The U.S. backed moderate rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – alongside their allies from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”, Faylaq Al-Sham, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – have issued a ban on make-up and hygienic products in the Idlib Governorate city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in order to maintain “Islamic customs”.

According to their statement that was released earlier today, the Islamist rebels have declared the use of make-up by any female in Ma’arat Al-Nu’man as a crime against Islam; if caught wearing make-up, the female offender will be subjected to the Shari’ah Courts, where she will be subsequently tried by the local Shari’ah judges and charged with a crime.

The punishment was indicated in the statement issued by the Islamist rebels; however, based on their history, they would likely subject the female offender to several lashes in order to prevent any future offenses.

The statement specifically alluded to females wearing make-up – there was no mention of males, including the Jihadist fighters that wear mascara to the battlefield.

Last year, the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man was captured by the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra after they launched a large-scale offensive to seize the Al-Hamidiyah Military Base and the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).

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Thomas Hood
Thomas Hood
2015-11-30 21:07

No group that imposes Sharia law by the lash is moderate. They are Islamic terrorists like Islamic State. You do not specify what hygienic products women in the occupied territory are to be denied, but I suppose they are deoderants, tampons, razors, and other items of personal cleanliness. Humanity deserves better.