February 4, 2014 |
A disturbing new law in Nigeria establishes sweeping restrictions on homosexuality and has already led to dozens of arrests. Even before the law went into effect, it was illegal to engage in same-sex relations. But the new law goes further, prohibiting civil unions and same-sex marriages and threatening to slap a 10-year prison sentence on anyone who officiates at such a marriage. The law bans public displays of affection between people of the same sex, outlaws gay support organizations and makes it illegal for gay groups to meet.
March 1, 2000 |
As fighting between Christians and Muslims spreads to Nigeria's southeast, the government and leaders from the mostly Muslim north agreed to back away from calls for Islamic law in an effort to end the bloodshed that has wracked Nigeria for a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1989 |
A lower court on Saturday convicted six people of adultery and sentenced them to death by stoning under an Islamic law. It was the first such ruling since Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto came to power in December. Bhutto has pledged to press for repeal of the Islamic law, which imposes harsh punishment for moral offenses and limits women's rights. The court convicted Ghulam Qadir Sher and Noor Khatoon of marrying illegally because Khatoon failed to secure a proper divorce from her previous husband.
February 4, 2014 |
BEIRUT - He loves sushi, AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades. He could be killed at any moment but vows to marry "a beautiful, righteous Muslim girl" as soon as he finds one. He proclaims a "love for justice" but defends beheadings, battlefield executions and sectarian killing. He scorns democracy and extols a fundamentalist interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law. Welcome to the virtual world of Chechclearr, the Internet handle of a self-described Islamic militant who says he is fighting as an Islamist rebel in Syria but also has time to post a copious amount of pictures and comments on the Internet.
April 15, 1989 |
Two brothers convicted of murder have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia after spending the past 19 years in jail, local newspapers reported Friday. The brothers were jailed until the son of the man they killed came of age to decide if he wanted compensation or execution under the strict rules of Sharia (Islamic law).
July 27, 2009 |
Gaza's top judge said he had ordered female lawyers to wear head scarves when they appear in court, the latest sign that the Islamic militant group Hamas is increasingly imposing its strict interpretation of Islamic law on residents of the coastal strip. Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul-Raouf Halabi said female lawyers would be required to wear head scarves and long, dark cloaks under their billowing black robes when the court returns from its summer recess in September. Halabi said his order was designed to ensure that women dress in accordance with Islamic law, which requires that women cover up in public, wearing loose garments and showing only their hands and faces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1991
I agree with Kenny that women should not be leaving their children to serve in the armed forces. A mother's love and care for her children cannot be replaced by others. I strongly disagree with her interpretation of Islamic law. According to Islamic law, and not the law of any ruler in the Middle East or elsewhere, the human rights of any prisoner of war, man or woman, would be upheld. Human life and human rights are as precious to Muslims as they are to all humanity. Making erroneous statements about the status of women in Islam, or Islam in particular, continues to create misunderstanding and hostility between the cultures of the East and West.