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Moroccan woman (Photo by Babasteve)

This story is important for a number of reasons, including and especially the willingness of the Spanish authorities to charge and prosecute this man. Many times, such legal action is not taken, especially these days in Europe. The story is also helpful in demonstrating exactly what the differences are for women under Islamic domination as contrasted with “Western” influence.

Although he denies the charges, this bully apparently thought that he was ordained from on high – according to Islamic scriptures, dogma, doctrines and traditions – to menace and threaten this woman and her family. He evidently felt he had the right to impose his cultic mindset on others, based on his religious fanaticism.

Of course, much worse things happen to women all over the world largely because of religious brainwashing and fanaticism, including and especially Islamic. Indeed, this woman may have been gang-raped and killed if she had behaved in this (free) manner in Saudi Arabia.

“…Benbrahim had harassed her and campaigned to have her removed from her job in the town hall’s cultural department purely because she had a job, dressed in a Western style, drove a car and associated with non-Muslims.”

To be a good Muslim woman – apparently according to this imam, who is quite orthodox in his Muslim beliefs – she must not:

  • have a job
  • wear anything but Muslim clothing, including hijab, niqab, chador, abaya or burkha
  • drive
  • associate with non-Muslims/infidels

What we discover, therefore, is exactly what Islam means for a woman: Debilitation and isolation.  And that demoralized and derogated state is essentially enslavement, since she obviously has no choice, according to megalomaniacs who believe they have the right to impose such debilitation and isolation on her against her will.

Imam in Spain charged for menacing woman over veil

MADRID – Charges have been filed against an imam in northeastern Spain accusing him of threatening a woman who refused to wear an Islamic headscarf or abide by certain Islamic customs, prosecutors said Thursday.

The prosecutors are seeking a five-year jail sentence for Mohamed Benbrahim, a Moroccan, on charges of calumny, coercion and menacing behavior against fellow Moroccan Muslim Fatima Ghailan. The two live in Cunit, a town in Catalonia, a region with a sizable Muslim population.

The court filed similar charges against the president of the Islamic Association in Cunit and lesser ones against Benbrahim’s wife and his daughter.

In a statement to the court in the nearby town of Vendrells, Ghailan, 31, said Benbrahim had harassed her and campaigned to have her removed from her job in the town hall’s cultural department purely because she had a job, dressed in a Western style, drove a car and associated with non-Muslims.

She said the imam and his supporters also pressured her husband and children.

Ghailan filed a complaint in December, 2008, after she said she and her husband were accosted in the street by the imam, who told them they would be run out of the town….

Further Reading

Women’s Rights in Islam