Islam, Child Brides, and the West
We have various laws against paedophilia, child abuse, and sexual assault in the West. In the area of sexuality, children are especially protected by law – and rightly so. But increasingly all that is being ignored if not overturned as we allow creeping sharia to do its thing in the West.
In fact, we are witnessing a two-tiered legal system being allowed to develop, and no one seems to be batting an eyelash. We have Western law being supplemented and even supplanted by sharia law. Thus in Australia we have sharia family law, sharia finance, and a raft of other bits of Islamic jurisprudence setting up shop here.
One of the most disgusting aspects of this is the rise in cases of child brides that we are learning about. In Islam this is of course all just peachy, and there is a good reason for this, as will be explained in a moment. But we have seen this being exposed, especially in Sydney over the past few years where a large portion of our Muslim population lives.
I have written about this in other pieces, eg.: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2014/07/22/when-sharia-comes-to-town/
But it is still going on here, and it seems the authorities don’t really want to know about it. In today’s press we read of one courageous young woman who is trying to get the truth out about this horrific practice right here in Australia. As one news report states:
A Sydney woman says she has tried to report multiple counts of child marriage involving girls as young as 12, and was completely ignored. Bee al-Darraj, 24, told The Australian she had contacted multiple authorities concerning the forced marriage of girls she knew at her Sydney Islamic school.
The Iraqi-born student says she was ignored by the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. The NSW government only last month declared the state was in the grip of a child bride crisis. Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW experienced a “tsunami” of girls being taken overseas and forced to wed.
A girl under the age of 15 is forced into marriage every seven seconds around the world, according to a report from the Save the Children charity released earlier this month. But although forced marriage legislation was recently introduced to crack down on the practice, the AFP says there is nothing that can be done about the cases Ms al-Darraj reported. “Forced marriage was criminalised in March 2013,” an AFP statement said.
“The legislation was not retrospective so the AFP is not in a position to investigate matters where a marriage or arrangement occurred prior to March 2013. Ms al-Darraj told the paper she was dismayed at the authorities’ response. “It’s child trafficking and they know it’s wrong, but it’s like they have no idea what to do, and if the girls have already left Australia they can’t do anything,” she said.
Another article also in today’s Australian sheds more light on this:
An Iraqi-born Australian who attended Islamic schools in Sydney’s west says she tried to report multiple counts of child marriage among her school friends to the Australian Federal Police without success. Bee al-Darraj, now 24, has a thick file of correspondence between her and the AFP, as well as with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, concerning girls she knew at school, who were taken out of Australia and married at age 12 or 13. Some of the girls were her relatives.
The Australian has declined to name them, but has seen some of Ms al-Darraj’s correspondence, in which she pleads for action to be taken, especially in relation to a girl who was 13 when she married and “14 when she gave birth in a public hospital, with a 28-year-old father signing the birth certificate”. “She was still in school but nothing was done until he started to beat her, and then she was put in a safe house,” Ms al-Darraj said.
The article continues:
Ms al-Darraj’s family came to Australia from Iraq in 1995. She was then one of six children; she is now one of nine, all of whom attended Islamic schools, including al-Faisal College in Auburn, Rissalah College in Lakemba and the Australian Islamic College of Sydney in Mount Druitt. She said her father was “pro-education. He wanted his girls to finish school, and maybe even college. But my mother is very old-fashioned”. She said she left home when her mother chose a husband for her, “and even bought the dress”.
She is one of only two sisters in her family still living in Australia. Ms al-Darraj said she knew of other girls at al-Faisal High School in Auburn who “were married, and they would come to school, a 15-year-old getting dropped off by her 30-year-old husband. For some of them, they want freedom from all the rules at home. And their mother will say, ‘if you don’t like it, get married, and have freedom at your husband’s house’, so they do.”
The al-Faisal school was founded in Sydney by families linked to Saudi Arabia’s royal family. It adheres strictly to a code of modesty for girls, who cannot wear short-sleeved uniforms, even in summer. The hijab is compulsory, and skirts are to the floor.
Welcome to Sydney, Australia, 2016. And lest anyone think this is some sort of aberration in Islam, they better think again. Muhammad is seen as the perfect example for all Muslims, so what he says and does is to be emulated by his devout followers. He is even called “an excellent model of behaviour” (Koran 33:21).
Muhammad of course had numerous wives, including Aisha who he married when she was just six. She was only nine when he consummated that union. Taking child brides has been common practice for Muslims ever since. As Robert Spencer writes:
In imitation of the Prophet, many Muslims have taken child brides. The Ayatollah Khomeini himself, at age twenty-eight, married a ten-year-old girl. She became pregnant at eleven, but miscarried. Khomeini called marriage to a girl before her first menstrual period “a divine blessing,” and he advised the faithful: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your home.” This practice continues to this day, despite the severe injuries girls often incur from early intercourse and childbirth.
As an example of this, consider this shocking story from earlier this year:
A 13-year-old Yemeni girl died of internal injuries four days after a family-arranged marriage to a man almost twice her age, a human rights group said. Ilham Mahdi al Assi died last Friday in a hospital in Yemen’s Hajja province, the Shaqaeq Arab Forum for Human Rights said, quoting a medical report. She was married the previous Monday in a traditional arrangement known as a ‘swap marriage’, in which the brother of the bride also married the sister of the groom, it said.
Sigrid Kaag, regional director for UNICEF, said in a statement that the United Nations child agency was ‘dismayed by the death of yet another child bride in Yemen’. ‘Elham is a martyr of abuse of children’s lives in Yemen and a clear example of what is justified by the lack of limits on the age of marriage,’ SAF said in a statement.
Also consider this video of an eleven-year-old who says she was forced to be a child bride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8E601ydP6s
But we are talking about Sydney here, not far away Yemen. Thank you brave Bee – and others – for being willing to speak out about this horrific child sexual abuse and sexual trafficking. It is scandalous that your pleas have so often fallen on deaf ears. That tells us that creeping sharia is winning and democracy and freedom and the wellbeing of our children are losing.
Welcome to sharia-soaked Sydney and the dhimmi West.
23 Replies to “Islam, Child Brides, and the West”
Where are the Greens and feminists with their placards now?
It looks like a similar situation as in London where the rapes of many young girls were never investigated until the media found out about it for fear of racism. https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2015/10/points-compass-ii-london/
Bee al-Darraj is a very brave and strong woman.
Yes quite right Jo. Crickets chirping with the Greens and feminists.
It strikes me that it is women who are standing up in these crisis situations including the school sexualisation going on. And is it men in the official positions who “don’t know what to do”? What does that tell us if it’s so?
I fear for the safety of the young Muslim lady who blew the whistle?
Absolutely shocking. Off topic but I am currently in an argument with someone who does not accept SSM will damage children. Approx 4 months ago you provided 4 testimonies of children from the USA who spoke honestly about their SSM upbringing. Negatives were discussed. I cannot find these on your site. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks Phil. I have written often about that issue. See these four articles for a start:
This must not be tolerated here in Australia for one second. How can authorities turn a blind eye as suggested? Must we always have a revolt and cry before the law is enacted!
And then there is development in Denmark:
Many Thanks Bill
“Forced marriage was criminalised in March 2013,” an AFP statement said.
I presume this was an amendment to the Marriage Act. Do you know if this is right?
Thanks Ross. It was criminalised by the Australian Parliament then. See here, eg:
Australian people condemn these mongrels and the ones who are in charge of Australia. They are as bad as as the ones who commit these crimes.
One look at the picture at the top of this article says it all. Multiply this by tens of thousands, maybe millions and then imagine that it’s starting to happen here simply because authorities have been too cowed and apathetic to do something about it. The gates of the city are broken and the walls are caving in!
When a family’s wives and daughters come to be regarded as a continual “clear and present danger” to the honour of their clan’s menfolk, women face the intolerable burden of male despotism from grandfathers, fathers brothers and male cousins, who may themselves find the prospect of dalliance with other families’ daughters or mothers a matter of powerful attraction.
Women, unlike she-camels, or ewes from a large, nomadic flock, are created in the image and likeness of God. Honourable men of every culture ought to treat all women as people, not as mere objects of male desire, or mere breeding stock in a personal human “flock” or “herd”.
Neo-Darwinian ideology also tends towards seeing human beings merely as breeding stock – mere cogs in an alleged constantly-evolving genetic “River Out of Eden”. Surely agenuinely good life is about something more profound than “dancing to our DNA”.
This is sickening.
Thank you for the article. I am shocked by it but not really surprised that no one is doing anything about it. Nor am I surprised that feminists and environmentalists are deathly silent on this issue. Heaven knows feminists were vociferous enough in the sixties when they were saying that women were equal to men.They were right about that of course but what they didn’t say caused all the trouble. That was that women were equal to men but DIFFERENT! However, they were so militant that they succeeded in helping to change attitudes on gender issues so much so that we now have amongst the male population more confused wimps or angry and violent men than we have ever had. The latter of course is made worse by the problems we have with drugs and alcohol. This provides abundant fodder for the current favourite topic of the MSM which is dominated by radical feminists and their wimpish male counterparts – domestic violence!
I can say these things with confidence because I am old enough to remember and experienced what was generally expected of men in the forties and fifties. They weren’t perfect of course but men were expected to treat women with respect, carry their bags, open doors for them and give up their seats on public transport. If they got a girl in the family way they were expected to do the honourable thing and marry her because unmarried mothers were frowned upon and were unable to support themselves. There were no single mothers pensions then. In short men were expected to protect and provide for women as the weaker sex [physically] and because Nature demanded that females bore and nurtured the next generation who were considered gifts from God. That is why the first wave of the feminist movement cannot be compared with the second wave because it updated some of the laws relating to children which had become perverted over the centuries in the Christian West by men who tended to forget or ignore these Christian ideals.
Islam on the other hand is determined to hang on to some of these medieval ideas – mainly that children, particularly girls, are the possessions of men for them to do what they want with. This is because as a heresy it doesn’t contain the inherent TRUTH that Christianity has. Nor is it guided by the Holy Spirit which Christ has promised would always be with His Church until the end of Time.
Oct 31, 2016 at 1:38 pm
Where are the Greens and feminists with their placards now?
You beat me to it Jo! absolutely spot on!
Wow. I hope these paedophiles go 7 km over the un-posted speed limit when they pick up their brides; Then the government will come down on them like a ton of bricks!
Does Melinda Tankard Reist campaign about this issue? Just wondered. She has a good public platform and has spoken out with integrity and power.
Yes she should be Trevor.
Where are the socialist feminasties when this is happening. Nowhere!!!
Good question Claire.
Sadly this will continue as long as we are committed to Multiculturalism in Australia.
In a submission the AFIC “called for Muslims to be granted “legal pluralism”.
It argued a mild brand of sharia should be allowed in family law and divorces, promising it would fit in with Australian values
……Mr Patel says the AFIC, as the peak body of Islamic organisations in Australia, “strongly supports that multiculturalism should lead to legal pluralism . . . and twin tolerations”.
The submission cites regulations governing Islamic finance and halal certification in Australia as examples of how legal pluralism can work.
Then we have Diana Bryant – Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and a NSW liberal party member encouraging the rights of woman to be religiously observant if we are truely a multicultural society.
So when the Islamic community and Family Law courts agree that Sharia comes first, what hope is there for these girls?