White flowers for Aisha

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:

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.


What a beautiful idea:  the innocent blossom, plucked before her time!

White Flowers for Aisha

White Flowers for Aisha

This is my take on ‘White Flowers for Aisha‘!  What is yours?

add to del.icio.usDigg itStumble It!Add to Blinkslistadd to furladd to ma.gnoliaadd to simpyseed the vineTailRank

5 Responses to “White flowers for Aisha”

  1. juggernaut Says:

    You’re a good painter…

    Xanthippa says:
    Thank you!

  2. juggernaut Says:

    It’s certainly an appropriate picture for such an issue. If I ever find myself referring to it, I will certainly give credit to this blog.

    Xanthippa says:
    Thank you!

  3. hroqnuum Says:

    bZakiH hmnlegoyljbt, [url=http://pqlocdekalkg.com/]pqlocdekalkg[/url], [link=http://sbgdstdzxvnt.com/]sbgdstdzxvnt[/link], http://szgzzxejyhoa.com/

  4. ilaria Says:

    Dear Xanthippa, it is Ilaria again. I think I found a picture of our dear Aisha, but I don’t know how to copy it for you. If you go on google, click on “video”, and then enter “aisha ibrahim dhuhulow”, you will be able to view a short news clip within which they show the lovely face of a young girl with tears in her eyes. it is probably she, and I hope you are able to copy the photograph and paste it to your blog.
    there is also a second video, whose name appears on the right when you watch the first one. I have not yet had the courage to view it. It apparently shows the scene of a stoning by Al Shabab, and someone commented “poor Aisha”.
    Your painting is impressive, it shows all the pain that women any age have suffered. It is very dramatic.
    I myself wrote a small poetry collection, part of which is soon going to be published in Italy in an anthology.
    I believe Aisha’s death is inspiring many other hearts. Your painting, my poems, who knows what else, are all white flowers for Aisha. I wish other people would join in telling us what ideas they had to honor her memory. There is a “fiori bianchi per Aisha” string on wikio, and a group on facebook.
    Take care

  5. 24 hours for MSF/Doctors Without Borders – 8/9th September 2012 « Xanthippa's Chamberpot Says:

    […] yet, but I plan to donate something…  As I have already promised to donate my painting of Aisha to the Free Thinking Film Society fundraiser, I’ll have to think of something else: […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: