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).