The threat of radical Islam is no longer one that lingers outside the United States of America - with countless Islamic terror attacks inside our nation - and now honor-style punishments are occurring within our borders - most recently a horrifying story of radicalized Islamic parents in Texas who tortured their own daughter for the refusal of an arranged marriage.
Such horrors were once only expected to be heard of in the Middle East, where Arabic societies merge with sometimes radical Islamic beliefs and culture, yet America, much like the rest of the world, has realized that those who hold such religious beliefs do not simply assimilate, but instead bring with them the increased risk of danger.
Maarib Al Hishmawi was your average Islamic teenager in Bexar County, Texas, with dreams of obtaining glory and succeeding in life in America.
She also had strict, if not extremist-Muslim parents, but she wanted to grow up and enjoy the freedoms and liberties that everyday American children are blessed to enjoy.
However, Maarib’s parents had other intentions, and in mid-2017, when she was still 15-years of age, they told her they had found a suitable husband and attempted to arrange a marriage between their daughter and a man who had paid the family $20,000 for her their permission to do so.
Maarib’s desire to be like the rest of America, with the right to pursue happiness, outweighed the demands of her parents, and she refused to comply.
Her parents, 34-year-old father Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, and 33-year-old Hamdiyah Sabah Al Hishmawi, both sought her complete obedience and began to beat her violently with broomsticks.
When she still refused to agree to the marriage, they “choked her almost until the point of unconsciousness,” according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.
They then took oil, at scalding hot temperatures, and threw it on their own daughter causing excruciating pain.
Finally, Maarib gave in, just to end the suffering.
As her parents arranged the marriage, Maarib still had the goals of living out her dreams, and as the wedding date fast approached, she devised a plan that would route to her freedom.
On January 30th of 2018, Maarib walked out of her Taft High School on San Antonio and vanished.
<a href="https://www.ksat.com/news/live-fbi-bcso-hold-press-conference-regarding-disappearance-of-teenager">KSAT local news </a>in San Antonio said that both local, state and federal authorities began to search for the missing girl, fearing the worst. As the FBI became a part of the investigation, they have assumed it was possible that Maarib had either fled to her home country or foul play was involved in her disappearance.
"She has not been seen by her family, she has not been heard from by her friends, so we have come to the conclusion that this is not a typical missing 16-year-old," BCSO Assistant Chief Deputy Ronald Bennett said during a press conference.
The Sheriff's Office became aware that Maarib had suffered from physical abuse as well, but at the time didn't tell the public that it was her parents, or perhaps they themselves remained unaware.
"I cannot speculate on who (abused her), or when, or how severe. I do understand that this has been a recurring issue for her according to some interviews," Bennett said. "At this point, we are asking for your help, the public's help, in identifying and locating where she's at."
With her native country being Iraq, the Federal Bureau of Investigation became involved potentially fearing some type of hate crime, or worse.
Typically involving missing juveniles, they're discovered within the first 24 to 48 hours, so authorities knew that this wasn't your average case.
In mid-March, Maarib would be found, safe and sound.
An unnamed organization took in Maarib to keep her safe during her time away, and once authorities spoke to her, she told of the horrendous abuse at the hands of her disturbingly vile extremist parents.
Both parents were taken into police custody, and the now 16-year-old Maarib, along with her five brothers and sisters, all between the ages of 5 and 15-years-old, is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Her parents will face charges of continuous violence against a family member, and authorities are still conducting an investigation to determine whether the other children see potential victims of abuse as well.
If it turns out the parents also abused the other children, they'll face even more charges in the future.
<div class="fb-video" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/BexarCountySheriff/videos/2069452006604033/" data-width="750" data-show-text="true"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/BexarCountySheriff/videos/2069452006604033/" class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BexarCountySheriff/videos/2069452006604033/"></a><p>Two arrests made in the Maarib Al Hishmawi (16) case. The suspects are Maarib's parents. Maarib was found alive and she is now in CPS custody. #fbisanantonio</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BexarCountySheriff/">Bexar County Sheriff's Office</a> on Friday, 23 March 2018</blockquote></div>
It's another sign of the threat arising from radical Islam, and the extremists who practice the barbaric, medieval style, cult-like religion that shows no mercy, even to the children of those whom practice.
If these people can abuse their own children in such a fashion for failure to comply, imagine what they would do to Americans.
The family is scheduled for arraignment at the beginning of March, but it's believed additional charges will be brought before then.
We'll follow this story and update it as more information arises.
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