21-year-old Nadia Murad is an escaped former Yazidi sex slave who has testified before the UN in New York to raise awareness about the ordeal of Yazidi girls. In her difficult words: “Isis ‘forced us to pray – then raped us.’”
In another address to Congress, she warned that the Middle East’s Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities will be wiped out if the Islamic State is not stopped and if these minorities are not protected.
Murad called on the Islamic community around the world to do more to denounce the Islamic State, saying that not one Muslim country has labelled the Islamic State an infidel group. She also declared that “what has been happening has been happening under the name of Islam”, and “Muslims must be the first ones to resist this.”
Her words are a poke in the eye to those who deny any connection between the Islamic State and Islam, to those who refer to the IS as an un-Islamic aberration, and to those who deny that Islamic jihad is a serious threat to homeland security, public safety and, in fact, to Western civilization.
Why is no one hearing a loud outcry from Islamic states about the atrocities of the Islamic State? Professor Bernard Haykel from the Department of Near East Studies in Princeton has it right when he indicates that the theology of the Islamic State is very old in Islam and literalist; and that it is directly linked to Wahhabism, in which violence is justified theologically and historically.
Wahhabism originated with a Sunni Muslim preacher named Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab of Arabia, who was of the Salafist tradition. His aggressive religious movement ultimately took over Arabia and became the state religion of Saudi Arabia.
Haykel further explains of al-Wahhab:
“The first Saudi State, based on this Wahhabi faith, seemed to confirm his message because of the political and military success it had throughout the 18th Century and 19th Century where it conquered most of Arabia…..Once a town was conquered he would appoint teachers to educate people in his version of the faith. He wrote a number of short books that were the basis for the teaching, books that are used by ISIS today.”
The Islamic State is not a deviation from the historic practice of Islam. It is just one of the most recent manifestations the military wing of Islamic jihad, as preached by al-Wahhab, who himself aimed to “purify” Islam by returning it to the original principles of the first three generations of the religion.
“Escaped ISIS sex slave tells Congress of horrors”, by Ryan Browne, CNN, June 21, 2016:
A former ISIS sex slave urged Congress Tuesday to more aggressively fight the terror group and offered her condolences for the massacre in Orlando, saying she’s not surprised by it.
Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who escaped captivity in 2014, told the Senate Homeland Security committee that “the USA must act. We must terminate Daesh (ISIS) and all such terror.”
“Daesh will not give up their weapons unless we force them to give up their weapons,” she testified, with the assistance of a translator. “The Yazidi people cannot wait.”
Murad called on the U.S. and other countries “to establish a safe and protected zone for Iraqi and Syrian religious minorities,” which President Barack Obama has repeatedly rejected.
She also expressed her condolences for the attack in Orlando that left 49 dead but said she was not surprised it happened.
“I knew if ISIS were not stopped, they would deliver their crimes everywhere,” she told lawmakers.
Speaking about the Middle East’s Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities, she warned that “if they are not protected they will be wiped out.”
Yazidis are ethnically Kurdish members of an ancient religion who live mostly in Iraq.
Murad detailed how she and thousands of Yazidi women and girls were enslaved and raped by their ISIS captors. She recounted how six of her brothers and her mother were executed by ISIS in a single day.
Murad said she escaped to Mosul where a Muslim family helped her obtain fake Islamic identification that enabled her to escape ISIS territory.
“I was freed, but I do not (have) the feeling of the freedom because those who have committed these crimes have not been held accountable,” she said.
A UN report released last week estimated that ISIS holds about 3,500 slaves and that the terror group continues to subject women and children to sexual violence, particularly in the form of sexual slavery.
The report said ISIS’ actions “may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide.”
Secretary of State John Kerry said in March that the U.S. had determined that ISIS’ brutality constituted genocide.
With the genocide designations, Murad called on the international community to take ISIS to the international criminal court.
Murad also called on the Islamic community around the world to do more to denounce ISIS.
“What has been happening has been happening under the name of Islam,” she said. “The Muslims must be the first ones to resist this … We have not seen that Daesh have been labeled as an infidel group within Islam by any Muslim country.”….