from: Islam In Action
by Dr. Sami Alrabba.
Dr. Alrabaa is an ex-Muslim, a professor of Sociology and an Arab-Muslim culture specialist. Before moving to Germany he taught at Kuwait University, King Saud University, and Michigan State University.
Muslims Terrorize Muslims in Kuwait
Hasina is one of over 70.000 Bangladeshi workers who are daily subject to all kinds of abuse and atrocity in the Sheikhdom of Kuwait. In addition to working from dawn to 2 a.m. she was subject to physical and sexual abuse almost daily. She had to take care of nine children, their parents and grandparents, clean for them, wash and feed the children, and cook for them. Sometimes she was moved from one house to another of relatives and friends to clean and cook. She never got one single free day. For all that work load she was supposed to get around $ 90 a month. Yet for over two years of hard work for that Kuwaiti family Hasina only received three “salaries”, that is $ 270.
Ahmad, the father of the family and his five sons, who pray five times a day, raped Hasina almost every day. One day, Hasina got pregnant and her belly became bigger and bigger. Ahmed took her to the nearest police station and accused her of committing adultery. Ahmed took with him the holy Koran and cited to the police officer the verdict which the Koran dictates in such cases. He read loudly, “The (unmarried) woman or (unmarried) man found guilty of sexual intercourse – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes.” (Surah 24, verse 2).
As Hasina wanted to tell the police officer her version of the story, she was immediately asked to “shut up”. She wanted to tell him that she was often viciously beaten and bestially raped. She wanted to show him the numerous bite marks all over her arms and back. “The police officer frowned at me and ordered me to shut up.” She later told her friend.
Hasina was often beaten by Fatima, Ahmad’s wife. She either used a thick stick or any other heavy object at hand. Fatima knew that her husband used to rape Hasina, but she could not do anything. She poured her anger and frustration on Hasina. She hated to see Hasian sharing Ahmad, her husband, in bed.
By the way, in general, Arab women have not the right to divorce. It is only the man’s right. According to the Shari’a if the husband spells out the phrase, “You’re divorced” three times, the wife is “legally” divorced. Once she is divorced, she is socially stigmatized, materially helpless, and hardly can marry again, especially if she has children. It is hell for women.
Arab men, on the other hand, brag of adultery. It is a sign of manhood and courtship.
Hasina has been behind bars for the past three months awaiting a court ruling. Most probably, she would be deported to her home country, Bangladesh. Hasina told a friend, who recently visited her in prison, “The purgatory of Bangladesh is far better than the Kuwaiti paradise.”
In short, the sadistic Kuwaiti family felt impunity to treat Hasina as NO human should be treated. She was, simply, a slave in her employer’s house.
Now, Hasina wonders how she and her family are going to survive. She, her husband, and family sold everything back home to finance the trip to the “promised land”, Kuwait. “This land, whose people brag that they are Muslims, have ruined my life and that of my children. Allah may punish them!” She told her friend with tears in her eyes.
Hasina’s ordeal is a pattern of human trafficking, i.e. slavery in the 21st century in the Middle East, in particular in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and Qatar. All human rights organizations and the US State Department, for years now, have classified these countries among the worst in terms of human trafficking. Kuwait and the other Arab countries on the Persian Gulf have been urged to do something against human trafficking, but to no avail.
Kuwait University students graduate with shallow knowledge of reading and writing. What for? Foreign cheap labor force, like Hasina, does the job. Almost in all walks of life, the ones who do the job are expatriates. The oil industry is operated by Indian and Philippine engineers. The streets are cleaned and the rubbish is collected by Bangladeshis. Lawyers employ Egyptian assistants who do the job. “Academics” plagiarize to get promoted to professors. Even columnists make writers from Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon write for them. Most journalists and editors come also from these countries.
pressure on the Arab Gulf countries to combat human trafficking and abuse of foreign workers they are putting on China, Russia, and Iran for their dismal human rights records?
Is it because the victims of human trafficking are not American and not European and oil comes first?
Human trafficking is as inhumane and devastating as terrorism and nuclear ballistic programs. Thousands of innocent poor people and their families are suffering from human trafficking. It is not enough to issue reports. Deeds have got to follow. Especially the USA has got enough influence and leverage over the Arab Gulf States to force them change their inhuman migration practices.
Human trafficking, abusing workers, and disrespect of universal human rights should not be regarded internal petty crimes. They are as severe as war crimes. The culprits must be brought to justice and the victims must be compensated by the states where they have been abused.
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