Friday, 30 September 2011


Love Makes The World Go Round ... And An Extra Wife or 2 Doesn't Hurt Either!

A growing number of second and third generation Muslims in Britain are reverting to polygamous marriages to avoid having sinful affairs that contradict with the teachings of Islam.
"I love both of them. Obviously you can love one more than the other,” Imran (not his real name), a second generation British Muslim who has two wives, told the BBC News Online on Monday, September 26.
"I spend one day and one night with one, and one day one night with the other," he added.
Imran, who currently runs his own successful business manufacturing Indian desserts, was born and brought up in Birmingham.
At the age of 18, his first marriage was arranged to marry his first wife.
Falling in love with another woman after seven years of his first marriage, the young Muslim chose to marry her to be a second wife instead of having an affair, which is forbidden under Islam.
"It's better than a man being married and then having mistresses on the side when we can do it legitimately and it's perfectly allowed," he says.
"God has created us the way we are, that mankind desires more in wealth in sexual desires.
"The main thing is as long as you are 'just' among them, Islamically what can be more right than that, if you are taking care of them, fulfilling their rights," he says.
Though Imran kept the news about his second wife a secret for a while, he later conveyed the secret to his first wife who gradually accepted the new situation.
Now, Imran says both wives get along together. They even go shopping together with all his children.
Imran is not a sole case.

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12 Year Old Girl Given To 85 Year Old Man ... In Marriage

A 12-year-old girl was given in marriage to an 85-year-old man in Chiniot (Pakistan) on Friday.

According to eyewitnesses, tehsil Bhowana Adlana Japay resident Faiz sold his daughter Rani to his rival for five acres of land.

Eyewitnesses told police that Faiz had allegedly killed his cousin, the groom, Ahmed’s sister Anwar Bibi 8 years ago and a panchayat decided that he would give his daughter to settle the blood debt.

After being released from jail last week Faiz wed Rani to his rival Ahmed, who said that he had also paid for the girl by giving land. Residents informed police chowki in- charge Mangwana Zafar Baant about the case but he initially said that it was not in his jurisdiction to arrest people accused of wani.

Faiz was arrested by the police and was booked under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) eight years ago and remained in jail during the trial of the case. However, with the intervention of elders of the area, a deal was struck between the relatives of deceased Anwar Bibi and Faiz’s family.

Anwar Bibi’s family said they would pardon Faiz in the presence of the relatives of both parties and elders of the area during if he gave the hand of his 12-year-old daughter Rani Bibi to Ahmad.

“Ahmed said that Faiz had taken his wife from him and therefore ‘owed him a wife’.

Then he agreed to take his daughter,” eyewitness Raheem Shah said.

Ahmad is 82-years-old and is a wealthy landlord owning more than 20 acres of land. “He was married thrice. His first wife died young and the second got a divorce. The third, Anwar Bibi, was murdered by Faiz,” Shah told reporters. “The deal also stipulated that 5 acres of land be given to Faiz for handing over his daughter and the property has been transferred,” he added.

Muslim Divorced Women Speak ... A Round Table

As Western Muslims come to grips with their on-going struggle to establish an autonomous identity free from cultural carry-over from the East; battle Islamophobia; and create a unique brand of Islam specific to a Western life, they've managed to neglect a large portion of the community: divorced Muslim women. 

We often hear about the importance of marriage and family in Islam, but rarely the issues of separation, divorce and life post a divorce within the Western context is discussed. 

Some of the obstacles faced by Muslim women in case of divorce: 
1) The rigorous process of acquiring an Islamic divorce in the absence of any laws supporting the religious marriage in the Western world;
2) The challenge of raising a family as a single parent and subsequent financial obligations (alimony, child support, etc), especially if a civil marriage never took place; 
3) Dealing with the stigma attached to being a divorcee trickled through 'back home' mentalities; 
4) The inevitable search for a new Muslim husband willing to accept the woman's divorced label and children from the previous relationship if present. 

It's important to note that as new generations of Muslims emerge within the Western world, the dissonance of Eastern and Western interpretation of Islam will only strengthen. The Muslim scholarship will need to scramble to address these issues to meet the Western Muslim population. Divorce was prevalent among the Prophet's companions, and even the Prophet himself married a divorcee. One might wonder when and where divorced women became 'used' and 'unwanted' commodities sold at a cheaper price? 

The goal of this project is to empower divorced Muslim women and provide them with a forum to address their REAL anecdotal accounts as Muslim women in the Western world. 

I've interviewed 8 women for this project via email and have consent to publish their responses anonymously*. There remains much to be researched, analyzed, and changed respectively. 

*Note: names have been changed to protect the privacy of the interviewees. 

The Roundtable: 

How long were you married? 
Rasha: 6 years 
Nancy: 22 months 
Heidi: 40 days 
Anisa: 2 months 
Nisma: 3 years 
Sonia: 6 years 
Angela: 7 months 
Carol: 3 years 

How long have you been divorced? 
Rasha: 5.5 years 
Nancy: 2 years 
Heidi: 32 months 
Anisa: 2 years 
Nisma: 1 year 
Sonia: 4 months 
Angela: 3 months 
Carol: 6 years 

Were you legally married according to your country's law (other than Islamic)? 
Responses varied. 

Do you have children? 
Responses varied. 

Without giving away personal details/identities of any parties involved, why do you think your marriage ended? 
Rasha: "My ex-husband was unable to handle the responsibilities related to marriage - i.e. immature." 
Heidi: "Erectile dysfunction, physical and emotional abuse." 
Nancy: "He was abusive and unfaithful, and I refused to tolerate it." 
Anisa: "The husband and his family were unwilling to work together and come up with solutions. The parents had more of a say in the process. The husband took a back seat." 
Nisma: "The marriage ended because my ex and his family had a distorted and cultural view of the role of a wife/daughter in law by essentially keeping me locked in the marital home for 7 months. I was still looking to reconcile because I was pregnant but my ex husband flew to his country and remarried 2 days after my child was born. 
Sonia: "I was abused." 
Angela: "I believe my marriage ended because I feel like there is a culture of Muslim men who do not understand that a marriage involves a relationship and not just a contract. My husband was a man among these men. It was like everything in our marriage was a "transaction". 
Carol: "My ex-husband physically, mentally and emotionally abused me in the name of Islam." 

Was your family supportive of your divorce? If so, provide a few examples. 
Rasha: "Initially, my family tried everything to make sure we made all attempts to salvage the marriage (positively of course). Unfortunately, the other party was not open for any sort of discussion, counseling, etc. So given that situation, my family decided to stand with me and offer all of the support they could." 
Heidi: "Yes, they were alhamdulelah. They helped me to file for khul'a [divorce initiated by female]." 
Nancy: "At first, they pressed me to return to him, but now, they've accepted it." 
Anisa: "They were supportive throughout the whole process. We didn’t want it to end in a divorce, but in the end we knew that it was inevitable." 
Nisma: "My family were incredibly supportive of my divorce and without them I probably would have never found the strength to ask my ex husband for a divorce. They encouraged me to ask and also told me not to go back and that they would support me in looking after my son." 
Sonia: "Yes, my family did not question my decision at all, and they helped me to get the divorce." 
Angela: "Yes. My family definitely knew that he and I had problems so when I moved back into their home, they were welcoming. I feel like his parents supported a divorce because elements of the contract--- which I would call "traditional expectations" were not being followed. So I feel like my family supported the divorce because they knew how frustrated I was that there wasn't a real relationship being built." 
Carol: " Yes. In fact, my family were relieved that I was escaping his abuse and ill behavior." 
What was the reaction of the community to your divorce? Were they in favor, indifferent or strongly against the divorce? Provide examples if applicable. 
Rasha: "Most of the community, including myself, was in utter shock. Many thought of us as the "ideal couple" so when the news started spreading, there were lots of questions. I don't think anyone encouraged the divorce per se. Family friends made sure that I tried everything possible to make sure the decision wasn't regretted later. Some people however, made some insensitive comments. "I sure hope you were the one that left him, not him leaving you" - that was quite hurtful, especially when my husband left me for no apparent reason." 
Nancy: "They were mostly indifferent. But some blamed me for not putting up with the abuse and infidelity." 
Anisa: "They were supportive and said Allah swt has reasons for everything." 
Nisma: "My community have very stereotypical views towards divorced women, and although they didn't have any opinion towards my divorce, other than being incredibly nosey as to the details, they have very negative and prejudiced views of me. 
Some members have been strongly against the divorce, even though my ex husband had remarried and was living with his second wife (who was pregnant at the time) and a lady even made the effort to come to my place of work and try to convince me to not ask for a divorce and go back to him." 
Sonia: "I've not really discussed the divorce with many people. My close friends have been very supportive. I don't think society in general is very accepting of divorce, and I personally believe it is a truly awful thing to do/experience. But, sometimes there is literally no choice. Often people make assumptions about the cause of the divorce, but fail to understand the amount of suffering involved." 
Angela: "I am not involved in the community so I couldn't really say. I would say that we went to two counselors and they both agreed we should get divorced." 
Carol: "Most people were shocked to learn of the abuse since I was successful at hiding all signs. I found that people who were more involved with the community - and religious - encouraged reconciliation, while folks away from the community celebrated the fact I left him and was FREE of abuse." 
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One Law For All ... and It's Not Sharia

Sharia Law is Antithetical to Human Rights

   Maryam Namazie in Australia  Maryam
Maryam Namazie is the spokesperson for One Law for All, a group of ex-Muslims and dissident Muslims who believe Islamic sharia law should not be accepted as a de facto parallel legal system in the west.
   Maryam was born in Iran and brought up as a Muslim. Her family fled Iran after the Islamic revolution and became refugees, first in India, then inthe UK and the US. After graduating from university, Maryam worked with Ethiopian refugees in the Sudan, where she established a clandestine human rights network. Later she was elected executive director of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees, which has successfully lobbied the governments of a number of western countries on refugee and human rights issues. In 1994, she produced a documentary on the situation of Iranian refugees in Turkey.
   Maryam’s personal journey has led her to the conclusion that the concern for political correctness in liberal democracies is causing them to respect minority and religious rights above human rights.
   A study of the practice of sharia in Britain by One Law For All found Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals to be in violation of UK law, public policy and human rights.
   Together with Salman Rushdie and Irshad Manji, Maryam is one of 12 signatories to the “Manifesto: Together facing the new totalitarianism”, a declaration of the need to fight for secular values and personal freedom in the face of Islamic totalitarianism.
   Maryam is also very involved in the international campaign against execution by stoning and has been active in campaigning against honour killings and forced marriages.
   She has received many awards including National Secular Society 2005 Secularist of the Year; Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association; Honorary Associate of Rationalist International; and Emeritus member of the Secular Humanist League of Brazil. She was selected one of the top 45 women of the year 2007 by Elle magazine Quebec.
   More information about Maryam and One Law For All can be found at

Another Homegrown Al-Qaeda Terrorist Bites the Dust

Samir Khan: Proud to be an American traitor

  • Khan was a driving force behind a powerful al Qaeda propaganda machine
  • He produced a Western-style magazine called Inspire that touted the edicts of AQAP
  • He was killed along with Anwar al-Awlaki, U.S. and Yemeni officials say
(CNN) -- Samir Khan was proud to be a traitor. In a way, he was among the most dangerous of al Qaeda terrorists. By turning his back on the country he grew up in, he gained credibility and coupled that with his intimate knowledge of Western culture to become a driving force behind a powerful al Qaeda propaganda machine.
The one-time North Carolina resident, who U.S. and Yemeni officials say was killed with Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in a drone strike Friday morning, used his knowledge of computers to help produce a glossy, Western-style magazine called Inspire that touted the edicts of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.
Just what motivates a man who has spent much of his life growing up in the United States to wage jihad against it? Many of the answers are provided by Khan himself in an article he penned for Inspire titled, "I Am Proud to Be a Traitor to America."
In the article, Khan details his journey from North Carolina to Yemen, writing that "Washington's imperialism" was something he could no longer tolerate. "What they have done and continue to do in the Muslim lands is what I felt, totally unacceptable to my religion."
He details how he relied on his U.S. right to free speech to become more vocal about his anger toward U.S. foreign policies. He also writes that he was aware he was being watched by the FBI, something that played a role in his decision to flee. (A senior law enforcement official tells CNN Khan was being investigated by the FBI office in North Carolina, which determined it didn't have enough evidence to seek an indictment against him.)
"I decided to take up the pen and write out my thoughts and feelings regarding America's cowboy behavior in the Islamic lands" wrote Khan. "I knew that I had to stay under the guidelines of the laws regarding freedom of speech, but at the same time, I knew the real truth wouldn't be able to reach the masses unless and until I was above the law."
Khan fled to Yemen in 2009 and intelligence officials believe it was soon afterward that he became the editor of Inspire magazine. The official explanation of Khan's presence in Yemen was that he had gone to "teach English," which had become code in intelligence circles for attending radicalization classes.
The publication of the magazine was also concerning to intelligence officials as it became a significant tool in AQAP's recruiting effort and a signified a dangerous shift by providing the know-how for sympathizers to carry out attacks.
"The primary focus of the magazine is to inspire individuals to not just fly to Yemen and join the group, but rather to provide them with the inspiration, the ideological framework, the targeting philosophy and the practical mechanics of building a bomb or conducting a shooting," said Ben Venzke, CEO of IntelCenter, a private company that provides intelligence analysis to governments.
"To do it all, without ever having to step foot in a training camp but never having to come in physical contact with a terrorist," Venzke said. "And this allows AQAP to not only conduct attacks against the U.S., but at no cost financially or in terms of security to the group, they are able to add this force multiplier to their operations, because if even one person follows the direction of the magazine, that's a great success."
The deaths of both al-Awlaki and Khan are believed to be a significant blow to the future of the magazine. Clearly, AQAP understood its value. In a recently released supplement to Inspire marking the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Khan identified an AQAP leader, Sheikh Abu Basir, as saying, "The media work is half of the jihad." He also quotes someone he describes as a "brother" as saying, "A powerful media production is as hard-hitting as an operation in America."

Jailhouse and Islam ... Which Came First? ... The Chicken or the Egg?

New figures for the  numbers of Muslims in prison have revealed the shocking connection between Islam and criminality.
Despite being less than 5% of the population at the time of writing, Muslims represented 12percent (9795) of the prison population in England and Wales in 2008, according to the latest available figures.
Muslim gangs are running many prisons,according to a BBC report.  In high security prisons, Muslim percentages are well above average.   In 2008, Muslim prisoners accounted for 34 percent of prisoners in HMP Whitemoor, in Cambridgeshire, and about 24 percent of inmates in HMP Long Lartin, in Worcestershire.
Ironically, Muslim criminals enforce a strict Islamic code in many of our prisons: people can be beaten up for eating pork or listening to western music.  Inmates are being recruited into Islam and Muslim lags are being radicalised.
Britain is not alone: In Belgium the figure is 16% (12.8% Moroccans, 3.1% Turks) (EUMAP), 35% (NEWS) in Denmark 20% (NEWS).  French prisons have between 50% and 70% Muslims (NEWS, NEWS, NEWS) whilst in Norway the figure is over 30% (NEWS) and in Spain 70% (NEWS).  Not even Switzerland escapes, with 57.8% Muslims in Champ-Dollon prison alone (Champ-Dollon PDF).  See HERE for the source of that information and more figures.
“The connection between criminality and Islamism is very tight in Europe,” said Michael Radu, a terrorism analyst at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  See Islamic radicalization feared in Europe’s jails.

The Teachings of Islam Regarding Sex Slaves

Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim on Sex with Captives


Sahih al-Bukhari 2229—Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri that while he was sitting with Allah’s Messenger (an Ansari man came) and said, “O Allah’s Messenger! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?” The Prophet said, “Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 4138—Narrated Ibn Muhairiz: I entered the mosque and saw Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri and sat beside him and asked him about Al-Azl (i.e., coitus interruptus). Abu Sa’id said, “We went out with Allah’s Messenger for the Ghazwa of Banu Al-Mustaliq, and we received captives from among the Arab captives and we desired women and celibacy became hard on us and we loved to do coitus interruptus. So, when we intended to do coitus interruptus, we said, ‘How can we do coitus interruptus without asking Allah’s Messenger while he is present among us?’ We asked (him) about it and he said, ‘It is better for you not to do so. There is no person that is destined to exist, but will come to existence, till the Day of Resurrection.’”

Sahih al-Bukhari 4350—Narrated Buraida: The Prophet sent Ali to Khalid to bring the Khumus (of the booty) and I hated Ali, and Ali had taken a bath (after a sexual act with a slave-girl from the Khumus). I said to Khalid, “Don’t you see this (i.e., Ali)? When we reached the Prophet I mentioned that to him. He said, “O Buraida! Do you hate Ali?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Don’t hate him, for he deserves more than that from the Khumus.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 5210—Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri: We got female captives in the war booty and we used to do coitus interruptus with them. So we asked Allah’s Messenger about it and he said, “Do you really do that?” repeating the question thrice, “There is no person that is destined to exist but will come into existence, till the Day of Resurrection.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 6603—Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri that while he was sitting with the Prophet a man from the Ansar came and said, “O Allah’s Messenger! We get slave-girls from the war captives and we love property; what do you think about coitus interruptus?” Allah’s Messenger said, “Do you do that? It is better for you not to do it, for there is no living creature which Allah has ordained to come into existence but will be created.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 7409—Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri that during the battle with Bani al-Mustaliq they (Muslims) captured some females and intended to have sexual relation with them without impregnating them. So they asked the Prophet about coitus interruptus. The Prophet said, “It is better that you should not do it, for Allah has written whom He is going to create till the Day of Resurrection.” Qaza’a said, “I heard Abu Sa’id saying that the Prophet said, ‘No soul is ordained to be created but Allah will create it.’”


Sahih Muslim 3371—Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah he pleased with him): O Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning about al-‘azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born.

Sahih Muslim 3373—Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported: We took women captives, and we wanted to do ‘azl with them. We then asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) about it, and he said to us: Verily you do it, verily you do it, verily you do it, but the soul which has to be born until the Day of Judgment must be born.

Sahih Muslim 3383—Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported that a man came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: I have a slave-girl who is our servant and she carries water for us and I have intercourse with her, but I do not want her to conceive. He said: Practise ‘azl, if you so like, but what is decreed for her will come to her. The person stayed back (for some time) and then came and said: The girl has become pregnant, whereupon he said: I told you what was decreed for her would come to her.

Sahih Muslim 3432—Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported that at the Battle of Hunain Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent an army to Autas and encountered the enemy and fought with them. Having overcome them and taken them captives, the Companions of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) seemed to refrain from having intercourse with captive women because of their husbands being polytheists. Then Allah, Most High, sent down regarding that: “And women already married, except those whom your right hands possess (iv. 24)” (i.e. they were lawful for them when their ‘Idda period came to an end).

Sahih Muslim 3433—Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) sent a small army. The rest of the hadith is the same except this that he said: Except what your right hands possess out of them are lawful for you; and he did not mention “when their ‘idda period comes to an end”. This hadith has been reported on the authority of Abu Sa’id (al-Khudri) (Allah be pleased with him) through another chain of transmitters and the words are: They took captives (women) on the day of Autas who had their husbands. They were afraid (to have sexual intercourse with them) when this verse was revealed: “And women already married except those whom you right hands posses” (iv. 24).

Sean Penn Sits in with Egyptian Protesters

CAIRO, Egypt — Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square declared a sit-in on Friday following a rally to reclaim the revolution amid anger over the military rulers' handling of the transition.
Thousands had flocked to the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February to demand an end to military trials of civilians, cleansing institutions of former regime remnants, amendment of a recently published electoral law and social justice.
Speakers at the main podium declared they would remain in the square until their demands were met, but some groups including the April 6 pro-democracy movement that had joined the protests refused to take part in the sit-in.
And the powerful Muslim Brotherhood stayed away from the demonstration.
Meanwhile, around 300 people left Tahrir and made their way to the defence ministry in the Abbassiya neighbourhood and the army deployed troops to block them from reaching the building, a security official said.
Among the crowd on Friday was US film star Sean Penn, who was carrying an Egyptian flag accompanied by Egyptian movie star and political activist Khaled al-Nabawi.
Preacher Mazhar Shaheen, delivering the Friday Muslim prayer sermon, vowed to protect the goals of the revolution that toppled Mubarak.
He urged Egypt's military rulers to activate a law that prevents members of Mubarak's now dissolved National Democratic Party "who contributed to the corruption of political life" from running for public office.

Female Genital Mutilation Increasing in Indonesia

Indonesian Parliament Complex, Jakarta, 2008 -- Via Wikimedia Commons.

Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) is increasing in Indonesia, with the issuance in June 2011 of official guidelines from the Ministry of Health for its infliction – even though the Indonesian authorities banned the practice in 2006.
Indonesian media report that the new government regulations on FGM call for "scraping the skin" but not "cutting" the clitoris of Muslim girls. While the Jakarta government had forbidden FGM altogether because it "could potentially harm women's health" and was "useless," a lack of state oversight allows its prevalence and increase, especially on the island of Java.
Indonesian women's rights groups have called for abolition of the regulations permitting FGM. The Indonesian Family Planning Association, through its spokeswoman Frenia Nababan, warned, "This gives a justification for health practitioners to damage women's bodies."
FGM in Indonesia was traditionally carried out by Javanese shamanic healers or "dukun," whose ritual magic predates the coming of Islam to the archipelago. FGM is now, however, more commonly performed by midwives, as recourse to healers has declined.
The various forms of FGM found across the globe are concentrated among non-Muslim – animist and Christian – as well as Muslim women in Black Africa. The atrocious custom has no foundation in Islam but has been assimilated into Islamic law in countries where it previously existed, including Iraqi Kurdistan, which has similarly passed a law against it.
Indonesian victims of FGM in the past included mainly newborns or girls up to five years old, but local experts say adult women now go to medical doctors for the operation. Artha Budi Susila Duarsa, a university researcher at Yarsi University in Jakarta, said, "We found in our latest research that not only female babies are being circumcised, but also older women ask for it." Duarsa emphasised, "Even a small wound on the genitals can lead to sexual, physiological and physical problems." FGM has been identified as a cause of infections of the bladder and urinary tract, cysts, and infertility.
Researchers in Indonesia say that FGM is much less extreme in Southeast Asia than in Africa, where it may involve removal of a woman's entire external genital anatomy. But according to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Indonesian government protocol on FGM could encourage its frequency, as it appears to approve or endorse it.
The Indonesian Ministry of Health stated it has not legalized or legitimized the custom, but, rather, seeks to discourage its application by traditional healers. According to the Indonesian authorities, "It is feared that community members who want to circumcise female babies will therefore go to traditional healers for this procedure, and it will increase the number of [medical] complications. If this procedure is done by health professionals, then it has to be done in accordance with the ministerial instruction 1636, and this will guarantee the protection of the female reproductive system."

Amulets are Right Out!

An amulet or taweez is an a object normally used with an intention to bring good luck or protection from troubles to its owner. Now days, in some countries it has become a symbol of Islam. Those who wear them are easily recognized as Muslims and we see a lot of Muslims using amulets (taweez) and hanging them all over their houses, shops, bodies and even on their pets, animals and trees.
In fact the media has played a role to create this image among the Muslims that it brings fortunes to its holder and helps in protection. Several authors and well-known scholars in our part of the world have written in favor of such amulets. One of the scholars prescribed the use of three very famous types of amulets to his followers and told them that as long as they own the amulets, the soul will not leave them (i.e. they will stay alive).
And needless to say this is all against the teaching of Islam and strictly prohibited.
Allah says in Surah Younus: “And if Allah touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favor which He causes it to reach whomsoever of His slaves He will. And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (10:107)
It is narrated by Ahmad that Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, those who hang (wear) amulets have ascribed partners to Allah (meaning they have committed shirk).
Uqbah Ibn Amir narrated that the Messenger of Allah, (pbuh), said: “If anyone wears an amulet, may Allah not help him in fulfilling his wish. If anyone wears a sea-shell around his neck, may Allah give him no peace.” (Narrated by Ahmad and Al-Hakim who consider it a sound Hadeeth)
Tamimah is a type of amulet and consists of a string of shells or beads that the Arabs used to put around their children’s necks, believing that it would protect them from the evil eye. Islam abolished this superstitious practice. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh), disapproved those who wore an amulet out of superstitious belief.

Understanding Islam and Sharia Law

Muslim mother stabbed daughter 40 times and cut out her liver in ritual killing

    A Muslim woman disemboweled her daughter as a sacrifice to God after she became convinced the four-year-old was possessed by spirits, the Old Bailey heard.
Shayma Ali, 36, stabbed the girl up to 40 times and took out her liver while Koranic verses played in the background.
When police arrived at their east London home, Ali was heard chanting: 'I seek refuge in God from the curse of Satan'.
Guilty: At the Old Bailey, pictured, today Shayma Ali admitted stabbing and strangling her daughter
Guilty: At the Old Bailey, pictured, Shayma Ali admitted stabbing her daughter and cutting out her liver to 'exorcise evil spirits' 
Ali was found covered in blood rocking back and forward in the lounge of her home, with the child's liver on the carpet.

She had become obsessed that the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was possessed by a Jinn, a spirit referred to in the Koran which can occupy humans and animals.
In the winter months of last year Ali developed acute transient psychosis, which ended in the killing of the child on December 16.

Duncan Atkinson, prosecuting, said Ali had become an increasingly devout follower of Islam after a trip to Egypt in 2009.
By last year she was prone to 'outbursts of aggression' towards members of her family who became concerned that her mental health was deteriorating.

'She became particularly pre-occupied by the idea of possession by a thing call a Jinn,' said Mr Atkinson.

She removed the eyes from toys and videos, covering over the eyes on covers of DVDs and books. And she talked constantly about evil spirits and the belief that her daughter was possessed.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson
He told the Old Bailey Ali became increasingly obsessed with exorcising the evil spirits.

'She removed the eyes from toys and videos, covering over the eyes on covers of DVDs and books,' he said.

'She also became obsessed with cleaning because she believed such evil spirits thrived in dirty spaces.' He said she 'talked constantly about evil spirits' and the belief that her daughter was possessed.

On December 16 last year she was alone with her daughter, who was not attending nursery because of a recent illness, at her home in east London.

Ali later told a psychiatrist she had been praying when she began to think about sacrificing a child 'as proof of her love of God'.

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