Ruqiya Farah Yarow is a name in this news story. By this time tomorrow, she will be forgotten. And that is telling. Muslims in the West claim to stand for religious freedom — the freedom to wear the veil. They even held World Hijab Day to proclaim and celebrate that freedom. Barack Obama has congratulated himself over the fact that “the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish those who would deny it.”
No one, however, speaks out for people like Ruqiya Farah Yarow. No one (other than Pamela Geller) has ever spoken out for Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it. Who will speak out for Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab; and of the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; and Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; and Amira Osman Hamid, who faces whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; and the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized for her family for refusing to wear the hijab; and the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told that they had to wear the hijab or be fired; and the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab; and the women also in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab; and the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab; and the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab; and the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab; and the women in Iran who protested against the regime by daring to take off their legally-required hijab; and the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; and the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents, and all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab?
When will we see the Muslims in the West who profess to be against coercion hold Ruqiya Farah Yarow Day? And if they won’t — and they won’t — why won’t they?
“Somali woman killed for not wearing veil, relatives say,” BBC, July 30, 2014:
Militant Islamists in Somalia have shot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, her relatives say.
Ruqiya Farah Yarow was killed outside her hut near the southern Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen belonging to the al-Shabab group, they say.
The militants had ordered her to put on a veil, and then killed her after returning and finding she was still not wearing one, the relatives said.
An al-Shabab spokesman denied the group had killed the woman.
Al-Shabab does not fully control the area where she was living, he added.
Relatives, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, told the BBC that Mrs Yarow was killed at about 07:30 (04:30 GMT).
She was shot twice and died instantly, they added.
She is survived by her husband and children, the relatives said.
Al-Shabab, which controls much of southern and central Somalia, imposes strict rules of behaviour, including dress codes for men and women.
BBC Somalia analyst Mary Harper says the fact that al-Shabab has denied killing Mrs Yarow suggests that rogue elements within the group may have been responsible for her death.
It is also possible that al-Shabab wants to distance itself from the shooting because it is likely to provoke a strong public reaction, she says.