Hindus and Sikhs ‘suffering from lack of cremation grounds in Muslim-dominated Pakistan’

[Daily Mail] Death is the great leveller. But the tragedy following it is not experienced equally in Muslim-dominated Pakistan. 

Final journey: Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan have to travel long distances owing to the dearth of cremation grounds.

Final journey: Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan have to travel long distances owing to the dearth of cremation grounds.

While some Hindus and Sikhs travel hundreds of kilometers just to perform the last rites as per their religious practices, others have no option but to bury the mortal remains of their near and dear ones.

Cremation grounds are vanishing fast in Pakistan, and the minority Hindus and Sikhs are compelled to bury the dead, Amritsar-based Sikh historian Surinder Kochhar claimed.

“In Lahore alone, there were about 12 cremation grounds before Independence. But not even a single facility exists at present. After Independence, there were 1,200 Hindu families living in Lahore which now has come down to six families,” Amritsar-based Sikh historian Surinder Kochhar said.

Kochhar told Mail Today that the situation is no different in other Pakistani towns.

He said cremation grounds are also rare in areas lying in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly called North-West Frontier Province), where about 35,000 Hindus and Sikhs live.

Hindus in Swat and Tirah Valleys, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Malakand, Bunair, Naushera and Peshawar are forced to travel long distances to reach Hasan Abdal (Panja Sahib) to cremate the dead, the historian said.

Each of these journeys can cost anything from Rs 40,000 to Rs 70,000, he said, and the danger of robbery during these travels cannot be ruled out.

The law of the land provides no succour to the distressed families. They are stopped at every district and asked to get a no-objection certificate.

At times, the grief-stricken families wait for hours to get the NOCs as the district magistrates are not available.

Besides Hasan Abdal, another cremation ground is located at Nankana Sahib, some 86km from Lahore.

Although the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administration had allowed Hindus and Sikhs to perform cremation near temples, most of the temples, agricultural lands and commercial areas have already been encroached upon by land mafia.

Kochhar claimed some Hindus and Sikhs try unsuccessfully to cremate the bodies of their relatives on the banks of the Ravi at midnight.

According to Kochhar, the two communities face a similar problem in neighbouring Afghanistan, where relatives are asked to carry NOCs with them to cremate the dead.

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    Muhammad “Quasimodo” the “Lumpback of Mecca” had a big lump on his back, between his shoulder-blades and this was the sigh that he was the Seal of the Arab Prophets!


    Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Apostle of God, and the Seal of the Prophets: and God has full knowledge of all things. S. 33:40 Y. Ali
    Now at first glance this text seems to imply nothing more than that Muhammad was the culmination of prophethood, that he was the last in a series of spokespersons that Allah had sent. Reading the hadith literature, however, it is obvious that according to Muslim sources this seal was more than a statement regarding Muhammad’s status in relation to the previous prophets. All bold and underline emphasis will be ours.
    Sahih al-Bukhari
    Narrated As Saib bin Yazid
    My aunt took me to the Prophet and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! This son of my sister has got a disease in his legs.” So he passed his hands on my head and prayed for Allah’s blessings for me; then he performed ablution and I drank from the remaining water. I stood behind him and saw the seal of Prophethood between his shoulders, and it was like the “Zir-al-Hijla” (means the button of a small tent, but some said ‘egg of a partridge.’ etc.) (Volume 1, Book 4, Number 189)
    Narrated As Saib
    My aunt took me to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! My nephew is ill.” The Prophet touched my head with his hand and invoked Allah to bless me. He then performed ablution and I drank of the remaining water of his ablution and then stood behind his back and saw “Khatam An-Nubuwwa” (The Seal of Prophethood) between his shoulders like a button of a tent. (Volume 7, Book 70, Number 574)
    Sahih Muslim
    Jabir b. Samura reported: I saw the seal on his back as if it were a pigeon’s egg. (Book 030, Number 5790)
    Abdullah b. Sarjis reported: I saw Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and ate with him bread and meat, or he said Tharid (bread soaked in soup). I said to him: Did Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) seek forgiveness for you? He said: Yes, and for you, and he then recited this verse: “Ask forgiveness for thy sin and for the believing men and believing women” (xlvii. 19). I then went after him and saw the Seal of Prophethood between his shoulders on the left side of his shoulder having spots on it like moles. (Book 030, Number 5793)
    Sunan of Abu Dawud
    Narrated Qurrah ibn Iyas al-Muzani:
    I came to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) with a company of Muzaynah and we swore allegiance to him. The buttons of his shirt were open. I swore allegiance to him and I put my hand inside the collar of his shirt and felt the seal… (Book 32, Number 4071)
    Jami (Sunan) of at-Tirmidhi
    Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib
    When Ali described the Prophet (peace be upon him) he said: He was neither very tall nor excessively short, but was a man of medium size. He had neither very curly nor flowing hair but a mixture of both. He was not obese, he did not have a very round face, but it was so to some extent. He was reddish-white, he had wide black eyes and long eyelashes. He had protruding joints and shoulder-blades, he was not hairy but had some hair on his chest, and the palms of his hands and his feet were calloused. When he walked he raised his feet as though he were walking on a slope; when he turned round he turned completely. Between his shoulders was the seal of prophecy and he was the seal of the prophets. He had a finer chest than anyone else, was truer in utterance than anyone else, had the gentlest nature and the noblest tribe. Those who saw him suddenly stood in awe of him and those who shared his acquaintanceship loved him. Those who described him said they had never seen anyone like him before or since.
    Tirmidhi transmitted it. (Hadith 1524; ALIM CD-Rom Version)
    Narrated AbuMusa
    AbuTalib went to ash-Sham (Syria) accompanied by the Prophet (may Allah bless him) along with some shaykhs of Quraysh. When they came near where the monk was they alighted and loosened their baggage, and the monk came out to them although when they had passed that way previously he had not done so. While they were loosening their baggage the monk began to go about among them till he came and, taking Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) by the hand, said, “This is the chief of the universe; this is the messenger of the Lord of the universe whom Allah is commissioning as a mercy to the universe.” Some shaykhs of Quraysh asked him how he knew, and he replied, “When you came over the hill not a tree or a stone failed to bow in prostration, and they prostrate themselves only before a prophet. I recognize him by the seal of prophecy, like an apple, below the end of his shoulder-blade.” He then went and prepared food for them, and when he brought it to them the Prophet (peace be upon him) was looking after the camels, so he told them to send for him. He came with a cloud above him shading him and when he approached the people he found they had gone before him into the shade of a tree. Then when he sat down the shade of the tree inclined over him, and the monk said, “Look how the shade of the tree has inclined over him. I adjure you by Allah to tell me which of you is his guardian.” On being told that it was AbuTalib he kept adjuring him to send him back until he did so. AbuBakr sent Bilal along with him and the monk gave him provisions of a bread and olive-oil. (Hadith 1534; ALIM CD-Rom Version)
    Tarikh (History of) al-Tabari
    … When Bahira saw this, he descended from his cell and sent the caravan a message inviting them all… Finally he looked at Muhammad’s back, and saw the seal of prophethood between his shoulders… He replied, … “I also recognize him by the seal of prophethood which is below the cartilage of his shoulders and which is like an apple.” … (The History of al-Tabari: Muhammad at Mecca, translated and annotated by W. Montgomery Watt and M. V. McDonald [State University of New York Press (SUNY), Albany 1988], Volume VI, pp. 45, 46)
    Al-Harith – Muhammad b. Sa‘d – Muhammad b. ‘Umar – ‘Ali b. ‘Isa al-Hakami – his father – ‘Amir b. Rabi‘ah: I heard Zayd b. ‘Amr b. Nufayl saying … “He is a man who is neither short nor tall, whose hair is neither abundant nor sparse, whose eyes are always red, and who has the seal of prophethood between his shoulders. His name is Ahmad…” (p. 64)
    Ahmad b. Sinan al-Qattan al-Wasiti – Abu Mu‘awiyah – A‘mash – Abu Zibyan – Ibn ‘Abbas: A man of the Banu ‘Amir came to the Prophet and said, “Show me the seal which is between your shoulders, and if you lie under any enchantment I will cure you, for I am the best enchanter of the Arabs.” “Do you wish me to show you a sign?” asked the Prophet. “Yes,” said the man, “summon that cluster of dates.” So the Prophet looked at a cluster of dates hanging from a date palm and summoned it, and began to snap his finger until it stood before him. Then the man said, “Tell it to go back,” and it went back. The Amiri said, “O Banu Amir, I have never seen a greater magician than I have seen today.” (Pp. 66-67)
    “Then one said to the other, ‘Open his breast.’ He opened my heart, and took out from it the pollution of Satan and the clot of blood, and threw them away. Then one said to the other, ‘Wash his breast as you would a receptacle– or, wash his heart as you would a covering.’ Then he summoned the sakinah, which looked like the face of a white cat, and it was placed in my heart. Then one of them said to the other, ‘Sew up his breast.’ So they sewed up my breast and placed the seal between my shoulders…” (p. 75)
    It turns out that Muhammad’s seal of prophethood was a physical deformity, a mole with spots, which conflicting reports say was shaped either like an apple, the button of a small tent or like the egg of a partridge! It is simply beyond us how this is supposed to be one of the proofs that convince people of Muhammad’s prophethood!

  2. This is not some thing new, muslims in Pakistan have demolished the crematoriums ,where Hindus and Sikhs used to cremate their dead, so now they have to travel hundred of miles to cremate. Lahore ,Karachi and Islamabad and many other places have no crematoriums. Islam /muslims are barbarians .Just see http://www.jihad-watch.org The only way to teach muslims lesson is just don’t let muslims of India bury their dead’s in India. Muslims only understand tit for tat.




      People of other nations, when they embrace Islam, come to be united under the Arabian hegemony, and call themselves Umma or one nation. What a self-deception it is! It is a self-deception because Muslims of other countries are treated as foreigners in Arabia. They are not considered as citizens of Hijaz (Arabia); neither are they allowed to buy property there, nor permitted to run businesses independently. These Muslims are complete foreigners in Arabia, subject to visa, passport and all other laws governing the behavior and obligations of the aliens.

      If Islam was really based on true brotherhood of all Muslims, irrespective of geographical boundaries, Mecca and Medina would have been international cities (at least to all the Muslims); since quotations from the address of the Prophet at the Last Pilgrimage do not measure up to his pan-Islamic conduct, they must be forgeries like many hadilhs. Again, it must be remembered that almost all his audience on that occasion consisted of the Arabs, and therefore, whatever he said, related to the Arabs only. This point becomes clear when we realize that Muhammad laid the foundation of an Arab Empire in the name of Islam and not an Islamic Empire.

      The foreign Muslims did not have top- level representation in the government of Arabia during the times of Muhammad himself. Neither did they enjoy any such privilege during the heyday of the Arab political ascendancy, nor is there any legal precedent to prove that a Muslim from any territory can become the President or Prime Minister of an Arab country. On the contrary, a person of any race and color could become the head of the mighty Roman Empire. Yet the Muslims claim the superiority of the Islamic system!

      It is absolutely necessary to counter the false Islamic propaganda of international brotherhood.

      Why do Arabs discriminate against other Muslims from the Ummah

      – Reason: Muslims are thugs. As they fight with others to commit thuggery, they also fight amongst themselves while sharing the spoils of their thuggery.

      We hear a lot of the unity and brotherhood of Muslims within the Muslim Ummah. Ummah is the global Muslim community that is alleged to be devoid of national, ethnic, color barriers amongst all Muslims. Sounds fantastic. But is it really so? Are Muslims really united and do not discriminate amongst themselves. We say they practice the worst form of discrimination amongst themselves. So what, you say, there is discrimination in all parts of the globe. But it is our contention that Muslims apart from the paranoid enmity they breed in their minds towards all non-Muslims, they also practice heinous discrimination amongst themselves. Let’s see how the Muslim Ummah compares with the EU (European Union).

      Somewhat parallel to the concept of Ummah we have the concept of an EU. If and when the EU is fully effective, all Europeans would be free to move from one part of Europe to another and settle anywhere. Does the Muslim Ummah extend this facility to the Muslims? Sudanese, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Indonesians, Malaysians go to the Middle East to share in the petro-dollar led boom in the Gulf. How many of these fellow Muslims are allowed to settle down in the Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait. The answer is in none of them! So much for the Ummah.
      The brother Muslims from other countries who go there in droves can only work there and when they are out of work, they are repatriated to their country of origin. Why so? Why do not Muslim countries allow “brother” Muslims to settle down in the oil rich countries of the Gulf?

      This question become especially poignant, as Muslims from all over the world are allowed to migrate to the West and settle down in Europe, USA Canada, etc. That these immigrants cause flare-ups as we are seeing in France is another matter. Gratitude towards their benefactors has never been a Muslim virtue! And if these benefactors are non-Muslims, then the beneficiary Muslims have nothing but contempt for their benefactors. All acts of helping the Muslims are looked upon by the Muslim as a sign of weakness on part of the non-Muslims. Muslims are brainwashed to look upon Kafirs (Non-Muslims) as inferiors and to deceive them in all matters – small and large.

      How the Quran commands the Muslims to murder the Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Bahais, Druze, Ahmediyas and all other non-Muslims in cold blood!

      What the Quran says about Jihad

      The Muslims are commanded to wage an everlasting war against the unbelievers and are assured victory in the struggle. Surely, the Marxist social philosophy is an extension of the Koranic doctrine. To realize the significance of this statement, one ought to read the following:

      1. On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. (The Cow: 161)
      2. Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. (The Cow: 15 )
      3. The worst of beasts in Allah’s sight are the ungrateful, who will not believe. (Spoils of War: 55)
      4. Oh ye who believe! the non-Muslims are unclean. (Repentance:17)
      5. Oh ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers and let them find harshness in you. (Repentance: 123)
      6. Oh believers, do not treat your fathers and mothers as your friends, if they prefer unbelief to belief, whosoever of you takes them for friends, they are evil-doers. (Repentance: 20) 7. Humiliate the non-Muslims to such an extent that they surrender and pay tribute. ( Repentance: 29 )

      Through the doctrine of hatred, Islam incites Muslims against non-Muslims and proposes Jihad as the solution to make Islam the dominant faith. What is Jihad? It is the battle against unbelievers such as the Hindus, the Christians, the Jews, the atheists – in fact, unbelievers of all sorts.

      Jihad is nothing but an Inducement to Murder and Plunder non-Muslims for their Sheer Crime of Not Believing in Muhammad

      Since humans do not like harming innocent people, Jihad is nothing but an inducement to murder and plunder non-Muslims for the sheer crime of not believing in Muhammad. It is called a “holy war.” Those who return home victoriously, come laden with booty, which includes wealth and non-Muslim women for concubinage and free seduction but those “crusaders” who are killed “in the way of Allah” go straight to paradise where ever-young virgins of exquisite beauty and pretty boys anxiously wait to serve them! Even more stunning is the fact that while every code of moral conduct treats murder, rape, plunder, lechery as sins, Islam counts them as acts of piety.

      Islamic Jihad is a Perpetual Declaration of War on Non-Muslims

      Islam, in fact, is a perpetual declaration of war against all those, who do not believe in Muhammad. This war is not confined to words but it is really brutish, barbaric and bewildering. It makes society a hot bed of mutual hatred based on discrimination of Momin (Muslim) and Kafir (non-Muslim). Thus, it ignites the flame of eternal conflict far more dangerous, debilitating and devastating than Karl-Marx could ever visualize: “They (unbelievers) are Satan’s party they are the losers…. Those (the Muslims) are God’s party….they are the prosperers.” (LVIII The Disputer: 20)

      Islam is basically a medium of Arab Imperialism – Military, Political, Economic and Cultural

      Anwar Shaikh, a scholar of Islam writes the following in his essay entitled ISLAM – The Arab National Movement, about how and why Islam is basically a medium of Arab Imperialism – Military, Political, Economic and Cultural.

      In the words of Anwar Shaikh:

      “1. The Prophet declared that he was the best individual of all humans; the Koresh, his tribe were the best of all Arabian tribes and Arabs were the best of all nations.
      2. For this purpose, he used the oldest Semitic device of revelation to declare himself a prophet, who is supposed to have no axe of his own to grind but does what he is told by God.
      3. As the Jews had a national God called “Yahwe,” the Prophet chose Allah, the Lord of Kaaba, an idol of his own tribe, and raised it to the dignity of the one supreme God.
      4. The Prophet made Kaaba, the sacred shrine of the Arabs as the holiest place of Islam so that whoever believes in Islam must also acknowledge the greatness of Arabia and its people.
      5. The Prophet Mohammed made Haj, i.e. pilgrimage to the Kaaba, an old pre-lslamic Arab rite, a basic tenet of his religion to impress upon foreign (non-Arab) Muslims the sanctity of Arabia, and create an everlasting source of income for the Arabs.
      6. He insisted that God’s covenant was not with Abraham and Isaac but with Abraham and Ishmael. It is universally known that Ishmael was the direct ancestor of the Arabs. Thus, one can clearly see that the purpose of Islam is glorification of the Arab nationalism.
      7. The Kaaba serves a much greater national purpose of the Arabs than that which Jerusalem renders to the Jews or Rome to the Christians (Catholics). It is guardian of the Arab nationalism at the expense of the national conscience of the non-Arab Muslims who believe that they have no individual nationality of their own, and prefer to be called Muslims. Thus the Arabs have achieved the status of a nucleus whereas the non-Arab Muslims have gladly become their satellites in the hope of gaining paradise. It ought to be remembered that the Prophet shall not open the gates of paradise to those Moslems who are not friendly with the Arabs.

      The Prophet said:

      a. “May Allah humiliate those who seek to humiliate the Quresh (his tribe).” Sahih Tirmzi Vol. 2 p.335)
      b. The Prophet said to Sulaiman Farsee (the Persian Convert), “If you bear odium against the Arabs, you bear odium against me.” (Sahih Tirmzi Vol.2. p.840)
      c. The Prophet said: “I will not intercede for those or love them who are not fair with the Arabs.” (Sahih Tirmzi Vol . 2 p.840 ) Of course, there is a difference of opinion about the degree of accuracy about these Hadiths i.e. the Prophet’s sayings, yet they are there. If they were inappropriate they would have been expunged. They are correct because they correspond with the Arabic ethos of Islam.
      8. The Prophet built the structure of Islam around the sanctity of his own person by declaring himself:
      a. the Intercessor, b. the blessing for the mankind, and
      c. the model of actions for all faithful.
      9. Since Muhammad preferred Arabs to other nations, love of the Arabs becomes a prerequisite of Islam.
      10. Since faith means belief in both Allah and Muhammad, the Islamic God represents duality as the Christian doctrine of Trinity represents Three- in-one. Not only Muhammad was an Arab, Allah, the Lord of the Kaaba, was also an Arab statue. Thus Islam is there to serve the Arab cause.
      11. The Koran is an Arabic document. It is primarily a book for the understanding and guidance of the Arabs. Calling it a universal message is just an innovation for subjugating the non-Arab Muslims to the national hegemony of the Arabs.

      Illegitimate Sex Amongst Muslims is Haram, but for a Mujahid Taking Up Non-Muslim Women as Concubines in a Jihad is Legitimate

      Carnal gratification, man’s greatest desire, is the first temptation that the concept of Jihad carries. A Mujahid i.e. the Islamic warrior, who at that time suffered pangs of sexual starvation in the torrid land of Arabia, was promised plenty of sensual enjoyment as a reward for participating in the carnage whether or not he survived the rigors of the battlefield. If he (a Mujahid – Islamic warrior) got killed, he was assured that the houris waited for his glorious company in Jannnat i.e. paradise, and if he survived, he had a share in the plunder, which included women of the infidels. Islam has prescribed flogging, and death-by-stoning for sexual offenses such as fornication and adultery because it holds such acts as unlawful when committed out of wedlock but when a Muslim “fights in the way of Allah” to murder the infidels and plunder their property, then the Koran relaxes this rule:

      “And anyone of you who has not the affluence to be able to marry believing free women in wedlock, let him take believing handmaids that your right hand owns ……So marry them, with their people’s leave, and give them their wages honorably as women in wedlock, not as in license or taking lovers.” (Women, IV: 25) These verses demonstrate beyond a shadow of doubt that amongst Muslims, the Koran forbids sexual intercourse outside wedlock: marriage is a must for the fulfillment of sensual desires, but this law is blown off by the wind of change when it comes to a Mujahid (the Holy warrior):

      During the battle of Autas, the Muslims captured some women along with their husbands. Though earlier, a Muslim had been forbidden sexual intercourse with an unbelieving married woman, at this occasion, it was revealed to the Prophet that Allah had relaxed this restriction and permitted copulation to the warrior if she had fallen to his lot in the battle and thus became his property. ( TIRMZI, vol. one, P 417 )

      In the Islamic Jihad, sex was a big bait to attract followers, and eventually, make them sincere devotees. After the people of Taif – the last major Arab City to resist Islam – surrendered in February, 631 C.E., to escape horrors of the siege, Muhammad was presented with three beautiful women; he gave one of them “to Ali, another to Usman and the third to Omar.” To realize the significance of this episode, one ought to remember that both Ali and Usman were his sons-in-law and Omar was his father-in-law.
      The holy warriors of Islam have been given an unusual privilege of sexual merriment. If they survive the battle, they secure concubines but if they fall, they are sure to enter paradise full of houris (beautiful maidens to be turned into concubines), living in the most luxurious environment.

      ” For them (the Muslims) is reserved a definite provision, fruit and a great honor in the Gardens of bliss reclining upon couches arranged face to face, a cup from a fountain being passed round to them, while, a pleasure to the drinkers ….. and with them wide eyed maidens flexing their glances as if they were slightly concealed pearls. (The Rangers, 40-45)

      “Surely for the God-fearing awaits a place of security gardens and vineyards and maidens with swelling bosoms.” (The Tidings: 30)

      The houris are ever-young women who have wide eyes, flexing glances and swelling bosoms. Fancy the modesty of Allah and holiness of His manners. Can anyone honestly say that it is not a lure to attract followers?

      The Motivation for Plunder, Loot and Booty in the Koran

      The Koran also legitimizes booty and loot secured from non-Muslims during a religious war – Jihad:
      “Eat of what you have taken as booty, such is lawful and good. ” (The Spoils, VIII: 70)
      To make his followers, the merciless looters, he thoroughly drilled them in hatred of non-Muslims, the potential victims:

      1. “Surely the worst of beasts in God’s sight are the unbelievers.” (The Spoils: VIII: 55)
      2. ” Certainly, God is an enemy to the unbelievers . ” (The Cow: II: 90)
      3. “Oh ye who believe! fight those of the unbelievers and let them find in you harshness.” (Repentance: IX: 123)
      4. “Humiliate the non-Muslims to such an extent that they surrender and pay tribute.” ( Repentance IX: 29 )

      Since it was plunder that paved the way to spread Islam, even those things that the Prophet himself had declared sacred, lost their sanctity when they proved inconvenient. For example, the Koran says:
      “Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters (The non-Muslims) wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush” (Repentance, IX: 5)

      With this kind of indoctrination what else can one expect from the followers of this death cult called Islam, except beastly behavior that CHALLENGES EVERY CIVILIZED NORM.

      Thus we see that seemingly innocuous Muslim migrant laborers immigrate to the West, settle down there, while keeping intact and well concealed their innate hatred and contempt for their hosts. This contempt that is carefully nurtured and passed on to their next generations and finds expression in ethnic violence as we see in Paris, Bradford, Rotterdam, and will see in Brussels, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, etc.

      This much for extending the decency of allowing Muslims to settle down in non-Muslim countries. Is it that Arab Muslims know what their co-religionists are all about, and so they do not allow any of them from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sudan etc to settle down in the GCC (Gulf Co-ordination Council) countries?

      Or is it that the Arabs look upon non-Arab Muslim as inferior?

      We ask this as the Arabs have different criteria for Arabs and non-Arab Muslims. Even the international airports at Kuwait, Bahrain, Riyadh, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi have different customs and immigration counters for citizens of the GCC countries and for others. This is what was called apartheid when it was practiced by the former White regime in South Africa, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Namibia.

      Why does the world not ask the Arab world the reason for discrimination against non-Muslims as well as non-Arab Muslims in this way? We may forget how they treat non-Muslims, as it has been drilled in to their minds to treat the Kafirs like dirt. But why the same treatment for other non-Arab Muslims? We surmise that for all the traditions of charity, zakat, hospitality, etc., Islam is and has always been a culture where suspicion of others and more so of non-Muslims, deception, cruelty, revenge, honor killings, fierce tribal and clan loyalties, keeping ladies wrapped up in a tent like dress (Hijab), and segregating them in a Zenana (Exclusive ladies chambers) have all been and will always be part of the mentality of the Muslims.

      This mentality finds starker expression in their relations with non-Muslims. There is an old Arab saying;
      “Me and my brother against my cousin and Me and my cousin against a stranger”.

      Herein lies the germ of discrimination. This is why the Arabs do not treat other non-Arab Muslims as equals and do not allow them to settle in Arab lands. So much for the Muslim ideal of Universal brotherhood of Ummat!

      This apart, the Muslims have near zero tolerance for Muslims of different sects. The Wahabis will not tolerate non-Wahabi Sunnis, the Sunnis will not tolerate Shiites who are for them apostates. The Arabs look upon the Persians as inferior. Males look upon the females as nothing better than cattle. With this track record we decree that the Muslim claim of being a universal brotherhood is a fraud, meant to fool the gullible into believing that Islam is a panacea for the drawbacks of non-Muslim societies. We call the bluff of Islam’s claim of being a universal brotherhood (Ummah) and decree that Islam is the worst form of medieval barbarism that masquerades as a religion.

      The Moral of the Story:

      Muslims are thugs and together they operate like a gang of thugs, both in their dealings with others as well as amongst themselves. Thugs are thugs are thugs. And as they fight with others to commit thuggery, they also fight amongst themselves while sharing the spoils of their thuggery.

      The High Rape-Scale in Saudi Arabia
      January 16, 2013

      Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most conservative countries in the world, especially in regard to the status of women. Saudi Arabia is an extreme Islamic country where its legal code is based on Shari’a Law. They therefore believe that there is no separation between church and state and the state’s laws are heavily based on Islamic teachings. Because of this strict Islamic culture, women in Saudi Arabia are treated and acknowledged very differently than the women who live in the west. For example, in Saudi Arabia, there are laws that require women to wear a hijab, a head scarf, as well as dress in loose, long garments that do not show the shape of the woman’s body. To do so would be shameful and secular. There are other laws such as this one that are meant to protect the virtue of women in Saudi Arabia.
      Knowing this about Saudi Arabia, I had assumed that women there would be relatively safe since there are such strict laws regarding the protection of a woman’s virtue. I assumed incorrectly when I was studying a WomanStats map that displayed the rape scale of each country in the world. On a scale from one to five, Saudi Arabia had a ranking of a four. I was confused by this since, as briefly described above, Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most conservative countries in the world where women are highly secluded. I would have thought these practices and laws would have decreased the rape rate substantially.

      The question I pose then is this, why does Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative countries in the world have one of the highest rape scales in the world?

      While there are many interconnecting reasons why rape occurs so often in Saudi Arabia, I have chosen four possible causes to narrow down the research for this project. The four causes I have chosen are one, a secular society, two, insufficient laws, three, taboos against reporting rape and four, an ineffective judicial system.

      Secular Society

      The first cause, a secular society, was quickly dismissed because as was mentioned in the introduction, Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most conservative countries in the world. The society of Saudi Arabia is especially conservative when it comes to women. For example, it is illegal for women to drive or intermingle in public with males that are not related to them. It is also illegal for a woman to go out in public without a male-escort who is related to her as well as go out in public without wearing her hijab (WomanStats). Violence or legal prosecution usually ensues if any of these are broken. To further illustrate this point, the following maps show how strict Saudi Arabia is in regard to dress code and intermingling in public laws compared to the rest of the Middle East, a very conservative region itself.

      Insufficient Laws Against Rape

      The next probable cause studied was the possibility of insufficient laws against rape in Saudi Arabia. Since there were reported convictions of rapists, it can be assumed that there are laws against rape. Also, Saudi Arabia’s legal code is based on the Shari’a law, which criminalizes rape as punishable by death. However, spousal rape is not included in this criminalization according to Shari’a law. Although these laws exist against rapists, the actual conviction process is complicated and nearly impossible. In order for a perpetrator to be convicted he or she must confess or there must be four witnesses of the act (FreedomHouse). Usually in these certain circumstances, there are only two witnesses present, the perpetrator and the victim. Since it would be hard for a victim to find four witnesses, it is very unlikely that a perpetrator would admit to such a heinous act that he or she could very well get away with. Another example of the insufficient laws against rape is that foreign female domestic workers, which consists of 1.5 million of foreign nationals, receive no protection from the labor laws and are more prone to be victims of abuse. Based on this research, it can be concluded that while there are laws against rape, the actual conviction of rapists is very rare. This could be a plausible cause of the high rape scale since the punishment of such an act hardly occurs.

      Taboos Against Reporting Rape

      The third possible cause of a high rape scale in Saudi Arabia is the taboos against reporting rape. There are many social stigmas that scare women away from reporting a rape to the police. One social stigma is that in many instances, the law enforcer will accuse the woman of having illicit sex instead of accusing the man of the crime (FreedomHouse). As a consequence of this accusation, societal reprisals take place such as a woman being seen as unfit for marriage or even violently punished for bringing shame to the family. In some extreme cases, honor killings have been committed against women who have been raped (Zoepf). One may wonder why these crimes take place if the laws in Saudi Arabia are supposedly meant to protect women. There is another cultural stigma that plays a role here. In Islamic society, a family’s honor, particularly the male family member’s honor is based on the purity and virtue of the women in their family. If a woman in the family becomes “violated” either by choice or by force, the family’s honor is seemingly stripped from them. It is not so much about the concern over the woman but over the honor of the men. Because of this engrained belief, already victimized women are sometimes further victimized by their own family members. This causes great fear among the women in these types of societies and if one is raped, it is very unlikely that she will report it based on the potential ensuing consequences.

      Ineffective Judicial System

      The last possible cause studied was an ineffective judicial system. As was mentioned before, Saudi Arabia’s legal code is based on the Shari’s law, an extreme version of the Islamic code. Because of this, women are not given the same rights as men, especially when it comes to the courts. For example, in most cases, women are unable to speak for themselves in court. They must be represented by a male-relative or lawyer. It is considered shameful for a woman to speak to the sheik or judge and is only sometime allowed to do so if her face is covered (WomanStats). Because of this, if a woman is raped, and a man’s honor is based on her virtue, what male relative would want to shed further light on the subject by representing her? Also a man’s testimony is worth two women’s testimonies. So if a woman had four witnesses to testify against the perpetrator, if some of them were women, the number of females would have to be doubled for the accusation to be considered.

      Another clause of the judicial system is that most clerics were taught in Wahhabi schools where extreme Islam is taught extensively. Because of this, most clerics demand the seclusion of women and often hold an unforgiving attitude toward accusations of violence against men (WomanStats). A Saudi Arabian attorney even said, “Unfortunately, judges consider women to be lacking in reason and faith, so generally do not agree with her arguments” (HumanRights).

      The following stories illustrate the point explained above. The first is about a young girl who was being molested by her father. She went to the courts to file a complaint. The law enforcers did not believe her and told her, her father needed to come in to file the complaint (Economist). The obvious ignorance need not be explained in this situation. The next story tells of a nineteen year-old woman who met a man not related to her in a car. They were both kidnapped by a gang and she was then gang-raped fourteen times. Seven men of the gang were convicted and were sentenced to prison ranging from one to five years. This was a light conviction given they could have received the death penalty according to the law. The woman was also convicted to six months of prison as well as ninety lashes for being associating with a male who was not related to her in public (Harrison). The woman was later pardoned by the King of Saudi Arabia, not because he disagreed with the punishment but because he was being merciful and thought it was best for the whole of the country, not to mention international relations with countries that were in an absolute uproar over the ordeal (Zoepf).

      Based on my research I propose that the main perpetrator of the high rape-scale in Saudi Arabia is the lack of conviction of rapists due to the taboos against reporting rape and the ineffective judicial system. If perpetrators are not being punished then there is little incentive to not rape woman if that is the desire. To illustrate how low the conviction rate actually is, in 2002, there were 59 reported rapes out of a population of 26,534,504 (WomanStats) The perpetrators are getting away with a heinous crime and the Saudi Arabian government must pass more effective legislation that enables law enforcers to convict those criminals. The social stigmas will be very difficult to overcome regarding seeing a woman unfit for marriage or taking away the family’s honor because of being raped. However, if women continue to speak up about the issues they face, solutions will come, just as they have in other parts of the world. Also international pressure must always be present to give those women courage to stand up.
      —By TS
      Double indemnity a bizarre application of the law. (2007, Novem 22). The Economist, Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/node/10191773
      Eleanor Abdella Doumato, Rowman & Littlefield. (2012, April 4). Freedom House, Saudi Arabia Freedom House Report. Retrieved from http://www.freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/inline_images/Saudi%20Arabia.p df
      Harrison, F. (2007, Novemeber 15). Saudi Gang-Rape Victim is Jailed. BBC. Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7096814.stm
      Womanstats project. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://womanstats.org/CodebookCurrent.htm
      United States Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights- Saudi Arabia, 2007
      Zoepf, K. (2007, Decem 18). Saudi king pardons rape victim sentenced to be lashed, saudi paper reports.The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/18/world/middleeast/18saudi.html

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