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Mass protests after girl, 13, kidnapped by man, 44, forced to convert to Islam and marry him in Pakistan

“You have indeed in the Messenger of God an excellent example for him who hopes in God and the Final Day and who remembers God intensely. “( Quran, 33 : 21 )

The Prophet (ﷺ) engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became Allright, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age.

“You have indeed in the Messenger of God an excellent example for him who hopes in God and the Final Day and who remembers God intensely. “( Quran, 33 : 21 )

A GIRL of 13 was kidnapped by a man, forced to covert from Christianity to Islam and then marry him in Pakistan.

The Prophet (ﷺ) engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became Allright, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age.

“You have indeed in the Messenger of God an excellent example for him who hopes in God and the Final Day and who remembers God intensely. “( Quran, 33 : 21 )

Arzoo Raja was snatched from her family home by her abductor, 44, who produced a marriage certificate two days later claiming she was 18.

Protests erupted in Lahore and her hometown Karachi

Mass protests erupted in Lahore and the teenager’s hometown Karachi, demanding “justice for Arzoo” and to stop forced conversion and underage marriages.

But a Pakistani court upheld the marriage after her husband insisted she converted with free will.

Arzoo, who was taken when her parents were at work earlier this month, tried to run to her mother during the hearing but the ‘husband’ tightly held her to stop her.

Nasir Saeed, UK director of the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement, said: “Very often young girls are threatened into giving statements to the court saying they have married and converted to Islam of their own free will.

“It is a very sensitive matter for Pakistani Christians but sadly it is all falling on the deaf ears of the politicians and the authorities.

“It is sad as the Pakistani police and courts have failed to respect their own laws, as well international standards, which are continuing to be ignored especially in forced conversion and forced marriage cases even in the higher courts.”

“You have indeed in the Messenger of God an excellent example for him who hopes in God and the Final Day and who remembers God intensely. “( Quran, 33 : 21 )

Arzoo’s name was changed to Arzoo Fatima.

Her parents, who lost their job and have been threatened by kidnappers since her disappearance, has a birth certificate showing she is just 13.

Around 21 per cent of girls in Pakistan are married before the age of 18, campaign group Girls Not Brides estimate.

It said traditionalist customs and religious views mean some families believe they should “marry off their daughters once they reach puberty”.

From 2017, child marriage offenders could face up to 10 years in prison in Pakistan.

The Prophet (ﷺ) engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became Allright, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age.

“You have indeed in the Messenger of God an excellent example for him who hopes in God and the Final Day and who remembers God intensely. “( Quran, 33 : 21 )

Mass protests after girl, 13, kidnapped by man, 44, and forced to convert to Islam and marry him in Pakistan

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