The Stoning of Soraya M is Why Islam Customs and Nations Are Bashed in the West

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 Watch the DVD, The Stoning of Soraya M.

A true story smuggled out by a French journalist in 1986. Gripping from the start. The factual story is why the West or non-muslim countries and most Islamic countries will never become close friends. In a sense, in this case, Iran's backwards way of Islam creates such a double standard and hypocrisy for women it is hard to watch from the Western perspective. In fact, it outrages you.

Soraya is married to a man. They have two boys and two daughters. The relationship has been in the dust for sometime. Her husband and the town's Mullah (who was once a convicted criminal) create this sick pact. Soraya's husband has been screwing a 14 yr old girl, he is 40-ish, that has the approval of the girl's father for money. Soraya knows this, yet remains silent. She is confronted by the Mullah and he suggests to her that "they" have a relationship. Soraya kicks him out. Angry, the Mullah and her husband now plant lies in the village that she is committing adultery with another man. This is not true at all, but it is a way for the husband to get rid of his wife. By getting rid of Soraya, he can then marry the 14 yr old. The man that Soraya is allegedly having sex  with, is a simple man with a son. The Mullah and Soraya's husband threaten him with stoning or taking his son away unless he agrees to lie about the truth. He does.

Because women in most Islamic and muslim countries are treated as almost slaves to their men masters, Soraya and her Aunt cannot stem the wave of spite and hatred in the town. Ultimately, the men act as a jury and the Major and Mullah play God, convicting her to death by stoning. No women were allowed at the trial, basically a lynch mob like the KKK.

Throughout the movie, there are so many little things for any woman or man to get angry about. The total hypocrisy of that religious custom under the veil of "Islam", from the Mullah, who was a thug and in prison to the husband who drives an American Chevy Camaro convertible! The only one in town. The horrible life a woman leads in this religion is just not understandable with any sense of fairness. Worse, I am sure this sort of thing happens all the time in big and little cities in Iran and elswhere today. Men wield the power.

The final scene is so graphic, so upsetting. Soraya is stoned to death by the men of the town, from the Mullah, Husband, her two sons, the town major, and strangers. She is placed into a pit, bottom part of the torso is buried including arms, which are tied.  At first, the stones miss, but the husband aims carefully and then smashes one into her forehead and blood spills onto the white dress. Soon, a barrage of rocks and boulders begin to smash her defenseless body. The white dress turns blood red. Soon, she collapses. Her husband checks for life and discovers she is still alive! He screams, "the bitch is alive!". The men toss another barrage of stones killing her. Her body is dumped near a stream. Wild dogs soon follow. Life returns to normal.

How any man in Iran or Muslim country can say this is "fine", is beyond me. How any woman would want to remain under this system, is incomprehensible! What possible reason would they defend this?

The story was smuggled out by the French journalist. Soraya's Aunt was in the thick of it, a product when Iran was free under the Shah and women were more equal to men. She told the story to the journalist and taped it on his recorder.  It soon appeared in the Western press.

Fast forward to Saudi Arabia and its perverted customs towards women today in 2010, look no further than in Iran, a woman is forbidden to even go to a soccer game!

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Marzieh  6 years ago

I was born and raised as a Muslim, but I no longer believe in Islam. Stoning outrages me. However, there is one part of this story that I don't quite understand.

Soraya's husband could have easily divorced her and married the younger girl. Or he even could have stayed married to Soraya AND married the younger girl, as Islam allows men to have up top 4 wives simultaneously. According to Iran’s law, he would need Soraya’s written permission for the later. However, I’m sure given the alternative (getting stoned), Soraya would have agreed to it! Why would he falsely accuse Soraya of adultery and plot such an evil plan while he was probably aware of the aforesaid options (seeing he was friends with a mullah!)?

Thank you for this eye-opening article.


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perrya 6 years ago Author

This movie is one that leaves an imprint- very negative towards islam. The ending is just an outrage. Really, how can a woman today, in Iran, really think that this is Ok anf ordained by God???


Ahmad 5 years ago

I think it is just a propagenda administered by those who do NOT no anything about Islam. If we assume that this story is right we shouldn't blame the Islam but only the odd people who conducted this. I think if we keep blaming the religion we will see that Christianit and Juidism are more brutal then Islam because of the wild and brutal conduct of thousands of Christian and Jew leaders throughout the history. But since my religion is teaching me to respect the other devine religions, I don't blam the religion but only those who do these things blindly under the name of Religion.


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perrya 5 years ago Author

Islam is a very intolerant religion.


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Zubair Ahmed 5 years ago

It is wrong to call a religion with billions of adherents intolerant. How much effort have you put into finding out what Islam is really about, rather than reading or watching biased material. It is a bit like saying that Americans are intolerant for putting prisoners to death. Please read and understand then comment.


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perrya 5 years ago Author

well, the media is a massive PR issue for understanding others. People not in the US watch biased reports about how horrible it is here, when it is a lie. the negative PR about islam comes from the religion itself and its practices that some countries honor, like sharia law. The story of Soraya is just one incident that we in the West are aware of. How can a religion condone stoning of any one? What, God said this? Some states in the US do not have the death penalty, which is far quicker than the blood ridden stoning of a helpless person. Why does Islam demand killing someone for switching to christianity and believing in Jesus? that is a very recent case.


Sad Eyes 5 years ago

I have seen the Islamic faith watered down and modernised but if we look at it's heart we see the truth sadness.

ww.apostatesofislam.com/

ww.youtube.com/watch?v=GV_Vs6fgbxo&feature=related


Illary 5 years ago

To them who want to defend the religion of peace, I suggest to visit the site: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ and then talk. It's so nice to see Islam, making a true difference in the world - one body at a time.


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perrya 5 years ago Author

cute....


jean anderson 5 years ago

stoneing is barbaric,what gives islamic men the right to stone women and treat them like dirt,when thy can say and do what they like where is the eqaulity in that..why shouldn't women in islam be eqaul..STONEING NEEDS TO STOP NOW!!! WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP IT

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perrya 5 years ago Author

we can all agree jean!


Wayfarer 5 years ago

The understandings of Shariah and stoning shown here is laughable. Most mainstream islamic scholars do with this penal code of as practiced by some Shariah implementing countries. Please educate yourself about Shariah and stoning:

http://theway.wayfarer.co.za/questions/questions_s...

and

http://theway.wayfarer.co.za/questions/questions_s...


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perrya 5 years ago Author

I disagree. If most disagree, why does it still occur?


Wayfarer 5 years ago

Most does not mean all. There are over 50 Muslim majority countries in the world. Only 7 of them have laws involving stoning, and only 2 of those 7 have ever implemented them. The 2 are Iran, NOT a mainstream Muslim country (Mainstream traditional Sunni Muslims make up 90% of the world's Muslims) but a Shiah country, and Saudi Arabia, NOT a mainstream Muslim country, but a Wahhabi country. Google it if you wish...


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Rwritings 5 years ago

There are 2 versions of the Koran. The first one that was dictated by Mohammed (Mohammed was illiterate so he had someone write down his words) while he was in Medina and it was full of words that said to respect the people of the Book, that is the Jews and the Christians.

The second version was when he was in Mecca and the Jews refused to become Muslims so he changed his tune towards the People of the Book and wrote violent hateful verses like, "The rocks will cry out,Oh, Muslim there is a Jew hiding behind me come and kill him!" Also in the later version there is the instruction that says if a passage in the Koran does not agree with the previous passage the later one is the one to be followed. In otherwords, you must follow the Mecca version of the Koran instead of the Medina version.

However, the Islamist keeps this quite so many are lead astray to believe that Islam is a religion of peace. This is fundamental tactic of cultural Jihad in order to destroy the culture of the "Infadels". I use quotations around the word Infadels because to me the Islamists ARE the Infadels!


Sayonara ,Tui 5 years ago

I beleive that these actions were followed thru by cowards that not only hide but sadly twisted their religious beliefs in order to live within a community,where the need of authority and control shall rule no matter what...


Nicola 5 years ago

To answer the first comment about why the husband didn't just divorce Soraya. He didn't want to divorce because then he would have to return the dowry. He also didn't want to support two families which is what he would have to do if he married the other girl as well (polygamy was permitted). Have a read of the book. The extra information you are looking for is in the book.


pegasusflying 4 years ago

I am so fed up with people saying Islam is a peaceful religion. For starters around the world right now muslims are killing christians, genital mutilation is done to women, stoning of women, Mohammed was a warlord with 4 wives. What kind of a man with any decency would want to follow such barbaric garbage is beyond me. I have read the Koran twice and I will never believe muslims are peaceful. Infidels can be be killed,- gee I would have no chance, I am an infidel and a woman, so they would probably have fun and rape me and then slaughter me, oh and of course a man can scourge his wife. Jesus in the Bible, stopped the stoning of a woman, yet Islam still practices these horrific treatments to women today. How on earth anyone could even want to worship a profit like Mohammed who was a warlord not a man of peace and also promoted wife swopping is beyond me. to those who want to criticise me read the Koran twice like I have the words of slaughtering Infidels are in the book


dexman 4 years ago

The point of the film is to expose the tragedy that happened to Soraya and the people that oppressed her. It is not an attack on the religion of Islam or a nation, it just happens that the men involved have used or more likely abused the Islam laws and existing customs for personal evil gains. I don't see the point why so many people have turned this movie into a religious war.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Dexman, I agree but islam is a contradictory religion depending on the Muslims practicing it. It is not for the modern world.


Judith 4 years ago

well id be as good as dead because i would never accept to be treated like i nwas lower than any other human being out there man or woman i agree stoning haws to be stopped as well as women being treated as if they were less than shit


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Rent this DVD, it tells you the story up until the stoning. Totally unbelievable.


Naomi Wrotters 4 years ago

The movie is crazy....Very touching!


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I found it disturbing that this happens in parts of the Muslim world. Shockinh!


jess 3 years ago

This cannot be serious! What on earth does brutality and adultary have to do with Islam. I myself am an atheist but I am educated and intelligent enough to figure out that that there is no place for this horror in a religion that promotes peace, love and harmony amongst all living creatures of all genders and ethnicities. Why don't you ignorant fools pick up a quran and find out what Islam really is before you go using it as an excuse to hate on people. These evil people who are inflicting this torture are exactly that- EVIL people. They are not muslims- how can they be when the characteristics of islam are the complete opposite of that! Islam promotes equality among men and women and in many ways women are given more rights then men! Why are we not chastising the bible or the torah? THINK! USE YOUR BRAINS!


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perrya 3 years ago Author

@jess, despite claims of not being a believer in God, your defense of Islam tells me otherwise. Even in Saudi Arabia, a muslim nation, such barbaric practices continue unless the international community intervenes. To say islam is equality for women and men-is this dialog from a comedian? If you think not allowing women to drive a car, talk to strangers, unable to hold certain jobs, being treated as second class citizens equal, then, you must be an extremist muslim.


jess 3 years ago

I think you are very offensive in the way you have responded to my comments. It just highlights to me the extreme level of ignorance that you possess, to assume that I can't possibly not believe in god and yet have an understanding a monotheistic religion. For your information I happen to teach religious education. But, I can't say im really surprised since you seem very quick to jump to conclusions on the issues discussed too. But my spirituality aside, may I ask where exactly you are getting your information from? It seems that you are very passionate about the issue and so you should be! The barbaric practices of some people from so called ''Muslim Nations'' is disgraceful to say the least! I am 100% with you on that. Anyone that disagrees I personally think can only be pure evil. HOWEVER, for some reason you seem to be saying that these actions are a product of the religion of Islam? This is what I cant get my head around. Why are you holding the religion responsible when the religion promotes nothing of the sort? The examples of oppression that you have given are cultural problems not religious ones! Islam, (the religion by the way, yes it is a religion just like christainity, catholicism, judaism, hindusim, zoroastrianism to name a few) teaches its followers to follow in the footsteps of the prophets such as mohammad, jesus, noah etc. If it says anywhere that these people encouraged this disgusting behaviour in the quaran, then it would do so too in christianity and judaism since muslims believe in the same stories and parables as the other 2 religions, with the addition of mohammad ofcourse. In fact when it comes to the role of women in society, Islam in gives a more preferable view, some might say, by fully encouraging men to treat women with nothing but kindness and respect. Mohammads wife was a succesful businesswoman in fact and one of the most imporatant commandments in Islam is to respect one's parents but it is furthur stressed in the text of the quaran that one should respect one's mother. These are just a couple of examples, I wont waste my time giving you any more since if you sincerely cared, you'd more than likely do some research before you go around making comments like that. Believe it or not I am not here to defend Islam I was simply shocked at the blatant ignorance and I could not just sit there and witness such blatant racism and prejudice under the guise of rightousnness and not say anything. We are all human beings and nobody deserves to judged without trial. Innocent until proven guilty not the other way around mate.


jess 3 years ago

Oh and just before I end, I didn't mean to insult you, I dont know you or anything about you and could be completely wrong in my judgement of you.

I do completley understand you disgust at what goes on in these parts of the world by these awful people, and they should totally be brought to justice but I really believe that it is not fair to stereotype people because of their beliefs. There are believers of every religion that are horrible and there are those that are lovely. Lets bring some good energy to the world and enjoy life. Sometimes trying to see the best in people can help you do that. Take Care


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

I previously wrote a hub on honor killing (which this one is).

http://hubpages.com/education/Honor-Killing-and-Wh...

Honor killing is a remnant of tribalism and patriarchal society, and is not tolerated in modern times. However, it's NOT an Islamic practice, merely a practice common among Muslims.


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uzma shaheen 3 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

Perrya, I guess you are christian and believes in jesus and bible, then you must be aware of that stoning to death is in bible. I am muslim and read Quran completely many times and I give you an interesting information that stoning to death is NOWHERE in Quran, not a single verse.

Its a biblical law, few muslims are seems to be practicing it and Islam is getting blame of being a barbaric religion, don't you find it strange? think.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Islam is getting the bad rap and public relations because of the extremists that call for jihad against anyone not a muslim and then kill in its name. Many muslim countries should make changes in their customs to allow for more equality for women and prevent better impressions with the outside world.


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uzma shaheen 3 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

Yes Islam is getting bad rap because bad things are being attached with it which even don't belong to Islam. People have become so prejudiced that they don't even bother to verify it and start blaming Islam to be a barbaric religion. for example stoning to death is a biblical law but has attached to Islam but will you call bible to be barbaric?

Jihad is not "killing non muslims" it has very profound concept in it. If I explain jihad in short then it means to struggle against bad deeds. You know, Quran says "If someone kills any innocent person it is as if he has killed the whole humanity". Islam condemns killing of innocent people and its a major sin.

I know there are black sheep who practice such bad things and attach them to Islam, They are not muslims and they have nothing to do with Islam, they have disguised themselves as muslims and using Islam to gain their personal interests. Your media is propagating it and will keep on propagating it on a very high level because by doing so they prepare a public opinion that Islam is very barbaric and is a threat to us, so we should attack them whereas in reality they are after oil resources lying in muslim countries.Iraq is the example of it. they propagated that iraq has the weapons of mass destruction, did they find those weapons of mass destruction? NO. But they certainly found what they were after. You precious tax money is being used for the interests of minority who hold the economy and foreign policy of USA.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Like all prejudice, there are many aspects to it and much of it is image and news focuses on the bad images regarding islam because it is the terrorists that get the attention, not the good muslims. So, the good muslims should do attention getting good deeds to get the positive attention of the news media to win the "hearts and minds" in public opinion. Most of Europe has the same opinion as America does of Islam- its a mixed opinion.


ouma sponzi 3 years ago

i'm a musliman and i know all about my religion '"ISLAM" and you should understand that Islam is not a religion of terrorism and extremism and that Islam is a religion of tolerance, love and Islam gave women an important place opposite of what they show in the movie. Unfortunately, it's reality and they do it because they don't understand the real islam.


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montecristo 3 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

I always enjoy your writing. An eyeopening experience.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Glad you liked. The movie is also an eye opener!


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

Perhaps it can be more accurately stated that Islam is often used (just as Christianity or any other religion) is often used to perpetrate evil. Islam have the double-whammy of condoning practices that the West had long since "grown out of", thus making it seem "backwards" in the Westerner's eyes.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

I agree with that for sure. Islam has a HUGE PR problem with the West.


HMQ of Poland LHRRAdziwill 2 years ago

Such story are sad and barbarian act made me angry, to stone women adultery or not .We all have one Life so we should life with Love and Happiness , but look to me that a men worst then women , and to go such act to demand to kill his wife and mother of his children in name of what ???????????????He should be stone to death for laying this is worst then adultery, and he should be stone or other method to punished him psychically be permitting to do people like him month or longer every day fro 30 day he should be bitten by his wife and children

I felt sorry for all women that agreed to be kill because religion reason We all God for ourselves and I think that God will not let his wife to be kill because he love her so much if she would be young or old .


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perrya 2 years ago Author

I agree.


Hamba Allah 2 years ago

The girl may have suffer a lot during the stoning, yes it appears barbaric as what you all think. But in Islam we believe whatever in this world is temporary and soraya (if shes good in her life and innocent) will go to heaven ( which is eternity) In Sha Allah (if God wills it). The husband and all the people that lying and accused soraya of what she never did will be judge in the judgement day and if they still not repent before they died, they will go to hell (for eternity). All of this up to the will of Allah s.w.t, The only God.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

Thanks, Hamba. Still, in the present, there are other more humane ways to deal with this. I think God would agree with that.

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