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Saudi Arabian Buyers Are Shopping For Sex Slaves - At ISIS Auctions!

New Age Islam News Bureau

28 Sept 2016

ISIS Auctions: Saudi Arabia is apparently shopping for sex slaves - and that too from ISIS terrorists, according to a report in the Sun Online.


 Islamic State Extremists Flog Six Women in Raqqa For Violating Sharia Dress Code

 Islamic, Jewish, & Sikh women in Tucson discuss peace at panel discussion

 ‘Muslim Women Destined To Play Global Peace Role’: IPHRC Ambassador Ilham Ibrahim Ahmed

 Switzerland Moves towards Nationwide Burqa Ban as Draft Law Approved In Parliament

 Mombasa Government Claims Rogo's Widow Has Links with Islamic State

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau




Saudi Arabian Buyers Are Shopping For Sex Slaves - At ISIS Auctions!

September 28, 2016

"We hope to liberate her and all Iraqi women taken as sexual slaves by ISIS within Iraq or outside of Iraq as their basic human rights are being denied...we cannot allow this, as the force dedicated to the defence of Iraqi citizens."

Recently, an 18 year old SIS sex slave escapee revealed how she was sold in an international auction. Among the buyers were not only Iraqis and Syrians, but also "westerners", and the most desirable girls were sold to clients from Gulf nations. She even overheard one of her 'owners' in a conversation reveal how organised the sex trade is: "A man cannot purchase more than three women, unless he is from Syria, Turkey or a Gulf nation."

His partner responded: "A Saudi buyer has transport and food costs that a member of the Islamic State does not. He has a higher quota to make his purchases profitable."

ISIS is quite plain and forward about selling girls, many under the age of 18, as sex slaves.

In 2015,ISIS' own religious experts issued an extremely detailed ruling on when "owners" of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

ISIS even has a department to handle their sex slaves. These women are usually taken captives from the territories they invade and take over.

In July, it was reported that they were openly advertising sex slaves on Facebook - "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon" a post in Arabic reads.

Sex slaves were even advertised as prizes for memorising the Quran.

According to activists and organizations working in Iraq and Syria, there are around 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves by ISIS. Women who refuse to enter the sex trade are killed.



Islamic State Extremists Flog Six Women in Raqqa For Violating Sharia Dress Code

September 28, 2016

RAQQA – Islamic State (ISIS) extremists publicly flogged six Syrian women on Tuesday for violating the Sharia dress code, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

The ISIS-controlled religious police, known as al-Hisba, arrested and flogged the women in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa City. Raqqa serves as a de facto ISIS capital.

“Al-Hisba forces arrested six women near the central marketplace in Raqqa on Tuesday morning under the pretext that they have violated the Sharia dress,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The group has publicly flogged the women, with 50 lashes each,” media activist Salim al-Raqawi told ARA News. “They vowed that any woman violating the regulations would face an even harsher punishment.”

According to local sources, public corporal punishments take place on a daily basis in ISIS-held areas. These punishments are used to reinforce the group’s authority and stifle dissent



Islamic, Jewish, & Sikh Women in Tucson Discuss Peace at Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 28th 2016

The Culture of Peace Alliance (COPA) is working with community organizations to carry out several peace-building projects in Tucson to honour of International Day of Peace.

One of which is a panel discussion entitled 'Women’s Voices Building Peace in Islam, Judaism, and Sikhi' which featured three local women sharing stories of peacemaking from their specific faith traditions: Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism.

The event was held at the Muslim Community Centre of Tucson, located at 5100 North Kevy Place. Rula Khalidi, Jacky Turchick, and Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa shared their personal stories of women peace-builders from Islam, Judaism, and Sikhi, with examples drawn from history, current times, and their own personal experiences.

"Our everyday lives, we are always affecting history," said Jewish panelist Jacky Turchick. "Whatever we're doing, we're affecting history."

Guests were also able to participate in small dialogue circles after their presentation, which will be led by circle facilitators who have been trained and certified by Our Family’s Center for Community Dialogue.

"So often in conversation, we're so busy thinking about what we're going to say next that we're really not listening to each other," said Our Family's Center for Community Dialogue volunteer Kathryn Leavey. "The circle's process imposes a discipline on the conversation so that everybody listens intently and is encouraged to speak from the heart."

"We are all brothers," said Abraham Alfatesh. "Come and talk in our mosque, in our community center, and do whatever you want. Then we will become all together, listening to each other and love each other in all time."



‘Muslim Women Destined To Play Global Peace Role’: IPHRC Ambassador Ilham Ibrahim Ahmed

September 28, 2016

Kuala Lumpur—Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) delegation led by its Vice Chairperson, Ambassador Ilham Ibrahim Ahmed, participated in the 1st W1SE 2016 held in Kuala Lumpur Besides, keynote address by the leader of the delegation, the Commission Members, Dr. Raihanah Binti Abdullah, Amb. Mostafa Alaei, Dr. Siti Ruhaini and Mrs. Asila Wardak made thematic presentations on relevant topics.

The Summit was jointly organized by the Government of Malaysia, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), World Islamic Forum, Turkýsh Asian Centre for Strategic Studies and the International Islamic University Malaysia. The program of the Summit included an ‘International Conference on Women and Peace Building’, official launch of ‘OIC Malaysia Scholarship’ and Cultural Exhibition. A large number of distinguished academicians, experts, civil society representatives and governmental and non-governmental dignitaries attended the Summit.

Amb. Ilham Ahmed, in her keynote address, while welcoming the initiative, hoped that the successful outcome of the Summit will be instrumental in steering the destiny and direction of educated and enlightened Muslim Women towards nation building and developing peaceful and progressive societies where women would be defined by their strengths and effective contribution. She called upon the OIC Member States to (a) expedite on-going review of various institutional frameworks and legislations pertaining to women, family wellbeing and development with a view to improve their enforceability and create synergies with gender sensitive international development mechanisms; (b) foster enabling environment through advocacy and inter-sectoral coordination and governance; and (c) integrate women role and their enterprise in the affairs of the State including policy and decision making, providing equal access to opportunities.

She further described the achievements of the Commission, within a short span of its establishment, and provided over view of the evolving and expanding scope and magnitude of the Commission’s activities concerning promotion and protection of women’s rights. Dr. Raihanah in her presentation on “ What do Malaysian Muslim Women think of peace: A Preliminary Study” shared results of her academic research to substantiate that durable peace in a society cannot be maintained without empowering women as agents of change to implement peace building and peace promoting strategies across every level of society.



Switzerland Moves towards Nationwide Burqa Ban as Draft Law Approved In Parliament

28th September 2016

Switzerland has moved a step closer to imposing a nationwide “burqa ban” after politicians approved a draft bill by just one vote.

A new law proposed by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) received 88 votes, with 87 against and 10 abstentions in the country’s lower house of Parliament on Tuesday.

But the plans remain far from coming into force after a previous proposal for a ban on Muslim veils that cover the face was voted down by state representatives at a commission in January.

Walter Wobmann, an SVP politician leading the campaign, claimed the law would “maintain public order and respect for the dignity of women”.

Known for his anti-immigration stance, he has previously said it was “unacceptable” for women to wear headscarves in passport photos and vowed to “stop further Islamisation in Switzerland” while supporting the 2009 ban on mosque minarets.

Writing in support of the “Yes to veil ban” campaign, Mr Wobmann claimed veils violate Swiss values and said the law would also prevent vandals and criminals concealing their identity.

“Veils are an attack on integration in a free society,” he continued. “The ban of religiously-motivated coverings in public is proportionate and violates neither freedom of religion or expression. It does not constitute discrimination.”

The proposed law would see paragraphs written into Switzerland’s federal constitution against the “concealing of one’s face” in public places, other than religious sites, with exceptions for health and safety, the climate and unspecified local customs.

The issue could now be decided by the Swiss Council of States or by a public vote, if supporters gain the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a referendum.

Even if the petition succeeds and the public gave a “yes” vote, the proposals would still need to be made into law through approval in parliament.

The Swiss canton of Ticino implemented its own regional burqa ban in July, beginning to enforce fines for wearing the burqa and niqab three years three years after the move was approved.

Only around 350,000 of Switzerland’s 8.3 million inhabitants are Muslim but issues around religion and integration have become a key focus in recent months.

Muslim boys who refused to shake female teachers’ hands were recently threatened with fines of 5,000CHF (£4,000), while two young girls who did not take part in swimming lessons with boys were denied citizenship in June and a Muslim woman left her job as a supply teacher after being told she must shake hands with male colleagues.

Switzerland is one of several European countries currently debating similar issues, with burkini bans brought in by some French Riviera resorts provoking outrage.

France and Belgium enforce nationwide bans on full-face veils, while Germany and the Netherlands are considering similar laws.

Regions of Italy, Spain, Russia and Switzerland also regulate religious attire.

A recent survey by YouGov found the British public supported a universal ban on Islamic veils by an overwhelming margin of more than two-to-one.



Mombasa Government Claims Rogo's Widow Has Links with Islamic State

28th September 2016

The State has claimed that the widow of the slain Muslim cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo has links with the Islamic State, which it says claimed responsibility for the botched terrorist attack at Mombasa's Central Police Station on September 11.

Senior State Counsel Daniel Wamotsa told a court in Shanzu, Mombasa that preliminary investigations had established that Hania Said Sagar had been involved in a network of terrorist activities in Kenya and beyond.

"Intelligence has revealed that the accused is involved in international networks of terror activities, a fact supported by direct links of financial transaction with recently killed terrorist, Tasnim Yakub Abdullahi Farah," he said.

The state counsel said Sagar was connected to an Australian based terror cell led by a man only identified as Mr Zak, who used to use the instant messaging and VoIP app Viber in Somali.

He said Ms Sagar communicated with the terror cell leader via Tasnim, who acted as an interpreter.

"Crucial details from the ongoing investigations placed Tasnim as a central player aiding communication between Sagar and the terror cell in Australia," he said. "The nature of communication and what the money transacted between the suspect and the slain terrorist was meant for is yet to be disclosed.

In the alleged terror network, Mr Wamotsa said Sagara had an international code name, Hani, while Maimuna Abdirahman, who was killed during the raid at the police station, was known as Moon.

Other associates of Ms Sagar, whose names were not given, went by international code names Kawthar and Umma Asma.


The suspect and her female accomplices Luul Ali Tahli, Nasteho Ali Tahli and Zamzam Abdallahi appeared before Shanzu Senior Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache.

The four suspects are accused of conspiring with Tasnim, Maimuna and Ramla Abdirahman Hussein to attack the police station.

They are also accused of failing to disclose information to the authorities that could have prevented a terror attack.

The suspects denied withholding information from the police that could have led to the prosecution of the slain terrorists.

They are said to have committed the offence on September 5 and 11 in Kanamai in Kilifi and Mvita in Mombasa.

Luul, Nasteho and Zamzam are said to be classmates of one of the slain women at Qubaa Muslim School.

The respondents were charged jointly on Monday evening after their cases were merged.

While urging the court to deny the suspects bond, the prosecution told the court that Sagar was a madrasa proprietor hence could use her social influence to interfere with witnesses and investigations.

"Some of the madrasas have been used for radicalisation and training grounds for terrorist. It is on this basis that we are opposed to the suspects being granted bail," he said.

He said the madrasa in Kanamai that the suspects manages was still under investigations on its operations and how it was financed.


The state counsel told the court that the suspects were flight risks and that when granted bail, their accomplices in Syria and Iraq might help them jump bail.

Police had accused Sagar of funding terrorism after investigations revealed there was financial transactions between her and ring leader Tasnim, who was murdered.

Defence lawyers Jared Magolo and Mbugua Mureithi however dismissed the state's allegations, terming them hearsay.

Mureithi, who is representing Sagar, defended her, saying she had never been to Syria, Iraq or Australia as alleged by the police.

"My client has never travelled to any of those countries. The prosecution's allegations are baseless. it is my humble submission that you grant the suspects bail," he told the court.

Mr Magolo, speaking for the other three suspects, said prosecution has failed to link the suspects to any terror groups, reason why they are shopping for allegations to taint the name of the suspects.

"Your honour what you are being told are just allegations with no solid evidence, my clients have fixed place of abode and they have never travelled outside the country," he said.

The defence counsels urged the magistrate to reject claims by the prosecution, saying they were manufactured after the suspects were rearrested shortly after being released by a Mombasa magistrate.

A total of seven women have been arrested and arraigned in court over allegations of having links with the slain terrorists.

The court will rule on their bond application September 29.



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