Islam elevates women

13-Year-Old Girl Sentenced to 90 Lashes for Taking Mobile Phone to School…

But remember: before Muhammad women didn’t have any rights at all…

The vaunted compassion and moderation of Sharia on display again. No, wait… “Saudi girl, 13, sentenced to 90 lashes after she took a mobile phone to school,” by Mike Theodoulou for the Daily Mail,

Robert picks out this gem:

Saudi Arabia, a leading US ally in the Middle East, is an absolute monarchy controlled by the Al-Saud ruling tribe, and lacks any legal code.

That’s quite inaccurate. Saudi Arabia claims the Qur’an and Sunnah as its constitution in the Basic Law of Saudi Arabia, and follows the Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence, in which Muhammad Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab (the “Wahhab” in “Wahhabist”) was also trained.

Saudi Court Stops Forced Marriage of 16 yr. old to 75 yr. old Man

As bad as this is, it’s an improvement. How so? She went to the government for help, and received it. There was a time when the Islamic courts would have had no problem sending the young girl back to her husband. But long embarrassed by the tradition of forced child marriages, the Saudi elite are finally coming around to doing something about it. Maybe not enough, but something is better than nothing.

But still, what do you say about a society in which a father swaps his 16 year old daughter so that he can now have his way with his new son-in-law’s 13 year old kid? Jawa Report

Three honor killings in Pakistan

Totally un-Islamic, of course…

“Karo-Kari” is honor killing. “Three women slain in Shikarpur over Karo-Kari,” fromThe News International, January 20 (thanks to Block Ness):

KHAIRPUR: Three women were killed in Shikarpur on Tuesday on the charge of Karo-Kari. Sources said Nadir Shar shot dead his wife, Sughran, in village Rakhial Shar Ji Wandh and fled the scene. Police handed over the body to relatives after an autopsy. The police said the man killed his wife over Karo-Kari.Separately, Nasrullah Misrani shot dead his two wives in Lakhi Ghulam Shah over Karo-Kari.

Both of them!