“Women who go to hairdressers will go to hell”“Women who go to hairdressers will go to hell”
An imam has infuriated the nation during a Friday prayer session by insisting that Muslim girls should cover themselves from head to toe and condemning women who use perfume. Text of the sermon is to be sent to Muslim schools. Muslim girls should cover themselves from head to toe, and neither wear perfume nor go to the hairdressers if they want to have any chance of going to heaven.
The sermon at last week’s Friday prayer at Copenhagen’s Islamic Religious Community, one of Denmark’s biggest Muslim congregations, shocked the nation and generated angry responses from politicians and integration experts alike. Raed Hleihel, an imam visiting from Århus, told men at the congregation to go home and make sure their wives and daughters draped every inch of their bodies with clothing.
‘I would like a Muslim girl to name one heavenly wise man, who permitted her to wear only a light veil over her hair and claim she was veiled, although her body was visible,’ Hleihel said. ‘A woman who wants to call herself a believer must cover herself completely, according to the sharia rules.’ The imam went as far as saying that women who went to the hairdresser’s and wore perfume would go to Hell.
When news broke of the sermon, integration consultants and politicians rallied to denounce it as ‘medieval’ and ‘bigoted.’ The congregation’s spokesman, Kasem Said Ahmed, said the imam expressed his own personal views in his sermon. Nevertheless, the Islamic Religious Community taped the sermon and took it upon itself to distribute it to schoolgirls in Muslim private schools, so that they and their parents could follow Hleihel’s instructions, daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported on Monday.
So, even though Danish Muslims thought this was the imam’s “personal views”, they didn’t find them more disagreeable than to distribute them in schools throughout Denmark. As one commentator on Danish blog Uriaposten notes, audio cassettes have been a preferred way of Islamists to spread their message since the days of Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1970s. Since the government of Anders Fogh Rasmussen was recently re-elected with promises to continue integration efforts in Denmark, Integration Minister Rikke Hvilshøj has called a meeting with Danish imams:
Integration Minister Rikke Hvilshøj has called a meeting with Danish imams in order to discuss sex equality. The meeting, which will take place at Copenhagen University, comes after Statistics Denmark reported last month that up to 13,000 immigrant women have little or no contact with Danish society. At the time, the newly appointed Integration Minister said that if these women were held back by their husbands, then that was totally unacceptable and a problem that would have to be addressed. On Wednesday, the minister characterised sex equality as one of the cornerstones of Danish society, and insisted that all groups in society should respect this irrespective of their religion.
Immigrant women isolated from society
A large share of immigrant women in Denmark live in almost complete isolation from Danish society, and this might make it more difficult for the government to fulfil its promise to get 25,000 immigrants into jobs over the next five years. Some 100,000 immigrant women of working age live in Denmark, and 60 percent of these are currently unem-ployed. Among women who come from Lebanon, Somalia and Afghanistan, the rate of unemployment is as high as 85 to 90 percent. At the same time, calculations from Statistics Denmark have shown that up to 13,000 immigrant women have little or no contact with Danish society. Newly appointed Integration Minister Rikke Hvilshøj said that if these women were held back by their husbands, then that was totally unacceptable and a problem that would have to be addressed.
The anti-immigration Danish People's Party wishes to stop all mother-tongue teaching of ethnic minority children in Danish schools to force stronger integration, but has so far not got support for this by the government. Meanwhile, segregation is actively being promoted by Muslim groups in Denmark:
Muslim fundamentalist group Hizb ut-Tahrir has pulled out all the stops in a recruitment campaign to lure young immigrants to a meeting on Sunday at Copenhagen's Nørrebrohallen. "We know that they're appealing in large part to young people under 18. And at that age, people are especially impressionable, and may be conflicted about their identity, opinions, and values. It is important that we encourage an open discussion on how to tackle this problem," said Stribold. On Wednesday, Jyllands-Posten reported that Hizb uh-Tahrir was recruiting young people at Brøndby Station Center and surrounding S-train stations in Copenhagen's western suburbs. Teachers, social workers, and consultants from Brøndby Council told the newspaper that moderate young Muslims often felt pressured by their more devout, fundamentalist counterparts. In some cases, young, integrated Muslims have been physically threatened.
The veil and the seclusion of Muslim immigrant women have practical results for their physical health and well-being, which is suffering:
Mums get cripple warning
Asian women in Greater Manchester have been warned that their lifestyle could lead to crippling disabilities in later life. Medical tests on women in Tameside and Rochdale revealed serious deficiencies in vitamin D which is essential to maintain healthy bones in later life. Blood samples taken from the women revealed that one-in-four had a severe deficiency and 90 per cent had inadequate levels of vitamin D. Scientists who conducted the survey say it is highly likely that these results would be repeated throughout the entire south Asian female population of Greater Manchester. Vitamin D deficiency leads to brittle bones. Later in life women with the condition suffer from severe aches and pains in the joints. Multiple fractures are also common. Another danger is rickets - severely bowed legs, a result of the bones being unable to carry bodyweight. Even more sinister, mothers who have a vitamin D deficiency, can pass the condition on to their children through breast milk. The deficiency is all the more tragic since it is easy and cheap to overcome - more sunlight and a change of diet is all that is needed. "The trouble is many Asian women are receiving a double whammy. Because of traditional lifestyles and dress they do not get enough sunlight which is the main source of vitamin D. Oily fish and foods like margarine are also source of vitamin D but you have to eat great quantities of these to make up for the lack of sunlight. "In countries like Bangladesh, India and Pakistan the sunlight is almost year round but of course its a different matter in the UK. But even 10 to 15 minutes exposure a day to sunlight in our summer would be enough. "In the west, rickets used to be a disease of the poor. Today it has been almost eradicated among the white population but is not uncommon among UK south Asians."
Read this carefully. Then read it again. Although a few minutes of exposure to sunlight every day should take care of the problem, 90 % of the women still suffer from a lack of vitamin D. What does that indicate about how much these women are cut off from society? How can this be allowed to go on in the heart of England? Bear in mind that “Asian” in UK media new speech is code word for Muslims from South Asia. Even though it is conceivable that some conservative Hindu women may suffer from this, too, it is predominantly a Muslim issue. It exists in other Western nations, too, including Scandinavia:
The Danish Health Authorities recommend that “immigrant” children should get extra dietary supplements of vitamin D, perhaps for the rest of their lives. Immigrant girls in particular frequently suffer from serious vitamin D deficiencies. It seems as if clothing is more important in this regard than skin color, as the long sleeves and headscarves block the sun from reaching the arms and faces the way it does with Danish children.
Just how far Muslim men will go to block their women from contact with the outside world, even to the point of not being allowed to go outside their own home, should be indicated by this court case. Luckily, this time the man was actually sentenced for doing this:
An Oslo court has convicted an African-Norwegian not only for abusing his Algerian wife but also for preventing her from integrating into Norwegian society. It's the first time a Norwegian court has ruled such practices as illegal, and the offender was sentenced to three years in jail. The court claimed in its ruling that he then launched years of physical abuse against his wife and prevented her from leaving their home without his permission. If she did leave home, she was ordered to cover her face and hair. He also abused the couple's children, and when his wife started attending Norwegian classes at the advice of juvenile authorities, he picked her up directly after the class to prevent her from mingling with other students.
Mingling with non-Muslims is a threat to the authority of Muslim males, and their control over their females:
As many as 15 Pakistani-Norwegian teenagers attacked a 31-year-old man outside his flat Monday night. They thought he was a journalist who'd written a provocative guide about how to have sex with young Muslim women. The Baard Torgersen who actually wrote the sex guide declined to comment on the incident. His editor, however, claimed the article that the teenage gang found so offensive was meant to launch a debate on sexual liberation among Muslim women in Norway. "There will be fewer mixed marriages in Norway," said editor Gaute Drevdal of Natt & Dag. "If we don't do something now, there will be more ghettoes forming."
A local Pakistani-Norwegian comedian, Shabana Rehman, said the guide may be considered "vulgar" but it also is important. "The main question here is accessibility and sexual control," Rehman said. "The role of men is changing and it's interesting that this is often tied to women's sexuality."
Shabana Rehman is right, of course. It’s all about Muslim men controlling Muslim women, especially their sexuality. Even though white Christians of European stock are said to be racist, 98% of second generation Pakistani women in Norway marry a man from the same ethnic background. Hardly any of the Pakistani or other Muslim immigrant girls born in Norway have a Norwegian husband. Finding your own partner would be seen as a betrayal of the family and of male authority figures, and of Islam if the spouse was non-Muslim. This is where honor killings fit in:
Pakistan rejects pro-women bill
The Pakistan government has allied with Islamists to reject a bill which sought to strengthen the law against the practice of "honour killing". Honour killing is the name given to murders where the offender claims the victim, usually a woman, had brought his family into disrepute. The bill was rejected after being declared un-Islamic by a majority vote. In many cases, the victims held properties that the male members of their families did not wish to lose if the women chose to marry outside the family. Government and independent researchers estimate that over 4,000 women have fallen victim to this practice in Pakistan over the last six years.
'Honour killings' law blocked
Parliament in Jordan has overwhelmingly rejected a proposed law imposing harsher punishments for men who kill female relatives in what are known as "honour killings". Islamists and conservatives opposed to the new law said it would encourage vice and destroy social values. Honour killings of women in Jordan have caused international outrage. But Jordanian MPs argue that more lenient punishments will violate religious traditions and damage the fabric of Jordan's conservative society, where men have the final say.
Jordan's dilemma over 'honour killings'
"A woman is like an olive tree. When its branch catches woodworm, it has to be chopped off so that society stays clean and pure." So declared one tribal leader when pressed on the issue of "honour killings" in Jordan, where approximately every two weeks a woman is killed by a male relative because of the shame she has brought upon her family by an alleged sexual transgression - "sins" which include being raped.
Those found guilty of such killings rarely receive sentences longer than one year, and many serve terms of one month. They tend to be sentenced under legislation which reduces sentences for crimes committed in a "fit of rage" sparked by an "unlawful action" on the part of the victim. According to campaigning journalist Rana Husseini, actions such as leaving the family home for a period, or uttering words such as "This is my life. I am free to do as I choose" were all considered unlawful acts in verdicts on honour killings issued last year.
The key to defeating Islamism in the West is to break the seclusion and forced segregation of Muslim women. It should be done by giving it its proper name: Apartheid.