Many have asked me why I felt this debate should be on the MARIAS website. What has it got to do with MARIAS’ mission?
Let me take a moment to explain.
Firstly, I am wholly against mixed sex (“unisex” or “gender neutral”) toilets, as they give rise to grave safety concerns for women and girls.
For example, at the moment, if I’m out and go to the loo and happen to be followed in by a male who doesn’t turn around realising his error, but instead continues to follow me in, that would alert me to a possible danger.
If however we have mixed sex toilets, how would I be alerted?
How would anyone know they had been followed in?
The other reason is this:
Muslim men would NEVER permit their wives or daughters to enter a mixed sex toilet.
So how long before we see Muslim-only toilets foisted upon us — to accommodate yet another supposedly aggrieved minority or special interest?
The great majority of citizens clearly do not want and do not need mixed toilets – either in schools or in public.
We cannot continue down this path of fake “liberalism” — where the common sense, time-tested practices of the majority are ignored and sacrificed for the sake of arbitrarily designated “minorities” – to whom we are forever pandering.
That’s why I felt this debate needed to be had and needed to be on the MARIAS website.
“Sharia … should not be allowed to operate in the UK.”
Shazia at18yo. Forced to marry under Sharia in the UK.
I had followed (Toni Bugle, founder of MARIAS) on Twitter for quite a while before we started speaking. She asked if I lived in the UK and from there we began to DM (“direct message”), exchanged mobile numbers and then spoke on the phone.
I wanted to share my experience, as I believe it is important for others who are still suffering to know that they are not alone and to also show that Sharia cannot and should not be allowed to operate in the UK.
I was forced into a marriage at the age of 18 (Ed: Shazia is now in her 40’s). The nikkah took place in my family home. It was obvious that I was not happy to be forced into the marriage but the molvi didn’t care. My father had decided I was to be married and his decision was gospel. The molvi didn’t give a damn about my feelings or my refusal to say ‘I do.’
The marriage was going ahead whether I agreed or not.
Forced into a marriage to a man much older than I was who made it clear, from the start, that he married me only for the red passport was hell. What else could it have been?
My mother told me I would grow to love him. Grow to love a man who raped me? Grow to love a man who raped me so violently one night that the next day I ended up in hospital?
Third wave feminists … are turning a blind eye to the atrocities going on in the Middle East and Europe.
I have been learning and reading about the impact of Sharia law in both the East and the West. The level of misogyny in various cultures and religions, particularly Islam, is appalling. With the recent influx of unvetted migrants from the Middle East into Europe and North America, the western world is crumbling economically and safety cannot be guaranteed. The reason I felt compelled to write about this topic is because facilitating it is what’s causing women, native and foreign alike, to suffer indefinitely.
The thing is, these atrocities to women are not limited to women living in the Middle East.
MARIAS supporter, Fozia Rashid: Influence of Sharia is growing across UK & Western countries.
“… why would a non-Islamic country continue to allow these illegal (Sharia) courts to operate alongside the British legal system?”
Every 7 seconds a girl under 16 is forced into marriage… 16 years ago I was that girl, forced
into marriage, literally at gunpoint, by my uncle in Kashmir.
The attitude of the British Government now is exactly what it was 16 years ago.
They say Sharia has no basis in English law, so there’s no need to declare it illegal.
In which case how did what happened to me … actually happen?
After my forced marriage, on returning to the UK, immigration services told me that if my
marriage was not registered in this country, it would not be valid. It was never registered.
And yet after a long fight against the UK legal system, including my own solicitor, at the age
of 21 I had no choice but to accept a divorce through the UK courts. This was despite my
attempts to get the marriage annulled, as it should have been.
Therefore, in this instance, Sharia clearly took precedence over UK law.
Whenever I called him out on the misogyny and horrible things in the Koran, he’d accuse me of being racist and Islamophobic.
I admit I’ve followed you for awhile but was afraid to publicly show my support when I was dating my ex, but found the strength to break away and I’m dating a wonderful American guy. I’d like to share my story with you, but anonymously because my ex & I used to work together and share some common friends.
I wasn’t groomed or raped, but rather it was a combination of emotional manipulation and fear of being seen as an Islamophobe. I had dated a Muslim guy in the past, but he was a Muslim only in name and only participated in holidays.
I grew up without a strong male role model and without a clear self-identity (I’m half Brazilian & European American). I also lacked self esteem and it was easy for him to use me.
A 16 year old Muslim Apostate sends MARIAS her story
How would you expect a normal dad to react? Congratulate his daughter on reaching this milestone in her life? See her happiness and smile? Be thrilled at the prospect of future children, marriage, albeit slightly far ahead? Be nervous and hope it works out, wanting to protect her from heartache?
That’s what normal fathers do. I do not have a normal father.
“I do not have a normal father.”
I hinted during his numerous attempts to harass me I was dating by texting “I’ve met someone”. A fairly ambiguous statement. Not explicit. I was shaking, my breaths coming fast. I was more nervous than I was telling him this than my apostasy, which is saying something.
What? Made her drink bleach, hit her round the head with a cricket bat, years of abuse, said that her friends were English slags and she is deemed not a vulnerable woman? He gets 18th month suspended sentence £1000 find and cannot contact her indefinitely. Wait it gets better he just got a contract with Leicester Cricket Club because he didn't get a prison sentence? Toni Matriot Bugle Toni Bugle you seen this? ... See MoreSee Less
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