Taliban Rules, Decrees, Laws and Prohibitions - 1996

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    I was rumaging around and saw this posted. We do have some people on here who do like the Taliban and understand their struggle. To me that is kindve understandble. I know it is deviant and wrong, but I can see some people rooting for the underdog who stood up against the mighty armies of the west and all hoorah. Now there are other people here who actually sympathize with the Taliban and their Ideology on a whole different level. These are the people that want to absorb their way of life and consider it salvation. For those of you .. I present ..

    Taliban Rules, Decrees, Laws and Prohibitions
    Original List of Prohibitions and Decrees, Afghanistan, 1996


    By Pierre Tristam, About.com Guide

    Immediately on taking over cities and communities in Afghanistan, the Taliban imposed its law, based on an interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic, law that was stricter than in any part of the Islamic world. The interpretation is at wide variance from that of most Islamic scholars.

    With very minimal changes, what follows are the Taliban rules, decrees and prohibitions as posted in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan beginning in November and December 1996, and as translated from Dari by Western non-governmental agencies. The grammar and syntax follows the original.

    Those rules still prevail wherever the Taliban is in control--in vast parts of Afghanistan or in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

    On Women and Families

    Decree announced by the General Presidency of Amr Bil Maruf and Nai As Munkar (Taliban Religious Police), Kabul, November 1996.

    Women you should not step outside your residence. If you go outside the house you should not be like women who used to go with fashionable clothes wearing much cosmetics and appearing in front of every men before the coming of Islam.

    Islam as a rescuing religion has determined specific dignity for women, Islam has valuable instructions for women. Women should not create such opportunity to attract the attention of useless people who will not look at them with a good eye. Women have the responsibility as a teacher or coordinator for her family. Husband, brother, father have the responsibility for providing the family with the necessary life requirements (food, clothes etc). In case women are required to go outside the residence for the purposes of education, social needs or social services they should cover themselves in accordance with Islamic Sharia regulation. If women are going outside with fashionable, ornamental, tight and charming clothes to show themselves, they will be cursed by the Islamic Sharia and should never expect to go to heaven.

    All family elders and every Muslim have responsibility in this respect. We request all family elders to keep tight control over their families and avoid these social problems. Otherwise these women will be threatened, investigated and severely punished as well as the family elders by the forces of the Religious Police (Munkrat).

    The Religious Police have the responsibility and duty to struggle against these social problems and will continue their effort until evil is finished.

    Hospital Rules and Prohibitions

    Rules of work for the State Hospitals and private clinics based on Islamic Sharia principles. Ministry of Health, on behalf of Amir ul Momineet Mohammed Omar.

    Kabul, November 1996.

    1. Female patients should go to female physicians. In case a male physician is needed, the female patient should be accompanied by her close relative.

    2. During examination, the female patients and male physicians both will be dressed with Islamic hijab.

    3. Male physicians should not touch or see the other parts of female patients except for the affected part.

    4. Waiting room for female patients should be safely covered.

    5. The person who regulates turn for female patients should be a woman.

    6. During the night duty, in what rooms which female patients are hospitalized, the male doctor without the call of the patient is not allowed to enter the room.

    7. Sitting and speaking between male and female doctors are not allowed. If there be need for discussion, it should be done with hijab.

    8. Female doctors should wear simple clothes, they are not allowed stylish clothes or use of cosmetics or make-up.

    9. Female doctors and nurses are not allowed to enter the rooms where male patients are hospitalized.

    10. Hospital staff should pray in mosques on time.

    11. The Religious Police are allowed to go for control at any time and nobody can prevent them.

    Anybody who violates the order will be punished as per Islamic regulations.

    General Rules and Prohibitions

    General Presidency of Amr Bil Maruf. Kabul, December 1996.

    1. To prevent sedition and female uncovers (Be Hejabi). No drivers allowed to pick up women who are using Iranian burqa. In case of violation the driver will be imprisoned. If such kind of female are observed in the street their house will be found and their husband punished. If the women use stimulating and attractive cloth and there is no accompany of close male relative with them, the drivers should not pick them up.

    2. To prevent music. To be broadcasted by the public information resources. In shops, hotels, vehicles and rickshaws cassettes and music are prohibited. This matter should be monitored within five days. If any music cassette found in a shop, the shopkeeper should be imprisoned and the shop locked. If five people guarantee the shop should be opened the criminal released later. If cassette found in the vehicle, the vehicle and the driver will be imprisoned. If five people guarantee the vehicle will be released and the criminal released later.

    3. To prevent beard shaving and its cutting. After one and a half months, if anyone is observed who has shaved and/or cut his beard, they should be arrested and imprisoned until their beard gets bushy.

    4. To prevent keeping pigeons and playing with birds. Within ten days this habit/hobby should stop. After ten days this should be monitored and the pigeons and any other playing birds should be killed.

    5. To prevent kite-flying. The kite shops in the city should be abolished.

    6. To prevent idolatry. In vehicles, shops, hotels, room and any other places, pictures and portraits should be abolished. The monitors should tear up all pictures in the above places.

    7. To prevent gambling. In collaboration with the security police the main centers should be found and the gamblers imprisoned for one month.

    8. To eradicate the use of narcotics. Addicts should be imprisoned and investigation made to find the supplier and the shop. The shop should be locked and the owner and user should be imprisoned and punished.

    9. To prevent the British and American hairstyle. People with long hair should be arrested and taken to the Religious Police department to shave their hair. The criminal has to pay the barber.

    10. To prevent interest on loans, charge on changing small denomination notes and charge on money orders. All money exchangers should be informed that the above three types of exchanging the money should be prohibited. In case of violation criminals will be imprisoned for a long time.

    11. To prevent washing cloth by young ladies along the water streams in the city. Violator ladies should be picked up with respectful Islamic manner, taken to their houses and their husbands severely punished.

    12. To prevent music and dances in wedding parties. In the case of violation the head of the family will be arrested and punished.

    13. To prevent the playing of music drum. The prohibition of this should be announced. If anybody does this then the religious elders can decide about it.

    14. To prevent sewing ladies cloth and taking female body measures by tailor. If women or fashion magazines are seen in the shop the tailor should be imprisoned.

    15. To prevent sorcery. All the related books should be burnt and the magician should be imprisoned until his repentance.

    16. To prevent not praying and order gathering pray at the bazaar. Prayer should be done on their due times in all districts. Transportation should be strictly prohibited and all people are obliged to go to the mosque. If young people are seen in the shops they will be immediately imprisoned.



    After I read these guidelines provided, I could not help but shuffle through other articles and see how the Taliban would break their own guidelines and totally cut off the female workforce even after these stringent rules. They even took away what little they had given in 1996. Sit and think from the luxury of your chair as you prepare to reply about what part of these guidelines would you agree or disagree with. If you voice your opinion and choose to say all those guidelines are something you are willing to follow and that is what Islam has preached, I am sure you will find a spot where these rules are being followed to the letter. All you have to do is stop being a hypocrite and get up and move to your salvation. I can point you in the right direction as to where those particular places are. Not like you wouldnt know. I just want to make sure you get there. I do not want you to weep at night in your comfortable bed and cry about the plight of the rest of the muslim ummah. You can make a difference in your life and the lives of others just like you. That being said, now to the others who think some parts are okay and when we get Taliban Shariah rule we will be able to change some of these laws by voting or telling them that they are insane. Thats not happening. You will eat the pudding and you will nod your head that it tastes good.

    The Taliban War on Women Continues | Human Rights Watch
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    I wish I could thank you a hundred times for this post.
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    Then people say that Taliban were ruling 'great' in A-stan :rolleyes:
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    When you right something like this , a proof is also needed ie the Real documents which were created by Taliban or any instructions issued to the authorities etc.

    Its not that one writes some rubbish and others should believe it.
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    Suddenly out of no where Human Rights Watch has become rubbish, kinda ironic, what were you expecting from the great Taliban

    There are countless sources which reinforces the barbarity of Taliban but guess some people want a Talibani Sharia & want to close their eyes

    All Taliban sympathizers must live under their rule
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    Fine!!!.. if this is all rubbish ..then what is your understanding(experience...if any) of the great Taliban regime??
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    'Leave your job or we will cut your head off your body...'

    Women in Taliban-held areas of Afghanistan say they are once again being threatened, attacked and forced out of jobs and education as fears rise that their rights will be sacrificed as part of any deal with insurgents to end the war in Afghanistan.

    Women have reported attacks and received letters warning of violence if they continue to work or even contact radio stations to request songs.

    One female teacher at a girls' school in a southern Afghan province received a letter saying: "We warn you to leave your job as a teacher as soon as possible otherwise we will cut off the heads of your children and will set fire to your daughter."

    Another woman, Jamila, was threatened in August 2009, in a letter bearing the Taliban's insignia when she was working for a local electoral commission. It said: "You work in the election office together with the enemies of religion and infidels. You should leave your job otherwise we will cut your head off your body."

    Jamila ignored the letter, but days later her father was murdered. She left her job and moved house.

    Activists are fearful that their rights will be sold out in a deal between the Taliban or other insurgent groups and the US-backed Afghan government. They believe that if the Taliban is given a share in power, women will again be reduced to a condition close to slavery, as when the Taliban ruled most of Afghanistan in 1996-2001. Then, women could not leave their house without a close male relative and had to cover their faces and bodies with an all-enveloping burka or chadori.

    Women, who had made up 70 per cent of teachers and 50 per cent of civil servants, were banned from working except in healthcare. Even as medical workers, there were severe restrictions and many women died either in childbirth or from disease because of lack of medical attention. The UN estimated that only 3 per cent of girls received primary education under Taliban rule.

    With the war reaching a stalemate over the last year, Afghan and foreign leaders have prepared the ground for talks with insurgents by claiming they are more moderate and pragmatic than the Taliban government overthrown in 2001. The head of the International Security Assistance Forces' reintegration unit, Lt-General Graeme Lamb, said: "Who are these Taliban? They are local people. The vast majority are guns for hire; not fighting for some ideological reason."

    The idea that the present day Taliban is less hostile to women than the old is contradicted by the experiences of women in Taliban-held districts. A report by Human Rights Watch – based on interviews with 90 women in districts largely held by insurgents in four different provinces – shows that women are being deprived of all rights.

    The report, entitled The 'Ten Dollar Talib' and Women's Rights: Afghan Women and the Risks of Reintegration and Reconciliation, is released this week. It says the belief that new Taliban has emerged influenced by money rather than ideology is wrong.

    It criticises the idea of the "Ten Dollar Talib" who fights for money, as an attempt by US and Nato forces to make power-sharing with them more palatable to western audiences who had previously been told they were an enemy to be defeated. Hostility to women is shared by other insurgent leaders as well as the Taliban. The strongest rebel force in the provinces south of Kabul is the Hezb-i-Islami, which Western and Afghan leaders have spoken of as a group that might be tempted to join the government.

    The movement's leader is Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whose first political act was reportedly to throw acid in the faces of unveiled female students at Kabul University in the early 1970s.

    The HRW report is the first time that repression of women in Taliban- controlled areas in Afghanistan has been systematically studied. All the women interviewed – who are referred to by pseudonyms for safety reasons – said they had lost freedoms. In some cases, women have been killed.

    On 13 April this year a female aid worker, Hossai, 22, was shot as she left the office of an American development organisation and died the next day. She had been threatened by the Taliban the previous week. Many of the threats are contained in letters delivered to the door at night – known as "night letters" – or left at the local mosque. Soon after Hossai was killed, Nadia – who worked for an international NGO – got a letter telling her to stop working for infidels and "in the same way that yesterday we have killed Hossai, whose name was on our list, your name and other women's names are on our list". Sometimes the same letter is sent to a number of women. In late 2009, in Kapisa province east of Kabul, women were warned not to ring up radio stations and request songs. They were told if they did they would be beheaded or acid thrown in their faces.

    Many women have been forced to give up their jobs and stay at home, even though half the population earns less than $2 a day and there is a chronic lack of employment.

    Girls' schools, which sprang up again after 2001, are once more being ordered to close. In Kunduz province in the north, the shadow Taliban governor sent out orders that no girls were to be educated past puberty. One threatening letter delivered to a school read: "You were already informed by us to close the school and not mislead the pure and innocent girls under this non-Muslim government."

    In Kunduz these threats were reinforced by arson, rocket and bomb attacks. There have also been outbreaks of unexplained sickness at several schools, which could be the result of mass poisoning. One Taliban spiritual leader explained the targeting of girls' schools: "We are opposed to un-Islamic education for women. We close those schools that teach adultery, nudity and un-Islamic behaviour."

    Women active in politics have been targeted and a number of the most prominent assassinated. The failure to catch the killers discourages other women from playing an active role. The Afghan government has also been ambivalent in its attitude to the issue.

    The report says that women should be involved and able to protect their interests in any negotiations about reintegration or reconciliation with the Taliban. One female member of parliament doubts this is possible because "the Taliban would rather see a woman die in the streets than go to a restaurant to get food if men were there. These are the kind of people we're talking about".

    'Leave your job or we will cut your head off your body...' - Asia, World - The Independent
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    A regime that segregates and ostracizes half of humanity in the garb of 'protecting' them cannot hope to survive or thrive for long.....those who support their views and think that the Taliban will change their ways are either living in a fool's paradise or secretly support their medieval ways.
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    I witnessed every single of the above and some of them were applied to me too. You are free not to accept it, but that is the full truth.
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    I could give you some videos about Taliban law enforcement if you want.
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    that won't do any good, i've posted them countless times...

    off the soil Taliban Sympathizers need on ground experience of Sharia, all these people sitting in foreign countries enjoying all the rights under a infidel government suffer from a severe identity crisis, They hate infidels yet they live under them but they don't want to live under a Taliban Rule
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    nicely articulated ..:tup:
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    I guess so but shock footage always makes people come around.
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    Ahmad -- I dont want to sound insensitive -- if its ok with you can you share with us your experiences ?
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    Immediately on taking over cities and communities in Afghanistan, the Taliban imposed its law, based on an interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic, law that was stricter than in any part of the Islamic world. The interpretation is at wide variance from that of most Islamic scholars.

    With very minimal changes, what follows are the Taliban rules, decrees and prohibitions as posted in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan beginning in November and December 1996, and as translated from Dari by Western non-governmental agencies. The grammar and syntax follows the original.

    Those rules still prevail wherever the Taliban is in control--in vast parts of Afghanistan or in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

    I will try to find you another rubbish original leaflet in Dari distributed by the Taliban. After that I will try to locate Amir ul Momineen Mohammed Omar for you.