Syria Qaeda to ban music, smoking, impose veiling on women




ARA News

Urfa, Turkey− According to activists in the city of Tel Abyad, north Syria, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has recently chased after women in the city markets and demanded them to adhere to Islamic dress codes like hijab and niqab, after the group took over the city . Meanwhile, men are demanded to close their shops in the prayer times and to perform the obligatory prayers in mosques.

According to a statement distributed on social media, the ISIL had earlier demanded women in the city of Jerablis near Tel Abyad to wear hijab with even some additional terms, and warned that any violation to that would bring the women and their guardians to trial (in ISIL-led Sharia courts). 

In the same context, the Islamic State issued on Jan.18 two statements banning music and smoking in the city of Raqqa, whether it be for consuming or for selling. 

“It is strictly prohibited to sell tobacco and water-pipes in any place after three days from the distribution of this statement”, the initial statement read. “Those violating the State’s (ISIL) decision will be punished, whoever insists on consuming or selling. The confiscated tobacco will also be burned.” 

The second statement issued by ISIL banned selling music CDs, musical instruments and playing music in private cars and buses. The statement demanded also the shop owners to remove postcards of men and women from their shop interfaces. “Everyone who violates what has been stated, would be punished,” the statement concluded.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has a strong presence in the northern regions of Syrian, according to security and media reports. The group’s strongholds spread in Raqaa, Aleppo, Idlib and south of Hasaka. While ISIL’s presence in Syria’s southern areas is unremarkable.  


Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News


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