Shazia Hobbs: Forced to marry and violently abused under Sharia – in the UK!

“Sharia … should not be allowed to operate in the UK.”

Sharia Islam UK forced marriage

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?

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In Support of True Feminism

By Ellen

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.

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Fozia Rashid: UK Select Committee Inquiry into Sharia Courts is a Sham

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.

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Emotional manipulation and fear of being seen as an “Islamophobe”

Whenever I called him out on the misogyny and horrible things in the Koran, he’d accuse me of being racist and Islamophobic.

Hey Toni,

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.

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