An Egyptian feminist and blogger is taking to social media to protest the strict nature of Islam and, according to her, a “society which promotes violence, racism, sexism, harassment and hypocrisy.”
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, 23, and a veiled woman is seen in this picture pooping and bleeding on a black ISIS flag. Although Elmahdy did not explain why she took this particular photo, she takes a strong stance against Islamic and Sharia Laws. The Arab nations apparently did not print the photo because on the flag is written “there is no God but Allah.”
After ISIS slaughtered their way across major cities in the Middle East and have taken control of 1/3 Iraq, women there have become the target of their increasingly strict rules. The jihadists mandated that women cannot leave the house without a male relative, must wear full veils, and in the northern city of Mosul, all women and girls are being forced to undergo female genital mutilation.
This isn’t the first time that Elmahdy has caused outrage, even among liberal Muslims. In 2011, she posted nude photos on her Facebook page, claiming the photos “scream against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.”
Secularist Sayyed el-Qimni, an opponent of Islamic fundamentalism that supports separation of religion and state, said:
““This hurts the entire secular current in front of those calling themselves the people of virtue. It is a double disaster. Because I am liberal and I believe in the right of personal freedom, I can’t interfere.”
I commend these women for their bravery. If you look past the vulgarity, this is probably one of the worst insults that a can be given in the Muslim world. Try to appreciate the courage and the message because these woman obviously have more guts than most men in the Middle East by standing up to ISIS like this, knowing there will be a huge target on their heads.
Although the way they chose to get their message out might seem a little extreme and even immoral, risking their lives in order to speak out against a sick religion that promotes such horrendous treatment towards women is in my opinion, heroic.