The story of Aisha Ibrahim Duhuhulow – the child who was stoned for the crime of being raped – has really touched me.
The young girl grew up under one application of Sharia, where ‘justice’ meant that rapists are caught and punished. However, her local Mosque had come under ‘new management’: the ‘elders’ (Islamic scholars) who now controlled it applied Sharia very, very differently. Admitting to having been raped was interpreted by them as admitting to having had sexual intercourse outside of marriage, which is punishable by stoning. And, while stoning her, the cleric, Sheik Hayakallah, continued to praise ‘sister Aisha’ for ‘wanting Sharia and its punishment to apply’!
And THIS is why Sharia – even if it were fully compatible with ‘Western’ laws and principles (which it is not) – is UNACCEPTABLE !!!
This ‘Islamic Law’ and its applications are not consistent: the local Islamic leader has the authority to interpret it in any way he deems to be correct! (This does not even take into consideration that there is no consensus as to what training (if any) a person requires in order to be an Imam or an ‘Islamic scholar’. Currently, any man who considers himself to be knowledgeable of the Koran and the Sunnah can declare himself to be an Islamic scholar and act as an Imam.)
Thus, a simple change of Imams at a Mosque could completely change the rules under which are ‘the laws’ which govern every aspect of public and private behaviour in the local community. And, the people might remain completely unaware how the changed interpretation of Sharia will be meted out: unaware, that is, until someone like Aisha gets stoned for having been raped!
THAT, in my never-humble-opinion, is a big problem!
As for Aisha, not only was her story criminally mis-reported (at first), she herself has remained faceless: no amount of Googling has revealed any pictures online of the unfortunate girl. (If you find one – please, let me know!)
Since I could not find a picture of her, I decided to paint one… this is my impression of ‘Aisha’:
Then, someone posted this comment about Aisha:
WHITE FLOWERS FOR AISHA
I could not sleep for days after reading about Aisha’s tragedy. I would have wanted to bring flowers to her grave, but there was no grave to be reached. I felt so powerless!
But then I got the idea that we should all try and create a wave of sweetness and kindness in the love of Aisha, all over the world. May her death not have been in vain. Let us transform it into a stimulus to spread lovingkindness.
I decided to buy a bunch of white flowers and offer one of them, together with a 5 dollar bill and a piece of candy,to every homeless person I woud find at the railway station,
mentioning Aisha’s name and sending her a blessing every time.
I also made an offer to Amnesty international to honor her name.
Let us all do something, let us create a wave of white flowers and of kind actions so as to try and counterbalance the horror of her death. And let us pray for her, telling her we all love her.
Yes! WHITE FLOWERS FOR AISHA!
What a beautiful idea: the innocent blossom, plucked before her time!
This is my take on ‘White Flowers for Aisha‘! What is yours?