I’m am re-posting this because I feel like I’ve written quite a bit on women’s issues regarding Islam, and I can’t think of anything new and fresh to write about the issue.  This post, however, does a good job of telling the story of the plight of Muslim women the world over.

These accounts are brutal and heartbreaking. I really have no words to describe how it makes my heart hurt. I feel so hopeless to help these women. But as I’ve been pondering this throughout my day, I realized that these women need the Lord! They are dying without a relationship with the true God! So, even if you feel helpless, you aren’t! You can pray! Prayer is powerful! So, let us pray, seriously pray for Muslims the world over who need to know God! Thanks for reading…“In Iran, the death penalty is one of a number of tools to enforce the social order and political patriarchy based upon rigorous interpretation of the Sharia law. In the name of “defending the purity of Muslim women,” women are the primary targets of criminal sentencing for adultery, which can end in death by hanging or by stoning. ” (This and the following excerpts were taken from this website, click here.)

August 15, 2004

“On Neka’s main street there is a truck with a crane jutting into the summer’s hot blue sky. From it hangs the body of Atafeh Rajabi. By her feet is Haji Reza, the judge who personally put the cord around the neck of this “insolent” sixteen year-old girl. Three months earlier, she had dared to challenge the judge in his courtroom. Too poor to afford an attorney, Atafeh stood accused, for the sixth time, of “unchaste acts.” Previously, her repeated sexual relations with married men had earned her whippings and jail time. On this occasion, however, alone before the court, she lifted her head and spoke back to the judge, telling him that it would be better to “punish the perpetrator than the victim of the sexual act.” Then, she began shedding her clothes. Enraged, the judge, Hazi Reza, vowed that this “impious” woman would be sentenced to death as quickly as possible. On that same day, August 15th, the judge himself pronounced the sentence that would shortly put the crane of death into action. “

“Defending the purity of women”

“Women are especially victim to the patriarchal ideology imposed by the Shah‘s successors. According to a report published by the organization, “Women against execution in Iran,” more than 2,000 women have been executed between June, 1981 and October, 1990. The organization compiled a list of 1,428 names, among which figure 187 minors, a dozen of whom were under 13 years old. For Azaadeh Kian Thiebaut, Iran specialist at the CNRS (National Council for Scientific Research of France), “ Women are much more heavily punished because judges believe that by breaking the law, these women tarnish the image of purity in Muslim women. ” With respect to adultery, the female population is particularly at risk. An Iranian husband may invoke something called temporary marriage, a contract that permits “official” relations with whichever woman he chooses for a period anywhere from several minutes to 99 years. A wife who is accused of adultery, on the other hand, will in the most lenient of cases be whipped by a judge or in the worst case be hung to death. This is because infidelity in Iran is punishable by death. “

Stoned to death

“On December 20, 2004, Hajieh Esmailvand’s judges accorded her another stay of execution. She had been sentenced to death for adulterous relations with a 17 year-old boy. In November of 2004, her sentence was “commuted” to stoning. She was to be stoned to death on December 21, 2004. As of now, we have no further information regarding Hajieh. Because it is typically used to punish adultery, stoning inordinately victimizes women. Despite an edict condemning stoning to death as well as harsh criticism by ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, this “antiquated” practice is still actively utilized in numerous rural areas of Iran. The condemned men are covered to above their chest. Stones are thrown by civil servants or by participants from in the crowd.”

What happens in Stoning?

“In stoning to death, the victim’s hands are tied behind their backs and their bodies are put in a cloth sack. Then, this human “package” is buried in a hole, with only the victims heads showing above the ground. If its a woman, she is buried up to her shoulders. This is to give her an seemingly equal (but nonetheless impossible) chance to escape recognizing her lesser physical strength.After the hapless individual has been secured in the hole, people start chanting “Allah hu Akbar” (meaning, God is great), and throw palm sized stones at the head of the victim from a certain distance (a circle is drawn). The stones are thrown until the person dies or until he/she escapes out of the hole and crosses the circle. Escaping is impossible, given that the individuals hands are tied behind their backs and they are buried in a hole up to their necks or shoulders (in the case of males and females respectively).Naturally, the procedure is extremely barbaric and bloody. “

*One last word…the world is full of injustice. I am so glad that God is just and that he will make everything right in the end!

Psalm. 9:16-20 “The LORD is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God. But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever parish. Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence. Strike them with terror, O LORD; let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.”