Translation of fatwa: “Out of fear for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and our
Islamic society, as a result of the spread of immorality and vice
between sons and daughters of Allah. For the honor of our lord and for
the faithful “A resolution is issued to all states that female circumcision is
honorable in itself and for the Caliphate, emir of the believers…”
The UN is claiming that the Caliphate has issued a fatwa ordering all women to be subjected to genital mutilation: A top UN official quoted from a statement saying that Isis wanted all
females aged between 11 and 46 in the northern city of Mosul to undergo the
procedure. Jacqueline Badcock said the decree was of grave concern.
Yet, some experts are expressing scepticism. They claim that other groups may be using a fake fatwa to discredit the (otherwise highly creditable and credible) Caliphate.
In its own way this experiment (if attempted in earnest) would resemble something that happened in India in 1975 (when Indira Gandhi declared Emergency). Her distinguished younger son Sanjay led a mass castration program in North India (called nash-bandi).
The idea was that poor people were breeding in huge numbers and destroying the fabric of the nation. Tens of thousands of people terrorized by real-life and fictitious accounts of nash-bandi deserted their homes. It was most unfortunate that Sanjay was claimed by an accident, else India would have had resembled China in form and in function (with Sanjay in the role of Mao).
But the really impressive thing about the Emergency was that the trains ran on time (really), the postal service became lightning fast, and civil servants did not demand large bribes (really).
We feel that if the Indian middle class was asked to bring back that golden age, they would all heartily agree!!!
The al-Qaeda-Inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has
ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around
Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the
United Nations said on Thursday.
“It is a fatwa (or religious
edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock,
the number two U.N. official in Iraq.
The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.
“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is
of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to
“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.