Shariah & Women and Children Joomla! - the dynamic portal engine and content management system Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:54:06 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Karzai 'pardons' rape victim
The AP reports (Dec 1, 2011 - Kabul):

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday pardoned an Afghan woman serving a 12-year prison sentence for having sex out of wedlock after she was raped by a relative.

Karzai's office said in a statement that the woman and her attacker have agreed to marry. That would reverse an earlier decision by the 19-year-old woman, who had previously refused a judge's offer of freedom if she agreed to marry the rapist.

Her plight was highlighted in a documentary that the European Union blocked because it feared the women featured in the film would be in danger if it were shown.
]]> (Tim Sumner) Shariah & Women and Children Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:14:29 +0000
Islam in the Classroom
What the textbooks tell us:

Many political and religious groups try to use the textbook process to their advantage, but the deficiencies in Islam-related lessons are uniquely disturbing. History textbooks present an incomplete and confected view of Islam that misrepresents its foundations and challenges to international security.
Misinformation about Islam is more pronounced in junior high school textbooks than high school textbooks.
Outright textbook errors about Islam are not the main problem. The more serious failure is the presence of disputed definitions and claims that are presented as established facts.
Deficiencies about Islam in textbooks copyrighted before 2001 persist and in some cases have grown worse. Instead of making corrections or adjusting contested facts, publishers and editors defend misinformation and content evasions against the record. Biases persist. Silences are profound and intentional.
Islamist activists use multiculturalism and ready-made American political movements, especially those on campus, to advance and justify uncritical Islam-related content makeover in history textbooks.
Particular fault rests with the publishing corporations, the boards of directors, and executives who decide what editorial policies their companies will pursue.

Publishers have developed new world and U.S. history textbooks at three different grade levels. Errors about Islam that occurred in older textbooks have not been corrected but reiterated. Publishers have learned of contested facts and have had the time to correct imbalances. But instead of making changes, they have sustained errors or, in deliberate acts of self-censorship, have removed controversial material.

Read their full report.
]]> (Tim Sumner) Shariah & Women and Children Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:04:29 +0000
Iraqi Immigrant Gets 34 Years for Killing 'Too Westernized' Daughter

April 16, 2011
Phoeniz, AZ

An Arizona judge sentenced an Iraqi immigrant on Friday to more than 34 years in prison, about two months after his conviction for running over his 20-year-old daughter because he claimed she'd become "too Westernized."

A Maricopa County, Arizona, jury in February convicted Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, of one count of second-degree murder in the death of Noor Faleh Almaleki. He was also found guilty of aggravated assault for causing serious injuries to Amal Edan Khalaf, the mother of Noor's fiance, as well as two counts of leaving the scene.

On Friday, Judge Roland Steinle sentenced Almaleki to a total of 34½ years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for his crimes. That includes 16 years -- less than the maximum possible sentence of 22 years -- on the murder charge, which will be served concurrently with a 15-year aggravated assault sentence. In addition, Almaleki will get consecutive 3½-year terms for leaving the scene.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery applauded the judge's decision, saying "Mr. Almaleki will have an appropriately long time in prison to ponder this truth."

]]> (Nick Holton) Shariah & Women and Children Sat, 16 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000
Women Irate at Remarks by President of Yemen

The New York Times
April 16, 2011
Sana'a, Yemen

President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s suggestion that antigovernment protesters in the capital were in violation of Islamic law because women were allowed to mix with men stirred a women’s rights march in the capital on Saturday, as thousands of women in this staunchly conservative country made Mr. Saleh an object of public derision.

Mr. Saleh’s comments on Friday, in which he called on the antigovernment protesters at Sana University “to prevent the mixing on University Avenue, which is not approved by Islam,” seemed only to further embolden female protesters in Yemen, where virtually all women are covered in black head to toe, including a niqab, or face veil.

“The reason why people are upset is that you cannot talk about women’s honor here,” said Atiaf Alwazir, a Yemeni woman raised in the United States who is now a youth organizer. “That is really a big shame. It’s a black shame. It shames the tribe, the husband, the brother, the whole family.”

“You tell us mixing is haram,” she added, using the Arabic word for sin. “Killing is haram.”

]]> (Nick Holton) Shariah & Women and Children Sat, 16 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000
After the Egyptian Revolution: The Wars of Religion

March 10, 2011
Cairo, Egypt

The angry, aggressive crowd formed within minutes of my arrival. Dozens of Muslim men, all in ankle-length galabias, came together in the middle of the dusty dirt path leading to the Church of the Two Martyrs in this poor Christian and Muslim village some 130 miles (210 km) south of Cairo. They were determined to block access to what has become a sectarian sore: a church overrun by Muslim locals and desecrated, an act that has prompted desperate national calls to maintain the inter-religious unity forged in Tahrir Square during the uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.

"You can't see it!" a group of men screamed. Several women in niqabs, or full-face veils, scurried away, carrying plastic bags of produce. In an armored personnel carrier, several soldiers in red berets watched the fracas from farther up the road. Closer by, at least a dozen soldiers in flak jackets and helmets marched down an adjacent side street, barring anyone from following them.

"You are not allowed to pass," some of the men in galabias yelled at me. "Leave! Leave now!"

"Are you Christian?" another asked.

"What are you going to see?" asked Mahmoud Mohammad, 30, who appeared to be their spokesman. "Destroyed walls and a burned building?" I told him I wanted to reach the church.

"It's not a church," he said, raising his voice. "It is a meeting place, and we don't want a church here," he added before grabbing my notebook, ripping out several pages and forcibly marching me out of the village.

]]> (Nick Holton) Shariah & Women and Children Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000
New York TV Exec Gets 25 Years to Life for Wife's Beheading

March 9, 2011
New York, NY

A former television executive was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday for the beheading death of his wife.

After an hour of deliberation, an upstate New York jury convicted Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan of second-degree murder last month after a three-week trial.

In imposing the sentence, Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk also issued a protection order on behalf of Hassan's two children.

In February 2009, Hassan, who founded a TV network aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes, went to a police station in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Orchard Park and told officers his wife was dead, police have said.

Aasiya Hassan had been decapitated and the long knife used by her husband had left marks on his office's tile floor, prosecutors said during opening statements.

The sentence was the maximum amount Franczyk could impose under state law, said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita. He said the sentence was "a perfectly appropriate sentence under the circumstances and considering the violent nature of the crime and a lack of genuine remorse by the defendant."

]]> (Jessica Peterson) Shariah & Women and Children Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000
NY TV Station Owner Guilty of Beheading Wife

February 8, 2011
New York, NY

A man who set up a TV station in New York state to counter negative stereotypes about Muslims has been found guilty of beheading his wife in what lawyers say appears to have been an "honor killing." Muzzammil Hassan, the Pakistan-born owner of Buffalo's Bridges TV, will be sentenced to 25 years to life for killing his wife with two hunting knives 6 days after she filed for divorce, the Guardian reports.

]]> (Jessica Peterson) Shariah & Women and Children Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000
Fleeing Violent Husbands Puts Afghan Women in Jail

January 3, 2011
Kabul, Afghanistan

Gul Bibi pulls back her light blue scarf to reveal faded tribal tattoos and sad, almond eyes. She has not seen any of her three children, or any other family members, in the five months she has languished in prison. Her "crime": running away from a husband who viciously beat her throughout their nine-year marriage, which was arranged by her parents when she was 16 to end a land dispute. She finally fled to Kabul from her home in eastern Khost province this summer with a neighbor named Ajmal. They'd fallen in love and planned to get married, she explains, until her husband took several of his relatives hostage, demanding that she turn herself in to police. Her insistence that she never had sexual relations with her companion doesn't matter to an Afghan justice system that deems her desertion tantamount to adultery. "It's difficult when a man and women really love each other here," says the 25-year-old ethnic Pashtun. "Now I'm trapped."

Most of the nearly 200 inmates at the Badam Bagh women's prison are runaways like Bibi, confined alongside a smaller number of murderers and drug traffickers. Many of the runaways were forced into marriage as teenagers, in some cases to men three times their age, enduring regular beatings and verbal abuse from their husbands or in-laws. Some fled to be with other men; others, simply to find peace. Most expected to eventually be caught and face the consequences, but their lives at home had become intolerable. "When a bird is sitting in a tree, if no one throws a stone, it will not leave its nest," laments a sympathetic prison guard. "The same can be said of the women here." (Watch a TIME video on the women of Afghanistan.)

]]> (Nick Holton) Shariah & Women and Children Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000
Shelter Refuses to Accommodate Woman Booted Out by Husband The wife on an imam is denied accommodation at a women’s shelter in Jeddah. She was thrown out of her home for refusing to turn over her salary to her husband. Said Saeed Al-Asmary, director of media affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs, “In this case, this woman does not need a shelter. What she needs to do is make peace with her husband and get back with him. There are far more complicated cases in which people are in desperate need for a roof over their heads.”

Arab News
December 30, 2010
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

A Saudi woman who claims her husband threw her out of the family home because she refused to give him her salary has been denied accommodation at a women’s shelter in Jeddah.

“The woman informed the police about her plight. We contacted a women’s shelter and prepared a letter asking them to give her accommodation. However, the shelter rejected our request saying the woman does not qualify for shelter as she has not suffered any kind of physical abuse,” said First Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq, spokesman for Jeddah police.

“The victim told us that she has already filed a lawsuit against her husband, who is the imam of a mosque, asking him for her dowry and a divorce (khulaa), and compensation for defamation. The police are now looking into this,” he added.

Saeed Al-Asmary, director of media affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs, said, shelters are instructed not to accept individuals who do not have the proper paperwork.

“Shelters will not accept individuals who do not have legal papers issued by a relevant government department. We need to make sure that the person has not been responsible for a crime and is not running away from justice,” he said.

“In this case, this woman does not need a shelter. What she needs to do is make peace with her husband and get back with him. There are far more complicated cases in which people are in desperate need for a roof over their heads,” he added.

After being thrown out from the family home, the police called her husband asking him to pick her up from the Al-Salama police station. “He, however, refused to do so, saying that she had filed a lawsuit against him and that he doesn’t want anything to do with her until this is over. We later contacted her brother who came and picked her up straight away. She is now with him,” said Al-Bouq.

]]> (Nick Holton) Shariah & Women and Children Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000
Ahmadinejad: Iranian Widow's Stoning Case Still Under 'Investigation,' Now Butt Out and Stop Asking

NY Daily News
November 18, 2010
Tehran, Iran

The fate of an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery has yet to be resolved, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would like everyone to stop asking about it.

The Iranian leader spoke out about the case during a press conference on Thursday, accusing Western media of hypocrisy in their inquiries about the harsh sentence.

"This case is still under investigation," he said. "Iran's investigative agencies are very competent and they will take the right decision on this matter."

]]> (Jessica Peterson) Shariah & Women and Children Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000