The ripples of the Harvey Weinstein affair have spread widely, reaching as far as France and touching the Swiss philosopher Dr. Tariq “Taqiyya” Ramadan. Now that he is being accused of abusing his magisterial office to sexually abuse a young woman (a former Salafist), we’ll have to call him “Tariq Weinstein”, or, better yet, “Harvey Ramadan”.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Here’s an article on the same topic from Al-Arabiya:
Islamist Tariq Ramadan Accused of Rape by Salafist Turned Activist
A rape and sexual assault complaint was filed on Friday in France against Swiss Islamist and Professor Tariq Ramadan by a former Salafist Henda Ayari.
The complaint filed with the Rouen prosecutor’s office in northwestern France, by the Salafist turned secular activist, detailed criminal acts of rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment and intimidation, according to document reviewed by AFP.
The Liberators Association, which Henda Ayari is president of, said on Facebook that she was “a victim of something very serious several years ago” but did not reveal the name of her aggressor for safety reasons.
In her book “I chose to be free”, published in November 2016, she described her aggressor as Zubair.
She said in her writings that she met him at his hotel in Paris after the Islamist thinker gave a lecture.
“I will not give precise details of the acts he has done to me. It is enough to know that he has benefited greatly from my weakness,” Ayari wrote.
She said in her book that when she rebelled against him at one point he screamed at her, insulted her, slapped her and treated her violently.
“I confirm today, that the famous Zubair is Tariq Ramadan,” Ayari published on Facebook.
According to Jonas Haddad, Ayari’s lawyer, the plaintiff did not report the assault earlier, out of fear.
“After revelations over the past few days of rape and sexual assaults claims in the media, Henda has decided to say what happened to her and take legal action,” he told AFP.
Tariq Ramadan could not be reached by AFP and did not react to the allegations on social media.
Ramadan, 55, is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood group in Egypt. He is a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
|00:12||The writer Henda Ayari filed a complaint|
|00:16||this Friday against Tariq Ramadan for rape, sexual assault,|
|00:20||and molestation. She recounted her ordeal in a book|
|00:24||without ever giving the name of the Islamologist. ‘I decided to file complaint against|
|00:28||Tariq Ramadan for what he made me go through. This complaint will|
|00:32||be filed today. I might not have the same financial means|
|00:36||that he does, to pay my attorneys and experts to defend myself, but I will continue to the end|
|00:40||of this fight, no matter the cost,’ Henda Ayari writes this Friday|
|00:44||in a message published on her Facebook page. ‘It’s a very difficult decision,|
|00:48||but I also decided that it was time to denounce my attacker.’|
|00:52||‘It’s Tariq Ramadan,’ she continues in another message posted|
|00:56||on social media. This former Salafist, repudiated|
|01:00||by her violent fundamentalist husband, decided in 2015, after the Paris attacks,|
|01:04||to remove her Islamic veil, which she had been wearing since the age of|
|01:09||21 years, in order to finally become a free Muslim woman.|
|01:13||She related her story in the book ‘I Chose To Be Free’, published in 2016,|
|01:17||in which she told of having been raped in her youth, without giving the name|
|01:21||of her attacker. Today she is pointing at Tariq Ramadan,|
|01:25||explaining her continuing silence until this Friday by the fear of reprisals.|
|01:29||‘It’s very hard, but I feel relieved,’ she writes on Facebook.|
|01:33||In her post the writer also accuses the Islamologist of manipulation,|
|01:37||and indicates that she broke her silence to encourage other possible victims|
|01:41||to talk as well. ‘I really hope that other women victims,|
|01:45||like me, will dare to talk and denounce this perverted guru,|
|01:49||who is using religion to manipulate women,’ she underlines.|
|01:53||‘I know he will pounce on me with his team of lawyers and his numerous supporters.|
|01:57||That’s why I will really need you to support me.’
Hat tip for the article: Vlad Tepes.