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Roya Tolouee’s Ordeal

What happened to Ms Tolouee is part and parcel of what happens to thousands of other women in Islamic countries, who are subject to degrading treatment, homicide, in the name of honour, and genital mutilation. These acts may happen elsewhere within other cultures, but the perpetrators in civilised societies are regarded as criminals and investigation follows. We do not hear of any investigations in the Islamic countries regarding abuse of power and violations against women. The Islamic regime of Iran has been known for using sexual abuse as a means of interrogation, yet no public enquiry has been conducted to investigate. The predicament of women should be expected as Islam allows no more than an inferior position for women.[1] More degradingly, Islam allows sexual acts with the womenfolk of conquered people. Ironically, “Allah the merciful” who seems to be obsessed with Mohammed’s sexuality, tells Mohammed that prisoners of war are lawful for him.[2] So all what a criminal needs in order to excuse sexual violation is to regard a helpless woman as non-Muslim. The fact that the Sunnis and Shiites can so easily deny that the other side being Muslims makes it very likely that Ms Tolouee was told that she is not Muslim. This is not in fact a one off incidence. Talaban committed the same acts against Hazara women. Moqtada Sadre’s thugs were doing the same in Southern Iraq. Iraqi army and Arab militia during Saddam did the same in South Kurdistan. Some Kurdish women were even sold to Egypt and Sudan. The same thing is still happening in Darfur.

One should have no illusion that women’s position in Islam is any better than sex objects, and vessels of recreation, although, at best, a private sex object which explains why they have to be hidden and veiled.[3]

Muslim apologists may deny this argument, but the verses in the endnotes below make that clear.[4] The situation of Muslims and Islam is also due to the fact that there is no concept of human rights in Islam. People are not allowed to doubt Islam, or convert away from Islam (read what the “revered” Muslim scholar, who was invited by Ken Livingston, Dr Yusuf Al-Qaradawi has to say). When violence is allowed the violent cunning psychopath individuals or groups prevail. This pattern is repeated in the history of Islam, communism where Stalin could prevail over Trotsky and Saddam over his other rivals who were to some degree less criminally-minded than himself.

Ms Tolouee’s ordeal is also a part of same pattern that the tribes and ethnicities have experienced and will experience who are subjected to Islam. For hundreds of years , the Kurds, their weakness stemming from the fact that their land-locked terrain does not allow massive concentration of population with concentration of power, where even a small band of men can defy the authorities, have been subjected to unending campaigns to destroy their autonomous political structure.

The evolutionary political theory suggests that the application of all ideologies can result in atrocities being committed. Simply, Islam and other ideologies have no built-in measures to ensure that the strong will not oppress and even annihilate the weak. Thus it is natural that the weak nation and the weak gender and even the weak section of society fall victim so easily to the strong and the manipulative.[5] However, Islam is particularly uncivilised. What else can we extrapolate from a religion that disdains art, and a religion whose prophet demands that the fifth of the spoils should be his, and that he allowed sex with female prisoners of war.[6] Would not disdaining arts breed a vulgar nation and would not such incentive fuel an army of thugs and criminals? Indeed, Muslims and Mohammed before other Islamic leaders, as historians know, used mercenaries.   

Now while I hope that Ms Tolouee finds strengths in herself to endure the trauma of her ordeal. She should only think that she has not been disgraced at all. She is a victim like all Kurds, whether Muslims or not. Indeed, she is a victim like all humanity, who are suffering or will be suffering because of this religion, and particularly because of some selfish interests of sociopaths like Ahmedinijad or Khomeini, and many other brainwashed individuals, trying to impose this uncivilised religion upon us. Such acts, which does not draw any protest at all from Muslims, should be a call for all people who care about morality and human decency to abandon this religion.

[1] ‘Men Have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and forsake them in beds apart, and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is high, supreme’ (The Koran 4:34, p. 83).

See also the respect for women in Islam:

‘They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness. Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will, and send (good deeds) before you for your souls, and fear Allah, and know that ye will (one day) meet Him. Give glad tidings to believers, (O Muhammad)’ (Pickthal, The quran 2:222 &223).
If anyone has a doubt as to the origin of hijab or veil read this verse.
‘O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognised and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful’  (Pickthal, The quran, 33:59).

[2]‘O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war, and the daughters of thine uncle on the father's side and the daughters of thine aunts on the father's side, and the daughters of thine uncle on the mother's side and the daughters of thine aunts on the mother's side who emigrated with thee, and a believing woman if she give herself unto the Prophet and the Prophet desire to ask her in marriage - a privilege for thee only, not for the (rest of) believers - We are Aware of that which We enjoined upon them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess - that thou mayst be free from blame, for Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful’ ((The Koran, Pickthal, 33:50).

[3]Nowadays sex has a dirty connotation in the mind of Muslims that is why in southern Iraq when a man mentions women while talking with other men, he apologises first in the same manner one talks about animals like dogs and donkeys or dirty things.

[4] It is true that Quran contains some verses suggesting kind treatment of women. But these do not sound veracious or at best very circumscribed. How else can some allow taking women as spoil of war and then talk of respect to them?

[5] This is the reason that the Darfurians who are killed, displaced and raped, though, Muslims are completely ignored – the Arab League to culminate its insolence convened in Khartoum as a sign of further support for the Arab regime, even the Kurdish the Iraqi Kurdish foreign minister did not express a qualm about attending the meeting there.

[6]They ask thee (O Muhammad) of the spoils of war. Say: The spoils of war belong to Allah and the messenger, so keep your duty to Allah, and adjust the matter of your difference, and obey Allah and His messenger, if ye are (true) believers’ (Pickthal: Quran, 8:1).

Showan Khurshid is the author of : "Knowledge Processing, Creativity and Politics: A Political Theory based on the Evolutionary Theory" which can be purchased here