Yemen: "The West wants to teach us how to marry, conceive and divorce. This is cultural colonization that we reject"

Hmm, not really.  “The West” is pretty timid not to mention anything about Aisha who was 6 when she “married” Muhammad, a warlord in his fifties. If you call Muhammad a child-molester you might even end up in court and get a fine, along with being labeled ‘racist, bigot, Islamophobe.” You won’t find Aisha’s story in this article by DONNA ABU-NASR/Associated Press mentioned either. Why do you think that is?  Is the truth no defense?

 Of course, the whole concept of pedophilia did not exist in Muhammad’s day, but when he is taken as the supreme example of human conduct and imitated today, what results is…pedophilia. Muhammad’s consummation of his marriage with Aisha when she was nine is in the hadith collection Muslims consider most reliable, Bukhari, several times:5.48.234; 5.58.236; 7.62.64; 7.62.65; and 7.62.88.

What’s more, it is clear that Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: “Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed.”

Islamists fight Yemen law banning child marriage

She was 2 years old when her father promised her in marriage to a man in his 30s. It was a swap, so the father could marry the man’s sister without paying the obligatory bride-price. At age 9, the girl was put on a sack of rice to appear taller next to the bridegroom in the wedding picture. At 11, she was taken to her husband’s house to live. Despite promising not to consummate the marriage before she reached puberty, he tied her to a bed, stuffed a rag in her mouth and raped her, she says.  Read it all>>

Yemen: Man ties pre-pubescent wife to bed and rapes her

Though she was only eleven, and he had promised to wait till after puberty. Then again, if Muhammad — that paragon of all virtue — consummated his wedding with Aisha when she was nine, within an Islamic context, what’s the problem? As for this business of tying her up and “raping” her, sharia law has no problem with that. Or, as one Yemeni legislator put it, “Everything that is not forbidden [such as raping one’s wife, an oxymoron in Islam] is permitted.”

“Islamists Fight Yemen Law Banning Child Marriage,” from Fox News, April 16: (via JW)

SAN’A, Yemen — She was 2 years old when her father promised her in marriage to a man in his 30s. It was a swap, so the father could marry the man’s sister without paying the obligatory bride-price. 

At age 9, the girl was put on a sack of rice to appear taller next to the bridegroom in the wedding picture. At 11, she was taken to her husband’s house to live. Despite promising not to consummate the marriage before she reached puberty, he tied her to a bed, stuffed a rag in her mouth and raped her, she says.

“One day he tied me up and attacked me,” the girl, who is now 13 and has fled her husband, told The Associated Press on Wednesday, choking with tears during an interview at an orphanage that has given her shelter. Her name and her husband’s aren’t being used to protect her identity.[…]

Child marriage is an issue elsewhere. In neighboring, more affluent Saudi Arabia, several cases of child brides have been reported in the past year, though the phenomenon is not believed to be nearly as widespread as in Yemen.

The U.S. on Wednesday sharply criticized the practice after a ruling by a Saudi judge upheld the marriage of a girl whose father gave her at age 8 to a man in his late 40s. The girl’s mother has sought a divorce for her daughter.

“Child marriage is a clear and unacceptable violation of human rights in our view. U.S. officials at all levels frequently raise with the Saudi government our human rights concerns, especially those dealing with children and marriages,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood said.[…]

 

That is, in between Obama bows to the Saudi king.

Legislator Sheik Mohammed al-Hazmi, one of the most ardent opponents of a minimum marriage age, says the new law is a “Western plot aimed at Westernizing our culture.””The West wants to teach us how to marry, conceive and divorce. This is cultural colonization that we reject,” he told AP.

Al-Hazmi said Islam permits the practice because nothing in the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad bans it. “Everything that is not forbidden is permitted,” he said.

Lawmaker Sheik Shawki al-Qadhi vehemently disagrees. He said that according to Islamic law “a ruler can ban that which is permitted if it is proven to cause harm.”

Regulations short of an outright ban won’t work, he said. “Are we going to post a policeman at every bedroom to ensure husbands don’t consummate marriages before girls reach puberty?”

Al-Qadhi said he is confident the new law will survive review, though some say the age could be lowered to 15.

The girl who spoke with the AP is now living at the Alrahma Foundation for Human Development, an orphanage in the capital, San’a.

She first came to the orphanage when her father died, when she was 11. She had not yet moved in with her husband, because the agreement had been that she would do so at puberty.

But she said her brother showed up at the orphanage and persuaded her to go with him, telling her they would seek a court annulment of the marriage. Instead, he took her to her husband’s house in the southern town of Thammar for a bribe of about $200, the girl said. About nine months later, the husband forced her into sex, she said.

She got a chance to break away when she developed stomach and vocal cord problems last year and her husband sent her to San’a for treatment. She escaped from the house where she was staying and fled to the orphanage 10 months ago.

Today, at 13, she is learning to read and write and beginning to think about the future.

“I want to become a businesswoman,” she said, two tiny dimples lighting up her thin face.

Yemen: “There is hardly a mosque sermon that’s free of bigotry. The government’s own political rhetoric marginalizes the Jews”

Islamic Tolerance Alert, and an update on this story. Not surprisingly, this article blames Israel for supposed acts of retribution perpetrated on Yemen’s Jews.

That’s odd. Don’t the apologists like to tell us it’s not Judaism that so many modern-day Muslims are against, but Zionism? (Note how politically quiet and acquiescent the Yemeni Jews are for fear of their safety, not unlike the Jews of Iran.) On the other hand, there was no State of Israel for Muhammad to blame for his persecution of Jews. Just the imperative to create an infidel-free Arabian peninsula by any means necessary (Sahih Bukhari 19.4366). “Yemen’s Jews uneasy as Muslim hostility grows,” by Hamza Hendawi for the Associated Press, April 26:

KHARIF, Yemen — In this village in northern Yemen, where a kosher butcher slaughters chickens and the school bus carries young boys in side curls along a dirt track to their Hebrew studies, one of the oldest Jewish communities in the Arab world is fighting for its survival.

Yemen’s Jews, here and elsewhere in the country, are thought to have roots dating back nearly 3,000 years to King Solomon. The community used to number 60,000 but shrank dramatically when most left for the newborn state of Israel.

Those remaining, variously estimated to number 250 to 400, are feeling new and sometimes violent pressure from Yemeni Muslims, lately inflamed by Israel’s fierce offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza that cost over 1,000 Palestinian lives.

They face a Yemeni government that is ambivalent — publicly supportive but also lax in keeping its promises — in an Arab world where Islamic extremism and hostility to minorities are generally on the rise.

“There is hardly a mosque sermon that’s free of bigotry. The government’s own political rhetoric marginalizes the Jews, and civil society is too weak to protect them,” says Mansour Hayel, a Muslim Yemeni and human rights activist who is an expert on Yemen’s Jewry.

“The government’s policies are to blame for the suffering of the Jews,” he says.

The pressures have long existed. But an Associated Press reporter who traveled recently to the rarely visited north and interviewed Jews, Muslim tribal sheiks, rights activists and lawyers in Yemen’s capital of San’a, heard complaints that the frequency of harassment — including a murder and the pelting of homes with rocks — has markedly increased.

The testimony was particularly striking because Jews in Arab lands often refrain from airing grievances, lest they antagonize the government and provoke Muslim militants.

Yemen’s government says it is trying to stop the harassment. President Ali Abdullah Saleh has proposed that the 45 Jewish families in the farming communities of Kharif and the nearby town of Raydah in Omran province be moved 50 miles southeast to San’a, where they can be better protected. He has offered them free plots of land to build homes.

Here comes a shocker. Read this sitting down:

But the government has taken no concrete steps since presidential aides first spoke of the offer late last year.

For 18 Jewish families who moved to San’a in 2007 from Saada, another northern province, things have not gone well. They fled fighting between troops and rebels, during which some Jewish homes were ransacked and ancient books destroyed. Now they live in cramped apartments under tight guard, entirely dependent on small government handouts. […]

In Kharif, Yahya Yaish Al-Qedeimi has a long list of complaints about how he and his fellow Jews are treated: harassment in the market, stones thrown at the school bus, insults from villagers walking past his house.

When Saddam Hussein was executed, “they pelted our house with rocks,” he said. […]