WATCH: French Muslim Activist Henda Ayari On Rape By Tariq Ramadan, “This is what you are asking for because you don’t wear the hijab.”


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MEMRI, April 21, 2018:

French women’s rights activist Henda Ayari, a Salafi-turned-liberal Muslim, accused Swiss Muslim thinker Tariq Ramadan of raping her at a Paris hotel in 2012. In an interview on the Egyptian Dream TV channel on April 7, Ayari, who has founded an NGO to help, among others, women subjugated by Islamic extremists, told her life story and recounted what had happened when Ramadan allegedly lured her to a hotel room and raped her. Ayari, who describes herself as a “secular feminist who defends women’s rights,” said that she wrote her book, “J’ai Choisi D’être Libre,” describing her path from Salafism to liberalism, after the 2015 Bataclan terror attack, when she realized the danger inherent in political Islam and the Salafis. The book included a chapter on “Zubair,” whom she later identified as Ramadan. She admired and trusted him “like a big brother or an imam,” she said, describing the alleged encounter. “All of a sudden, his behavior changed. He became very violent toward me.” Ayari further said: “I thought I was going to die that night because he choked me and slapped me,” alleging that Ramadan had said to her: “This is what you are asking for because you don’t wear the hijab.” Ramadan is currently being detained in France on charges of raping two women. Several other women have made similar accusations against him.

To view the clip of Henda Ayari on MEMRI TV, click here or below.


“I Wrote That I Had Used To Be An Imprisoned, Oppressed Woman – Today, I Am A Free Woman”

Henda Ayari: “I decided to write my book following the [2015] Bataclan terrorist attack. I was shocked when I saw the victims, the killings, and the blood on TV. I realized that political Islam and the Salafis constitute a danger. I was coerced into marriage when I was 20. I went to Tunisia on vacation, and within a day, I was married to a Salafi man I did not know.



“For the subsequent 10 years, I lived as a prisoner with that man. I gave birth to three children and wore the niqab. We traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he wanted us to settle. He used to beat me up and had no respect for me. One day, I decided to run away with my three children.


“When the Bataclan attack took place, I decided to tell my story on my Facebook page. I posted my pictures before and after – at age 20, wearing a robe, and at age 38, without even a hijab. I wrote that I had used to be an imprisoned, oppressed woman. Today, I am a free woman. Following my Facebook post, I was contacted by the Flammarion publishers. They suggested that I write a book and tell my story, in order to help other women. I also founded an NGO to help women. In that book, in a chapter I titled ‘Zubair,’ I wrote about what had happened to me. A man I had admired raped me. That man is Tariq Ramadan.”


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