“Shaikha,” a 16-year-old Saudi girl,
drank bleach in an attempt to kill herself because her father was
forcing her to marry a 75-year-old man. And why? So that Shaikha’s
father could himself marry the elderly man’s 13-year-old daughter!
Shaikha begged and pleaded not to be forced into this marriage–even her
mother supported her plea; all to no avail.
While such normalized atrocities continue in Saudi Arabia and
elsewhere in the Muslim world, Random House cancels the publication of
a novel, The Jewel of Medina, based on the life of Aisha, the
prophet Mohammed’s beloved wife whom he married when she was either six
or seven years-old. The marriage was presumably consummated when Aisha
Can there possibly be a connection between what Mohammed did and
what other Muslim men do? Is the mere suggestion heretical? Is telling
the truth about Mohammed heretical?
According to the article in Al-Arabiya, Shaikha might have some
redress since, according to Shariah law, both parties have to consent
to the marriage or the marriage may be considered “null and void.”
And, a Pakistani mother and son unit in England imported a “slave bride”
from Pakistan whom the son, “egged on by his mother,” violently beat
and tormented daily. (Oedipus and Jocasta can’t hold a candle to this
merged pair).Their fiendish plan was to turn the first wife into the
family’s “slave” and to procure a second wife with whom to have
children. The man, Haroon Ahktar, violently beat 20 year-old Sania Bibi
twice a day, sometimes more. She was forced to work 17 hours a day. Her
mother-in-law, Zafia Bibi, kept threatening to have her “shot in the
head.” A sister-in-law threatened to have her put in an asylum and
“given electric shocks.” Haroon Ahktar threw her down the stairs,
smashed her into windows, dragged her by the hair, cursed her
constantly. According to Tamara Cohen in the Daily Mail:
“(Ahktar) said ‘You are not good enough for me’ and he would get
married a second time and he would have children through his second
marriage and I would have to take care of these children.’
The jury of seven men and five women heard that when the teenager
arrived in the UK her clothes and shoes and jewelry were immediately
taken from her by her mother-in-law. She was forced to wear pajamas for
her housework, and banned from answering the door, or using the
When Sania Bibi escaped and went to relatives for refuge, they
turned their back on her. They told her that family “honor” demanded
that she stay with her husband’s family.
Miraculously, Ahktar was convicted of five counts of bodily harm. No
matter what the sentence turns out to be, the fact that a trial took
place and that a conviction was obtained constitutes a powerful triumph
of western law over such normalized barbarism.
I hope that the British police understand that Sania Bibi is a
marked woman who may need permanent round the clock protection. More: I
hope that publishers in the West understand that documenting such
truths is crucial.
NEWSFLASH! My esteemed colleague, Dr. Andrew Bostom,
points out that the Jones’ novel may actually glorify Mohammed’s
pedophilia. However, I do not think that is the reason for the Random
House cancellation. Publishers do not routinely cancel novels because
they glorify cruelty towards women and children or because they are
poorly written; on the contrary, such novels often sell very well. If
you go to the Bostom website you may read the Prologue to this novel.