سكينة is an organization devoted to restoring the feminine principle of tranquillity, embraced and then occluded by Muhammad, when, having struck the peace Treaty of Hudaybiyah in the name of Sakina, he then abrogated it at a time of military advantage, entered Mecca, smashed the icons of religious diversity and ordered the murder of the singer Sarah for singing songs against the patriarchal dominance of Muhammad's religion of submission to al-Llah. Sakina is a manifestation of the feminine face of divinity also expressed in the Jewish Shekhinah, which the prophet received knowledge of in Jewish folklore, before he ordered the genocide of the Jews of Medina, for fear they might betray the Muslims, beheading 700 men and taking their women into physical and sexual slavery.

Sakina Ka'aba سكينة الكعبة A virtual liberation of the original Ka'aba that preceded Islam, in which women and men of all paths are able to meet in non-violent religious tolerance. You are warmly invited to join and contribute your shrine or insights, whatever your following, as long as you can do so respecting ecosystemic democracy.

A compassionate warning to women. Do not join IS! Do not marry them! IS not only beheads innocent people and commits genocide against whole communities, enslaving the women and girls, it treats its own women abysmally and violently, using them as fodder to sexually satisfy fighting men and as mere baby machines for the cause.

She slowly lifts her niqab, revealing her young, heart-shaped face. She calls herself 'Khadija.' It's not her real name, because she's a marked woman. Once a member of a fearsome, female ISIS brigade, she's a recent defector, disillusioned by the group's brutality.

The Khansa'a Brigade is made up of around 25 to 30 women and is tasked with patrolling the streets of Raqqa to ensure that women adhere to proper clothing as outlined by the Islamic State. Beaded or slightly form-fitting abayas are banned. Women are not allowed to show their eyes. Those who break the laws are lashed. The lashings were carried out by Umm Hamza. When Khadija first saw Umm Hamza, she was terrified. "She's not a normal female. She's huge, she has an AK, a pistol, a whip, a dagger and she wears the niqab," Khadija said. Brigade commander Umm Rayan sensed Khadija's fear "and she got close to me and said a sentence I won't forget. 'We are harsh with the infidels, but merciful among ourselves.'" "At the start, I was happy with my job. I felt that I had authority in the streets. But then I started to get scared, scared of my situation. I even started to be afraid of myself." Burned into her mind is an image she saw online of a 16-year-old boy who was crucified for rape. She questioned her inclusion in a group capable of such violence. "The worst thing I saw was a man getting his head hacked off in front of me," she said. The brigade shared its building with a man who specialized in marriage for ISIS fighters. "He was one of the worst people," she said of the man tasked with finding wives for both local and foreign fighters. "The foreign fighters are very brutal with women, even the ones they marry," she said. "There were cases where the wife had to be taken to the emergency ward because of the violence, the sexual violence."

With her commander pressuring her to submit to marriage, Khadija decided she needed to leave the brigade. "So it was at this point, I said enough. After all that I had already seen and all the times I stayed silent, telling myself, 'We're at war, then it will all be rectified.' "But after this, I decided no, I have to leave." Khadija still wears the niqab, not just to conceal her identity but also because she's struggling to adapt back to life outside the Islamic State. Regretful of her immersion in radical Islam, she is wary of another sudden change. "It has to be gradual, so that I don't become someone else. I am afraid of becoming someone else. Someone who swings, as a reaction in the other direction, after I was so entrenched in religion, that I reject religion completely," she said.

Raping women and cutting out their hearts

Kader fled 10 days ago, leaving his village, which lies 16km from Kobani centre, in the small hours of the morning. He and his wife took their five-year-old, their toddler and what little else they could carry. His uncle, who was 85 was beheaded. "He could not even lift a weapon," said the young father, baffled by the brutality. Even more haunting were stories from his wife's village, where the fleeing family found the bodies of her sister and an eight-year-old niece lying in pools of blood. "They had been raped, and their hearts were cut out of their chests and left on top of the bodies," he said, struggling to hold back tears. "I buried them with my own hands."

Islamic State seeks to justify enslaving Yazidi women and girls in Iraq in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war.

The Islamic State group says it has enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war. The ancient custom of enslavement had fallen out of use because of deviation from true Islam, but was revived when fighters overran Yazidi villages in Iraq's Sinjar region. "After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations, after one fifth of the slaves were transferred to the Islamic State's authority to be divided as khums [a traditional tax on the spoils of war]. This large-scale enslavement of mushrik (idolator) families is probably the first since the abandonment of Shariah law".

Dabiq magazine, an IS vehicle, tries to justify this profligate enslavement as a sign of the Day of Resurrection, condemning mothers to become slaves even to their own offspring: "This interpretation is like the one before it, indicating that one of the signs of the Hour is the increased conquests and bringing in of slaves from the lands of kufr. It has also been stated that the meaning of the slave girl giving birth to her master is that people turn away from marriage sufficing with concubines alone. And Allah knows best" [Fathul-Bari]. Ibn Rajab also said, "This indicates the conquest of lands and the high occurrence of taking slaves until concubines and their children increase in numbers. The slave girl becomes a slave to her master while his children have the status of her master over herself. This is because the child of the master has the rank of the master, and thereby the child of the slave girl has the status of her owner and master" [Jami al-Ulum wal-Hikam]. An-Nawawi explained the hadith by saying, "The majority of scholars say that this foretells the increase of concubines and their children in numbers, because the child of a concubine has the status of her master" [Sharh Sahih Muslim]".


Malala Yousafzai who recently became joint Nobel Peace Prize winner has called on Nigeria to intensify efforts to free 219 schoolgirls who were abducted by Islamist militants Boko Haram six months ago. The Nobel Peace Prize winner said campaigners needed to raise their voices "louder than ever" to demand the freedom of the girls.

A Fatwah on Purdah The Movie YouTube Banned because of Islamic pressure

Key Readings:

  1. A Fatwa on Purdah (The Complete Fatwa Article) فتوى فتوى على حجاب: Unveiling Niqab, Burqa, Chador and Hijab This article is a fatwa to unveil the veil and liberate the world from violent and lethal punishments for adultery. It is designed to be explanatory, for Muslims, and non-Muslims alike, on the status of the veil, and its more oppressive forms. If you are a Muslim, it is set out as a valid religious opinion. If you are not a Muslim, its grounds are human common sense and compassion, so that women will not have to walk one-eyed.
    Movie Song Track
  2. Islam, Jihad and Sakina الإسلام والجهاد وسكينة A Wide-ranging account of the history and politics of Islam in relation to its oppressive effect on women and men.
  3. The Fatwa and the Shulamite Earlier discussion of the issues in Islam, Jihad and Sakina with many links to oppression of and violence against women in Islam.
  4. The Story of Sakina An introduction to the history and meaning of Sakina, which is mentioned in the Quran but is a deeper and older manifestation of the feminine spirit of holy matrimony with the natural living universe.
  5. The Black Stone
  6. Arab Deities Before Islam
  7. Shekhinah
  8. Nature, Violence, Consciousness, Sexuality and World Religion
    An unveiling expose of the lethal fallacies that underly religious traditions which between them are followed by a majority of people on this planet.
Islamic editors in Wikipedia have censored the Sakina entry we originally authored, removing half its content - to be explicit the whole section relating sakina as peace to takiya as faking the peace.

Compare the original with the censored version:

  1. Original full Wikipedia Entry (in Wikipedia Sakina history)
  2. Sakina Ka'aba Mirror of Original
  3. Reduced Censored version currently on Wikipedia


  1. Sakina Lament - AudioTrack in mp3 - Lyrics
  2. Talaq, Talaq, Talaq - AudioTrack in mp3 - Lyrics
  3. The Mahdi Refrain - AudioTrack in mp3 - Lyrics
  4. A Fatwa on Purdah - AudioTrack in mp3 - Lyrics
  5. The Voice in the Wind - AudioTrack in mp3 - Lyrics

Latest: The Voice on the Wind


  1. Fatwa on Purdah: Unveiling Hijab, Niqab, Burqa and Chador A Video song commentary on the Fatwa on Purdah (above) with video footage illustrating many of the issues of oppression of women addressed in the text document, recorded in High Resolution Video and CD quality stereo.
  2. Sakina Lament You Tube Flash Video, a song-movie on the plight of women in conservative Islamic cultures with emphasis on the period of the Taliban in Afghanistan and after their military overthrow.
  3. Iran Israel Apocalypse YouTube flash video ser to the "Mahdi Refrain" of the apocalyptic nuclear confrontation between Iran and Israel with corresponding news clips quoting the words of the leaders of Iran and Israel, followed by a final verse in response from Chris King. Countdown to the Mahdi A historical account of Iran's involvement with anticipating the Mahdi and the relationship with its nuclear and geo-political ambitions as expressed in the statements of its current president and the reactions of others in the world including Israel.

Sakina Readings

  1. Sakina and Genocide in Islam
  2. Sakina Wikipedia (at 7 Aug 2007)
  3. The Satanic Verses
  4. Sakina and the repression of women in the Islamic world
  5. The Place of Women in Pure Islam
  6. Sakina in Sufism
  7. Readings on the Hebrew Shekhinah

Women Critics of Islam
  1. Nawal el Sadaawi
  2. Taslima Nasrin
  3. Ayan Hirsi Ali
  4. Geraldine Brooks
  5. Jan Goodwin
  6. Wiebke Walther
  7. Karen Armstrong
  8. Shala Haeri
  9. Sakina Itoo

Films Dealing with the Position of Women in Islam

  1. Submission
  2. Passion
  3. Kandahar
  4. Osama


  1. Sakina Ka'aba News Postings on Women in Islam Jul 2007 to the present
  2. Stoning Women to Death
  3. Women on Fire in Afghanistan
  4. Honour killings
  5. Child Marriages
  6. Summary Divorce and Child Divorces
  7. Hijab and smiley rape in Europe
  8. Iran: War and then the Second Coming President: Israel Is a 'Fake Regime'

Sakina Sister Sites from Sakina-Ka'aba

Several sites dealing with oppression of women in Islam and resistance to Islamist fundamentalism

Sexual Paradox
Complementarity, Reproductive Conflict and Human Emergence

A continuing trend throughout our cultural history has been for the climax diversity of sexual paradox to become undermined, or made degenerate, by patterns of male sexual domination, which lead to breakdown of the complexity and verdant instability, into ordered patterns of control, and often of repression, violence, and genocide which lead to planetary rape and exploitation and compromise the living genesis and emergence in complexity sexual paradox evokes.