April 14, 2015
Inbred Ideas: Islam's Teaching Produces Disabled People
Post by Brittany Tedesco
In a previous blog post, I noted that our Middle East Director, while in Jordan, had visited the tent of a Bedouin family. The tent was clearly full of children, but when the Director asked the mother how many children she had, she answered "two." She didn't count the disabled ones.
In Islamic cultures, children born with mental and physical disabilities are a source of shame, and are likely to be disowned or hidden away from public view.
Several months ago, a man from Bethlehem visited Christian Aid Mission to tell us about a Christian center for adults and children with disabilities. Often, he told us, the workers at the center will find disabled children sitting outside the gate, left there by their Muslim parents who never return to visit.
The man accompanied one of the center's directors to the home of a Muslim family in Bethlehem, who had 14 children, only two of which were normal. The rest had some form of mental or physical disability. "It looked like an institution," he told us.
That got my attention. Twelve disabled children born to one family? Was this some sort of terrible anomaly? Or is this type of situation more common in Muslim families than we know?
Unfortunately, my research has confirmed the latter.
"Here we will dive into a dark and closed universe," writes Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist and author of Among Criminal Muslims. A Psychologist's Experiences from the Copenhagen Municipality, "a universe where women are forced to commit to lifelong sexual relationships with close family members, where abuse of women is seemingly extremely widespread. . . where men are free to rape women, because women are often automatically seen as the ones at fault.",
One word explains the disproportionate number of mentally and physically disabled children born to Muslim families: incest.
Since their prophet sanctioned the practice of marriage between first cousins nearly 1,400 years ago, Muslims have been inter-marrying—viewing it as part of their religion.
Generation after generation of consanguineous (blood-related) marriages have led to a startling statistic. Are you ready?
Approximately half of all people living in the Arab world today are inbred.
Excess inbreeding in Pakistan has caused people to be born with a condition called microcephaly. These people are commonly known in Pakistan as the "rat people."
In Pakistan, nearly 70 percent of all marriages are between first cousins, 60 percent in Iraq, 40 percent in Syria, 42 percent in Lebanon, 64 percent in Jordan, 67 percent in Saudi Arabia, and so on. (source)
According to a 2005 article from The Times of India concerning Pakistani families living in the UK, "Pakistani families produced an alarming 30% of the UK's genetically diseased children. . . research, conducted by the BBC and broadcast to a shocked nation on Tuesday, found that at least 55% of the community was married to a first cousin. This is thought to be linked to the probability that a British Pakistani family is at least 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with recessive genetic disorders."
Intermarriage is not only a source of social status, but also ensures that wealth remains inside the family. It is also a protection mechanism for Muslim immigrant families who do not want their sons or daughters marrying non-Muslims.
Nearly all of these marriages are arranged, or perhaps the more appropriate word is "forced." Half of all brides in Afghanistan, for instance, are under the age of 15 years old. They have no choice in the matter.
Add to the widespread practice of cousin-marriage, the sexual abuse inflicted upon many Muslim women by close male relatives.
The director of a Copenhagen center for sexually abused women reported that 70 percent of the nearly 1,400 women who contact the center each year come from a Middle Eastern background. Her center is just one of 40 in Denmark.
Considering devout Muslim families do not allow their women to go out in public without being accompanied by a male relative, I think it's fair to assume the perpetrators of these sexual assaults on Muslim women are male family members.
The children born as of result of these incestuous unions are at a high risk for physical and mental disabilities.
According to a 2003 New York Times article, "Spinal muscular atrophy and the gene that causes it, along with several other serious genetic disorders, are common in Saudi Arabia, where women have an average of six children and where in some regions more than half of the marriages are between close relatives." The article also states that links have been found "between inbreeding and deafness and muteness."
Sennels' research shows "that if one's parents are cousins, intelligence goes down 10-16 IQ points. The risk of having an IQ lower than 70 (criterion for being 'retarded') increases 400% among children from cousin marriages."
Disorders such as depression and schizophrenia are also much higher among the inbred.
In fact, Sennels states that more than 40 percent of patients in Denmark's Sct. Hans Hospital for the criminally insane and 70 percent of the inmates in Danish youth prisons have immigrant backgrounds.
Due to the heavy social stigma carried by the disabled, Islam doesn't have too many uses for them. . . except for one.
"A study from Kabul, Afghanistan, based on the autopsies of the remains of suicide bombers, shows that close to 90 percent were suffering from severe illnesses or deficiencies such as blindness, cancer, missing limbs or leprosy," reports Sennels. "Some cases of Down's syndrome may be another unpleasant effect of inbreeding and al-Qaeda has been known to use people afflicted with it."
A sick "win-win" for Islam: victims of Islam's propagation of incest get to end their mental and/or physical torment, and Islam gets to terrorize non-Muslims into submission.
Christian Aid Mission recently published the story of Sami, a disabled Muslim without the use of his arms and legs who escaped from Syria to Greece with help from his co-travelers. Unable to continue traveling with him, they left him with a Christian Aid-assisted indigenous ministry that reaches out to ISIS refugees.
The ministry paid to put him up in a hotel. Another Syrian, who is being discipled by the ministry, volunteered to provide Sami with lunch each day and take him to medical appointments and the ministry's worship services, carrying him on his back up and down the hotel stairs.
One of the ministry's workers is cooking for Sami every day and washing his clothes. Permanent housing for someone in Sami's condition was very difficult for the ministry to find, but thanks to their diligent efforts, they finally found a place for him in a new building. The ministry's workers and those they've led to Christ continue to rally around Sami to provide for his needs.
I don't know about you, but when I read this account I was reminded of a similar story, told by Jesus. When the Good Samaritan came across an injured man lying beside a road, he took personal responsibility for the man—expending his own resources to care for and shelter the man.
Sami, a disabled Muslim who escaped Syria, has found refuge with an indigenous ministry in Greece, assisted by Christian Aid Mission.
Perhaps Sami is one of the many victims of Islam's teachings and practices, born disabled as a result of a marriage between blood relatives—just like the many children born to Muslim families in Bethlehem who are left outside the gate of the Christian center.
As I research Islam, I am uncovering layer upon layer of evil and depravity. Built upon the words and example of a false prophet, Islam has harmed countless people throughout the centuries.
It's far too easy to react with resentment toward those caught in Islam's snare, instead of seeing them as casualties of a system that uses and abuses them.
Compassion, offered to people who've known only the hatred of Islam, is a startling contrast that has led many of them out of bondage and into God's family. This is the precedent set by indigenous ministries assisted by Christian Aid Mission in the Middle East. Those whom Islam has discarded, Jesus has opened wide His arms to embrace.