|Murni Amris, an Acehnese woman, is caned as part of her sentence in the courtyard of a mosque in Aceh Besar district, Indonesia's Aceh province October 1, 2010|
The two women were found guilty of selling food during the fasting hours of Ramadan, thereby violating Islamic sharia law.
Hundreds of people gathered to watch as Murni Amris, 27, received three lashes and Rukiah Abdullah, 22, received two at a mosque in the city of Jantho, southeast of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
“The two women were found selling rice in a stall at noon during Ramadan. The sharia forbids selling food during fasting hours at Ramadan,” said Marzuki Abdullah, Aceh’s sharia police head.
Ms Amris owned the food stall where Ms Abdullah was selling the rice.
While the clowns in the West continue to make silly, dishonest excuses for the most radical, intolerant ideology on the planet, the shariah advances. Anecdotes are irrelevant - it's the ideology, stupid. This is what happens as Islam advances.
Three Lashes for Selling Cooked Rice During Ramadan in Aceh Jakarta Globe
Jantho, Aceh. With heads bowed, two young women walked toward a wooden stage outside Al Munawwarah Mosque in Jantho, Aceh Besar. Friday prayers had just ended, and hundreds of residents surrounded the platform, keeping a respectful distance but keen to watch.
The eyes of Murni binti Amris, 27, and Rukiah binti Abdullah, 22, began to water.
They feared the worst when officers of the Shariah Police dragged them to the center of the stage.
The women had dared to sell cooked rice in the daytime during Ramadan, violating the 2002 Islamic bylaw in Aceh.
With a quivering voice, Murni said: “Wait, sir.” She wanted to correct her sitting position.
However, the man standing over her brandishing a rattan cane took no heed, lashing her three times across the back.
When it was Rukiah’s turn, she was whipped twice. She did not make a sound, although her face was wet with tears. A shout was heard from the crowd: “Add to it. Let her feel it.”
A top official of the Shariah Police, Marzuki Abdullah, told the Jakarta Globe the women had been arrested on Aug. 23 for violating the regulation that stipulates: “Whosoever prepares facilities for Muslims that do not fulfill religious standards during the fasting month of Ramadan faces either a year in jail, a fine of Rp 3 million ($340) or being caned in front of an audience for a maximum of six times.”
“They were selling cooked rice in the daytime during Ramadan. They were arrested by Shariah officers at a small stall in the Baitussalam district,” Marzuki said.
Muslims are supposed to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan, which took place during August and September this year, but there are exceptions in cases such as illness or pregnancy.
Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, is one of several areas of Muslim-majority Indonesia where Islamic sharia laws have been adopted.
More Aceh canings:
|Fakhruddun Harun (L), an Acehnese man, is flogged as part of his sentence in the courtyard of a mosque in Aceh Besar district, Indonesia's Aceh province October 1, 2010. Fakhruddun was sentenced to flogging eight times for gambling.|
|Sharia law official whips a man convicted of gambling with a rattan cane during a public caning in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010|
|Fakhruddun Harun, an Acehnese man, is caned as part of his sentence in the courtyard of a mosque in Aceh Besar district, Indonesia's Aceh province October 1, 2010|
The conservative province passed a law last year that imposes death by stoning on Muslim adulterers and a law under which homosexuality is punishable by long prison terms.