Needless to mention that the soldiers of Allah are up in arms:
The Kurdish child bride that was sold in Berlin to the family of the “husband” (PI reported) has been returned by family court to her parents. Wow! If that doesn’t unleash any diplomatic entanglements! How can a German court dare to set itself over Kurdish traditions? The “husband” showed out in the courtroom. How dare the judges take away his property from him? After all, he had paid dearly for her! And whom could he now beat up? Â BILDÂ reports (in German) Here is a translation from PI
Powerful Yemeni Cleric Vows A “million” Signatures To Protest Draft Law Banning Child Brides
Because Muhammad, prophet of Islam, Â married Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine. Here are some links on sheik Zindani, he’s quite a piece of work:
- Yemenite Cleric Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani Presents ‘Scientific Evidence’ that Women Cannot Talk & Remember Simultaneously …
- Top Yemeni clerics oppose ban on child brides â€”
- “Jews Are Apes and Pigs, We Are Human Beings”: Yemeni Cleric …
- Yemenite Cleric Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani Presents ‘Scientific …
- Child Marriage in Yemen: Islamic Clerics Go Apeshit Over Law …
- Science and Islam: Urine Cure for Aids!
CBS News(AP) SAN’A, Yemen (AP) – Yemen’s most influential Islamic cleric vowed on Saturday to gather a “million” signatures to protest a draft law banning child brides, in an increasingly vocal showdown against the country’s weak government which needs the support of powerful religious leaders to hold onto power.
The issue of child brides in Yemen has attracted broad international attention, most recently when a 13-year-old girl bled to death earlier this month after her 23-year-old husband allegedly tied her down and forced her to have sex with him.
The cleric, Sheik Adbul-Majid al-Zindani, said a ban on child brides “threatens our culture and society and spreads immorality.” Al-Zindani is Yemen’s most powerful Islamic scholar and believed by the U.S. to be a spiritual mentor of Osama Bin Laden.
Speaking at a conference at Iman University in the Yemeni capital San’a, al-Zindani called on the dozens of radical clerics and Islamic law students in the crowd to opposed the draft law.
“You have to gather a million signatures … that supports the demands of clerics,” said al-Zindani. “If the issue calls on us to gather a million protesters, we’ll organize it,” al-Zindani said.
Al-Zindani’s calls against the ban have become increasingly strident ahead of an expected vote by Yemeni lawmakers next month on raising the marriage age to 17.
The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen, where a quarter of all females marry before they turn 15, according to a 2009 report by the country’s Ministry of Social Affairs.
In the country’s deeply tribal society, families prefer young brides because they are seen as more obedient and are expected to have more children. It is also difficult for poor families in impoverished Yemen to ignore bride-prices of hundreds of dollars.
A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament’s constitutional committee for review after pressure from some lawmakers and clerics, led by al-Zindani, who called it un-Islamic.
In March, al-Zindani signed a religious decree that declared people who supported the ban on child brides to be apostates, a particularly severe charge in the deeply Muslim country.
Pressure from al-Zindani and other religious leaders have made the government reluctant to tackle the issue because they rely on their support to stay in power. A parliamentary committee was expected to make a final decision on the legislation this month, but that has now been delayed until May.
It is widely expected that the government will raise the marriage age to deflect international pressure, but will not enforce legislation. Impoverished Yemenis are widely expected to ignore the law.
This is the same crackpot Â Abdul-Majid al-Zindani, who gave a speech praising the quality of scientific and medical research carried out at Yemens Iman University,Â claiming that they had successfully treated many cases of AIDS with the hadith, (the sayings and traditions of the Islamic prophet)Â In 2004 he was named as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the U.S. Treasury Department