Islamic State tells Iraqi women: wear full veil or face harsh punishment

July 25, 2014
(Veiled women walk past a billboard that carries a verse from Koran urging women to wear a hijab in the northern province of Raqqa March 31, 2014. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has imposed sweeping restrictions on personal freedoms in the northern province of Raqqa. Among the restrictions, Women must wear the niqab, or full face veil, in public or face unspecified punishments "in accordance with sharia", or Islamic law. REUTERS/Stringer )

(Veiled women walk past a billboard that carries a verse from Koran urging women to wear a hijab in the northern province of Raqqa March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.

The Sunni insurgents, who have declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria and have threatened to march on Baghdad, also listed guidelines on how veils and clothes should be worn, part of a campaign to violently impose their radical brand of Islam.

“The conditions imposed on her clothes and grooming was only to end the pretext of debauchery resulting from grooming and overdressing,” said the Islamic State in a statement.

“This is not a restriction on her freedom but to prevent her from falling into humiliation and vulgarity or to be a theater for the eyes of those who are looking.”

A cleric in Mosul told Reuters that Islamic State gunmen had shown up at his mosque and ordered him to read their warning on loudspeakers when worshipers gather.

“Anyone who is not committed to this duty and is motivated by glamour will be subject to accountability and severe punishment to protect society from harm and to maintain the necessities of religion and protect it from debauchery,” said the Islamic State.

The insurgents, formerly called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have been systematically stamping out any religious or cultural influences they deem non-Islamic since their lightning sweep through the north.

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I bet these women and other progressives that did well under Sadam Hussein, must be so thankful, grateful and gleeful about what Bush/Cheney have done for them in Iraq. Given them the freedom to enjoy what the ISIL
guys have in store for them. I will never forget the words of former Pres. George W. Bush when he said, the world is better off without Sadam.
Now they have a true Islamic way of life!

Posted by loiters21 | Report as abusive

The life is more than meat and the body more than raiment. These edicts have been condemned before as evil. Sharia law is no law but custom and tradition of error.

Posted by Constantcy | Report as abusive