The eyes of love
Sharia and Love
I met Miriam,Fatima and Usman those days at the University and we all became very close friends irrespective of our different religious belief.
Something that changed our lives happened just at the prime of our lives, this is a young bright girl,in whose eyes,a young man sees,he calls it the eyes of love but there was something against these eyes.It is something i do not know how to explain but what is Sharia?
You see, Sharia and Love does not agree
Fatima became pregnant immediately after our graduation, they both had dreams of a wonderful wedding, a wedding that will be graced with love and teen memories, a wedding i will witness, she told me that she will wear a white gown and will be graced with flowers and white roses,she dreamed of wearing gold bangles.Usman was so happy and i was too, you would even think that it was going to be my own wedding.
They decided to tell their families about their dreams and plans but that
was where the whole problem began.Fatima's father said that she has stained the
family's name by having an affair before marriage, so he took her to the local
council where it was stated that Islam forbids such an affair and under the sharia law, she has committed an
abominable act punishable by stoning to death.
I could not believe this when i heard it, these are folks who wish to get married and to them pregnancy was even the best option to allow them tie up with each other.I traveled back to their state to make sure that this was not a joke but to my own disbelief, you dare not mix SAHRIA AND LOVE.
She was sentenced to death by the council of elders in their so called Sharia court under the sharia law.They said it is HONOR TO HER FAMILY AND TO ISLAM.
This is barbaric. How can this thing happen and how can a father ever be so ruthless,i am still about to come to terms with the whole situation and the fate of my dear friends.Sitting with Usman that evening before her execution took me back to our last days at school.
She wanted to marry the only man she ever loved and dreamed of a blissful and colorful wedding,she asked me to promise and vow that i will attend her wedding, this i did and i kept my vow but It was not her wedding,there were lots of people as she told me but none was there to trow roses and flowers on her,they were all there to trow stones.
She told me that i will witness the first Muslim marriage and family get together of my life, yes it was a get together but like she said that i will hear different kinds of musics and love songs, i heard nothing but roars of mobs chatting Allah-u-Akbar! There was no song neither was there music.
She wore her dream white gown and there was a pit dug for her, it was not a lovely cushion as she told me.
I can't believe what i saw.
They tied her hands to her body
They buried her up to her waist
I wanted to save her but there was nothing i could do,they said that she defiled ISLAM and has to pay this prize.
I could still remember everything as it happened,they circled her with stones and showed no mercy to her despite the fact that she was pregnant, to them, the baby itself is a curse and need to be confined in the same solitary withe the mother.They stoned her from close range,i cried as each stone hit her while she twitched with pains.
Blood gushed from her eyes,nostrils and ears,she was shouting but i could not hear whatever she said, there was chants of Allah-u-Akbar! Allah-u-Akbar! Allah-u-Akbar! Allah-u-Akbar! Allah-u-Akbar! Finally, i saw my dear friend gave up the ghost as her head fell sideways but this did not even stop the rays of stones.
Usman was left heartbroken,i didn't know how i left their state,the trauma was too much and it still hurt me though Usman was sentenced to 100 lashes of the Cain but what is Sharia?
He could no longer bear the pains and injustice against the only lady he love and i wonder how he manged to survive the one month
before he decided to give his sweetheart and unborn child Justice. He went into
the bush that evening, to him, it was honorable and it means JUSTICE because
mixing Sharia with love according to the so called council of elders is not tolerated in ISLAM.
He hanged himself.
A note was discovered in his pocket, it was a note he wrote the night before
“Justice deprived is never justice denied, for my unborn and true love, i give this justice. Allah will forever hold you ransom for casting the first stone upon a girl who did you no harm, a girl who gave her heart to the man she truly love, the blood of my child who you gave no chance to feel fresh air will forever remain a course upon you and your entire families, I lay my life today as a sigh of honor for my family”
His death was never talked about,no one cared and no one will ever care but i care that is why i wrote this hub.
Now i ask, will the so called council of elders, ever lay hands on him and his sweet heart again?
Perhaps my dear friend is safe somewhere, where no one will hurt his family or term them taboo(s) to Islam.
I mean not to offend anyone with this hub but i am highlighting on the injustice upon our sisters in the Northern Nigeria,Somalia,Ethiopia,Saudi Arabia,Afghanistan,USA, UK, Yemen, Iraq and all over the world.
Where are the true Muslims?
What is the real essence of Sharia Law?
Is this barbarism true Islam?
Is this what Islam stand for?
I want to know.