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Invisible Women: The Aftermath of Jihad

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Massacres, beheadings, rapes and the rest often take place whenever and wherever Islamic jihadis take over.  Lesser known but no less eye-opening, however, is the aftermath of occupation—the everyday “rules” and laws the jihadis enforce once they’re in charge.

Consider the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) recent occupation of Raqqah, a city in northern Syria.  First there was the overt violence.  Among other acts of savagery, the jihadi organization attacked two Christian churches—the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of Martyrs—broke their crosses, burned their Bibles, and raised the Islamic flag in triumph.  One video depicts a Muslim “freedom fighter” smashing a Virgin Mary statue to shouts of Islam’s victory cry, “Allahu Akbar!”

Now consider the rules that organizations like ISIL enforce on the people living in the territories they occupy—or the inevitable “talibanization” of societies where Islamic supremacists hold sway.  A Syrian news clip recounts the following new laws ISIL promulgated in a statement it issued soon after taking over Raqqah:

  • Women are banned from sitting on chairs (as reported verbatim).
  • All women are obligated to wear Islamic attire, such as the niqab and burqa (which cover the entire body and face); sweaters, jeans, and makeup of any kind are strictly banned.
  • Female clothing is not to be displayed in shop windows, and only women are allowed to work there; if a man is found on the grounds the shop faces closure.
  • Women are banned from seeing male gynecologists.
  • Smoking—cigarettes, water pipes, etc.—is banned.  Violators could face the death penalty; shops found selling cigarettes are to be burned to the ground.
  • All barbershops are to be closed down and men forbidden from having short hair, wearing modern hairstyles or using hair products; men are also forbidden from wearing low-waist jeans.
  • Anyone who uses the word “Daash” (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in Arabic) will receive 70 whippings; the organization is to be referred to by its proper name.

The punishments are indeed severe: swindling taxi drivers face repercussions ranging from chopped hands to chopped heads; the reason cited is that their swindling may somehow interfere with a passenger’s worship (e.g., a Muslim seeking to go to mosque at the proper time).  Likewise, shop owners who do not shut down during prayer times must face the consequences.

All this is a reminder that, while the Islamic jihad may lead to brief, spectacular forms of terror—massacres, beheadings, rapes, bombed churches—its aftermath and goal, purportedly the creation of a “perfect Islamic society,” is “spectacular” in its own way, especially for women, who become virtually invisible members of society.

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  • Denise

    Jihad can only succeed because most of society has lost the ability to discern between good and evil. Of those who can still make the determination, even fewer will speak out against it. This vermin can only spread because most of humanity has turned away from the GOD of Israel. HaShem has left the building, and Satan has moved in!

    • John

      I can’t see that Jihad has much to do with anyone losing the ability to discern, (one can’t lose what they aint got) however, anyone with an ounce of common sense will realise that these monsters are hell-bent and determined to have their evil way. These murderous animals have been rampant for many years under the auspices of MEMRI the Muslim/Islamic brotherhood. It is a mandate for them to kill all nfidels.. They have determined that anyone – even members of their own family – that they should be put to death for any violation of their self-appointed laws.. To justify this, they call it ‘honour killings’ .. How sick is that? There is no love in anything, only a dictatorship that employs worse tactics than Hitler could dream of. It is 100% evil … 100% satanic, and it will increase regardless of any discernment anyone does have.. And indeed, I do agree entirely with what you’ve said; just adding a few extra thoughts. The only answer for them will be simply:- Repent or perish. God is not mocked by the likes of these human snakes…’s an antichrist system and a sign of end times, but loves them enough to save them from a fate worse than common death, which is hell.

      • Denise

        Hi John,
        For the most part western gentiles are just beginning to get a sampling of what the jews have had to deal with since the days of Abraham. This is the battle of the ages, it is nothing new, but thankfully it is about to come to its conclusion.

  • walterc

    I read this kind of thing and it just boggles the mind that an otherwise intelligent woman would willing convert to islam.

    • Woopsie

      Or man!

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    And yet, there are so many ignorant people who claim to have muslim friends. These same fools chastise those who disagree with them by calling us racists and worse. They do not even know what islam portends or the evil consequences of muslim domination. They will continue to honor and emulate mohammed the perverted murderer and pedophile that mohammed was. Incidentally, word check here underlined islam, mohammed, and muslim as I do not capitalize these evil ideas and people.

    • OfficialPro

      The only Muslim I’d trust as a friend would be Tarek Fatah. (and his family)


    I recently attended the funeral of a very dear friend who was a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus. His funeral service was vibrant with praises to our Lord–a true ‘home-going’ celebration! Among the members of the family I couldn’t help observing that two of the women were wearing the hijab. I watched one of them. It occured to me that she had undoubtedly ‘converted’ from Christianity. My heart sank as I watched her reactions to the joy which other family members were expressing. She refused to allow herself to be drawn into the worship and praise of our Lord.
    My question to her, if I would have had the opportunity, would simply have been, ‘So what exactly do you find so attractive about islam?’

    • OfficialPro

      the same attraction as stockholm syndrome, I’ll wager.

    • Raney

      Was this in the US or an islamic country? But either way, islamic women have been born and raised as slaves. They have no money, no education, no means of escaping in many circumstances. Plus they probably have several children and parents or other relatives that would be persecuted. One woman against a mob of mentally evil brutes … the odds are not in a woman’s favor to escape.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Do Arabs live on blood?

  • catherine maneker

    Let’s stop calling Islam a religion. It’s a political movement. Call it a political movement aimed at world control and it becomes easier to understand.

    • Paul E

      Its a religion of their version of peace!

      Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (allah)…………….

  • tredshift

    Gee….this really makes you want to convert to Islam, doesn’t it!

    • DustyFae

      LOL….No wonder people are so dumb-down that they think islam is the religion of peace…Can not imagine any one in their right mind wanting to convert to a crappy belief as this…