There’s been another news story about Sharia, the Islamic system of religious law. In Bangladesh, a 14-year-old girl named Hena was raped by a 40-year-old man named Mahbub, who is described as a “relative. The matter was brought to the attention of the sharia authorities in her village of Shariatpur. (Both John Hinderaker and Andrew McCarthy have highlighted this story).
In Islam, rape cannot be proved unless there are four witnesses. In other words, it is almost impossible to establish that what happened did happen. Bad news for the victim, because if she had sexual relations outside of marriage but cannot prove that she was raped, she is considered to have committed a grave sin.
In Hena’s case, the sharia authorities ordered that she be given 100 lashes. She fell unconscious before reaching 80, and died from the whipping. Westerners are often told that they simply do not understand the richness and nuances of sharia. And we don’t know how sharia is interpreted in different places, but it is very real. Sakineh Ashtiani was sentenced by an Iranian court to death by stoning. We have had “honor killings” in this country. Andy McCarthy says:
It should by now be undeniable that there is an interpretation of sharia that affirms all its atrocious elements, and that this interpretation is not a fringe construction. It is mainstream and backed by very influential scholars who know a hell of a lot more about Islam than we in the West do. That makes it extremely unlikely that this interpretation will be marginalized any time soon.
The aim of the Muslim Brotherhood and the regime of the mullahs in Iran is to establish Islam throughout the world, for all to worship Allah, and to establish sharia as the law.
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