Ahmadinejad’s Imam: Islam Allows Raping, Torturing Prisoners

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

(IsraelNN.com) A highly influential Shi’a religious leader, with whom Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regularly consults, apparently told followers last month that coercion by means of rape, torture and drugs is acceptable against all opponents of the Islamic regime.The gathered crowd heard from Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi and Ahmadinejad.

Warning: The imam’s question-and-answer session, partially reproduced here, contains disturbing descriptions of the sanctioned brutality.

In the wake of a series of publications worldwide regarding the rape and torture of dissident prisoners in Iran’s jails, supporters of Ahmadinejad gathered with him in Jamkaran, a popular pilgrimage site for Shi’ite Muslims on the outskirts of Qom, on August 11, 2009. According to Iranian pro-democracy sources, the gathered crowd heard from Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi and Ahmadinejad himself regarding the issue.

According to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), an independent Israeli intelligence analysis organization, Mesbah-Yazdi is considered Ahmadinejad’s personal spiritual guide. A radical totalitarian even in Iranian terms, he holds messianic views, supports increasing Islamization, calls for violent suppression of domestic political opponents, and, according to the ITIC, “declared that obeying a president supported by the Supreme Leader was tantamount to obeying God.”

At the Jamkaran gathering, Mesbah-Yazdi and Ahmadinejad answered questions about the rape and torture charges. The following text is from a transcript alleged by Iranian dissidents to be a series of questions and answers exchanged between the ayatollah and some of his supporters.

Asked if a confession obtained “by applying psychological, emotional and physical pressure” was “valid and considered credible according to Islam,” Mesbah-Yazdi replied: “Getting a confession from any person who is against the Velayat-e Faqih (“Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists”, or the regime of Iran’s mullahs) is permissible under any condition.” The ayatollah gave the identical answer when asked about confessions obtained through drugging the prisoner with opiates or addictive substances.

Can an interrogator rape the prisoner in order to obtain a confession?” was the follow-up question posed to the Islamic cleric.

Mesbah-Yazdi answered: “The necessary precaution is for the interrogator to perform a ritual washing first and say prayers while raping the prisoner. If the prisoner is female, it is permissible to rape through the vagina or anus. It is better not to have a witness present. If it is a male prisoner, then it’s acceptable for someone else to watch while the rape is committed.”

This reply, and reports of the rape of teen male prisoners in Iranian jails, may have prompted the following question: “Is the rape of men and young boys considered sodomy?”
One aspect of these permitted rapes troubled certain questioners.

Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi: “No, because it is not consensual. Of course, if the prisoner is aroused and enjoys the rape, then caution must be taken not to repeat the rape.”

A related issue, in the eyes of the questioners, was the rape of virgin female prisoners. In this instance, Mesbah-Yazdi went beyond the permissibility issue and described the Allah-sanctioned rewards accorded the rapist-in-the-name-of-Islam:

If the judgment for the [female] prisoner is execution, then rape before execution brings the interrogator a spiritual reward equivalent to making the mandated Haj pilgrimage [to Mecca], but if there is no execution decreed, then the reward would be equivalent to making a pilgrimage to [the Shi’ite holy city of] Karbala.”

One aspect of these permitted rapes troubled certain questioners: “What if the female prisoner gets pregnant? Is the child considered illegitimate?”

Mesbah-Yazdi answered: “The child borne to any weakling [a denigrating term for women – ed.] who is against the Supreme Leader is considered illegitimate, be it a result of rape by her interrogator or through intercourse with her husband, according to the written word in the Koran. However, if the child is raised by the jailer, then the child is considered a legitimate Shi’a Muslim.”

Outspoken Pakistani rape victim marries

(HH here: I am not sure what to make of this. On the one hand it is a great thing that this woman is so strong and is actually being admired in her country for her stand. On the other hand her casual acceptance of the evils of the “ownership” of wives is rather disturbing. There was no mention of how he treats her. Only her concern that the first wife will be pushed aside by him over her. How many types of unfair pressure did the man and family exert that were NOT mentioned? This man, a police officer, takes sleeping pills in a fit of depression because she will not marry him? Well, I am glad she has overcome the “dishonor” of being raped that her society holds. But I can’t happy for how she was persuaded to be married.)

By Salman Masood Published: March 18, 2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Mukhtar Mai, the resilient Pakistani who was gang-raped in 2002 on the orders of a village council but became a symbol of hope for voiceless and oppressed women, has married.

In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Miss Mukhtar, 37, said her new husband was a police constable who was assigned to guard her following the attack and who had been asking for her hand for several years. She is his second wife.

She said the constable, Nasir Abbas Gabol, 30, and she married Sunday in a simple ceremony in her farming village, Meerwala, in Punjab Province.

“He says he madly fell in love with me,” Miss Mukhtar said with a big laugh when asked what finally persuaded her to say yes.

Pakistani rape victims often commit suicide, but Miss Mukhtar, who is also know as Mukhtaran Bibi, instead successfully challenged her attackers in court, winning international renown for her bravery. She runs several schools, an ambulance service and a women’s aid group in her village and has written an autobiography. By marrying, she has defeated another stigma against rape victims in conservative Pakistani society.

(HH: I think this might be the saddest part of this situation: the idea that to her and her society this is a progressive and reforming evolution! That she was manipulated into marrying instead of being killed or encouraged to commit suicide may be good to them but try selling that to an American woman who thinks non-equal pay is an evil.)

The village council ordered her rape as a punishment for actions attributed to her younger brother. He was accused of having illicit relations with a woman from a rival clan, but investigations showed that the boy had been molested by three of those clan’s tribesmen, and the accusation against him had been a cover-up.

(HH It IS truly amazing that she was able to fight and win. I can see why the author wanted to bring this amazing woman to light again. Even though there is tragedy in this “triumph” she must be allowed her due. In her society she IS a winner. So far. IF this guy gets violent with her I hope she cuts his …. off.)

Mr. Gabol was one of a group of police officers deployed to protect her after she was threatened by the rapists’ relatives to try to stop her from pressing charges.

Mr. Gabol had a hard time persuading Miss Mukhtar to marry. He had been calling her off and on since 2003 but formally proposed a year and a half ago, she said.

“But I told my parents I don’t want to get married,” she said.

Finally, four months ago, he tried to kill himself by taking sleeping pills.

The morning after he attempted suicide, his wife and parents met my parents, but I still refused,” Miss Mukhtar said.

Mr. Gabol then threatened to divorce his first wife, Shumaila.

Shumaila, along with Mr. Gabol’s parents and sisters, tried to talk Miss Mukhtar into marrying him, taking on the status of second wife. In Pakistan, a man can legally have up to four wives.

It was her concern about Shumaila, Miss Mukhtar said, that moved her to relent.
“I am a woman and can understand the pain and difficulties faced by another woman,” Miss Mukhtar said. “She is a good woman.”

(HH: So she is a slave who has a human heart and can be manipulated thereby out of concern of another slave’s fate. This story hold her up to honor but puts her family and husband and society in a gloom of pure evil. I feel sorry for the writer of the article. Having to somehow spin this so a Western audience sees that to HER this is something of a victory must be very hard. We need to encourage evolution in totalitarian societies. But some are so backward that even a good thing looks horrific to Western eyes.)

In the end, Miss Mukhtar put a few conditions on Mr. Gabol. He had to transfer the ownership of his ancestral house to his first wife, agree to give her a plot of land and a monthly stipend of roughly $125.

(HH: She is not dumb! She knows that once she is married to him he owns her and might change his mind and divorce the first wife. She held him up until he basically guaranteed that no matter her marriage status the first wife will be taken care of and have a place to live. IN other words the new wife has forced him to guarantee the he will fulfill his own duties as a husband!! This lady certainly has will AND a conscience!)

Asked if she had plans to leave her village to live with her husband in his village, Miss Mukhtar said no.

Vatican backs abortion row bishop

(HH here: too bad the BBC is not as quick to jump on non-Christian transgressions against sense and compassion.)

From the BBC

Cardinal Re said the attack on Brazil’s Catholic Church was unjustified
A senior Vatican cleric has defended the excommunication in Brazil of the mother and doctors of a young girl who had an abortion with their help.

The nine-year-old had conceived twins after alleged abuse by her stepfather.

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re told Italian paper La Stampa that the twins “had the right to live” and attacks on Brazil’s Catholic Church were unfair.

(HH: but this goon in robes can’t see that twins in a NINE year old just might be a serious health risk to the girl? This decision is worthy of a Saudi Imam!)

It comes a day after Brazil’s president criticised the Brazilian archbishop who excommunicated the people involved.

Brazil only permits abortions in cases of rape or health risks to the mother.

Doctors said the girl’s case met both these conditions, but the Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho said the law of God was above any human law.

He said the excommunication would apply to the child’s mother and the doctors, but not to the girl because of her age.

(HH: This man needs to be removed from the Church not given approval by the Vatican. Any good points the Pope got for his stand against Bishop Williamson just went right out the window and a few more besides! This is just disgusting.)

Cardinal Re, who heads the Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, told La Stampa that the archbishop had been right to excommunicate the mother and doctors.

Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian Church is unjustified

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re
“It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated,” he said.

(HH: How is this man less of a pedophilic control freak than Mohamed? Why doesn’t he just convert to Islam and move to Sudan! If the Pope doesn’t reverse this there is going to be a HUGE backlash. Opposition is one thing, excommunication is another.)

“Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian Church is unjustified.”

The abortion was carried out on Wednesday.

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, himself a Catholic, said on Friday that he regretted what he described as the cleric’s deeply conservative attitude.

“The doctors did what had to be done: save the life of a girl of nine years old,” he said.

The girl, who lives in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, was allegedly sexually assaulted over a number of years by her stepfather, possibly since she was six.

The fact that she was four months’ pregnant with twins was only discovered after she was taken to hospital in Pernambuco complaining of stomach pains.

Her stepfather was arrested last week, allegedly as he tried to escape to another region of the country.

He is also suspected of abusing the girl’s physically handicapped 14-year-old sister.