different news reports and clients coming to the helpline for help. No such data about crimes against women was available with ministries at provincial and federal level.
He claimed that the given data had only some 10 percent of the incidents in Pakistan. Women who faced such situations were not able to register their cases with police due to their behavior, he said adding that women who face torture in marriage were reluctant to register criminal cases and only insist on divorce. He said that Pakistan could not progress until 51 percent of the population of the country is given its due respect and rights.
Documentary Violence Against Women in Pakistan
by, Ibn Kammuna | Islam Watch
In this article, I introduce certain stories about Prophet Muhammad. More than a billion human beings today claim that he was a merciful prophet of God. According to them, he was al-Insan al-Kamel, i.e. the perfect human being. Whatever Muslims may believe about Muhammad, the stories of his life as recorded in sacred Islamic texts serve as a ‘reality check’ of the “true persona” that he was. In this article, I will mostly quote the stories from the most trusted Islamic sources and let the reader judge. I believe that at the end of this essay, the reader would judge Muhammad as a cruel beast, not a saintly prophet of God.
The Making of an Orphan
We read in Sahih Muslim the following hadith:
Imran b. Husain reported that a woman from Juhaina came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and she had become pregnant because of adultery. She said: Allah’s Apostle, I have done something for which (prescribed punishment) must be imposed upon me, so impose that. Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) called her master and said: Treat her well, and when she delivers bring her to me. He did accordingly. Then Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) pronounced judgment about her and her clothes were tied around her and then he commanded and she was stoned to death. He then prayed over her (dead body). Thereupon Umar said to him: Allah’s Apostle, you offer prayer for her, whereas she had committed adultery! Thereupon he said: She has made such a repentance that if it were to be divided among seventy men of Medina, it would be enough. Have you found any repentance better than this that she sacrificed her life for Allah, the Majestic? (Book #017, Hadith #4207)
The Medina visitors
We read in Sahih Bukhari the following hadith:
Narrated Abu Qilaba: Anas said, “Some people of ‘Ukl or ‘Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron, They were put in ‘Al-Harra’ and when they asked for water, no water was given to them.” Abu Qilaba said, “Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle.” (Book #4, Hadith #234)
Asma bint Marwan
Asma was a mother of five children. The youngest was still nursing. Muhammad had just assassinated a very old man called Abu Afak. Asma heard of the event and said some poetry not very complementing of those who listen to Muhammad and go again their own kin. Muhammad heard of that and said “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” ‘Umayr b. ‘Adiy al-Khatmi who was with him heard him, and that very night he went to her house and killed her. In the morning he came to the apostle and told him what he had done and he [Muhammad] said, “You have helped God and His apostle, O ‘Umayr!” When he asked if he would have to bear any evil consequences the apostle said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads about her”, so ‘Umayr went back to his people. (Sirat, p. 676)
The blind man story
We read in Sunan Abu Dawud the following hadith:
Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas: A blind man had a slave-mother who used to abuse the Prophet (peace be upon him) and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (peace be upon him) and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was informed about it. He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up. He sat before the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said: Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her. Thereupon the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood. (Book #38, Hadith #4348)
Amr bin Ummayya and the one-eyed shephard
Muhammad sent Amr bin Umayya and an Ansari man to go to Mecca and assassinate Abu Sufyan. The mission failed. But out of it, we have an interesting story that can be found on page 673 of the Sirat. On his way back to Medina, Umayya met a one-eyed shepherd. The shepherd and the Muslim man both identified themselves as members of the same Arab clan. Prior to going asleep, the shepherd said that he would never become a Muslim. Umayya waited for the shepherd to fall asleep, and when the one-eyed shepherd was asleep, Umayya got up and killed him in a more horrible way than any man has been killed. Umayya put the end of his bow in his sound eye, then bore down on it until I forced it out at the back of his neck.”
Umayya returned to Medina and saw Muhammad, who asked him about what had happened. Umayya told him of what happened, and Muhammad blessed him.
Genocide of a whole tribe (nation)
Bani Qurayza was a rich Medinan tribe. Muhammad annihilated them in one day. That tribe ceased to exist after that day:
During the night, trenches sufficient to contain the dead bodies of the men were dug across the market place of the city. In the morning, Mahomet, himself a spectator of the tragedy, commanded that male captives to be brought forth in companies of five or six at a time. Each company as it came up was made to sit down in a row on the brink of the trench destined for its grave, there beheaded, and the bodies cast therein. …The butchery, begun in the morning, lasted all day, and continued by torchlight till the evening. Having thus drenched the market place with the blood of seven or eight hundred victims, and having given command for the earth to be smoothed over their remains, Mahomet returned from the horrid spectacle to solace himself with the charms of Rihana, whose husband and all her male relatives had just perished in the massacre. [Source: W. Muir, The Life of Mahomet, Edinburg 1923, p. 307-8].
There are many more such stories of hear-rending cruelties in Islamic sources that were committed by Muhammad. But probably the above few will suffice to make a call on the question set out in the title of this essay.
Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini
by, Ershad Alijani - Nazanin | France 24 | h/t Halal Pork Shop
A video has emerged of a man making a last-ditch attempt to flee his public execution in Iran, while onlookers cheer him on.
In the video below, the young man is about to be hanged in front of a large crowd that has gathered to watch the execution. He was condemned for having gang-raped a pregnant woman along with two other men back in 2008. As a result, the woman reportedly miscarried and lost her baby. The executions of all three men took place on February 26. According to Iranian media, they took place in three different suburbs of Karaj, where the crime occured. However, it’s not clear in which one the execution of the man in the video took place.
As he’s about to be publicly hanged, he begins crying and begs to see his mother one last time. When the executioners refuse his last request, he lashes out and knocks several of them down.
Immediately, swarms of policemen rush onto the platform to restrain the condemned man. They forcefully wrap the noose around his neck, before lifting him onto a podium. The public rally to his side, initially supporting his attempt to break free of his executioners. Moments before his death, he can be heard asking his mother and the public to pardon his crime. Some people in the crowd respond by saying they forgive him.
According to the United Nations, at least 80 people have already reportedly been executed in Iran so far this year. That puts the Islamic Republic second on the list of countries with the highest number of executions, behind China. The Iranian government says it carries out executions in public to set a “harsh example” to would-be criminals, in the hope that they’ll be deterred from carrying out crimes in the future.
“These executions have no deterrent effect on the population”
Nazanin is a journalist in Tehran who has covered public executions.
The authorities don’t announce the executions ahead of time. They usually take place in the early morning, and people in the neighbourhood realise that an execution is going to take place when they see the stage being set up.
At all the executions I have been to, I have noticed that the people who gather to watch them are above all curious. They just wanted to see what it’s like to see a human die. Sometimes, people who stop to watch don’t realise exactly what’s going on until it’s too late, and are quite shocked. Meanwhile, some have their young kids with them — I once suggested to a mother that she may want to cover her little boy’s eyes, and she said, “oh, he’s a kid, he’ll forget about this anyway.”
Usually, everyone stays silent. In recent years, people have started bringing their mobile phones to take pictures and short films and put them on social networks.
The onlookers often feel sympathy both for the victims of the crime, and the criminal who is about to die. People have told me things like, “it’s such a shame, he’s so young”. And in the next breath they’ll say, “but then again he killed someone, so he deserves it.”
I witnessed an execution of a famous criminal in southern Tehran once. He had killed multiple people, and everyone in the neighbourhood was terrified of him. But at his execution, he addressed the crowd. He admitted his sins and talked about the difficulties he had faced in his youth. The crowd started to feel sympathy for him. In my opinion, these executions have no deterrent effect on the population.
H I L L A R Y C L I N T O N - B E N G H A Z I W A R C R I M I N A L
by, The Washington Free Beacon | h/t Pat Dollard
The students, mostly far left extremists, used Clinton’s visit as a soapbox to voice their opinions about issues such as immigration and foreign policy.
Students for Justice in Palestine took advantage of the free publicity to further complain about the failure of an anti-Israel divestment measure which was struck down last week in a student government vote.
Other groups of students joined forces with the University of California union to picket against what they perceive to be unfair labor practices and Clinton’s refusal to fully embrace the labor movement.
“No justice, no peace!” they cried.
Tickets for the event were listed at an astounding $250 for the general public and $100 for students and staff.
Robert Williams, 41, appears in Albany County Court, left with his defense attorney Michael Jurena for sentencing Friday morning March 7, 2014 in Albany, N.Y. Williams was convicted in January of murdering his wife in her West Hills home last spring. (Skip Dickstein / Times Union)
by, Mike Goodwin | The Times Union | h/t Halal Pork Shop
But Williams received stern words from the sentencing judge on Friday for slaughtering her and then trying to strip her of “all dignity” by hiding her body in a closet.
Visiting County Judge Andrew Ceresia ordered the 41-year-old city man to serve 25 years to life in prison for the May killing.
“Every day, I have to live with regret and remorse,” Williams said, speaking in low tones. “I am way beyond remorseful.”
Ceresia acknowledged Williams’ remorse and the fact that he did not deny killing Wallace, but called the crime reprehensible.
“You attempted to strip all dignity from this woman by stuffing her in a closet,” the judge said.
Wallace, 37, known as Sakina, was stabbed more than 30 times in the neck inside 279 Sherman St. sometime between May 26 and May 29. Williams, who fled to New York City in an attempt to avoid arrest, admitted the killing to friends and spoke at length with Albany police.
The jury needed just over an hour to convict him of second-degree murder on Jan. 17.
Wallace’s aunt, Gladys Brangman, spoke on behalf of her family, asking the judge to impose the maximum sentence.
“We are all angry, hurt, frustrated and sickened,” she said.
Brangman said Wallace’s sisters and children are trying to learn how to live without her.
“None of our lives will ever be the same,” she said.
Chief Assistant District Attorney David Rossi requested that Williams receive the maximum sentence. “There is no justification for what happened,” he said.
Williams’ attorney, Michael Jurena, asked for leniency, noting that Williams, a convicted sex offender, did not deny killing Wallace.
During the trial, Rossi told jurors that Williams believed Wallace was cheating on him, but killed her because he objected to her behavior in their Muslim community.
He played for the jury part of Williams’ videotaped interview with police. A detective showed Williams a photo of Wallace and referred to the victim as a Muslim woman. Williams then said: “Muslim woman? If she was a Muslim woman none of this (expletive) would even exist.”
Jurena argued Williams killed his wife because of an “extreme emotional disturbance,” which is a defense in New York state against a murder charge, giving a jury the option to consider manslaughter.
Jurena conceded Williams killed Wallace, but said Wallace went at his client with knives and that his client was drunk at the time.
A Muslim Man Attacks His Daughter, a Christian Pastor and Two Others With a Machete
by, Ola Ajayi Ibadan | Vanguard | Osun Defender | h/t Pamela Geller and Midnight Watcher
Nigeria: The Oyo State Police command has arrested a suspect in connection with the killing of his daughter, Miss Kausara Isiaka for allegedly converting to Christianity.
The suspect was alleged by Reverend Daniel Oladimeji, one of the four persons he attacked with machete that he suspected him to be the brain behind the attack.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Olabisi Ilobanafor, one Mary Oladimeji, of Calvary Church, Ayekale, Ibadan reported the incident at the station at about 02:00 hours of February 26th 2014.
Though, the police are yet to determine his culpability or otherwise, the suspect allegedly sneaked into the church premises and inflicted machete cuts on the four persons.
The victims’ names, according to the police, are Mary, Kausara Isiaka, Aanu and the pastor of the church.
It was further gathered that the father of the deceased who is a Muslim, allegedly pleaded severally with his daughter and threatened her to review her decision.
The police stated that the girl had to take refuge in the church.
But, on that fateful day, a yet-to-be identified attacker broke in and inflicted machete injuries on the victims while they were sleeping.
Out of the four victims, the police confirmed that her injuries were more severe than others.
Mary, the daughter of the suspect and other victims were rushed to Mobolaji Hospital, Oremeji, Ibadan where she later died.
“DSP Ilobanafor said the police visited the scene, took photographs and moved the remains of the deceased to Adeoyo State Hospital mortuary for autopsy. One suspect was arrested and case transferred to the Assistant Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department”.
I S L A M: T h e O N L Y ”R E L I G I O N”…
T H A T M U R D E R S Y O U f o r L E A V I N G I T !
Child bride via forced marriage.
by, AFP | IOL News
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for raping a 12-year-old whom he later married, as an activist urged the Muslim-majority nation to ban all child marriages.
The district court in Sabah state on Borneo island found former restaurant manager Riduan Masmud, 41, guilty of raping the girl in February last year, his lawyer Ram Singh said.
The father-of-four was charged with rape shortly after the act, but in May last year told the court that he had married the girl.
The case caused an outcry and prosecutors continued to pursue the rape charge.
“The court says even though the marriage is still valid, he is guilty” of rape, Ram told AFP, adding he would appeal the verdict.
Riduan was also sentenced to a fine and two strokes of the cane. The court deferred the sentence pending appeal.
Ram said Riduan was also facing bribery charges in a separate court for paying the girl’s father 5 000 ringgit ($1 500) to give his consent to the marriage.
Child marriages are not uncommon in the conservative Southeast Asian country. Some 60 percent of Malaysia’s 28 million people are Muslim.
Girls below the age of 16 must obtain the permission of Islamic courts, which regulate civil matters for Muslims. But activists say such permission is too readily granted.
Ivy Josiah, executive director of Women’s Aid Organisation, said Malaysia should make 18 the legal age for marriage for all.
“It’s not the end of the story. We keep hearing of isolated cases (of child marriages) but enough to raise concern,” she told AFP.
Muslims are allowed to have up to four wives in Malaysia. Riduan’s children from his first wife are aged three to 18, Ram said.
by, Emirates 24/7
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: A criminal court in Abu Dhabi sentenced a man from another Gulf country to five years in prison after he was found guilty of raping an Arab girl suffering from mental illness.
The girl had known the man through social networks and she had agreed to meet him after he assured her that he only wanted to be a friend.
After their first innocent meeting, the girl was encouraged to see the man again after she trusted him. But she was wrong.
“After the second meeting, he raped her and then threatened that he would tell all her family if she tells any one about what happened…he later called the girl and told her not to contact him again,” the Arabic language daily Alkhaleej said.
It said the girl collapsed and told her family, who reported the man to the police.
Another blatant example of Islam’s hate-filled Judeophobia as…
Four Muslim attackers hold a Jewish passenger down, strangle him and hit him in the face, telling him ‘you have no country’
by, JTA | The Times of Israel | h/t Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller
Four unidentified Arab men savagely beat a French Jew in a Paris Metro train, a watchdog organization reported.
The attack happened Sunday as the train was traveling from Nogent Sur Marne to Gare de Lyon, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.
Two of the attackers held down the 28-year-old victim, who was identified only as A. Levy, while a third strangled him and beat his face, BNVCA said on its website Monday. The report said Levy sustained some injuries but did not specify.
His attackers shouted the Arab word for “Jews” before attacking Levy, who is a religious Jew belonging to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the report said. One of them also told him: “Jew, we are going to lay into you, you have no country,” according to the report.
They stopped assaulting Levy after one of the passengers said loudly that the police were coming, according to BNVCA.
The suspected attackers got off the Metro at the Chatelet-les Halles station in the heart of the French capital. Levy stayed on the train and filed a police complaint for aggravated assault at Gare de Lyon, the report said.
On Sunday, the SPCJ monitor unit of the French Jewish community reported in its annual summary that it had recorded 423 anti-Semitic incidents in France during 2013. The figure constitutes a 31-percent decrease over the previous year, but is still eight percent higher than in 2011.
CCTV Images of three Sudanese Child Gang-Rapists. Photo courtesy of: The Sydney Morning Herald
by, Rachel Olding | The Sydney Morning Herald | h/t fj.
SYDNEY, Australia: Family and friends of a 14 year-old girl allegedly gang-raped in a western Sydney park say they know who the perpetrators are and have pointed the finger at an African gang operating in the Blacktown area.
Police continue to hose down reports of retaliatory violence but an African youth was attacked by a group in Blacktown two weeks ago and was hospitalised with severe groin injuries. Community leaders say the attack was related to the Doonside assault last month.
Police released CCTV images on Tuesday of three men wanted over the alleged rape of the teenage girl.
The victim has told police she was walking through Bill Colbourne Reserve about 11pm on February 8 when she was assaulted by up to six men, whom she described as being of African appearance and in their early 20s.
A 16 year-old youth who goes to the same high school as the victim, turned himself in to Blacktown police days later and was charged with sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault.
He claimed to be a member of Blackdanna, a self-proclaimed ”alliance of all niggas” in the Blacktown area who share photos of drugs, knives and graffiti online and wear black bandannas.
Police believe up to five more men were involved and they have released images of three men, one of whom is wearing a black bandanna, catching a train from Blacktown to Parramatta together in the hours after the alleged rape.
The victim’s brother had previously singled out Blackdanna members as the perpetrators and claimed to know which individuals were involved.
He said he was ”keen as f—” to take the group down and wanted them all dead for ”thinking they can run the world”.
”How would they like it if I dis it to there sister and said f— It [sic],” he posted online on February 28.
A young African boy responded by posting his address and taunting the brother and his friends to come fight him, saying ”get who ever you want i will blow they f—kin head of [sic]” and ”come to doony i will get a girl to flog ya”.
Despite the online threats, Detective Inspector Mick Haddow from the Sex Crimes Squad said on Tuesday there had been no ”wall of silence” from the community, but an ”enormous amount of support”.
He said the victim was doing very well considering her ordeal.
The youth charged over the incident has been granted conditional bail to reside with his family in Blacktown. Neighbours said they had seen groups of men staking out the house to intimidate the boy and his family, who came to Australia from Sudan 10 years ago.
Blacktown police said they were not aware of any incidents but had instructed officers to drive by the boy’s house on their nightly patrols.
Sudanese community leader Deng Thiak Adut said he feared the bashing of the African youth was related to the Doonside incident.
The youth, who is known to police, has refused to co-operate.
The NPD has recognized that people’s prejudices against Islam can be turned into political capital. In their party newspaper, Deutsche Stimme (“German Voice”) an article described how anti-Muslim campaigns can be used to “open doors for much broader anti-immigration sentiments.” Here, an NPD rally against a new home for asylum seekers in the Hellersdorf-Marzahn district in Berlin. Photo courtesy of: Der Spiegel
Editorial Preface: This article is from the Ultra Left-Wing Extremist “Der Spiegel” publication. Even though “we” are educated intellectuals and know that there is no such thing as “islamophobia” we will share their bottom-feeder smut:
by, Der Spiegel | h/t Blazing CatFur
Across Germany, right-wing organizations are using anti-Islam rhetoric to further their ideas — and finding a receptive audience. Now legal experts are debating whether it’s time for a new kind of hate-crime legislation.
Stachus is one of Munich’s nicest squares. It is rich in tradition and filled with pedestrians — and perfect for Michael Stürzenberger’s purposes. Hand balled into a fist, he paces back and forth and screams, “The Koran is the most dangerous book in the world.” Because a couple dozen people have come to demonstrate against Stürzenberger, police officers in bullet-proof vests are watching over the area.
A decade ago, Stürzenberger, 49, was the spokesperson for the Munich office of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. But since 2012 he has been active in a splinter party called Die Freiheit (“The Freedom”), of which he was elected federal chairman three months ago. He preaches hate against Islam and compares the Koran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” For two years now, he’s been collecting signatures opposing the planned construction of an Islamic center in Munich. He has already held over one hundred anti-Islam rallies.
The Freiheit leader isn’t alone. Several supporters, have joined him on Stachus, some carrying signs such as “No mosque on Stachus,” or “Stop the enemies of democracy.” Stürzenberger screams that Sharia instructs men to hit women. His voice cracks. “We don’t want that in Bavaria!” A retiree asks where he can sign “against Islam.”
For most Munich residents, Stürzenberger’s verbal assaults are an embarrassment. CSU city councilwoman Marian Hoffman compares his incitements to the “droning speeches of the Nazis.” The city government of Mayor Christian Ude, a member of the center-left Social Democrats, is worried about possible conflict during the upcoming local elections. Munich, he says, has become the focus of “experimentation” by radical anti-Islamists with the right-wing populists from Die Freiheit testing whether or not their attacks on the Muslim minority have majority appeal. If Stürzenberger gathers enough signatures for a citizens’ initiative against the mosque, it would send a signal across Bavaria and beyond that Muslims are not welcome.
Growing Anti-Islam Movement
There have been plenty of movements such as Stürzenberger’s in Germany in recent years. They generally begin in response to the construction of a mosque: Reluctance turns into resistance, then hate and violence. Over the last two years, there have been arson attacks against Muslim prayer houses in Berlin, Hanau and Hannover. Politically Incorrect, the most prominent German-speaking anti-Islam website, has up to 120,000 visitors per day.
In addition to Die Freiheit, radical anti-Islamists have founded the political party Pro Deutschland (“Pro Germany”) and the citizens’ movement Pax Europa. They are currently attempting to gain influence over the euro-skeptic Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) — the former federal chairman of Die Freiheit has called for his followers to support the AfD in this May’s European elections.
According to a study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 56 percent of Germans consider Islam to be an “archaic religion, incapable of fitting into modern life” and many believe religious freedom for Muslims should be “substantially restricted.”
There are several potential explanations for the rising skepticism of Islam in Germany. For one, many third-generation Muslim immigrants are living more strictly than their parents did, making them more conspicuous. Also, in some neighborhoods in large German cities, Muslim girls are afraid of going outside without wearing a headscarf. There have also been several reports in the German media recently of ethnic-German men converting to Islam, radicalizing and going to Pakistan for terror training. Just this past week, the Minister of the Interior warned that a total of 300 German Jihadists have left Germany to fight in Syria.
Hans-Georg Maassen, president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, sees a “correlation” between the activities of the radical Salafists and far-right agitation.
There are about four million Muslims in Germany, almost half of which have a German passport. The BfV estimates that about 42,000 (or 1 percent) of them are fundamentalists and 1,000 are potentially violent.
Anti-Islamists generally don’t differentiate between Sunnis, Shiites and Alevi, or between militant Islamists and peaceful believers. In their imagination, Islam isn’t a religion but a political ideology that must be fought. Muslims are accused of trying to take over the world, undermining the sovereignty of democratic states, infiltrating their legal systems. The Politically Incorrect internet platform reads: “The spread of Islam means that our descendants — and probably us too — will live in an Islam-dominated social order oriented towards the Sharia and the Koran and no longer towards the constitution and human rights.”
The website of the “Nürnberg 2.0″ project shows wanted posters of supposed Muslim supporters — judges, journalists, politicians — who are to be brought to justice for the “Islamification of Germany” in the vein of “the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials of 1945.”
In the summer of 2013, a video by a self-described “Anti Islam Faction” made the rounds via Politically Incorrect. It showed a Koran being burned on a tree stump followed by the appearance of three men in aluminum foil masks who then burn another Koran and address Muslims in a distorted voice: “You are the most fascist and hate-filled religion in existence.” Then the video shows images of decapitations, blood-smeared fanatics, mutilated women’s bodies and faces that have been eaten away. It ends with the words: “Don’t give Islam a chance!” The Munich State Prosecutor has begun proceedings against the video’s creators.
In this 2011 photo, former Die Freiheit (“The Freedom”) Party Chairman Rene Stadtkewitz stands alongside Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders and Oskar Freysinger of the Swiss People’s Party at a rally for Die Freiheit. The party is part of the German anti-Islam movement. Photo courtesy of: Der Spiegel
Politically Incorrect (PI for short) was founded by Stefan Herre, a teacher from Cologne. Herre’s influence stretches beyond the Internet: He’s acquainted with right-wing populists like the Geert Wilders in Holland and Islamophobes such as the American pastor Terry Jones. Local PI groups have formed in many German cities, as well as in Austria and Switzerland; the Munich PI branch is being monitored by Bavarian state intelligence officials.
When Matthias Rohe, a Bavarian Islam scholar who argues for a more nuanced understanding of the religion, gives a talk, he is often booed and insulted by anti-Islamists. One PI comment reads: “In the future, people attending Mr. Rohe’s speeches should make sure to bring the appropriate equipment: a mop and a bucket, a camera, a nice big cross … and a nice sharp knife.”
In mid-November, the Leipzig fire department was called to the property of the Muslim Ahmadiyya congregation, where a garbage can was on fire. Next to it, emergency responders found five bloody pig heads impaled on wooden stakes. The floor had been covered with a blood-red liquid. The police suspects radical right-wingers were responsible.
The Ahmadiyya congregation is planning a mosque with two decorative minarets and prayer rooms for about one-hundred worshippers in the Gohlis quarter of Leipzig. Two weeks before the attack, the right-wing extremist National Democratic Party (NPD) had held a demonstration. By the end of last week, over 10,000 citizens had signed a petition called “Gohlis Says No!”. A CDU politician was instrumental in launching the signature drive; organizers insist that a mosque would “destroy” the quarter’s character.
Increased Visibility Spurring Hate
There’s no doubt that Islam has become more visible in Germany in recent years. Muslims now have risen to higher positions in politics and the economy. Mosques are no longer just being built in industrial areas on the edges of cities, but, as in Leipzig, downtown. But according to Yasemin Shooman from the Academy of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, this continuing Muslim integration is, paradoxically, one of the reasons anti-Muslim prejudice has become stronger.
The NPD has recognized how to transform skepticism and hatred of Islam into political capital. In their party newspaper, Deutsche Stimme(“German Voice”), an article describes how anti-Muslim campaigns can be used to “open doors for much broader anti-immigration sentiments”: “The Muslims — with their foreign origins, customs and religiosity — create unease, fear and resistance among most Germans. The NPD is therefore well-advised from an electoral tactical perspective to focus the immigrant question on the Muslim question and to offer up Muslims as a space on which to project everything the average German doesn’t like about immigrants.”
Maren Brandenburger, the head of the Lower-Saxony intelligence service, confirms that neo-Nazis are increasingly stirring up hatred against Muslims, a phenomenon she sees as a “strategic reorientation of organized right-wing extremism.” Anti-Islamic sentiment now comes in the guise of the average German man or woman.
‘Let That Melt in Your Mouth’
In the civic center of Bonn-Bad Godesberg, about 50 older men and women are listening to a talk by Marie-Luise Hoffmann-Polzoni, the chairperson of the Womenforfreedom association. Her subject: “Sharia vs. Human Rights.” On a table there are German books with titles like “The Jihad System” and “Endangered Freedom.” On the wall there’s a photo of a man whose back is covered in cuts, supposedly having been flogged because he converted from Islam to Christianity.
Hoffmann-Polzoni wears a black frilled dress and speaks with a tempered voice. The vision of Islam she paints is a grim one: stonings, crucifixions and decapitations are expected by Muslims as penalties for purported crimes like adultery. “Just imagine that,” she whispers.
Anti-Muslim speech has found its way into the center of society, stoked by politicians like Hans-Jürgen Irmer, the deputy floor leader for the CDU in Hesse. He warned state parliament that “Islam is set on global domination,” and that “we don’t need more Muslims, we need fewer.” Muslim groups, he said, could not be trusted — because deceiving non-Muslims is a central part of Islam.
Merely the expression of an opinion? From a legal standpoint, Islam can be criticized just as harshly as Christianity in Germany, says Maassen. In the case of Politically Incorrect, authorities are unsure whether to consider it a digital platform or an organization with leaders. Monitoring a blog for its opinions is considered legally questionable. Intelligence officials speak of a “gray area.”
Solution: American-Style Hate-Crimes Laws?
But perhaps gray areas can be eliminated. Last Tuesday, the anti-racism commission of the Council of Europe rebuked the German government for not following through on an initiative to include a provision in the penal code that “makes racist motivations an aggravating factor” in crimes. Countries like the United Kingdom and the United States are further along on this path: They have laws against so-called hate crimes largely to protect immigrants.
Ender Çetin, 37, is a victim of hate and racism. The head of Berlin’s Sehitlik Mosque Association has been attacked several times in the past three years. In addition, there have been four arson attacks against the mosque, balloons filled with paint were flung against the walls, tombstones were covered in swastikas and, one time, there was a pig’s head in front of the door. In April, Cetin received a letter: If he doesn’t immediately leave Germany, he will be shot.
Çetin asked for police protection, but the authorities played down the issue. Many members of his congregation are afraid, he says, particularly after murder spree undertaken by the neo-Nazi trio NSU. Now he has installed security cameras, paid for with private donations, at the entrance of the mosque.
BY: Hubert Gude, Maximillian Popp, Jorg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid
Translated from the German by Thomas Rogers