Islam’s Virgins

By Sigrid Weidenweber

Having researched the subject of marriage from an anthropological point of view, generic I knew of course that in many countries the ugly custom of child marriage persists. A large part of the world views women as a whole population of humans in slavery.

Slaves and serfs were people without rights. They were people without courts to redress the crimes perpetrated on them. They were also forced to obey the often most atrocious, disgusting whims of their masters. We pride ourselves with the delusion that slavery has been abolished. However, slavery of women is alive and well in many countries. The selling of very young women and female children into sham marriages and sex shops is still a lucrative business.

I know, of course, that in many Islamic countries, for example the Sudan, Somalia and others in the region, the old custom of selling, or contracting female children in the cradle as brides, is still going on. Despite the laws against such customs, and the admonishing voices raised in the halls of the United Nations, rogue countries still practice the custom.

What utterly blew me away though was a report on Palestinian Hamas guerrillas. These men in their twenties to thirties were rewarded for their killing deeds with “virgins.” I cringed when I saw the pictures of the rouged, made–up little girls in their white dresses. The “virgins” were between the ages of eight and thirteen. They trotted beside huge grown men who held their little hands.

The Wall Street Journal a report by Angus McDowall and Summer Said discussed a fatwa by Grand Mufti Sheik Fawzan. The cleric hails from Saudi Arabia—our ally and business partner. He decreed, that it was allowed for fathers to marry their cradle-bound baby-daughters to older boys or men. Now, one has to know that the Grand Mufti, Sheik Fawzan, is one of the most important clerics in Saudi Arabia, a Grand Mufty. He positioned himself against the reformers in the Justice Ministry who were ready to regulate the marriages of pre-pubescent girls and men.

The Grand Mufty in issuing his fatwa, based his ruling on “the laws of God,” thereby conveniently ignoring that the culture of sexual slavery is a cultural, not a divine institution. In his writ he states it is permissible to marry the babies, but it is not permissible for their husbands to have sex with them–and here comes the real kicker—until they are capable of “being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men.”

Nujood Ali Nujood  at age 10, managed to get a court to grant her a divorce,

Nujood Ali Nujood at age 10, managed to get a court to grant her a divorce 3/28/2013

Oh, really? What is an acceptable age to force a child into sexual relations? When is her body strong enough to endure the sexual assault of an adult male? I know that the prophet married a six-year-old and was gracious enough to wait until she was nine-years-old before he had relations with her.

So why are the Islamic clerics in such a fury about laws which would allow girls to have a childhood and grow to the age of reason, of perhaps seventeen or eighteen years of age? It is quite easy to figure out. Such a person would be difficult to control. Such a person would not be quite the willing slave the men in these cultures have become accustomed to. An Iranian friend of mine said jokingly, “Men lead the good life in Iran. The Imam will allow you four wives, all young enough to be trained. They all jump when you clap your hands—what a great life. Our Iranian girls in the USA are witches. They don’t listen and try to make you suffer for all the sins of men back home.”

The horror of child-brides is well documented by doctors who work in Islamic, and other countries, with child-sex-slavery. The small brides often do not live through the first few months of their marriage, quickly being replaced with another “virgin.” They suffer from urinary fistulas, which make them unacceptable to the men and their families. They bear children much too early, dying in childbirth, bleeding to death or are left with pro-lapsed uteri.  Eventually these physically damaged women find themselves on the street, earning a living as prostitutes. If they do not find a Western medical station willing to help—they are doomed.


Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

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2 Responses to Islam’s Virgins

  1. Diana Philbrook April 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    What a horrific situation for these little girls! Ms. Weidenweber
    is helping to let the world know of this human disaster…with
    her personal knowledge of the subject and her writing skill.
    One feels helpless to change this barbaric custom.

  2. Janet Fairbanks April 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I am so sadden, I had no idea that men would defile children like this. My heart breaks for them. I had 4 daughters myself and would never think that a man would do that to them as babies, because at that age they are still babies. Shame on them.


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