Shame. A concept that is the equivalent of social death in Islamic communities. Bangladeshi imam Fazlul Haque used shame as a very potent weapon. His victim of choice? A 13-year-old girl who had been taken advantage of by a local young man named Rezaul Islam.
The girl had been seeing the 19-year-old Islam in what was initially a consensual capacity. He had led her to believe that he was planning to marry her, a promise he had no intention of keeping. At her age in an Islamic society, she was probably feeling unwanted since she had not been married off yet and may have even begun preparing for many years as a cat lady. Islam, however, ended up impregnating the girl and didn’t follow through on his plans to marry her. Many months later, when the girl’s baby bump could no longer be effectively concealed beneath the traditional Islamic ninja costume, her family reported the case of “illicit relations” through “deception” to local police. When Haque heard of the case being filed against a fellow male, he immediately jumped to the molester’s defense.
The locals did not take any action against Islam, despite the fact that he had been putting his pole in significantly underage hole. In fact, locals took action against the girl and her family – because Haque told them to. He issued a fatwa (Islamic edict) that everyone in the village should avoid the girl and her family, since he claimed the rape charges the family was filing were false. It is also quite likely he thought the girl had brought “shame” upon the family because she was manipulated and taken advantage of, and made no condemnation of Islam’s predatory actions. Apparently Haque is cool with 13-year-old girls being taken advantage of. “The family did not disclose details of the rape to the villagers when it happened,” Haque said. “They lodged the case when the girl’s pregnancy reached an advanced stage, which was not possible to hide, and put the blame on Rezaul [Islam.]”
The girl desperately tried to convince Islam to marry her. He had demanded an unrealistic dowry to marry her, and when she persisted, his family members hit her. Did Haque condemn the assault? Nope. Since Islam was created by and for sexist men, women are often victimized and find no methods of recourse. Thankfully, local police realized Haque was a terrible person because of his fatwa. They raided the village and hauled him off in handcuffs.