Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.
When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.
In short, mid-life crises come early and hit harder for non-practicing Muslim men.
I have seen this play out so many times in my own family and community that it no longer surprises me.
He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to” Allah.
Yet such behavior is not limited to fanatical jihadis, who have “nothing whatsoever to do with Islam,” as most fools and liars will assure us; rather it permeates the totality of Islamic culture.
First, consider the beliefs and actions of those committed to waging jihad for the cause of Allah, such as the Islamic State: In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old [non-Muslim] girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin.
Cue me, a little vegetarian hijabi entering his life.
We somehow dated for two years, but the first time I had Christmas dinner with his family, his father asked me what I thought about Hamas.
And of course, we've all seen aunties (matchmakers), online matrimonial sites (e.g.
shaadi.com, and muslimatcher.com) and matrimonial events (like speed dating and networking events where the goal is a life mate, not a date).
Arranged marriages are not new, nor are they exclusive to Muslims.