In 2009, in Afghanistan, Aisha an 18-year-old girl was accused of running away from her husband’s house. In the middle of the night, a Taliban commander pounded on her door demanding her to come outside, as soon as she did they dragged her to a mountain side and accused her of running away from her husband’s house she pleaded that her in-laws abused her and she had no choice to run away, or she would have died. The accuser and her husband did not believe her and still the Taliban commander was unmoved and proceeded to go through with her punishment. Her brother in law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife and proceeded to cut off her nose and ears, she pushed through the pain and woke up the next morning on the mountainside where they left her there to die. She then got to a women’s shelter in Kabul where she was being taken care of by US forces.
Shari'a is an Arabic word meaning “path” or “way.” It is also known as the “Islamic Law”, it is the detailed system of religious law developed by Muslim scholars in the first three centuries of Islam and still in force among fundamentalists today. The rules regulate all matters of devotional life, worship, ritual purity, marriage and inheritance, criminal offenses, commerce and personal conduct. It also regulates the governing of the Islamic state and its relations to non-Muslims within the state as well as to enemies outside the state. Shari'a influences the behavior and worldview of most Muslims. Hudud punishments are the severe penalties prescribed by shari'a for offenses defined as being against God himself. They believe the punishments for these crimes cannot be changed by humans. These include 100 lashes or stoning to death as punishment for adultery; 80 lashes for false accusation of adultery; amputation of limbs for theft; 40 or 80 lashes for drinking alcohol; imprisonment, amputation or for highway robbery; and the death penalty for apostasy from Islam. Methods of execution for apostasy can...
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