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Lashings of Islam: yet more madness from the ‘religion of peace’

WHEN Australian Christian Martinez, 32, lost his marbles and embraced Islam, he didn’t bargain on getting a bloody good hiding for contravening sharia law.

After taking drugs and booze, Martinez was set upon by four Muslims and whipped with an electric cord at his home in Silverwater in Sydney in 2011.

The four – Wasim Fayed, 44,  Zakaryah Raad, 21, Tolga Cifki, 21, and Gengiz Coskin, 22 – were subsequently arrested and this week were convicted of assault and theft at a trial believed to be the first in an Australian court relating to such punishment being meted out under sharia, or Islamic law.

Wasim Fayed was said to be Martinez’s “Muslim mentor”, guiding him in his new-found faith. When the convert asked for help to get off alcohol and drugs, Fayed replied:

I’m going to tie you up, OK, and that’s what you need, brother.

Fayed and the other offenders went to Mr Martinez’s home and Fayed lashed him on the back 40 times as the others held him down.

Islam goes a bundle on lashing people, as this stock photo taken in some Muslim country or other indicates

Islam goes a bundle on lashing people, as this stock photo taken in some Muslim country or other indicates

Martinez pleaded with Fayed for him to stop but Fayed replied he was doing it because he “loved him” and next time he thought about drinking he would remember the pain.

Part way through the lashing Mr Martinez said he wanted to vomit and he was allowed to go to the toilet and throw up before he was held and whipped again.

After the offenders left the premises, Martinez discovered a hard drive used to store CCTV footage in his home had been nicked, hence the theft charge.

In Burwood Local Court magistrate Brian Maloney found the offences proved. He noted that the prosecution had stated it was not a case about the Islamic faith (yeah, right!) but of the imposing of the offenders’ views of sharia.

In his judgment, Maloney referred to a statement from the imam of the Omar mosque in Auburn, Sheik Omar El Banna, who said the whipping was not sanctioned by the community or any imams or religious leaders.

The magistrate said that until now:

Assaults occasioned in the course of a religious practice involving mortification of the flesh have not been before any court in any common law country and drew a parallel with the law not allowing the consent of masochists to be a defence in charges of assault causing serious physical injury.

The four assailants will be sentenced at a later date.

Referring to Martinez,  Fayed told reporters as he left the court:

I love him for the sake of Allah.

Meanwhile, it is reported here that a 15-year-old girl has been sentenced to 100 lashes and eight months house arrest for engaging in premarital sex by a juvenile court in The Maldives. She had pleaded guilty to “fornication”.

Registrar Zaima Nasheed Aboobakur said:

We have explained to her how if she wants to receive the punishment (the lashings) right now she can … or it can be postponed until she turns 18.

Amnesty International claims the same girl was the alleged victim of sexual abuse by her stepfather.

The prosecutor general told Amnesty International that it couldn’t elaborate on the circumstances of the premarital sex other than that the girl had confessed to the offence, punishable under the Islamic country’s sharia laws.

A spokesman for the President’s Office, Masood Imad said the government considered the teenager to be a victim who should not be flogged but said the government was unable to intervene in the judicial process.

We cannot just send a memo to the judiciary and say, ‘Don’t lash anybody hereafter.’ It doesn’t happen that way any more. We have to talk with them, get them to understand, get them to initiate the laws or we initiate the laws together and then pass it to the legislature.

He said the Ministry of Gender and Family was leading talks with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to try to convince the judiciary that the law needs changing.

We have to engage with the judiciary and we’ve got to suggest to them that we need to change these laws to better identify victims and perpetrators.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn and Canada Dave (Maldives report)

7 Responses to “Lashings of Islam: yet more madness from the ‘religion of peace’”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Just remind me, why do I detest religion so much?

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    “Local Court magistrate Brian Maloney […] noted that the prosecution had stated it was not a case about the Islamic faith.” “Sheik Omar El Banna, who said the whipping was not sanctioned by the community or any imams or religious leaders.”

    I’m sure Magristrate Maloney and Sheik El Banna do not have access to the Internet, the Quran or the Haddith, otherwise their statements above might be misunderstood as lies instead of merely ignorance. For example…

    The Apostle of Allah [said]: If they (the people) drink wine, flog them, again if they drink wine, flog them. Again if they drink it, kill them. (Abu Dawud no. 4467; cf. 4468-4470)

    The Prophet beat a drunk with palm-leaf stalks and shoes. And Abu Bakr gave (such a sinner) forty lashes. (Bukhari, Punishments, vol. 8, 6776)

    He [Muhammad] gave him forty stripes with two lashes, Abu Bakr did that, but when Umar (assumed the responsibilities) of the Caliphate, he consulted people and Abd al-Rahman said: the mildest punishment (for drinking) is eighty (stripes) and Umar prescribed this punishment. (Bukhari, Punishments, no. 4226)

  3. David Anderson says:

    I have no sympathy for Martinez whatsoever. He chose to be part of that barbaric religion and so should abide by its rules and punishments. By involving the police, will he now be considered an apostate? Should have read your koran Martinez.

    The girl in the Maldives, however, did not choose that lunacy, she was born into it. Still, the future looks bright, The Maldives will be under water soon and all those like Aboobakur can piss off to Pakistan, Bandladesh or some other benighted Islamic country.

  4. Marky Mark says:

    (Fayed replied he was doing it because he “loved him”.)
    …Charles Manson family member Susan Atkins said the same thing to Sharon Tate as she held Sharon down for Tex Watson to stab her to death.
    She loved her and was going to liberate Sharon from this evil world. A religious belief installed in her by Manson that she thought was Jesus reincarnated. But She and her fellow murderers have fought like hell to stay alive and even be released from prison.
    …If this is such an evil place why don’t these nut-jobs just kill themselves? Because their lives are worth much more than others…that’s why.

    …And these people are beyond crazy. I think they are sadists looking for reasons to inflict pain upon others, and the creators of their religion were the same as to why such violent rules were introduced into their holy books.

    The Jews say: “The Christians and Muslims are wrong”
    The Christians say: “The Jews and Muslims are wrong”
    The Muslims say: “The Jews and Christians are wrong”

    …The Atheist says: You’re all correct”

  5. Robster says:

    Hey Marky Mark, they’re not just “wrong”, they’re sad deluded victims of a nasty fraud. The sooner the nonsense trotted out by ALL religious belief systems is recognised as fraudulent, the better.

  6. Matt Westwood says:

    “till, the future looks bright, The Maldives will be under water soon and all those like Aboobakur can piss off to Pakistan, Bandladesh or some other benighted Islamic country.” Hey, that’s just the sort of cynical nihilism that I love spouting.

    @Marky Mark: Similarly, that mirrors my own thinking.

    Inside everyone (but particularly young adult and adolescent males) resides a love of and delight in violence. It gives us a buzz – it’s an adrenalin kick. It’s fun to watch it, but even better to inflict it. What better way to get yourself high than to embrace a religion which allows you to indulge your delight?

    I’m pretty sure that the mindset is far more likely to go: “I’m bored, let’s go out and give some poor fucker a good hiding – let’s find someone who’s not obeying the minutely detailed rules in this book of shit and smack them up big-time” than “I really want to be a good follower of this holy religion, and regretfully one of the things I will have to do is to cause pain to people who unfortunately (sob) need correction.”

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