Mali’s Sharia Nightmare

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Islamists are creating a nightmarish Sharia-run state in northern Mali, complete with public floggings, group amputations, and death by stoning.

The Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith), along with its other Islamist and al-Qaeda allies, is creating a terrifying Sharia-run state in northern Mali, complete with public floggings, group amputations, and death by stoning.

Ansar Dine, along with the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), first gained control over northern Mali in April after it commandeered a rebellion originally launched by ethnic Tuareg separatists against the Mali government.

Since then, as part of their consolidation of power in the region — an area roughly the size of Texas — the Islamist Ansar Dine and Mujao have been busily imposing Sharia law in the towns and cities of northern Mali, including the region’s largest cities of Timbuktu, Kidal, and Gao.

To that end, the Islamists have issued edicts against a wide range of acts they deem to be “haraam” (forbidden), behaviors such as smoking or selling cigarettes; drinking or selling alcoholic beverages; listening to music; failing to attend daily prayers; or women failing to cover themselves appropriately.

For those unfortunate enough to run afoul of these restrictions, the punishments are exceedingly harsh, punitive measures which include public beatings, floggings, amputations, and summary executions, such as death by stoning.

Carrying out the punishments are designated Islamic police, assisted in their tasks by a growing cadre of child soldiers, some as young as 11, who have been recruited into the Islamist ranks to serve as spies, guards, cooks and patrol officers.

For some, punishment is extra judicial, swift and on the spot, with men and women taken directly off the streets by the Islamic police and whipped and beaten in marketplaces and in public squares, beatings which are often administered by the child soldiers.

For those spared an out of court public beatdown, they are instead given an Islamic “trial,” a hearing before a panel of judges selected by the Islamist authorities — many of whom are foreign Islamist fighters — in which the accused is given a chance to tell their version of events.

The verdicts given in these Islamic “courtrooms” are often handed out the same day the trial begins, with the designated punishment, be it flogging, amputation, or execution, carried out immediately in public view before the mandated attendance of the local populace.

One man whose hand was amputated before a full crowd, described his experience with Sharia justice, saying, “They tied my hands, feet and chest firmly to a chair; my right hand was tied with a rubber cord. The boss, himself, cut my hand as if he were killing a sheep. As he cut it, which took about two minutes, he shouted ‘“Allah Akbar.’”

Of course, figuring what type of punishment is appropriate for the crime committed is determined by the nuanced complexities of Sharia law, intricacies explained by Oumar Ould Hamaha of the Mujao in the recent case in Gao of a group amputation in which the right hand and left foot of five suspected thieves were cut off.

Hamaha said the Islamists amputated the right hand and left foot of the men because “According to the Sharia, the men had to face double punishment for theft and highway robbery. The sentence for theft is to cut a hand, and the sentence for highway robbery is cutting the opposite leg.”

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  • rjr

    Gee it's so hard to imagine why the west doesn't rush to embrace Islam.

    • Joe

      I know you're being facetious, but think about it. We're so busy propping up the government in Afghanistan to prevent the same thing there that we look the other way in Africa where we ignored Darfur. We defended the Muslims in Kosovo at the expense of killing and imprisoning Christian Serbs who were doing "ethnic cleansing" of Muslims in their country. We are so freaking naive! The Serbs were right and we either had no right to interfere with the spread of Islam there, or we should get involved in Mali. If we invaded, though, these cowardly bastards would run like cockroaches and hide till we leave. They are only brave when stoning, decapitating, or generally brutalizing weaker people into subjugation, but when real soldiers come after them, they forget the traditional Muslim claim that dying in a jihad gets you an instant back stage pass to paradise and they run to hide and wait out the real strength that comes after them.

    • lx2too

      Our president O is embracing islam!!

    • pyeatte

      Unfortunately, too many on the left are politically supporting Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood. Islam has proved to be a cancer on human existence, and should be rejected at every turn. To accept Sharia law would mean a thousand year darkness for humanity, and the world would choke in blood.

    • Diann

      The (leftist) West IS rushing to embrace Islam… Obama's statement about the future not belonging to those who slander the prophet should tell you everything you need to confirm the embrace of Sharia and Islam. Wish it were not so….

  • rjr

    I need to moderate my previous post to read, Gee it's so hard to imagine why people in the west with more than 2 working brain cells don't rush to embrace Islam.

  • BS77

    This is the science fiction horror we all thought it was….the ORCS have come to destroy civilization, rationality and compassion….putting in place instead a system of hideous Dark Age evil. One can only hope that eventually this hideous ideology will be totally forgotten.

    • dmw

      Nope. Not "science fiction". It's 2012, approaching 2013 where the concept of shame as we used to know it is being replaced with cookie-cutter justice by unthinking simpletons here and abroad; simpletons who want to do away with our absolutely wonderful Bill of Rights and replace it with summary "justice". Animals do what animals do — prey on the weak.

    • A. Keen Observer

      No, the hideous ideology will not be totally forgotten. Civilization as we once knew it will be totally forgotten because the people of this decent, rational, compassionate, modern civilization chose to be defeated and allow the savages to reign supreme. Listen to the news of what is happening in THIS country. Obama said: "The future of this country (the US) does not belong to those who insult the prophet." Yes, folks, the 57 states that Obama talked about before the 2008 election were in fact the 57 Islamic states and it is his plan to deliver the 50 states into the hands of Islamists. One day the USA will be the USI: the United States of Islam.

  • pierce

    Now, with regards to Mali, how about the denial by our UN Ambassador that the attack on Benghazi was not a terrorist attack. And furthermore, the cover up by Obama and his cronies, including Hilary Clinton, does that not border on out and out lying, rather blatant lying. Is it not about time that the American people WAKE UP. The Obama administration is no good. I will be very surprised, if, during the debates if Romney doesn't unload. He has certainly been given the fuel.

    • amused

      get up to date pierce , Benghazi has been deemed a terrorist attack , and THAT after the facts have come in from those evacuated who identified some of the participants .
      But does that really make a difference to you ? Before the information was attained the Admin. called it reaction to that film …….and everyone here criticised them for that . So either way it's handwringing , whining and accusations coming from your lot .

  • catherine maneker

    Where are the left feminists? And why isn't the left talking /reporting about this! This is what is planned for the world………..

  • pyeatte

    The left feminists support the Islamists because Islamists hate the West (and everything else). For supporting the Islamists, the left proves they are a degenerate life-form that craves its own servitude.

  • amused

    I support Sharia in Mali ….let'em drown in it , let;em chop each others limbs off . Let the blood flow . Let the people of Mali live their own nightmare . And if and when they decide they've had enough , let them stand up on their hind legs and fight their own way back to …lol…freedom , [since that can mean many things to muslim barbarians ] in other words screw'em and by all means accept no refugees here ..,,,oh and BTW pyeatte you had to much peyote you schmuck .

    • not amused

      What a Idiotic and stupid comment! Grow up! Not all of the people in Mali are Muslim and most are innocent people trying to bring up families and live a normal life. They deserve our respect and our aid. I personally sponsor a young Girl and her family in Mali and I hope and pray that she is safe.

      • amused

        Oh let me get a gold star to pin on your forehead ..Do you send your hopes and prayers to Sudan , Thailand ,Nigeria , Somalia , Phillippines , Indonesia , Timor , Kashmir , India, Afghanistan ,Gaza , Yemen , Saudi Arabia ? Save your "hopes and prayers , Sharia is immune . People will either rise up , shed their blood to defeat fanatics like this , or submit to them .. You say to me " Grow Up " ? I say to you GET REAL ! Freedom is not "granted " in this world , it is FOUGHT FOR , not with prayers and hope , but with guns and blood .

        • amused

          If you're really concerned , stop wasting your sponsorship money which is most likely being o-opted by the Shariah dogs , instead find an organisation in Mali that is actively fighting these barbarians and give them your money for guns and ammo . Your sanctimonious crap ain't saving anyone in Mali .

          • Drakken

            I am in full agreement with amused, much to my chagrin. Aid is a wasted commodity on these folks, give them guns and ammo to make themselves free, or let them perish.

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,amused,you're as sanctimonious as what you accuse not amused as being. The people of Mali deserve our help,whether you care or not.

      • amused

        ghostwriter , please look up the meaning of the word “sanctimonious “

  • BS77

    Think of the women and children in these awful countries…Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Afghanistan etc etc…..They must live in terror day and night. What a nightmare…….hard to believe this is what is going on in our supposedly "modern world".

  • amused

    And BTW ghostwriter , FPM doesn't care either , for the only reason this article is appearing on this blog is to put up another strawman to attack your hated nemesis …"The Black Muslim " in the Whitehouse . Crimi know how to get the dogs to bark .

  • fmobler

    Forbidding …., behaviors such as smoking or selling cigarettes;

    So mayor Bloomberg would feel right at home.

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