This story/slideshow is being posted on quite a few muslim message boards today, and it’s the same ol, same ol, stick our heads in the sand, blame the media, blame the west, blah blah blah.

‘scuse me while I go off for a second

This really struck me:

Fatima was told by the UAE-based lawyer that under sharia law, it was unlikely she would get a favourable outcome from any legal action against her stepfather.

At 15, she was told that she was classed as an adult and could herself be punished and subjected to lashes for committing adultery.

If this is true, then we as muslims should worry about this. Sure, the west has sexual abuse problems, but how often does the victim of that sexual abuse get punished by the state? I’ve seen this story discussed on several message boards and almost everywhere, more often then not the response is to decry the bbc, the media and the west.  Very rarely do I see people concerned about the wrong that is being commited here by muslims.

The Prophet (saws) said: “When any one of you sees anything that is disapproved, let him change it with his hand. If he is not able to do so, then let him change it with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then let him change it with his heart, though that is the weakest faith.” (Nawawi’s 40 hadith)

I see a wrong here, and it’s not the media. It’s the fact that a muslim sister could not get justice amongst muslims and had to flee a muslim country to feel safe.

Sure sure, we can argue all day about the story’s use of the word sharia, but come on, shouldn’t we be more upset that this happened to our sister?


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