In traditional Islam, Muslim girls are expected to be virgins on their wedding night, regardless if they are 9 or 90. However, when the bride-to-be undergoes her “virginity test” and is found to have been “defiled,” the inflicted punishment is almost too gruesome to imagine.
In Afghanistan, girls fear even being accused of not being a virgin, even if they have never touched a man. Muslim men, however, are not expected to remain virgins, and enjoy the pleasure of marrying multiple women throughout their lives.
This double standard in Islamic culture and religion is not only misogynistic, it can prove painful or even fatal for Muslim women.
Radio Free Europe reports that Afghani women and children are monitored by their husbands after consummating the marriage, ensuring that their new property was “intact.” The sheets are checked for blood stains, signifying the breaking of the bride’s hymen during intercourse.
If the sheets are soiled, the groom can rest assured that the woman he paid for was worth the generous dowry. However, if the sheets are clean, the bride faces a number of sadistic punishments.
“In some cases, a bride’s ears and nose are cut off,” she explained. “They are forced into dirty clothes and taken back to her parent’s home. Their heads are shaved. The bride’s family is told that she is not a virgin. Other times, a bride is simply killed and her body is returned to her parents.”
Still, the Muslim groom has other options if he is feeling merciful.
If the sheets lack blood, the in-laws can “demand that their ‘damaged’ daughter-in-law be exchanged for her sister.” The country imprisons non-virgins “for adultery.”
Because of Sharia law, Afghanistan’s government has mandated that anyone guilty of adultery be stoned to death. This too often includes the accused brides, guilty or not.
Since the Prophet Muhammad didn’t want one of his own wives stoned, he required that four witnesses testify against the accused adulterer. If they could not be produced, the accuser would instead be punished.
However, if a woman claims to have been raped, she must also bear four male witnesses to confirm her story. If she cannot, Muhammad commanded that she be stoned to death.
“It is absolutely shocking that 12 years after the fall of the Taliban government, the Karzai administration might bring back stoning as a punishment,” stated Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
Like many of us, Adams is rightfully appalled that such barbaric legislation exists in the 21st century, but we must understand that it is simply because of Allah’s commands and Muhammad’s actions that these inhumane laws are still practiced after 1400 years.
Because of this extreme governance, women who have had premarital sex or have accidentally broken their hymen before their wedding night are paying good money to make their grooms believe they are still virginal. Vendors have found a profitable market for hymenoplasty in Islamic countries, a procedure that provides a fake hymen and blood so women can fake virginity tests, Slate reports.
This procedure has saved many women and girls from a death sentence, but it cannot do anything for the millions of children sold off to Muslim men as child brides.
In Turkey, 1 in 3 marriages involve child brides, but don’t think for one second that this is “un-Islamic.” This perverse practice is not only allowed under Islamic law, it was modeled by the one man Allah commands all Muslims to emulate — Muhammad.
The 50-year-old prophet already had multiple wives when he approached his companion, Abu Bakr, for his 6-year-old daughter’s hand in marriage. Perhaps it was because the child fell deathly ill, or maybe it was just the generous nature of the pedophile messenger, but for whatever reason, Muhammad waited until he was 53 to consummate his marriage to the 9-year-old Aisha.
Every sadistic, barbaric practice of Islamic countries, Muslim “extremists,” and even the Islamic State is because Muhammad first modeled it. Muhammad was charged with interpreting the Quran, not so-called “moderate” Muslims, and it is only because he beheaded, raped, enslaved, and conquered that we can know Islam is no religion of peace.